I look forward to “Ask An Author” like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. It gets my book loving heart beating to be able to interact with authors and not have to miss out because those opportunities only exist “back home.” We are nearing the end of our time with Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission and authors Robynn Bliss and Sue Eenigenburg are with us today. (Squeal!) They open to questions you have and will pop in and out this week as time allows.
I asked a question to get us started.
Recently where have you noticed expectations needing attention in your life? In general do you find you need to raise or lower expectations?
Sue: We just made a big move this past week from South Asia and plan to move to Europe in the fall after some time in the U.S. People have been asking if I am excited about the move and I have been thinking through how to respond. Yes, there is some excitement but we just had a big move five years ago and the memories of the hardships of adjusting to a new country are still fairly fresh.
I am excited, but it is a tempered excitement knowing there will be challenges as well as benefits. When thinking about raising support I feel the increase needed is daunting, but God reminded me that he is in charge of Euros as well as Rupees and dollars! I would have thought that after knowing Jesus for over 40 years and being involved in ministry for almost 30 that walking by faith should be more automatic, but it isn’t. It is still choosing to trust Jesus for everything every day. I am thankful for God’s patience with me as I continue to expectantly look to Him to provide, to guide and to empower.
Robynn: I never expected to end up here…in Kansas! It just wasn’t what I signed up for. I never expected that I’d live with my mother-in-law. Nope. Hadn’t banked on that. Most of my life has been a complete surprise to me!! And you’d think I’d be prepared given I contributed to a book on expectations once upon a time. But…alas….Jesus is constantly gently reminding me that he is faithfully in charge of my story. He knows what he’s doing. I maybe riding the roller coaster but he’s waiting patiently for me on the ground. He’s not in a dither. He’s not horrified by the way things are going. All along he planned this out to keep me constantly out of my element…constantly ever so slightly out of whack…so that I’d turn to him and find him to be my Relevant Redeemer!
Sue and Robynn, on behalf of the many, many who have benefited from your willingness to walk into these murky waters and show us a way out, thank you.
Over to you, what questions do you have?
Next week we’ll have a wrap up week since so much has been going on, we need time to process and finish the final chapter of the book. See you in the comments, friends!
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