Tell Them to Duck!

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When I told my preacher husband that I thought I’d write a short blog with Pastor’s Wives in mind, this was what he said: “Tell them to duck, because the bullets are coming.”

And after the laughter stopped, I knew he was right. We’ve had plenty of bullets of all different kinds fired at us in our years of marriage and ministry. If you’ve been in ministry more than a few minutes you’ve probably had some of them hit you too.

Far too many bullets are from Friendly Fire. Being shot at from those who are supposed to be on the same side hurts more than any other wound! And these bullets are the ones that can cause us to retreat and lose sight that ministry is to people.

Some are Self Inflicted. We can get too prideful and harm the work, and our testimony.  We can forget that the ministry belongs to Jesus, not to us.

Then there are those shots from the Real Enemy. He is out to kill, steal and destroy us. He will stop at nothing and uses all sorts of ammo. He’ll throw all manner of junk at us, and our families, to keep us from working in unity and stop us from reaching those who need Jesus.

Bullets don’t always kill, but they always wound. Even when we “duck” and stay on our face in prayer to God, some ministry wounds come. How do we handle that? You and I have to be quick to forgive. This is one of the most important ways to heal those painful wounds. We have to forgive those who take a shot at us, because we need a lot of forgiving too!

Yes, the bullets are coming. But you, sweet sister, are where you are by God’s design and it is He who will fight for you!


Serve the LORD with gladness   Psalm 100:2


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  1. Shelly Johns
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    LOVE this post, Sara! Thank you for encouraging the ranks!

  2. Ina Fenton
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the wonderful encouragement. It was totally needed!!!

  3. Sara Schroader
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you Shelly. The women of the KBC are serving in the trenches and I am grateful for them! The Lord sees, and knows them.

  4. Sara Schroader
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Ina, we need it don’t we?! We serve Jesus, and show our testimony, when we encourage each other.
    “By this shall all know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” John 13:35

  5. Dolly Mink
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    All of us in ministry are subject to the “shots!” Thank you for the encouragement, my sister.

  6. Sara Schroader
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Yes we are Dolly! One more reason friends like you are so important.

  7. Valerie
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the encouragement sister. There is so much truth in your words. All of the bullets and wounds hurt. It is encouraging to know who the Healer of the wounds is.

  8. Sara Schroader
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Yes Valerie, we can focus on the hurt that comes with ministry, but it is so much better to focus on the Healer and forgiveness He gives.

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