Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 23, 2015
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6
There are privileges to maturing in age, one of them being the gift of grandchildren. Like a king and queen’s crown, they are exceptionally valuable and are to be displayed proudly. You look at their hands and feet praying for them to handle life prayerfully, and to walk wisely with the Lord. You gaze into their innocent eyes and see glimpses of God’s glory, and you pray for them to look often to the face of Jesus and know He loves them.
Grandchildren are gifts from God that invite love and unify families. They are reminders that the Lord is at work extending His legacy. So as you love these little ones make sure to sow into them the Word of God, modeling for them grace, love, forgiveness, and fear of the Lord. Teach them to keep their eyes on Jesus, for He will never let them down. Godly grandparents invite trusting grandchildren into their lives.
“May you have the privilege of seeing your grandchildren as they grow” (Psalm 128:6, The Voice).
Invite them to your work so they can see you relate to people with patience, encouragement, and accountability. Invite them into your home, so they soak in how you unconditionally love and respect their grandmother or grandfather. Make sure they catch you laughing out loud every time they visit with you. Call them on the phone; send them emails and birthday cards; take them on trips; buy them ice cream, clothes, and their first Bible. Make their memories with you bring a smile to their face.
Lastly, if you are a parent, honor your parents by allowing them to be in the presence of your children. Take a break from parenting and let your mom and dad spoil them. If you are a grandparent, be extremely grateful to your children for the opportunity to invest in their children. Honor your children by respecting their way of parenting. Work with them, not against them. Indeed, your children still need your time, money, and wisdom.
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts” (Psalm 103:17-18).
Prayer: How can I support my children as they parent their children?
Related Readings: Psalm 78:4-6; 128:6; Proverbs 13:22; Joel 1:2-4
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