cancer, ministry family, prostate cancer, survivor

Psalm 61:2 (A Throwback Thursday Moment)

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

June 23, 2010. This is a page from a journal I found from 7 years ago. Poppa Bear’s first day back at home after having his prostatectomy. I had to keep track of his prescriptions and eating habits for awhile during recovery.

The cubs were 10, 6, 1 and 5 months old. Wow! ONLY GOD kept me sane! Lol!

After that summer, we were told that they didn’t get all of the cancer and he had to do 8 weeks of radiation. The enemy tried and failed, because this is the year that I learned to Psalm 61:2 (yes, I turned it into a verb) EV-VER-RY-THANG!

Don’t get your pressure up worrying about stuff. Sprint to the Rock, our Savior, when you start to get overwhelmed with life.

Momma Bear

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November Already?!

So, about that Write31Days Challenge…

I failed.

I mean, I’ve missed the last sixteen days. Sixteen very fast-moving days. In the blink of an eye, it’s November already!

I’m wrapping up with these last few thoughts about being married to a preacher:

1 – We don’t get our prayers answered any quicker than anyone else. We also don’t get a “yes” for everything we ask for. Poppa Bear’s access to God is the same as everyone else’s. If all of our prayers were answered, Tank would still be around…but, it’s not. I’m not bitter.

2 – PB supports me in ministry just as much as I support him. So much so, that he has spent our past two wedding anniversaries with me in Las Vegas during the Leading and Loving It Re:Treat! Being a part of Leading and Loving It has given me the opportunity to share with other pastor’s wives and women in ministry. He knows that I love serving in this capacity, and his support makes serving even easier.

3 – PB has mastered being able to eat in fifteen minutes or less. I am not exaggerating. I thought teachers were fast eaters, but preachers are right there in the same lane. When there’s no one around to interrupt his eating, he always finishes first.

4 – PB is normal (pretty much!). We don’t listen to gospel 24/7. We don’t have The Word Network on our television all day and night. Every family dinner doesn’t turn into bible study lessons. We like to have fun like any other family, and we love going on dates. Our last date night was with Boyz II Men!

5 – We make our kids serve in church even if they don’t want to. We are the adults; they are the children. They will always have a choice. They just have to be ready for whatever consequence (or reward) comes out of the choices they make. They will serve God and His people until they are no longer living in our house.

6 – We support our church and community activities as much as possible. Even if that means dressing in costumes for Trunk or Treat. God has blessed us with friends and church family who are just as sold out as we are when it comes to serving God and His people.

Overall, we LOVE being a ministry family and I LOVE being married to my preacher man!

I think I would do much better with writing every 31 days instead of writing 31 days in a row! I’ll check in with you all again soon and I won’t wait for 31 days to pass. I promise!

~ Married to the preacher man

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Not the Cook!

Well, blog family, it’s Wednesday! If I had to take a guess as to what most Christians I know are doing right now, I’m 85.9% sure they are preparing to head out to bible study. If not bible study, then some type of midweek hour of power/praise and worship service.

What am I doing? I’m cooking dinner! I know you’re shocked because that’s not my thing. Everyone knows that Poppa Bear (PB) is the real cook in the Party of Six. He’s teaching Cubs 1 & 2 to follow in his footsteps. Yes, my future cub daughter-in-laws are going to be set! Yet, here I am on a Wednesday evening slaving away at the stove preparing a scrumptious, mouth-watering meal for my cubs. I really need to stop…y’all know that’s not true! Lol!

So what’s it like being married to a preacher man (who is the main cook in the family)? I keep it simple and easy when it comes to cooking when PB is away. Tonight, it’s spaghetti and meatballs. Mmmm!

Frozen meatballs cooked in pasta sauce and spaghetti!

So easy, in fact, that I had time to type up this blog while waiting for the spaghetti to get flimsy!

Yep! I give The Olive Garden a run for their money! Ha!! Okay. I’m done.

~ Married to a preacher man

This is the fifteenth post in a series of 31 posts about being married to a preacher. You can read them all HERE.