October is Clergy Appreciation Month!

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October is Clergy Appreciate Month. Today I take time to appreciate our women’s pastor.

I grew up in small churches. I knew every attendant. I knew where every door led and where the brooms were stored and what made the pastors tick. To us moving to Kings Harbor Church was like moving from Small Town to New York City! I no longer knew the pastor’s wife by name. I seriously had dreams of crowds of people heading to the sanctuary via escalators and halls and halls for doors leading to unknown locations.
One summer morning, after being at KHC for about six months or a year, I was dropping off Kaeley to KHC’s cowboy themed Vacation Bible School. As the short-one and I traveled down the sidewalk that borders the church building I passed person after person and child after child and haystack after haystack. Then Suzie Lind, decked out in jeans and plaid shirt with straw hat to boot, approached. She looked me in my eyes and said, “Hi, Janna.”
That was all.
She passed like all the others. But she had seen me and called me by name. Though I calmly smiled and nodded my head in return, I was jumping inside my skin thinking that someone in this seemingly vast church knew my name.
I appreciate Suzie.
I appreciate her desire to draw women of all life-stages and ages into ministry with one another. I appreciate the consideration she takes to think through every Bible study offered to the women of the church, even down to the names of the study, and how the women will be blessed.

I love that I see her listening to women more than I see her talking.

I asked other KHC women what they most appreciated about our fearless leader and here are some of their answers:

-Her laugh makes me laugh.
-She has a cute style. (This seems to have been most women’s immediate response.)
-She’s very relatable. I feel I could be her friend and I could approach her.
-She once asked me how I was. I didn’t mean to, but I ended up spilling out all my current worries and anxieties. She listened and actually followed up later by asking me, “How are you doing?” and I knew she really wanted to know.

What do you appreciate about our fearless leader?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

3 thoughts on “October is Clergy Appreciation Month!

  1. She is purposeful it what she does and does it all ( and let’s face it there is a lot she does) with a servants heart. She leads by example and is always willing to learn, to grow and try harder. She has blessed me in ways that words cannot touch.
    “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness”

  2. -Suzie has a heart for God and for His women.
    -When you spend time with her, you know that you have been seen, understood, and loved. -She is genuine and makes you feel like she is in the dirt with you struggling to follow our Lord too yet she has a tenacity that let’s you know that her eyes are fixed on Him no matter how messy life may become.

  3. When I think of Suzie, the one word that comes to my mind most often is “Grace”. Grace in the way she shepherds the women of our church, grace in how she handles the demands of family, work and life. I am blessed each day by her patience, love and grace as she helps me navigate the still foreign concept of being a “working mom”. She reminds me to search for the presence of God in all things. She gently reminds me that my pursuit of Him and the care of my family always come first. And yes, she models that with grace as well. She draws me out of my natural shell and challenges me every day to get to know and love the women at King’s Harbor and not be afraid. When she is giving her time to you, you feel she has no other place to be and wouldn’t want to do anything but listen and encourage you (even if she has a million things in her head). I have learned so much from her and am blessed to call her my pastor, my boss, my mentor and my friend.

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