I've been reading some blog posts from the "a Life Overseas" blog that have encouraged, inspired and challenged me. They make me think of so many of my friends out here in the world abroad. If you are, have been, or would like to be a woman in the mission or development fields overseas, read some of these very real pictures of life as a woman, especially as a wife and/or mother, in a cross-cultural environment.
Good Will Come: Views on Suffering
I read this today and felt so encouraged. I have come to many of the same "gray areas" myself.
Missionary Mommy Wars
I've been able to avoid a lot of these pressures, due in huge part to my gracious husband and his low expectations, but I've seen this in so many friends' lives.
If I'm Perfect
This nailed me. There are many sentences in here that I could have written myself, about myself.
When Spouses Travel
Fred travels a lot, but lately I've also been doing some big trips. This was a great read with good advice as we enter a season of more and more opportunities for travel.
I dedicate all these links to the women who, although spread around the world, are some of my dearest friends. Although we don't get to speak often, due to terrible internet connections, major time zone differences, many small children, and the normal busy-ness of missional life abroad, they love and understand me at such a deep level. I have deep admiration for you who have chosen this crazy life.
Thank you, and I love you all...
Corrine H, Haley B, Liz S, Mandi S, Tiffanee W, Vangi T, Melinda K, and recent friends Sarah, Charity and Susan, along with others I may have forgotten