Monday, November 30, 2020

Give Your Grandchildren the Best Gift

As you make or finalize your Christmas gift list, be sure to keep in mind, the best gift you will ever give your grandchildren is the example of what it looks like to live life as someone who loves God and others with your all. When we love God with our all, we will honor, respect and obey Him and His Word and when we love others we will be kind, patient and generous.

There is Never a Moment When God is Not Thinking About You & Those You Love

You may be a committed prayer warrior who spends time every day talking with God on behalf of the ones you love and know. For you prayer may be as much a part of your life as breathing. Or, you may be a person who struggles with praying. If this is you, take heart! While you may struggle with prayer, while you may find the day has slipped by and you did not stop to pray, take heart! God is always thinking about you!

Pray Be Watchful & Thankful - Colossians 4:2

One of the obvious things we do when we hand down confident faith, is we teach our grandchildren how to be people who pray. We help them learn to pray Scripture, keep a prayer journal, and learn to pray for others, but do we also take time to teach them to watch and be thankful as they pray? If we have taught our grandchildren to pray, we have done something important, but there is still more to teach.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Give the Gifts which Matter the Most

For the past two days I've been writing about helping our grandchildren give at Christmas and helping them  receive at Christmas. So, today, on this weekend where we may think about finding great sales and the "perfect" gifts we want to give to those on our gift list, I'd like to encourage you to take time to focus upon giving the gifts which matter the most . . .

Remember, Tell, Rejoice!

How has God worked in your life? How has He shown His great love to you? Take time today to tell the next generation - consider making a "God's Great Deeds Jar". Each day, before you go to bed, write on a piece of paper how God has shown His love to you - big or small ways - in the day you just lived. Put it in the jar. Next year at the start of 2021, take out the slips of paper and enjoy being reminded of how God worked in your life.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Media Does Influence Our Grandchildren, But So Do We

For decades (about two and a half) I (Lynda Freeman) have been writing websites/blogs about Children's Ministry. From time to time on my Children's Ministry blog, I share video clips from George Barna - he has so much insight as to what is happening in the world in which we, and the ones we love, live. Today I'd like to share one of his video clips with you. (You will find it at this link.) In this video George talks about the seven major influences in our lives - please take a minute to watch it.

Top 5 Reasons for Focusing our Grandchildren on Receiving at Christmas

Yesterday I shared my Top 5 Reasons for Focusing our Grandchildren on Giving at Christmas, but today I want to stop to think about the Top 5 Reasons for Focusing our Grandchildren on Receiving at Christmas . . . yes, I said; "receiving"!

Friday, November 27, 2020

A Prayer for a New Heart - Jeremiah 24:6, 7

While we certainly remember and think about Jesus choosing to come to Earth to save us all throughout the year, this is the time of year when we tend to celebrate it. And, while we are absolutely able to celebrate Christmas with all of our family and friends, whether they are believers and are walking with God or not, if they are, our celebration and joy are greater.

Top 5 Reasons for Focusing Our Grandchildren on Giving at Christmas!

 “Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call, Their favorite time of the year!”

Ah, yes . . . Christmas time is here, or at least we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, many of us put up our Christmas trees (partially guilty as charged as our tree is ready for decorations which will be put on it tomorrow when the grandsons arrive) and today people are out - or as this year shows online, shopping for bargains. Christmas time is here and while children are likely to focus upon the gifts they hope to receive . . . as for many children it is their favorite time of year, I believe it is the ideal time to redirect their focus to giving to others! So . . . here are my Top Five Reasons for Focusing Our Grandchildren upon Giving at Christmas . . . 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Live On Purpose

When it comes to handing down confident faith, the words we say matter; but so do the things we do. When our grandchildren experience our love, kindness and gentleness, see us respond with joy, peace, patience, and witness how we behave in a way which is good, faithful and shows self-control, these things speak louder than any words we will ever speak. And, these things will stick with them.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Grandmas with Heart!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

They Will Never Forget How Much We Love Them

Think today of a way you are able to show love to your grandchildren - be it a hug in person - or a "jazz" hand hug from a distance, or an email expressing why you are thankful God blessed your life with them.

Psalms 86 - A Prayer for a Heart From & Protected by God

Today, this week, the rest of this year and throughout next year as well, pray and ask God to protect your children's and  grandchildren's hearts and minds, so they will love and follow Him with all their heart. I pray this for my children and  grandchildren. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Run Our Race to the End

One thing we grandmas know (and grandpas, too) is time truly does fly. We know it seems like it was just "yesterday" when our own children were little, but now they are grown and have children of their own. We look at the truth about how old we are and think how is it possibly true! My next birthday will mean I enter a new decade - I'll be sixty - it seems impossible, because I do not really feel old, but sixty always seemed "old" to me. Time absolutely flies.

God will Not Forsake Those Who Seek & Trust Him

In our lifetime we are likely to be blessed with friends and acquaintances who we are able to trust. People who make our lives better just by knowing them. But, it is also likely you will meet and even know people who, over time, prove themselves to be untrustworthy, people who do not do what they say they will do and people who make a special set of rules by which they live. These people often end up disappointing and even hurting us. Our children and grandchildren will experience both types of people throughout their lives as well.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Make it a Thanksgiving to Remember

In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving - although this year nearly all of us may end up celebrating as if we were all grandparents separated by distance due to covid. While this will be a very different and difficult thing for many, it is still an opportunity for us to model grace, joy, peace, and obedience - and in so doing teach very important messages . . . especially if we do this with some creativity, imagination, and fun! Consider the following . . . 

Pray a Blessing from Psalm 92 for Your Grandchildren

It matters so much for us to be intentional when it come to handing down a heritage of confident  faith. What does it look like to be intentional? One thing you are able to do is speak Scripture blessings over your grandchildren when they arrive to/leave your home, over the phone or even email to them. Write your blessing out and give them a copy. Consider using this "paraphrase" of Psalm 92 -

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Share the Truth & Evidence

I'm sure we all agree the truth matters and we want the ones we love to be people who hold tightly to the truth. When we have clear, solid evidence, we are able to believe something is true. It matters for us to hold tightly to the truth, we know once we compromise on truth in one area of our lives, it is far too easy to begin doing so in other areas as well. God wants us to be people who believe and hold strongly to truth, and who speak the truth as well. When the evidence does not back what we think is "truth", we must be willing to change and hold tightly to what is truly true.

Pray For & With The Ones You Love

This quote from Michael Youssef puts it pretty clear - "If we fail as adults in praying for and praying with the next generation, then they will become spiritually unsure." This quote really opened my eyes. I do not want my grandsons to become spiritually unsure. I want them to grow up to be young men, then adults who know, love and walk with God.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Be Thankful & Have Hope

As we draw closer to the day when we particularly think about being thankful for all our many blessings, take some time today to also think about how you have hope due to God's great faithfulness! 

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Thankful Thanksgiving Tablecloth

Today's Mystery Bag is something special I share with you each year, which you could do on Thanksgiving with your family - and you still have time to pull this together if you decide to do it.

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Prayer of Thanks to God - Psalm 100

Yesterday I wrote about helping our grandchildren learn to be thankful and  grateful, so today I thought I'd share a prayer for a thankful heart for you and one you are able to teach them as well.

Be Thankful in a Year of Uncertainty & Loss

The end of 2020 is just over one month away. I am looking forward to 2021 and the hope covid will become part of our past, as life returns to a more "normal" pace. I know I have been very blessed throughout the challenges of 2020 as I have been able to see my grandsons several times a week as they stayed with me while their parents went to work and I still have one grandson who comes to my house two days a week for virtual school while his parents are at work. I know so many grandparents have only been able to spend time with their grandchildren virtually, so since this has not been my experience, I am very thankful, and my heart aches for those who have not been able to do this. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Don't Waste Our Remaining Days

With the increase in covid, there will be families in our country - and around the world - who will be going into the Holiday season with a great sense of loss if someone they love has died. There will be young people and children who may feel afraid as they are no longer about to go to school. There may be families who do not know how they will pay their bills if they no longer have jobs. All of these things remind us of the truth in this quote from John Piper - we must not waste the life we have today.

Bring on the Gratefulness

Thanksgiving is just one week away and while it is the ideal opportunity to talk with and model to our grandchildren what it means to be thankful, a genuine heart filled with thankfulness is one which shows itself all year long.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Build an Unshakable Foundation

Whether your grandchildren are involved in a Sunday School at a solid, Bible-believing church, or not, do not depend upon the church to hand confident faith to your grandchildren. This is something we have become more aware of with covid and the closing of so many Children's Ministries and is the "job", and great joy, of the parents and grandparents; not the church.

Show Them

If we want our grandchildren to grow to be people who read, love and live God's Word, we need to be people who read, love and live God's Word. We need to be sure they see us reading God's Word. We need to be sure they are able to tell by the things we say and the way we live, we love and are serious about living God's Word. When they are able to see theses things, they will be better able to believe us when we tell them there is great value in them reading, loving and living God's Word.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Having Fun and Handing Down Confident Faith!

I appreciate this quote from Ken Canfield - "Relating to our grandkids is fun and rewarding, but we should also have higher goals and deeper significance in mind, and it should show up in our day-to-day interactions with them." It is a great reminder of while it is wonderful for us to do fun things with our grandchildren, our focus should be on handing down confident faith.

God & His Word will Never Leave Us

Life is often wonderful, filled with blessings and brings us great joy. It also has times when it is challenging, confusing and even brings sadness. I am so thankful no matter what life brings, I am able to hold firmly to God's promises and this promise is one of my personal favorites!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Don't Let Covid Stop Children From Growing in Their Walk with God

The past eight months have been difficult. Some of you may have caught covid. Some of you may have people you love who have battled with this disease. Some of you may have people you love who died due to covid. Your grandchildren have likely learned what it means to go to school "virtually". You, and the ones you love, may have experienced times of unemployment. Most of you, if not all of you, have likely not been to church in eight months - and this is likely true for the ones you love as well. If you have been able to return to church, it is extremely possible the Children's Ministry has not restarted - or if it has, it has done so in an extremely limited way.

"Disturb the Present"

I know grandmas - and grandpas - who have sons, daughters, in-laws who join them in handing down confident faith to the children they all love. These grandparents are part of a strong team made up of the first and second most influential people in the lives of their grandchildren - the parents and grandparents. When this strong team works and prays together to hand down confident faith, they are able to make a significant impact upon the lives of the children they all love.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Did You Know?

Did you know simple cells are so complex for them to develop on their own is just not possible? Did you know DNA is actually programmed to do the things it does - which means it had to have an intelligence design it as it is not possible for it to develop on its own? Did you know animals have their own unique features and abilities which differentiate them from other animals? For example, did you know Pangolins have spines - "teeth" in their stomach, but not in their mouth? Did you know Wombats have very thick skin - actually cartilage on their backsides so when a hungry neighbor finds a Wombat, all the Wombat has to do is dive head-first into a near-by tunnel (and since they dig tunnels a lot there is likely a near-by tunnel for it to dive into) and the hungry neighbor will not be able to bite on to the Wombat's backside and pull it out?

Be Thankful, Show Thankfulness & Give Thanks - Colossians 3:15-17

It is easy to think about being thankful this time of year; after all, a week from this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. But while we tend to talk about being thankful, we may end up actually being thankful in a "busy way". By this I mean we may not really stop to think about all of God's many blessings and just give and say the "typical" type of thanks.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Origami Christmas Star

A few years ago I involved my three grandsons in making my Christmas cards. The boys helped draw the design on the cover, I wrote the inside greeting and then the boys prayed with me for the people who received our cards. We prayed the coming year would draw the people who received the cards closer to Jesus.

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children

For the past few days I have been sharing with you books and resources which you are able to add to your own "tool kit" of books/ resources which will equip and empower you to hand down confident faith and also make wonderful Christmas gifts which make a difference. All of these books and resources have been written and/or developed by some of our Grandmas with Heart. As you are able to see by scrolling down this page and looking at the right column, there are quite a few excellent books and resources available! 

Friday, November 13, 2020

A Prayer to be Thankful for & See God's Goodness & Never-Ending Love

Have you ever noticed when you are thankful, in particular for God's goodness and never-ending love, you are more likely to be walking closely with Him? While we are not able to make our grandchildren walk with God, if we model and teach them to see and be thankful for God's goodness and never-ending love, they are far more likely to make the wise choice to walk with God.

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Grandparents & Parents, Too!

I am happy today to let you know about another excellent book which you may add to your "tool kit" to help you hand down confident faith and give as gifts to the grandparents and parents you know. Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Grandparents & Parents, Too! is written by one of our Grandmas with Heart - Lynda Freeman. 

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Generations Quest

Here on Grandmas with Heart we write a lot about handing down the faith - for an excellent reason as it is what God has called us to do as grandparents and parents. I often hear from grandparents and parents about how they want to hand down confident faith, but just do not know how to do it. This is why we post every day (at least twice) to this blog - to provide free, ideas, information and resources which will equip, encourage and empower you to hand down confident faith.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

What it is Really All About

Handing down confident faith is all about God and putting our children's and grandchildren's best interests over our own. We tell them about who God is, about His great grace and love and we help them learn how they are able to know, love and walk with God. We know life is a gift from God and is given to us so we will use the time we are given to hand down confident faith to the children and grandchildren also given to us by God.

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith

So often we grandparents say we do not know how to hand down confident faith. We are told there are few resources out there to help us, but I am so happy to be able to tell you there are more truly excellent books/ resources than you may know which you could get to add to your own intentional grandparenting/ parenting "tool box". These books and resources will absolutely equip you to be able to hand down confident faith. Many of these excellent books and resources are written/developed by our Grandmas with Heart and make wonderful gifts for you to give to your spouse, grown children, friends, family - anyone on your gift list who wants to know how to hand down confident faith.

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Prayers that Stir the Hearts of Grandparents

Today I'm very happy to share with you another book written by another of our Grandmas with Heart - Sherry Schumann. In her book, Prayers that Stir the Hearts of GrandparentsSherry provides you with 40 wonderful prayers which you are able to pray for your grandchildren, grown children, yourself and even grandchildren yet unborn. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hand Down Confident Faith on Purpose So Your Children & Grandchildren Know & Remember

When you read through the Old Testament, you see how God showed His grace, forgiveness, mighty hand, great faithfulness and love over and over again. He forgave Adam and Eve, walked with Joseph throughout his time in Egypt, protected Moses, so he would be able to lead the people out of Egypt to the land God promised would be their own. He parted the Red Sea, provided food and water while the people wandered in the desert and gave them leaders like Moses and Joshua to get them to a place they would be able to call home. God protected them from people who wanted to harm them - even one time using a donkey which talked.

Christmas Resources Which Make a Difference - Don't Worry; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren

Today I am very happy to share with you another book written by one of the Grandmas with Heart which makes an excellent addition to your intentional grandparenting "tool box" as well as a great Christmas gift for the parents, grandparents and church leaders you know. Don't Worry; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren is written by me, Lynda Freeman.

Christmas Resources Which Make a Difference - the Single Parent Confident & Successful

Today I am happy to recommend another book written by one of the Grandmas with Heart for you to consider adding to your own intentional grandparenting resource "tool kit" and for you to give as a gift for Christmas to the ones you love. Today's book, the single parent: confident and successful is written by one of our "Grandmas" - Linda Ranson Jacobs and while it was specifically written for single parents/grandparents, it is filled with wisdom about handing down the faith making the single parent: confident and successful a great gift for any and all parents and grandparents - single or not.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas Resources/Books Which Make a Difference - A GRAND PLAN | A Note from Joani Schultz

This blog is committed to provide encouragement for grandparents - and parents, too - to help them hand down confident faith. We are also committed to letting you know about resources which will equip you to do this. With Christmas just around the corner, November is a great month to do this - and we already have by sharing the new curriculum/book series - "Life on the Goldilocks Planet". Throughout the month of November, we will continue to recommend books and resources written/developed by the Grandmas with Heart for you to consider adding to your own intentional grandparenting resource "tool kit" and for you to give as gifts for Christmas to your grandchildren, grown children, children, parents, spouse, siblings, friends, church. These resources are full of solid information which will help you in your walk with God, help you hand down confident faith and assist you in helping the ones you love grow in their walk with God.

Christmas Resources/Books Which Make a Difference - Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith!

For many years there were few, if any, resources designed to help grandparents - and parents - hand down confident faith. Happily this is no longer the case. We are happy to share another book/ resource for you and your own personal "tool box" which is full of solid information designed to help you hand down confident faith - it also makes a wonderful gift to assist the parents, grandparents, friends on your gift list, in helping the children you love grow in their walk with God. Today's resource is Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith! and is written by one of our "Grandmas" - Lynda Freeman. 

Christmas Resources/Books Which Make a Difference - Pass the Legacy - 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference

We are happy to recommended another resource written/ developed by one of our Grandmas with Heart for you to consider adding to your own intentional grandparenting resources "tool kit" and for you to give as gifts for Christmas to your grandchildren, grown children, children, parents, spouse, siblings, friends, church. 

All of the resources we are recommending for Christmas are full of solid information which will help you in your walk with God, help you hand down the faith and assist you in helping the ones you love grow in their walk with God. Today we are sharing with you a book written by one of our "Grandmas" - Cathy Jacobs. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Give the Gift of Confident Faith

Christmas is just a month and a half away! Have you started your Christmas gift list? I'd like to make a gift recommendation today which will equip you to give the best gift you will ever give to the ones you love . . . a confident faith! The "Life on the Goldilocks Planet" curriculum/book series makes a terrific gift for your grandchildren/ children and for your grown children as well. This unique book series will engage the ones you love - of all ages - as they learn about interesting, unique, strange, and familiar animals. There are fun activities - science projects, crafts, recipes, games - to help everyone think about and remember how these animals show us God is real and why they are able to trust Him with confidence.

We Have an "Expiration Date", So Hand Down the Faith

When we are committed to be grandmas (and grandpas/parents) who hand down confident faith, we absolutely understand the truth in this quote. We do teach by all means possible, we do remember and hold tightly to the Character of God, and take every opportunity to teach our grandchildren how they are able to know, love, and walk with God, because we know our time is limited; we have more days behind us than there are before us. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Engage & Equip the Ones You Love with God's Word

We will not hide them from their descendants;  we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lordhis power, and the wonders he has done. He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds, but would keep his commands. Psalm 78:4, 6, 7

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