I always had a heart for encouraging younger girls and sharing lessons of life with them. Even as far back as high school, I would take a few younger friends under my wing. Once I became a Christian in college and returned home, I settled into my church and began work with the youth ministry. Two years later, my husband and I began living and working at a boarding school. Living in a dorm with 40 teenage boys from around the world made me pretty desperate for girls of any age, so I slipped over to one of the girls’ dorms one night a week to “officially” supervise study hours while seizing opportunities to informally mentor.
It was amazing to see how God took the heart I always wore on my sleeve and began using it to minister to these curious young women.
Some of them came from broken homes and reckless relationships, full of fear about their futures. Others came from nurturing, Bible-steeped families, but had real concerns about what life would be like in college and beyond.
As a newly married twenty-something, I had a bit of credibility in their eyes, so they naturally sought my advice. I used these times of answering their questions to also share my testimony.
By giving them a piece of my life and sneaking in truths from my spiritual journey, God opened the doors to their hearts as I shared vulnerable real-life experiences and relevant truth.
I often wondered if it would be like this when I had my own children. Would my daughters, should God give me any, be as captivated? Would they have teachable hearts? How would I reach them as their mom instead of being only their mentor?
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