Man to man

Noah, age 4 with Grampa

I love how the two of them are walking in perfect step.

You wanna know something I really appreciate? I mean really really wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-with-a-warm-feeling appreciate? I appreciate the men who have taken the time out of their busy lives to encourage and mentor this boy o’mine. My own dad has been amazing with Noah. Our pastor is wonderful and the men in our church have been unfailingly kind (and/or FIRM as the situation may warrant. erryeah.) There have been fellows who pray for Noah and serve as quiet examples of integrity and commitment. Knowing that a man is praying for one is a very powerful thing for a boy Noah’s age. Words from a man carry extra weight somehow. Why is it that I’ve quoted Colossians 3:23-24 innumerable times with barely a blip on the boy’s radar screen… but two minutes after reading this in an email from Mr. Josh he was outside reshoveling the front walk? hmmm….

I know many times school work is no fun. I didn’t enjoy it very much when I was young. But, I would encourage you to do your best work in your school work. Don’t do your best for yourself or for your mom; do your best for the Lord. Everything that we do should be for Him and His glory. If our work (school, snow-shoveling, etc.) is done for anything less than for our Heavenly Father we will eventually grow tired of it and begin to do poor work. As a result we will look like a poor worker but, also, our God will look unworthy because we represent Him.

Thanks Josh.

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9 Responses to Man to man

  1. 1
    seekingmyLord says:

    Blessings just abound in your family, don't they? ~♥~

  2. 2
    seekingmyLord says:

    Oh, by the way, I saw some aprons on Ember's blog that I thought you might like: Kindred of the Quiet Way

  3. 3
    Nabila Grace says:

    Wonderful! ;o) PTL for Josh's encouragement!

  4. 4
    Becky K. says:

    Love this! It is a beautiful thing to see the Family of God sharing and encouraging each other.

    Your son is very blessed to have you and all of your friends and family.

    You are right about that photo. So sweet.

  5. 5
    Diane says:

    linda… oh yes, we are blessed♥
    and i saw that post on her facebook! love the red apron.. i have a red one from the exact same pattern☺

    nabila… i tell ya, i was praising the Lord after reading that email myself;-}

    becky… my mom took that photo and we have all loved it so much. noah just caught a glimpse of this post and said, "i love that picture!"

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    my5cents says:

    Special men in your life have certainly made the road to adulthood better for your son. He will need them as he continues to mature. It sounds like all those men have Noah's best interests at heart. He should do well.

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    Lady Dorothy says:

    To God be the glory! I am often amazed at how God in His providence and love works things out and puts things (and people) together. And no matter how old a mother's son may get, it still makes her heart melt when she hears of him doing good. You are a man of honor, Josh.

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    Herding Grasshoppers says:

    What a wonderful thing that godly men are taking time invest in and encourage your son… the Lord's provision!

    Julie

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    Josh Abdelaziz says:

    Ms. Diane,
    You are more than welcome. Noah is always on my mind. I am so glad that he is a young man that not only listens but hears. It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to speak into his life. I should be thanking you; you have allowed me an audience with him. Even though we have never met I can honestly say that I love you and your family…especially Noah. You are doing an excellent job in shaping the heart of your young man. If there is ever anything I can do more to help, please, do not hesitate to ask.

    Josh

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