Not long ago, I was a pastor on a large church staff trying to stay on the balance beam of ministry, motherhood, and what felt like a million other roles. I authored my first book, started pursuing my doctorate, and tried to be a loving wife in the cracks of time.
Not surprising, my soul began to dry up. At every turn, I was involved in fruitful ministry, but my roots were struggling to find water. The work of sustaining life, joy, and energy became vital. I needed help!
I turned to trustworthy mentors and received life-saving input and coaching. They helped me reorganize my daily and weekly rhythms, my definition of ministry, and how I measured success.
Through these people and spaces I experimented with various spiritual practices and rhythms. Yes, there's a lot in ministry I couldn't control. But these practices were things I could control. With their honest assessment of my life and practical help, I was able to establish life-giving rhythms and renewal!
Soon, other pastors and ministry leaders were asking me about the noticeable change. I found joy and encouragement in helping those around me discover the same life-giving rhythms.
As this role grew, someone asked my what I really enjoy doing. I blurted out…