Thursday, January 31, 2019

Resources for You & Your Help Would Be Sincerely Appreciated

One of the things we Grandmas with Heart are  committed to doing is to help provide resources which will encourage, equip and empower grandmas - and grandpas and parents, too - as they hand down the faith.  Several of us have books we have written, or are working on which do exactly this.

Gather the Family & Create Memories

What do you remember from when you were a child? Which family memories stand out for you when you think about being young? For me I remember holidays and birthdays when the family got together . . . in the winter we always gathered for holidays and in the summer we got together for picnics with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even neighbors - great times for sure!

Now when we gather family together, we are the grandmas which means we are able to help create these same wonderful memories for our grandchildren - and grown children, too!

Thankful Thursdays - God's Everlasting Love & Unfailing Kindness

No matter what you and/or the ones you love are facing on this day, it is a great encouragement to read and think about verses like Jeremiah 31:3. Knowing God loves us gives us strength, encouragement, and great joy, along with a fuller understanding of what, "love" really is all about. As we enter the month of February, people tend to think a lot about "love", but often the "love" they are talking about is a shallow example of "love".

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Make Bird Feeders & Talk About God's Great Love

Valentine's Day is just a couple weeks away, so if you are looking for a project which your grandchildren could do . . . and one which has a purpose, then look at this great idea I found on Pinterest for a Valentine's Day Bird Feeder!

God Has Promised to Leave You "Stunned & Amazed"

Are you a grandparent and/or parent who is able to rejoice as your grandchildren and/or grown children who you love have made the choice to love, know and walk with God? If so, you have much for which to be thankful and much about which to rejoice! If this is you, do not, however; think you are able to relax. All it takes is one hurt. One difficult situation. One disappointment. One poor influence to sidetrack and derail them in their walk and leave them where they turn away from God. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them.

Are you a grandparent/parent who has a heart which breaks for a grandchild/grown child you love who has turned away from their walk with God? It is all too easy to feel despair, be discouraged, heartbroken and fear they will not turn back. For you I want to say the same thing; continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them. Continue to pray for them.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"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. This is too important to me for me to leave it to chance; 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.

Stand Firm, Be Still

What is prayer? We talk a lot about prayer here on Grandmas with Heart, but what is prayer, really? Is it the words we say to tag on the end of an activity or day; or the words we say at the start of an activity or day?

Yes, we know it is taking the time to talk with God, but do we pray as a way to speak a small "sermon" to those who are listening, or to let others know what we are thinking - or what we know; or do we just truly talk with God, and others may be listening in? Is prayer the thing we do to put the final touch on "something" or is it the foundation upon which we build the "something" - the main ingredient? Is prayer the thing we take time for, because we are believers and we have to, but we really think we know what to do and what we want, so the words are just what we "say"?

What is prayer?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Grandmas - "Experienced Moms" - Make a Difference

There is an article I have shared before, which has been "floating around" the internet where it talks about elephant grandmas; apparently research shows baby elephants are more likely to survive if there is a grandma elephant in their herd. Newsweek Tech and Science reported on this; they said - "Turns out grannies are very important to baby ellies. New research conducted over four decades in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park shows female elephants with a living mother have better chances at reproduction and give birth to babies more likely to survive." 

Heritage - God is Faithful through All Generations

When you think back on your grandparents, do you have memories of times spent with them? Are there aromas and tastes you recall? Are there things which once belonged to them and now are small bits of your heritage?
Handing down a heritage involves sharing the family history; telling about the time when you went fishing with your grandpa and then had a fish fry with the day's catch! It is talking about the times when you all went on a vacation together and the car with your grandparents and little brothers missed the exit and they got lost! (On Mother's Day, no less!) It is about sharing a recipe for the most delicious rolls your grandma used to make, and now since you are the grandma, you make them for your grandchildren!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pray & Trust God to Do His Part

As grandparents we want to be able to make our grandchildren believe and walk with God, we want to be able to make them safe, healthy and happy, however; these, and other things, are not what we are able to do.

Faith Sees God in the Dark & the Day

As we all know, it is easy to see God in the blessings we experience - in the "day" and it is more challenging to see Him in the challenges - the "dark"; but He is there is all parts of our lives. Look at Isaiah 43 . . .

Prayer for Our Grandchildren to Know the Truth

Heavenly Father,

We pray our grandchildren realize, through your Son, they are more than conquerors.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Love Your Grandchildren!

My grandsons are blessed to be loved by parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and extended family. They know they are dearly loved, but they still hear it, often! I also am intentional about letting them know God loves them even more than I do, because as they grow up I know life may be - and often times is - uncertain. No matter what happens I want them to know they are loved.

Saturday Promises - Trust God & Know His Perfect Peace - Isaiah 26:3, 4

As we wrap up this week, and near the end of January, we know much has happened in this month which has divided our country, brought worry and concern to many and has left us with broken hearts with the decision made by the State of New York regarding abortion. It would be easy to feel upset, angry, frustrated and even feel despair, but God promises, yes promises, we are able to know His perfect peace when we trust Him with our all.

I love these verses from Isaiah 26 and take great joy in knowing God promises not only peace, but His perfect peace when I trust Him. God's perfect peace will leave me steadfast, no matter what life brings my way. This is true for my children and grandchildren as well and I want them to know this truth, because they see me as a peaceful person who makes the choice, come what may, to trust God.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Send the Most Important Message to the Generations Who Follow

I don't know about you, but I am much more conscious of how there are more days behind me than there are before me. This saying rings true for me, and brings with it a challenge I intend to accept. My grown children and grandchildren are the living messages I send to a time I will not see. They are likely to outlive me, so the message I send with them must be the message which matters . . . God loves them, and the generations who follow. 

God Does Not Waste Anything

Six months ago the Carr fire began in Northern California. My husband is from this area and most of his family still live there. For several weeks we watched the news, communicated on-line with his family and prayed as the fire burned, people we love were evacuated - several times - and waited to see if their homes would be there for them when the fire was contained. By the time it was over 229,651 acres of some of the most beautiful land on the face of the earth was burned - this photo is from Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and shows burned trees which fell due to the fire, but it also shows bit of green grown returning.

I have rejoiced to see as photos of the land recovering have been posted in the ensuing months and even better, as I've been able to read accounts of people who went through the fire and how they have grown in their faith.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

It is Grandmas with Heart's Honor, Joy & Desire to Equip & Encourage You

Grandma's with Heart is into its second year and we want to thank you for taking time to read our posts; we hope and pray the content on this blog is helpful and encouraging to you as you hand down the faith to the generations who come behind you. We know the joys and the trials which come with fulfilling this God given job - and joy - and it is our honor, joy and desire to equip and encourage you as you hand down the faith.

Hold Tightly to God

At all times, but especially when sad and difficult things happen in our lives and the lives of others we know and/or hear about, it is essential for us to cling to the promises of God. We must hold tightly to what we know is true - even when we may not understand.

Thankful Thursdays - Thankful for God's Great Love & Goodness All Year Long - Psalms 92

Aren't you so thankful for God's amazing promise to love and think about you! He is our Rock and all He does is good and right. This is true for us and for the ones we love, so today take time to see all the great things He does - big and small and thank God for His amazing love.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Second Time Around - Help Your Grandchildren Remember

You may, or may not, know Grandmas with Heart has a Pinterest Page (you will find it at this link - please feel free to follow it if you like and please share it - - and while you are at it, please "like" this blog and our facebook page at this link, if you have not already.) Each morning when I write the posts for this blog, I put the art with a link to the blog on our Pinterest Page. Our monthly viewers number pretty much blows me away - apparently our art is popular.

So, I thought it may be nice from time-to-time to just share an older art with a few thoughts/questions about the post which accompanied it. Please feel free to like, share and most importantly, please comment. While we Grandmas with Heart want to share with you ideas, resources, tools to help you hand down the faith, we would love to hear what you are doing to hand down the faith to the children you love.

Remember the Goodness of God

Today with the weather issues being experienced across the country, the concerns many have about getting their paychecks, and the challenges we may be facing in our own families and lives, I just want to share this quote from Charles Spurgeon. No matter what we and the ones we love are facing, we are able to remember the goodness of God.

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Let's Have a Heart Hunt!

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so if you are looking for a fun idea you could try with your grandchildren; consider holding a, “heart hunt”. What is a “heart hunt” you ask? Well . . . think Easter egg hunt, or like I wrote about last month, a Candy Cane hunt, but substitute small paper or foam hearts.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Share How Your Family History Shows God's Hand

Do you know your family history? Are there accounts of your ancestors which have been handed down from one generation to the next? Have you spent time researching your family genealogy? Are you able to see God's hand through your family's history?

My sister has researched our family history quite a bit. She discovered how some of our family came to this country on the Mayflower and another ancestor was shanghaied from his home in Scotland, brought here and sold as an indentured servant for seven years.

Prayer for Eyes Which are Open

I know I shared these prayers with you last summer, but they are prayers I pray often for my grandsons, so I thought I'd share them again with you today. 

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!

New Resource for Grandparents from Cathy Jacobs - Pass the Legacy

Today we are very happy to share with you a new resource which is available to help you be a grandparent who hands down the faith - a book from one of our own Grandmas with Heart - Cathy Jacobs. PASS THE LEGACY: 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference is Cathy's book and today she is delighted to share with you about this wonderful resource.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Commit to, "Do the Will of God Come What May"

As we have said many times, the most important things we are ever able to do is to hand down the faith to the children, grandchildren and possibly even great-grandchildren with whom God blesses our lives.  We most certainly want to see the ones we love make the choice to believe in Jesus - what else could possibly matter more?

Pass the Legacy Ministry - A Grandparenting Resource for Handing Down the Faith

Cathy Jacobs is one of our Grandmas with Heart. She is also one of the Charter Founders of the Legacy Coalition, a speaker for the Christian Grandparenting Network and the founder of Pass the Legacy Ministry whose mission is to, "Awaken a 'retired' generation to reach a wandering generation, so together we raise the youngest generations to know, love and serve the Lord." Today it is Grandmas with Heart's joy to let you know about Pass the Legacy Ministry.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

See, Remember & Share How God Sustains You

How has God sustained you throughout your life? How has He answered your prayers? How has He showed His love to you? Share these things with your grandchildren. When they are able to hear and see how God has sustained you, they will be better able to believe He will do the same for them and will know what it looks like when He does!

Build a Strong, Loving & Close Relationship - It Matters

Building a strong, loving and close relationship with your grandchildren matters. It helps them as children so they grow with a sense of security and value and, as studies show, it helps them as adults, so they are healthier emotionally. 

Prayer of Protection Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Heavenly Father,

We know our adversary “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8). He uses bait like drugs and alcohol to lure our adult children and grandchildren into his den. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Faith = Taking the First Step

What are you facing right now in your life? Do you have a concern with your grandchildren and/or son/daughter/their spouses? Are you facing health concerns? Money concerns? Any concerns? Take those concerns to Jesus - if you care about these things, so does He! Put your faith in Him, even if - and especially if you do not see how these concerns will be resolved.

Important Truth for Me to Know & Teach My Grandsons

I grew up in an area of the country where there were churches on almost every corner, the streets were tree-lined and the time seemed - by today's standards - like a much more simple time. 

My family and I went to church every Sunday - as did most of the families I knew. The church I went to was filled with wonderful, kind people, but while the people were wonderful and kind and God's Word was taught, so was the idea where following God was all about keeping the "rules".

Friday, January 18, 2019

It is Safe to Trust God

As our grandchildren grow up and go through their lives, help them see how it is always safe to trust God to do as He has promised - and He has promised to guide and direct throughout their lives! The interests and abilities - the things which bring your grandchildren joy - are things given to them by God and we know He knew what He was doing when He created them and did not make any mistakes!

Turn Your Concerns Into Prayers

What are the concerns on your heart today? Take this quote from Corrie Ten Boom to heart and turn your concerns into conversations with God rather than let them consume your thoughts as worries and burdens.

Talk with God with confidence knowing He has promised to hear, listen and answer - 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thankful Thursdays - God is Big Enough - Isaiah 6

While we certainly have many times in our lives where we experience joy, we live in a fallen and broken world and there is no shortage of sadness, confusion and even grief which is experienced by us and the people we love. We may find ourselves, and the ones we love, wondering where God is and if He is big enough and able to handle the difficult things in our lives. So, today if you are experiencing a difficult time, I want to share these verses from Isaiah with you.

God is Always at Work

As grandmas we pray for our grandchildren. We pray regularly and we do share our faith, but the work is done by God and He does not take a break or give up. He is the One who made our grandchildren - and our children - and He loves them even more than do we. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Choose Faith & See With Your Heart

Make the choice to trust; to have faith, even when it looks like nothing is happening around us. Even when it looks like our prayers are not being answered. We do not know what God is doing to answer our prayers; He has promised to hear, listen to and answer our prayers and we KNOW God ALWAYS keeps His promises!

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Stained Glue Valentines Day Hearts

From time to time I browse on Pinterest to look at ideas for projects I might try with my grandsons. A few years ago I found a wonderful craft which is perfect for Valentines Day - Stained Glue Valentines Day Hearts - and since it is just a month away, today I'm happy to share it with you as our "Mystery Bag" project for this week.

This craft would be great fun to make with your grandchildren over several days. Stained Glue Valentines Day Hearts make wonderful gifts for them to give to their parents, teachers or to anyone on their Valentines Day list and a fun way for them to share God's love with others as well.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Use Grace

Why wouldn't we want to treat our family; our children and grandchildren with grace? We need to be people who use words which build up our family and whose actions will always be remembered by our children and grandchildren when they are grown as actions which reminded them how much they are dearly loved.

The Sunshine After Rain & Joy After Trial

We all have difficult times in our lives. We all deal with disappointment, sadness, pain, grief and just the confusion which comes with these things. But, we do not have to let these difficult times push us away from God. No! We are able to let them pull us closer to Him instead, and when we pull closer to Him, we will find His peace, comfort, love and joy!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pray - God Hears!

Take your concerns and joys to God in prayer; and model this for your grandchildren. God does want us - and them - to do this and He promises to hear, listen to and answer our prayers! If it matters to you, it matters to God.

Teach this to your grandchildren - and consider starting a "Prayer Journal" where you all are able to record your requests and how God answers, so you are able to see and remember God's faithfulness in your lives. 

Consider making these verses from Psalm 145 your prayer this week . . . 

A Life of Integrity & Faithfulness

This year my husband will reach the age of 60. This seems impossible - how could he possibly be that old?! I am just a couple years behind him and it seems impossible to me for us to be reaching our 60's! I don't feel that old, but the truth is, there are definitely more years behind us than there are before us. But, while I do not know however many more years are before us, I do know when the day comes and we enter Heaven, we both want to hear God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Be Thankful for Your Grand-Blessings & Challenge them to Make a Difference

Take time today to let your grandchildren know how they are loved and valued by you. No matter their age or location, tell them something about them which you find to be so special and wonderful.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Believe the Truth - God Cares!

When we have concerns, when we face challenges, difficulties, sad times and even pain, it is easy for us to think God does not care; but this is not the truth. God does care. He cares about everything and everyone we care about. In all times, but especially the difficult times, we need to hold to the truth - God cares and He loves us.

Nothing is a Surprise to God

We do not know what the future holds for us; we are not able to see around the "bends" in the "road" before us - and there are bends. But, we do know God is faithful! We do know He loves us! We do know God always does what He says He will do and He knows what the future holds for us - He sees what is in the bends before us. We are able to fully trust Him!

Prayer for Right Attitudes

Heavenly Father,

We pray for our grandchildren’s attitudes. We pray they aren’t demanding, disagreeable or disrespectful. We pray they “do everything without grumbling or arguing” (Philippians 2:14).

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Promises - God Will Lead Us - Isaiah 30:21

With the start of a new year we tend to think about the things we want to accomplish in the year before us. Especially as our grandchildren grow older, they too may look at the year before them wondering what it holds and what they should do with the time they have.

Thankfully, God promises to help us, and our grandchildren, know which way we should go when we seek His direction. Don't you just love this verse in Isaiah . . . 

Model Forgiveness

One of the most important messages for grandmas to teach - and model to our grandchildren is how we experience freedom when we forgive. While there are many important messages for us to teach our grandchildren and important choices we need to model for our grandchildren, teaching them to forgive by being people who are quick to forgive is at the top of the list.

Friday, January 11, 2019

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. 

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