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The Art of Being Loved Well

Feb 20, 2019

by Kristen Hallinan

As I sat there bawling my eyes out, Shelly, my mentor of seven years squeezed my hands and nodded with compassion. I had spent the past year working after years of staying at home and the balancing act wasn’t going well. I was blaming every little nuance on my absence and desperately needed her wisdom to bring me back to truth. Her words to me that day were comforting and perspective shifting.

Perspective shifting is how I would define the relationship Shelly and I have had. While always filled with wisdom, her words do not always beckon comfort. Sometimes they make me shift in my seat and my heart beat a little faster as I am confronted with my sin or lack of clarity. It often takes me a week or two to digest...

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Why Moms Like Me Need Mentors

Jan 22, 2019

By Shannon Clark

As a mom of three "littles," drained is a word I often find myself using to describe my state of being – physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually drained. Renewal is a word I long for and wish I had more often. In reality, it’s not even just a desire, it’s a need. In order to be a better mom, I need to be renewed. I need alone time. I need quiet time. I need Jesus to wash over me. I need someone to come in and say, “Honey, you need a break. Let me care for your little ones while you do what you need to do.” Oh how sweet those words are to the soul!


Having no family nearby and a husband who is often gone has been incredibly isolating. I have found myself stuck in many...

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Answering a Heart-Pounding Call

Feb 08, 2018

It's such an honor to have Carol Madison as our guest blogger this week. I love her heart for mentoring in prayer - it really aligns with what we're all about here at MORE Mentoring. As you will read below, God used the movie War Room to stir my heart, as well, and ask Him to raise up mentors with a passion to pray. Carol is a big answer to that prayer!

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By Carol Madison

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...

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The Invitation, Initiation and Expectation

Feb 01, 2018

by Nancy Lindgren

 

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 one word. He speaks of it 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.

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How does this relate to mentoring?

There’s always the question of who asks first. Do I say, “Will you be my mentor? or Would you be interested in being mentored?” There does need to be a coming...

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COME

Jan 09, 2018

by Nancy Lindgren

As I sat down and had intentional time with Jesus the last few days of 2017, I asked Him what my word for 2018 should be. I had some ideas that I was thinking about, but it’s amazing to watch Him specifically answer when I specifically ask.

He showed me a word that wasn’t on my list yet and all of the sudden it jumped off the pages afresh as I was reading through Isaiah:  COME.

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Maybe it’s because a few Christmas carols were still ringing in my ears . . . O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Joy to the World the Lord has Come . . . but all of the sudden this word came alive:

Suddenly, in an instant, the Lord Almighty will come . . . (Isaiah 29:6)

Your God...

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Val's Impact Story

Dec 04, 2017

by Val Bantz

Hi, I'm Val from West Des Moines, Iowa. I love coffee dates, trail walking, watching sports on TV and road trips.  I'm a wife to Joe, mom to 2 teen daughters and 2 "adulting" daughters, and most importantly I’m a daughter of the King of Kings!  

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A few years ago, I found myself willing (though scared to death!) to mentor a young mom. I wanted to encourage her, pray for her and add value to her life but I didn’t know where to begin! I wasn’t sure what I had to offer and I didn’t know how to start meaningful conversations to jumpstart such an important relationship. I needed a tool in my tool box!

That’s where MORE Mentoring and this book “Together”...

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Michele's Impact Story

Nov 27, 2017

 

Enjoy a special video from our dear, Michele Arnoldy, who serves on the MORE Mentoring Team!

https://youtu.be/lHYl2xO-_jI

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Joy's and Patricia's Impact Stories

Nov 13, 2017

by Joy Ostrom

 

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Woodbury, Minnesota is where I have lived all my life outside of my years in college. I met my husband in our church’s youth group when we were 16 and married shortly after he graduated from college. Our two boys turned to men and our family has enlarged in the last 3 years with wonderful wives for each of them and one granddaughter who is 1.

Along the road of life, there have been women older than me who have brought me under their wings to mentor me. Starting with my own mom first, then being paired with an older woman back when I was in elementary school through the Pioneer Girl program at our church, continuing with my youth leader’s wife where the process has continued to move forward over a...

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The Journey of Together

Oct 30, 2017
by Nancy Lindgren
 
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I have been so encouraged by the wonderful responses of many people as my new book, Together, has been published. For being a first-time author who self-published, it has truly been a blessing to see over 100 copies purchased within the first month and to hear such positive feedback.

Let me take you back to over two years ago when I sensed the Lord telling me to write this book. I had been involved in helping our church start a mentoring ministry and there was a mentor and a mentee we had paired together who couldn’t have been more different from one another. They had trouble even knowing how to get a conversation started and especially struggled over praying out loud together.

I so...

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TOGETHER

Sep 18, 2017

by Nancy Lindgren

I wanted to give you a glimpse into the first pages of our brand new mentoring guide called TOGETHER that is soon to be available for purchase. Much prayer has gone into this tool and I'm believing God will use it mightily in the lives of mentors and mentees to draw us closer to Him and to each other.

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FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

Life is hard. It’s messy. I have issues. You have issues. We need each other. We’re made that way – our hearts are designed to connect with others. In life, our journey will have unexpected twists and turns, sometimes that leave us on shaky ground. We can feel stuck, in a rut, and unable to move. And the enemy of our souls wants us there. He especially...

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