Stories to share + lessons learned

by Kari Staaland


I know what you are thinking when you hear that word.  It can seem a bit intimidating or like a daunting task to some, or to others it can seem like an unnecessary time-filler.  I think we might be making this too tricky… we may be over-complicating the matter.  Let me challenge you to see this idea of mentorship from a different angle.

I have found that mentorship doesn’t have to look like a formal teacher – student relationship.  It can be as casual as much as it is meaningful and mutually life-giving.  Mentorship can be inviting a friend to coffee and asking her questions about what’s going on in her life.  And in return you tell her what you are walking through and lessons you’ve learned.  Or invite her over when you are making dinner and the kids are home so she can see you in action – being a wife and a mom.  (And maybe put her to work while she’s there…ha!)

This doesn’t always mean there is a huge age gap between the two of you.  It can look that way, but it’s not necessary.  Maybe there’s one of you that has walked with God a little longer and the other is just getting started on her faith journey.  Or one of you has three kids, and the other just had her first baby.  One of you has been married 10 years and the other is newly engaged.   You may be both the same age, but at different life stages.  You get the point.  It can look a hundred different ways.

We all have a story to share and lessons learned along the way.  And your life story is like no one else’s.  God has done unique things in your heart and He wants you to tell people about it.  Tell her where you have messed up, tell her how God healed your heart, tell her the lessons you have learned the hard way.  All of us love a good story of defeat and triumph.  And if God has met you in a real way, then you have a story of triumph over something!

God has done remarkable things in the lives of us dear women.  We must not be shy in sharing our stories and wisdom with others around us.  God will continue to do great things in us, not only for our sake, but to build faith and confidence in others that He will do the same in their lives!  Let’s not make this harder than it needs to be.

“She opens her mouth in skillful and Godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].” - Proverbs 31:26 (Amplified version)

We are all capable of sharing our story… So let’s jump in and do this!