Mentoring – pouring our lives into others

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2

mentoring through generations

The bible calls it making disciples.

Today in the church it is called mentoring. It all boils down to this:

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I gave my life to Christ when I was 19 through the faithful and gentle friendship of a girl in college named Sharron. When the time came for her to answer some of the deep and disturbing questions that had plagued my heart for years, she often responded, “I don’t know the answer to that. But I’ll find it and get back to you.”

And she did come back with an answer from the bible; Every.Single.Time.

What I didn’t know at the time was:

  • Sharron would take MY questions back to the woman who was discipling her: Evie.
  • Evie was a fascinating woman with great biblical wisdom and insight. Evie had been discipled by a gal named Deannie.
  • Deannie’s prayer, as a young woman in college, had been, “Lord, bring me a woman I can pour my life into.”

Do you see the pattern here?

My legacy of discipleship/mentoring is several generations long. Not biological generations – but spiritual generations of women with hearts and passions to see younger women grow and mature in their faith; to pass on this vision and legacy to generations to come.

The women I disciple/mentor today have Deannie to thank! From God’s heart to Deannie, to Evie, to Sharron, to me.

I praise God for these women and their faithfulness to His calling of being Titus Two older women (even when they were quite young); generation after generation after generation!

How are YOU pouring your life into faithful women? How are YOU passing on the legacy of discipling/mentoring for the Kingdom of God?

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12 Comments

  1. Kate, as someone who has benefited from your wisdom through the years, I can attest to the importance of mentoring. I find that I write better and can think through my answers to questions that way so blogging and corresponding with ladies from my church as well as other women I have met have been a great way to mentor.

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  2. Hi Kate!

    Thanks so much for offering the link up today! I am so thankful for the women who took the time to mentor me early in my walk with Christ. I can think of several who really made an impact and whose influence came at key turning points…such a blessing! I hope that I am starting to provide that same sort of blessing to others and that this ministry will continue to grow as I do!

    Blessings on you and your family today!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  3. Kate, I thank God from the bottom of my heart for calling me and making me worthy to minister to others through writing. Thank you for your post today – it’s both humbling and encouraging. It also brings us to remember how God had put special women into our lives to mentor us and bring us to Christ.

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  4. This is great Kate. So heavy on my heart, this Titus 2 desire to impact the lives of younger women now. I have been thrilled to learn from your blog and book then teach them to my new daughter in law.

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  5. Kate – I loved your post. It is a blessing to be able to minister to other women as well as be ministered to. Thankful that God allows us to “work” for Him – for our good and His glory!
    Thanks also for hosting the link-up. I am thankful to participate and enjoy visiting all the wonderful sites. God bless ~

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  6. How i treasure my one “older woman”….just wish there’d been more along the way, but i am so thankful! Overall, in churches across America, too few women either have someone actively discipling them or too few older women have had that experience themselves thus not having an example to follow. Hopefully, some of us are helping to change that! And may those we disciple, “go and do likewise”.

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  7. Kate friend…I know I am grateful for the women who have ministered to me and encouraged my walk with the Lord. Thank you for the link up this week.

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  8. What a great encouragement! I have three special women who mentored me when I was a young Christian. One is waiting for me in heaven, and the other two are still dear friends and pray partners even though we are all now scattered across the country.

    Nowadays, I am blessed to be discipling three little boys (my adorable grandsons) up close and personal along with other grandchildren near and far, through brief blessed moments together, texts, phone calls, etc. as well as encouraging a few sweet seniors as God leads. Different seasons of life lead us in different directions, but always we can be used wonderfully by God – such a lovely joy!

    Thank you again for a lovely visit this week. 🙂

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  9. I am very grateful for the lovely lady who has taken me under her wing to teach me more about the Bible. I work with her and she offered and I have learned so much in just a few months even.

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  10. I have been mentored by a few women~ all have encouraged me to grow in the Lord~ some have shown me the merits of being more humble while others have taught me to be bold for Christ~~ always a blessing to have a godly woman as a mentor!
    I try to be a mentor to my younger (slightly) sister and anyone else I can encourage to grow in Him~~ a challenge to grow in service to our Lord is a huge blessing!!!

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  11. Kate, I have been so busy and forgot to mention that I featured this wonderful post! It is such rich encouragement. Thank you for linking-up, dearie!

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