Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Grandma "Instruction" Book . . .

In my previous post I said: "As grandparents, we do not receive an 'instruction book" with the arrival of our first grandchild." This is partially true. There are not really any books which tell us all the "how-to's" of grandparenting . . . at least not so far! But, God's Word does tell us much about being a grandparent. So, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite passages - Psalm 103:13-18 - which helps me know what I am supposed to be doing as a grandma . . . 
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;  for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.  The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;  the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,and his righteousness with their children’s children with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
I LOVE this passage! It reminds me of several important facts, which I want my grandchildren to know . . . and believe with all their hearts! Take a look at them . . . 
  • God has compassion on me.
  • God knows how I was formed - He remembers I am just a person.
  • He knows my life is short.
  • His love for me has no end.
  • His love is not just for me, it is for my children's children, too!
  • Remembering and obeying God matters.
So, from these verses, I know just as God shows compassion to me and remembers I am just a person, I will do the same with my grandchildren. I will show them compassion. I will not expect perfection from them. I will give them grace, because I love them and will love them forever and for always! Most importantly, I will share with them how very much God loves them - God's love is for them! And, we will talk often about how much it matters for us to obey God and remember Him and all He does for us.

Knowing these things are all true, helps me know what I need to be doing as a grandma - they are my, "how-to's"!

What about you? What is one of your favorite passages in the Bible when it comes to the "how-to's" of being a grandparent?

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