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Spiritual mentoring is not a new concept or idea - it was present in the Old Testament with Naomi and Ruth and also in the New Testament with Mary and Elizabeth. It is also a way of life Paul calls us to in Titus 2:3-5, "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
Some individuals can read these verses and think the older woman can hold a six week class for the younger woman and her job is done, but I don't believe that is the case. From my experience, spiritual mentoring is all about relationships and sharing life together. In Letters from Leanne, you will see how God grew our friendship and worked through it to mature our faith.
This road to maturity has had ups and downs, smiles and tears - much like the road you are walking. There have been times of joy - babies, weddings and new jobs; along with trials - injuries, the loss of a parent and a miscarriage, but because we've journeyed together the good times have been better and the burdens lighter. The words of Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 are true, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up."
Regardless of where you are on your walk of faith, spiritual mentoring is for you - someone is a step ahead, learn from her, and someone else is following behind, share with her. I have been blessed by how God has worked through spiritual mentoring in my life and it is a privilege to share that gift with others. I pray you've been encouraged to make it part of your life today!!
Now for the give-away - How about you, has spiritual mentoring made a difference in your life? How? If not, how do you think spiritual mentoring could bless you as you walk in faith? Have you asked God to put an older woman in your life? If not, do so now and please share your requests with me, I'd be honored to pray for you. Share your thoughts and enter to win a copy of "Letters from Leanne." Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact the winner!