Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner of A Couch for Llama - you'll find my full review at this link

Thank you Mary Beth for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me at  lyndagcj@gmail.com by March 6, 2018, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away. (Thank you also, Sterling Children's Books for sending one to my grandson's classroom - the children love it!)

Faith = Taking the First Step!

What are you facing right now in your life? Do you have a concern with your grandchildren and/or son/daughter/their spouses? Are you facing health concerns? Money concerns? Any concerns? Take those concerns to Jesus - if you care about these things, so does He! Put your faith in Him, even if - and especially if you do not see how these concerns will be resolved.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Any Suggestions?

My grandsons are getting older - no surprise as it is what all children do. But, with this year's egg hunt getting closer I have been thinking about ways to make it more interesting for a nine year old. In past years I always bought my grandsons new sand buckets to use when they went out in my yard to find the hidden eggs - great place to hold the eggs they found. Then all Summer they would play with the buckets in the sandbox. But, my nine year old grandson rarely plays in the sandbox any longer and even my six and four year old grandsons play in the sandbox less.

So, this year I've been trying to think of something to replace the buckets. I'm leaning towards baseball hats - maybe with something fun on them, but we will see. I think they could put the eggs they find in their hats, but I will have to give this some additional thought.

Any suggestions?

Love Your Grandchildren!

My grandsons are blessed to be loved by parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and extended family. They know they are dearly loved, but they still hear it, often! I also am intentional about letting them know God loves them even more than I do, because as they grow up I know life can be - and often times is - uncertain. No matter what happens I want them to know they are loved.

This quote is true. My middle grandson told me when he was four, he loved God from the first time he heard of Him! My grandson has been loved all his life, so he responded to knowing God loves him, too!

Share and spread love on purpose! Tell your grandchildren, be generous with the hugs and be sure to remind them of how God loves them as well. It matters! 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Star

This past Christmastime The Star released in the theaters. As the DVD is now out, I was invited to write about it - although this time there is no giveaway to go with the review.

When I saw the ads for The Star a few months ago, I thought it looked like it had the potential to be a fun movie for families. I have not watched it, but as I read about the story and the bonus features on the DVD, I thought it might be a resource my grandsons would enjoy.

The Sunshine After Rain & Joy After Trial

We all have difficult times in our lives. We all deal with disappointment, sadness, pain, grief and just the confusion which comes with these things. But, we do not have to let these difficult times push us away from God. No! We are able to let them pull us closer to Him instead, and when we pull closer to Him, we will find His peace, comfort, love and joy!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pray - God Hears!

Take your concerns and joys to God in prayer; and model this for your grandchildren. God does want us - and them - to do this and He promises to hear, listen to and answer our prayers! If it matters to you, it matters to God. Teach this to your grandchildren - and consider starting a "Prayer Journal" where you all are able to record your requests and how God answers, so you are able to see and remember God's faithfulness in your lives. 

Consider making these verses from Psalm 145 your prayer this week . . . 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

grandma's cookbook - Ramen-Like-Noodles

The other day my grandsons told me they like ramen noodles. They are at my house today, so I thought I'd fix ramen noodles for lunch. No, not those little dry packages of ramen noodles . . . have you ever read the ingredients on a package of ramen noodles? No, I'm not feeding them packaged ramen noodles.

I have a Kitchenaid mixer, but not the attachments to make my own ramen noodles and did not have a chance to get to the store to buy actual ramen noodles, so I looked on-line and found a way to turn angel hair spaghetti into ramen-like noodles! It involves lots of boiling water and a tablespoon of baking soda! You will find the instructions at this link.

God NEVER Changes!

Aren't we so thankful no matter what happens in the world around us and in our own lives we are able to be absolutely certain God NEVER changes! He loved us yesterday, He loves us today, He will love us tomorrow.

Take time to talk with your grandchildren about how they are able to always depend upon God. Consider starting a tradition where each time you see or talk to each other, you share one way God has showed His love to you. Keep a record of God's "fingerprints" in your lives.


(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fun Book Giveaway on March 7, 2018 - I Am the Boss of this Chair

Yesterday I received a new book from Sterling Children's Books to review and for which I'm also happy to announce a giveaway! Let me say, I am not particularly a "cat person" - I like dogs; basset hounds in particular, but the author of this book must be . . . or at least is quite familiar with cats! I Am the Boss of this Chair is a fun story and I am delighted to share it with you today - I know my grandsons are going to enjoy it!

See, Remember & Share How God Sustains You

How has God sustained you throughout your life? How has He answered your prayers? How has He showed His love to you? Share these things with your grandchildren. When they are able to hear and see how God has sustained you, they will be better able to believe He will do the same for them and able to see how He does!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

February is Bird-Feeding Month - Make a Fun, Simple Bird Feeder!

Yesterday I heard, for the first time in a long time, birds singing outside my window. Since I live in Michigan and snow is known to show up even in the Month of May, it is possible winter will yet return, but today the snow is melted, it is supposed to be warm . . . relatively speaking in the 40's, so I'm ready to think thoughts of Spring!

With these "Spring thoughts" and hopes in my mind, I was surprised to read the following . . . "(Birds) are coming back to their spring and summer time hunting grounds to mate, lay their eggs, and begin the long preparation for the long journey south again. Bird-Feeding Month reminds us sometimes they come back a bit early, and they’ve just finished a long journey. Bird-Feeding Month was established in 1994 by John Porter, a man who so cared about the health and welfare of the birds he read a resolution into the Congressional record. 'I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month.'"

Believe the Truth - God Cares!

With the home-going of Billy Graham, I thought I'd share one of his quotes each day for a week - he shared much wisdom over the years for sure.

When we have concerns, when we face challenges, difficulties, sad times and even pain, it is easy for us to think God does not care; but this is not the truth. God does care. He cares about everything and everyone we care about. In all times, but especially the difficult times, we need to hold to the truth - God cares and He loves us.

Be sure to model and share this truth with our grandchildren; they will face difficult times in their lives as well and they need to be able to hold on to and trust God, too.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Life of Integrity & Faithfulness

With the news today about the death of Billy Graham, I wanted to share this quote from him. I have no idea how many people were drawn to God, or back to Him, through the faithful service of Billy Graham, but upon His arrival in Heaven I'm sure he heard God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

As they reported on this in the news, the reporters said Billy Graham served with integrity - he said he wanted to serve God with faithfulness and integrity. It looks like he did!

crafting with grandma - Craft Stick Harmonicas

Make a Craft Stick HarmonicaMy grandsons sometimes enjoy crafts, but for them to do so, the craft has to be something a boy will find interesting. So, as I browsed on Pinterest this morning, a craft for making harmonicas stood out as something they might enjoy.

You will find the directions at this link - it is pretty simple. The only supplies you will need are craft sticks, rubber bands and plastic straws . . . all of which I have in the house.

Trusting God Through the "Bends" in the Road Before Us

We do not know what the future holds for us; we are not able to see around the "bends" in the "road" before us - and there are bends. But, we do know God is faithful! We do know He loves us! We do know God always does what He says He will do and He knows what the future holds for us - He sees what is in the bends before us. We are able to fully trust Him!

When our grandchildren see us trust God, live with hope and experience God's grace, they will live the same way and experience the strength trusting God will bring to their own lives

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

just for fun . . . Today is Love Your Pet Day!

Today is Love Your Pet Day . . . while my husband and I do not
have any pets our daughter has a basset hound named Rosie and our son/daughter-in-law/grandsons have two terriers named Gimli and Roxie.
When my children were growing up we had two basset hounds, a half basset hound half black lab, cats, a turtle named Tippsy, two bunnies a talking parakeet (it loved to sing with Carmen - it was very funny when it danced and sang; "I love Jesus, yes I do!"), several fish and an unfortunate experience with hamsters (the parents and siblings ate the babies!!!! I will NEVER have hamsters again!!!)

I think having pets is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn to care for something else and to get up close and personal with some of God's great creation!

What pets are in your family?

Please Help Spread the News!

We have been posting here on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page each day for almost four months. We have been blessed to interact with some of you as you comment and share our posts with those you know.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to join us here on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page. It is our desire to provide encouragement as well as information, ideas and resources to help you hand down the faith to those you love.

Please help us get the word out about Grandmas with Heart by sharing this page with those you know. Grandmas (and grandpas and parents) are able to make a difference! We are able to hand down the faith!

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Pray & Trust God to Do His Part

As grandparents we want to be able to make our grandchildren believe and walk with God, we want to be able to make them safe, healthy and happy, but these, and other things, are not what we are able to do. But remember; God loves them more than we do. He wants them to love, know and walk with Him more than we do. He wants them to live lives filled with peace and joy and He is able to do what we are not. Be faithful to pray. Trust Him. These things are what we are able to do and they are powerful. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hand Down the Faith

As grandparents, we need to tell our grandchildren about our walk with God, but as important as this is, we also need to be intentional about helping them grow in their own walk with God. They need their own walk. Our walk is not enough. 

Check this video clip from the closing general session of the Legacy Grandparenting Conference in Minneapolis where I spoke about this very thing and then make a point this week to help your grandchildren see how God has been faithful to them as well.

Choose Faith & See With Your Heart

Make the choice to trust; to have faith, even when it looks like nothing is happening around us. Even when it looks like our prayers are not being answered. We do not know what God is doing to answer our prayers; He has promised to hear, listen to and answer out prayers and we KNOW God ALWAYS keeps His promises!

So, just because we are not able to see what God is doing, still make the choice to trust God! Have faith! Believe your heart and most importantly, God's Word . . . no matter what your eyes tell you.

And model this for your grandchildren, so they will be able to do the same.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say tarter95 is the winner of one Passion Whole Heart CD - you'll find my full review at this link

Thank you tarter95 for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me at  lyndagcj@gmail.com by February 25, 2018, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Propeller Consulting, LLC for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Be Thankful for Your Grand-Blessings & Challenge them to Make a Difference!

Take time today to let your grandchildren know how they are loved and valued by you. No matter their age or location, tell them something about them which you find to be so special and wonderful.

Tell your grand-blessings God created them to be the amazing people they are and He has plans for them - plans for them to show His love to the people around them and possibly even to people throughout the world. Encourage them to watch for the opportunities God gives them to use what He gave them to show His love and kindness to others. Challenge them to be people who make a difference. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hold Tightly to God

At all times, but especially when sad and difficult things happen in our lives and the lives of others we know and/or hear about, it is essential for us to cling to the promises of God. We must hold tightly to what we know is true - even when we may not understand.

When our grandchildren see us doing these things, they will be able to grow up trusting God is good; in the times where they are happy and rejoicing and the times when they are confused and sad.

Hold tightly to God and His promises and show what it looks like to trust God. Not empty or meaningless platitudes; but instead the truth and what we must do. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Friday, February 16, 2018

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Carmen VanDeursen is the winner of one Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch - you'll find my full review at this link

Thank you Carmen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me at  lyndagcj@gmail.com by February 21, 2018, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Have a Song in Your Heart!

Help your grandchildren learn their true source of Joy is found in God. Zephaniah 3:17 says; "The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing." Just think! God has promised to be with us, create calm with His love and rejoice over us with singing! Knowing these things should put a song in our hearts for sure!

Take time to show your grandchildren what it means to have a song in your heart - rejoice over them with singing . . . do you have a song which is, "your song"? If not, find or make up a song. My grandsons and I (Lynda) have a song which is "our song" We changed the words a bit to "You Are My Sunshine" and they love it when I sing it to them - "You are my sunshine, my sweet sunshine. You make me happy all the day. I love you forever and for always. You are my sunshine today."

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Make a Difference

Certainly, like you, my heart is broken this morning over the news out of Florida. I grieve for the families of those whose lives were taken; and while there are some who say prayers are not enough, I believe prayers do matter, they do make a difference, so my prayers are with those in Florida and across our country.

This blog is not a political blog. I do not write about my political opinions. This is not to say the content on grandma's cookie jar is just "fluff". It is my hope and prayer, while I do include posts just for the fun of it, all of what you read on here encourages you to hand down the faith on purpose - whether through direct conversation with those you love, or as you do a craft, or bake a recipe together or get outside and enjoy the world God created.

So, without commenting on the politics which seem to always come to the front in these sad times, I want to talk about why I believe these horrible shootings continue to happen and what I believe we could actually do to help put a stop to them.

God's Love Lasts Forever

Throw-back Thursday . . . on this day when we all feel grief and loss, it is helpful to remember God loves us and He is with us, no matter how we feel. Look at this verse in a couple different translations - "I will always love you" and "I have loved you with a love that lasts forever."

We may have days where the sadness we feel causes us to question God's "everlasting" love, but it is especially in those times when we need to draw near to Him. When we need to remind our grandchildren how God will, "always love" them and His love for them, "lasts forever". We need to remind ourselves of this truth as well, so today, on this sad day, please allow me to remind you; God's love lasts forever. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It is Generosity Day!

Today, February 14th is Generosity Day! Well, yes, it is also Valentine's Day, but not all of us have someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with. While "causes" can be a "dime a dozen", this new "cause" to refocus February 14th is one I am certainly able to support! 

I found "Generosity Day" on facebook and they have this to say about it; "Does Valentine's feel a bit formulaic? Let's celebrate February 14th as Generosity Day and together offer the world a million acts of simple kindness. Generosity Day is simple, It's one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels. It's a chance to practice saying 'Yes'. Let's make the day about love, action and human connection - because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly. The goal is to spend Valentine's Day cultivating your practice of generosity, because in today's fast-paced world, it is too easy to be disconnected and to have 'No' be your reflex. For Generosity Day, all acts of generosity, small and big alike, count. Think what it would be like to say 'YES' to every genuine request for help all day long! It's about creating more generosity in the world and becoming a more ope person along the way."

Consider some of these ways to be generous . . . 

Give the Best Gift - Pray!

Today is Valentine's Day and for many of us grandmas, it is a day to celebrate our love for our grandchildren with cards, treats or small gifts. Enjoy celebrating with your grandchildren, but remember to do the thing which matters the most - pray for your grandchildren. Prayer is the best gift you will give them; and if you do not pray for them, who will?

As you pray, consider praying Scripture for them. This prayer is from Psalm 34 use it today, and any day to help you grandparent on purpose and pray for your grandchildren. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

crafting with grandma - I Love You in Sign Language!

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, so if you are looking for a craft idea which you could try with your grandchildren, look at this fun idea I found on Pinterest . . . and a big plus is it works for any age of grandchild!

All you have to do is trace a hand and then roll two fingers down for the "I Love You" sign used in Sign Language. Include a simple message in the heart and if your grandchild is old enough to write their name, have them sign it!

Get Ready for February 15th!

I know I write this every year, but it is a good reminder and, in case you are new to grandma's cookie jar - great info to have as a grandma, for sure! Valentines Day is tomorrow . . . as you know. It is an opportunity to create special memories with things like giving your grandchildren Valentine's Day cards, having a special Heart Hunt (hide hearts in your home or outside - weather permitting - and let the grandchildren find them) giving small gifts or making and decorating heart cookies together. Certainly a fun day to celebrate - especially with grandchildren!

Let Them Come!

Remember, Jesus wants your grandchildren to come to Him, so all you do to hand down the faith is what Jesus wants you to do. Take time today to connect with your grandchildren - in person, on the phone, through email or facetime and share Jesus' love with them!

When Jesus walked this earth, He never sent children away - He even rebuked adults who tried to tell children Jesus was too busy for them. He is not walking the earth today, but He is still never too busy for your grandchildren. He loves them; even more than we do! Be sure they know this.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)