Sunday, June 21, 2015

This is One Grandma Who Will Trust God to "Light Up This Day!"

Psalm 34:1-15,17-19 - 1I will always praise the LORD. 2With all my heart, I will praise the LORD. Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad. 3Honor the LORD with me! Celebrate his great name. 4I asked the LORD for help, and he saved me from all my fears. 5Keep your eyes on the LORD! You will shine like the sun and never blush with shame. 6I was a nobody, but I prayed, and the LORD saved me from all my troubles. 7If you honor the LORD, his angel will protect you. 8Discover for yourself that the LORD is kind. Come to him for protection, and you will be glad. 9Honor the LORD! You are his special people. No one who honors the LORD will ever be in need.10Young lions may go hungry or even starve, but if you trust the LORD, you will never miss out on anything good.11Come, my children, listen as I teach you to respect the LORD.12Do you want to live and enjoy a long life? 13Then don't say cruel things and don't tell lies.14Do good instead of evil and try to live at peace.15If you obey the LORD, he will watch over you and answer your prayers. 17When his people pray for help, he listens and rescues them from their troubles. 18The LORD is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. 19The LORD's people may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them safely through. (CEV)

When I see the morning and evening news shows it can cause me to fear. I wonder what kind of world will my grandchildren grow up in? When I see reports about the school system and how it has moved so completely away from teaching our children absolutes, I wonder what will it be like for my grandchildren to grow up in a world where people can believe whatever they want to believe - or not believe. When I see the TV shows, movies, music and books and the messages they promote I wonder how my grandchildren will be able to find their way through all these God-less messages. The world can be a frightening place.

But, thankfully, even though I may look at the world and sometimes feel helpless, I'm not helpless! I will do as David said and praise the LORD with all my heart! I will honor and celebrate His great name because I know when I pray to Him, He listens and acts! God is there; I do not have to be discouraged and do not have to give up hope! There is nothing more important to me than for my grandchildren to come to know Jesus and then to know and walk with Him all their lives! Nothing matters more. The good news is this matters to God, too! He loves my grandchildren - and your grandchildren as well! He wants them to know and walk with Him, even more than I do!

So, this is one grandma who will pray for her grandchildren! This is one grandma who will share her love for God with her grandchildren! I will pray for my son and daughter-in-law as they parent my dear grandchildren and join them in passing on a heritage of faith! This is one grandma who will keep my eyes on the LORD and shine with His amazing love so my grandchildren will see and want to know Him, too!

As you pray for and think about your grandchildren this week, look for opportunities to let God's amazing love shine through you so they will see it! Make these lyrics from Rebecca St. Jame's cd - I Will Praise You, your prayer as you go through this day -

When I run, lead me. When I sleep, keep me. When I wake Father speak with me. Oh Majesty!

Light of the world, light up this day. God I long to see your face. Oh shine your glory down. Light of the world be on display. And every heart will sing your praise. Oh shine your glory down!

With each breath fill me. With each step free me. When I love, Father love through me. Oh Majesty!

Light of the world, light up this day. God I long to see your face. Oh shine your glory down. Light of the world be on display. And every heart will sing your praise. Oh shine your glory down!

I do not walk in darkness. I will not live in fear. I'll walk in Your light.

Light of the world, light up this day. God I long to see your face. Oh shine your glory down. Light of the world be on display. And every heart will sing your praise. Oh shine your glory down! Light of the world be on display. And every heart will sing your praise. Oh shine your glory down!

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