Choosing Rest

You haven’t heard much from us this summer because as a ministry we tried to pull back and take time to rest. I can honestly say, “It has been so wonderful!”

For me personally, I took the month of July off from the “work” of ministry. It was a month of not taking naps everyday in the hammock (which isn’t a bad thing!) or heading to the mountains to be by myself (which sounds great) but it was about being intentional with people – enjoying the moments, showing up, being present, letting go of “to-do” lists.

A Peek Inside Our Mentoring Relationship

I want you all to meet my dear friend and mentee, Taryn. We first met at her church last summer when I offered to help her women’s ministry team launch a mentoring ministry. My heart was quickly drawn to Taryn. She is a sweet 24-year old, single mom to a 6-year old daughter. I immediately saw such great potential in her. Later I found out that she was leading a Young MOPS group at her church and truly was mentoring many of these moms.

I was thrilled that Taryn was able to attend our first Come Away Retreat and bring several of those moms with her. We had some one-on-one time together where I loved getting to know her even better and that’s when she asked me if I would mentor her. Here’s Taryn’s perspective:

Answering a Heart-Pounding Call

It was one of those moments when I knew the Lord was speaking to me. I felt a flush of emotion and a little bit of heart-pounding. I could not concentrate on the dialog going on around me. Something was stirring in me.

I had just previewed the movie War Room with members of America’s National Prayer Committee. It is a powerful story of an older woman intentionally investing in the life of a younger woman by mentoring her in prayer. One of the producers of the movie joined us for a question-and-answer time—and to hear our feedback.  But I was having trouble joining in the conversation because my mind was taken over by conviction from the Holy Spirit.

The Invitation, Initiation and Expectation

As I shared in my last blog post, my word for 2018 is COME. It’s amazing how God has revealed more of Himself through this word that He speaks all throughout the Bible.

It’s an invitation on our part to “come” when Jesus calls us but we also invite Him to “come” and breathe His life into every area of our lives.

It takes initiation on both parties.

And we need to know that there is an expectation from both parties – Belief and Action.