untitled (2) Hi!  My name is Barbara Deatherage. I was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and was raised in a small, neighboring town, Biglerville. At nineteen my life completely changed when I met Jesus Christ and accepted him as my Savior. Three days later I met Jim Deatherage who would become my husband the next year, 1981. Talk about changes – I went from rebellious college girl to pastor’s wife in a very short amount of time.

And the changes continued – several moves that took us from Pennsylvania to Maryland to Virginia to North Carolina to Kansas and finally to the North Texas area where we live now. Also, along the way we became mom and dad to four children, Rachael, Caleb, Melody, and Evan. This summer we will be empty-nesters – yet another change. But not all changes are bad. Our kids are growing up, but that means grandkids for us! Aria was the first, Vince arrived in December 2014, closely followed by a little Virginian grandbaby, Lucy, born in May of 2015. What fun!

Through our 32 years of parenting and 34 years of marriage, God has led us and taught us and, in the due course of things, it’s time to give back. Titus 2:3-5 says, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” I believe this is my commission at this point of my life and this blog is my attempt to fulfill that commission.

If you are a younger woman, I invite you to come along as I explore what God has taught me about marriage and parenting and living the Christian life, and, hopefully, you will be encouraged as you minister to your family. If you are an older woman, won’t you come along and explore with me just what it means to train young women. May we all join together in fulfilling the roles God has given us so that “the word of God may not be reviled.”

To get a feel for what you will find at Worth Doing Poorly, take a look at these posts:

What If I Mess Up?

Out of the Nest

Relief Valves

A Parent’s SOS

Pity Party, Anyone?






3 comments on “About Me”

  1. I also became a pastor’s wife in a very short amount of time! My husband and I are in the midst of some changes but I cannot wait to look back after 30 years of marriage and see God’s story weaved throughout.

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