The greatest role of a preacher’s wife is to be an encouragement to him. All wives are to be a help-meet, but a preacher’s wife must also encourage him in his difficult job. He may get discouraged or meet with adversity. We should reinforce his desire to preach. We should know the purpose of preaching and remind ourselves and our husbands of that purpose frequently. We should help the children understand and understand ourselves when he may have to be away from home at times or be called away from family times. She should also reinforce the positives when negatives such as lack of money may be on her husband’s mind.
While a preacher’s wife is his greatest source of encouragement, she can also be his greatest source of discouragement if she is not careful. Try to remain upbeat, if we complain each step of the way it will be very hard on our husbands. Many preacher’s leaves the ministry because their wives are unhappy.
A preacher’s wife should, in some people’s opinion, be near perfect. As one poem reads, she should be without a fault in view, have her home be like a small hotel, hear people’s burdens while remaining a ray of sunshine, have a sympathetic ear and have model children; she also should have lots of grace…An “easy” task. She must be a Christian with all it entails and a recognized leader (James 3:1). God should be first in her heart. She should also care for her home, family and husband. As the book states, you can’t please everyone all the time, so don’t try. Please God and the rest will follow. Some qualities needed are: adaptability to situations and new places; selflessness- not as much time with your husband as you would like, doing without; friendliness – being involved with people; self-esteem –you will be criticized, so learn to not take it personally; mental toughness – strength of character, ability to bounce back, ability to not let others run over you.
A preacher’s wife is also often the creative financial manager....
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