By Linnette Bachman Nurture (verb) to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing. To help or encourage the development of. I’m sure many of you know way more about this than I do, but a few summers ago I tried my hand at a vegetable garden. In February, I bought some tomato plant seeds online and started growing them indoors. … Continue reading Nurturing at Home and on Campus
Like many others last December we put up a tree in our family room and tortured our curious offspring with wrapped gifts under its branches. They obsessed over the pretty packages and counted down the hours, days, weeks, eternities until they could unwrap them. I wrestled with teaching my kids how to enjoy the blessings of Christmas without losing the meaning behind it all. And … Continue reading Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit
My elementary school playground was on the corner of a very busy intersection. Like most playgrounds, it had a climbing apparatus and swings, a blacktop to play hopscotch and four square, and a kickball field all located in the center of a protective 12-foot fence. There was safety and fun in the center of the playground. Yet, there was a handful of kids who would … Continue reading The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity
At this time of year you may be asking yourself, How did I get here? and Why am I doing this?’ I remember feeling that way most every August as I steeled myself for the endless days and nights of fall launch. Even though we aren’t currently in the throws of campus life I’m still preparing for a 2 week stint of single parenting as … Continue reading Spiritual Generations: Inspiration from the First Mommy Missionary
Have you ever felt a twinge of jealousy when your husband comes home from a campus event and shares an encouraging note from a student thanking him for his help? Have you ever been at an event where students publicly rave about your husband and you are not noticed? Sometimes we can compare ourselves with our husband and come up feeling “short” on the fruitfulness … Continue reading Changing Diapers while He’s Changing Lives?
As a recovering pleaser, performer and perfectionist, I deeply long for those caught in such bondage to be set free. Our deep desire for love and acceptance can so easily lure us into the trap of trying to “earn” love with our spiritual leaders and with God Himself. The hidden and deceitful message is that I must “do” to maintain the love I so desire. … Continue reading Setting Others Free From Performance
Fall launch approached with the mixed emotions it always brings. Our student leaders returned for our training weekend. The long days and nights of not seeing my husband had begun. I desperately wanted to stay connected to the ministry and supportive of my husband. Honestly, not for all the right reasons, some, but not all. I hustled three little boys into their shoes, once found, … Continue reading When Ministry Hurts
The following advice reflects how I partnered with Jim while we were on campus. Our boys say that when someone gives advice, it tends to be an autobiography. I must say I agree! What worked for us might not work for you. My desire is to share some helpful things we did while partnering at home and on campus with children under our roof. Offer … Continue reading Practical Ways to Partner with Your Husband in Ministry