Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Things Which Fill My Heart With Joy!

There are things which bring a smile to my face and which fill my heart with joy . . . things which I experience because I am, “grandma”. For example, when my grandsons run into my home with big smiles on their faces – I also have a big smile on my face; and joy in my heart! When my grandsons are excited to tell me about something they learned, did or a new story they made up – I have a big smile on my face; and joy in my heart! When my grandsons laugh – I have a big smile on my face; and joy in my heart! When my grandsons snuggle next to me or in my lap and give hugs and kisses – I have a big smile on my face; and joy in my heart!

All of these things are wonderful and amazing parts of being; “grandma” and I love them all! But, there are some things which are even better!

The day Josiah called me on the phone when he was four years old to tell me he was, “part of God’s family” . . . absolutely one of the most wonderful, amazing, joy-filled and best days of my life!

The day Caleb and I were talking about how to get to Heaven and he said he wanted to go to Heaven. He told me; “I believe in Jesus!” Then he turned to Shane (three years old) and said; “Shane, if you want to go to Heaven you have to believe in Jesus!” To which Shane said; “I want to go to Heaven . . . I believe in Jesus!” Definitely one of the most wonderful, amazing, joy-filled and best days of my life!

The Dr. Seuss Quote For Today - All Alone . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is"All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot!" While we may be physically alone at times in our lives, the wonderful truth is we are never alone! Jesus promised to be with us always - just look at Matthew 28:20b, "Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age." Jesus said He will be with us every day! What a comfort this is! Look at Isaiah 41:10, "Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand." 

Not only will God be with us always, but He will strengthen us, help us and hold on to us! We most certainly do not have to be afraid . . . even if we are physically alone! This is something we all need to be reminded of!

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today - How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Actually, it was supposed to be, "It's opener, out there, in the wide, open air!", but I thought I'd change it today. Time does fly. I was just marveling the other day how my grandson will be four years old this year! Talk about time flying! 

It matters what we do today because it does, "get so late so soon." Ephesians 5:15-20 tells us, "So be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. Because of this, don’t be ignorant, but understand the Lord’s will. Don’t get drunk on wine, which produces depravity. Instead be filled with the Spirit in the following ways: speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” 

We need to live our lives wisely and just a few ways we can do this is by encouraging others, praising God and living a life which is thankful for everything! And, as grandparents, if we are intentional about passing on our faith, we will be taking "advantage of every opportunity". When we live our lives in this way, while time will still "fly", we will have the peace of knowing our lives are being lived wisely! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today is - I Meant What I Said . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is"I meant what I said and I said what I meant!" The Bible does talk about this . . . look at Matthew 5:37 from the NIV, "All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." and from the CEV, "When you make a promise, say only 'Yes' or 'No.' Anything else comes from the devil." 

It is pretty simple . . . say and do what you mean and mean what you say and do! It is about being faithful! Jesus is our perfect example of Someone who is completely faithful! He said and did what He meant and meant what He said and did. Many of the difficulties we find ourselves in would be avoided if we said and did what we mean and mean what we said and did. This is also so very true when working with children, we need to say and do what we mean and mean what we say and do!

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today is - A Person's a Person . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is"A person's a person no matter how small!" This is one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss quotes! It is absolutely true! A person is a person no matter how small, large, tall, short, skinny, fat . . . no matter how they are, a person is a person! 

Psalm 139:13-16 tells us, "You are the one who put me together inside my mother's body,  and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do." God's Word tells us God put us together inside our mother's bodies! He saw each part of our bodies as they were being formed! Even more amazing than this, God already knew everything we would do in our lives before we were even born! We may have been small, but God saw us as people who had lives to live and things to do! As David said, "Everything God does is marvelous!"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Intentionally Pass on a Heritage of Faith with Generations Quest!

When you look at the world around you, do you feel afraid? Do you wonder how your grandchildren will possibly grow up and still choose to love, know and walk with God when all around them they are influenced to do everything but?

I admit, there are times I wonder these things for my three sweet grandsons. They are influenced by nearly everything in their lives to choose everything other than following God. But, then I'm reminded of the truth. The truth is as much as I love these boys, God loves them more. As much as I want them to know, love and follow God, He wants them to do these things even more. While I can not make them choose to know, love and follow God, the One Who loves them most is able to do what I can not.

However; knowing this truth - and it is the truth - does not relieve me of my responsibility to be faithful to pass on a heritage of faith to my grandsons.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today is - The More That You Read . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" Since I love books and reading, this is a quote I can most certainly agree with! There are so many wonderful books available for us to read to and with our children - I currently have several which I've reviewed recently and am giving away in the month of May

But while there are libraries full of excellent books to read, the best thing you can read for yourself and for the children in your life is the Bible! Look at Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk." God's Word is unlike any other book, because not only is it filled with amazing stories of real people and how our real God worked in their lives, but it is the actual word of God! It has power to touch our hearts and change our lives! It is the means by which we are able to know and walk with God! Look at Hebrews 4:12, "What God has said isn't only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts."  

God's Word is alive and the more we read it, the more we will know God! The more we know God, the more we will be filled with joy! So, read! Read lots of books, but most importantly, read God's Word!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 15, 2017 - How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding

The other day I received a delivery of a book as my husband and I were headed out to pick up my grandsons from school. When my eight-year old grandson got in the car, I held up the book for him to see. His eyes got very big, he smiled an enormous smile as he said; “Coding!!!” He happily accepted the book and spent the rest of the ride to our house (and most of the evening – until I told him it was time to put the book down and go to sleep at 10:39) reading this new book on coding.

The next morning, the first thing he wanted to do was to use my computer to put into practice what he had been reading. He set about writing two, yes two web pages for himself!

The book – sent to me for review from Sterling Children’s Books was; “How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding" and it absolutely has all-star reviews from my grandsons – and from me as well! I’m very happy to let you know about it today, recommend it enthusiastically and announce a giveaway as well!

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today is - Sometimes the Questions are Complicated . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is, "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple!" In many aspects of life we do often "complicate" things when they could be significantly more simple, so I'd have to agree with this saying from Dr. Seuss! 

One things we might "complicate" is our relationship to God. Sometimes we think we have to be good, do good things and think good thoughts if we are going to have a relationship with God, yet God Himself tells us in Romans 3:23, "All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory." None of us are good. We are all sinners. On our own, we fall short of God's glory. This is horrible news because on our own we can not do anything to have a relationship with God. We might try to earn it by being "good", but we can never be good enough. 

Thank God, He chose to make a relationship with Him possible for us! Romans 6:23 tells us, "Sin pays off with death. But God's gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord." Just look at Romans 10:9.10; "So you will be saved, if you honestly say, 'Jesus is Lord,' and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death." We just have to honesty say, "Jesus is Lord" and believe with all our heart God raised Jesus from the dead! This is it! It isn't complicated! It is amazingly simple! It is a gift from God, one we can not earn! So, if you have never received this gift and have been trying to "complicate" things by earning what can never be earned, just accept the gift God so freely offers because, "the answer is simple!"

I Have Two Winners!

I’m happy to say Leona Rusco and Norma Bristol are the winners of the Family Pack Tickets to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Butterflies Are Blooming tickets! (You’ll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Leona and Norma for reading grandma’s cookie jar and thank you Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for making tickets available for me to review the Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit and for making two Family Pack Ticket packages available for me to give away!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Special Giveaway Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, on March 20, 2017, I'm giving away a wonderful prize, made available by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - two family packs (two adult tickets and two children’s tickets) for their Butterflies are Blooming exhibit (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for one of the Family Pack Tickets to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Butterflies Are Blooming, please comment below to tell me your favorite butterfly – growing up in West Michigan, I have to pick the Monarch, although I do like Tiger Swallow Tails, too!

This is truly a wonderful prize - if you live in, near, will be visiting West Michigan or know someone who does, be sure to enter!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Intentionally Passing on Faith to Our Grandchildren

What does it look like to be intentional about passing on faith to our grandchildren? This is an important question for us to think about, and for us to find the answers, so we are able to be focused and intentional when it comes to passing on our faith. One way we do this, and the most important thing we do to do so, is when we have the great privilege and joy of pointing our children to Jesus. But what does this look like and what do we do after they believe in Jesus?

I believe it begins with equipping them to be people who are able to grow in their walk with Jesus – for themselves. Yes, there is much we can – and should – do to help them, but they need to learn to grow in their own walk with Jesus; they can not just depend upon us to give them what they need to grow. A great place to being is with helping them develop a love for God’s Word! How do you do this? Consider the following . . .

Please Share Your Prayer History

I’m working on a new book – The DNA of a Praying Grandparent. If you have a bit of your family history about how God has answered your prayers and you would be willing to share it, (or how God has answered the prayers of your praying grandparents) please email me – lyndagcj@gmail.com

Thank you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today is; "You Are You . . ."

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today is, "You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?!" Yes, it is
pleasant you are "you", but let's stop for a moment and see who God says we are . . . 

John 1:12, "But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God."  John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father." 2 Corinthians 5:17, "So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!" Ephesians 1:4, "God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in God’s presence before the creation of the world." Colossians 3:12, "God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Wow! I'm God's child! I'm God's friend! I'm God's creation! I'm chosen by God! I'm loved by God! Yes, being all these things is pleasant! It is more than pleasant! It is awesomely amazing!