Today’s Truth: However, be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you don’t forget the things which you have seen with your own eyes. Don’t let them fade from your memory as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 4:9 (GW)
From My Heart To Yours:
I am fortunate enough to be blessed with 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. 4 of them live in the same town as I do, 1 lives 1 1/2 away in another town and the last one lives 2 hours away in a different town. We always try to find time for us to visit the grandkids or for them to visit us. Last week I kept the youngest grandchild, Bryson, who is almost 1-year-old, for 5 days. This weekend I have the other 6 grandchildren for 10 days. Whew I am tired just thinking about it.
The scripture for today is one that I try hard to remember and practice every time I am with my grandchildren. I really do love the Lord with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind and I want them to love Him as I do. Every time I am with them I try to find ways to add God into the conversation.
Over the next 10 days I plan to blog about my grandbabies, better known as gbabies, and tell you some of the creative ways we get to talk about God. I will also share with you things they tell me about God. This should be an interesting week of God talk. I am sure I will learn a few things from them about God that I did not know before and I can’t wait to share those with you too.
I have always known that I was blessed to have seen all my children grow up, get married and have children of their own but the scriptures talks about grandparents and grandchildren quite a bit. God’s word describes blessing and gives instructions for grandparents.
Promises, Blessings and Instructions:
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6 (ESV) I feel like a Queen with my gbabies. It is wonderful to see the smiles, the excitement and shrills when I visit. To them you can never do any wrong. They love you even if you discipline them. They take everything to heart that you say and hang on every word you speak. If you say it they believe it!
May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel! Psalm 128:6 (ESV) It’s a blessing if you get to see your children’s children yet with the blessing comes great responsibilities. I think it funny when I see the gbabies displaying some of the same traits that their parents have. Every says, “When I grow up and have kids I will never….” When they grow up guess what? They do what they said they would never do. Now they understand why their parents did it in the first place. It gives me great pride and joy to see that the gbabies really are a lot like their parents because they have great parents.
“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.” Isaiah 59:21 (ESV) This scripture is a wonderful promise if we are telling our gbabies about God. When I was a parent I was so busy working or cleaning or taking care of other things that I constantly stressed about everything. Today’s culture is even more stressful for parents. Because the parents are running here and running there, taking the kids to swim lessons, dance lesson and ball games they may not have the time to talk to the kids about God like we do as grandparents. While our children, now parents themselves, are getting busier we, as grandparents, are slowing down. Why do you think that is? I think it is because with age comes wisdom. We begin to see parenting differently. We see life differently. We see God differently. We know as our life begins to slow down what things are most important in life. God really becomes number one and a sense of urgency comes upon us to share that with those we love, to make a difference with the next generation. Speak God’s words to your grandchildren, read them the bible, share stories of things he has done for you and their parents, tell them the bible stories in a way that they will remember them. Speak the words to them so that will speak the words to their children and their grandchildren.
Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 1 Timothy 5:3-4 (ESV)This is a long gone tradition but one that needs to resurface. I remember as a little child my great-grandmother lived with us. Her hospital bed sat in the middle of our living room. We helped my mother take care of all her needs from food to bathing. I can still hear her telling us stories of the old days and things about my dad that we thought were funny and interesting. We loved her so much and missed her dearly after she passed. I am very proud of my parents. They made huge sacrifices to take care of my great-mother. I always thought my parents were great parents, and they were, but they were also being obedient to what God said they should do. I want to instill this in my children and grandchildren as well.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5 (ESV) We must remember that what we do will affect our children and grandchild down the road. As my pastor husband says “Your children will be more like you than you can ever imagine”. Parents have to be aware at all times that our personalities, our behaviors, our traditions, our opinions etc will pass on to our children. These things will pass on to our children’s children and to the third and fourth generation. I want to be responsible for passing on things that make a difference. Things of God.
Dear Lord, as parents, aunts and/or grandparents we know the long-term effects we can have on the little ones in our family. Sometimes, we forget how important it is to make our conversations with them about you. Help us to remember to share our stories of blessings, the stories in the Bible and to encourage them to love you with all their heart, all their soul and all their minds. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
On Tuesday, my husband and I picked up our grandchildren, that live in our home town, to take them to dance and karate. As soon as I walked into the door my 4-year-old grandchild meet me to let me know that he had mailed me a letter. I was a little surprised because he nor I had ever sent mail to each other. After his big announcement he ran off to play. I confirmed with his mother that he had indeed put something into an envelope for me that she then addressed and put a stamp on it. She did not know what was inside the envelope but he had told her that he had written me a letter. I found myself getting a little excited wondering what he had decided was so important that had to be mailed to me. His mother had tried to convince him that he did not need to mail it because I would be there to pick him up on Tuesday, then he could just give it to me personally, but he would hear nothing of it. As a matter of fact once he put the letter in the mail box he kept a watch out for the mailman to be sure it was picked up for delivery. When his mother noticed that he was waiting she informed him that the mailman had already picked up the mail for that day and told him his letter would not go out until the following day. His mother said he was so distraught over the news that she loaded him and his baby sister into the car to track the mailman down in the neighborhood so he could mail his letter that day. Now I must admit that I was a little excited about this surprise letter. I could barely get it off my mind and found myself just as excited the next morning when I woke up. When I went home for lunch I kept watching for the mail to be delivered and really hoped that it would come before I had to go back to work. Lunch came and went too fast because no mail was delivered. On the way back to the office I scanned my neighborhood for the mailman. I spotted the mailman and ask my husband to stop her to get our mail. I know he thought I was crazy but he did as I ask. As he handed me the mail I quickly looked at the names on each envelope and there it was addressed to Mimi. Now I must tell you that the drawings on the back of the envelope was enough to make me cry but when I opened the envelop up, pulled out a picture of a colored rabbit with his words wishing me a happy Easter it was all I could do not cry a river. How silly, you may say?!? How wonderful I say. The really funny thing is that when I got the letter I made sure to call him to tell him how wonderful it was. Being 4, the letter was the past and he was happy I had gotten it but had no desire to spend any time talking about it. That was yesterday and he had things to talk about that happened today. Maybe he has the spiritual gift of encouragement or just maybe he just loves his Mimi. Either way, MY letter was wonderful. Thank you Nicholas for my letter and for inspiring me. I pray that you and I may add that much excitement to someone elses day today and everyday.