The Power of Presence Oct30

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The Power of Presence

Blog post by Amanda Caldwell

Around five years ago, I learned that my mentor and the founder of Titus 2’s Ministry’s mother had passed.  Although I had never met Regina’s mother, a group of fellow mentees  and I  secured sitters and drove roughly and hour to attend the memorial service.  We did this because we loved Regina.  We knew that she was grieving, and we desired to show her that we cared.  We could have sent flowers, cards, or other meaningful gestures, but it just felt that we should be there.  We wanted to hug her and tell her in person that we cared.   I didn’t realize until later how much this meant to her.  She sent a card, as Regina often did, letting us know that there was power in our presence.

Approximately a year later, I learned that I was carrying a child that had less than a 1% chance of surviving birth.  He had a rare genetic condition that was “incompatible with life”.  This was my fourth child, and Regina had been encouraging me as a mother since my first baby was born.  When I learned the news, I was obviously overwhelmed with grief and sadness.  I didn’t want to believe the doctors, and we held onto the hope that God was fully capable of performing any miracle that He chose.

During the extent of my  pregnancy, I am grateful to say that I had lots of support and love.  One of my biggest supporters was Regina Williams.  When I needed to cry, she listened.  When I was mad at God, she listened and encouraged me.  When I was out of energy to care for my other three children, she encouraged me to lean into Christ and allow HIS strength to carry me.

When I gave birth, my husband and I received a miracle.  Our sweet Josiah not only survived birth, he lived a full thirty eight hours.  We had the privilege of introducing our precious boy to our other children,  our family, many friends, and of course to Regina.  Regina made the effort to be present.  She came to the hospital and prayed over us.  She put her hand on our sweet Josiah and asked God for His mercies.  She was not only there during my pregnancy, she was there to meet our fourth child.  She was present, and believe me.... this was powerful!

I share this story to encourage you as a mentor.  You don’t have to have had every experience, or to have known every trial.  As a mentor, you need to be PRESENT.  In other words, be available to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.  Being there is more important than “knowing everything”.  Don’t underestimate the Power of Presence.

“Mentoring is not about what you know, but about listening well, opening up your life to someone, and pointing their eyes always to Christ.  And by doing so it has the power to transform lives."   Titus2 Mentoring Women Launchbook

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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The Power of Presence Oct30

wordswag_1507735819511

The Power of Presence

Blog post by Amanda Caldwell

Around five years ago, I learned that my mentor and the founder of Titus 2’s Ministry’s mother had passed.  Although I had never met Regina’s mother, a group of fellow mentees  and I  secured sitters and drove roughly and hour to attend the memorial service.  We did this because we loved Regina.  We knew that she was grieving, and we desired to show her that we cared.  We could have sent flowers, cards, or other meaningful gestures, but it just felt that we should be there.  We wanted to hug her and tell her in person that we cared.   I didn’t realize until later how much this meant to her.  She sent a card, as Regina often did, letting us know that there was power in our presence.

Approximately a year later, I learned that I was carrying a child that had less than a 1% chance of surviving birth.  He had a rare genetic condition that was “incompatible with life”.  This was my fourth child, and Regina had been encouraging me as a mother since my first baby was born.  When I learned the news, I was obviously overwhelmed with grief and sadness.  I didn’t want to believe the doctors, and we held onto the hope that God was fully capable of performing any miracle that He chose.

During the extent of my  pregnancy, I am grateful to say that I had lots of support and love.  One of my biggest supporters was Regina Williams.  When I needed to cry, she listened.  When I was mad at God, she listened and encouraged me.  When I was out of energy to care for my other three children, she encouraged me to lean into Christ and allow HIS strength to carry me.

When I gave birth, my husband and I received a miracle.  Our sweet Josiah not only survived birth, he lived a full thirty eight hours.  We had the privilege of introducing our precious boy to our other children,  our family, many friends, and of course to Regina.  Regina made the effort to be present.  She came to the hospital and prayed over us.  She put her hand on our sweet Josiah and asked God for His mercies.  She was not only there during my pregnancy, she was there to meet our fourth child.  She was present, and believe me.... this was powerful!

I share this story to encourage you as a mentor.  You don’t have to have had every experience, or to have known every trial.  As a mentor, you need to be PRESENT.  In other words, be available to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.  Being there is more important than “knowing everything”.  Don’t underestimate the Power of Presence.

“Mentoring is not about what you know, but about listening well, opening up your life to someone, and pointing their eyes always to Christ.  And by doing so it has the power to transform lives."   Titus2 Mentoring Women Launchbook

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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