Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Remember what Matters Most

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.

Don't Give Up

My grandsons will be at my house this weekend and I am going to ask them to pose for a new photo! I love photos of my grandsons - a casual look inside my house will prove this to be true without a doubt!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Make Sure You Do These Things . . .

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 . . . 

Hold to the Truth of God's Promises & His Character - He is Always Faithful

This quote is so true, powerful, convicting, and encouraging I really do not need to say anything more.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Show a Strong Foundation by Modeling Honesty and Integrity Because the Truth Matters

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.

"Hugs Are Good for You"

I have been blessed to have my grandsons spend time each week this summer at my house along with our usual weekly sleepover. With one third of the summer behind us, it has been a wonderful summer so far for sure!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Jaguars, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Nautiluses & More! is Now Available!

I am very happy today to let you know I have another new book in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series which is now available - book ten - Jaguars, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Nautiluses & More!

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.

Be Remembered for What Matters

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

Now Available - Polar Bears, Purple Gallinules, Numbats & More!

I have some good news today! First, I have a new book in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet book/ curriculum series - Polar Bears, Purple Gallinules, Numbats & More! and I have been able to work with my books and take almost $3 off the price of each one! 

Pray with Confidence

There are times when we pray and we are able to see God's answers, "left and right". It seems like every place we look, we are able to see how God is answering. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Our Grandchildren Are Watching

When all is going well it tends to be easy to trust and hope in God - after all, all is going well. But, when times are difficult and things are not working out the way we hoped, we may find it more difficult to trust and hope in God. 

Trust God with Thankful Confidence

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

The "Treasure Receiver"

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! 

Help Your Grandchildren Develop a Biblical View of Themselves

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

More than Carpe Diem

According to dictionary (dot) com, carpe diem means . . . 

Just Wait Until Tomorrow

Don't you just love the truth of this quote! Today, tomorrow, and forever, our love for our grandchildren just grows and grows!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Do Not Be Afraid - God Always Keeps His Promises

I love the promises in these verses - God promises to help us and to pour out His Spirit and His blessings upon our descendants. If nothing else lifts your heart and fills it with thankful praise today, these promises certainly will!

A Grandma's Love

The love of a grandma (and grandpa) is special. It is a love which is strong, unending and grows more and more each day.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Don't Let it Slip By Unnoticed

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.

Being Found!

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

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day from Grandmas with Heart. We, as grandmas, are blessed to see the impact a godly dad and grandpa are able to make on the generations who come behind. Thank you for handing down confident faith - it matters what you do.

We Have a Mandate from God

Nature shows us God is real and He loves us - just look at the design in everything from the tiniest creature to the largest - and everything in-between. God did not have to create the vast array of plants, animals, colors, fragrances, food, etc. He could have left the Earth with just a couple animals, one color - a very basic world. But He did not. He created a colorful, interesting, amazing world in which we are able to live - and enjoy His creation. Yes, His creation definitely draws people to Him!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Make a Remarkable Impact

We grandmas, and grandpas, have the remarkable opportunity to hand down confident faith to the children He has placed into our lives. And as grandparents, we are able to make a significant impact on their lives - if we take the action to do so.

Convey Love Heart to Heart

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

Love = Time

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.

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a Generous Dispenser of Love

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

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Pointer"

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!

God's Faithful Love is For Our Grandchildren

I love these verses from Psalm 103 as they give us the reason we are able to be grandmas and grandpas and parents, too, who hand down confident faith . . . because God's faithful love lasts forever and reaches to our grandchildren.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The "Role" of Grandma - Become a "Student" of Your Grandchildren

When I think about the "role" of grandma, I do believe it is essential for me to become a "student" of my grandchildren. It is my job, my "role", to know them and what makes them "tick".

How to Nurture a Child's Mental Health

Linda Ransom Jacobs shared this graphic on facebook and I'm happy to share it with you. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Mirror"

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.

The "Meanwhiles" in Life

Life has its wonderful moments - sometimes they last for longer than just a moment. Life also has its difficult and challenging times; sometimes times which are even horrible. This is true for us and for the ones we love.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Grandmas See with Their Heart

Don't you just love this saying! It matters for us to see our grandchildren with our heart and for them to know we always see them through eyes of love.

Model Well

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

It is Children's Day - Celebrate!

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'

Be a Bubushka for Your Grandchildren

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

Unconditional Love

"Unconditional Love". These are two of the most powerful words in our language. We know what "Love" is, but what about the word, "Unconditional"? Well, dictionary(dot)com defines it as - 

Well That Did It . . . Now I Feel Old!

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

Have a Plan to Make a Difference

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. 

Show Love by Using Words which Build Them Up

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

Do It. Make the Difference. Do What Matters.

 

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.

A Prayer for Those You Love Who Wander

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

Refuse to Use Old Age as an Excuse

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.

Connect the Generations

When I was a child, my mom made homemade freezer jam - the best jam ever. Last year when she made jam, she sent some home with me for her great grandsons to enjoy as well . . . which they absolutely did as it is their favorite jam!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Sunday is Children's Day - Celebrate!

This Sunday, June 13, 2021, is Children's Day.  Before I share a few ideas for celebrating, let's look at a bit of history for Children's Day. 

Not "Retired" - On a "Mission"

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

Children's Day Book Ideas

Children's Day is less than a week away - it is next Sunday, June 13th! If you are looking for a gift idea for the grandchildren in your life, consider the following books . . . 

Remember These "I Wills"

I so appreciate the devotion from the Grandmother's Bible for today! It was written by Bobbie Wolgemuth and is entitled, I Will . .  I Will . . .

Bobbie says, "Psalm 9 contains a great 'I Will' activity list to remember when you spend time with your grandchild. 

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