If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you are probably aware that I have desired a mentor in my life to help encourage me in my various roles and to offer wisdom when needed (if you’re new check out this post and this post for details). There was a woman who filled this role for me when my daughter was young. I’ve been without a mentor for about three years now and have prayed for an older women to be interested in encouraging me in my journey for about as long.
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The first experience was so positive and encouraging to me and has kept the desire for another relationship like this alive in my heart and mind. I do understand that the experience will not be the same due to a number of factors – I have changed in three years (though I’m still a SAHM with littles) and it would be a different person with different experiences and a different relationship with me – but the core of the experience should still be there (a woman further along life’s journey who is genuinely interested in me and my life and is willing to challenge me in various areas of my life).
Last week I met with a woman who said that she was interested in being a mentor-type influence for me. It was a welcome surprise to hear her say this. I already felt comfortable enough with her to share without fear but my introverted nature desired this official permission to share all areas of my life – successes, struggles, questions. I’m so used to doing most of the listening in my relationships that it is so freeing and energizing to be invited to share myself. When someone seems truly interested in hearing what’s going on with me I feel loved and supported.
The meeting was quite timely. There was a lot going on with me and I received encouragement and wisdom from this woman. I absolutely believe that this was God’s answer to my prayer and that he set up the timing of this meeting and has been preparing our hearts for a deeper connection with one another. I am excited to see what God does in and through this relationship. He is so faithful!
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose…under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1