I wish that I had you sitting across from me in the coffee shop, drinking that warm cup of joe. I would have a happy heart just being able to spend time with you. We could talk about all that’s been going on in your life. I could speak truth and life into you and I am almost completely certain that you would do the same for me.
I love face to face interaction. I didn’t use to. I use to hate meeting new people, especially women. Women were scary to me. I had been hurt by a lot of them, but God called me to this ministry with women for a reason. I am relatable. I have no story that sticks out above the rest, but I have lived. I have a life of stories. I’ve walked many paths. I’ve made bad choice and I’ve made good choices.
The best choice was to follow God in my calling. Encouraging women right where they are. Often that is over a hot cup of coffee, espresso, chai tea, or even a cold smoothie. Some days I just feel like having a smoothie instead of coffee. Don’t you?
Recently, I was able to meet with a woman I have never met before. We were acquaintances by people we both knew at church, but we had never met. I didn’t know her from any other woman on the planet, but God had a divine encounter for us.
In October I was asked to speak at a women’s event about mentoring. Thrilled, I jumped at the chance to talk about mentoring. It is a passion deep within my soul. The women’s group I spoke for decided to live feed it through their church facebook page. I am used to having videos done of my speaking and I really thought it would be a great idea because women tend to get busy with life and sometimes just need to go back and see things later.
This woman I had coffee with watched the live feed from her home because she just couldn’t make it to the event. A couple weeks later I had gotten a private message from her on Facebook asking if I would have coffee and explore the possibility of mentoring her.
Friend, since moving to South Dakota, I have been praying that God would bring to me whoever it was that HE wanted me to mentor. I want God to be at the center of each woman that I spend time feeding life and truth in. Philippians 2:5 says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”
When I got the request, I said yes right away. I was not going to miss this opportunity. I am so glad that I did. We met at a local coffee spot (the coffee isn’t great, but the company always is) and we chatted for over an hour. I got to know this woman and heard her story. It’s a great story and I hope that she will share it with all of you one day soon. She poured out her heart of ministry and reaching women who are hurting. She told me of her family and how they got through some really rough times. I was able to share my heart with her as well. A friendship was immediately born that day.
I wish that I could have each of you to my home on separate days so that I could get to know you more intimately. We were designed for relationships and intimacy with each other. God made people to be relational. 1 Samuel 20 is a great chapter on the friendship between David and Jonathan. Their friendship began when Saul brought David into his house. Their friendship was strong even unto death and they respected each other, trusted each other and would ultimately die for the other. You find so many stories of friendship woven through the pages of the Bible. We are still asked to carry out that design today.
Meet someone new. Have coffee and talk about life. Be the person that you would want speaking truth and life in your own life.
Lord, You created us for companionship. You brought Eve to Adam so that he would not be alone. You designed friendship and it is good. Give us a heart for others. I ask that You would set us on a path toward each other and bring the right person into our lives that we need to be friends with. Be at the center of every relationship we have and will build in Your name. Thank You for caring so much about the friends in our lives. Amen.