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Kirsten is a writer, speaker, and recovering multi-tasker based in the Pacific Northwest. Her husband and children are her greatest joys and the biggest challenges to her penchant for tidiness. As a word aficionado, she delights especially in God’s Word and encourages readers and listeners to live fully in light...

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  1. Kirsten, I have been blessed by the out-pouring of a mentor as well, and I echo your feeling of having been so firmly on the receiving end, and yet my dear friend insists that she has benefited as well. Of course, this should come as no surprise in a kingdom that defines giving and receiving out of the same blessing bucket.

    • Well said, Michele! What’s funny is that I’m now the age she was when we started meeting, which makes me realize I need to pouring in to others’ lives now!

  2. Wow just wow – thank you for sharing this heartwarming story – I have been patiently waiting for God to reveal to me a much needed mentor or spiritual mother if you will – perhaps she is already in my midst?

  3. …..and you summoned up the courage, unhesitatingly, and asked! that would be the hard part for me. Although I have wonderful Christian parents and have some really good relationships, I’ve often thought that pursuing a mentor would have been helpful and a comfort. Thankfully, God provides what we need, but it’s wonderful when we take the step to ask.

    I could still use some mentoring at 51, but am also trying to be open to help others who are younger. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • K Ann, it was a very uncharacteristic move for me. Almost impulsive because I knew I wouldn’t do it if I thought about it. I’m grateful that you’re open to giving as well as receiving — regardless of our age!

  4. We had a mentoring program at my church and I had the privilege of getting to know two lovely college girls, but it seemed to me that it was a little forced. I think mentoring relationships are like other relationships. Two people click and are comfortable with one another. We need different mentors at different times of our lives. We are never too young or old to grow through a mentoring relationship, especially one that fits our life at that moment.

    • I think you’re right, Patrice. I’ve had that experience, too. There were definitely moments that were awkward, but eventually we fell into step. Other times, I’ve had a mentor for a specific reason–and, therefore, a specific season which made it easier for both sides. 🙂

  5. Kristen, believe
    Praise God you stepped out in faith. God wants us to step out in faith & ask for what we need. He will generously supply that need. Mentors are very important. The Bible is clear about mentoring. Titus 2:3-5 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. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 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. God wants us to share our knowledge with others. I believe that is why we have trials. Once we’ve traversed that road we can then help others.

    Blessings 🙂