I am thankful for those whom God as enabled to mentor me.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
Throughout my lifetime I can look back and see all the wonderful women of faith that God has used to mentor me. From Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, church members and neighbors my mentors have come in various shapes and sizes. Most have been older than me and recently I have one who is much younger. I believe mentoring is taking someone else by than hand and give them comfort and direction the same way in which the Father has given it to me. We should all be about the business of passing down faith and building one another up.
I am thankful for the path that I have traveled to get me where I a today.
The Lord once showed me that the things I perceived as failures in my life, He viewed as a rung in the staircase that was taking me to a higher place in Him. When placed under the blood, all our wounds can become victories.
Do you need prayer or encouragement regarding marriage, parenting, or overcoming personal trauma or stress? I would love share with you the same comfort that the Lord has given me when I found myself in similar circumstances.
Therefore, I decided to begin offering one-on-one prayer and encouragement sessions.
Here are a few personal testimonies.
Madaline has been a friend and mentor to me through many life situations and changes. she operates with wisdom and compassion through the Holy Spirit always offering thoughtful, wise counsel. The reliable and sound advice she is able to give comes from her deep and consistent relationship with the Father. She is not afraid to remain silent when god says to be quiet, and she can also boldly proclaim the truth, in love, when the time is right. Madaline is indeed a friend and trusted mentor in my life. Amanda West
Am I a counselor, doctor, or other healthcare professional?
No. Counselors and health professionals must have certain credentials and licenses. I do not have any health professional credentials or licenses.
What am I, then?
I am an intercessor, pastor, encourager, and fellow journeyman.
I have learned under the instruction of the Holy Spirit through personal experience in divorce recovery, single parenting, marriage, blended families, personal healing and deliverance, and raising Holy Spirit filled kids. I was in Children’s Ministry for 18 years and also assisted in counseling and women’s ministry.
I do have a BS in Christian Counseling but I am not a licensed counselor. I simply have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, a private prayer life, years of experience being rescued by Jesus, and studying His Word.
Healing and direction for our lives come from the Holy Spirit and His Word. Any facilitator who is willing to listen to Him and operates under the gift of counsel and discernment can pray with you. I just want you to know that I am available if you need me:).
What does a prayer/encouragement session look like?
We’ll always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to the best of our ability; therefore there’s no way to say for sure how a session will look.
However, the following format is typical:
- We pray together to start the session, inviting the Holy Spirit to take control and manifest Himself as Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). We ask Him to lead us (you and me) into all truth (John 16:13).
- You tell me what issue you would like to address during the session. (Typically, people need advice about something, or they want to address an inner hurt or wound that holds you back and keeps you from experiencing all God has for you.)
- We pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show us wisdom and the cause of the issue.
- We follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as we talk and pray through your situation or the issue that is hurting you.
What does it mean to “pray through the issue that is hurting you”?
Praying through a painful situation can, and usually does, involve any or all of the following:
- Praying specific, Biblical prayers to forgive anyone who has hurt you (Matthew 18:21-35);
- Repenting for any unrepented-of sins (Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9);
- Closing any open doors to the enemy and renouncing agreement with any lies the enemy may have caused you to believe (2 Corinthians 10:5); and
- Specifically praying prayers of agreement with God’s truth as contained in His written Word, the Bible (Isaiah 8:20).
What are the foundational principles for prayer/encouragement sessions?
The following Biblical truths build the foundation for every prayer and encouragement session:
- Forgiving others is the first step to spiritual freedom. We must forgive all those who hurt us. Unless you forgive, God has no choice but to allow the enemy to torture you as the enemy desires to do (Matthew 18:21-35).
- God will forgive your sins as soon as you confess them, as long as you have forgiven people who hurt you (1 John 1:9).
- We will always ask the Holy Spirit to fill you in every place, especially when you get rid of anything evil. If you get rid of something evil and don’t let the Holy Spirit fill you in that place, the enemy will return but seven times worse (Matthew 12:43-45).
- If you have given your life to Jesus Christ and made Him the Boss of your life, you are a new creature. Although you may not always act like it yet, WHO YOU ARE–your DNA–is new (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are now the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- The blood of Jesus is always our legal weapon in spiritual warfare. We have authority over the enemy in the name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus.
- Healing from all sorrow and sickness–physical and emotional–has been purchased for you and for me by the blood and stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53).
- We trust and rely on the Holy Spirit to do through His goodness, gentleness, and love what human effort could never do.
- It’s the goodness of God that brings men to repentance (Romans 2:4).
How will you feel after a session?
It is impossible to tell exactly how you will feel because everyone is different. I suspect that you will be relieved of stress, comforted in areas of pain, abled to feel the peace of God in your life, excited and filled with hope about the opportunities that lie ahead. It will be much more than the euphoric feeling you may experience after sitting through a great motivational film because the truths of God’s Word and the work the Holy Spirit does inside of you are everlasting and life changing.
However, keep in mind there’s no guarantee. How you feel is completely up to you and is mostly by how much you’re willing to submit to the Holy Spirit as He shows you how to work out issues in your life.
(Don’t worry; the Holy Spirit knows exactly where you are and how far you can go. He will gently take you by the hand and guide you into wholeness and freedom. He is incredibly gentle. When you are at your most fragile, God is at His most gentle. Remember, He’s our good, good Father and He always leads and brings hope, even when He shows you sin in your life.)
What should you expect before a session?
In my experience, it’s possible that the enemy will probably try to keep you from attending the appointment. Don’t let him. I recommend asking your trusted prayer partners to start praying for you and your appointment when you decide to contact me, or even before.
How can you best prepare for your appointment?
You don’t have to prepare any particular way, but you will get more out of the appointment if you do. I definitely ask you to begin praying for yourself, for me, and for your appointment, as soon as you decide to make an appointment. Let the Lord lead you in any other types of preparation.
Generally… you reap what you sow.
Pray first that God will prepare your heart. You’ll always receive more when you’ve sought God yourself, asking for His help, before you get to the actual day of the appointment.
Above all know that His love for you is greater than anything else you can comprehend and know that you can trust Him to lead you and equip you for the tasks ahead.
However, if you’re hurting so badly that you don’t feel able to prepare, that’s okay too. We can help you get to a better place spiritually during your appointment.
What technology do I use to do 1-on-1 sessions?
I prefer to call you via telephone, for those of you in the continental United States. I think best when I am on my feet and often walk, talk, and pray at the same time when in intense conversations.
I can, however, glue myself to a seat and use video call through Google+. You will need a free Google+ account and a mobile phone or desktop computer that will allow you to make free video calls (with audio).
If necessary, I can also chat through Facebook message or Google+ chat, but I prefer not to do that unless there’s no other way.
How much do 1-on-1 prayer and encouragement sessions cost?
There is a suggested donation of $45 for a 50-minute one-on-one prayer session, and $30 for a 30-minute session.
Why does it cost money to pray?
It doesn’t. Prayer is free. Time, however, is not; and the fee covers my time, not my prayers. Trust me: I’d love to minister to you in person, online, or any other way for free. However, I just can’t because I have to pay the bills, too.
How can you book a session?
The booking process has two parts.
First, email me to request an appointment using the contact form below.
Please be sure to provide all the information requested in the form, including what hours you are available and the time zone you are in.
When I receive your email, I will pray and review your information. If I feel that a 1-on-1 session would be helpful for your situation, I will email you back with several appointment days/times I have available. (I will email you back even if I feel that I can’t help.) I ask that you respond quickly to that email, so that I may pencil you into my schedule.
After we have made a day and time for your appointment, I will need to receive the suggested donation for your appointment within 24 hours in order to finalize your appointment.
Click here and make the one-time donation for your session via PayPal. When I receive your payment, I will email you a payment/appointment confirmation. Please keep track of it and mark your appointment on your calendar!
Booking policy for cancellations and late arrivals:
- At this time, I cannot accommodate any refunds or credits for cancellations. When I issue you an appointment time, please keep in mind that I am scheduling my life and all my other appointments around being able to meet with you for your appointment. I will also invest significant time praying for you and for our appointment before we meet. If you cannot make the appointment, I cannot issue a refund or change my schedule again to give you a second appointment for the same fee. However, I’ll be happy to schedule you another appointment for another fee. I know this is a tough policy; but because my schedule is so intense and it takes me so much preparation work for a session, I cannot do otherwise. Thank you in advance for understanding.
- Your appointment begins and ends at our agreed-upon time. If you are late, I cannot extend the scheduled time. That time is simply forfeited, and I cannot provide credit for the value of the forfeited time due to the reasons above.