Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Simple, Fun, Memorable - Hand Down the Faith

When it comes to being intentional about handing down faith to our grandchildren, we may feel intimidated. It is, after all, the most important thing we will ever do. But, while it is essential, it is not difficult; and most certainly something we should not fear. It can actually be rather simple.

Take for example, something I did with my grandsons. Yes, they are young – nine, seven and four, but this particular activity is one most any age of grandchild could do, understand and, most importantly, remember. My husband and I gave each of our grandsons a balloon – being the ages they are, this in and of itself was a hit, so I knew we were going to have their attention for this project!

Monday, July 30, 2018

A Free Gift for You & A Sample to Try

A few days ago I shared the link where you will find Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Mini Edition. You are able to download a digital copy for free to use as you pray for the ones you love. You may also download a copy to give to someone you know - or share the link with them so they are able to download a copy for free.

Today I wanted to share a Scripture prayer from Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too!, so you are able to see what it is like . . . 

Believe! God Hears, Listens to & Answers Our Prayers!

For years I have heard people talk about how God has "given" them a "word" upon which to focus, but I did not personally feel like I experienced this "word" from God. However, I have to say, as of late, this has changed. Whenever I read the Bible, hear a sermon or just see what God is doing in the lives of the people I know and love, the word which continues to come to my mind is, "believe".

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Thank You for Praying

I know many of you have been praying for my family, friends and the community of the Redding California/Shasta County area - thank you. Just a quick update for you . . . The fire has grown to more than 89,000 acres - 5% contained, more than 40,000 people have been evacuated, more than 500 homes have been burned to the ground, more than 3500 firefighters are there battling this fire. The fire crossed the Sacramento River, there have been firenados and winds 75 mph. Two firefighters and a grandma and two young children have died. My family has evacuated three times as the fire changes direction and the place they went is no longer safe, but so far my family is safe and their homes are standing.

The authorities do not expect to have this fire under control for days, so your continued prayers are much appreciated.

Prayer for Grandchildren to Hunger for God's Word

Dearest Lord Jesus,

Let our grandchildren hunger for the living Word of God! As toddlers, let them delight in Bible favorites, stories like David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jesus’ Birth and the Storm at Sea. As elementary and middle school students, let them appreciate Scripture as the divinely inspired, infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). As high school and college students, let them discover the power in your Word to transform their hearts. And regardless of their age, let them discover You are the Word (John 1:14).

Thank you, Lord,
Amen.

(Submitted by Sherry Schumann)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

National Grandparents' Day & A Gift For You

September 9th is National Grandparents' Day - it is the perfect day to focus upon doing the most important thing we are able to do as grandparents - pray for our grandchildren. It is for this reason Grandmas with Heart is delighted to give you a gift - a Free digital copy of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too - Mini Edition. You are able to download your free copy at this linkFeel free to share the link with the grandparents you know.

Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too - Mini Edition will give you 12 weeks of Scripture passages which have been personalized into prayers for you and for the children you love. It makes praying Scripture something you are able to do on a daily basis.

And, check out this link for the Christian Grandparenting Network - they have additional free resources for you to help you make National Grandparents' Day a Grandparents' Day of Prayer!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Yes, The Truth Is As Plain As The Nose On Your Face

I heard something the other day which is absolutely true - unless I look in a mirror, or cross-eyed, I am not able to see my own nose. This does not mean my nose is no longer on my face - just I am not able to see it. Others are able to see my nose - it is actually one of the first things we see when we look at people.

This made me think about the old saying, "It's as plain as the nose on your face." Sometimes we think something is not real, not there, because due to whatever is going on in our lives, we do not see what we valued and what was part of us for so long . . . we do not see our own "nose". So, we think our "nose" is not really there - we may even think it was never there, but to others who see our "noses", they are, "as plain as the nose on our face!"

Friday, July 27, 2018

Let Them Hear & Read God's Word, Too!

I have personally read through the Bible many times in my life – as you have likely done as well, however; I recently came across a verse which I'm sure I must have read before, but just truly "noticed" Deuteronomy 31:13 . . .

Please Pray

Monday a vehicle towing a trailer West on Highway 299 in Northern California got a flat tire. This does not seem like a "big deal", except the wheel scraped on the road sending sparks into the dry grass and resulting in what is currently more than 44,450 acre fire, covering more than 69 square miles with 100 foot walls of flames. 

My sister-in-law had to evacuate her home Monday - she went to her son's home 30 miles away and last night she, my brother-in-law, their son and his family had to evacuate once again. Dozens of homes have burnt to the ground, people have been injured and sadly, two people have been killed.

CalFire says they do not expect to contain this fire for at least a week - the temperatures are going to be in the 100+ range with strong winds and low humidity. The fire has actually jumped the Sacramento River.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Scott Wesley Brown's New Song - Grandprints

If you have been reading Grandmas with Heart you likely know know four of the grandmas on this team (Sherry Schumann, Cathy Jacobs, Deb delVillar and Lynda Freeman) are part of the Legacy Coalition; and were there from the start of the Legacy Coalition. It is our heart's desire to see grandparents stand up and commit to be intentional Christian grandparents who are focused upon handing down a heritage of faith to their grandchildren and help churches become intentional when it comes to equipping their grandparents to be intentional. 

At last year's Legacy Grandparenting Summit, Scott Wesley Brown sang his new song - Grandprints - which he wrote especially for the Summit! Just listen to this amazing song . . . 

Prayer for Your Grandchildren at the Start of the 2018/2019 School Year

In just four weeks my grandsons will be returning to school - the Summer has flown by for sure! So, with this on my mind I want to make these weeks before the start of the 2018/2019 school year filled with time well-spent . . . by me. While I will certainly continue to pray for my grandsons on a daily basis, these weeks leading up to the start of school are the perfect time for me to make praying Isaiah 40:28-30 part of my daily prayers for them. Consider making this your prayer for your grandchildren - of any age - as well . . .

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More Free Postcards for You

In the past couple months we have shared with you two free postcards which you are able to download and snail mail to your grandchildren. Just download, print, write a personal note on the back to your grandchildren and put in the mail. Most grandchildren - no matter their age - love receiving real mail; which gives you the perfect opportunity to connect, encourage and hand down the faith!

With the start of the 2018/2019 school year almost upon us, I thought I'd share another card with you. This card, once again, has three cards on it for you to cut apart - this time they have a short Scripture prayer on them - a great way to remind and encourage your grandchildren with some of the things you are praying about for them.

"God Knows Something We Do Not"

I talk a lot about handing down a heritage of faith to my grandsons; this is something which really matters to me. I want my grandsons to grow up to love, know and walk with God all of their lives. So, we have conversations about Who God is and how very much He loves them. My husband and I do activities to get the boys' attention and talk about how much God loves them and they are able to love Him back. We want to help them understand these important truths.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pray and Let God Worry

Yesterday I (Lynda) worked on my new book and as I did some research on Martin and Katherine Luther I found a quote which really stood out for me - Martin said; "Pray and let God worry."

A few hours later I had to move beyond thinking, "What a wonderful quote" to doing it - praying and making the choice to not fear and worry, but to give it to God. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law live in Northern California (the true North, just two hours from Oregon at the top of the valley along the Eastern side of the Trinity Alps). It is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth - clearly shows God's handiwork!

Reach the Hearts of Your Grandchildren

I originally shared this with you a couple weeks ago, but since the events happen in just one week and you still have time to go, I wanted to share them again.

One of the things we want to do here on the Grandmas with Heart blog is to let you know about resources and opportunities for you which will equip and encourage you to hand down the faith to your grandchildren. So, today I am very happy to let you know about two opportunities for you to hear from John Stonestreet (president - The Colson Center) and Larry Fowler (president - Legacy Coalition). John and Larry will be discussing "Four Big Cultural Shifts and How to Help the Next Generation Navigate Them" and "The Amazing Influence of a Grandparent", respectively, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT in Petoskey, Michigan and Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Notes from Jesus

As surprising as it may seem, the Summer is more than half over. For me, the first half has been filled with lots of wonderful time with my grandsons and has just "flown" by! I'm sure the second half will go quickly as well, so I want to be sure I make the most of the time I am blessed to spend with these three boys. 

We are working on a project to help them learn to pray Scriptures back to God and pray for the pastors and teachers at church. We are also taking time each day they are here to read one devotion from the new book by Mikal Keefer and Group Publishing - Notes from Jesus.

Joani Schultz (one of the Grandmas with Heart) sent me this book to review and today I'm very happy to let you know about it. 

Prayer for Protection for Our Grandchildren

The innocence of childhood is in danger of extinction. Promiscuity, sexual innuendos and obscenities—found everywhere from family sitcoms to roadside billboards—threaten to desensitize today’s youth and steal their childhood. It’s time we pray against the loss of our grandchildren’s childhoods.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Make a Difference

As grandmas (and grandpas & parents), we do have precious lives to touch and a real difference to make. What we do matters - what you do matters!

Take time today to ask God what He wants you to do to touch the lives He has given to you; then do whatever it is He wants you to do.

As long as you are living, you have something important to do which truly makes a difference - do not become side-tracked by the things which do not really matter. Focus upon what matters and truly has lasting value - hand down the faith!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Prayer for True, Real Strength

"Jesus knew He only had to ask His Father for help and thousands of angels would have been there to help Him! Jesus knew He didn’t even need the angles – after all, Jesus made the angels! Jesus knew real strength is not shown by bragging or showing off, but rather by doing what needs to be done for the ones you love! Jesus showed us His great love by showing us what it means to be meek, what it means to have real strength!" (Deeper In Praying the Psalms 4 Children)

As your grandchildren get ready to return to school in the coming month or so, make it a point to pray for them to be people who have a meek heart; people who do not brag or show off, but who instead are quick to do what needs to be done for others. People who show true strength.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for showing us what true, real strength looks like. Please help me model what it looks like to be a truly strong person who is quick to see what needs to be done for others, so my grandchildren will learn to do the same. As they return to school, please help them be meek; please help them be truly strong by being the ones who see what needs to be done to help others and who do those things. Thank You for Your great love for us. Amen
#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Heritage

When I was a child I looked forward to visiting my grandparents; and especially to sleep-overs! I have many wonderful memories of riding in my grandpa's car on the way to their house in the country for a sleep-over (they lived about six miles from my home in a small, "Norman Rockwell-town"). My grandpa always asked me to sing my Sunday school songs in the car on the way to his house . . . and I sang them at the top of my lungs! (It always embarrassed my older sister when I sang in Sunday school, but my grandpa loved to hear me sing - which amazed and delighted me!)

I remember the aroma of fresh-baked bread in my grandma's kitchen . . . and being given a fresh-from-the-oven slice of bread with Peter Pan Peanut butter on it . . . is there possibly a better, or tastier treat???!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Prayer Handprints

If you have been reading Grandmas with Heart, it does not take long to realize we care very much about handing down a heritage of faith to the three sweet grandchildren with whom we have been blessed with by God. It also does not take long to see we care about praying for them. We know God hears, listens to, and answers our prayers - it is the most powerful thing we are able to do for our loved grandchildren. So, when I found the following idea on Pinterest I knew I had to share it with you, because it is one of the best ideas I've found anywhere!

Model & Teach Obedience

We live in a time where people - adults and children alike - believe they are the ones who are able to decide what they will do and will not do. People are not quick to obey; unless it is something they want to do. We see the results of disobedience pretty much every place we look - even, sadly, in our churches.

Disobedience was at the core of what happened back in the Garden of Eden with both Adam and Eve. Obeying what God said was not as important to them as was doing what they wanted. Maybe they thought there really was no reason for them to obey - they were able to eat from all the other trees, so why should it be a "big deal" for them to eat from just one tree? Whatever the reason, Adam and Eve disobeyed and their disobedience really was a "big deal" to God.

Adam and Eve experienced how disobedience brought consequences and missed out on the blessings which came from obedience; because they made the choice to not obey what God clearly told them. When we, and our grandchildren, make the choice to disobey, we also miss on on the blessings which come from obedience and instead end up experiencing the consequences which come with disobedience.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Be a Torchbearer

The world in which our grandchildren are growing up is far different than it was when we were children, teens and even young adults. But, while the world is different, God and His Word are unchanging. The light of the Gospel is the one thing which changes the darkness of the world in which we live. Be torchbearers! Hold forth the truth of how Jesus is the Light, God's Word gives light and definitely treat our grandchildren with grace, patience and love, so they are drawn to Jesus.

When we are faithful to hold the light steady, our grandchildren will be drawn to it - and discover how they are able to know, love and follow Jesus for themselves. We want them to make this choice and then to be the ones who become torchbearers one day for their own children and grandchildren. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Intentional Love - Help Them Love God's Word

What does it look like to be intentional when it comes to loving our grandchildren? This is an important question for us to think about -- and to find the answers -- so we are able to be focused and intentional Christian grandparents. One way we do this (and the most important thing) is when we have the great privilege and joy of pointing our grandchildren to Jesus. But what does this look like and what do we do after they believe in Jesus?

I believe it begins with equipping them to be people who are able to grow in their walk with Jesus – for themselves, by having a love for God's Word. Yes, there is much we can – and should – do to help them, but they need to learn to grow in their own walk with Jesus; they can not just depend upon us to give them what they need to grow. A great place to begin is with helping them develop a love for God’s Word! How do you do this? Consider the following . . .

Please Share Your Prayer History

I (Lynda) am working on a new book - The DNA of Praying Grandparents & Parents. I hope to complete it the beginning of September, but am asking for your help. I would love, absolutely love to be able to include a chapter which shares accounts from people across the country - and even from around the world - about how God has answered their prayers. 

So, I am asking for your help. If you would be willing to share your, "Prayer History", some of how God has answered your prayers, or the prayers of your family, please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com  I'm not looking for pages and pages of your "Prayer History", just a few sentences or a paragraph which share about a time when God answered your prayers.

I would be honored to include in my book how God has answered your prayers - please email me and feel free to share this with others who you know have experienced the way God answered their prayers as well.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Job & Our Joy

Three years ago I was invited to join a small group of people to see what we could do help churches engage, equip and encourage grandparents to hand down a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. This group eventually became the Legacy Coalition - Grandparenting Matters!

Larry Fowler, the founder of Legacy Coalition, wrote about how the average child only attends church, at best, every other week; which means they are only receiving about 20 hours a year of Children's Ministry programming. Yes, I said 20 hour a year! Even the children who are there every week, still only receive about 80 hours a year. I'm sure you agree it is insufficient in either case.

Children's Ministry leaders are not able to be with the children in their ministries all the time - this is why God gave the primary responsibility for reaching and discipling children to their parents and grandparents. Yes, as grandmas it is our God-given job - and joy - to hand down the faith to our grandchildren.

With this in mind, today I want to write about something important. Something on which we grandmas must focus. Something we need to make a central part of our plan to reach and disciple our grandchildren - be certain they know they are loved by us and even more by God.

Experience Joy

How often have you heard grandparents and parents say, when talking about the children they love, the most important thing to them is for their grandchild or child to be happy? Our world chases after happiness. We think more, bigger, better, newer, cooler will all equate to happiness. But it does not. Oh, yes, people may be “happy” for a few moments, until what they have is no longer more, bigger, better, newer or cooler.
Happiness depends on situations, and as we know, situations change – all too fast. What people are really looking for is joy; and it is not found in things. So, where do we find joy? God’s Word tells us – look at Psalm 100 . . . 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

God Delights in His Creation

In one of the devotions in the Grandmother's Bible from Zondervan, Jan Silvious focused on Psalm 139:1-12. She said, "It's true it's all about God, but in the long run, He is all about you. He created you, gave breath to your lungs and sustains your life . . . His love for you is without bounds. His interest in you is intense. . . He created you with purpose and ability . . . He is God. He created you and He absolutely adores His creation. Pass this good news on to your grandchildren. They know you love them, but the greater news is God, Who created them, loves them without limit."

A Prayer for Change

The principal of a private Christian school, grades K4-12, recently agonized about the generation slipping through our fingers and the snowball-effect which will follow. “Families desperately need grandparents to step in and get involved” she cried.

Dearest Lord Jesus,

It’s time we realize grandparenting isn’t a spectator sport. It’s time we become intentional about building relationships with our grandchildren, affirming them of their value and creating an environment where they know they’re loved. It’s time we “devote (ourselves) to prayer, being watchful and thankful” for the precious gift of grandchildren (Colossians 4:2).

LORD, help us change.
Amen.


(Submitted by Sherry Schumann)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Our Grandchildren Are Watching

When all is going well it tends to be easy to trust and hope in God - after all, all is going well. But, when times are difficult and things are not working out the way we hoped, we may find it more difficult to trust and hope in God. Our grandchildren are watching. If our faith is only strong when things are going well, they are not likely to embrace it. They will have difficult times in their lives. They need to see our faith is real in the times when all is going well and even more so when things are not working out.

Model what it looks like to trust and hope in God at all times; our grandchildren are watching!  

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Friday, July 13, 2018

Prayer for Eyes Which are Open

So often, far too often, the traps in this world look appealing - not at all like traps. They look like; "just the way people do things" and like there is nothing wrong with them. But traps are traps, no matter how they are packaged. 

Today I'm praying Psalms 25 for my family and asking God to help them have eyes which are open, so they are not side-tracked or derailed and so they will be able to see the traps for what they truly are - traps. If they should find themselves in a trap, I pray they will look to God and trust Him to rescue them - He always will!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Give Your Grandchildren What Truly Matters

It is very important; absolutely essential, for us as grandparents to remember we can do which is vitally important for our grandchildren. What is this “absolutely essential … vitally important thing”? It is to give our grandchildren something only we are able to give - our attention.
I can not over-emphasize how important it is for us to give our attention to our grandchildren. When they want to talk to us or ask us something, we need to put down what we are doing (especially if it is using our smart phones, computers, tablets, etc) and look them in the eye while they tell us whatever it is they want to tell us.

Reaching the Hearts of Your Grandchildren

One of the things we want to do here on the Grandmas with Heart blog is to let you know about resources and opportunities for you which will equip and encourage you to hand down the faith to your grandchildren. So, today I am very happy to let you know about two opportunities for you to hear from John Stonestreet (president - The Colson Center) and Larry Fowler (president - Legacy Coalition). John and Larry will be discussing "Four Big Cultural Shifts and How to Help the Next Generation Navigate Them" and "The Amazing Influence of a Grandparent", respectively, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT in Petoskey, Michigan and Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Faithful

Faithful is a word we use as Christians, but do we really understand what it means? Dictionary.com defines it as follows . . .
  • strict or thorough in the performance of duty, a faithful worker
  • true to one's word, promise, vows, etc.
  • steady in allegiance or affection; loyal, constant, faithful friends
  • reliable, trusted or believed
  • adhering or true to fact, a standard or an original - accurate
So, when we think about our faithful God, we know He does what He says He will do, He is true to His word, loyal, reliable, able to be trusted and believed and He does what is true.

These verses in Psalms 103 describes God's faithful love and how it lasts from "forever ago to forever from now". Don't you just love this verse! And it gets even better. This faithful love from God reaches to our grandchildren!

Let's be faithful grandmas (and grandpas and parents) who share God's faithful love with our grandchildren; after all, it is for them, too!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

The "Treasure Receiver"

I'm the "treasure receiver". Three sweet boys give me "treasures" . . . old, dead, dry sycamore leaves (because they are so big and cool!!!!), little green leaves ("These are leaves, grandma!!!!!") flowers (which are actually weeds) by the hands-full, not to mention smiles, "twinkling" eyes, hugs, kisses, snuggles, stories and jokes . . . treasures all! 

My grandsons are convinced I love these treasures, because I always smile, tell them, "thank you" and give them hugs in return. While I may not "love" old, dead, dry leaves or weeds by the hands-full, I absolutely love my grandsons with all my heart, so if something is "treasured" by them, I'm so happy and thankful to be the person with whom they share these "treasures".

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Love, Loyalty & Faithfulness

What does "love", "loyalty" and "faithfulness" look like? Well, nearly two years ago my daughter rescued a basset hound. This little hound was eight years old and had lived those eight years in a small kennel being bred for her puppies. She never even knew her own name. 

I would not have been surprised if this hound never had been able to connect with my daughter, but the connection was instantaneous!  My daughter named her Rosie and she learned her name in a couple days and follows my daughter pretty much everywhere she goes. When my daughter goes to work or anywhere this little hound actually "mopes" until she returns - then the rejoicing is significant!

When I think of an example of "love", "loyalty" and "faithfulness" I think of Rosie. She knows she was saved by my daughter, so she loves her, wants to be with her, follows her and is sad when they are apart.

What a "picture" for us. Think about it. Jesus saved us. We should love and follow Him with our all. And, we should show this love to others by being loyal and faithful to them, too. Love, loyalty and faithfulness - this is what we need to show to God, so when our grandchildren think about these three words, they picture the example we set for loving and following God,

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Pray Your Grandchildren Will Have the Courage to Stand

Dearest LORD Jesus,

May our grandchildren have the courage to stand for what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). May our grandchildren have the courage to stand beside the downtrodden, the outcast, the bullied and those who are alone (John 4:1-39, John 8:1-12, Luke 7:11-13). May our grandchildren have the courage to stand against lying and cheating (Luke 11:37-54). May our grandchildren have the courage stand up for the Truth of the Gospel (Acts 20:24). May our grandchildren have the courage to stand securely as children of God (Galatians 4:5-7).

By the power of the Holy Spirit, let them “stand firm in the faith, be courageous; be strong, and do everything in love” (I Corinthians 16:13-14).

We pray in your Name,
Amen.

(Submitted by Sherry Schumann)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Facebook Profile Photo Frames from Grandmas with Heart

If you are on facebook you may be interested in the Grandmas with Heart profile photo frames. Just click on your profile photo and when the box pops up you will see two options - change your photo or add a frame. If you click on the add a frame, and then type in "grandmas with heart" in the box above the frames, you will see the frames we made . . . here's a look at the Grandmas with Heart facebook photo frames . . . 

The "Role" of Grandma - Be the "Bridge"

One of the important, essential "roles" of grandmas is for them to be the "tellers" of the family history. This means we need to be the ones who hand down this history . . . such as the time when their great-great-great grandpa gave food from his store to a local family who couldn't afford to buy it during the depression or the time when their great-great-great-great-great - well many greats - was hit on a head, thrown on a ship and taken from Scotland to America where he worked as an indentured servant for seven years to regain his freedom. These family "stories" . . . these historical accounts, help give our grandchildren a "sense" of who they are and from where they came.

It is also essential, even more so, for us to be the ones who hand down the true, historic accounts of how God has worked in our lives and the lives of our ancestors. Psalms 106 and 107 and throughout the Book of Judges we see clearly what happens when the next generation forgets Who God is and what He has done. We want our grandchildren to remember, so they will know, love and walk with God throughout their lives.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a Generous Dispenser of Love

As I mentioned a few days ago, when I asked my grandsons what my "job" as grandma was, they said for me to give hugs, snuggles, kisses and to make lots of cookies! While this makes us smile - at least it makes me smile - it is also true. These things are all about giving love and when it comes to the "role" of grandma, one extremely important part is to be the person my grandsons can absolutely depend on throughout their lives to be generous in giving and showing love to them.

We all need people who generously give love to us and grandmas (and grandpas) are some of the most ideal people to do this. So, how might a grandma (and grandpa) generously show love to grandchildren near and far? Consider the following . . . 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Pointer"

For the past few days I've been talking about the "role" of the grandma (and the grandpa, too). I believe grandmas need to be prayer warriors and prayer teachers as we pray for our grandchildren and teach them to pray, too. I believe we need to be students of our grandchildren and know what makes them "tick". I believe we need to be mirrors who reflect a positive view to our grandchildren of who they are; loved gifts from the hand of God!

I also believe we need to be "pointers" who are focused and intentional about pointing them to Jesus. This is vitally important for us to do, because if they do not choose to love, know and follow God, then nothing else matters. We need to do this from their youngest ages and throughout their lives when we . . . 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Mirror"

I've been thinking and talking about the "role" of grandma for the past couple days. Before I write more about this today, I do want to say, these "roles" are also for grandpas and parents, too. They are the "roles" for grandparents and parents - the two most influential people in the lives of the children we love, but since I'm a grandma, I am writing this from the perspective of a grandma.

When I attended the first meeting for people interested in beginning a ministry which called grandparents to hand down a heritage of faith to their grandchildren - and became known as the Legacy Coalition - almost three years ago, one of the speakers said grandparents have a very important role in the family and in the life of the grandchildren; because the way a grandparent sees their grandchildren is the way the grandchildren will see themselves. We are a mirror, of sorts, to help our grandchildren see themselves as God sees them - oh so loved and valued!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The "Role" of Grandma - Become a "Student" of Your Grandchildren

When I think about the "role" of grandma, I do believe it is essential for me to become a "student" of my grandchildren. It is my job, my "role" to get to know them and what makes them "tick".

This matters so much, for several reasons. Consider the following . . . 

Grandparents Day of Prayer

One of our Grandmas with Heart is Sherry Schumann. Sherry is the National Prayer Co-Director at the Christian Grandparenting Network. Today she is sharing with us about Grandparents' Day of Prayer.

Will you consider participating in the eight Grandparents' Day of Prayer? This day of prayer is scheduled to coincide with National Grandparents' Day, September 9, 2018.

Like it or not, we are in a spiritual battle for the hearts, souls and minds of our children and grandchildren. The enemy is using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures to launch an aggressive attack on the family unit. If we are in a spiritual battle, we need a spiritual weapon. Prayer is the greatest weapon in our arsenal.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

I enjoy the posts from  nationalgrandparentsday.com - most of them bring a smile to my face. Since one of their 4th of July posts is a favorite of mine, I thought you might enjoy it as well. What do you think of it?

The "Role" of Grandma - Prayer Warrior & Prayer "Teacher"

What is the role of a grandma? When I ask my grandsons what a grandma's "job" is, they tell me things like - hugging, making cookies and saying, "I love you!"  I agree with them; these are all important things for a grandma to do, but what is the role of a grandma? What is it we are supposed to do as grandmas?

Important question. And the answers matter, too, because while the things my grandsons think are important - loving and making cookies - are important, the role of grandma is much more than these things.


So, for the coming few days, I want to look at the role of grandma. I want to think and talk about what a grandma needs to do . . . and I'd most sincerely appreciate your comments - please share what you think about the things I identify as the role of grandma and let me know what you consider to be part of the role of grandma as well.

G@P (Grandparents at Prayer)

One of our Grandmas with Heart is Sherry Schumann. Sherry is the National Prayer Co-Director at the Christian Grandparenting Network. Today she is sharing with us about G@P - Grandparents at Prayer.

Thousands of years ago, Queen Esther stood in the gap for her people when their physical lives were threatened. Today, God is mobilizing an army of praying grandparents to stand in the gap for their grandchildren. Will you join our ranks?

Those of us affiliated with Christian Grandpraenting Network are committed to encouraging, empowering and equipping you to pray regularly for your grandchildren, both privately and corporately.

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