Friday, August 13, 2010

Spiritual Mentoring and a Weekend Give-away

A special welcome to those of you visiting from Wendy Blight's blog! Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of "Letters from Leanne - The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship."

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!

5 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for the older women that the LORD has weaved in and out of my life. It was those women, who lead, and strengthened my Christian walk.

    Now I'm the older woman,who as the privilage through a CPC to help younger women as they walk through thier life.

    In His Grace,
    Tammy
    tammyrude@stny.rr.com

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  2. Jill,
    How fun to visit Wendy's blog and find you there! :)

    I'm praying for a mentor who is farther along in their speaking/writing ministry than I am. I need the accountability!

    Blessings to you,
    Deb

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  3. I have never participated in an organized Titus 2 program but I have learned from other Christian women as I have participated in other Christian groups. We can learn from all the people God puts in our lives as we journey here on earth; especially as we choose to associate with His people. I have had the opportunity to encourage others by sharing some of my experiences with them. For me mentoring, encouraging, sharing, and loving others become very entertwined as we travel through this life.
    Fannie from Kansas
    fgoldsmith@cox.net

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  4. More and more I'm realizing the need for a Spiritual mentor in my life. As I get older (I'm 36), I feel a desire to work with younger women and help them learn from my mistakes, but I don't feel at all ready or able. I hope finding a mentor of my own will help me find a way to mentor others.
    Thank you,
    Angela
    angelawinkler95@gmail.com

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  5. I have been blessed by a wonderful spiritual mentor in my friend Ginee. Our friendship began 15 years ago and is still going strong today. Ginee was the receptionist at an Audiology office where I worked for a demanding boss. Ginee showed me Jesus with her gentle and funny ways and has offered godly wisdom throughout a good part of my life. She is truly a Titus 2 woman. She has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family.

    Michelle from Oklahoma

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