Godly Grandparents – Guest Post and Some Scriptures For The Week

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From the time my children were born my mother has been giving them the best thing she had to give. Jesus. She has taught them Bible stories, read the scriptures to them, and taught them to memorize passages of the Bible. She knew and still knows there is no greater gift you can leave with your children or grandchildren than the Word of God. Because “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NAS)

My mother had the privilege of leading both of my children to the Lord. She watched my children because it was necessary for me to work. I hated every minute away from my babies but I was and am so very thankful that my mother was there to care for them in my absence. Both of my children have so many fond memories of growing up with their Grandma. The Lord was in everything she did. It did not matter where they were or what they were doing, she always kept the Lord at the center of what was going on.

Not only did she teach them about Jesus but she was and is an adventurous woman. She taught them to work at home but she also took them on so many adventures. She took them to gardens, parks, lakes, hills, and everywhere she could think that would bring adventure and joy. Mom hardly ever goes the same way twice; she is always looking for a new route or a new road she has not yet traveled. We live in Texas not too far from some very nice hills for climbing, well, they did. They went to the ocean to fish, the lakes to boat, and the forests to hike.

Mom is pretty knowledgeable about all things nature. She taught them about the birds, the trees, the plants, and at the same time she was teaching them about the maker of all these things. She sees our heavenly Father in everything she does because He is her Lord and she knows He is the only one that anyone can always depend on. “Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?” – Isaiah 2:22 (NAS)

When my daughter was four my Mom taught her Psalms 27:1-6 and she was able to quote it word for word whenever anyone would request it. She loved memorizing the word of God. My Mom also taught my son who is seven years younger these same verses. He was a little bit older before he got it down but he has it to this day. She taught them other verses but these are their favorites. My son who is now almost twenty-one was just talking to me about this yesterday with fondness and reiterated how much he loves and appreciates his Gram. My daughter is almost twenty-eight and this scripture is still always on her heart. Listen to the words of this scripture and imagine them in the hearts of young children.

Psalm 27:1-6 (KJV)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

To this day my son prefers the King James Version of the Bible because that is the Bible his grandma taught him to read. He says he understands it better. I myself love the King James Version of the Bible because I too was raised on it as my “Bread”. We think that small children will not understand so we try to simplify things but the Word of God and His Holy Spirit make everything clear to those who want to know Him. I am so grateful to my mother who instilled this love in my children’s hearts. I too taught them the scriptures but in my absence my Mom never skipped a beat.

In this world of confusion and busyness living in Jesus is the one true and most wonderful gift we can give our children and grandchildren to hang on to. His Word is the truth and the truth will set them free, His Word is life, His word is the victory that overcomes in this world we live in.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32 (KJV)

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63 (KJV)

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)

The blessing of having godly Grandparents extends way beyond the times children spend with their grandparents. Of course the Lord will stay with them for the rest of their lives but they also carry a part of that grandparent with them forever. Having a legacy like that is not only a wonderful one for the grandparent but it leaves a mark on the child and encourages them to be someone that others see Jesus in. The role of grandparent can be the greatest role of your life. Even if you do not feel like you were a great parent because you were not well prepared at that time in your life it does not mean that you cannot make an impact on your grandchildren’s lives. And you can still be a great influence in your children’s lives as well.

My own children have noticed the changes in my life as they have gotten older. I always tried to share my faith in Jesus Christ with them but I did not always have the stability in life that I should have to back it up. It is never too late and as you grow in Christ your life will show it and you will become a greater witness to your families because they will see you becoming more and more like Jesus. Never give up and never surrender to feelings of inadequacy or unpreparedness when it comes to things of the Lord. The most important thing you can do is to stay in the Word of God so that He can fill you up and teach you each day how to overcome things in your life that you on your own do not have the power to overcome. He will then give you the words to say and the Light that shines on those you love.

I cannot express my thankfulness enough to my Mom and what she has given to me and to my children. There can often be no greater influence than the influence of a godly grandparent in the lives of children. You do not have to be a preacher or Sunday school teacher to give them Jesus’ love and His Word. Share with them your love for all things of the Lord and He will use it to reach your grandchildren. Show them His love by sharing your lives with them. Take time to have adventures and show them your heart openly and they will hold on to it for the rest of their lives. God bless you in your endeavors!

About The Author

Jack Meyers is a regular contributor for www.nannybackgroundcheck.com. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.

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