Mentoring Isn’t for the Faint of Heart

Mentoring is an important part of life. It’s something that I feel like everyone needs. The idea of someone consistently pouring into your life that you trust to give you advice, call you out when you need it and just be there for you is amazing. However, let me just tell you that being a mentor isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s probably one of the hardest things to do that will stretch you and test your limits.

Now before you get the wrong idea, I’m all for mentoring and in fact, I am mentoring someone right now. While I really am passionate about it and pouring myself into it I keep finding myself constantly being attacked by the enemy. You see, anytime that you are doing something for the good of God’s kingdom, Satan will attack you and hit you where it hurts the most.

Spiritual warfare is real and dangerous! That’s a whole other post I could write about but for the sake of time and not to confuse you I will get back to my point. 

You see, there’s a difference between having a mentor and having a best friend. If there’s one thing that I have learned over the last month of mentoring it is this. Let your best friend be your best friend and don’t expect them to mentor you. Let me explain myself a little bit more. You might be thinking well I trust my best friend to give me sound advice and she knows me better than anyone. While that may be true, the problem is she does know you better and therefore can’t be neutral in giving you advice.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should ignore your friend’s advice it just means you need to be careful and also have a mentor in your life as well that can help you with making the right decision.

A mentor is supposed to be someone who:

  • is a role model
  • someone who believes in you
  • encourages you
  • available in times of crisis
  • provides accountability
  • promotes spiritual growth
  • helps you achieve goals
  • provides trusted counsel

These are very important parts of what a mentor is. It’s not an easy road or journey but it’s definitely worth it. Helping someone grow in their relationship with Jesus is great and honestly the best feeling in the world. Just don’t get distracted by the enemy’s lies and attacks. Anytime you are doing something to further the kingdom of God the enemy is right there waiting to attack.

Mentoring is a gift but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Read the Bible in a Year or Not?

One of the goals that I set for myself last year in 2018 was to read the Bible through in a year. I was pretty consistent and kept up with it until about March. Life happened and while that is still no excuse I fell behind and just got discouraged so I gave up. Fast forward to 2019 and I set the same goal again. This year I was determined not to get behind and really keep up with it. I even bought one of the chronological journaling/coloring Bibles to help me stay focused. Well, I managed to keep up for the first month despite getting sick with the flu twice. While it was good, I kept feeling like God was telling me to stop.

Now first off I’d like to say that I’m not out to offend or bash you if you decide to read the Bible through in a year. I think it’s great. Many of my friends do and I support that 100%. However, take into consideration the why behind reading it.

Are you reading the Bible just so you can say you did it and cross it off your list or are you reading the Bible to learn and open your heart to what God has to say and learn? 

My word for the year is INTENTIONAL! I want to have all the right intentions for why I read my Bible. I started feeling like I had to read my Bible just so I can cross it off my list. It was like checking off the box for the day. I wasn’t fully digging deeper and thinking about what I was reading. It’s kinda like just going through the motions because it was the right thing to do. That’s when I heard God speak to me.


Grace, I want you to stop trying to read your Bible through in a year. I want you to start reading it so I can speak and teach you. Stop and pause, write down what you are learning and all the truths I have for you that are in my Word. 


WOW, thank you for bringing this to my attention God! I want to read my Bible because I want to know you more and continue to grow not because I want to check it off my list each day.

If you are wanting to grow and really read your Bible to learn I am going to share with you a few practical tips of what I am doing in hopes that it will encourage you. While each of us will take away different truths from the Bible and what we read here are what I think will help you.

  1. Start with Prayer- Prayer is important and by starting with it we are asking God to open our heart, soul, and mind to what He has for us and how we can learn and grow from what we are reading.
  2. Journal – Be sure you have a journal or some sort of notebook or paper handy. As a writer I love words and by writing it helps me process. Write down questions, verses, or anything that comes to mind while you are reading and studying.
  3. Worship Music – I love having worship music playing in the background. It just helps set the mood. Music speaks to my soul and it just calms me down. Right now I am loving the new album Follow You Anywhere by Passion Music. It’s my jam and pretty much is playing nonstop.
  4. Coffee – Okay you really don’t need coffee but it definitely helps.

While I want to be able to give you 1-2-3 steps and tell you that if you do that it will be easy but I can’t. We are all on our own unique journey of faith. I would love to hear your thoughts about this topic. Feel free to comment or send me a message.

Contentment, God Is All You Need!

I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.

❤ Philippians 4:10-14 (MSG)


God is all you need! Putting that into practice is harder than you think especially in this day and age. Society and culture tell us one thing while the Bible tells us another.

As a single girl who is in her twenties, the pressure of living is hard. It’s a time to figure out who I am and where I am headed. Culture promotes the lies of when you have that perfect guy, perfect job, and steady income then you will have all you need.

The Bible tells us that God will supply all our needs. He is all we need. It goes back to Psalm 23:1- “The Lord is my shepherd. I have all I need.”

You see friends, that is so true. We need to learn to be content with where we are and who we are. God will supply all we need if we just trust. Contentment comes from learning to appreciate what you have in Christ. Contentment is not about what you have, your possessions, or your circumstances.

Contentment is not about what you have. It is an attitude.

When things are going well it is easy to become tied to our possessions. We begin to feel that what we have is an indication of who we are. We start to think that the reason we are happy is because of what we have and it quickly becomes our idol.

But let’s be honest. It is hard to be content in the difficult times. We look around and see others who seem to be doing better than we are and we feel “cheated”. It’s super tough to feel content when life is not going the way you want it. Trust me, life is hard sometimes. But we also need to learn contentment in the times of plenty. When a person is going through tough times they cherish their friends, they dig deeper in their faith, and sometimes can find contentment because all the pretense and pretend is stripped away.

Friends, when we learn to be content and trust God it’s the best feeling ever.

  • Our God is faithful!
  • Our God is powerful!
  • Our God loves us!
  • Our God is all we need!

God will supply everything we need in this life. There is nothing we can’t do. He gives us the strength to get through.

So here is a question I want you to ponder and think about this week.

Are you content? Do you truly trust God to take care of you? Is He really all you need?

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

 

The Battle is Not Yours but GOD’S!

The battle is not yours but God!!!!

The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now.

You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy.

When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face.

I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀
I knew people would hate me.⠀
I knew this life would be hard.⠀
I knew I needed to be on guard.

You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.

This brings me back to battles. Because we have God on our side we will win this battle. Surround yourself with God’s Word because that is how we will fight this battle.

I love the song by Bethel Music Surrounded (Fight my Battles)

🎵This is how I fight my battles⠀
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You 🎵⠀

Bethel Music Video

Be encouraged, my friends! Keep fighting the battles! We are at war!

Jesus will win because He overcame everything.


Before I end this post I’d like to leave you with four practical steps that I have been doing as I am fighting this spiritual warfare battle.


1. PRAY!!!!!! PRAY!!!!!! and PRAY some more. One thing that the enemy hates is when we pray to God. It’s okay to pray out loud. When we speak God’s words out loud it frightens the devil. I encourage you to spend time praying and even writing out your prayers in a journal or notebook. Even typing them out on your phone works.


2. WORSHIP!!!!!! Turn on some worship music and press into Him. There is just something about music that speaks to my soul. I love how I can get lost in worship and the presence of my Savior. When we start to praise and worship Him it will change our perspective. The enemy hates when we praise our God. Praise God more even when you feel like you got nothing left.


3. GET IN THE WORD!!!! Open up your Bible and start reading! You see the Bible is our guidebook for life. It has all the answers to our questions in it. All we got to do is read it and put it into practice. God’s Word is powerful. I encourage you to start reading when you feel like the devil is attacking you.


4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GODLY PEOPLE!!!!! This last one is important. Surround yourself with people who love God just as much as you do. Ask them to pray for you and with you when you feel under attack. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20 when two or more are gathered in my name I am there with them. I am blessed to have Godly friends in my life who walk alongside me when I’m struggling.


You see my friends this is just part of the way I fight Spiritual Warfare. I know the enemy hates me because I am living life for God. Even though I am constantly being attacked I will not give in for I know that the battle is already won. He will fight my battles!

Be encouraged, my friends! You are not alone. I am praying for each and every one of you that reads or follows me. God knows and hears the cry of our hearts. We will get through this in time.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

 

Wisdom Whispers Review: How Bible Study Changed My Life

God works in my life in ways that sometimes I don’t expect. You see His timing is always perfect. All I have to do is wait. Today’s post is something different but I want to tell you how God used Bible study and social media to bring me closer to Him.


One day I was feeling really down and discouraged and happened to come across a post on Instagram by Sarah Koontz. It was just what I needed at the right time. Her feed was jam-packed full of encouragement and uplifting photos that point to Jesus.

Since that day, I have been following her and God keeps using her in my life. So I signed up for her SOULfood weekly emails.

God kept bringing me closer to Him through the word and Sarah’s weekly encouraging and inspirational emails.

Fast forward a few months and she was getting ready to release her second free online Bible study on the book of Ephesians. So I decided to sign up to help her launch it. There were many different reasons why I chose to be a part of it. You see God’s timing was perfect once again. Right as I was reading the Worthy of the Calling study I was still going through a rough time. It came just at the right time.

Let me back up a little bit. Last summer I was going through a very difficult time. My mom was dealing with cancer and I felt like was dragging me down. I was tired and worn out. I was taking care of my mom, my own health issues, and still trying to balance life and work.

I continued to attend church but my personal Bible study time was suffering. I mean it was pretty much open Bible and read when at church and that’s pretty much it. If I was lucky I would read the verse of the day on the You Version app.

Honestly, I was struggling to make my quiet time a priority. Don’t get me wrong, I tried multiple Bible studies but kept falling behind or losing interest. So when I came across the announcement for her Worthy of the Calling Bible study and how it would only take 10-15 minutes a day I was sold. Let me tell you it changed my quiet time.

Sarah’s free Bible studies are packed full of truth in manageable bite-size pieces.

Now we fast forward a few more months and as I kept getting to know Sarah and watch God work in her life I was super excited when she launched her non-profit organization Living by Designs Ministries.

When I saw her post about volunteering for this ministry I prayed about it a lot. I mean a lot. I finally got the go-ahead from God to apply as a volunteer. I left it up to God. If it was meant to be then God would make a way for it to happen. In my mind, it would be an honor to work with Sarah after she has blessed me so much when I was going through a rough patch. Well, God’s timing was perfect and right and I am happy to say I was accepted. 


Now you are probably wondering what this all has to do with Bible study but I’m getting to that.

Sarah is releasing her third free online Bible Study “Wisdom Whispers” on April 2nd. This is the last week to pre-register. Once again I am helping her launch it but I wanted to give you a few reasons why I think you should consider joining.

wisdom whispers pinnable 2.pngWisdom Whispers is a 31-day free study in the format of five days on, two days off. The study is on the life and wisdom of King Solomon. I love this format because the two days off are a nice break to rest or catch up if you get behind.

As I was reading through the study one quote that stuck out to me was this:

God’s ways are always the best ways -Sarah Koontz: Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

You see as I have been learning through Bible study and my Jesus time it’s so true. His timing and ways are always the best at the perfect time.

I really encourage you to sign up for this study. It can change your life. One thing that I get asked a lot is how do you have time for Bible study? Well, I know you are just as busy as I am but here are a few reasons this makes this study unique and amazing.

  1. It is delivered in email form right to your inbox each day.
  2. It only takes about 10-15 minutes a day to complete.
  3. There are amazing free digital gifts that go along with the study.
  4. All you need is your mobile device.

If you pre-register you will also be signed up to receive her weekly SOULfood emails as well. I promise you that you will be blessed by them.


So grab a few of your friends and sign up today! I can’t wait for you dig deeper into the Word with Wisdom Whispers.


While I am a part of Living by Designs Ministries this post is my own opinion and I’m not being compensated for reviewing this study. I wouldn’t review or recommend anything that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in.

I believe in this! I hope you will join me!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤