A Letter to My Grandchildren

 

Dear Ones,

I had the privilege to hold each of you within those first tender days you were born. My love runs deep and even though there are five of you, I’m amazed at how much love I have to spread around to each one of you. Now you are all in elementary school and I marvel at how quickly you are growing up.

I pray for you—prayers certainly for your safety and protection, but oh, my prayers are much more. I pray specifically that you will come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life. That you will be so filled with the Holy Spirit that you will desire a deep intimacy with him.

The world doesn’t always like to use the word sin, but it’s something you need to confront and deal with in your life. Because no matter how good you are most of the time (or bad on some days), we all do wrong things, think bad thoughts, and say unkind or untruthful words. That’s what sin is. The Bible tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If we skip a few chapters over in Romans you will see that God understands that and has a plan for us: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). You may be wondering what that means. Well, God is holy and because we (all boys and girls, men and women) are sinful, we cannot stand in his presence and have a relationship with him. So, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to live on our earth as a man and die a painful death on a cross to bridge this gap with God. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We will someday die and if we die without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord we will not be with God in heaven. However, you can have eternal life in heaven with God the Father if you, “Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

It may sound like a lot, but it’s very simple. There’s nothing you can do to earn or buy salvation. It’s a free gift from God because he loves you so very much. Even more than I love you. That’s what God’s grace is. Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Many times you will hear that there is more than one way to know God. But that simply isn’t true, as Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Remember the Bible is truth and all truth is from God. 2 Timothy 3:16 declares, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

While I desire to see bright and successful futures for you, I know only God can provide you with the true desires of your heart. As you rely on his guidance and follow his ways, you will find doors opened that you never fathomed or imagined. Seek his wisdom and pray for discernment. I also pray for these two things every day for myself.

Granddaughters, I pray you will grow into strong women of faith. Strong enough to say no to temptation—boys who want to use you, alcohol and drugs, and unwholesome entertainment. God has so much more for you—a compelling femininity—which will take you far as wives and mothers if that’s in God’s plan for your life.

And grandson, there’s only one of you in this bevy of girls. I trust this will foster in you an added dimension of sensitivity enabling you to softly submit to Jesus and make him Lord of your life. At the same time, may you grow into a strong young man full of respect for women and may you deal honestly with all people. This integrity will prove to be a true indicator of your masculinity.

I will continue to pray for each of you because I love you.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

All My Love,

Gramma

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Out of the Box

Hanging in a bag tucked away in the rear of our closet, surviving many corporate moves, was my wedding gown. After about 20 years I finally took it in for professional cleaning, preservation, and had it boxed. Unfortunately, the process took its toll on my gown as many of the decorative pearls fell off. The lady performing the work was distressed and took it upon herself to hand sew new pearls onto my gown. Upon final receipt of my wedding dress, I couldn’t believe my eyes—it was better than it had been when I handed it over to her. Fully restored, my wedding gown surpassed how it originally looked.

Fast-forward many more years and a couple more moves. The box has transferred neatly from one closet to the next as we’ve moved across the country. Finally, in what we hope is our earthly “forever” home, I wondered why in the world it’s primly placed in a box. So, the next time we had some of our granddaughters over I asked if they wanted to play dress-up with Gramma’s wedding gown. Imagine their excitement over donning the gown and veil and feeling so very special.

So thankful I didn’t keep what had been made new and better stashed away in a box!

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Handing Down Our Stories

Reflecting on my grandchildren as they grow older, I paused and considered aspects of our family history I’m not communicating to them. book-1012275_640Sure, I’m a good grandma and love to visit them, play with them, and listen to them. And, of course, I delight in surprising them with birthday and Christmas presents. I fittingly describe the towering stacks of children’s clothing at my favorite warehouse-shopping venue as “the grandma trap.” These are all good things, but I want to impress God’s ways—complete with the victories and the struggles—and how His call on my heart has influenced my life. How better to accomplish this then through telling and retelling the tales of my life.

As the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land after wandering in the desert wilderness for 40 years, Moses gives God’s chosen people rules for obedient living. In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV), Moses exhorts the Israelites: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

The instruction is clear, but are we taking the time to do this? What are we handing down to our children and grandchildren about their family history? Are electronics and our digital age replacing our time for oral stories?

As I open my email first thing in the morning, I have devotions from several different sources staring at me, a couple Christian blogs I subscribe to, along with other assorted Christian newsletters and periodicals. These are a wonderful source of inspiration, and add to my Christian insight and growth, but they constitute an electronic interaction.

Whatever happened to taking the time to discuss spiritual issues face-to-face with those we care about most?

In contrast, in years past, families would gather around the dinner table and contribute to stories or discuss Sunday sermons, events from work and school, and family dealings. We can reclaim these times by looking for opportunities to share, and then creatively crafting the stories.

A good story will contain a moral or inspiration or a lesson learned. And the telling of our tale should involve gestures, facial expressions, sound effects, and emotion as we weave our words. Don’t forget the funny times. We all have countless humorous stories to impart, and we certainly need a good belly laugh now and then.

I desire to commit more wholeheartedly to this. I want to carefully plan and select good stories from my memories, share them, and then pray for my grandchildren to enjoy and remember these segments of their heritage. Will you join me in doing so?

Father God, Please help me remember and retell the stories of my life to my children, my grandchildren, or others in my sphere of influence. Enable me to not only share the victories, but also the shortcomings and the lessons learned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bible Truths:

Psalm 78:2-4 (NIV): “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

Psalm 89:1 (NIV): “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”

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