There are few things in life as precious as an authentic friend. I’m not talking about an acquaintance, work mate, or even a friend that you’ve “known” for a long time (although these relationships have value). I’m talking about someone who knows and loves the real you.
So often Jonathan and I had to rely on God’s Spirit for discernment in those moments of ministry and in the building of relationships. We feel blessed by the authentic relationships that were forged, but we know that so many couples are not given the same kind of respect, grace and “permission” to be less than perfect.
Balancing vocational ministry and home is a constant struggle. It seems that one suffers while the other thrives. It’s not an easy balancing act, but it can be done.