Over a year and half ago, I took on mentoring a young woman. My heart has always been with the girls from 19-25. It's during this time that we make the most mistakes and need a sound guide to help us through the challenges we face as young woman. This is the time we desire to get married, have kids, break away from our parents and find independence.
Many of the things girls feel at this age are very normal. I believe that God puts a desire in our heart for family and yet, we must still grow up and make wise choices. The choices we make during our formative years, continue with us. During 19-25, we must choose a career, move out of our parents home, find a college, build new relationships and if God blesses us, fall in love. That's a lot in a few short years.
I have seen young couples in my church meet and marry in just a couple of months. Because of the purity vows they have taken, I think sometimes they rush into marriage without really looking at the dedication, commitment, and character it will take to make a marriage work. However, I am not judge and jury and only God knows really if these couples will survive the test of time.
My point is that women need elder women, who have experienced all these changes, to help lift them up in prayer, listen, and guide them in a Biblical fashion. We will be able to see the road blocks and help these girls get back on track. It's during these times that woman can lose focus on God, what he means to their lives and why it's so important to have Him in the middle of every situation. Who better to mentor than someone that has walked through fires, fought them and now has the faith to walk with God.
It really is amazing when I think about it. I went into it totally with the intention of forging a relationship to help someone else. I had lost my mother only 6 months prior to God putting her on my heart. What I didn't realize at the time, is she helped me too. My mom was my best friend and I loved talking with her. Having boys, you come to realize they just don't have the capacity to chat as much as women. It has truly been a mutually wonderful experience.
I have watched this girl become a rose during our time together. She was just a bud, waiting for the sun to penetrate her petals to full bloom. She's there now. Not without strife, or worries, but she has become a new creature in Christ. Through trials, she has witnessed first hand how we can isolate ourselves, push God to the side, and walk in our own strength. I know you can relate because most of us have been there.
I hope if God puts on your heart a young woman, whether it be a child, a teenager or a 20 year old, you will take the time to be a part of her life. It truly has been a blessing to me. I haven't been able to keep her from heartache or save her from life's disappointments but I have been there to lift her up, pray for her, encourage her and help her see, that through Christ, we can do all things.
Proverbs 13:14 NIV84:
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Colossians 1:28 NIV84:
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
Romans 12:7 NIV84:
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
I would like to wish the beautiful lady I mentor a wonderful and blessed birthday today. You are a light in my world and I thank God every day for the opportunity to mentor you and love you. May this day be full of beautiful memories. You are so very special to me.
My prayer today:
Lord, my prayer is simple, bring woman forward for us to mentor. I can think of no better way to be in relationship with You than to build up the young women of the world. They need guidance and You are the ultimate guide. Let us be Your voice, Your hands, Your feet in this dark and hardened world. Help us to help Your children become women of You. The spiritual realm wishes us to lose the battle for our young women today but You, O, Lord are mighty and I pray now that the Holy Spirit would give us the tools to battle for the youth. They are the future. Guide them to us as we seek You daily. They are lost but You always find them. We come to You a broken generation, beginning with Eve and asking for Your power to be over all our lives. That we would come before You daily to do Your will on earth as it is in Heaven. Please forgive us our sins so that we can mentor the next generation. You are mighty and Holy and we are in awe of Your love. In Jesus name, AMEN