The Journey Here
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
This has been one of my most meaningful verses along life’s way.
If you have not read my testimony yet, I encourage you to head over to God’s Story In My Life page and read it. This will give a more profound background to what I will discuss here.
I have been in places in life where I have not had that friend and companion to lift me up, and I have landed on some tough ground and in some bottomless pits.
It has caused me to ponder what might have happened if I had not been walking alone or if someone had seen me and been willing to walk alongside me on my journey.Tweet
When my younger son was in the Youth Group, I began helping with the girls in the group. It was a joy to get to know these beautiful girls. It was a gift to build relationships with them and be someone they could talk to and look up to.
God began a stirring in my heart.
I was a late teen when I walked away from God and went on my detour, as I call it. In my early twenties, I was a prodigal returned, carrying with me a ton of baggage God and I have had to work through for many years and continue to work through.
As my younger son grew up and out of youth group, I stayed for a while until I heard God leading me toward the young adults. Many of these young adults were the youth group girls I had developed relationships with and had grown close to.
I began remembering back to when I was in that hard, painful, and lonely place, doubting God and needing that person to lift me up and walk with me, yet no one was there.
God gave me the heart to be that for these younger women.
I asked Him to show me the one who was hurting and wandering alone. I wanted to see the one who was afraid to admit where she really was at that moment, and I wanted to be someone who lifted her up.Tweet
Now here I am, an empty nester. My children are no longer here at home, which raises the question, “What is my purpose now?”.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Titus 2:3-5
God began showing me that part of my purpose in this and any season really is to be pouring into younger women’s lives.
We are all older women to someone.
“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
We are to take what the Lord has taught and shared with us, along with what older women have poured into us, and share it with the younger women in our lives.
This is not just a calling; it is a command and should be happening in the church regularly.
I have seen the beauty of watching God pursue the heart of these younger women, and to be a part of that process has been one of the greatest joys in my life and continues to be today.
On this page, you will read about the topics of mentoring and discipleship. There will be occasional posts, testimonies, and videos along the way as well.
We are called and commanded to pass on to this next generation all God has done for us and in us. We need to take this seriously and be faithful.Tweet
I want to encourage you to ask God to show you who you need to be loving on and pouring into because you have something to offer someone else, even if you don’t believe you do.
Let’s do this together, and see what God does through it. Will you join me?