Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Be Faithful & Trust

At my church I head up our Generations@Prayer Group. In this group parents and grandparents share prayer requests and pray through the Psalms for the ones we love. We are using the book I wrote - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Grandparents & Parents, Too and each week we pray the same passage in Psalms - but in our own homes, during our own prayer time. Our group is growing as more parents and grandparents learn they are able to be part of our group by praying with us through the Psalms, but in their own homes and during the time they are already praying.

Each week at church, when I run into people who are part of this group, it is not unusual for at least one of them (most often grandmas) to share with me - through tears - what is happening with their children and/or grandchildren. They typically feel alone, and some of them feel like they are to "blame" for the choices being made by the ones they love. They think if they had done a "better job" of handing down the faith when their children were young, they would not be making the decisions they are making now.

My heart breaks for them; I understand how they feel and take care to encourage them - I want them to know they are not alone. I also want them to know they are only responsible to pray for the ones they love, live their faith and share the truth with them as God provides opportunity to do so. The ones we love are responsible to make the choice to love, know and walk with God. We are faithful to hand down the faith and then pray for the ones we love to turn to God.

As we chose to trust God and walk with Him, we will find the guilt and the doubts go away and we will be filled with praise for God, because the truth is, He loves the ones we love, even more than do we and He wants them to love, know and walk with Him, even more than do we. So, we need to trust God - when the ones we love choose to love and follow God . . . and when they do not.

It matters very much to me for the grandparents/parents in our Generations@Prayer group to feel like they are not alone. I want them to know I, and the others in our group, care very much for them and for the ones they love. Most importantly, I want them to know no matter what, they are able to trust God. This is my hope for you as well.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo#grandparentingonpurpose 

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  1. We always want the best for those we love! We felt we did all we knew to do to hand down the faith to our children. We took them to church, we read & talked about the Bible at home, they did ministry with us (home group, meals, even going to abortion clinics & praying) they went to church activities, went to Christian Schools, we prayed with them & for them. Now as adults, they are casual about church & not sure either has a daily time with the Lord. We are now trying to pass on the faith to grandchildren, but it seems an uphill trek because it doesn’t seem to be reinforced at home. Our 8 yr old grandson just told us that on most weekends his family is too busy to go to church & many days he is too busy to read his devotions that we have sent to him. It breaks our hearts, but before God we don’t know what else we could have done. They are making unwise choices....but they are their choices.

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    1. Linda, you are correct, it is their choice and you were only able to do what you knew to do. You are able to continue to pray for them, continue to model for them and continue to be an encouragement to them all.

      I am firmly convinced one of the reasons we see so many of our adult children not walking with God now, is because we did not give them the "whys - why they are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. I did not know to do this when my children were growing up. My daughter is walking with God - my son is not. But, now I know, so now, as God provides opportunities, I share with them all the "whys" and I trust God to do what He says He will do - and only He is able to do - and draw them back to Him.

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