Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you (Ph 4:5-9).

As I practice what Joy does, my peace strengthens.

Mentoring is neither training nor parenting. After giving birth four times, it is my personal experience and belief is that God puts an instinctive love in most mothers the minute that baby is born. This may not hold true given severe dysfunction or trauma. My mom would do anything for me and instilled in me a deep sense of love and belonging. She was loving and nurturing, wise, and caring. Mom trained me up in the way I should go, and as I grew older, I came back to the path for which she prepared me.

She instructed me in such a way to bring a desired condition or behavior. She was a wonderful stay-at-home mother who taught me well.

She taught me some of the most delicious Italian dishes passed down from her mother. So authentic you’d never find them in a restaurant here in the United States. My children love it when they enter our home and smell garlic simmering in olive oil because they know something good is cooking.

Mom passed on all in her life to me as God gave it to her, and I do the same with my children. Mom’s greatest gift to me was passing on a spiritual sense of well being that everything happens the way God meant it to, so don’t worry. Parenting is subjective and offers the best setting to raise children; mentoring is objective and offers the best setting to mature adults.

Mentoring in its nature is objective and offers the best setting to mature adults. The crossover appeal is whatever lessons I didn’t or refused to learn when young; mentoring offers

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