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Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her most recent books are Breathing Through Grief and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Very inspiring message, Dorian. These types of relationships are priceless. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Encouraged to try all the more after feeling I’ve missed it terribly before. I don’t need an official mentoring capacity because being “a son of God” is enough. Thank you for sharing!

  3. “Saying yes was simply answering the call to go with her down the road God was leading her.” This is so good, Dorina! I would not be who I am or where I am today without women who were willing to go with me and encourage me down the road God was leading. Thank you for this inspiring and Scripture-rooted exhortation to keep doing the same for others!

    • Let’s be like Deborah! Her story always challenges and inspires me! I appreciate your friendship and that we get to go “with” each other in publishing, writing, mothering, and more.

  4. Love this, Dorina! I feel like I’m being called to mentor someone, but I’m not sure “who” yet. Blessings to you!

    • I will be praying for God to guide you to that right relationship. A willing heart is right where it starts!

  5. Thank you for sharing and encouraging each of us to be mentors. I like how you put it that she longed for someone a little bit farther down the road. We don’t need to be spiritual giants to go along side someone. Do you have any resources that you recommend for taking that journey together?

    • Bonnie, there’s a book called Organic Mentoring by Sue Edwards & Barbara Neumann that might be of interest to you. I also love Jo Saxton’s new leadership book called Ready to Rise. Both talk about mentoring and connection.

    • That means so much to me, Patricia! Your wisdom and encouragement have certainly mentored me from afar. Grateful for you!

  6. Thank-you Dorina for sharing your encouraging story with us this morning.
    Blessings to all,

    • I’m so glad these words encouraged you! May we be like Deborah and like Jesus as we go “with” others!

  7. A timely reminder with a truth to ponder—thank you. Thinking of the one’s I’m going with and that are going with me in this season. Glad you’re one of them : )

    • Thanks, friend. I feel so honored to “go with” you on this leg of the journey! For such a time as this!

  8. Dorina,

    We may feel like we’re not cut out to “mentor” anyone. All we really have to do is follow God’s lead & invest in people. It can be family, co-workers, etc. Just help & encourage them daily. You will be surprised how good you feel & how happy you make them feel. For me it was caring for my aging parents. Taking them to doctors appointments, seeing them in hospital, visiting them in assisted living what ever they needed I did. Then I took over for my in laws. Did a lot of cooking, or gathering of food so they didn’t have to cook. Cooking & encouraging are my God given talents & it makes me happy when I can do it & help others.

    Two years ago I was helping a co worker move. It was going to be me, & 2 co workers. I made a huge baked spaghetti w meatballs as a house warming gift & a way to feed us that day. I continue to make that for her & her dad who is now dealing with cancer. Great wisdom thanks!!

    Blessings 🙂