Set Free: All About Call
thanks to songbird for taking this topic and putting it on her blog, too. go read the stories of women in ministry. whatever your thoughts are, it's always good to LISTEN. it's illuminating to read of women leading communities, raising families.
one thing i notice when i read blogs from women in ministry - their online lives are also about their domestic lives: what their kids are doing, how their spouses are living, how the gardens grow, the cats and dogs, the neighbors. all this as well as what's happening at the church: the bible studies, the sermon prep, the committee meetings.
thinking about my life as a pastor's daughter, i remember this time mostly as a time when my father was away from the home. there were bible studies, counseling sessions, speaking engagements, elder meetings, visitations. dad was present in the home, but if we had to clock the hours spent at home (until he moved his office to the house, that is) those hours would be few.
in contrast to the tired meme that women who lead ministries neglect their families, these women don't show that at all. they are, if anything, even more dedicated to their families and partners. they are wives, mothers, lovers, pastors. it's an incredible feat, this.