Nailed It: Failures in Overcommitting and Overestimating Capacity

By Linnette Bachman For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to “nail it” when it comes to any situation. Beyond simply getting something done, I like to add in a special touch. I can remember while I was pregnant with my first baby, Dave and I were leading a freshman retreat. I spent all of the scheduled rest time to fold, tie … Continue reading Nailed It: Failures in Overcommitting and Overestimating Capacity

Courage in Evangelism in Every Season

By Linnete Bachman I’ve heard it said that courage is not the absence of fear but moving forward in spite of fear. I have needed courage in evangelism in every season! In my full-time-on-campus years, I *enjoyed* leading IBDs. (After the first few minutes of door knocking and waiting feverishly to see if anyone would come, that is.) Partnering with a student leader gently pushed … Continue reading Courage in Evangelism in Every Season

Taking a GASP When You Are Tired

By Linnette Bachman I have experienced different seasons of tiredness. There was newborn baby first-time mom tired, vitamin deficiency tired, fall-launch I haven’t seen my husband in ten days tired, we just moved for the summer to live with college students tired, morning sickness babies 2, 3, 4, and 5 tired, etc. Coming into 2018, I am not sure what kind of tired you may … Continue reading Taking a GASP When You Are Tired

10 Insights on Capacity for Navstaff Mommies

I smiled and said “yes” to her invitation even though I knew that I had no bandwidth to make such a decision.  As my friend happily jaunted away I felt only exhaustion and regret. I once again agreed to something that would prove draining not only for me, but my family who had been getting the residual leftovers of “me” for far too long. Capacity! … Continue reading 10 Insights on Capacity for Navstaff Mommies

Relationally Busy, but Lonely

As Navstaff we aren’t the only ones who move a lot. Over the years I’ve met other families whose work has required frequent moves. What seems unique to our work though, is the amount of relational energy we direct toward campus, often leaving us with less capacity for peer relationships. For many of us mommy missionaries, our status as unpaid staff doesn’t release us from … Continue reading Relationally Busy, but Lonely