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Aliza Latta is a Canadian writer, artist, and author, who is a huge fan of telling stories. Her artwork and writing has been featured in publications for LifeWay, Dayspring, and (in)courage. She is always searching for the goodness of God, even when she has to squint to see it.

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  1. Aliza,
    I firmly believe that you are never too old or too wise to have a mentor. I’m 57 and still have mentors who have walked this earth longer and speak truth into my life. I couldn’t have gotten through some of the things that happened in my life without them. You also don’t have to have just one mentor. I’ve also learned that though I certainly haven’t “arrived” and won’t do so this side of heaven, I can impart wisdom to those who come behind. Got spells out this role in Titus and so I like to think of mentors as “Titus women” – older women teaching the younger women. It’s scriptural. Good for you for seeking someone out. When I was younger, much of the time I thought that “I knew it all.” How sadly mistaken I was. Agreeing to be a mentee takes humility and that comes hard to many of us human-folk. Best wishes on your internship!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. I have stepped into this challenge this year, and have begun meeting with a friend for time in the Bible, just as a dear friend (now with the Lord) did for me so many years ago. I love picturing the chain of faith that stretches in both directions, before and behind us.
    May it never be broken!

  3. I love mentors! I am beyond blessed with my mentor and feel humbled to be mentoring a friend. It’s a precious gift! I encourage you to be patient and pray for your mentor. I asked one person who I thought for sure would work out but God had other plans. A few months later He brought my mentor into my life. She is beyond what I could have imagined. God is so good!

  4. A beautiful post. Thank you, Aliza. Your precious time with Moira reminds me of the years I spent sipping strong (I mean STRONG) coffee with my grandma, the conversations and the laughs, the tears and the hugs. She left this earth to be with Jesus in 2006 and I still miss those hugs and the sound of her voice, the way we’d poke fun at each other and share our hearts without skipping a beat. She taught me so much about so many things, and it’s hard to imagine I have anything remotely close to that to offer to anyone. But while I was reading your post, God tapped me, showing me a friend in my heart. I’m going to pray God teaches me to love more, to listen and focus more intently, and to be there for her with arms open wide and strong (that’s right!) coffee to help her on her journey. Perhaps I don’t know what in the world I have to offer, but I can offer her something my grandma offered me: time.

    Thank you again for this post. You’ve taken me into my grandma’s kitchen this morning and reminded me how blessed I was to have her in my life and how I have the hope of seeing her again one day…the scent of strong coffee on her breath, perhaps, as she wraps her arms around me and welcomes me home.

    Blessings to you!!

  5. Aliza,

    You are wise beyond your years. Being and having a mentor is simply about sharing time with others. Sometimes all someone really needs is a friend to listen. Hear them out & simply tell them you love them & pray with & for them. Young people think they know everything. Truth is none of us does. We could all use friends to sit with us like Job had. No need for fancy words-just companionship. I have a good friend. It just so happens we both went through aging parents at same time. We would call each other several times a week to check on the status. We’ve gotten closer since then as both lost parents. Nothing is sacred between us. We enjoy our time together. Having gone through the aging parent time I have wisdom to offer others. God allows trials & tribulations in this world so that with the comfort we received we can comfort others. Don’t think of it as looking for or being a mentor. Look at it as finding a good friend & sharing your life’s wisdom with them.

    Blessings 🙂

    • “Don’t think of it as looking for or being a mentor. Look at it as finding a good friend & sharing your life’s wisdom with them.”… That’s exactly right, Beth. THank you so much!

  6. YES! Recently I found out that someone younger than me is starting to go through something I have been through and am still coming out of. I am excited and encouraged that someone else is experiencing this, because I can help. But it also holds me accountable, because what I tel her, I gotta do to. 🙂

  7. So very true – i’m always telling people: you all know someone younger and older – now, go be alongside. Super post and message. (:

  8. Thank you for your advice, wisdom.
    I have been Praying for a mentor – yet to Meet her but There is Power In Prayer! Thank you for reminding me that age is not the most important but looking for someone who is wise and been through some of these issues, medical issues, blood family issues and other issues that I am going through, the Truth of my relatives and friends, Given to me By Grace through Faith In God Jesus Christ. The Truth is not always easier but it is certainly better than living in the darkness of lies and the affects on me and PTSD as well as other medical and emotional issues, I continue to Pray for another mentor. My daddy was my mentor before God Called Him Home almost 29 years ago when I was 11. Many Thank you’s to each of you for your responses and sharing it has most certainly lifted my Spirit Up and I am so Thankful for each of you! God Blessed you all thank you for Blessing me with each of your own testimonies. God Bless you all my Sisters In Christ Jesus Amen

  9. Such a great story. I often read about women who have someone in their lives like that. I hope a can give a little of that from my blog, I don’t feel like I have a world of experience, but I have Jesus, and He is my world. I wish I had had someone when I was younger. I hope you enjoy England, I have a blogger friend Rachel Britton who from there, her son is in college in London, I believe.

  10. I lost my Moira nearly 4 years ago when a life-long disease claimed her life, and haven’t truly found someone I can connect to the same way. Maybe it was Rachel’s laid-back, easy way of loving and sharing wisdom. I know there are other women out there, but I have a high standard after Rachel. I just desperately miss her, so very much.

  11. SHARING! So good! Mentorship has been a big part of my training and time in the ministry of global missions. I am thankful to have found a mentor over here and to have begun mentoring a young girl who has come to our church. I am humbled that God would continue to both use me and teach me despite my many flaws.

  12. Aliza, I was just talking about mentorship with a friend today in a similar vein! I love how you demystify what it looks like to mentor and by mentored — such joy and value in just sharing a slice of life and hearts together. So glad you have Moira and your younger heart sisters have you. xx

  13. Am looking for a regular mentor. We are serving in India and feel alone and as we are mentoring people, I feel that I need one too 🙂