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The Mentors Next Door

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Today's Special is: Where God Places You
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Michelle Axton Kelly
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…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 NIV


This morning is full of excitement as we sign on the dotted line to build a home in Colorado.  Some of our closest friends bought a lot across the street which sweetens our joy.  I imagine the day when we step through the front door and into a new adventure.  Yet before we fill rooms with our hopes and dreams, décor, dinner parties, celebrations and girls going to prom… I pray we fill it with God. May visitors know this is His house first.

I’ve picked out Scripture to inspire us. In the entryway, Joshua 24:15 will go in a frame with a key to our door.  As we leave, Joshua 1:9 will remind us to be courageous, God is with us wherever we go.  Ephesians 4:20 will whisper to my girls that they are God’s masterpiece, no matter what messages the mirror may try to place in their hearts.  Most of all, we must fill each nook and cranny with continuous prayer and commit to living out the Word of God with our actions each day.

This dream I have, this intentional living out a faith that is strong and bold, reminds me of our neighbors in North Carolina.  We already lived on a special street when they took up residence next door.  But they changed our lives forever by shaping our hearts with God’s Word.

They became our mentors as they lived out their love of Christ.  It was evident wherever they went, but most of all within their home.  We learned from them as we celebrated holidays and milestones there.  We grew while watching endless sports games and having women’s Bible studies there.  We were inspired as parents watching their own children grow up to be Christian leaders in their school, on the soccer field, in art class, on the basketball court and on our small street.  And just before our move, this family showed us what it felt like to be held in the midst of illness and loss.

That’s the kind of neighbors I pray we become in our new spot.  Four people who live out God’s Word and provide an example of what it looks like to be a Christian in our world.  A family known for their optimism, joy, wisdom and encouragement.  I’m the first to admit we have big shoes to fill.  But I pray God will use us.  Right where He’s placed us.

Take Out:

God can use you to teach and inspire, to transform lives around you for an eternity.  What opportunities do you have to mentor others where you live, work and play?  You don’t have to make a verbal declaration of your intentions.  Live out your faith courageously and gracefully… and you’re sure to get noticed.


Heavenly Father, today we pray that You would fill our hearts, our homes, our families and friendships full to the brim with a love of life of Christ.  Let our every action reflect the grace You offer to us daily.  May our lives shine with a joy and peace that inspires others to know You.  Use us where You have placed us God, for Your glory.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 NIV

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

Proverbs 24:3-6 NIV

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

For more encouragement, visit Michelle at Confessions From the Back Pew where God uses the best and worst parts of her to encourage women to develop a truly personal and rewarding relationship with Him.

© 2014 by Michelle Axton Kelly.  All rights reserved.

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Great post Michelle!  I love this line - "Live out your faith courageously and gracefully… and you’re sure to get noticed."  I too have been blessed by mentors next door and I so appreciate the words they share, hand they lend and example they set.  Trust your neighbors will appreciate and learn from you as well!!  Blessings!

I am thrilled to be on Encouragement Café today sharing about the tremendous impact my friends Lonnie, Jennifer, Madeline, Olivia and Landon made on our lives!  I hope you'll pop over to my website, Confessions From the Back Pew, for 5 Ways to Jumpstart a New Mentoring Relationship.  Blessings!

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