Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Touch the Keys", "Show Your Joy & Shine"

We all have days in our lives where we experience blessings, days which bring us joy, and days which we would happily re-live. Likewise; we all have days in our lives which are difficult, challenging, and even unpleasant. Days we never want to re-live. Days which are not able to end fast enough. This is true for the ones we love as well.

Speak the Truth

The world in which we live is filled with blessings from God all around us - our families, friends, the beautiful Earth upon which we live, the gifts of a bountiful harvest, and clear, clean water - this list could, and does, go on and on. God is real and His great love for us is obvious everywhere we look. This is the truth.

Prayer for the Faith of Our Adult Children

Father God,
We pray for the faith of our adult children...
We pray for our adult children who have a deep, abiding faith and are walking closely with the Lord. Let them be the salt of the earth, the light of Christ to their families, neighbors, and friends.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Remember

Remembering. It is essential for us as grandparents to remember what God wants us to do . . . He wants us to obey His Word, teach them to our children and grandchildren, so we will experience the blessing of walking with Him. If we do not remember, then how will the ones we love know how important it is to remember?

Give the Greatest Gift

Lillian is correct . . . of all the "great" gifts we as grandmas (and grandpas, too) may give to our grandchildren, none is as great, as important, as essential, as needed as our prayers. If you are a grandparent who understands what it means and takes to pray effectively and faithfully for your grandchildren - continue to do so. If you are a grandparent who struggles to pray consistently, take heart! God knows your heart and He wants you to talk with Him. Do not give up. Do not believe the lies of the Devil, because God does want you to talk with Him and He has promised to listen, and answer your prayers. Do not give up!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Wisdom Is . . .

As a grandma who is committed to handing down the faith, one of the things I talk about with my grandsons is what it means to make wise choices. I want them to know what it means to be wise, where they are able to find wisdom, and be people who choose to live in a wise way. 

God wants all of us to be people who make the choice to be wise - and He wants us to ask Him for wisdom as well. Look at James 1:5 -

God is With Them - He Loves Them

Do you have situations and/or people in your life who bring levels of frustration and even sadness into your life? When you think about these situations and/or people do you have a difficult time understanding why God would allow them into your life or at least have a hard time seeing God's loving hand in your life? Well, please feel encouraged, because this quote by Luci Swindoll is true. No matter what, God is with you and He loves you. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hand Down the Faith

Did you know studies show most children go to church every other week? This means out of 336 hours (the number of hours in two weeks) children are at church for just one to three hours (depending on if they also go to the mid-week Children's Ministry - read the book, The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children for more info on this.)

Remember Your Ultimate Goal

Today I'm writing about loving our grandchildren and how to help them learn to love God and others with their all. From the moment we first saw our grandchildren, we knew we would absolutely love them forever! If you are anything like me, you always tell them you love them each time you see them and you show it by the way you live. When our grandchildren hear - and most importantly see how much we love them, they will grow up believing it is true and able to trust in your love for them. These things matter.

Along with being certain our grandchildren know how much we love them, we must be certain to help them understand how much God loves them with a faithful, never-ending love. We also have to help them learn to respond to all this love by making the choice to love God and others with their all. If we love God and others with our all, we will not be people who harm others in any way - by our words or deeds. If we love God and others with our all, we will be active and involved in helping others with our words and deeds. If we love God and others with our all, we will have true joy.

I believe loving God and others with our all is essential, because when we do everything else will fall into place. So, how do we do this and how do we help our grandchildren do this? The first step is for us to understand and fully believe the truth about how God loves us. When we really understand a believe He loves us, how will we not love Him back?

Just look at what the Bible tells us about God's great love for us . . .

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Trust Him to Draw Them to Him

The first time our grandchildren are placed into our arms, we know we will love them forever. We hold them tight and with each grandchild, we are completely convinced we are holding the most adorable grandchild ever!

Grandchildren, and the joy they bring, are a true gift from the hand of God and we grandmas will do anything to keep them safe and happy. But the truth is, the best thing we will ever do to help our grandchildren be safe and happy is to put them in God's hands. He loves them more than do we, He knows what is most important and He will do what is needed to draw them to Him. We need to daily put our grandchildren into His hands, knowing when we do, they are in the best place they could ever possibly be. 

How Will We Be Remembered?

I like this quote; it is an excellent reminder of how we are remembered for the things we say and do each day of our lives. So, live today, knowing you are going to be remembered, with an eye towards how you will be remembered.

My faith matters to me. I want to show it matters by the things I do and say; today and every day. My family matters to me. I want to show this as well by the things I do and say; today and every day. 

The truth is we should always behave each and every day as if we will be remembered - because the truth is, we will. When I think about how I want my family, my grandsons and others to remember me, I want it to be as . . . 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Greatest Discovery

If you have grandchildren who graduated this year, they may feel like their lives have gone a bit out of control. They may feel very uncertain as to what the future holds for them whether they go into the work force or if they had planned to head to college. This is the time to help them see God is the Author of their destiny and He is in control.

A Gift & Blessing from God

You do not have the children and grandchildren you have in your life by mistake. They are gifts, specifically chosen for you by God. He chose them and put them in your family to bless you, so, take time today to thank God for the incredible gifts with which He has blessed you - the gifts of your children/ grandchildren.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Remember on Memorial Day

Remember on Memorial Day - on this day where we remember those who served and especially those who gave their all, and their families, Grandmas with Heart says, "Thank you".

Our Homes = Safe Places

A grandma's home (and a grandpa's home as well) must be a safe place for the grandchildren. It must be a safe place for them physically, emotionally, and mentally. It must also be a safe place spiritually.

Laugh Together

As the Summer begins and social distancing may end, we may find we are able to spend time once again with our family, and looking forward to these opportunities more so than ever.

It is obvious these times together will be enjoyed - there are many things to celebrate - June 14th is Children's Day, June 21st is Father's Day, July 4th is Independence Day, your family may have birthdays and/or anniversaries to celebrate - oh yes, there will be opportunities to gather, celebrate, and laugh together as a family. Consider some of the following ideas to make these times even more enjoyable . . . 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hold Tightly to the Promise & Live It

Proverbs 22:6 is a verse we all know and to which we hold tightly. We want to know the time we spend training and teaching our children will bring about the results we want. We want to know if we train and teach the children we love to know, love, and walk with God, they will continue to do so all of their lives.

This verse is a promise - easy for us to hold to when the children we love do grow to love, know, and walk with God; it may leave us with questions and uncertainties when the children we love turn away from the faith they knew as a child.

But, regardless, it is a promise; look at it in a few translations with which you may not be as familiar . . . 

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Walk Through Paper

I love to use science projects, origami projects, and activities which are likely to capture the attention of my grandchildren; especially when I want to talk with them about something specific from the Bible or about walking with God . . . and this one "amazed" them!

You will need . . .

Prayer for Strength & Peace

Lord Jesus,
We confess over the past few weeks, we have acted upon the frustration and uncertainty we are experiencing because of the pandemic. We confess and repent for being shortsighted; we have focused on our fears instead of Your saving grace and steadfast love. Your forgiveness, we receive with thanksgiving.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Stumbles Do Not Stop God's Love

One of the primary focuses of our prayers for our children and grandchildren is for them to make the choice to believe in and follow Jesus. When they do, while the Bible says there is rejoicing among the angels in Heaven, I am convinced a grandma (and grandpa, too) certainly rejoices just as much, if not more than the angels!

We Have a Purpose

As grandmas (and grandpas/ parents) we have the responsibility, the vital purpose of handing down the faith to the children God has placed in our lives. One way we do this is by the things we do. For example . . . 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Needed: Courageous & Persistent Grandparents

I am sure we all want to be "courageous and persistent" grandparents who do an excellent job of making "much of Christ on our feet" and who "pray fervently on our knees". But, to do so, we have to move beyond knowing we need to do these things and even beyond "wanting" to do them to actually taking the needed steps to do so.

Be Truly Present

I had the wonderful opportunity to read an excellent article about parenting/grandparenting - you will find it at this link  http://athoughtfullove.com/kids-arent-expensive-but-that-other-thing-sure-is/. Please read it and share it with every parent and grandparent you know. I love how it ends -

Thursday, May 21, 2020

You Absolutely are Impacting Their Future

When we grandmas (and grandpas/ parents, too) live our every-day lives the children we love are watching. As we show selflessness, honesty, hard work, kindness, faith, integrity, love, joy, peace, etc. we are doing something important. We are helping to establish a strong foundation which our grandchildren will draw upon as they move into the future and live their own lives. We may at times feel like we are not doing "anything" to hand down the faith. We may at times feel like we do not know what to do to hand down the faith. We may at times feel like the things we are doing to hand down the faith are not "working", but when we live lives which show these values, virtues, and behaviors, we are doing something significant. We are absolutely handing down the faith and the ones we love will notice and remember.

Trust God to Make Us & Them Useful & Beautiful

Today I want to write for those of you who have a family member you love who with covid-19 feel lonely, cut off and have attempted suicide, and for families where they have succeeded.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Our Secure Fortress & Their Refuge

The past few months have brought new things for all of us - social distancing, home school, job loss, health concerns, questions about the future and what it will look like, to mention a few. Our grandchildren have been cut off from friends, school, family - possibly even from us.

Walk to the Priorities God has Given to You

What are your priorities? If you are still working, you probably have work priorities. If you are serving in your church, you probably have ministry priorities. There are lots of other areas in our lives where we have priorities.

But the most important priorities for us are the ones God has set before us - handing down the faith to our children and grandchildren. As Ravi Zacharias said; 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Grandparents Belong To & Impact the Future

My grandsons only have a couple more weeks of at home school and then this unusual and unexpected school year will be over . . . and I am confidently able to assure you, they are without a doubt ready for their summer break! I am ready for their break, too, as the boys will be spending time at my house this summer while their parents are at work. We will definitely have a fun summer!

So, with the Summer nearly upon us, I thought it would be fun and interesting to look at something Mr. Rogers (from Mister Roger's Neighborhood) said when he was alive. 

Bring in the Kingdom

I absolutely agree, we must focus time, effort, resources, and energy on sharing with the children we love the truth about how they are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. 

They are Precious & Valuable in His Sight

It is generally a "given" how it is okay, even expected, and definitely fine for grandmas to brag about, and show photos of their grandchildren. Grandmas tend to be people who love and enjoy their grandchildren, and who think the world of them.

Monday, May 18, 2020

He Loves Us & He Is Strong

"Jesus Loves Me" is one of the very first songs most of us learned, and while the text is simple, the truth it teaches is solid. Jesus does love us, we are absolutely able to know this, it is what the Bible teaches, and even though little ones are not strong, He is.

Prayer from Psalms 103:17, 18

As we enter another week, consider making Psalm 103:17, 18 your prayer for the week, and allow it to encourage and remind you of God's faithful love. Aren't you so thankful to know the same faithful love God has shown you in the past, and continues to show you today is available for your grandchildren! 

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God Has So Graciously Forgiven Us

The world in which we live is not always quick to show and offer forgiveness. People seem to want to see others, "get what is coming to them". But, God has so graciously forgiven us, so we have the wonderful opportunity to help our grandchildren understand what forgiveness is all about. As we model forgiveness to them, we will find we have the perfect opportunity to talk with them about how God forgives them and how they are able to forgive others as well. Consider this Mystery Bag Project to help your grandchildren learn about forgiveness.

You will need . . .

Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Best & Most Beautiful Things are Felt with the Heart

With the Stay-at-Home orders many of us are experiencing we may have found ourselves in a position where we needed to care for grandchildren, who would otherwise be in school, while their parents were at work. And with some of these order being lifted with Summer just around the corner, more of us may find we are now caring for our grandchildren. If this describes you, along with being able to spend time with your grandchildren, rejoice because apparently caring for them on a regular basis extends life! Joani Schultz sent me (Lynda) this study from Prevention Magazine

They are Not Insignificant

I am certain I am able to say your grandchildren are significant to you, just as mine are to me. This is something we especially want to be certain to communicate to them every opportunity we have to do so. 

More important than being certain they know how significant they are to us, is being certain they know how significant they are to God. He created them exactly as they are and He has a good purpose for them. 

With the changes covid-19 has brought to our lives, our older grandchildren may be feeling uncertain about their futures - what they will do, how they will make a difference, and they are likely missing their friends. This is a very important time for us to be available - even from a distance through tech - to listen to them, truly listen to the things they are saying. We need to empathize with them as they share the things they have lost and the ways they feel uncertain about their futures, but we also need to reassure them of how they are significant to us, to God, and how He has a plan for them. Talk about ways they are able to make a difference as they wait for things to move forward - consider the following ideas . . . 

Prayer for Our Children & Grandchildren to Walk with God

Lord Jesus,
We pray our children and grandchildren trust in You as their Good Shepherd. Let them receive your loving care with open and grateful hearts; let them lie down in green pastures, free from fear, hunger, health issues and relational problems.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lamentations 3:21-23 - A Prayer, A Blessing, & A Free Print

Hope, yes we are able to have hope, because God's love, mercy and faithfulness never end! Take time today to notice how God shows these three things to you and tell your grandchildren all about it! Help them learn to watch for how God shows His love, mercy and faithfulness to them as well - so they are able to live with hope.

Consider posting this verse in your home and make it a part of what you pray daily for your children and grandchildren - 

Love & Teach What Matters Most

When Jesus walked this Earth, He was asked a question about which commandment was the most important. In Mark 12:30, 31 Jesus answered by saying;
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
Clearly God wants us to love Him with our all and love others as we love ourselves. When we teach the children He has entrusted to us about love, this is what we need to teach them - to love God and all others with their all.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Take the First Step to Leave a Legacy of Faith

Prayer is absolutely the first step we are able to take when it comes to leaving a legacy of faith for the children and grandchildren given to us by God. It is an important and essential thing we are able to do as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) to make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of the children we love . . . we are able to - and must - pray for and with them.

You Make a Difference

We grandmas (and grandpas/ parents, too) are most certainly the ones who have concern for the children God has entrusted to us. We care if they choose to believe in Jesus. We care if they chose to walk with Him. We care if they become people who talk with Him. We care. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Live Intentionally - Do Something Which Lasts

Parents are the most influential people in the lives of children and grandparents are the second most influential. This is powerful information for us - especially as grandparents - because we naturally understand the role of parent and how as parents we are able to influence children in ways no other is able to do. But, as grandparents we often do not understand the powerful role, or powerful potential, we hold just because we are grandparents. When we realize the impact we are able to make in the lives of our grandchildren it leaves only one thing for us to do . . . intentionally and faithfully impact their lives.

True Love is Spelled G-I-V-E

As grandmas (and grandpas/ parents, too) we love the children God has entrusted to us. We love them with all our heart. We know this love is spelled, G-I-V-E and we show it by the ways we "give" to them . . .

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

God Loves You "More", Never "Less"

Aren't you so very thankful to know there is nothing we will ever do to make God love us less and He already loves us, "more"! As a mom and grandma I understand this; at least in a small way. I love my children and grandchildren "more". There is nothing they will do to make me love them "more" as I already do. There is also nothing they will do to make me love them less as I already love them "more".

Hand Down the Faith with a Mystery Bag Project - God Knows What the Future Holds

We, and the children we love, are living in what is most certainly able to be considered an uncertain time. But, while we do not know what all to expect from day to day, we do know God has good things in store for us and we are able to pray the ones we love will be able to see those, "good things". 

Know What Matters the Most

Einstein was a very intelligent man, but while he agreed creation shows design and therefore there had to be a "Designer", sadly he did not believe this "Designer" wanted to know people. He did not believe it was possible to know this "Designer" in a personal way. Einstein knew many things, but he did not know the most important thing - knowing God personally.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Give the Greatest Gift

I love this quote from Deborah Haddix -

"There is no greater gift we can give to our grandchildren and no stronger weapon we can wield on their behalf, than our prayers. When we pray, eternity-impacting power is unleashed upon their lives.


Oh yes, as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) we pray for the children we love, but knowing doing so unleashes "eternity-impacting power" upon their lives reminds me how important it is for me to pray every day, throughout the day and whenever I wake up in the wee hours of the morning.

Point & Live

As grandparents we are not able to tell our grandchildren they are going to church - when we were parents we were able to have our children go to church with us, but this is not something we are able to do as grandparents. If you have adult sons/daughters/in-laws who take your grandchildren to church - be very thankful. If you do not, then as they allow, you are able to hand down the faith to our grandchildren. But, while you may have adult children who let you hand down the faith to your grandchildren, you absolutely are not able to force them to believe.

Monday, May 11, 2020

God is with Us

Over the years I have had friends tell me in tears as their grandchildren grow older they change from being children who loved going to church to preteens who tell them they are "just not into that church thing any more." Today I want to share this verse to encourage all of us, but especially grandparents whose hearts break as their grandchildren grow away from a walk with God.

Pray - it Makes a Difference

On this, the day after Mother's Day, I want to remind and challenge us moms and grandmas with this wonderful quote - tweaked a bit - from D. L. Moody . . .

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Grandmas with Heart!

You have much to offer the ones you love - grandmas and moms matter and what you do matters as well. So, for all the big and all the small ways you show love - thank you!

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