Good morning from the beautiful island of Kaua’i! This morning I’m linking up with She Reads Truth. I’ve mentioned this incredible community in my ‘What I’m Loving Now’ posts. If you’re here from the She Reads Truth page, welcome sisters. You all mean more to me than you know.
She was quiet and gentle in spirit, small in stature and great in faith. As she taught on spiritual formulation and biblical interpretation, the things that she said poured not out of her formal education, but so evidently out of time spent face to face with her sweet Savior. And when I prayed for a spiritual mother somewhere on campus, I heard His voice so clearly…
Really, Lord? She’s so busy and important…
I wouldn’t know what to say or how to ask.
But I am so different from her. Loud, slow to listen and quick to speak.
An hour later, she walked by my desk. She explained that she took 1-2 students at a time, in order to be able to give the best of herself. Yep, nothing like me, Lord. I resigned to a ‘no,’ until she spoke again. “I would be honored to mentor you.”
I could have never imagined what would have come from that friendship. She taught me how to seek, wait, and listen. We prayed that The Lord would find us patient, find us loving, find us seeking Him.
I learned what it means to be gentle and quiet (I’m still learning how to live it). I learned how to be quick to listen, and slow to speak (I still have to remind myself to do it).
Christian education was expensive, but you couldn’t put a price tag on the depth of growth and joy that came from that one friendship. She was reverent in behavior, she taught what is good (Titus 2:3).
Alright sisters (and brothers), coffee date time.
How is spiritual mothering already taking place in your community? That gypsy thing I talked about? It makes it really hard to mentor or be mentored. As much fun as this is, I’m so ready to keep my feet on the same ground, grow some roots, and establish deep relationships. Will you pray with me as I head to Hood River? That I would seek and find those relationships and find myself patient while I do?
Has a godly woman influenced you in your growth in the Gospel, or has mentoring a young believer impacted your life? I’m overwhelmed at the grace and kindness of The Lord when I think of the women He has placed in my life. It was Joanne in Orange County, Mary in San Diego, Susie in Abilene, Mama K and Steph at Forest Home…oh I am indeed richly blessed. He was faithful before, I know He will be faithful again.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the She Reads Truth blog today.
Sisters, do you have a spiritual mother? Are you being a spiritual mother? How can I pray for you in is area of your life?