Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Love Them Exactly as They Are Now

Our grandchildren and/or children are in the process of growing, learning and becoming the people God planned for them to be. As they grow, we often are able to see glimpses of who they are growing to be - maybe they love science, tech and/or humor - as do my grandsons. Perhaps they have a tender heart and are quick to help, give, and encourage others. All of these things are part of who they are now and give us those glimpses of who they are growing to be as well.

While much of what we do when it comes to handing down the faith is done with an eye to the future, now is a time which matters as well. It matters for our grandchildren and/or children to grow up hearing and experiencing how much they are loved right now. It matters for our grandchildren and/or children to grow up hearing and experiencing how very thankful you are God gave them to you for your family. It matters for our grandchildren and/or children to grow up hearing and experiencing how God knew what He was doing when He created them and He did not make any mistakes. It matters for our grandchildren and/or children to grow up hearing and experiencing how God has good plans for them; plans which give them hope and a future. All of these things matter.

So, today watch for who your grandchildren and/or children are today. Encourage them. Love them. Let them know how thankful you are God gave them to your family. Let them know they are enough just as they are and share some of the unique, wonderful and fun things you are able to see about who they are now. And build them up with an eye for the future; tell them about how you know God has good plans for them. Tell them how very much God loves them. Make sure they know how much you love them. All of these things matter.

Yes, handing down the faith is important for the future of the children we love, but loving them now and handing down the faith is essential for who they are right now - keep both now and the future in view.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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