Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yes, We Have Great Influence . . . And It Matters!

As grandparents (and parents, too) we have great influence when it comes to the children we love. What we say and do . . . and what we do not say and do . . . impacts them in ways which may last throughout their lives and carry over to future generations. This is the truth.

And this truth should do several things . . . 

I'm Giving a Book Away Tomorrow - You Could be the Winner!

I talk a lot about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, but you may be wondering how do you actually do this? You know it is important - even essential - for you to do this, but how do you pass on your faith whether you are a grandparent or a parent? Is this something you can actually do?

First of all, the answer is, yes! Passing on your faith is something you can actually do! The simple answer for "how" you do this, is you take a two prong approach to it . . . you plan times to specifically focus on passing on your faith and you work it into the day-in-day-out living of life by watching for those opportunities when you are able to connect life with your faith.

As for more info on how to do these things, take a look at my book;  It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents & Parents, Too!. Along with, "sweet boy stories" (I am a grandma, after all!) in each chapter in this book I share specific ways you can pass your faith to your grandchildren!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Passing On a Heritage of Faith to Your Grandchildren

I am part of the Legacy Coalition - I'm one of their senior writers/editors, so I was asked to write an article for the Legacy Coalition which was going to be published on FamilyLife's website. The article posted a few days ago, so today I'm honored to share it with you - you'll find it at this link

Please share this with the grandparents, pastors and church leaders you know.

I Have Two Winners!

I'm happy to announce the winners in my book giveaways - first, Mary Beth Dawson won, This Is NOT a Cat!. You'll find my full review at this link.

And, Leela is th
e winner of the second book, which is one I wrote and is designed to help you pray every day for the children you love. With Grandparent's Day just two weeks away, this book would make a wonderful gift for the grandparents in your life! You'll find my full review of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition at this link.

Thank you Mary Beth and Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your addresses by September 6, 2016, so I can have them sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending me a copy of This Is NOT a Cat! and making another available for me to give away!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Two Giveaways Tomorrow - August 30, 2016 - Who Knows??? Maybe You Will Win!

 Yes, tomorrow - August 30, 2016 - I'm giving away two books . . . you still have time to enter the giveaways! Someone will win . . . could be you!

The first book I'm giving away is This Is NOT a Cat!. You'll find my full review and all the specifics for entering the giveaway at this link, but I have to say it is a completely enjoyable and very clever book your grandchildren will love!

The second book is one I wrote and is designed to help you pray every day for the children you love. With Grandparent's Day just two weeks away, this book would make a wonderful gift for the grandparents in your life! You'll find my full review of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition at this link along with all the specifics for entering the giveaway.

Enter one, or both, and please share the links with the people you know!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Direction Signs . . .

Learn how to pass on a heritage of faith to your children's children by attending the Legacy Grandparenting Summit! You'll hear from Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Jay Kessler, John Trent, Gary Chapman, Tim Kimmel, Michelle Anthony, Larry Fowler, Wayne Rice and so many more!

You'll find all the details at this link - and if you use my code - Lynda16 - you'll save $40! Plan to come - and bring some grandparents, church leaders and pastors you know with you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

So They Will Know Him!

I have personally read through the Bible many times in my life – as you have likely done as well, however; I recently came across a verse which I'm sure I must have read before, but just truly "noticed" . . . .

Friday, August 26, 2016

grandma's chuckles - "What Do Frog Legs Taste Like, Anyway?"

My grandsons are at my house for a couple days and nights and last evening I had a conversation with Caleb (five years old) - me - "Caleb, did you wash your hands after catching the frog, before eating supper?" Caleb - "No, but nothing tasted like frogs." Then he looked thoughtful and asked; "What do frogs taste like, anyway?" I know, I should have been sure he washed his hands before he ate, but I was distracted and forgot (bad grandma), but I guess he will survive!

I love these kinds of interactions . . . they are a surprise and make me laugh - what have your grandchildren said lately to make you laugh? 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WellieWishers . . . New From American Girl & I'm Giving Two Away!

Yesterday a box arrived at my home from American Girl . . . inside I found two, yes two, of their new WellieWisher dolls! What is a "WellieWisher doll" you ask? Well, it is an adorable new line of dolls with a focus on friendships!

American Girl describes the WellieWishers as . . . "Meet the WellieWishers, a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. Explore their world as they step into colorful garden boots and get ready for stomping in mud puddles, putting on shows, and helping friendships grow."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grandparent on Purpose!

A year ago I heard Tim Kimmel speak about grandparenting on purpose, and today I want to share with you what this means, and looks like. We to be intentional in passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.

Tim said grandparents need to employ a "gracious grandparenting" plan . . . which basically means we treat our grandchildren with the same grace God lavishes upon us! When we mess up, God gives us His grace and forgives us - He does not hold it over our heads nor brow-beat us. God gives us grace and grandparents need to do the same!

He said there are four roles for a grandparent . . .

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's be Grandparents Who are Quick to Say, "Thank You"!

We tend to be quick to ask God for a variety of things through prayer; as we well should be. Over and over throughout Scripture God tells us to call upon Him and He will hear, listen, answer and pay attention to our prayers. He wants us to talk with Him!

And, as grandparents, there are many things we want to talk with God about; we pray for our grandchildren to have eyes which are open, able to see the truth and for God to draw them to Him. We pray for them to make wise choices in the areas of friends and in their day-to-day living. We pray for them to make the choice to walk with God; and to return to Him if they have strayed. These, and many other things are what we pray about; and should pray about.

However; while praying for these things is what we should do, so is thanking God. We need to be people who do not just pray about our requests, but who voice our thanks to God. Look at Psalm 100 -

Monday, August 22, 2016

Grandparent's Day & Another Giveaway!

Yesterday I announced a special Grandparent's Day giveaway of my book  Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition, - you'll find all the specifics about how you may enter the drawing at this link. Today I want to announce another giveaway for Grandparent's Day . . . my book; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents & Parents, Too!

In this book I share some important facts, such as, It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren, A Grandma's Lap is a Place for a Grandchild, Some Things are Just Obvious, and many more. Each chapter not only shares a "fact", but connects these facts with God's Word and how He models to us what it means to love well, so we will be able to do the same with our grandchildren/children.


Interspersed with fun "sweet boy stories", this book will have you laughing, recalling your own sweet grandchildren/children stories and most importantly, encourage you to pass faith to the children you love!


Since I wrote this book, I thought it might be nice for you to see what others say about it -

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Erika Letson is the winner of If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party! (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Erika for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by September 29, 2016 - lyndagcj@gmail.com - so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Grandparent's Day & a Giveaway!

September 11, 2016 is Grandparent's Day . . . a day set aside to, " honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer".

It is also the day for the observance of the Million Praying Grandparents, with the goal of, "mobilizing Christian grandparents worldwide to regularly and intentionally pray for their grandchildren, families, and the influences in their grandchildren’s lives." (You'll learn more about how you can become one of the million praying grandparents at this link.)

So, with Grandparent's Day just around the corner and the focus upon the Million Praying Grandparents, I thought it sounded like the perfect time to have a giveaway . . . I'm giving away one of my Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition!