3 items tagged "Grandparents"

  • Be Anxious for Nothing

    Read Together:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  - Philippians 4:4-7

     

    Main idea:

    Worry can steal the joy and peace right out of our lives!  Rather than ruminating on our troubles, begin the habit of praising God and calling on Him in prayer.

     

    Preschool & Early Elementary Takeaway:

    He doesn’t say rejoice and celebrate on your birthday, or just on holidays, or just when something happy or fun happens… He tells us to rejoice and celebrate always! 

    --What is something you want to thank God for?

     

    Student & Teen Takeaway:

    Many of our thoughts come from worry. We stress out about life, but we don’t have to. God is going to take care of us, and He is with us. He wants us to tell Him about our anxiety and fear. When you are worried, tell God about it. When we talk to God about our problems, we can experience His peace for us.

    --What things in life cause you stress?  How can you trust God with these?

     

    Couples:

    We love feeling we can have control; that we’ve reduced all risk of danger or threats.  However, we know better. Circumstances can change in a moment, revealing the places in our lives we need God to touch.  Our call here is to choose to rejoice…no matter the circumstances…no matter what! 

    --Why is it hard to give up control?  What do we need to surrender so our hope is in Christ alone?

     

    Pray Together:

    Lord, no matter what comes our way, our eyes will be fixed on you.  We choose to praise You for who You are.  You’re good, faithful, and in control!  We love You, and we choose to have our hope and joy in You!

    Amen

     

    Sing Together:

    “Joy of the Lord” - Rend Collective

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVIhb-c_4Tw

  • Be the spiritual thermostat

    “Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.” -Mark Batterson

    One of the greatest gifts you can give your children, or grandchildren, is to show them what it means to love Jesus with your own life. Be a living example of a life shaped and anchored in prayer. There is a laundry list of reasons why we may not take prayer seriously, or only go to prayer during those ASAP moments. We need a fresh love again for prayer! How about as parents, we lift the bar on prayer in our homes, and teach our children what it means to call upon the name of the Lord, no matter what our circumstances? If we want our children to follow Jesus as adults, then let’s make it a priority for ourselves to follow and love Jesus with authenticity and passion.

    You are the spiritual thermostat in your home. Let’s keep it hot by persevering in prayer!

    How have you been shaping your children and grandchildren’s destinies?

  • Grandparents Matter

    Grandparents, you’ve done it! Your kids are adults! They have their own careers, and they are starting their own families. The many years of relentlessly leading and guiding your kids are paying off, and it may appear your job is done. It’s tempting to celebrate; to kick back and enjoy this new season of your life. Well, you definitely deserve some much needed rest…but don’t celebrate too early. You’re not done yet.

    Research shows that the #1 influencer in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. No surprise there. The runner up though, at #2, is a close family member, specifically grandparents. This makes sense, and is supported in scripture. Check out Deuteronomy 4:9. “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

    As grandparents, you have a tremendous opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of not only your kids, but of your precious grandbabies! Don’t celebrate too early. Make sure your kids and grandkids love Jesus more than anything. Once that happens, celebrate away!

    Looking to make an intentional impact on your grandkids? Click herefor some great resources and encouragement.

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