Do you see those empty clips on the wall thingy behind my desk? I struggled for several minutes to find the right word, and "thingy" was the best I could come up with.
I was talking to someone recently about what I am doing with Tree by Water and I said, "Man, people in ministry are a difficult bunch. We are slow to trust. Slow to open up. Scared of being vulnerable. We give, but don't know where to receive."
About 15 years ago, I was a youth pastor's wife in a large church. I had a serious medical issue after the birth of our first child. It was the kind of medical problem that wasn't openly talked about. The problem felt enormous and life-altering. I felt alone in the midst of my spiritual community, and I didn't know where to turn.
Tree by Water is a place where you can share, engage, and turn to in times you want to grow and times you want to heal. I want to fill those up with pictures of YOU. I want to come into my office every morning and see pictures of pastors, missionaries, ministers, and their spouses and families. I want to fill it up with your prayer requests; the most-honest ones that you can't submit to the prayer team at your church.
Tree by Water: Creating safe spaces for pastors and their families for growth and healing. It starts with prayer.
Though not by name, or with the reminder of your picture, this is my prayer for you right now:
Ephesians 1:15-23 (MSG)
15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
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Peace and Blessing,