Boys to Men

 I so enjoyed reading Kerimae’s post on the relationship between a father and his son.    There is something so special about watching a man speak into another man’s life, and with all due respect to the number of very special single mothers in my life, I consider myself very blessed.   Our pastor shared with us recently that statistics suggest that when a woman leads her children to church, chances are slightly over 50% that the children will continue to attend church as adults.   When a man takes his family to church, chances of the children continuing to attend as adults increase to about 97%.   Amazing.


 The men in my life—namely, my husband and son—attended our church’s annual boys’ lock-in on this past weekend.    They had a tremendous time of sharing, of caring, and mainly, of men pouring Godly wisdom and encouragement into the lives of men-to-be.    I didn’t get that many pictures—at least not yet, but this was a special memory as our son will be too old after this year to attend.



boys; youth; lock-in; church; crafts



boys; youth; lock-in; church; crafts






As for the girls and I, we had a movie night here, and played their Mall Madness game.    As someone who doesn’t slow down to play games often, I felt good about our girls’ night in.   The game did get too long, though, and we wound up falling asleep in Mom and Dad’s bed—another special treat.


Whatever activities come your way, always cherish the time, my friends.   It goes all too fast.

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3 thoughts on “Boys to Men

  1. Hey girl….I'm up way too late too 🙂

    Yes, men speaking into the lives of men-to-be….this is huge for us right now as our oldest will turn 13 next week. We have asked the Godly men in his life to write him a short note of encouragement to give him tools for his future. We're going to put these in a real tool box for him to use as he is a man. I'm sure I'll be blogging about this in the weeks to come 🙂

    Those statistics are AMAZING! Wow, I am just floored at the difference. It makes me even more thankful for my beloved.

    Sleep well, dear!

  2. Hi Belinda,

    I have finally found my way over to your beautiful family blog. Love it! I so enjoyed you during the conference and I look forward to getting to know you better in Christ.

    Loved your post here. I'm not surprised by the statistics increasing when the Father (whom GOD has purposed as head of the household through Christ); brings his family to the body of Christ.

    Father's and Step Father's can have a positive or negative affect upon the family unit. Sadly and all too often we see the "absent Father" or the Father who is present but disconnected hence leaving the roles of rearing to the Mother. Not to suggest that ALL Father's are that way because they are not but sadly we see it too often.

    Your family is beautiful/handsome and I can see the blessings of the LORD richly present upon each of you.

    Love and blessings!
    Lisa Shaw

  3. I will still be blogging, but will eventually move to another host, especially if my family decides to stop homeschooling. I do hope we can keep in contact.


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