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Of course you are wondering who I am to be offering advice and wisdom for the ministry life and beyond? Your desire to check up on me reveals the deep wisdom already in you. Don't accept any old bit of advice from just any old lady (especially us old ladies!) without knowing her background and if she has real life experience in ministry. 

I am 59 years old (still shocking to me!) and after growing up "in the church" I moved right in to leading youth groups, marrying a youth pastor. I helped him as he became an Associate Pastor, Singles Pastor, Small Group Director, Interim Pastor, and a Senior Pastor. On my own I was a Sunday School Superintendent, directed nursery & toddlers ministry, taught Sunday School for thirty years, was a Children's Church Pastor for many years, taught in a church-run pre-school, directed Women's Ministry, organized our local pastor's wives monthly meetings, taught mid-week kids classes and oversaw several outreach ministries to our community. Hubs and I have just completed ten years of founding and directing a small Ministry School which has been our favorite ministry so far!

If you are involved in church leadership of any denomination, you know all the hundreds of duties included in the list above! I can hardly believe I have done so many different jobs within the church, but between Hubs and I we have pretty much 'done it all'. And truly loved most of it. Ha! 

Here, My Friends, is the important piece...... As I spent my days, months and years working for God, even though I loved Him with all my heart......I never felt like I was doing enough! I knew God loved me, He loved everyone. But I ached to prove my love by what I did for Him and for others.

I also was crippled by fear....of life. Fear of failure, injury, looking stupid, being I slowly and carefully built a wall around myself that insulated me from the risks of life. I wrapped this busy ministry woman up in a comfy cocoon. Keeping busy made me feel good about myself.

But the loving and gentle God we serve knew that living in a cocoon, even one I had made to fit myself perfectly was not the BEST for me. He began to slowly show me my worth. He spoke love words to me that taught me that all my doing for Him was not really impressing Him at all! 

God loved me at first sight! He loves that I get up and breath in the morning, that is enough for Him! What? Are  you saying that God is just as happy with us if we spend the day reading in the backyard as He would be if we were out being the main speaker at a Women's Conference or preaching in a church?? 


I am no longer in a confining cocoon with silly rules about Christian life. I read my Bible when I want to, not according to a strict morning schedule, I love my church but I also have spent some lovely Sundays at the beach with God! I NEVER would have done that years ago!! 

Why? Because I was a classic Church Lady! Hard on myself and hard on others. 

God is just not as hard to please & delight as we think He is! 

Now I am a flying butterfly, no more tight, ugly, scratchy cocoon for me. And the world has not come to an end because I have a glass of wine or decide not to attend every single church function we have!

Hmm, is this helpful or have I now scared you away? I hope you keep reading because my big astounding message is simply this..........

Beautiful Woman, the Father is delighted in tomorrow when you do He smiles every time He thinks of you........and that's a lot!!


  1. I love you, Susie Klein! I have spent many days, even Sundays on a beach seeking Him. Guarding the heart and keeping His love alive and the fires burning bright are the challenges as time goes on. I am amazed how free I came into Christianity and how soon I felt the oppression that seemed to press in around those I was seeking to learn from and follow.I soon learned that Following Him, would was not only key to my salvation but to walking in faith by grace in His care and provision. You are an inspiration to those who need to know grace, truth and freedom from the Church Lady Syndrome- Happy Blogoversary - counting down the minutes with you! Love, In His Grace, Dawn

    1. Thank you Dawn. I am continually thankful that our cyber-paths crossed many months ago. You are an amazing cheerleader and encourager and I love your view of God. You ENJOY Him, not just serve Him. That makes me grin with happiness!

  2. Hey Susie-I confess I just took the time to go through all the tabs on your site for the first time today and landed here last. First, I can't believe you're 57 - you look far younger!! While my journey was a little different, I too have learned there's freedom in Him. There's something about going beyond the age of 40 (a lot beyond for me, but it seems to start there for many) that causes us to begin to look at how we're living differently. I don't know whether it's maturity or the realization that we're not getting younger that allows us to cut ourselves the same slack that God does. Like you said He's not that hard to please. He delights in us. Earlier this year I spent untold hours by the lake talking with Him, enjoying His creation, putting all the other demands of life and church aside just to BE with Him. I'm sure it's the happiest I've ever made Him :) God bless! Toni

  3. Thanks you so much for the follow, Susie. I wish you bliss as you continue your journey.

    In Peace,


  4. Susie- Appreciate your is easy to get on the performance I grow older God has been freeing me from this check-list to make him happy mentality...thanks for sharing your freedom...I think we might be "neighbors"...I live in the St. Louis area...

  5. Welcome Kel, it is an ongoing learning, or re-learning track I think! Thanks for commenting!

  6. Oh my . . . when did you move into my head and start reading what all's in there? I'm trying to shrug off the the Church lady cocoon too, so I can be a friend of God, not a slave. Well, I'm that too, bondservant of Christ and all, but you know what I mean. Glad you're out there in Cyberspace. I'll be back . . .

  7. I think there are many out there who are living like the church lady rather than by grace. So thankful for that amazing grace and a God who loves us where we are.

  8. So pleased to discover your blog, Susie. I'll visit again!

  9. I couldn't find a "like" button so I'll just say it..."LIKE!" :-)

  10. I know I read this a long time ago, but don't see any comments from me, so maybe I missed doing know I'm right there with you...been there, done that too. I love how God continues to use you to minister to others in a bright new way. Doesn't have to be from a confining cocoon place...He has a lot more creativity than that and wants you to blossom wherever He plants you! I know you have come a long way since you wrote this...and it's all good. Growing in new directions. You are and have been such a blessing to me lo! these many years! :) Looking forward to what God has planned for your new place. <3 <3 my friend.

    1. Thanks for this Pam, just saw it tonight. It is fun to watch whatever it is that God wants to do with all of us. Sometimes it takes a while for us to let go of our old vision of what pleasing God can really look like.

  11. Susie, I can't wait to read your book. This might be the one for my sister who might be your clone.

    Brother Johnny


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