I started praying for a mentor almost four years ago when we moved to Fort Worth for me to go to seminary. While I never started an official mentoring relationship with anyone, I was blessed to attend Sunday school for two years under one of the most Godly couples I’ve ever met. Plus God gave me some wonderful friends who served as accountability partners and encouragers in this journey we’re on. Honestly though, I quit praying fairly soon after school started and life got busy.
But now I’m done with school. Moved back home. Settled into a routine of mothering, being a wife, and housekeeping. Trying to make a go of this blogging thing. And I kind of ache for a mentor. Someone just a little bit older who is walking this road ahead of me. I’ve prayed willy nilly (that’s redneck for “here and there”) for a mentor and even asked someone I admired if she would consider serving as my mentor. Nothing ever materialized.
But in recent days the desire has gotten stronger, but to be honest, my prayers for God to provide have been nil. Today, I was pondering this on my drive home. I realized why I was avoiding praying for a mentor.
Because God was calling me to serve as a mentor to a young lady I’ve known for most of her life. I didn’t want to pray for a mentor of my own because I knew God was going to tell me to go be her mentor.
I’ve wanted to ask her for a year now. Ever since I moved back. But I’m scared. Isn’t that ridiculous? I changed her diapers for Pete’s sake!
So here I am telling you, so I will feel compelled to ask. (Because you all are going to ask me if I followed through or not!) What’s the worst that could happen, right?
So I’m committing to offering to mentor this young lady, and I’m committing to actively praying for God to bring a mentor for me. I’m even writing it down on my prayer list. Right now.
Are you in a mentoring relationship? What does it look like? How have you benefited?
**I wrote and scheduled this post last week, and yesterday I saw several posts from women I respect about a new book by Sally Clarkson about mentorship. You can check their posts out and visit Sally’s site here. (Kat, Sarah Mae, and Jessica)**
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