Friday, April 30, 2021

Give the Gift of "Why" for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just over a week away, so if you are looking for a gift to give a mom you know, consider giving them the gift of "why" with the new book - the little answer book. This little book will give them "whys" to share with the ones they love - to equip them to have a confident faith, and to have important conversations with the ones they love who have turned away from their faith.

Make This a Summer to Read - and Have Important Conversations With Your Grandchildren

Today I want to share a simple way we are able to impact our grandchildren and help them learn Who God Is and how they are able to know and follow Him.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

the little answer book - Now Available!

I am very happy today to let you know my new book - the little answer book - is now available on Amazon! It will be available in a day or two in our bookstore as a digital copy and at a special price for churches who get it to use with the parents/grandparents in their church.

Treat Wandering Ones with Respect & Trust God to Answer Your Prayers

There are many situations where a grandparent may want help, insight, and wisdom from another grandparent, but none may hit as close to the heart than when a grown child or grandchild wanders from their faith. There are just some things only another grandparent is able to understand.

Put the Tech Away & Focus On Those Who Matter

The other day I heard on the news about a Second Grade teacher in Louisiana and a project she gave her students. She had them write about an item they wished had never been invented and four of her students wrote they hated their parents' phones and wished they had not been invented. These children were not anti-phones for any reason other than because their parents spent more time on their phones than they did talking with them. The teacher posted the children's responses to facebook and it was shared hundreds of thousands of times with teachers from across the country sharing similar stories.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Live Intentionally - "Grandma" on Purpose!

As I've mentioned a time or two before, it is likely there are more days behind us than there are before us. For this reason we grandmas need to "grandma" on purpose. We need to make the most of the days we have before us and need to both be watching for opportunities to hand down confident faith and we need to plan special opportunities to do this as well. 

Tell the "Whys" - Every Part of God's Creation Has a Purpose (Frogs)

With the children we love finishing up the school year in another month or so, consider arranging a time to share this information with them and encourage them to continue learning all summer long. Not only is it an opportunity to learn cool things about frogs, but it is also an opportunity to hand down confident faith. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Step Up & Take Action

Do your grandchildren go to your church? If so, what are your church's Children's/Youth Ministries like? Do they engage your grandchildren in the learning? Do they make sure all children feel part of the class and are able to make friends? Do they follow up on your grandchildren if they are absent? Do they teach apologetics and equip you to do the same? What are they like?

Show the Generations God is Real & Testify to His Love

God tells us to help our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn to see Him by sharing with them the ways He shows His care for us. When we tell how He answers our prayers, we are showing the generations behind us how God is real and are testifying to His love for us. When we point out a way God has blessed us, we are showing the generations behind us how God is real and are testifying to His love for us. When we do these things, we are handing down confident faith in a very tangible way - one they may even be able to see.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Be Engaged

Be engaged. These two words encapsulate what we as grandmas (and grandpas/parents) need to do. We must be engaged with our grandchildren if we are ever going to be able to hand down confident faith.

So, what does this mean? How do we do this? Consider the following . . .

Give Your Grandchildren the Gift of God's View of Them

While the world often sends a message to our grandchildren which tells them their value is found in the things they do or they need to change who they are to have value, the truth is God knew what He was doing when He created them. They are created in His image and absolutely have infinite value, dignity and worth.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Live on Purpose

How do you want to be known . . . and remembered? I want my grandsons to remember I always greeted them with a smile, hug, and "I love you!" I want them to remember their grandma was someone who had real joy.

Nurture Their Dreams

As we connect with our grandchildren, whether in person or through tech, we need to watch for signs of discouragement - especially in our older grandchildren. With COVID-19 and the changes it brought to the last year, they have not been able to get together with their friends for a month or more and may feel lonely, sad, and depressed. While we always need to be people who nurture their dreams, now it is even more important to help them learn to look to the future and dream about all the blessings God has before them.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us - and them . . .

Another Free Scripture Blessing/Prayer Print for You

Our grandchildren - and grown children - are experiencing something we never experienced when we were their ages . . . having to live during a pandemic. They have had to spend more time than ever with just their family - even if they tend to get along, this extended time together could cause times when they "get under the skin" of their family memebers.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Know What Makes Your Grandchild, "Tick"

You may be a grandparent who is focused upon handing down confident faith and who is able to see the fruit of all you do with your grandchildren. You may be a grandparent who sincerely wants to hand down confident faith to your grandchildren, but may not be sure where to begin. You also may have tried to hand down confident faith, but feel like your efforts were not as effective as you had hoped. If you are not sure where to begin, or have tried in the past with varying results, I want you to know, one important "key" to handing confident faith to your grandchildren is to know what makes them "tick". If you know the things which already interest your grandchildren, you will then be able to take those things which interest them and connect them to God's Word.

Why 43% Matters

Do you know why the percentage, 43% matters? It truly matters, because  according to the Barna Group, 43% of people make the decision to receive God's gift of grace and forgiveness by placing their trust in Jesus before the age of 13. Yes, before the age of 13.

Friday, April 23, 2021

the little answer book - Coming Soon!

 

I have been working on a new book series - the little answer book and the little answer book for children. Both Barna and Gallup show more and more of our children, teens, and young adults are turning away from faith and so many parents and grandparents are left wondering what they are able to say to answer the questions of the ones they love, and how are they able to hand down confident faith in the first place so they do not leave the faith.

Get the Most Out of Your Influence on the Next Generations

There are Christian grandparents I know who love their grandchildren, but who think it is "enough" to see their grandchildren once a month and to let them come over for sleepovers once or twice a year. They tell me they don't want their grown children to, "take advantage" of them, so they limit how often they are willing to take care of and spend time with their grandchildren. They instead spend their time doing things they enjoy, pursuing hobbies and going places with friends.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Know & Hand Down a Joy Like No Other

This quote is something we know to be absolutely true - our grandchildren fill our hearts with so much joy. When we see their smiles, we experience joy. When we hear them call out to us, we experience joy. When they make the choice to believe in God, we experience joy. When we are able to watch them grown in their walk with God, we experience joy.

A Prayer for Those Who Wander From God

Do you have a son, daughter, son/ daughter-in-law or grandchildren who are wandering from God? If so, you know grief and so I'm sharing Jeremiah 24:5-7 with you to encourage you today!

I LOVE these verses! What wonderful promises! God says He will do the following . . . 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Summer Reading List Must-Have - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down Confident 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 are able to get to add to your own intentional grandparenting/ parenting "tool box". 

These books and resources will absolutely equip you so you are able to hand down confident faith. Many of these excellent books and resources are written/developed by our own Grandmas with Heart, which is why I have been sharing them as wonderful additions to your Summer Reading List to help you learn about these excellent books and encourage you to add them to your own library.

Make the Most of Your Influence & the Biggest Difference Possible

Being a grandma - or grandpa - means we will have a lot of fun. It means we will receive some of the most wonderful hugs. It means our lives change in significant and incredible ways.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Summer Reading List Must-Have - Don't Worry; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren

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

Best Name Ever

What do your grandchildren call you? When my grandsons were just starting to talk, they called me, "Gra". I loved being called "Gra". As they got older it changed to, "Grama" and then, "Grandma" (one of them calls me Grand-maw) - and I love them all.

A few years back, USA Today shared a BabyCenter survey of the most popular names for grandmas, and grandpas, too. They are -

Discover the Unique Characters God has Made Your Grandchildren

My grandsons are definitely, "unique characters". My oldest grandson loves learning new languages, playing his sax, and coding. My middle grandson is an amazing climber - he is able to climb practically anything, and enjoys biking with his dad! My youngest grandson has a "slap-stick" sense of humor - I love listening to him read the Garfield book we gave him - he laughs and laughs as he reads, and he has an amazing imagination - I love the stories he writes for school!

Monday, April 19, 2021

New Book About to Release - Looking for Some Help

The truth matters and we need to know the truth. This does not mean we have to be theologians, scientists, philosophers, or apologists, but we do need to find answers. We do need to know the “whys”, so we are able to teach them as part of a firm foundation we set for the ones we love, and so we are able to answer their questions if they have already turned from their faith.

This is the purpose for this book – to help you find answers, so you are equipped to hand down confident faith as you teach the “whys” and to help you answer important questions.

Reflect the Joy!

Don't you love remembering things your grandchildren said when they were younger? I do! For example, three years ago my grandsons and I were talking about the Fruit of the Spirit when my then nine-year old grandson said he thinks of his poppa and I when he thinks of the word "joy"; my six and four year old grandsons agreed! This is one of the most wonderful things anyone has ever said to and about me!

Summer Reading List Must-Haves - Prayers that Stir the Hearts of Grandparents

Today I am happy to let you know about a wonderful little book which makes an excellent addition to your Summer Reading List; Prayers that Stir the Hearts of Grandparents, by Sherry Schuman.

In 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. 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Love Your Baby's Baby - It Is Important

Don't you just love this quote from Debbie Guinn! I definitely do.

Summer Reading List Must-Have - PASS THE LEGACY: 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference

Cathy Jacobs is the Founder and Executive Director of Pass the Legacy Ministries, a speaker, a founding member of the Legacy Coalition, and a grandma who loves her grandchildren and is committed to passing the legacy.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Encourage Your Grandchildren With - I Love You Forever and For Always

This is something I say often to my grandsons - and have throughout their lives. It actually is a line from a song I sing to them - "You Are My Sunshine". I "tweaked" the words a bit, to make it, "our song" and it is what I sang to them when they were babies. Even now there are times when the boys will ask me to sing them their "Sunshine song" . . .

Summer Reading List Must-Have - the single parent: confident and successful - For All Parents & Grandparents

Summer is almost upon us and if you enjoy reading books during your summer, I want to take the next few days to share with you some books you may want to include on your summer reading list. Today I'm very happy to start with - the single parent: confident and successful - written by Linda Ranson Jacobs.

Last year Bethany House released this book - if you have not read it yet, this summer is the perfect time to do so - whether you are a single parent/ grandparent or not. It is my delight today to let you know about this wonderful resource and source of encouragement. I do have to say, have tissues handy as this book is going to touch your heart in deep and powerful ways.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Live a Life of Adventure

Don't you just love what Luci Swindoll refers to as, "a life of adventure"! She is correct - it, "is ours for the taking, whether we're seven or seventy." And today is the perfect day for you to live an adventure and involve the children you love in your adventure with you! Consider the following ideas . . .

Children are a Blessing & Gift from God

This current school year has been unique - my oldest grandson started at home and was able to move to in-class last Fall (with the occasional two weeks back at home), my middle grandson started school at home for the first trimester and then moved to in-class school (with the occasional two weeks back at home), and my youngest grandson has been in virtual school from home all school year. This is certainly not what any of us thought this school year would look like - it has not been horrible or sad, just different than we expected.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Be the "Someone" They Need in Their Lives

The children we love have been experiencing something none of us ever experienced - the closing of their schools for the last year. While some of them have been able to return to their classrooms, others continue to learn through virtual school. Some of them have not been able to spend time with their friends for over a year, and it may be the Fall before they return to in-person classes. They have been living 24/7 with their siblings, and even if they typically get along, this 24/7 sibling time may "get under their skin" and have them functioning on their "last nerve".

God's Word Will Accomplish God's Purposes

Yes! God's Word will accomplish what He planned for it to accomplish; and we know He gave us His Word, so we will know Him. Be encouraged; if your children/ grandchildren are not walking with God, this promise from God is for them, too! Spend time today reading God's Word and share with them this week how it is powerful in your life.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

We Will Make a Difference

I have been writing for years about how we grandmas (grandpas/ parents, too) need to be intentional and focused when it comes to handing down confident faith. I have also been writing about how important it is for our churches to have Children's Ministries which engage children, teach God's Word, AND why they are able to believe God is real and trust His Word with confidence. The recent results from Gallup and on-going results from Barna show us these things are true.

Grandchildren NEVER Outgrow Our Hearts

Our grandchildren get bigger and older every day and the day does come where they are too big for arms to carry or even laps to hold, but they never outgrow our hearts! In fact, our love for them grows deeper and stronger every day. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Take Action Today

Yesterday I wrote about the Gallup Poll which released just before Easter this year. It shows only 47% of people in this country are members of a church/consider it an important part of their lives. Twenty years earlier it was 70% and now for the first time ever we have dropped below 50% of the people. If things continue as they have for the past twenty years, what do you think it will be like in twenty more years? 

New Ways to Say, "I Love You"

If you are a grandma (or grandpa/ parent) like me who often tells your grandchildren/children you love them, think about finding a new and different way to tell and show how much you love and value them. Consider asking them to help you do this . . . for example you might . . . 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Encourage Your Grandchildren With - You Did It!

Linda Ranson-Jacobs is one of our Grandmas with Heart and she is the creator of Divorce Care 4 Kids. She absolutely knows how to serve and help children and parents who go through divorce.

New Gallup Numbers

"Americans' membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue, or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999."

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Become a Student of the Children You Love

Today I thought it would be fun to re-share a quote with you from David Jeremiah . . . "Every child is created uniquely by God and He puts a certain formula in the heart of each of them. It is the parents' (and grandparents') challenge to figure out the combination. We need to spend time studying, looking, listening and observing."

Hand Down the Faith to Generations with Your Bibles

I have a Bible which belonged to my grandma. In it she underlined verses which mattered to her and left little notes and even clippings from papers with things which encouraged her in her life. This Bible is something which allows my grandma to continue to hand down confident faith long after she entered Heaven.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Our Grandchildren Show God's Wonderful Creation

Spring has arrived; Crocus are blooming in my yard, tulips and daffodils are growing, trees are budding and it won't be long before color and life are everywhere! I do love Spring.

Pray for the Ones You Love to Walk with God

As grandma, there isn’t anything more important to me than for my grandsons to grow to be men who know and love Jesus. At times this world is a scary place; it seems evil is laughed at, discounted and accepted like it has not been before . . . at least in my lifetime. As I think about the things I want to pray for my grandsons, I think about the things Jesus prayed for His disciples, and for all of us, as recorded in John 17.

Friday, April 9, 2021

the little answer book

I am working on another new book - this one will be a resource for all grandparents/parents as they focus upon handing down a confident faith as it will provide some answers for life's most important questions - Is God real? What about science and God? If God is real, is He good? Is the Bible true?

Time Best Spent is Worth It

Any and all time we invest in handing confident faith to our children and grandchildren is absolutely worth it. It is more than time, "well spent" it is time, "best spent".

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Be a Grandma who is Thoughtful & Well Seasoned with Grace

I love this quote from Cathy Jacobs. Oh yes, the words we choose to use with our grandchildren make an impact upon their hearts and lives . . . a big impact. This is true for grandpas and parents, too, but a grandma's words are certainly words which, "stick".

Be Generous with those Healthy Hugs

Hugs are good for our grandchildren and for us, so if you live near your grandchildren, as you get your covid shot, make time to visit and hand out some of those good-for-you hugs! If you do not live near them, consider the following ideas . . . give a "virtual hug" by making a call with facetime, or tell your grandchildren to wrap their arms around themselves and then, "send" the hug!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Share the Historical Evidence with the Ones You Love

Yesterday I wrote about how the ancient historian Josephus helps us know Jesus was a real person; today I'm writing about what he said and sharing two translations of his text . . . 

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