When God gifts children to our lives, along with the great joy comes great responsibilities. We need to remember what matters the most - seeing those children grow to be adults who know, love, and follow God. This is what really matters.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Do you have a child, grown child, and/or grandchild who once believed in God, walked with Him, and was excited about their faith, but who now no longer believes? Or worse, who now says they are an atheist or agnostic? Do you have someone you love who is questioning their faith? You are not alone. In fact, according to Barna's studies, more young people from Gen Z (those born between 1997 and 2015) are turning away from their faith and to atheism at double the rate than any previous generation (https://www.barna.com/research/atheism-doubles-among-generation-z/) Yes double the rate.
So, what do we do? Do we just throw up our hands and give in to the loss of the ones we love? Of course not. But what do we do? Consider the following . . .
Monday, June 28, 2021
The past year has been challenging for all of us over the past year and a half. Yet, with all of the difficult times, we have been blessed to be able to show our children and grandchildren what it looks like to be people of faith who live through difficult times. We have been able to show by the way we live and the things we say if our faith is truly grounded in the truth - the truth about Who God is, and the truth about how He and His Word impact our lives so we are people who hold tightly to the truth.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
In this book children (and parents/grandparents) will learn about Jaguars, Satanic Leaf-Tailed Geckos, Fairy Penguins, Bison, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Bilbies, Asian Tapirs, Sea Pens, Coatimundis, Jabirus, Sloth Bears, and Nautiluses as they learn fun facts, are able to see full-color photos of these animals, participate in fun activities, and learn what science has to tell us about God's amazing creation.
We grandmas tend to be pretty accomplished most of the time when it comes to planning times with our grandchildren to connect with them; such as times when we bake together, work on crafts together, go for walks together, play games together . . . the operative word for no matter what it is we are doing is, "together". These times together are all about building memories and our relationship and they matter.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
As we look at what people have had to say about praying, not worrying, and trusting God, this verse in Philippians is the perfect verse for us to see what God has to say about this - He wants us to be people who do not worry about anything, but who instead turn to Him with a thankful confidence.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
I'm the "treasure receiver". Three sweet boys give me "treasures" . . . old, dead, dry sycamore leaves (because they are so big and cool!!!!), little green leaves ("These are leaves, grandma!!!!!") flowers (which are actually weeds) by the hands-full, rocks (because they are SO cool!), not to mention smiles, "twinkling" eyes, hugs, kisses, snuggles, stories, and jokes . . . treasures all!
Parents and grandparents have different roles and goals when it comes to raising the children they love. According to Steve and Valerie Bell, parents focus on peace. They want to get through the day in as peaceful a way possible - a peaceful day is a good day. Parents need to provide a peaceful setting for their home; a peaceful place for children to grow up. Peace is the bottom part of a "triangle" - and gives a firm base of foundation for their family.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Are you planning to spend extra time with your grandchildren this Summer? Do you have dates set aside to go visit them, or have them come visit you? While Summer holds may special blessings; typically warmer weather, the growth of fresh produce, the blooming of lovely flowers, etc. . . it also is often a time to be able to spend special time with grandchildren.
When my grandsons were young, they loved to play hide-and-seek . . . did I say "loved"??? No, it is more like they "LOVED" to play hide-and-seek! They loved hiding and then they loved being found, but I think it was the "being found" part they loved the most, because they typically ended up telling us where they were "hiding"! They said things like, "I'm going to hide under the table and you can count, then come and find me!" Or, when we finished counting and said; "Ready or not, here we come, oh where oh where could you be?", they typically told us; "I'm in the closet!" or "I'm under the table!" or wherever they were. Plus, if we took too "long" to "find" them, they typically made little sounds . . . to "help" us find them! Then when we found them, they often laughed, gave hugs and we did it all over again . . . and again . . . and again! Did I mention they "LOVED" playing hide and seek??!!!
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
We know our eyes speak volumes - we certainly see this when our grandchildren smile with their eyes twinkling or if they are angry it often shows in their eyes. Our love for our grandchildren is something which they are able to see in our eyes - as well as if we are angry or sad about something as well. Our eyes are a powerful way to communicate with our grandchildren - we need to think about this as we interact with them.
Friday, June 18, 2021
This quote reminds me of my grandsons. They have recently discovered the "joy" of "hangouts". In case you do not yet know what this is, it is a way they are able to call you through google accounts and actually see you while they talk to you - or just use it to send you messages.
One day, a few years ago, when I asked my grandsons what my "job" as grandma was, they said for me to give hugs, snuggles, kisses, and to make lots of cookies! While this makes us smile - at least it makes me smile - it is also true. These things are all about giving love and when it comes to the "role" of grandma, one extremely important part is to be the person my grandsons are absolutely able to depend upon throughout their lives to be generous in giving and showing love to them.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
For the past couple days I've been talking about the "role" of the grandma, and the grandpa, too. I believe we need to be students of our grandchildren and know what makes them "tick". I believe we need to be mirrors who reflect a positive view to our grandchildren of who they are; loved gifts from the hand of God!
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I am writing today about the "role" of grandma, but, I do want to say, this "role" is also for grandpas and parents, too. It is one of the "roles" for grandparents and parents - the two most influential people in the lives of the children we love, but since I'm a grandma, I am writing this from the perspective of a grandma.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Have you ever written something in cement, or made an impression in wet cement? In relation to people who act for a living, being able to have their "own" square on the Hollywood walk of "fame" means they are able to make an impression of their handprints into the cement along with their signature. It is a big deal for them.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Today is Children's Day - yes, this is a real holiday . . . "Children’s Day observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The day to celebrate children dates from the 1860s and earlier. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the 'the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day'
I recently read in my Grandmother's Bible a devotion by Joni Eareckson Tada. In it she said, "When Ken and I were in Russia . . . we met many Russian 'babushkas'. The praying grandmothers . . . the stalwart saints of whom Stalin had cruelly said, 'If we can get rid of these old women, we will have the youth in our grasp.' Stalin failed. And thank God for praying grandmothers who served as a link, spanning a generation lost to atheism and connecting a new generation of young people who are asking open, honest questions about Jesus."
Saturday, June 12, 2021
I recently turned 60 . . . it seems strange to type this and then see those words! "I recently turned 60??!!!" Well, in all honesty, those words don't make me feel as old as I feel when I think the following . . . "I remember back when I was a child how people seemed to have a better sense of values."
Friday, June 11, 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 must have a plan. 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.
This quote from Henrietta Mears is absolutely true. If we have loving, encouraging, high expectations of the ones we love and use words which build them up, they will most often live up to those positive and high expectations. If we act like we have very low expectations for them and/or use negative words which tear them down, or try to do everything for them, they will believe they are incapable and see themselves as not worthy.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
In the past year we have experienced how one person is able to make a difference when it comes to spreading covid-19 and when it comes to standing up, listening, and bringing about change in our country for how people of color are treated. These are important things for us to do and talk about with the children we love. One person is able to make a difference - this is something we have been able to see.
There are few things which break a parents and/or grandparent's heart more than to watch as their children and/or grandchildren walk away from their faith. If you do not know this pain, be tremendously thankful; the world in which we live makes it oh, so easy for them to be sidetracked, confused and derailed.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
I was a teen when I first heard the saying; "Please be patient with me; God is not finished with me yet." I do not know who first started saying this, but it is based upon a Bible verse . . . Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
As we grow older, we may look forward to the day when we are able to - or have been able to - retire. While we may be able to "retire" from our "job", we are not able to "retire" from our "mission" of being grandparents who hand down confident faith on purpose. Consider the definition for the word, "retire" found on dictionary(dot)com . . .
Monday, June 7, 2021
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