One of the greatest treasures I have in my life are the women who came along side of me in different seasons to mentor/disciple me.
There were so many women growing up that lead small groups I was in, but one that was the first to really take me alongside of her was my friend Summer. I remember she was a leader my first summer at Snowbird, the poor woman endured my 12 year old self and still lovingly spoke truth into my life as the Lord was molding and shaping me. She lead my small group in 10th grade and took us through so many practical books on how to live godly lives, modesty, purity, topics so pertinent to high school girls. She didn’t downplay what we said, no matter how ridiculous our ideas; but also didn’t let us just slide by. She called us out to be the women God was creating us to be. She faithfully mentored me through high school, always making time to meet or have long distance phone conversations. I cherish what is now a friendship with this lady, she knows the deepest parts of my heart, and always calls me out to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
Along with Summer, there have been Sheri, Rocky, Sam, and a few others who the Lord has used in different seasons to walk alongside, encourage, and speak truth into my life.
Why am I writing this?
I cannot express the importance of having a mentor (I don’t really dissociate the term from discipleship). A solid believer who is a life stage or two ahead of you. Someone you can be honest with, that can speak truth into your life, and will not just encourage you in your relationship with Christ but call you out in areas that you aren’t submitting to Jesus.
Just as iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpen another
I know that I can call these women anytime to ask for prayer, to confess something in my life and ask for accountability, or just share joy that’s happening in my life.
On the flip side of that I think that it’s so great to do the same for others, not because I have so much wisdom to bestow upon younger girls, but I think that’s so important to share what God has done in my life with others.
Some of the sweetest moments in my life have been with my 9-10th grade girls, girls on my hall in college, and other girls throughout the years. In sharing coffee, talking about life and talking about the Lord with them, something happens in my heart. It’s not about anything I can say, but the Lord working in me. Challenging me by what these girls would say, the ways He’s working in their lives. He reminds me of the ways He’s worked in me.
I just believe that along with sharing the Gospel, discipleship/mentoring is something that is so vital for believers. We share what God has done, and what He is doing in us. Walk alongside of someone as they go through seasons you’ve been in, and find someone to disciple you in whatever stage of life you’re in.
I’m forever grateful for the women who have helped to shape me and come alongside of me as I walk with the Lord.
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