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During a recent trip to see my daughter, we visited with a young woman I mentored years ago who is now a spiritual big sis to my daughter. The three of us enjoyed a fun dinner night out in LA together. Our lively conversation reminded me of the joy that overflows from a mentoring relationship. 

In my book, Gracious Living, a chapter is dedicated to the importance of mentoring. I’d like to share a story from it: “I was reading 2 Kings 7 recently and came across the story of four lepers suffering in the time of famine. They concluded they would die where they were, so they might as well risk going to the enemy camp of the Arameans who might spare them.

“As the lepers entered the enemy camp, they discovered empty tents and abandoned horses.  Scripture tells us, ‘When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them; and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them’ (2 Kings 7:8). Reading this, I quickly sensed a summons in my spirit: This is what the women in your generation have done, Margaret! They have eaten and drunk of My goodness and gathered treasures of Mine but have hidden them.

“Talk about a head thump! Whether through insecurity or selfishness, my generation of women has journeyed intimately with Christ but hidden those treasures. What a loss! The four lepers in 2 Kings finally came to their senses. ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent…let us go and tell.’ (2 Kings 7:9)

“It’s time for us to come to our senses too. I believe a movement is rising for mature women to invest in younger generations and to mentor these women into spiritual maturity. It’s time for us to go and tell! We possess a treasure map leading to riches in Christ, and we must share it.” (Gracious Living, pp. 164-165)

In these crazy Covid days, many people hunger for community and discipleship. I have never regretted investing in someone’s walk with God. And sometimes, that person then grows up to mentor and inspire our own children—oh my goodness!  Such joy. Who is investing in your spiritual life, dear friend? And how are you coming alongside other believers? Your life is a treasure to share.

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God’s Thumbprint

In what feels like day 666 of this stupid year I am searching for hope and direction. I wonder how to reflect the love of God in this climate. I ask myself, am I truly changed by Christ; do I look like Him? Now I want to touch a deeper truth, so hang in with me! God showed me something so darn cool. 

 He brought to mind a seed. A seed contains the complete imprint of what it produces. In one tiny apple seed lies all the genetic and cellular information needed to produce an apple tree. Nothing needs to be added to that imprint of a seed other than favorable conditions of water, soil, and sunlight.

Now consider this:

1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” I am reeling from the implications of this truth. Add to it John’s words:

John 1:12,13 “He gave the right to become the children of God to those who believed in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” It’s like we carry the thumbprint of God in our heart!

We are born of imperishable seed. We are born again not by the will of flesh but by the will of God. When we said yes to Jesus Christ, we were born again to become a brand new being. In that seed contains the complete imprint of who God designed us to be! Our part is to partner with the process by choosing favorable conditions to life. We can choose to spend time in the Word, prayer, and service.  We can partner with honor, love, and compassion. His life has been planted in every believer. No matter our highs and lows, closeness or distance with God or people- we bear His image because we are born again, not of perishable or corruptible seed. God was actually delighted to bring us into this new relationship of being His children.  He is excited to lead us to fulfill our destiny, not of our own effort, but by partnering with the treasure He has already planted in us. This is great news.

My friend, do you wrestle with doubts about your spiritual growth? Do you question how you reflect His life? I would love to hear how this picture of being born of His seed is transforming for you. It may feel like day six-hundred of this year, but we can learn to rest in God’s goodness. We can trust His gracious design.

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