Important question. And the answers matter, too, because while the things my grandsons think are important - loving and making cookies - are important, the role of grandma is much more than these things.
So, for the coming few days, I want to look at the role of grandma. I want to think and talk about what a grandma needs to do . . . and I'd most sincerely appreciate your comments - please share what you think about the things I identify as the role of grandma and let me know what you consider to be part of the role of grandma as well.
I'm going to start with one of the most important things a grandma can do . . . pray. We need to be prayer warriors for our grandchildren. This world can be very frightening - terrorism, social change, political upheaval and so much more leaves us feeling uncertain about the world in which our grandchildren will grow up. It may leave us wondering how they will find their way through it all to love, know and follow Jesus with all their heart.
The truth is, we can not make our grandchildren choose to love, know and follow Jesus with all their heart, but we can pray for the following . . .
- Pray they will have eyes which are open, so they see the truth about Who God Is and how they can choose to love, know and follow Him with all their hearts.
- Pray God will protect them from the evil one, so they will not be deceived or side-tracked by anything in this world.
- Pray they will be drawn to Jesus and not anything in this world which will take them away from Him.
- Pray they will have hearts which are quick to choose to love God and do as His Word says.
- Pray they will have friends who love God, so they are able to encourage and strengthen each other to make wise choices.
- I am sure they hear me pray for them.
- I let them know what I'm praying about for them - I use my book - Deeper In 4 Grandparents and Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition. They hear me pray Scripture for them and they get to pray Scripture for themselves, too!
- I involve them in learning to journal their prayers. As we work through Science, the Bible & Fun this coming Fall, the boys will be keeping prayer journals. They will draw or write their prayer requests and how God answers!
- I changed the way we "pray" at meals - rather than have just one person pray to thank God for our food, I have each person at the meal share one thing they are thankful for - Shane (almost three years old) nearly always is thankful for donuts - whether we have them for our meal, or not! Then, after each person shares something they are thankful for, we all reach out to the people on both sides of us, touch their shoulders and pray a blessing for each other. My focus is on being thankful and blessing others and so far, I'm thrilled with the boy's response!