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.

Seasons, Life, Taking a Break…

Can I just take a moment and get personal and honest with you?

Right now I’m in a weird season of my life. Struggling with all sort of things.

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It’s so hard watching others lives keep moving on when I feel like I’m stuck in a rut. Countless time after time I see friends graduating high school, college, dating, marriage, kiddos, mission trips, working that great job, etc…

It starts to depress me because it makes me realize just how I’m nowhere near close to any of this.

Instead of dwelling on these things I’m learning to try and embrace the present and be who God wants me to be right where I am at and trust that He will bring all my dreams and heart desires to past.

The last couple weeks have been rough. Honestly, I’ve felt like giving up.

I just wanted to sit in my room and cry. I was messaging a friend and she reminded me to cast all my cares on God because He cares for me.

That was a reminder that I needed to hear at just the right time. As soon as I started praying and crying out to Jesus I started to feel a little better.

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After a lot of praying and much thought, I need to take a little break from blogging. It wasn’t an easy decision for me to make. I love communicating with each and every one of you every week. It’s just I have been feeling a little burned out on top of dealing with flare-ups with my health.

I have said since day one that this year I would only bring you quality content over quantity. It’s time for me to take a little time away and spend it refreshing my soul, tending my own faith so that God can use me to encourage you.

Even though I’m taking a break from the blog it doesn’t mean that I’m disappearing altogether. You can still find me over on my Instagram posting as well as on My Facebook Page.

Please also sign up for my free weekly email devotionals. I will be continuing them. I believe that God has called me to share the devos each week with you.

This will also sign you up to receive updates from me as I have been planning and working on some exciting things as well as to notify you when I come back.

I pray blessings on each and every one of you. I hope you understand why I am taking a break and pray that you will still follow me on social media. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email or direct message if you have a prayer request or just want to say hi.

Blessings until next time, Grace Mae ❤

God Chose Me

“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NLT)

I’ve struggled with self worth for a while as well as depression. It’s taken me a while to even get to this point in my life where I can openly share about it but I believe God has a message that will encourage you from what He is teaching me.

I’ve always wondered if I was good enough, qualified enough, or smart enough to blog or work in ministry. I’m not the most popular person and terrified of being a failure. The last few weeks especially have been rough because the devil has really been hitting me hard. In all honestly the lies he’s been feeding me I started to believe.

I started to believe that maybe I wasn’t suppose to do ministry or do blogging. I was feeling overwhelmed and worn out. These lies were running through my head and I was feeling like a total failure.

I should’ve been praying harder but instead I was sinking deeper and deeper in these lies. 

Most of January my days were going smoothly and everything was getting done. My goals that I set were right on track. Then the flu hit and everything started to fall apart. I got behind on my daily Bible reading, devotions, and other projects. It frustrated me because it felt like I wasn’t making this my priority.

You see that’s how satan works. He feeds us lies and throw life situations into our path to get our attention and focus on them and not on God. 

Recently I watched the livestream of the If Gathering 2018 online. There were so many amazing speakers but one that really stuck out to me was Rebekah Lyons. I heard her speak last year at If Gathering and she quickly became one of my favorites. This year while she was speaking she said a quote that got me really thinking hard about my life and caused me to reevaluate my spiritual heart.

God didn’t pick the wrong girl for ministry. Satan chose the wrong one to mess with. 

Wow! How profound is this quote? It really hit me hard. All these questions started running through my mind. It honestly gave me a headache.

All these lies and questions the devil were throwing at me made me realize something really important. Am I strong enough to defeat the devil? In short no I am not but God is. He chose me for this calling and He will see me through. I want to be the kind of girl that knows she is chosen, knows her worth, and makes the devil not want to mess with her.

I want to be the girl that when I wake up and start my day whether it be through my blog, social media, or ministry that the devil is afraid of me.

When I am pursuing the calling God has laid on my life I can rest assured that I was chosen. God picked me for this exact project and I just have to trust He will see it through.

So I encourage you today that you remember you are chosen by God. It may seem at times that you feel overwhelmed or under qualified but remember these are lies. God has a plan and purpose for your life. If He called you to do this, He will see you through it. No matter what hold tight to the promise that you are a precious daughter of the King. You are chosen.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤