Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mentors...What a Gift

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— (Titus 2:3, NKJV)

I've had several women in my life as mentors. They've stepped in at just the time I've needed a spiritual "mom". One such lady stepped in just over 3 years ago. She stepped in when she received my first devotional in her email. Vonda Skelton was the first one that ever said to me "you're gifted to do this, pursue it." Many have stepped in behind her, but Vonda was the first writing mentor in my life and I will always be greatful She not only said I had the gift of writing but she also came along side me to help teach me the craft. You see, God doesn't call us to do life alone. Just as he doesn't call us to do life alone, He doesn't call us to take on a new adventure alone. Do you have the joy of having a mentor? Do you have someone to come along side you to say "you're gifted for this job, let me show you how it's done?" Now that I'm farther along in the journey, yes, Vonda steps in and helps but she also lets me do things on my own. She knows the time of holding my hand for each step is over. It's time for me to take the steps on my own. Ladies, let me encourage you, find a mentor to show you the way things are done.

Father, thank You for the mentor relationship and ultimate friendship that Vonda and I share. I pray for my readers that You'llprovide them with the mentor they need for their new tasks in life. Thank You Lord. We love You and we praise You. Amen


  1. Jamie,
    A great post about the need to have someone come alongside to mentor and encourage us..especially when we start getting out of our boat and walking on water. The waters can be choppy and the winds and waves threatening. The Lord knows we need each other. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You're so right, Jamie! Mentoring is key for us all -- whether we are mentoring others or being mentored. It's a journey -- and one that's always more beautiful when shared with someone else.

  3. Vonda is such a blessing to so many women. She has touched my life in many ways. Just think Jamie, it was Vonda that brought us together! Now that's something to shout about! Love you :)

  4. Jamie,

    I am so very thankful for my mentors too. Such a gift indeed.

    Love, Hester ;)

  5. Glenda, you're so right-the waters can be choppy, but praise God He gives us mentors to help guide us along the way!
    Cathy, thanks for stopping by and sharing your heart.
    Nan, Vonda has touched my life in more ways than just being my mentor in writing. She toughed my life when through her, God brought the joy of you into my life! Love you sweet friend!
    Hester, thanks for stopping by!

  6. Vonda is a TREASURE, and I'm so happy she's been such a blessing in your life. Although I'm not surprised. She's just that awesome :)
    Love you, sweet Jamie!!

  7. Wow, Jamie, I'm humbled by your kind comments. Thank you! But please know it's an honor and a joy to have YOU in MY life! Your resilience and discipline to work at the craft is evident in your writing life. Many people don't understand that to grow as writers, we have to be constantly learning. You've worked hard...and you have the results to prove it!

    Blessings on all you set your hand to do, sweet Jamie.