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Mentoring Encouragement

Posted on September 26th, 2012

I have always been passionate about the topic of mentoring. I have loved meeting with girls and leading Bible studies over the years and watching their lives grow and change. Recently, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the launch team for a new book entitled Impact My Life: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. I couldn’t wait to dig in, but to be honest, between preparing the baby’s room and traveling to baby showers (both of which have been so fun, I might add), I have not had much time to read or reflect. Today I finally sat down and began reading this book by Elisa Pulliam, and I have to say, I’ve been inspired and encouraged. I’ve been thinking all day today about this concept of mentoring and since I can’t get it off my mind, I thought I should share this book with you today for the Wednesday Wisdom Well.

Impact My Life: Biblical Mentoring Simplified by Elisa Pulliam

In her preface, Elisa explains the reasoning for the book, which totally hit home to me:

“Would you like to gain the skills and confidence to impact the lives of those around you with godly wisdom and relevant Truth?

Have you witnessed the influence of the culture on this generation of young people and would like to be equipped to practically guide them in a biblical direction?

Are you a mom longing to engage with your maturing daughter in a way that is both positive and life transforming?

Have you been approached by a younger woman seeking to be mentored in her faith or life skills, but feel overwhelmed by her request?

Impact My Life offers a true blend of biblical principles, relevant illustrations, life coaching techniques and creative ideas for simplifying mentoring and thereby cultivating influential and healthy relationships that honor God” (Preface).

Elisa then launches into Part Two entitled “Eliminating Excuses,” which I thought was perfect because when I read these inspiring thoughts about mentoring one of my inclinations was to say, “Yes, I would like to, but…” I know, we all have excuses. I loved how she cut to the chase here:

“Most women can come up with at least one excuse why they can’t mentor. Most of their excuses, however, are not rooted in the Truth. The Father of Lies doesn’t have to work very hard to get into a woman’s secret thoughts and render her utterly insecure about mentoring.”

Ouch. What excuse do you have that keeps you from formally or informally mentoring others? For me, busyness tops my list. Especially right now as we settle into a new house and new city with baby on the way. It is easy for me to tell myself, I just don’t have time. And yes, I do believe there are seasons where maybe we need to step back and not add more to our plates. But I am learning how key it is for me to talk all of these issues over with God. So today, that’s what I am doing. I am asking Him to show me who does He want me to formally or informally mentor? And I am asking Him to make it really clear to me so that I don’t just react because I see a need but that I clearly feel led to pursue the direction He’s leading me. I am praying the same for you. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have them regarding this issue. It’s such an important one!

If you’d like to read the first couple of chapters of Elisa’s book, click here.

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