In October of 2007, I begin to inquire about gaining a life coach or mentor. I wanted to gain wise council to guide me along in my life. I had been married just over a year and I was pretty clueless! HA! My friend, Ashley Jansen, told me about Regina Williams and a ministry that she had started called Titus2. I was so intrigued, so I called Regina and we set up a meeting to discuss what the group involved.
The Starbucks on Old Milton was the place I met Regina. We both got a coffee and set down to talk. She was warm, welcoming, and overflowing with wisdom. We discussed life. The conversation got deep fast with her questions and I felt I could completely confide in her immediately. She told me about the group. It was a year long program that started in January of 2008. We would meet monthly from 7-9 at her home. Each month we would be required to memorize scripture, have daily quiet times and journal, have an accountability partner, read a book on a particular subject, write up a book review, do a date night with my spouse (she also provided questions), and be at the monthly meeting ready to share what I learned. We would also have 2 weekend retreats in the year, meet one-on-one with her monthly, and have Regina and her husband over once or twice in the year. I know that may seem overwhelming to you but to me it was exactly what I have craving.
Jesus says in the Beatitudes that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6
Proverbs 21:21 says that “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
Jesus also says in John 6:48 that He is “the bread of life.”
Well, I was thirsty and hungry. Thirsty and hungry for more of God. God used Regina to even deeper my hunger and thirst. And the hunger and thirst has only amplified. And I believe it will never be filled until I meet Him face to face.
Yes, I did join the group. And it was an amazing experience. I grew deeper in my relationship with God. My heart was changed from the inside out. I hid God’s word in my heart by memorizing 37 verses. I learned the importance of an accountably partner (and I’ve had one ever since!). But it didn’t stop there…
After our group ended in December 2008, my group still meet for a little over a year. I continued to meet with Regina quarterly. She guided me along many life happenings – both my children being born, leaving work to be home full-time, navigating after the house fire, and even as I have struggled with my health recently. She would give practical advice but it always pushed me back to the Lord Almighty. Regina made me the person I am today. I will always be so grateful for that.
This last year, Psalm 91 became her anthem. A few months ago, I met with her for the last time. She asked me what verses I was memorizing. The truth is, I hadn’t been. I told her that and she encouraged me to get back to it. “Hiding the words of our Lord in our heart and mind allows His voice to be louder than the voice of the world and the evil one.” I asked her what she was memorizing and she replied with Psalm 91. I asked “what specific verses?” And she replied “the whole chapter.” I remember thinking “Wow! I could never do that!” Now that she has been promoted to Heaven, I’m reminded again just how important it is to hide God’s word in my heart. So I am memorizing Psalm 91, the whole chapter. Already it has been so comforting during this time of deep mourning.
My prayer has become….
“Oh how I long to dwell and abide in the hiding place of the Most High. Lord, please give me rest and comfort in your protective shadow. I will continue to say that “You are my refuge, my Hiding Place, My Papa, who I trust completely. I know you will save me from the evil one who pesters me daily. Please cover me with your angels and under your protection I will find safety. Trusting you without restraints will be a shield in this world. Thanks be to you always Lord!”
I will leave you with one last thing.
To older wiser women – you have wisdom to share with younger women! Please pray about being a mentor. Regina has everything you would need to facilitate mentoring one or more women. Click here to learn about all her resources she has.
To younger women – we all can use a mentor to guide us. Ask around. And pray. I believe God wants us all to mentored and discipled in some way. Take the leap. You will be glad you did.
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5
PS-Starting next week, I will begin posting one liners from Regina. These were statements she said all the time. Some of them are – “Bloom where you are planted,” “Put expression to your impression,” etc. To other Titus2 girls, if you have one you’d like to share. Please let me know!