“Relational Mentoring”

Can I just say I love my Girlfriends?!

Some of them I’ve known for decades, and some I’ve received in just the past year or two.  Some have seen me with uncovered grey and bedridden in a hospital.  Some have watched me go through an emotional PMS moment and a burger and sweet potato fries to top it off.  Some have seen me in a full meltdown and offered a shoulder and box of tissues.  Some have seen me humbled by the use of a walker and a cane and didn’t blink an eye of judgement.  Many have been front row center to the ups and downs of my life ~~ and they still love me!

I can never get enough hang time with my Girls ~~ I’ve learned so much from so many ~~ how to ‘relax’ and let God plan out my day (much less my life) ~~ how to ‘step back’ and appreciate the blessed experience of being a mom to children who actually love and respect me ~~ how to ‘lace my words with grace’ so that I can communicate the way God intends for His Message to go through me to others ~~ how to simply ‘pause’ and see the one standing in front of me and wrap my arms around her in sincere love and genuine care when she needs a friend most ~~ relational mentoring.

Many of us have ridden tidal waves that would knock the most experienced surfer off their board.  And some of us have actually fallen off that board.  But by the grace of God, there was a Sister standing on the shore to help pick us up, brush the gunk off  and get us standing back up.  

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.  Proverbs 17:17.  NLT

In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend.  Proverbs 27:17.  Voice.

To be there for ‘her’ in her time of need ~~ to help her gain clarity for a situation ~~ to help her sort things out so she can make those hard decisions ~~ to share your life’s lessons from your past so that she can avoid those same mistakes ~~ transparency, vulnerability, and a lot of love.  

Sometimes it’s to offer a safe place where she can ‘unpack her bags’ and just be herself without being judged.  

This is my hope ~~ my dream ~~ for this forum ~~ that in the nurturing love of Christ, we may come together to lift UP a Sister who may not have a Girlfriend nearby, but is able to ‘connect’ here ~~ in this safe place.

Thank you for stopping by ~~ I hope to hear from you before you leave this page!


1 Comment

  1. What a beautiful goal for us all to aspire to, Linda. Your ability to communicate in such picturesque phrases brings it all alive. Thank you.


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