Are you a new Baby Boomer grandparent or a grandparent looking for resources and/or suggestions to grandparent with a purpose? I am excited to share some resources and suggestions with you that will help you grandparent with a purpose.
For the last five years, I have had the privilege to be the National Prayer Coordinator of Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN). CGN is devoted to challenging Christian grandparents to live intentionally as representatives of Christ for future generations. It is committed to providing a network of resources and opportunities for grandparents to have powerful opportunities for inter-generational dialogue to strengthen grandparent-grandchild relationships and spiritual growth. Go to www.christiangrandparenting.net
As the Prayer Coordinator for CGN, I have developed two prayers cards: Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren and Suggestions to Pray for Your Grandchildren in School: Preschool, Elementary, Teenagers, and College Students.
God has also given me the opportunity to write the book GRANDPARENTING WITH A PURPOSE: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book challenges grandparents to stand in the gap for their grandchildren by living a godly example and being their prayer warrior. It provides creative suggestions for prayers based on Scriptures, and other helpful tools, utilizing everything from cell phones to photo prayer journals. This book is available on this website.
Last year CGN proclaimed the second Sunday in September as Grandparents Day of Prayer, coinciding with National Grandparents Day esignated by a Senate proclamation in 1978. It is a way of engaging grandparents to unite in an intentional day of prayer for their grandchildren. Many participants reported how they were blessed as they united in prayer with other grandparents with a common cause. There are only 31 days until the upcoming Grandparents Day of Prayer on Sunday, September 9, 2012. I want to challenge you to participate with grandparents all other the world for an intentional day of prayer for the next generations.
It has been exciting for me to invite grandparents to participate in small groups called Grandparents@Prayer (G@P) to pray for their grandchildren. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were threatened, likewise grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren today. G@P groups are meeting in many areas of the United States and England praying together for their grandchildren on a regular basis. Anyone desiring information or would like to become a part of a group may go to the CGN website mentioned above or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new book for grandparents, NOT ON OUR WATCH! Courageous Grandparenting in a Turbulent World, written by Cavin Harper, Founder, and Executive Director of CGN, is available at www.christiangrandparenting.net.
CGN recently started a weekly radio program Not on My Watch hosted by Cavin Harper, Executive on radio station KRDO (Colorado Springs) 105.5 FM & 1240 AM at 7:30 A.M. MST. If you would like to listen to my recent interview on the radio program on June 17, or the other weekly programs go to www.christiangrandparenting.net podcast link.
CGN also provides many other resources for grandparents such as weekly blogs on their website by Cavin Harper, and me, GrandCamps in Colorado, mission trips for grandparents and grandchildren, seminars, and conferences for grandparents.
I enjoy my grandchildren very much and God has given me a passion to intentionally pray for my grandchildren, especially in the moral and spiritually deprived world we live in today. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part in a grandparenting ministry to influence our future generations for Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions or would like to contact me please email me at email@example.com
By Lillian Penner