TIMELY ADVICE FROM MY NEW FRIEND AND MENTOR (YOU MAY NEED IT TOO!)

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Meet my new friend, Paul.

He introduced himself with a letter (see letter below). I called him a friend, but in reality, he is more of a mentor.

God usually brings me a mentor when I'm ready for it. At least that’s how it’s been since I can remember. When it comes to mentoring, God's timing is a must. For both the mentor and the mentee.

This couldn’t be a better moment in my life for a new mentor.

By the way, feel free to receive this letter as if it was for you. You’ll see why by the time you finish reading this post.

Check out Paul’s letter of introduction.

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My dear friend,

My name is Paul, I'm joined with Timothy. Would you like to join us?

As you know, Timothy and I are both servants of Jesus, the Anointed One. We come to realize that you are too. I write you this letter because I recognize you are also a leader in your church and community.

I say hello, and at the same time declare the blessings of favor and peace to flow in your life.

I give God thanks for you. I am excited and grateful that we are now together in partnership.

I pray with great faith for you, because I am truly convinced that the One who began His remarkable work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you, and will put his final touches right up to the time Jesus returns.

I pray for your love to grow and increase beyond measure. Bringing you to the deep revelation that comes from keen insight, which I already know you desperately want.

The spiritual insight that you so much long for will enable you to become pure in heart and without offense.

I tell you, "Don’t worry." You will bring great praise and glory to God. You’ll see! You are already doing it.

I want you to know that just like the things that are happening to me are not hindering me, what you are going through won’t either. In fact, they will help you in life, in ministry.

Look at me, with these chains. My court case, I could think of how unfair it is; it's even illegal. To you, the challenge right now, is not to shrink while you are being stretched.

Don’t allow fear and fear of failure stop you from sharing God's message. Use your gifts, talents, and abilities to grow and reach many.

We need to stay joined, accountable to each other. Helping and serving people. Making way for them to find God because of how we love them.

I pray God helps us not to shrink while we are being stretched.
— Christina Cento

We all go through difficulties. When we trust God, we can value and use situations in life for learning, training and maturing in love.

What you’re going through will cause other believers to become more courageous in the Lord, and to be bold and passionate.

Don’t be jealous of the way God uses others, you are unique. There are people who God has assigned to you. You will reach them. Go! Make a difference in other people’s lives. Inspire and empower them to know who they in Christ and fulfill their God-given purpose.

Oh, no rivalry or competition. Who teaches better than you or does better than you — no need to fall into all that. Be comfortable in your own skin; focused on who you are in Christ. Do what God has called you to do.

Stay real. Be genuine. Keep developing your character. Be careful in who you trust, not everybody out there is who they say they are.

We are the send! We lead, and teach. You, me, Timothy and others… As long as we preach the message of Christ, all is good! Celebrate how nowadays the Message is going out in so many ways. Embrace it!

No matter what, cling to Christ. He will reveal Himself through you, openly to everyone.

For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. I get the sense you feel the same way. No matter how hard it gets, long to stay. Yes, stay focused on doing His will. Fulfill the purpose and calling for your life, this is better.

Live each day for God, bearing more fruit. True life (Jesus) is in you!

Remember the why! Why are you called to do what you need to do? Deep in my faith, my heart is confident that you can add more joy, you can further strengthen and help others to mature, so they won’t quit, so they will go the distance.

Go, defend the Truth. Teach in love, filling people’s hearts with grace, faith, and salvation.

Remember your why! Be fearless. Live life on purpose for Christ. Your why will get you out of bed every morning excited about life. Stay battle ready. Push forward. Think more on others than yourself.

Send me new reports.

Until then,

Paul

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As you may, or may not know, you just read (my version) of Philippians, chapter one, in the Bible.

As many times as I have read that chapter, today God shows me Paul in a completely different light. Designated as my new friend and mentor.

Paul went through so much. The more I read of his life encounters, the more I am amazed by how his walk with God made life worthwhile living.

He was a lover of God. A faithful follower of Jesus, always learning, growing to the point of maturity.

He was spiritual and practical. A friend, teacher, preacher, writer, and mentor, also a tentmaker when needed.

And although the scenery of his life is very different than ours. The people, the culture and the language may be foreign to us. Yet, many times over, our life feels like his. I hope you can relate.

This morning I could not stop thinking or talking about mentors and mentoring. I’ve had many mentors in my life. For business, marriage and family matters, spiritual freedom, and personal development.

Having a mentor is one of the most amazing gifts God could ever give you. John, my husband, has been and still is one of the most influential mentors of my life.

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In my experience, having a mentor is wow! A mentor can take you faster to where you need to go. I have been involved with women, mentoring women or women’s ministry for almost twenty years. Life is much easier to navigate with a mentor! Mentoring is very rewarding. It also keeps us sharp.

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Do you have a mentor? Are you mentoring someone?

Ask God for a mentor. Be ready! Watch what God can do.

How do you like my new mentor Paul? Can you relate to his letter? I would love to hear what you think. Please leave your comments below.

Love you,

Christina