Saturday, August 19, 2017

My Declaration - Because Intentional Christian Grandparenting Matters!

Last year at the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit, Larry Fowler (founder of the Legacy Coalition) shared with us the Intentional Christian Grandparenting Declaration. Today I want to share the video of when Larry first shared this with us, the written text of the video and declaration and great news about how Timothy Botts, the amazing calligrapher, designed a beautiful art print of the declaration which you are now able to get for your home, office or to give as a gift to a grandparent you know. First of all, watch this video . . . 

The text for the video is on the long side, but every bit of it matters, because Intentional Christian Grandparenting Matters. Please share this with the grandparents you know and the leaders in your church!

The Intentional Christian Grandparent Declaration

I am a grandparent and this is my declaration. Yes, I am a grandparent, but I am more than a grandparent. I am a Christian grandparent. 

I believe the Bible and the God of the Bible. 

I've received the grace of the Gospel of the Christ of the Bible and I desire to be a life-long devoted disciple.

I want my grandchildren to do the same!

Yes, I am a Christian grandparent, but I am more than that. I am an intentional Christian grandparent and this is my declaration.

I love my grandkids, so I will hold them when they're born, I will cuddle them when they are one, chase them when they are two, read to them when they are three, play with them when they are four and laugh at their jokes when they are five. I'll support them, exhort them, cheer them, revere them, I'll praise them; even help raise them. I will be there for them, but that's not enough! As an intentional Christian grandparent, I will do more.

I will pass on my faith, but my vision is beyond that. I will perpetuate my faith, therefore; I will teach two generations. But, I will not only teach two generations, I will think four generations.

I will ponder what kind of grandparent must I be, so my grandchild becomes one like me then his carries on the legacy.

Yes, I am an intentional Christian grandparent.

Culture says, "Retire and go play." I say; "No thanks. I'll pray!"

Culture says; "Pursue affluence." I say; "I'll pursue influence."
Culture says; "You're old, you did your time." I say; "Not so! I'm in my prime."
Culture says about the young generation; "You can't relate." I say; "Ain't true. My influence is great!"

I know my grandchildren need me, but from me they need Godly wisdom, my Christ-like example, my faith stories, my earnest prayers, my uninterrupted time, my unconditional love and my God-authorized blessing.

So, what is intentional Christian grandparenting? Let me spell it out for you.

I will Guide grandkids with grace.
I will Respect parent roles.
I will Abound in my affection.
I will Nurture their nature.
I will Deal with the dilemma of distance.
I will Pray with passion and purpose.
I will Adjust my attitude, in case 
I need to Restore relationships.
I will Excel in my example.
I will Number my days.
I will Tell them my testimony.
I will Intentionally influence.
I will Never neglect the newest generation.
And, most importantly, 
I will Give them the Gospel!

Because I am an Intentional Christian Grandparent and this is my declaration!

Does this not describe both the grandparent you want to be and your heart for passing on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren? The art print of the declaration is available at this link - and is available in three sizes on canvas, thick matte art paper or cardstock.  This powerful declaration expressing your commitment to be an intentional Christian grandparent is perfect for display in your home or office as a reminder to you and a testimony to your desire to leave a lasting legacy which truly matters. The lovely “My Declaration” art print will continue to make an impact for years to come. 

Let's all commit to be Intentional Christian Grandparents, because grandparenting matters!

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