He is Greater than Our Hearts

By Linnette Bachman “I can’t say I forgive her if that’s not truly how I feel.”“I can’t pray authentically if I don’t feel close to God.”“I have to be true to myself.” Being authentic seems to be the highest value of many of my student friends. Clearly communicating the depths of how they truly feel is of utmost importance. It trumps all else. Being that … Continue reading He is Greater than Our Hearts

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

For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

Hi Everyone! Today on the blog, I am excited to welcome my regional leader’s wife, Karen Heintzman. Karen has impacted me personally in many ways: she has helped me grow in self-awareness, she has lovingly given me counsel and care in difficult times, and she has been an example to me of a godly mom. She has balanced the roles of mom and Nav staff … Continue reading For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

Pursuing a Culture of Seeking out Wisdom

By Linnette Bachman In our Google-everything culture, it is easy to get information very quickly. Need a recipe that is vegetarian, gluten-free, feeds 20, and can freeze well? Boom. About 3 million options will pop-up to offer you help. Is your 4-month-old not sleeping at night? Boom. Over 6 million links appear in less than one second for you to peruse. Many will be the … Continue reading Pursuing a Culture of Seeking out Wisdom

Speaking to Yourself Versus Listening to Yourself

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

Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

When my oldest was still very young, I recognized that she has a lovely singing voice. I was ecstatic! I am a singer too! I’m all about oratorios and acapella groups and art songs! I was so excited and proud and like any good mama – I started to plan out her musical future. When we moved to Champaign, I signed her up for a … Continue reading Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

By Lindy Black “Am I loved? Does someone see me? Do I matter? Am I safe?” Shauna Niequist’s words in her new book, Present over Perfect, could be my own as she describes the “cavernous ache” we all experience deep in our hearts. The Gospel throughout the Scripture answers with power and certainty – YES, in Christ Jesus!  But until recently, I had not tapped … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

Comparison and Jealousy

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