This matters, because when grandparents are intentional about passing on a heritage of faith, the children are much more likely to grow to be people who love, know and follow God.
One of the general session speakers was Valerie Bell. Many of you may know her as the CEO of AWANA, but she is also a grandma! Valerie shared with us a powerful account of one of her grandsons and how at his birth he experienced serious medical complications. The doctors did not expect him to survive, but as Valerie said, "We may not always be on the same page with our adult children, but when the big things come along we are together! We pray together. We support one another." Happily, God did a miracle in her grandson's life and he survived - and has thrived in the ensuing five years!
Valerie told us as grandparents we get to, "do life" through the perspective of the "knowing God grid", because our experience shows us how God works. She went on to say we have to be focused upon helping our grandchildren know when God is working in their lives, and shared some ways we can do this . . .
- When God answers their prayers; repeat it over and over again, so they remember how God worked in their lives!
- When God orchestrates the details of their lives; point it out!
- When He shows how He cares; tell them how it shows God is working in their lives!