Monday, March 18, 2019

Encourage Your Grandchildren With - Way to Go!

A couple days ago I wrote about encouraging our grandchildren and said; "Since the world around our grandchildren is very apt to leave them questioning their value and we know God values them tremendously, I thought it might be nice to share some of my favorites from this list (from the NIV Mom's Devotional Bible list of ways to praise children) over the coming days and months." Today I am happy to share with you another of my favorites -
  • Way to Go!
Watch for times when your grandchildren make a wise choice, are kind to someone, studied, learned something new, accomplished a difficult task, sacrificed for others, helped others, grew in their walk with Jesus - any time when they are doing well and notice, then encourage them. Your approval and joy in what they are doing is something which means much to them - do not be "stingy" in sharing your praise and encouragement; it does make a difference.

Now this does not mean you tell your grandchildren they are able to do something if they are truly not able to do so - do not put impossible goals in front of them, but you are able to encourage them to try new things and learn from them. When they succeed, or even just tried their best or learned something new, be there to cheer them on.

God gives us a great example for this in how He encourages us; look at the following verses . . . 
  • I can do all things through him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
  • But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. - 2 Chronicles 15:7
  • Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10
  • For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11
  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9
These are just a few of many verses where God encourages us when we have "done it" and where He encourages us to not give up trying. God's words give us hope, courage, comfort and strength and they are the perfect example for us to follow in doing the same for our grandchildren.

Some fun and simple ways for you to do this would certainly include . . .
  • Telling them with your words.
  • Attend their special events, concerts, sporting events, plays . . . anything where they are able to show what they have learned and then speak words of encouragement.
  • Snail mail, email or special delivery something special which you know will encourage them - a special treat you made for them, a small photo or item to remind them to keep trying.
  • Again, let them "accidentally overhear" as you tell your friends what they are doing and how you are proud of them and believe they are able to continue to learn.
These are just a few ways to show your grandchildren you believe in them and encourage them to; "Go for it". So . . . what is your favorite way to praise and encourage your grandchildren?

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