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Psalm One Ministries

Response to Pastors' Wives Retreats


For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have beenrefreshed through you, brother. (Philemon 7)

What they say about the Psalm One Pastors' Wives Retreats...

   

“As a ministry wife with a full-time job as well as a full plate of personal and ministry responsibilities, I know it's hard to make time to get away from kids, work, marriage, and ministry. But you must. You simply must have space to care for your own soul, so that you have a full well from which to pour out your life to others. Jesus modeled this for us, and it is important for us to model it for those who look to us for spiritual direction. It is especially healing to be in the presence of other ministry wives to gain perspective on one's own situation. In the words of a Todd Agnew song, "I couldn't fool you if I wanted to; our stories are too much the same." Being with others who have confronted similar temptations, endured similar trials, and persevered through similar pain frees us to be who we are behind the Ministry Mask.”

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"I was a pastor's kid and now I am a pastor's wife. It was not until I attended a Psalm One pastor's wife event that I realized that I had never had a pastor and I had never been a part of a Christian fellowship without those around me expecting me to have it together and meet their needs in some way. This time away has become a sacred space in my life. A space where I can be who I am and openly struggle with what I am struggling with without judgment or fear. A space where I can be covered in God's love and grace and challenged to grow. Getting away to an event like this may seem extravagant but it is in fact essential. Meeting a whole new group of women may seem exhausting but it is in fact life giving. Just come."

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    “What would I say to encourage another pastor’s wife to join us for a gathering? GO. Quit looking for the perfect thing that your husband, your kids, or your denomination would “approve of”. Quit waiting for “the right time” when nobody needs you…that will NEVER happen. If you’re in a tough time at church, I’m sure you’re thinking “I can’t leave my husband to face this alone on a Sunday.” He is not alone – God has promised to always be with each of us. Sometimes a wife to lean on can conceal the need for God to meet your husband and display His power. It is not selfish to go – if you’re all hung up on this, remind yourself that you can serve those you love in a fresher way after time alone with the Father. He will speak to you directly, and also through the comfort of other women who understand your life like NO OTHER HUMAN BEING can."

    "Some of my fears before going:
--I will be the most messed up person there
--I will be the least messed up person there, and have to take care of someone else
--One of my kids will wreck a car while I’m gone
--Nobody will brew coffee at church on Sunday
--The church will think I’m a sorority girl at the spa
The list could go on and on…but none of these things happened. And if they did, I serve a God who is big enough to handle it!"

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"The retreat was more than a blessing but rather oxygen to my soul.  It was quite refreshing to be able to be transparent with other women who journey the same journey of life in the fishbowl.  Right people, right time, right where I needed to be in this particularly difficult season of my life.  Church life isn't always pretty, neat and wrapped in a bow.  So having fellow sisters in Christ come along side of you is life sustaining.  Hopefully, someday I will be able to give back what I have received."

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You won't regret coming - you will find a safe place to be yourself and share freely without fear of it coming back to bite you.  Resful --It is my weekend of refuge.

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    “I would say that the retreat for me can be summed up in one word...hope. After coming through a year of messy ministry stuff, where I was feeling very much alone and isolated, my time together with other pastors wives was such a balm on my soul. The topics that were chosen reassured me that I was not alone for the Lord IS my refuge even through messy stuff. It helped me to understand why I was feeling so overwhelmed and alone. What I blessing.”

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    “This was the most powerful, meaty retreat of this kind I have been to. I so appreciate your willingness to serve pastor's wives in this way--I look forward to it every year. It is my city of refuge. I would encourage any pastor's wife to attend - these gatherings are a life line for me - to get away for a whole weekend with others who really understand what it's like to serve in pastoral ministry helps me in ways beyond words. The Lord always meets me right where I am and I connect to other ministry wives, so I don't feel so alone!”

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    “Just sitting in the presence of Linda's love reminded me of the deep love of Christ. Linda was able to help me release some misguided sadness and anger built up from being a wife of a busy pastor. I realized that I hadn't been doing my job of soul care. Meeting Linda Kline is like meeting a childhood best friend! She loves and cares so richly and deeply. Her teaching style is relaxed but her biblical knowledge goes beyond expectations. After her sessions my notes are full and useful for years to come!”

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    “I knew from the minute I found out about this retreat that I HAD to get there for it. I was completely unsure how I was going to be able to work out all the many details in order to get there, but I had an incredible peace that GOD would work it all out for me. I knew that I needed very badly to get away for a time of rest, refreshment, to be fed from God's Word, and to be still and listen to His voice. God came through for me in all those areas and took care of each detail along the way in order for me to be there. I trusted and left it all in His hands, Linda's chosen topics, the group interactions, and small group times all served to minister to the very hurting spirit that I arrived with. I went home with a new hope in my heart and an excitement of where God was going to lead me next. I cannot wait for the next Pastors' Wives Retreat!!!”

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    “The retreat was absolutely wonderful. I loved that is was "real" ministry to us. It had direction and substance without being programmed presentation. It facilitated the Spirit's opportunity to minister to us and through us to each other in a wonderful way. In the simplicity there room for the Spirit. It is so rare for Pastors' Wives to have heart-to-heart time together and it was like oxygen for life. I had to laugh at myself because as much as I hate stereotypes of Pastor's Wives I found that in planning to come I had my own. I wasn't sure what 'these" other women would be like, but guess what? They were real people just like me...but of course in their own special different ways. Thank you Linda for loving us enough to facilitate this event and being so wise to not make it all about how much you could teach us but how much we could be blessed by each other with your assistance! God certainly was able to minister life to me through you and these other women.”

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    “It was immensely helpful! Many concepts I knew were reintroduced and refreshed. There were also some new ways that are amazing tools for me. God was clearly here all weekend. I love Linda’s gift for taking a topic and then diving into Scripture to support it."

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    “Thanks again for ministering to us. It was a great time to get re-fueled and to share fellowship with other ministry wives. I think it was especially helpful to know we are not alone and that our struggles are really not that unique. The weekend was really two-fold in being ministered too but also ministering to others who are going through some tough situations. We could empathize because we had been through similar trials! God is good.”

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    “The retreat probably saved me from a complete meltdown! It was also SO wonderful to be with other wives "in my shoes" and I especially enjoyed the prayer & sharing time in small groups.”

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    “I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER left a retreat so renewed and free! The Lord really cleared out all the crud that had been crowding my heart, mind, and soul. It felt so good to get it out and not be afraid I would hurt anyone's feelings or bring anyone down. I feel stronger. I went to church today and was okay, even good. I could hug people and actually mean it. I wasn't second guessing my every word and action. I've been freed. So, from the outpouring of my heart, I thank you and my other friends who were there.”

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    “Everyone needs to come away and rest! Laughter is such good medicine and to be drawn away to a place where you are pampered and fed both physically and spiritually is such a blessing. I needed to laugh -- I needed to relax -- this was a perfect place to do both. What a privilege!”

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    "Take the time to refuel. Your personal ministry will be more successful and more enjoyable when you are refreshed.” The retreat not only renewed my spirit but released me to press on and embrace the joys and trials of ministry life.”

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    "This retreat provided a place and time for me to totally get away from EVERYTHING...husband, kids, household chores, day to day "busy-ness" and take the much needed time to be IN THE WORD. To hear what God has to say to me here and now. It was a time for me to meet other women who are in vastly different but at the same time unbelievably the same situations as I am in. I didn't have to worry about being judged or putting on the "PW face". It was a time to make new friends and share fun, hobbies and family news and information, but also to pray and encourage one another. To listen to each other share frustrations, worries, cares and concerns, and offer words of support and encouragement, and most of all prayer. What a JOY it was to have such FUN with other women! The laughter was a highlight :) There are no words to express the total pampering I received while at the retreat--which made it so much better then, to come home to my husband and children...spiritually uplifted, physically relaxed, and emotionally unburdened...ready to minister to my family in the way that God wants me to. I could go on and on...but I think you get the idea that I just LOVED this retreat and will be ready for another one sooner than next year.”