Life is a chaotic enterprise, especially if we determine in our hearts that we will not live for ourselves but be wholeheartedly invested in the lives of others.
If we're going to be engaged with our spouses, purposeful with our children, and selfless in our service, we're going to have to get a little bossy with ourselves about what we can and can't do. We're going to have to structure our lives in a way that helps us fulfill what we want to fulfill.
We do this with our words, just as God told the ocean where to let land begin, where the sun should give way to the moon, and where winter should stop and spring should start. As He communicated, we communicate, drawing up boundaries and bringing order to the chaos.
My husband is my primary partner in life and our communication draws the lines that keep us healthy and humming in marriage, family, and ministry. Especially in church planting, where ministry has been open-ended and has required us to form the structure of a church, I've found there are four conversations I must constantly be having with Kyle. Are you having these with your husband?
Conversation #1: How can I help you?
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Christine Hoover lives in Charlottesville, VA with her church planter husband and their three boys. She is a writer, blogger Grace Covers Me; and the author of The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart, which was released in January 2013, and is a resource for church planting wives, but is also applicable to pastor's wives and missionaries.
This article is highlighted on the Flourish website and at the September Flourish Conference in Kansas City, MO.
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