If You’ve Ever Wanted A Motherhood Mentor…

By July 17, 2012General

Breakfast with a Mentor

Earlier this summer my family went on a truly epic family road trip. DisneyLand, Lake Tahoe, stays in 7 states, 4,000 miles, 72 hours in the car. Epic, I tell you.

But one of my biggest highlights was a simple breakfast meeting with a friend.

Colorado Springs was on our way home, so I asked Sally Clarkson if she was available for coffee on that day. I was thinking a little 30 minute stop at Starbucks. I know she’s super busy and I didn’t want to take a lot of her time.

What I got instead was a deeply inspiring 2 hour breakfast in a secluded drawing room at one of the most grand hotels in the world, The BroadMoor. There are rooms at the BroadMoor that go for $3,000 a night. There were original painting from artists I studied in school on the walls. The decor was stunning, the view breathtaking, the service made me feel like a celebrity.

Sally had told me the night before to just drive up to the front of the hotel, tell the guard that I’m meeting a friend for breakfast and leave my car with the valet.

Valet? Guard? I was beginning to worry that their poser alarm would go off when I drove up in my dented minivan that looked and smelled like we’d been driving for 14 days, because we had. Things fell out when I opened the door. The handle of the gear shift fell off when the Valet attendant got in. I’m pretty sure he sat on a chicken nugget.

Clearly, I was out of my element.

But I knew I belonged there because Sally had invited me. So, confidently, I walked in.

I found Sally, we grabbed some coffee and quiche from a cafe inside and she led the way through a maze of hallways and rooms to this beautiful and secluded sitting room.

The view out the window of the Rockies was even more gorgeous than the decor. After catching up for about 10 minutes, she said (something to the effect of), “We could just chat and find we talked about nothing the whole time, or I can get to the heart and ask what God is doing in your life right now.”

That launched an amazing and incredibly inspiring conversation. Her focus and passion for the Lord are so inspiring. She has the wisdom of someone who has lived life well and the passion of a 20 something college student. I want to be like that…

The Point of The Story

Why did I tell you about my fancy breakfast with Sally? Because I wanted to illustrate the power of a mentor.

If it had been up to me, Sally and I would only have had a superficial chat for 30 minutes at an overcrowded Starbucks. Instead, she took me to a place I would never have had the courage or knowledge to visit.

It didn’t cost any more than Starbucks and it wasn’t harder to find, it just required the wisdom of someone who had gone before.

We can settle for the motherhood hilltops that we forge out on our own, or we can walk in the steps of those who have paved the way and climb mountains.

Build Your Library of Mentors

I can truly say that few people inspire me more than Sally does. She loves Jesus and has a deep desire to mentor young mothers. She teaches through her books and conferences (Her book Mission of Motherhood is my absolute favorite.)

Sally has a new book out called The Mom Walk. Here’s a little summary:

You love being a mom. You are wholeheartedly committed to your children. You long for them to grow up to be mature, loving, fruitful, and faithful followers of God. But you know that means you are called to be that kind of mom. It means you must be faithful on God’s path of motherhood for you.

That is your mom walk. It is how you walk with God as mother. It is how you seek Him, trust Him, live in His grace, and draw on His strength one step of faith at a time. The mom walk is your path:

P: How you walk with Purpose as a mother
A: How you walk with Assurance as a mother
T: How you walk with Trust as a mother
H: How you walk with Heart as a mother

In The Mom Walk you journey alongside Sally Clarkson in her own walk as a mother after God’s heart. Through her personal stories from twenty-seven years of motherhood, inspiring and challenging truths from Scripture, and spiritual insights from both the dark and light sides of the journey, you will find renewed encouragement for your own mom walk with God.

Doesn’t that sound amazing? That’s because it is. You can find Mom Walk (25% off today only) at Sally’s website along with all of her other books and resources.

Don’t settle for self-made motherhood. Study, learn and be the incredible mom you dream to be.

Mentor Session Giveaway and Twitter Chat

Sally is hosting a giveaway at her blog. One winner will receive a free mentor session with her and two more winners will receive her books. Visit her blog to enter.

Finally, Sally will be hosting a Twitter chat tonight and answering your motherhood questions! The hashtag will be #momwalk and it starts at 9pm EST. I hope to see you there!

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  • Avatar maddalena70 says:

    Kat . . I envy you not only for the gourgeus hotel in which you had the privilege to have breakfast ….. but also for tha fact that you had the honor to meet and chat with Sally…..

    I like her very much….. I am a fan of her blog and I am reading her book “Missio of motherhood” following your advice.

    As soon as I will finish it I will buy her new book as you suggested.

    Cheers

    Maddalena

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    “Clearly, I was out of my element.

    But I knew I belonged there because Sally had invited me. So, confidently, I walked in.”

    This story is a great analogy for entering the throne room of God.

  • Avatar Regina says:

    One of my favorite parenting books is Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony. A must read for any parent!

  • Avatar Holly says:

    Love this!! Can’t wait to check out her book. Thanks for sharing this, and your insights. I am SO stealing her line to shift conversation 🙂

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Holly,
      You and me both! I’ve used that line in nearly every conversation I’ve had since we got back. Makes for rich friendships…

  • Avatar Kacey says:

    What a sweet story! I want a motherhood mentor now. I’d never even thought to seek one out before. Man, between the description you and Sarah Mae give of Sally Clarkson, I sure want to meet her too. (Reason #99 God I should be at Allume this year. Ha!) Until then, I’ll have to check out some of her books and wait for the announcement of the giveaway winner.

  • Avatar Andrea says:

    That talk with a beautiful woman was special and mountaintop for you because it WAS a one-off. You typically are at a crowded Starbucks of Dunkin Donuts or whatever. But is Sally a regular at such grand establishments? Because if it were me, I would miss the value of her wisdom with the distraction of her surroundings. I am a “in the trenches kind of gal”. My mentors are those elders that are serving tea from their aged brown betty teapots in a humble house and their hands are worn, very worn. They have worked and loved and it shows in their humility and in their hearts bursting forth with love as they press on and on living lives of sacrifice.

  • Avatar Sharon says:

    Kat,

    You were right in my backyard!!! I live about 20 min from the Broadmoor, but have never been there. I love friends who are willing to talk about the deeper things in life.

  • The privilege was all mine! What an honor to read this blog today. I am so grateful we are friends and look forward to our time together soon. I adore your heart and who you are and so very honored to be your friend. Thanks for your wonderful article today! Love to you!
    SAlly

  • Avatar Amy says:

    What a sweet time you were able to share with Mrs. Clarkson! To date I have not read any of her books, but will definitely get the new book. You asked our favorite parenting books, as the mom of 2 boys, 12 & 10, and a dream come true 2 yr little girl, I have 2 so far… Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel & Wild Things…the art of nurturing boys by Stephen James & David Thomas. They are both valuable resources & sit on my bedside table for quick consulting. Be blessed!

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  • Avatar kristiana says:

    You are wonderful.

  • I had a mentor meeting of sorts myself this week. I called someone for advice in an area of my life that I was having a difficulty with for months. I had felt urged to ask advice from this person for months but had not wanted to bother them because they are so busy. In a 15 minute chat I was able to get to the root of my whole problem, and clear up so much wrong doing. I ended the call thinking if I just had called sooner I could have saved myself months of stress.

  • Avatar Michele-Lyn says:

    This was heart-stiring on so many levels. Thank you for sharing, and with such honesty, too. It’s posts like these that help me feel “weighted” in my purpose — in a good way, as in established.

    I am so very glad that I have found you. I just know that this is timing in my life — HelloMornings, and your precious heart and grace-filled words.

    Blessings…