Merry Christmas, dear reader!
On this Christmas day, I am grateful for your presence at LeahAdams.org in 2018. I know you have oodles of options for blog reading and you choose to read what the Lord gives me to write. THANK YOU!
From my family to yours,
And yes, I did an oopsy on the dating on the card! It really is our 2018 card!
Hey there friend!
I am so excited to be part of the speaker panel for the Woodstock, Georgia She Found Joy Event happening Sunday evening, October 7th at Venue 92. Let me tell you a bit about it.
As women, we don’t spend enough time with each other, let alone make time for ourselves to get away with God. She Found Joy provides the connection and soul care we all need by bringing communities closer to Christ in a time of food, fellowship and fun.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS // KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Each event features handpicked, prominent speakers who share a unique message based on the tour theme and their personal story.
WORSHIP & MUSIC: Music is a big part of She Found Joy! Our goal is to have worship be presented in some format, and we love to partner with local artists to feature their work onstage.
COMMUNITY: Community is one of the cornerstones of our mission statement. She Found Joy gives women the chance to connect with other women in their community through a corporate meal, prayer and intermissions, which facilitate conversation.
FOOD & FUN: We love food and we love showering women with gifts to help them know they are loved! Each event features a gourmet dinner and free giveaways and/or swag bags to give our guests something to remember the night by. Lastly, we partner with local vendors making a difference in their community to give women shopping opportunities that not only enrich their lives, but also give back to others.
TOUR INFORMATION // 2018-2019: The theme for the 2018 National Tour is Courageous Faith, and we will be hosting the event in eight cities:
Jacksonville (FL), Woodstock (GA), Des Moines (IA), Fayetteville (AR), Southlake (TX), Elkhart (IN), Nashville (TN) and Raleigh (NC).
ABOUT THE FOUNDER LAUREN GASKILL is an author, speaker and founder of She Found Joy. She is passionate about encouraging women to fight for faith and keep hope alive. When she’s not writing or speaking, Lauren loves to cook, bake and go on hikes with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is affectionately named Reese after Lauren’s favorite candy — peanut butter cups.
shefoundjoy.com // [email protected]
Tickets for the Woodstock location are on sale now and PRICES HAVE BEEN LOWERED. Y’all, if you are planning to attend, please purchase your tickets today so we can give the caterers an accurate number. Click the image below to purchase tickets.
I would love to see you there.
It’s the end of the year. 2017 is almost history, and quite frankly, I can hardly believe it. While some days moved as slow as molasses, others flew by. Can you relate? On the whole, 2017 flew by with moments of joy and moments of intense sadness.
Today I want to take a moment to collect in one pile the most popular posts of 2017 here at LeahAdams.org.
Overall, I wrote much less often this year than in the past, but some of the posts were still very popular. So, without delay, may I offer you a listing of the 10 most popular posts (by total number of views) of 2017? I’m giving you the graphic from each post. If you desire to visit the post, simply click on the graphic to be taken to that post.
I know these two graphics are the same, but the posts are different. I promise.
And the Number ONE post of 2017 at LeahAdams.org is………….
I am so grateful to each of you who stop in and read. I pray that God has, and will continue to use what He gives me to write to bless and encourage your walk with Christ. May God’s presence be you in these waning days of 2017 and in 2018. I look forward to meeting you here in the New Year.
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Y’all, it’s only hours away from being New Year’s Eve. Where in the world did the year go? So much has happened this year in my life, your life, and the world around us. Some of it has been good, while some has been blech! I wanted to take a few moments today to offer up a listing of the most popular posts here at LeahAdams.org. I’m actually offering two lists:
- The most popular posts by number of views
- The most popular posts by number of comments
I’m giving you the top ten in each category and I hope you will take the time to visit a few that you missed in 2016. Okay, here goes.
Top Posts by Views
Meet My Friend, Jan Morton
The Rider on the White Horse from Revelation 6
It’s My Birthday and I’m Giving You A Gift
John’s View of Jesus, A Printable and A Giveaway
Mentoring: Lessons From An Older Woman
The End! Intro To Revelation
I’ve Reached My Limit
The Throne Room of God
What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What To Do?
It’s Time to Get Rid of Stinkin’ Thinkin’
Top Posts By Comments
I’ve Reached My Limit
The Throne Room of God
Can You Discern Right From Almost Right?
The Loft Link-Up ~ Fall Recipes
The Loft Link-Up ~ Contentment
Sharing Life ~ Someone Needs You to be Their People
The Loft Link-Up ~ Listen
Encouragement for When Life is Hard
How Strong Is Your Core?
It’s Time to Get Rid of Stinkin’ Thinkin’
Thank YOU so much for your presence here. You are why I write…well, you and Jesus. I’d love to hear from you about what blessed you at LeahAdams.org this year. AND about what I could do better to serve you. My goal is that my writing would encourage you to draw nearer to Jesus and walk out the Christ-life for the world to see.
I have some new things planned for 2017 and am seeking the heart of Jesus for all of them. Have a Happy New Year, friends, and I will see you back here on Monday.
I know I say this every time one of my friends shares a post here at Sharing Life, but y’all, I am SOOO honored to offer you the wisdom of another of my friends. Melanie Redd is a woman with a heart for women and ministry. I’ve never met her face-to-face, but I have been so blessed by her writing and her wisdom and I know we would surely be IRL (in-real-life) friends if we lived closer. That’s why I invited her to offer some of that wisdom here at Sharing Life.
Before I introduce you to Melanie, I would like to offer you a few links to previous posts in this Sharing Life series. Sharing Life is all about women doing life with other women…face-to-face, shoulder-to-shoulder…speaking into the lives of those who circle around our own life.
These posts fall into one of three categories: Faith, Mentoring/Friendship, and Food. Here are a few posts from the past that you might want to check out:
Sharing the Word
What Will Your Tombstone Say?
Some Needs You to Be Their People
A blogger, author, speaker, encourager and teacher, Melanie’s passion is to offer HOPE! Married to Randy for 26 years; the couple enjoys travel, eating out, and hanging out with their two college-aged kids. You can read more from Melanie on her blog at www.melanieredd.com.
These are hot button words in our world right now.
- But, what is mentoring really?
- Why is mentoring such a powerful thing?
- Where do you find mentors?
- How do you begin a mentoring relationship?
What is mentoring?
The dictionary defines a mentor as, “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or an influential senior sponsor or supporter.” (dictionary.com)
Words similar to mentor include guide, trainer, teacher, coach, advisor, instructor, older friend, tutor, counselor, aide, and helper.
Mentoring explained in the most simple terms is a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to gain more experience.
You can have a mentor to help you to grow as a Christian. Mentors can also help you to learn a skill, understand a concept, or gain knowledge.
Mentors can be found at work, at church, at the gym, and in so many other arenas.
Why is mentoring such a powerful thing?
Mentoring is powerful because it is personal instruction, typically done one on one.
There is nothing sweeter than to have another person invest in your life because they choose to do so. Mentors encourage you, inspire you, push you, pull you, affirm you, and motivate you.
In fact, mentoring is a biblical concept. In Titus 2, older men are encouraged to train the younger men and older women are told to train the younger women.
“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.” (Titus 2:4-5, NLT)
Where do you find mentors?
Mentors can be found everywhere. There are positive, encouraging people around us all.
The best place to find a mentor is right where you are… in your current sphere of influence.
You may not have even realized who is right around you and how much you can benefit from knowing these people.
Your mentor may be older and wiser or younger and wiser. Age is not near as important as character.
More than likely, God has placed some amazing people in your circles. They are nearby and available if you know who and what to look for.
How do you begin a mentoring relationship?
To find a person to mentor you, I’ve got some suggestions.
And, I always think it works best if the one who wants to be mentored seeks out and chooses their own mentor.
Typically, it doesn’t work well for us to go to a younger or less experienced person and ask, “Can I mentor you? Or, would you like to be mentored?”
Here are some steps you can take to discover a great mentor:
1} Pray and ask God to give you at least one godly, positive mentor in your life.
You can always have more than one, but I believe we all need at least one person pouring into us and speaking encouragement into our lives.
Put this request at the top of your prayer list!
Ask the Lord for an incredible mentor!
2} Begin actively seeking a mentor.
Look around at work, at church, at the club, in your neighborhood, at school, or wherever you spend a great deal of time.
- Who seems wise?
- Who seems positive and compassionate?
- Who seems to have great joy?
- Who do you respect and admire?
- Who seems to be interested in your life?
- Who do you share some similar experiences with?
I have one young friend who actually walked around her church with a piece of paper in the front of her Bible.
When she would observe an older woman dealing well with her children, she’d jot down that name. When she saw a happy marriage, she would write down that name. From that list, God opened the door for her to have the most amazing group of mentors.
3} Invite that potential mentor to meet you for coffee or lunch.
You don’t even have to tell that you are hunting for a mentor.
Instead, you might say something like, “Would you have time to grab coffee with me? I’d love to have the chance to get to know you better.”
Then, get to know them to see if they might be a good mentor for you.
See if you have enough in common and relate well to each other. Ask lots of questions. Listen to how they respond. Determine if this is a person you’d like to hang out with on a regular basis.
Think of this as interviewing potential mentors!
(There is no harm in having 3-4 lunches or coffee dates to get to the best mentor.)
4} Once you KNOW you’d like to be mentored by a certain person, ask them to spend time with you on a regular basis.
Just go for it and stick it out there!
You can ask to meet once a month or once a week. It may feel awkward at first, but likely that other person will be greatly honored that you would ask them to mentor you.
Honestly, any time a woman has sought me out and asked me to mentor them, I’ve been blessed and so excited to be asked! I’ve NEVER turned down a sincere request to mentor another friend.
I had one young woman call me about two years ago. She was also a pastor’s wife in our area. She asked if we could get together for lunch. I really had no idea why she wanted to meet with me.
When I arrived, she had a long list of questions… a very long list!
As we were finishing up our lunch, she asked if we could do lunch once a month. I said, “Yes.”
And, I’ve been enjoying time with this sister for two years now. In fact, she’s become one of my closest friends. And, that’s the other beauty and benefit of mentoring.
Mentoring can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
One other note…
Some of you reading this may want to try a little concept I’ve heard referred to as “Reverse Mentoring.”
In addition to looking for someone older and wiser than you, this type of mentoring is different. Look for someone younger than you who has a skill you don’t possess.
For example, you might ask one of your grandchildren to teach you how to use Instagram.
Or, you might ask a younger friend at work or at church to show you how to use the Internet or your new cell phone.
You might invite a younger blogger or social media expert to teach you some new tricks.
You could ask a younger friend to teach you how to paint, do a certain craft, or learn some other skill.
Reverse Mentoring is extra sweet because it gives you the chance to humbly ask someone younger than you to show you how to do something you don’t know how to do.
You will learn, you will grow, and you will have the chance to encourage someone else.
And, you may open the door for this younger person to ask you some questions about life, about the Lord, or about other matters of the heart. This could turn into a mutual mentoring relationship!
We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:
August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will
August 17 ~ Social Media
August 24 ~ Books
August 31 ~ Pot Luck
Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.
Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is KNOWING GOD’S WILL. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.
Now it is time to linkup!
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