Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
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
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.
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
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
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
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 . . .
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
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.
Friday, April 23, 2021
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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.
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 -
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
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.
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!
Sunday, April 18, 2021
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
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
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 . . .
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
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".
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
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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?
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
Sunday, April 11, 2021
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."
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
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
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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".
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
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