Friday, June 12, 2020

They are Waiting for You

What I am writing today applies to all grandmas (and grandpas and parents, too), but today I am writing especially for those grandparents who do all they know to do to hand down the faith, but there comes a time when the ones they love turn away from faith - particularly if this is something you never thought would happen. It is so easy in this situation to feel like you failed and like you just do not know what to do at this point, but please take this quote from Catherine Booth (she and her husband founded the Salvation Army) to heart. You have been put here on the Earth, where you are, when you are, and with the people you are for a reason. You are not an accident. Your family is not an accident. God put you here for the ones you love. But, if you feel discouraged still, please allow God's Word to speak to your heart . . . 
  • Joshua 1:9 - 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.
  • Isaiah 41:10 - 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.
  • Zephaniah 3:17 - The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
  • Matthew 28:20 - And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
You and I are not alone when we hand the faith to the ones we love. God is with us. You may feel alone, but hold tightly to the truth.

Then, continue to hand down the faith. Continue to pray. Continue to share the truth. Continue to trust God to do what He said He will do. You have the people in your family for a reason - God chose you and sent you to show Him to them. Don't give up - whether they know it or not, they are waiting for you and the difference only you are able to make.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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