I don't know about you, but it seems, for me, that as soon as I start something to honor God, the enemy rushes in with all sorts of attacks and plenty of ammunition!! The last two weeks we've tackled excuses and I honestly didn't think that I held onto any. Boy was I wrong!! These excuses aren't just related to mentoring, but they seem to spill over into many different areas of my life!!
That can be a very daunting thought to ponder. It can be difficult to move past those excuses, after all, they do give off the impression that you're completely stuck and incapable of moving forward in any direction. Praise God that HE offers us a truth for every lie that hangs over our head!
I think that one of the biggest things I've learned from the beginning of this study is to continue moving forward even if you believe that you can't!! Just go ahead and take that first step and then another one! Then tell someone of the struggle and trust that they will cheer you on and provide Grace along the way!
It's alot like learning how to walk! You try and try again until you gain skill and momentum. Then eventually you are stringing several steps together and find that you are walking on your own!! Sure, you are going to fall and stumble and convince yourself that you have no right to even try....and that is why you need someone on your side, so they can help pick you up and dust you off and set you back on your way!!
Funny how a study on biblical mentoring can provide assistance for other problem areas in your life! I suppose that when you set out to work for God, He's going to do whatever it takes to get you completed for the entire task and not just one small part.He's good like that and I'm so glad that He is!!
I am completely encouraged by this weeks reading assignment!! I need to keep a watchful eye on how I live my life and conduct myself, using Titus 2:3-5 as a guide:
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine,but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
It's exciting to look forward to mentoring opportunities so that I can help pass along Gods' love and instruction to the next generation of women!! If I don't keep my focus on Him, the whole thing can be completely overwhelming. I must remember Philippians 4:13, which, by the way, is my favorite verse!! It says:
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
That pretty much eliminates any justification of excuses that we may holding on to!! Are you ready to let go of the baggage and cling to the truth? I'll do it with you and we can help each other!!
Join me again on Wednesday for more talk on Grace...I didn't realize that it was as big of a struggle as it is!! Stop back tomorrow too, for a word from Jess!!
God Bless <3 Lorraine