what i learned from my mom-in-law

Libby’s mom said something to us a while ago that has really stuck with me. It’s just so wise I had to post it here for posterity.

Libby and I have been exploring how to follow God more fully in our lives. We’ve talked about everything from moving to Paris and helping start a church, or becoming a campus/university pastor or going on staff at a church as a worship/arts pastor or associate pastor. Libby’s parents were missionaries in Germany for almost 20 years. They started 2 evangelical churches south of Frankfurt, Germany that are still thriving and alive today.

This was her mom’s advise…

Don’t expect to go on the mission field (or into ministry) and start doing something you’re not already doing here, because it won’t happen.

That’s just pure wisdom. This comment alone helped me realize that worship leading will be part of the next steps in our journey of following God – no matter what it is.

What’s something you learned from your in-laws?

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5 Responses to “what i learned from my mom-in-law”


  1. 1 Lori Foester November 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Cool Ter! Glad that parental advice is still worth listening too! Give me hope that I’m not all “hot air” for my kids:)

  2. 2 Ken November 8, 2007 at 10:49 am

    I think between this post and the last one we should learn to listen to, and appreciate, wisdom wherever it happens to come from (those older and more experienced, those younger with a fresh perspective, or even from those who simply see things differently).

    As for me, my in-laws have provided much practical advise over the years and, just as important, have made me feel like a welcome part of the family.

    Keep listening for the wisdom from all angles!

  3. 3 Brit Windel November 9, 2007 at 9:08 am

    wow that is great advice indeed. i don’t have in-laws but thanks for yours advice

  4. 4 Terry Foester November 9, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Lori – yeah agreed – let’s hope we’re not all hot air in the end.
    Ken – so true, wisdom comes in the most surprising places.
    Brit – thanks for the comment!

  5. 5 John Leek November 12, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    That is great advice. I may share that with a couple other folks.


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author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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