By Linnette Bachman Have you ever had a picture taken of you underneath a rock, where it looks like you are holding it up? I took one like this as a kid, and the image is etched in my mind. Under the rock, you can exert all your force if you want to, trying to hold it up. The reality is that the rock is … Continue reading The Gift of Christ the Center
Recently a young woman sat on my couch with tears streaming down her face. “I feel like God is always angry with me!” she blurted through the sobs. I paused to ponder my answer, “Why do you feel God is angry with you?” As she unpacked her reasoning it was clear she was not speaking the truth about her identity in Christ to herself. Rather … Continue reading Speaking to Yourself Versus Listening to Yourself
I recently chatted with a young staff wife about her obvious gift of leadership. Her husband and staff leaders confirmed that, indeed, she was gifted as such. She was concerned that she might miss using her “voice” in her present situation and location. She was not sure how her gifts might ever be used. And, I could tell there was apprehension that she might miss … Continue reading What About Me?: Three Lies About Using our Gifts
One of the biggest lies I confronted while raising our children was: “My child’s future and faith all depends on me.” Perhaps I felt this pressure because as a wife and mom in the ministry, I knew their were eyes on me, especially as I parented! And, to be honest, I just wanted to be the best mom ever for my kids! This … Continue reading Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?
I don’t like these words! They sound so immature. Comparison has almost become one of those acceptable sins (thank you Jerry Bridges for this phrase) among Christian women. Jealousy is a bit harder to own. But isn’t jealousy a twin to comparison? And both grow in the womb of desire. Being a young mom in campus ministry there are numerous opportunities to compare on many … Continue reading Comparison and Jealousy
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
One of the lies I have believed for too long is that I am invisible. While there were many successes throughout my life, I was rarely recognized or appreciated for what I had accomplished. Over and over again, others were given opportunities and roles while I felt “put on the back burner,” unseen, or overlooked. It is easy to feel invisible in the season of … Continue reading Am I Seen?
I hit a wall after we returned from Indonesia twenty years ago. I was relationally tired. I found myself paralyzed when I considered discipling yet one more woman! How would I ever maintain the many relationships I had left behind and even before Indonesia? We were ‘beginning again’ connecting with donors, other staff, church, neighbors, family, and new friends. My personal expectations on top of … Continue reading Truths and Lies About Disciple-Making