Sisters, I’m so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Suzi, to you today. Suzi has a dynamic testimony filled with deep pain, broken relationships, and addiction. That God completely restored and healed her life, could not be a truer statement. But Suzi’s journey to freedom didn’t end the moment she surrendered to Christ. She needed to grow! And opening her life up to be mentored has been a huge part of her development. I pray her words will stir in you a desire to be mentored too.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
I can remember a time when I believed I didn’t need help to succeed. I had myself. I didn’t need anyone else’s help, thank you very much! This verse of scripture obviously did not apply to me.
(Funny how we pick and choose scripture we think will or will not apply to us. It all applies… just in case you’re wondering.)
I spent most of my life in prison. No, it wasn’t your physical, behind bars kind of prison… it was worse! It was a self-made, home grown prison I honestly had no idea I was living in.
Having suffered many forms of abuse and being deeply wounded, I vowed to NEVER let another person hurt me again! I had built a wall around myself, and I wasn’t letting ANYONE in! Battered and bruised in my prison cell, I was terrified to leave my perceived safe haven.
You see, I had let people in, trusting them with vulnerable information, and I was persecuted with it. I had tried to let others in to help me and ended up humiliated. Two were not better than one! I could talk to God, and I felt that would be good enough. But I was wrong.
Can you relate? Have you ever been so hurt and scared that you wanted to hide from the world? Perhaps you feared if you let someone in too close, they might find out who you “really” are, and you would be hurt or rejected.
I desperately wanted to grow closer to God and let Him put the broken pieces back together so I could be the woman He created me to be. The more I read His word, the more I knew I was going to have to begin to reach out to and trust people.
But how? I trusted no one. I was stuck.
God’s word instructs us to seek advice, that it’s foolish not to.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
Proverbs 19:20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Determined not to give up, I sought advice from my pastor. I began to pray for God to place someone in my life that was a mature Christian I could trust. I was terrified, but I kept moving forward.
It took time to find the right person I felt safe with.
Like me, you may go through several women before finding the right one. That’s okay, don’t give up!
I’ve had the same mentor for several years now, and she has blessed me beyond words with her wisdom!
I no longer live in my prison cell, and two are WAY better than one!
Dear sister, I challenge you to find a woman of God to mentor you and help you become the woman God created you to be.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made, sweet sister! You are His masterpiece!
Feel the fear and do it afraid. As long as you are willing and keep taking that next step, God will provide the perfect mentor for you, too.