Sunday, September 9, 2018

TRUST #31: Ideas to Help Grandparents Share their Faith with their Grandchildren

Grandparents tend to have a special kind of love for their grandchildren, and can often have a significant impact in their lives. So, since today is Grandparent's Day, this TRUST post is for all of you grandparents who have the great opportunity of passing along your faith to your grandchildren.

As a grandparent, consider some of these ideas that may help encourage your grandchildren to live a life of faith:
  1. Pray for them on a regular basis, and also be sure to TELL them you are praying for them.
  2. Ask them HOW you can pray for them.
  3. Teach them how to pray and/or take them to church with you, if their parents will allow it. (It's always important to be respectful of the parents wishes.)
  4. For young ones, read stories to them that tell of God's love for them.
  5. For grandchildren of ALL ages, share stories from your own life about times when prayers have been answered, or when you needed to TRUST God to help you through a difficult situation. Share your stories in person, or over the phone; or go one step further and record them on a cassette tape, or ask someone to video tape you telling your stories. What a special gift that would be!
  6. If you enjoy writing, take the time to write your faith/trust stories in a notebook or journal in your own handwriting. This would be another great gift to give to the generations that follow you! Or, you could type up an entire memoir and get it self-published. If that is the direction you choose to go in, my friend Linda has a lot of helpful information on memoir writing over at her blog:  SPIRITUAL MEMOIRS 101
I am thankful for the blessing of wonderful parents and grandparents who have impacted my life with their faith. Here are a just a few photos of our kids with the grandparents who have shared in their lives over the years. These loving grandparents have not only talked about their faith, but have also shown by their actions what it means to live a life of TRUSTING in the Lord.

At Robin Hood Woods Campground with Grandma & Grandpa S. - July 2004

On our church playground with Grandma & Grandpa Mc. - 2005

Various photos with Grandma & Grandpa S. in 2007

Playing at a park while visiting Grandpa & Grandma Mc. - August 2009

Visiting Great Grandma Mac in her home - June 2011

Celebrating the Holidays with Grandpa & Grandma S. - 2013

Various photos with Grandma & Grandpa Mc. in 2014

Both sets of grandparents at our house for a visit - August 2015

Mother's Day with Grandma Mc. - May 2018

Visiting a covered bridge with Grandma & Grandpa S.  - May 2018


Psalm 92:14-15 (NIV)
"They will still bear fruit in old age, 
they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, 
“The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, 
and there is no wickedness in Him."

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