MY PREACHER’S WIFE

I often jokingly say about my wife, “If I had known that she was going to be a preachers wife, I’m not sure I would have married her.

When 45 years ago God called me to preach we began a new and exciting life together that I wouldn’t change for anything.  It has not always been an easy life.  That’s what makes having a wonderful helpmeet such a great blessing.

Leaving a successful budding career at IBM with two children and no human idea what the future would hold my precious wife never flinched.

She often speaks with me at couples conferences and often without me at ladies meetings.  Her faith and support for me and her commitment to the Lord are a great inspiration to me.  Below I want to share with you a abbreviated glimpse of her testimony.  I hope it will be a blessing to you.

 WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?

Nancy Mattingly

 James 4:14  “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

When I was a child I never once thought I would be the wife of a preacher.  I was raised in a Catholic home went to a Catholic grade school.  We never read the Bible. We were never encouraged to do so.  Hum I wonder why?  You think maybe because it had the truth in it and the truth shall set you free.

In 1967 I was set free, my life was transformed when I gave my heart and life to Christ.  The first thing I wanted to do was to let my family (Brothers and Sisters) know what had happened to me.  To my surprise they weren’t excited.  It is amazing to me how people are afraid for their life to change.  In that little Church in Bowling Green Kentucky  were I got saved my husband was called to preach our lives changed forever.  Yet it seems like just yesterday.  Since that time many of my family members have been saved.

I am so thankful the Lord gave us the time and the courage to witness and be a witness to my family.  Ladies we need to remember that our life here on earth is like a vapor that appeareth for a little time and vanisheth away.  I am so thankful that when the Lord saved me he changed me from the inside out.  He changed my desires and my wants.  He gave me the desire to live for him and not myself.  He helped me to serve him in a capacity which I had never dreamed of or even thought of.  To know Him is to want to serve Him  no matter where you are in your life. I am praying as you read this that if God speaks to you that you will just say not my will but thine Lord.  Remember so little time and the harvest will be over.  What will you do with the rest of your life?

Nancy Mattingly

1 Peter 5:7

A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST

In the army of the Lord we need to be good soldiers and we need to train good soldiers.  I see today many who are looking for the comfort zone.  Many are on continual R & R.  They never confront the enemy.  They never rescue the perishing.  They take the path of political correctness and safety.

I do believe there is a Master’s Minority in all our churches that would rise up, put on the armor of God and get in the battle for righteousness.  They would look to the to our Commander in Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ.  They would have His passion for the lost.

Below are a few thoughts on some Bible characteristics of a good soldier.  I’m sure there are many more that could be added.  Let’s get busy doing the work of a good soldier of Jesus Christ and then recruiting additional soldiers for the spiritual warfare we are in.

1. A GOOD SOLDIER HAS LEARNED TO ENDURE HARDNESS – (2 Timothy 2:3)  “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”   Christian Life is not simply a Sunday School picnic  (1 Samuel 17:29)  “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”

2. HE AVOIDS DISTRACTING ENTANGLEMENTS – (2 Timothy 2:4a) “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;…” that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

3. A GOOD SOLDIER DESIRES TO PLEASE HIS SUPERIOR – (2 Timothy 2:4b-5)  “… that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”

4. A GOOD SOLDIER REALIZES SOME BATTLES ARE WORTH FIGHTING – (1 Timothy 6:12)  “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”

5. A GOOD SOLDIER IS READY TO DIE – (2 Timothy 4:6)  “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.”

6. A GOOD SOLDIER HAS A FIGHTING FINISHING FAITH  –  (2 Timothy 4:7)  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

7. A GOOD SOLDIER WILL BE REWARDED – (2 Timothy 4:8) “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”