last year when i was interning for a wonderful pastor, he really challenged me to seek wisdom from those older than me: to latch on to a godly woman as she navigates, or has navigated, areas of life i too will one day - as a wife, as a mother, as a grandmother. the whole idea of generational wisdom, or mentorship if you will, really rocked me. and, as He does, He put a lot of incredible "older" people in my life to watch and talk with and learn from.
as a response to the blessing other women have been in my life, i decided to open myself up to potentially be that woman in some younger girls lives.
if ever i worked a wednesday morning at starbucks it was a pretty good bet that a handful of church ladies - or church moms as i call them - would come in for their "latte therapy" ha.
whoever painted church ladies as calm, quiet, and pensive has obviously never sat in a coffee shop near these women!
these beautiful, funny, kind, and pretty wild wives and mothers let me join them on my break and i still remember my first time chatting with them. i was inspired. i was empowered. i wanted to be just like them. that time and conversation blessed me. and i just wanted to give back.
as i learned and shared many passionate conversations with my internship pastor my heart was stirred. as i was being unofficially mentored by some lovely, godly women, being filled by their love and support for me and encouraged by their example, i wanted to pour it out for others.
although i've done youth ministry since i was a youth myself, i've never touched junior high. i have openly declared multiple times how much i despise gr 8ers. well, well, well. of course then the Lord would place a desire and direction on my heart to develop friendships with 4 amazing gr 8 girls - two of which are the daughters of the "latte ladies" from that original conversation! [how sweet is it to see things coming full circle like that... not that the circle is complete!] the heart of these relationships is to just be friends with them, like i am with their moms. to be a resource to them as they go through times in life that i have already experienced - ie: high school, university, love, work, etc - and some i've seen to completion. i hope this little "project" we are doing here will spur them on to do this for ladies younger than them!
in saying all that, on saturday night, the 4 no-longer-grade-8 girls, myself, and two of my good friends, sierra and alyssa, who i asked to join me in this, went out for dinner and then to a random country sideroad for a photoshoot.
these 4 girls are amazing: beautiful, kind, funny, adorable, smart, and talented! i know it's cliche, but i really, honestly cannot wait to see what God does in, with, and through their lives!
check out their smizing! dang girls! haha. we had so much fun with you ladies.
can't wait til our next hangout ;)
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