Recently, Susan of Writing Straight from the Heart and I had a blogversation about some of our personal mentors. I think she started it, calling them her "lifelong mentors", if I recall correctly. The power of example and modeling is enormous! At various stages of my life, I've drawn inspiration and information from many women whom I admire greatly. Some of them include: Edith Schaeffer (above),
Karen Burton Mains,
Ruth Bell Graham, and
These women have expressed and exhibited their love and commitment to Jesus Christ throughout their lives. Perfect? None of them! But they are women who I believe COULD have said with the Apostle Paul, "Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:13).
There are other women whom I admire for a particular quality - beauty, simplicity, knowledge, style, etc. These include: Alexandra Stoddard, Mary Emmerling, and Martha Stewart (yes, I mean that Martha). I'm sure there are many others who have influenced me. I'm just not coming up with their names right now.
Who are some of YOUR mentors?