“I feel really sad. I’m exhausted. Hopeless. I cry multiple times every day,” I gushed to the warm, loving ear of my mentor.
“Ellen, it really sounds like you have postpartum depression. It happens to a lot of people. You might consider seeing a doctor. Meanwhile, I’d love to pray for you.”
I was shocked. I mean, yes, I had a three-month-old baby. Yes, I felt like I could barely make it from the beginning of the day until the end. But how could I have PPD? I already had two children before this one, and nothing like this happened.
She was right. My wonderful mentor helped me see in myself what I was trying not to see. Recognizing the symptoms started me on a path toward healing.
In many instances, having a caring, objective voice speak into my life has been crucial to my faith.
Mentoring is as old as the Christian faith. Jesus mentored his disciples who mentored others. Paul mentored Timothy who mentored others.
Reach up and reach down.
I highly recommend finding another person, usually someone further along the road of faith than you are, to regularly meet with you. You will be amazed when the Holy Spirit uses that person to powerfully impact and direct your life.
Ellen in her own words: My husband Kyle and I live with our three boys in a low-income neighborhood in Mazatlan, Mexico. God's love and grace brought us here and holds us close through all of life's crazy ups and downs. I want follow where the Holy Spirit leads and encourage others to do the same.
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