Monthly Archives: October 2012

Welcome

They didn’t question why we were there.

No grilling me to to see if I my life was in order.

Just openness and honesty.

A willingness to go deep when I broke the norm of chitchat

A taking me aside to really listen

To say “I understand” and mean it.

To cry with me.

To listen and not shy away or run away from me in my rawness.

Instead, embracing all that I was right there and then.

How thankful I am that they did that!

I found myself unfolding.

Relaxing and coming alive again.

It’s what happens when one truly welcomes another.

 

 

This has been a “Five Minute Friday” entry.

Writing for five minutes flat without editing, backtracking, or over thinking.

Joining Lisa-Jo and all the rest in the growing and very Welcoming crowd this Friday.

(Ok, so it’s the end of Friday, but I’m still joining in!)


(In) This Season

Hello!

I am so glad that you are here today!

If you are hopping over from {in}courage for the first time, “Welcome!” I hope you will feel at home right away!

If those who regularly read here are wondering what’s going on…

{in}courage, the blog home of Dayspring, has just launched 40 online groups called (in)courage Communities where you can connect with other women on a HUGE variety of topics ranging from new moms to empty nesters to social injustice advocates to women struggling with infertility to those with kids with special needs AND so much more. These groups are private, sacred spaces for you to be YOU in the season of life that you find yourself in.

I will be co-leading one of these communities! So here’s the deal…

The topic ::
A place to (in)courage those women IN ministry/missions/etc who are struggling in some aspect without a safe outlet to let their guard down and/or those coming OFF the field of missions/ministry/etc who are struggling in ANY aspect and would like to connect with those who understand.

For those of you interested in being a part of a group like that….you are in the right place.

Lindsey {that’s my partner} and I have a heart to reach out to those whose lives are/have been all about reaching out to others and along the way brokenness has become like a second skin due to major change, redirection, crisis of faith, discouragement, physical/mental illness, burnout, loss of support (financially or otherwise), or just have found themselves in a surprising period in ministry or from leaving a ministry…

(In) This Season was born from that heartbeat. “Where do we go from here?” in THIS season most unexpected…

Want to get to know us a little better and WHY this topic resonates with us….here’s a little more about who we are….

Libby Rosengren“I have been married to my best friend for 17 years and mom to 4 kids.  I am involved in homeschooling our kids, helping my husband with his business, keeping our home, blogging, reading, etc. Our family was in ministry in Peru, South America as missionaries for 8 years. That was 3 years ago, and I feel like I have left a part of my heart in Peru. We know that God still has something in mind for us there, but we are not sure what or how that will look. For now we are in the U.S. and at peace with where God has us.
Having faced burnout, depression, loss of support (both financially and otherwise), discouragement in ministry and major changes both IN ministry – and then – changes that caused us to move out of being directly involved in ministry, I have a real soft spot for those who struggle or have struggled with these issues in relation to ministry.”

Besides blogging here you can find me on Twitter: libbyrosengren

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Lindsey van Niekerk – “I grew up in Haiti for the first 16 years of my life {my parents are still there, by the way – for almost 40 years – Yeah, I know…they deserve a medal, right?} Then, I went to college, got my bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as in interpersonal &organizational communications {Shew! That’s a mouthful!}

I spent the next 10 years after that working as missions director, children’s pastor, youth pastor, & associate pastor.

I married the love of my life and my best friend {I know, I know…but it’s a cliche for a reason} 7 years ago, and we have lived on the East Coast of the U.S. as well as the great province of Gauteng in South Africa {he’s from there, by the way}. Chronic pain, infertility issues, interpersonal conflicts, impending depression & panic attacks, confounded by the stress of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that my parents were involved in{they are doing well now, by the way} brought us to the point of an indefinite time-out/sabbatical during this season of life and finding out what the next steps of God’s plans are for us.”

Lindsey’s Blog: The Little Missionary Girl All Grown Up

Twitter: lindseyfoj

Facebook: The Little Missionary Girl All Grown Up

So if (In) This Season sounds like the place for you, a safe space to interact with peers who understand your story, opportunities to share as little or as much as you want in a private setting, encouragement to write and blog together, and listening ears who will “just be there” without judgement or trying to fix you, then please email us at beautyoutofdust@gmail.com, and we will invite you to the closed/private Facebook group and provide more details of how you can get involved.

If you are a one of my regular readers (and are a women 🙂 ) and would like to check out all of the communities available, hop over to (in)courage to see what group speaks to you. This first session will run from October 2nd to December 2nd so the commitment is short term and you can be involved as little or as much as you would like.

Whatever you decide to do, we just want you to know how AMAZING you are and that God has just the thing FOR you, WHEN you need it! May His grace breathe life into your soul, giving you space to breathe and know that you are unequivocally, irrevocably His.
 


On Bravery…and something’s coming!

I told a friend in an email last week “I’m getting braver and braver.”

I’ve always laughed at the idea of me being brave because I am an introvert and quiet (well, at least until I get to know you!).

Sure, I made choices to marry and have children young, go to another country and learn to live and work there.

But I did it while shaking in my boots half the time! Much of the time I was a real scaredy cat!

I would want to run away from public speaking as we prepared to go overseas. Thanking my God in heaven every time that “opportunity” came up that my husband was great at it and didn’t mind getting up to talk for us.

Even in sharing what I’ve learned with other young women who would come into my home on a regular basis in Peru I found myself chickening out often times. How do I really know what I am talking about? How can I tell them with certainty that what I have to share is something they need to know?

So “getting braver” for me has been surprising at first and yet I realize with delight that to stand on Truth and believe brings a peace and a confidence that surpasses my fears. Even in my uncertainties I can stand on something completely sure.
As I learn to let go of lies that try so hard to keep me trapped, I find I can go ahead and speak TRUTH right out loud! Or even just allow myself to believe them and KNOW they are true!

Like for instance, here’s a statement of standing on truth, believing and being brave if I’ve ever read one:

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

When I believe this and stand on it, I am letting go of lies to the contrary and God does things I never thought possible.

Well, duh! It’s because it’s in HIS strength!

So here I am jumping into some new things that I’d never thought I’d do. Ever.

And because I don’t have to do it in my own strength,

Because I don’t have to have it all together to do it…I feel braver.

The freedom found in this is moving me forward and helping me believe more in this God who “loves me and gave himself for me”.

Believe that He really IS the God of the impossible!

Tomorrow something is coming to my blog and more than that, into my life. Really it’s already a part of my life!

I can’t wait to share it with you, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!

It’s totally God’s idea, He nudged me to get involved and I am just along for the ride! I look forward to this and share it with you because it really has nothing to do with me and I can’t wait to just let Him take HIS idea and run with it!

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“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19