Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Family . . . a True Gift From God!

Family. What is a family? The On-Line Dictionary defines family as, "a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children. b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place."

I like this definition. "Two or more people who have long-term commitments to one another." Who on earth would we be more committed to, "long term" than our family? When God created people He created them to live in a family. Both the Old and New Testament speak to the importance God places on the family. God wants families to grow together to know and serve Him. Sometimes families do a great job of this and other times families struggle with their relationships, but this "long-term commitment" is part of what can keep families together!

I found a great quote on-line; "Family members share a special relationship. They offer unconditional love, honor and respect to each other. Early on the Bible shows the benefits of a family, with God recognizing anyone associated with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Even remotely belonging to this family brought blessings. These blessings still apply to family members today as their strong bonds are enjoyed."

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of Ah-Choo!! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Jennifer for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address to lyndagcj@gmail.com by July 31, 2016) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Second-Chance Giveaway Tomorrow!

A few weeks ago I held a drawing to give away the very cute book, Ah-Choo!! Many of you entered this giveaway, but sadly, the person who won did not get their address to me, so I could have it sent to them. This of course means I'm having a second-chance giveaway tomorrow - July 27, 2016 - to give this adorable book to someone!

I'm very happy to say, I can hold this giveaway because not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of Ah-Choo! to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! So, if you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and want to enter the giveaway for Ah-Choo! which will be on July 27, 2016please comment below to let me know an animal you'd like to see in a book . . . for me it has to be either the Basset Hound or Okapi! Plus, if you share a photo of the animal you'd love to see in a book, you'll receive a bonus entry! (The photo of the basset is my daughter's hound, Summer.)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #1 - For God to Draw Them to Him

For the past few days I've been sharing with you the main things I pray about for my grandsons - I pray and ask God to guard their hearts, give them godly friends, to guard them from the evil one and to open their eyes. All these are important things - essential things for me to pray about. They are all things I focus on when I pray. 

There is one more,  my #1 prayer request, and I'm sharing it with you today . . . 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #2 - For God to Open Their Eyes

I have been sharing with you for the past few days about the top things I pray about for my grandchildren. I pray for God to guard their hearts, give them godly friends and to protect them from the evil one - certainly important things for me to pray about.

Today I'm sharing with you another of my top prayer requests . . .  my #2 prayer request . . . 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #3 - For God to Protect Them from the Evil One

I pray for my grandsons. When I look at the evening news I know I must pray for them; it is not an option. I pray about and for many things in relation to my grandsons, nut there are five main prayer requests I pray for them most often. Today I'm sharing with you my #3 prayer request . . . 

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #4 - For Them to Have Godly Friends

I pray for my grandsons. While there are many things I do for my grandsons, praying for them is one of the most important.

Yesterday I shared with you how I ask God to guard my grandsons' hearts and today I'm sharing another of my Top Five Prayer Requests. . . #4 - I ask God to give them godly friends -

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Pamela Ferrell is the winner of All Things Bright and
Beautiful
 (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Pamela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by July 29, 2016, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Ideal's Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #5 - For God to Guard Their Hearts

I pray for my grandsons. When I look at this world around me and how God's Word is mocked and disregarded, I am concerned about what it will be like for them to grow up. I most sincerely want my grandsons to grow to be boys and then men who know, love and walk with Jesus, so I pray. I pray for them because while I am limited in what I can actually do, God is not. He is bigger than I think He is and He is able to do ever so much more than I can even begin to imagine!

So, what do I pray about? Certainly the list has a number of things on it and changes depending on the situations they are facing, but I have five main prayer requests, which over the following days I'll share with you you, beginning with my #5 prayer request . . . 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Giveaway in Two Days . . .

In two days I'm giving away one copy of the book - All Things Bright and Beautiful (USA only). So, if you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and want to enter the giveaway for All Things Bright and Beautiful which will be on July 22, 2016please comment below to let me know a place where you most are left in awe of God's beautiful creation - for me it is absolutely the mountains (particularly Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta in Northern California)!

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win All Things Bright and Beautiful and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: 'Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising'): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

An Evening at the Zoo

I am a member of the largest church in Grand Rapids, MI. Each Summer, my church plans and holds a special event for the families in our church; a time for us to come together as a church and as families. This year the church rented John Ball Zoo, so from 6pm to 9pm thousands of people ate together (hot dogs were provided), enjoyed music in the band shell and the opportunity to see the many animals in the zoo.

I noticed something as families ate together, and walked through the zoo - many, many of these families included grandparents who were enjoying the opportunity to experience the zoo with their grandchildren. I was one such grandparent, because my grandsons were at this event with me.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents . . . #1 Do Not Fail to Share the Joy of Walking With God

When it comes to being grandma - or grandpa - there are so many wonderful things we get to do; things which bring us joy . . . and sometimes hugs, kisses, snuggles, "I love yous" and a great laugh, too! But, there are also things we must be careful not to do, so today I'm sharing with you my Top "Do-Not's" for Grandparents.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents . . . #2 Do Not Fail to Point them to God

As we continue to think about the things we must be careful not to do as grandparents, this is one which matters a great deal to me. Yes, it matters to me if I meet my grandchildren with enthusiasm and remember the little things. It matters if I listen to them. These things do matter and are on my Top Five list, but this one not only matters, it is essential . . . 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Free Item from Shutterfly!

I have a LG Stylo phone - and I love it! I'm very happy to have it and when I need a new one, I'll definitely be getting another. However; there are times I wish I had an iPhone . . . like this morning when I opened my email. Today and tomorrow (July 16, 17, 2016) Shutterfly is giving away one of four things - your choice, and one is a photo cover for the iPhone! Sadly, there are not any available for the LG Stylo - if there were, I'd definitely order one . . . I'd have already done so!

The iPhone cover is worth $45, so if you - or someone you know, has an iPhone, this is a great opportunity to get one . . . Christmas is just five months away!

There are three other items you may select from - photo playing card, photo mouse pad and photo journal. You'll find Shutterfly at this link and use the code - YOURCHOICE - Enjoy!