Something has been burning in me for some time now. It’s my first thought in the morning and my last at night. We’re better together.
I am on this walk, this journey to become more like Christ. The plan is –
Less of Me – More of Him
This is a walk I cannot walk alone. I am grateful that I have not had to. Grateful for friends, who have become sisters to me, who have joined me the journey.
In my small community , God is on the move. I see new faces each week, when I take the time to look –
- I see a generation of women, who are holding a Bible in their hands for the first time,starving for what its pages hold.
- I see a hunger and a thirst for a better life. A life with God in the center.
- I see mothers standing alone dedicating their children to the Lord.
- I see women sitting alone, their husbands at home far from God.
I hear the Lord whispering in my ear,
“They don’t have to walk alone.”
I feel a fire igniting within me – burning
Many of us spend our lives chasing after our ‘calling’. We are convinced that it has to be some great thing.
What if the great things are this –
- Sitting over a cup of coffee and opening up her Bible with her for the first time.
- Lingering over a meal as you encourage her, filling her with strength to keep God in the center.
- Standing with her as she strives to raise her children knowing the Lord.
- Sitting beside her and praying for her husband to join her in knowing Jesus.
Let this be our prayer – Lord, help us to clearly see the great things You have called us to. Remind us that great is not always big. Great can be, just the one. You see her, Lord – the one who is walking, lonely. Give us the courage to lay down all of our fears, selfishness and insecurities, that we may come alongside her in her journey. – Amen
It is rare when I finish and close a book that I find myself opening it for another read. That is exactly the case with this book –
As I prepare to step into Women’s Ministry at my church, I have been praying and planning as to how to create a culture of mentoring within the women.
The need is so great. We are called to come alongside one another on our journey to become more and more like Jesus. The Lord has amazingly placed Godly women in my life that have prayed, taught, encouraged and held me accountable. Their impact in my life – huge. I am forever grateful.
This verse says it all –
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
As my relationship with Jesus has grown, I often find myself on the other side of a coffee cup doing the same for other women. Bringing hope, building up so that no one is left behind. The bonus, it brings me great joy.
In Transforming Together Ele Parrott comes at this topic in such a beautiful and straight forward way. We are not leading the women we mentor to ourselves, but to Jesus. That in and of itself, is so freeing.
We have a faithful Guide, Holy Spirit. He will guide us as we listen, as we pray and search scripture together.
The result. We Transform Together.
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This Psalm reveals to us, that it is important to God who we surround ourselves with. We are created for community, with God and with others. When we find ourselves far away from the Lord, wondering how to get back, we must take a good look around us.
In my life surrounding myself with God seeking women has dug my tent pegs deep. They are women who have corrected, challenged, encouraged, inspired and prayed for me.
Mentoring is biblical, the Lord knew we would need encouraged in this journey called life.
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
Oh Lord, I want to camp out with You?
But I need Your help –
To walk blameless
To do what is right
To have truth in my heart and speak it from my lips
To be a woman who does not slander others
Who does no wrong to those around me
Who never gossips
Help me to separate myself from those who are mean spirited.
Connect me with those who honor and fear You.
Who go to great lengths to honor their promises and don’t change their minds.
Who care for the poor and never look to profit from their distress
For they will never be shaken
Who I surround myself with matters to You.
I want to be a woman who is never shaken, who camps out with You. – Amen