Let’s Teach Our Boys…

Remember the “check this box if you like me” love notes from elementary school?

Well, my friend’s son received a number of love notes several days in a row from a girl in his class. She wanted to know if he had a “crush” on her too. He told his mom that he was going to ignore the notes so he wouldn’t hurt her feelings and so she would stop. His mom said that would just make her like him more – that the right and kind thing to do was to be straight-forward with her and to tell her directly that he didn’t like her, but that they could be friends.

So, he did. Now she knows, and he hasn’t received any more love notes from her. (:

How do they learn what being respectful and kind means if we don’t teach them?

We have awesome teaching opportunities in moments like these to share with our boys what it looks like to be courageous, kind, and respectful to girls right now, so when they grow up, they will know how to be men who are straight-forward, respectful, and kind as well.

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Getting my covid vaccine was tough. Not the actual shot, but just going to get it.

Thinking, if my dad had been able to get the vaccine, maybe he wouldn’t be in the ICU as he has been for three months.

I waited in line for the shot, tears becoming very clear in my eyes as I watched people congratulate each other on getting the vaccine. I am genuinely happy for each and every person that can get it. I’m thankful I was able to get it since I substitute teach at my kids’ school. But my heart is also so broken inside as I think, what if my dad had gotten it. This has just been so hard, but I’m still praying for a Miracle for my dad.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this, but maybe just to say if you’re one of those people who also has a broken heart and find yourself with tears falling regularly, I feel you. I get you. I understand. I can relate. It hurts. So deeply.

Jesus, would you lift up each of us who are broken-hearted inside. Jesus, would you be with our loved ones and heal them. Lord, help us look to you. This is so hard, Lord. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.“

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

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