Ep. 48: Encouraging Your Pastor's Wife (and Other Women) Well

Encouragement is of vital importance to those serving in church leadership. Pastor's wives are often given many demands for their service, yet sadly overlooked as those who need to be ministered to. Biblically, what does it mean to encourage others? How can we better serve our fellow sisters in Christ in the area of encouragement?

Show Notes

7:21 Do You Have Different Expectations of Others Than God Does? by Autumn Beck

8:48 Titus 1:5-9

10:30 Examples of unkind, graceless expectations we place on pastor's wives and their families

12:35 God's expectations of all believers have to do with fruitful living and a high standard of character

12:53 1 Peter 1:16

13:41 Pastor's wives are people, too

18:08 Make offers of help but realize that what you offer may not be what she needs, and that's okay

19:11 Galatians 5:22-23

20:00 1 Peter 3:8-12

22:00 Prayer is the best help you can offer your pastor's wife

23:45 Proverbs 26:28; 28:23

24:20 Flattery has its root in lying

28:00 Sometimes biblically encouraging another person includes saying things that they don't necessarily want to hear

29:28 Rebuke is often biblical encouragement. Encouragement instills courage in another person to do the right thing

30:44  Additional ways to encourage your pastor's wife

33:30 Philippians 2:1-8

Kim Cummings' Texas Sheath Cake Recipe

Because we know you're going to want the recipe we made you drool over at the beginning of the episode, here's Kim's Sheath Cake Recipe. There was debate over whether to call it sheet cake or sheath cake. We even Googled it. We settled on Sheath for the sake of tradition. If you would like the history of the recipe name, you should Google it, too. Pretty interesting stuff!

Texas Sheath Cake
Modified for a 9x13 with Icing Overload
From the Kitchen of Kimberly Cummings

Sift Together in a Mixing Bowl:
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour

Mix in a saucepan:
2 sticks salted butter
4 TBSP cocoa
1 cup water

Bring to a rapid boil (don’t burn) and pour over the flour/ sugar mixture.

½ cup buttermilk
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Mix well and pour into a greased 9x13 pan for about 25 minutes at 385 degrees.

Begin making icing about 5 minutes before the cake is done.

Melt together and bring to a to boil:
1 and ½ sticks salted butter
6 TBSP cocoa
9 TBSP buttermilk

Remove from heat and add:
1½  1 lb boxes of powder sugar; sifted (the icing will be lumpy if you don’t sift!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans (optional)

Beat well, spread on cake while still warm. 


Kimberly Cummings