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Journey On

Answered prayers often come disguised

Answered prayers often come disguised.

My goal isn’t to make him a runner.

My goal is to make him an adult.

An adult with a balanced approach to mind, body, spirit, work, and home.

Being on the Cross-Country team would cover all five boxes, with body leading the way, and mind and spirit a close second.

The unanswered prayer is that he keeps finding it plausible to return to practice.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

 

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Dear Son

Driven as a parent to teach what school isn’t designed for

Allegiant Air cabin
There’s much to ponder as a 15-year old. Same with the parent of a 15-year old.

 

Yesterday he befriended the runt of the group. By runt, i mean the youngest, least experienced, poorest member (quality of his card deck) of the weekly Sunday tournament regulars. Even going so far as to spend quality time with him as well as sharing his best deck when they played for fun after the tournament concluded.

i saw it as personal growth for a 15-year old.

Can’t help but wonder if he saw it as something remarkable.

Additionally, was thinking about how underwhelming the 8:45am sermon was. Maybe the 15-year old heard something i didn’t.

Maybe it was the result of some cumulative effect.

Maybe it was completely random and unintentional.

Disney has a culture by design, not by default. i’m applying the same cultural blueprint to personal life, including leadership parenting.

And because of this Disney application, i believe we are reaping some of what has been sown for the past decade or so.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our spiritual health. To leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s career health website, click here.

 

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Blessed Beyond Measure?

We struggle with this perfect analogy

Forgiveness and mercy
What parent wouldn’t die to save their child’s life? Photo: Yesterday at McDonalds.

 

What Father would deny any good and decent thing for their child?

God is like that too.

But we struggle with the analogy.

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jeff noel – Blessed & Stressed

jeff noel, blogger, average guy, Father, Husband, teacher, is blessed and stressed after yesterday.

Blessed because I am all those things.

Stressed because I am not all those things.

Yes, my wife and I conducted an excellent Children’s Liturgy of the Word yesterday. Yet stressed, because at the afternoon birthday party, I realized there is a long way to go with helping our son work through his competitive nature.

He actually has a gift. We all do, don’t we?

Some us simply need help unwrapping it. Now, where did I put those scissors.