A New Season and Farewell

Dear Friends, Perhaps you have noticed things here gradually slowing down, but I wanted to share with you today that I am officially putting Missionary Moms on an indefinite hold. I have so very much enjoyed having the opportunity to relate with you amazing women here and have been tremendously blessed and encouraged by your faith and friendship, but God has clearly shown me that now is the time for me to say goodbye to blogging for an extended time. The primary reasons are simply that life right now is very full and I feel like I need to devote the energy that I used to have for writing and hosting this blog to other things for a time, as well as that I just feel God leading me out of a time of sharing so frequently what is on my heart and mind and into a time more of listening and learning.  I felt led by God to start this blog and so enjoyed sharing with you here via this forum, and though it is sad for me, I feel equally as led by Him to step away for now. I hope to restart the blog sometime in the future, but God has not yet revealed to me any details about this. I have a huge heart for all of you dear women all around the world who are living the life that you are for the sake of the gospel, and I wanted to let you know that I will still be praying for you and look forward to visiting your blogs and praying for your families and ministries! (And still feel free to email me if you’d like to talk or pray! formissionarymoms@gmail.com) The content of this blog will remain online, and you can find links to all of the contributors’ blogs on the “Contributors” page. I will also periodically update our family blog (TheLatvalasInRussia.wordpress.com) if you would like to keep up with me there, but I confess that I am not very good about keeping it current.

Lastly, I have something exciting to share with you! I have been praying that God would call other people to provide more online resources for missionary moms and had even planned a little section in this last post to ask you friends to pray and consider starting a blog/blogs to meet this need.  Guess what?! Even before I had a chance to share this need publicly, Phyllis emailed me to see what I thought about her starting a new place online for missionary moms to gather while this blog is on hold! What an answer to prayer! Also, she is asking for YOU to consider if you might like to contribute posts to the new blog to make it a place where many women can take part in ministering to one another. I just love her vision! Here is the link to her new blog, “Missionary Mom’s Companion.” Please add it to your reader and consider how you might be able to help her build this new place of community! And if anyone else feels compelled to start any other missionary mom blogs either now or in the future, please let me know so I can share your link here! There is very far from an abundance of blogs for missionary moms, and it would be so exciting to see more spring up! May God bless each of you tremendously as you love and serve the Lord and love and serve your beautiful families! Much Love in Christ, Ashley

8 Responses to “A New Season and Farewell”

  1. 1 jolenesloan May 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Dear sweet Ashley, we will miss you dearly! You started a great thing here on “For Missionary Moms” and were an encouragement in so many ways to many, many ladies. We will miss you, but we know that you will be busy doing exactly what God wants for you! God bless you, sweet sister in the Lord.

  2. 2 Liz K May 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    oh sad! I have so enjoyed this space over the last year or so! But glad to know you are doing what you are suppose too and God will provide other space. Thanks!

  3. 3 Jody McComas May 29, 2012 at 2:54 am

    You’ll be missed. I’ll be praying for your family and the adoption process. Soooooo exciting!

  4. 4 Jen B May 29, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Sad to hear, but I completely understand. Thankful you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit. We have a blog called Baptist Missionary Women for moms and singles – http://www.baptistmissionarywomen.blogspot.com

  5. 5 Ashley L May 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for your kind comments, friends. I am very blessed to know that God has used this blog and hope very much to start writing again in the future, whenever God leads. I will certainly miss being here with you! Even just last night God sent another great ministry opportunity my way that I am excited to take part in, which was further confirmation that I do indeed need to say goodbye to blogging for a time. I was thankful for that little confirmation because I was feeling sad about officially putting things on hold here! I’ll see you for sure though at Missionary Mom’s Companion and elsewhere too hopefully. I’m excited to check out the Baptist Missionary Women’s blog too! Thank you so much for the link, Jen. I plan to put up a post above this one sometime soon that will lead our friends here to the other blogs that are out there for missionary moms, and I’ll be sure to include your blog!

  6. 6 Patty May 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Ashley, Thank you. You {personally} and this blog have been a blessing to me on numerous occasions.
    Praying for your new opportunities to make Christ known! I look forward to “seeing” you again when God deems it best!

  7. 7 Danielle May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for starting this blog…it has been a great resource for me over the last year and a half. Many blessings to you and your family!

  8. 8 Shilo May 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Blessings, my dear friend on you as you enter this season of listening and learning. One thing I have always appreciated about you is that you are not driven by numbers or stats or expectations but by His precious voice. He delights in you! I’ll be praying for you and am excited to keep hearing about your adoption journey! Love, Shilo

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