A number of things come to mind when someone says the phrase Pastor's Wife:
She plays the piano for the service. She directs the choir. She wears fancy hats.
She sits in the front row, put together, prim and proper and freshly ironed.
She brings meals to all the sick and boards missionaries in her home.
She laughs at all his jokes and claps at the right times.
These are stereotypes. These are expectations some use to have of minister's wives. These are the reasons I never wanted to be a pastor's wife. I knew I was incapable of being that put together.
But today's Friday Feature is of a woman who has trumped these stereotypes:
A woman who decided not to force herself into a role that just didn't fit.
A woman that discovered the best thing she could do for the Church was to serve her husband and raise her family.
A woman who decided to be raw in a world that expected her to be untouchable.
Jenny, once my youth leader and now my friend, has been an example of organic and biblical femininity. She and her husband walked us through our pre-marriage counseling and has been a source of wisdom and encouragement in the life and wifehood of ministry.
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to her.