Friday, January 30, 2009

Sharing the Journey speaker: Carolyn Carleton session: Mentoring

Carolyn Carleton was asked 3 questions in prep for our Sharing the Journey seminar on Saturday, March 14th at TCU Place.... She is speaking on the topic of Mentoring as one our break out sessions for women, and leading one session for our teen event as well.

Q. What does the theme "Love Without Limits" mean to you? We have an abundance of love flowing directly to us and over us from the Father above. Which is difficult for most of us to comprehend when we look at the world around us. I believe that it is something that we need to accept, embrace and share with others. Several years ago, this is something that was shown to me. I felt that God was asking me two things: "How can I be an example of Christ's sacrificial love to others?" and "What did I do today that only a servant of Jesus Christ would have done?" We all have opportunities everyday to be the hands, feet and love of Christ. His love is limitless and so are our opportunities to share it.

Q. How will women "Grow in Love" during your session at Sharing the Journey on March 14th? 
With an abundance of love available to us we need to share it with those that we come into contact with. God doesn't give it to us freely to keep and hide away. It is given so that we can share it with those around us.  
Colossians 3:12-13 "Since God Chose you to be holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." Have you ever met someone that just seemed to glow? I know a few women like that; they are women that I look up to and admire. That "glow" is available to all of us, as we share our gits and love with others, the "glow" radiates more and more. In Matthew 5 you read about how you wouldn't light a lamp and then hide it under a basket. Why wouldn't you share the love of Christ with those around you? One of the best compliments that I have ever received was by someone I had just met and they asked me, "What's different about you?" My friends all tell me I'm a little different that there is something about me that she wanted to have. So I was able to share with her that my "Glow" didn't come from a new skin care regime but from my living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. 
1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions."   During my session I will encourage the participants to be mentors in their relationships, finances, health and spiritual life. I will give practical ways to involve mentoring in one's daily life. My prayer is that you would leave the session "Glowing" to all those around you.  
Q. Outside of your passion to speak, what do you like to do for fun?
People may find this hard to believe, but I love to crochet. I have already gotten several of my friends "hooked"! I love spending time with my family and building into their lives. I am blessed and honoured to have a family and I am learning more each day what a great responsibility I have. I am researching and studying greek! I love to take a passage of scripture and take it apart and learn all that I can. I am also a blog junkie- I love the fact that I can rant and encourage others through my blog and I enjoy my morning coffee while reading several blogs. 

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