Monday, April 7, 2008

Being in the middle

Wow! What a beautiful day! I sure hope your weather is as nice where you are as it is here.
I'm almost tempted to "layout!" That tickles me to just say that little phrase....takes me back in time! How about, "sitting outside" and listening to those precious cows in my backyard talk. They are up to some kind of conversation. Wish you could hear 'em! :)

This is short and sweet and just something for you to think about. I've been chewing on it since church yesterday.....that's the sign of a good message isn't it??!

Place yourself in a position as the middle child.

Who are you looking up to as your mentor???

Do you have a mentor?? Someone that you talk to regularly for life advice, spiritual advice, family advice?? This person just needs to be far enough ahead of you in their walk that they can guide you and help you and support you and love you.

If you don't have a mentor.....please begin to pray for God to place one in your life.

And....who is behind you??? Who are you shepherding or mentoring along the way???

My heart is deep into this concept right now. Find yourself in the middle if you can.

Ask God to strategically place people and opportunities where you can be mentored and then you can be a mentor to someone else.

Its exactly what God has called us to do. He wants us in the middle. He wants us to encourage others and teach others as well as be taught and encouraged. As a woman, I love this scripture and it takes on more meaning for me every time I study it....

Titus 2:1-5 says..."You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worth of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. They they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

Being in the middle is a good thing!! Pray to find yourself there.


Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

MMMMM.. That is good stuff there!!!

Earen said...

Good thoughts...and by the way, congrats on your b-ball team winning! The question is..will they win tonight! :-)

Denise said...

Great post my friend, love you.

BethAnne said...

Good questions - I have an answer to one of them, but not the other ----I guess I need to find me a mentor (The Good Lord knows I need one!)

Kelly said...

Fran - you are so wise and wonderful!

Teri said...

Today when my son Jackson got off the bus he said "We saw you out there getting a tan!" (The bus goes past our house to let the kids across the street off, then lets other kids off down the street and then comes back to let my kids off.) How funny! I did not lay out in the sun today...I sat out there for a few quiet minutes to post on my blog before the house got noisey with the kids!

Anyway, I have a mentor and she is amazing. She has been my spiritual mom since I was nine years old. She led me to the Lord!

I don't have anyone that I mentor per se. I mean, not yet anyway, I hope to be that for someone for sure!

We are supposed to come to your state this summer! I am SO excited!

Linda said...

Oh Fran,
It was horrible. I too had so many emotions during the game. I just hate it for the boys. It was heart wrenching.
I love this post. I have a wonderful mentor. I have learned so much from her.

Cassie said...

Great me something to think about...enjoy "laying out"...=)

Alana said...

I am "mentoring" some young marrieds right now in a small group forum and I have LOVED it. They are such a blessing to us. I would say that I don't have a real life mentor right now, but I have some FABULOUS blog-life mentors...including you, sweet Fran!

Joanne said...

oh my girlfriend, I wish we had some time to chat over coffee. I would love to share how the Lord placed my Titus 2 woman/mentor in my life.

Melba is her name, and I love her to pieces.

Dana said...

I don't have a mentor but I mentor teen girls. I have just started with a new group of Freshmen and will, God willing, see them through till their senior year. I would love to find a mentor, but there are plenty of women that I go to for spiritual, parenting , marriage advice. Wish it were more often!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Would love a mentor, but don't have one! I am mentoring a young college girl, hoping I am adding something to her life! Hopefully many kids look to me as someone who cares and they can count on!

He Knows My Name said...

fran, this post is absolutely right on! he wants us in the middle. both are absent and both are needed in my life and if this was the norm, i only know of one person doing this, how would this affect the church? how would this affect our teen girls? how would this affect marriages/mothering? i think in phenomenal, supernatural ways!

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