Discipleship in Color: Why it’s Important to Talk About Diversity, Racism and Privilege with our Kids

“Baby, do you know why your skin is brown?” I asked my then four-year-old son. When he answered, “No,” I launched into a brief explanation of how God created us with something called melanin in our skin that gives our skin its color, and how it also can help protect us from getting hurt from the sun. I asked him again why our skin was … Continue reading Discipleship in Color: Why it’s Important to Talk About Diversity, Racism and Privilege with our Kids

Holidays with a Side Dish of Anxiety

It’s the season for gathering, celebrating, creating memories and remembering the goodness of the Lord. It sounds amazing! Decorations are up, music is playing and stores, vying for our money, are touting deals galore. It’s great! Or is it? Person after person with whom I interact is dealing with anxiety at some level. I can get caught on the anxiety treadmill myself. We depend on … Continue reading Holidays with a Side Dish of Anxiety

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