October 9, 2013

Proud Grandparents

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 9, 2013

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren are a spectacular crown of God’s grace to be worn proudly and graciously by grandparents. They are a crown of joy and delight to the soul. They are a crown of purity to the heart. They are a crown of truth to the mind. They are a crown of energy to the body. They are a crown of worship to the spirit. They are a crown dedicated to Christ that is daily placed at the feet of Jesus. The crown of grandchildren sparkles in the moist eye of a grateful grandparent.

Grandparents who are privileged to be in the lives of their grandchildren have an opportunity for influence. We sit on the floor with our grandchildren and develop little ones who want to sit on their grandparent’s lap. When we live and play on their level they feel safe. They sense we understand and care. It is an intimate invitation for them to venture into our secure space. A two foot tall perspective cannot be seen and understood by a five footer. It is only when we humble ourselves and get on the ground with them that we see their world. They need to see us kneel.

May the Lord bless you…May you live to see your children’s children. Psalms 128:5-6

We lower relational barriers when we invest time, love and money in the children of our children. Their little hearts open wide when they feel total love and acceptance. Thus, we love a grandchild well by learning what they like and offering them opportunities to experience their interests. Perhaps it’s a swing at the playground or a swim in the pool. Or maybe a small toy car for a boy or a doll for a girl. Grandchildren gravitate to grandparents who get to know them.

Lastly, honor your child in the presence of their child. Be careful not to ignore or dismiss the parental guidelines defined by your grandchild’s mom and dad. Use your influence as a grandparent to build up and brag on your grand baby’s mother and father. Your child will want you to be with their child when they see you support and respect their expectations. Parents are meant to be the pride of their children, so facilitate this feeling. Proud grandparents help out.

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. Psalm 92:14

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me humility to be a proud grandparent who loves well my adult child and grandchild.

Related Readings: Genesis 48:11; Job 42:16; Psalm 103:17; Isaiah 46:4; 2 Timothy 1:5

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Comments

  1. Kmac4him says:

    Thanks for this incredible wisdom for us grandparents! I can’t think of any greater blessing in life than to invest in the lives of our children and grandchildren and BE a Godly example and influence. AWE-GOD!

  2. Jean Clark says:

    Our 20 yr old grandson passed away in his sleep April 7, 2012. He was not sick, it was call Cardiac Dysrhythemia. I never knew my heart could actually hurt with grief even though I know that he is in heaven and I will see him again. I am 74 yrs old so this is not the natural order of things but one day I will understand. I will get through this but never over it. I loved him dearly. He is still in my thoughts each day.
    Thank you for this website

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Jean~ If it is possible, I think I could feel your “hurt” through your e-mail. First, let me tell you how sorry I am about your loss. Then, let me tell you how thankful I am that you know our Heavenly Savior and that you know your grandson waits for you in heaven. What a blessing you must have been to this young man during his short time on earth.
      As I read your post, I realize there are no earthly words that can make it better, but God’s Promises are so real and so healing. Cling to His Word, Jean, and you will feel that “Peace that transcends all understanding.”
      My prayers are with you and your family.

      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne Maffett for Wisdom Hunters


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