With 21 years of itinerant ministry under my skinny snakeskin belt, I have sat across the table from many a ministry wife who either unloads her story with a heap of emotionally charged words or who tells it with tight lips, crossed arms, and a plastered smile.
Loneliness Island can bring a girl down, if she lets it. And yes, we should throw out that life preserver for authentic friendship, even if it feels gutsy and vulnerable. But we cannot negate the treasure that we find when all that is left is a friend called Jesus.
Once loneliness has a choke hold on an individual, it seems all the more difficult to break out of it. Often ministry wives begin to take in the lies of the enemy and, really, that's where we all have to fight the temptation. Really? It's tempting to be lonely?...
You are fine. Things in your life are okay. You are not going through a tragedy that’s rocking your world yet you don’t feel like there is anything to celebrate either. It’s like you can’t put your finger on what is wrong but you know that something isn’t quite right.
While numerous lifestyles contribute to a flurried, frenetic pace of constant activity, a heart in ministry can easily become "distracted with much serving," plastering Jesus-veneer over a fear of rest.