Ministry with kids is challenging. I want Ellie and Jay to grow up loving ministry and not feeling pressured or overwhelmed by it. Our kids have been born into ministry and I don’t know if they will ever know another life. Ellie makes me proud everyday. Don’t get me wrong we had a screaming match this morning but overall she is a fantastic kid. We have chosen to send Ellie to public school. When it comes to ministry this is tough. We have big events at the church that take our time and energy. It also takes time and energy from our kids. We love it and we know that we have been called to it so we always give 💯 percent, but there are weeks that are so crazy busy that sending your kid to school feels mean. Ellie handles it like a trooper. I try to get her to stay home but she insists on going. Ellie went to school this past week everyday. After picking her up we headed back to the church to prepare for the weekend fall festival. I didn’t even give her anything to do because she was tired. However, she wanted to help. She cut things out for preschool and helped set up games and even ran around and played a little. There would be a mess on the floor or pieces to a game in the wrong place and I would turn around to find that she had cleaned up the mess or put the pieces in the right spot. She never complained about the extra long days and woke up with a smile ready for school the following day. Saturday night was our fall festival. We told her she could run around on her own while we led games and passed out candy and helped with the event. Ellie decided all on her own to help with one of the games. For 45 mins she stood behind the Gone Fishing Game and put candy on the hooks thrown over. She did it with a smile. She eventually ran off with a friend to play and apparently tried to get them to come to our church full time. (They are pastors at another church) 😂 Ellie wasn’t just born into ministry. Ministry was not just a card she chose from a deck. God has truly shaped her heart to love ministry and to be a servant for Him even when she is tired. God has a plan for her life. I believe He is already using her in that plan. I am so thankful for Ellie. I’m so proud of her too. Mostly I’m thankful that God has given her to us to watch her grow and raise her to love Him and to serve others. ❤️
I guess the point of this is to remind myself and you that some seasons are tough and some seasons are long but everything we do for God is worth it. Also, if you are a fellow parent who is raising kids in full time ministry know that your kids were chosen by God to be part of a family in ministry. He is preparing them now for His calling on their lives and future family. He didn’t make a mistake when He placed your children in your family.