“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:4 NIV)
When I told my teenage grandson I would soon turn seventy, he asked, “What have you been doing all those years?”
I laughed. “Well, for one thing, I raised two children, and one is your mother.”
He smiled and nodded.
“After that? Time with five grandchildren!”
Although I chuckled at Peter’s question, it prompted me to think about my past seventy years and to thank God for His blessings and His help during challenging seasons. It also encouraged me to share snippets of my life with my grandchildren.
Since Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 13, 2015, what stories and life events could you share with your grandchildren?
Are there “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” you could share?
Did God answer a specific prayer?
Did He provide a job during economically hard times?
Did God comfort you during a loss?
Is there a special verse God used to build your faith or to help you through a hard time?
Did someone encourage you or pray for you when you needed courage?
These are all part of your life story and would bless your children and grandchildren.
Why not get together with your grandchildren and share faith-building stories from your life?
You could take them out for a treat, or invite them over for a root beer float or a simple snack. If your grandchildren don’t live nearby, you could call or Skype with them, or relate your memories in writing or on a recorded video. Also, you could pray for them or with them.
Sharing your life’s milestones will glorify God and create a lasting legacy of meaningful memories for your grandchildren and you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of children and grandchildren. Help me to see Your fingerprints in my life so I can share Your power, praiseworthy deeds, and wonders with my family and others.
Happy Grandparents Day!
Related: The Perfect Grandparent’s Day Gift
About Lydia Harris
Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."