By Melody Copenny

Cherished Women’s Blog Writer

The summer of 2012, Bri and Sabrina entered my world. Along with four other twenty-somethings, they came from colleges and universities across the country. They were eager to dip their toes as interns into marketing and event planning with a national non-profit ministry.

The internship program blossomed beyond the professional, to also include personal and spiritual development. Bri and Sabrina became my mentees, and each week I’d spend intentional time with them, either individually or all three of us together. I asked about their relationships with God, their growth, and how could I encourage them in the journey.

Internships with non-profit ministry.

These brilliant and very hilarious young women brought deep joy to my life. My connections with Bri regularly included memorable conversations around my height:

Mel, you’re so tall.

I know.

Mel, you look like a tree.

Um, well, thank you Bri.

Mel, you look like an Amazon.

Really Bri???

Also there were laughable moments around my relationship status, like this conversation about an attractive male friend of mine Bri felt I should be dating:

He too old for us but we can pass him on to you. Y’all could have nice, pretty babies…some track stars, football players, shot putters.

Bri!!!

I’m grateful for the laughter and the life change that took place that summer. I’m grateful that, four years later Bri, Sabrina, and the three other ladies they interned with are still a part of my life. It was an honor to invest in them.

Intention for Personal Growth Discovery Church FLNow, I find myself in a season where I’m moving from mentor to mentee.

I desire to have a woman of faith spend intentional time with me, asking me how my relationship with God is, how I’m growing, and how can they encourage me in the journey.

I desire a mentor.

So I responded to this desire by applying to the mentoring program for Women at Discovery Church. Upon acceptance, I’ll be matched with a mentor and we’ll enter an eight-month commitment to meet twice a month.

The mentoring program helps women develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, embrace scripture as truth for life, and understand their identity in Christ. I look forward to developing an encouraging and supportive friendship with a mentor who desires to share her life with me.

Fall begins this month and brings with it fresh opportunities to start something anew. What do you desire? How will you make that desire a reality?

Melody Copenny

About Melody Copenny

Melody Copenny is a poet, writer, author and storyteller living a gospel-centered life. A native of Atlanta, GA, she’s called Orlando, FL home since 2005 and been a member of the Discovery Church family for 12 years. Presently she serves as editor in chief for the Discovery Women's Ministry blog, Cherished. She's passionate about the intersection of creativity, words, theology and popular culture and writes to be real, relevant and reveal. A healthy foodie who enjoys cooking well, classic soul and R&B and serving a women’s group at Discovery, she blogs regularly on themes about grieving, mourning, living and loving at www.findingmelodie.com. You can connect to Mel on Twitter & Instagram @findingmelodie.

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