Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Keep On Keeping On, Do Not Give Up, You Continue to Have a Purpose

While there are many verses in the Bible which particularly speak to, encourage and challenge me, these verses from Psalm 71 are at the top of my list. They put my life and what drives me into words . . . 
"Since my youth, God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare Your power to the next generation, Your mighty acts to ALL who are to come."
I am blessed to have grown up in a family where my parents and grandparents are/were believers. I remember seeing them read their Bibles, heard them pray and we all went to church together. I have a Bible which belonged to one of my grandmas. I am able to say, "Since my youth, God, You have taught me.", because it is true.

As parents, my husband and I had a home where our children grew up in a family where we handed down the faith. We read the Bible together, went to church together, prayed together. This is what my husband and I are doing with our grandsons as well. They are able to come to our house and see we read the Bible and do it together, pray together and go to church together. We also talk about the "whys" for why we are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence - something I did not know to do with my children, but am definitely not failing to do so with my grandsons, because, "to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds."

Now I am, "old and grey" - or white as the case may be, and it is my heart's desire for God to be with me, "till I declare Your power to the next generation, Your mighty acts to ALL who are to come." I want all who come behind me to know, love and walk with God. I do not want even one to be lost, so I will be intentional to do as God tells me - to hand down the faith to my children and grandchildren, so they will be able to continue to do the same.

Oh yes, Psalms 71:17, 18 are two of my favorite and most challenging verses - for excellent reasons. They encourage me to keep on keeping on, to not give up and remind me I continue to have a purpose - the same is true for you as well!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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