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

The Word

What a precious gift we have in God’s Word! To think that God speaks directly to me through His Word is a treasure beyond what my mind can imagine. I love to gain insights and write them down for reference in the future. I delight in hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on Scripture. Learning Scripture over the past five decades has become a delight … Continue reading The Word

“Navigating” Navigator Conferences as Parents

By Linnette Bachman In our first years of marriage and on staff, Dave and I experienced regular conflict during conferences.  We would go, go, go all day all week and rarely connect or pace ourselves.  As we entered parenthood, new challenges arose—Do I go?  Do we bring kids?  And if our whole family is there, who is “on” as the parent?  We’d begin conferences tired, … Continue reading “Navigating” Navigator Conferences as Parents

What’s Next? 4 Development Opportunities for Staff Women

By Deb Proctor Ten years ago I was eating lunch with my supervisor in California. I had recently been promoted to Nav Rep. As we discussed my desires for development for the next school year he shared something with me that has forever changed the way that I think about my development. He said, “Deb, your development is your responsibility!”  His approach was very thoughtful … Continue reading What’s Next? 4 Development Opportunities for Staff Women

Teach Me Lord to Order My Day

Last fall over a nice breakfast at an outdoor cafe, Jim spoke life giving words of advice to me which have changed how I seek to view each day. We were discussing things I wanted to accomplish or seemed pressured to make happen. Some of them were personal: time alone with God, working out, making healthy food, while others were family and work related. He … Continue reading Teach Me Lord to Order My Day

Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Family Friendly Ministry Events

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” And my heart always adds a little tag line, “And when … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Family Friendly Ministry Events

Practically Investing in One: Getting Back in the Saddle After Having a Baby

By Linnette Bachman Before Andrew was born I closed out all of my 1-on-1 relationships with women. I connected new older women to the younger women I was meeting with so they could continue having someone invest in them. I talked with the woman who had been investing into me about taking 6 months off. I wanted to have time to adjust to baby number … Continue reading Practically Investing in One: Getting Back in the Saddle After Having a Baby

Top Ten Tips for Navigating STPs with Kids

 By Linnette Bachman (This post originally appeared in April 2015)         At my first STP I remember bringing my 6 month–old to Navnight each week.  Strolling her in the back of the room, desperately trying to get her to sleep, a wise older staff woman said, “Linnette, you need to go home and put your baby to bed!” It was a landmark moment in my life–I realized I was still trying to fit in the … Continue reading Top Ten Tips for Navigating STPs with Kids

Prayer Appointments: Going Deeper in Prayer

The prayer spoke in my wheel has been short since the day my oldest was born. I used to journal for hours on end and could actually sit for long periods of time with my eyes closed and not fall asleep. I’ve coped in various ways, but extended times of prayer continue to elude me. When I say “extended time in prayer” – I mean … Continue reading Prayer Appointments: Going Deeper in Prayer

A Day of Delight – How to Get a Sabbath with Littles in Your Life

By Linnette Bachman In our early years on staff, Dave and I tended to work a lot.  Being together on campus was fun and life-giving (most of the time).  With weekend retreats, late night IBD’s, and enthusiasm to create and innovate in our “off” time, we rarely took a true Sabbath day.  After our first year of marriage, an older staff couple told us how … Continue reading A Day of Delight – How to Get a Sabbath with Littles in Your Life