Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Most Important Thing I Can Do as a Grandma

Image result for clip art for the most important thingFor the past month I've been busy posting reviews of a variety of things which I'm also giving away during grandma's cookie jar's month of special birthday give-aways (May). Starting tomorrow someone will win something at least every other day. (If you have not entered the give-aways yet, you still have time to do so! Just follow the links on the left side of grandma's cookie jar.)

However; while I'm looking forward to the fun of my birthday month of give-aways because it is a fun thing for grandma's cookie jar to do with all of you who take the time to read this blog, the reason I write grandma's cookie jar is to share ideas about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. 

The world we live in; the one our grandchildren are growing up in, is a confusing and difficult place. When I was a child - quite a number of years ago - nearly all the moms on my street were "stay-at-home-moms". Nearly all the families on my street went to church on Sunday morning. Nearly all the families on my street were two-parent families; I only knew one family where the parents were divorced. Yes, I pretty much grew up in a "Norman Rockwell" picture of a small town with tree-lined streets. (And, the streets actually were tree-lined in my small town!)

Today our grandchildren often grow up with working moms, single parents, divorce and sporadic church attendance. They also grow up with a knowledge of things I did not know about until I was a teen - or older. Children are exposed to so many things; things which were not talked about when I was a child.

Even a look at the news this week shows just how much our world is changing with the Supreme Court taking on the issue of same-sex marriage - definitely not a part of life when I was a child. And news reports earlier this week - frequently advertised on TV for the previous couple weeks - was the "transition" of a "famous" person as he is becoming a "she". Absolutely NOT part of the conversation I heard when I was a child, or teen even.

The world is not the same. The idea we can all do whatever we want to do because being "happy" is the most important thing is practically "shouted" from every roof-top. We do whatever we think is "right". Just a look through the Old Testament shows us this really is not anything "new". Over and over the people of Israel committed to following God, but in just a few years they were doing, "whatever was right in their own eyes" (Judges 21). 

So, how do we help our grandchildren develop an accurate view of God in a world where they have anything but an accurate view of Him? I think there are a few things for us to keep in mind and be intentional about reminding our grandchildren of as often as we can . . . 
  • God loves them (John 3:16). 
  • God has a good plan for them (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • God knew what He was doing when He created them (Psalm 139).
And, be certain they know the Bible is for them. They can read and understand and live God's Word. I pray for my grandchildren throughout every day with a focus on the following . . . 
  • I ask God to open their eyes so they will see how much He loves them.
  • I ask God to draw my grandsons to Him so they will know and walk with Him as boys, teens and one day as godly men.
  • I ask God to protect them from the evil one so my grandsons are not deceived by Satan's lies.
  • I ask God to help my grandsons know He has a good plan for them and they can trust Him.
  • I thank God for knowing what He was doing when He created them!
  • I ask God to help the girls who will one day be my grandson's wives grow up to be women who know and love Him, too!
And, I make sure my grandsons know I pray these things for them. They hear me frequently thanking God For having a good plan for my grandson's lives. They hear me thanking God for knowing what He was doing when He created these boys! They hear me praying for the girl who will one day be their wives.

I want my grandsons to know God loves them, He has a good plan for them and He knew what He was doing when He created them. I want them to know I pray for them throughout each day. Passing on a heritage of faith to my grandsons truly is the most important thing I can do as a grandma and I take this "job" seriously.

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