Today I have a devotion running on the Proverbs 31 website titled, “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing.”
It’s all about the importance of mentoring and our need to be connected with others, no matter what age and stage in life we’re in.
You can read it by clicking here.
Over the years I’ve developed several mentoring relationships and I’m still in touch with these precious women on a regular basis. Weeks may go by – sometimes month – when we haven’t talked. But when a fresh conversation starts we pick up right where we left off.
You may be in a busy season of life where a mentor isn’t high on your priority list. I’ve experienced those seasons too.
Even so, I’d love to introduce you to a group of women who have become my closest mentors in this season of my life. Each are on the writing team with me for the First 5 App.
Now, if you haven’t downloaded the First 5 app yet, you’re missing out on a wonderful community! Women (and men) are growing deeper in their relationship with God by giving Him the first 5 minutes of each day. Digging into God’s Word before hopping onto social media sites or checking emails.
The community comes into play as subscribers share comments and connect with each other through the app. We’ve also got some fun weekend-wrap up videos that are quickly becoming subscriber favorites.
So, how many people are using the First 5 app? Well, the latest numbers are over 350,000!! Yes, and those numbers are growing every day. Our incredible analytics team has told us that First 5 is already reaching 170+ countries and sharing God’s Word around the world!!
What is our goal? To reach all 204 countries and eradicate Biblical.
I know, it seems like an impossible task. But with God all things are possible and as of today First5 has already reached 199 of those countries!
Only God could do something so astounding in our midst and you can bet He’s getting all the glory! The response to First 5 only confirms the truth spoken in Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (ESV)
Check out this video and you’ll see why I’m so crazy about these gals that I get the opportunity to work with each week. God certainly is teaching me and stretching me in ways I never thought possible. And He’s given me the gift of these amazing woman, so I’m not on this journey alone.
Since I can only capture the most recent First 5 video from You Tube, our fearless leader, Lysa TerKeurst is missing in this particular video. But you can bet she’s played a HUGE part in my life when it comes to mentoring me through God’s Word.
You may be asking, “How can I get the First5 app today?” Well, it’s super easy. Just go to www.First5.org and download the app from there. It’s available on iTunes and for Android users.
We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest –> @First5app
If you’re already using First 5, I’d love for you to leave a comment below giving me your feedback on the app. What do you like about it? How can we make the First 5 app a better experience for you?
I’ll make sure I take your comments back to our team. We’re always open to making First 5 better for you!
Before I sign off – here is some details about the women I mentioned in my P31 devotion.
Mary the mother of Jesus
She nurtured Jesus from the moment she found out about His conception. Through the toddler to teen years Mary lovingly cared for Him. She painfully watched on the sidelines as Jesus was bullied and ridiculed during His ministry years. Only to have her heart torn to shreds as she witnessed the unjust persecution and brutal death of her firstborn Son for a crime He didn’t commit. (Luke 1:26-38, John 19:25-27)
Mary of Bethany
Mary set aside her to-do list and daily distractions to be with Jesus and learn as He shared spiritual truths. She gave up her expensive perfume (worth a year’s wages) and was ridiculed as she anointed Jesus’s body just days before He was crucified. (Luke 10:39-41, Matthew 26:6-13)
The Samaritan woman
She encountered Jesus in the midst of her mundane chores, accepted His grace along with the gospel, and began sharing her personal story (which was quite scandalous) with others in her community. (John 4:4-30)
After being healed, she followed Jesus on His city-to-city ministry travels, supporting Him and the disciples with her financial resources, time and energy. (Luke 8:1-3)
She risked her life in the face of opposition by pleading with her husband, begging him to release Jesus. (Matthew 27:17-19)
The widow with two mites
She had a generous heart despite her great poverty and loss of loved ones. Sacrificially giving all she had to the kingdom of God. (Mark 12:41-44)
Women at the crucifixion
These women served, supported, traveled with and even ministered to Jesus. Risking their lives, they stayed at the crucifixion site, helped removed Jesus from the cross and prepared His body for burial. (Matthew 27:55-61)
She never deserted Jesus when He was rejected and beaten by others. She was the first person to see and speak to Jesus after He resurrected and she told the disciples He had risen from the dead. (John 19:25; 20:11-18)
Women with issue of blood
Despite years of disappointing medical reports and doctors who had no answers, this woman risked her own life by entering a crowd who considered her ceremonial unclean. Pushing through and crawling on her knees, she finally touched the hem of Jesus’ robe and received the miraculous healing she had long waited for. (Luke 8:43-48)