Mentoring

Mentoring – Part 1

Anyone can do it. You don’t have to have some sort of special certificate or degree or intelligence level. You just have to be about one step ahead of the person. That’s all. Webster defines the word mentor as a trusted counselor or guide. A guide. Think about the guides you’ve had in your life. They have a field of expertise usually. And they share what they know. So, I share what I know. While I had a fairly uneventful childhood and young adult life, I have certainly experienced a gamut of happenings during my marriage that could make one’s head spin. And because of that, I guide. I guide because I’ve walked a road that nearly took my hope and joy. I guide because I’ve learned something from being in the pit. I guide because I know that there are others who need to hear that God will carry them through. I have several women in my life whom I mentor. They are as precious and as different as you could imagine. Some are married, some are single. Some are mothers, some are desperate to be mothers. But they are my girls, nonetheless. It’s not that I have something so amazing to offer these women. Nope. They just ask. And I’m blown away with each request that God would allow this stay-at-home mom to play a part in another person’s life. Yep. That’s PRIH-tee darn cool. Do you have a mentor? If not, start looking πŸ™‚

15 thoughts on “Mentoring – Part 1”

  1. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I have some that I really look up to, but I really don’t have a mentor. I have even encouraged others to pray for God’s direction in finding a mentor. Maybe I should pray that myself! I think the whole asking someone “will you be my mentor” is a little uncomfortable for me.

  2. lol scott! I don’t have one right over me that I know. I mentor others. I’ve been mentored by Beth Moore, Andrew Murray, John Piper…all people I will meet on the other side.

  3. It is funny how many mentors I have that at the same time I mentor them as well. It all depends on what we are talking about. I can always learn as much from someone I am mentoring as they can from me.

  4. Cindy, you don’t know me but I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading it ever since. You are an amazing writer and I always look forward to reading what you have to say. On the mentor subject, I don’t have one and I can’t wait to find one. I have been thinking about this for a while now,and I can’t wait to see who God puts in my life. I have a lot of friends that ask me for advice and I love that, but there are times that I need advice and there isn’t anyone to turn to. It’s funny because I am not the type of person that would send a comment to someone I don’t even know but I felt that God was telling me to…so I listened. Have a wonderful day!

  5. I am soon without a mentor, mine is moving away πŸ™ but following God :)! I am moving to a new place in my life where I will have more time to spend with others. Looking forward to developing new relationships. Thanks for the daily encouragement.

  6. cindy-you wouldn’t believe the absolute need and hunger i have for a genuine mentor. almost a year ago, i lost mine to her admittance of an adulterous affair (with our now former senior pastor). i wrote about that on my blog during that time. and although i still want her in my life in some aspect, she has opted out for no contact from anyone from her old life. and having had the prolonged affair rather disqualifies her a leader, at least for a season. i ask for your prayers in this because although i am surrounded by wonderful male leadership, having a new mentor is the desire of my heart, yet, i haven’t been able discover her yet.

  7. Cindy, I will have to say “NOPE” to that question. I would love one though. Sometimes I think it would be so so so nice to be able to call up a buddy and say how do I go about this or that. What should I do. Right now and as always God has always been my faithful friend.
    I still need to figure out my spiritual gift if indeed it is what I THINK.

  8. Yeah, so, No. That is my answer. I DO need one, though. Diffrerent people have played that role during different times. Right now, it really isn’t anyone.

    Who is yours?

  9. I’ve got one for sure. She’s the closest model to Christ that I’ve seen in another woman. It’s easier to be like Him when you see someone else walking like He did.

  10. I have an incredible mentor!! And she’s training me to be a mentor like herself. I don’t know where I’d be without her. I prob would have gotten lost around the 7th grade and wouldn’t be half the person I am today!

  11. I’ve had many throughout the last few years of my life. Thank you for being so AMAZING! You are the BEST!!!
    Love you Mama Cindy & couldn’t ask for a better mentor.

  12. you’re right. Being a mentor means you just have to be a step ahead and share where you’ve been… I’m noticing that I can mentor women older than me because of this… it’s a beautiful thing!

    You are a wonderful mentor to Jess! She talks about you all the time!

  13. haha. I was a couple days behind on your blogs and the email I wrote you and Chris last night about Andrew and I was just a coincidence (or a providence, depending on how you see it.) How funny. πŸ™‚

    I have lots of ‘unofficial’ mentors, including yourself. Did you know that? πŸ™‚ Robin Meadows is also VERY wise and always tells me just what I need to hear. LOVE HER.

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