The most beautiful and God-inspired moments exist in our everyday experiences, triumphs, and struggles. Sometimes we feel as though our stories lack value or seem trivial relative to the world around us. We feel inconsequential or under-equipped to influence others. But the moments of our lives beautifully interweave throughout God’s great tapestry, and He has a plan and purpose for every part of our story. Our stories become powerful tools when we embrace and share them for the purpose of mentoring others. God empowers mentors to profoundly impact others by sharing their stories, and encouraging and equipping them to flourish.
My name is Joan Gallagher and I am so thankful you've joined me. I am a Christ-Follower writer, speaker, blogger, wife, mom, storyteller, and both a mentee, (I have so much to learn) and mentor. Recently I became a contributing writer for Sweet Jesus Ministries. A ministry devoted to pointing women towards Jesus. My devotion for mentoring and story telling stems from the rich lives women's experience and how God uses those stories to pave the way for those who are either just beginning their journey or find themselves at a spiritual crossroad. It is my intent to empower women to know that their stories can be used to make them into God's kingdom changers for others.
A mentee can enhance their relationship with their mentee by asking questions with purpose. This section helps a mentee direct their questions in way that moves their relationship forward and unpack the tougher struggles a mentee desires to work through with a mentor.
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A is for Ask. One of the best ways we grow in our mentoring relationship is to ask questions. Clarifying questions give us a three-pronged approach to learning and growing. First, questions help establish the purpose of the mentoring relationship and the plans for what the relationship boundaries will be. (Note: more detail about what the relationship should look like and the questions to ask will be covered in chapter 7.) Secondly, asking questions also affords us an opportunity to learn more about the mentor so we can find commonalities. Is there a similar ethnic background? Do we have the same professional goals? Is motherhood a major part of life at this point? Have we both suffered some of the same hurts from the past? Lastly, questions allow us to define our spiritual goals for becoming who God wants us to be. Please remember asking questions is a sign of wisdom and desire to honor God. It is a lie from the enemy that our honest and thoughtful questions are useless and we should keep them to ourselves. You will grow by asking questions!