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12 Suggestions to Pray for Elementary Grandchildren

May 21, 2017
12 Suggestions to Pray for Elementary Grandchildren Discover their God-given gifts and talents. Develop a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment using their skills. Be motivated, disciplined, and challenged in their learning experiences. Treat others with respect. Stand firm for what is right and refuse the wrong with a positive attitude. Choose friendships wisely. Obey their parents. Understand their need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Develop a strong and healthy self-esteem and self-confidence.  Have a safe, healthy classroom environment.  Be protected from the deception of the enemy.  Develop a hunger for God’s Word.  Taken from the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren page 84. Available at http://www.gdptpr.com at a reduced $10.50 including shipping. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net I have developed thirty-one “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Join our mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren”.      

Are Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day the Same?

May 18, 2017
Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day are similar but not the same. To understand their similarities and differences, we need to examine both, starting with National Grandparents Day. National Grandparents Day After a three-year battle that began in 1970, West Virginia housewife Marian McQuade convinced her state Congress to commemorate grandparents with a special day. This commemoration honored grandparents, provided them an opportunity to express their love for their grandchildren and raised community awareness about the gifts grandparents can offer. Five years later, the United States Congress passed legislation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. They selected September because September denotes the autumn season of life. President Jimmy Carter gave his endorsement by signing the proclamation. Grandparents Day of Prayer In 2010, author Lillian Penner suggested that a day of prayer to coincide with National Grandparents Day. Thanks to Mrs. Penner’s efforts, churches around the world observe Grandparents Day of Prayer. They encourage grandparents to pray for their grandchildren, both in private and corporate settings. Do you recognize the importance of praying for your grandchildren? Do you want to encourage others to be praying grandparents? If so, may I suggest hosting an event to celebrate Grandparents Day of Prayer? You may want to host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following your morning worship. Or you may want to offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert in your home. Perhaps your minister is willing to address the importance of praying grandparents and set aside a special prayer time during the worship service. The possibilities are endless. It is imperative; however, grandparents gather to pray for their grandchildren. Conclusion Both Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day occur on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year’s date is September 10th. Both commemorate the vital role grandparent’s play in the family. The fundamental difference between the two is Grandparents Day of Prayer encourages grandparents to pray for the hearts, souls, and minds of their grandchildren. We are asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. We have two ways that you can participate on our website. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com Click on “I will pray” button and give if you will commit to join us as a prayer warrior on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. If you are willing to organize an event in your church, home, or retirement complexes, etc. click on “To find out more about becoming a volunteer” to follow the process  If you realize the urgency for a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents, will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 10th? Christian Grandparenting Network is prepared to provide step-by-step guidelines, resources and online tools for creating successful events. Please check our website http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com for more information, testimonials, promotional materials and free downloads. Thank you for your considering participation in this event. If you have questions or additional information, email Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparentinng.net or Sherry Schumann sherry@christiangrandparenting.net Guest

The Parents of our Grandchildren need Prayer

May 15, 2017
Teach your children to choose the right path.” Proverbs 22:6  Our children have a great responsibility parenting our grandchildren in these insecure, unstable times we live in today. Young families are busy with their jobs, church activities, children’s activities, etc. There are many distractions for them in their marriage, employment, and parenting. In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is important that we pray God will give our children wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. Suggestions to Pray for the Parents of your Grandchildren Pray their parents will make wise choices where to put their time, money, and energy as they discern what is best for their family, especially with the holiday season approaching. Pray their parents will have wisdom to balance their careers, energy, marriage, and parenting. Supporting the grandchildren through the many decisions, challenges, and opportunities, they face. Pray their parents will have a godly influence on your grandchildren at every stage of life, leading them to trust Jesus Christ as their personal savior, have a hunger for God’s Word, and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as they walk through life. Pray for their parent’s marriage. Ask God to protect, preserve, and sustain it. Knit their hearts together in complete unity. May their love for each other never fail Pray for protection and good health in their families, especially from the increase of contagious diseases. Ask God to place a shield of protection emotionally, physically, and spiritually in the chaotic world we live in. Pray for their families to have a foundation built on God’s Word and pass on a rich heritage to their future generations. By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net          

How are you passing on the baton of truth to your family?

May 10, 2017
  “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived                                                                                  in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice, now lives in you also” II Timothy 1:5. If Timothy’s grandmother Lois had not been faithful in passing on her faith to her daughter Eunice and grandson Timothy we would not have the books, I and II Timothy in the Bible today. Lois & Eunice are a real generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grandmothering for us. Isn’t it interesting that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the church has the primary responsibility to pass on our faith to the next generation? It makes clear that parents and grandparents are the primary conduits to instruct their children and grandchildren about God and his love for them. A concern for many grandparents is that their children are not passing on the values and faith they taught them. Therefore, grandparents have a crucial role to fill, if faith is to found on earth when Jesus comes back for his own. The demonstration of our love for the Lord and our prayers for our grandchildren are a powerful way to pass on our faith to them. I think that Eunice had a lot of support from Lois in Timothy’s early years. This month as we celebrate Mother’s Day, let’s pray for the mothers of our grandchildren. They have a great responsibility to parent our grandchildren in these troubled, unstable times we live in today. I often think about and pray for the mothers of my teenaged grandchildren. They are busy with their church activities, the children activities, chauffeuring the children and employment outside the home. You might send them a Mother’s Day card thanking them for all they do for your grandchildren. In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is important that we, as grandparents pray God will give the mothers and fathers of our dear grandchildren wisdom, time management, and godly wisdom in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. As grandparents, let’s ask God how he wants us to connect and nurture those precious grandchildren and model God’s love to them. Will they remember your monetary gifts or that you were their prayer warrior? Prayer: Lord, show me how you want me to pass the baton of truth to my grandchildren. Give me the wisdom to know how to connect and relate to them. Show me how to model a godly lifestyle in an ungodly culture. In Jesus name. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net. Special note: In the book Grandparenting With a Purpose, I give several suggestions of how Grandparents

How to Pray for Infants and Toddlers

May 8, 2017
How to Pray for Infants and Toddlers My grandchildren range in age from 11 to 32 years but now I have 2 great-granddaughters less than 18 months so I am again praying for infants and toddlers. If you have infants and/or toddlers you may appreciate these suggestions of how to pray for them. For Infants, pray they will: Develop a strong sense of security as they bond with their family. Feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Grow physically strong and mentally alert. Begin to lay a healthy foundation for good communication. Begin to develop a healthy attachment to their family members. For Toddlers, pray they will: Develop a healthy self-image. Develop a sense of independence. Develop a sense of obedience to their parents. Be willing to try new, unfamiliar experiences. Feel secure apart from parents (i.e.caregivers). Learn to play independently. I would appreciate it if you would give additional suggestions of how to pray for these dear little infants and toddlers. Taken from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, page 83. Available at www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com.  By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net    

Grandparenting: More than Reese’s Cups and KitKat Bars

May 4, 2017
Our oldest son observed that—while his maternal grandmother stockpiled Reese’s cups in the freezer and his paternal grandmother kept KitKat bars in her special drawer— I didn’t keep any candy at home for him to enjoy. Laughingly, I replied, “When I become a grandmother, I’m going to indulge your children with both Reese’s cups AND Twix bars.” My heart danced at the thought of being a grandmother, and our son was only five. Twenty-five years have passed, and I am now a doting grandparent. While I’ve come to realize that being a grandparent is more than Reese’s cups and Twix bars, I’ve had difficulty finding a precise definition of my role. Our American culture is ambiguous about our role as grandparents. Many of us embrace the “candy grandparent” model, lavishing excessive materialism on future generations, while others of us abdicate our roles as grandparents in exchange for a comfortable retirement. Sadly, the Church—in all denominations, in all fifty states—remains silent about our part. Specializing in the field of Biblical grandparenting, Pastor Josh Mulvihill offers a plausible explanation for the Church’s oversight in this important area of ministry. He suggests that generational discipleship is overlooked because the Church defines the family unit as parent and child. Until the Body of Christ redefines “family” to include the extended family, grandparents will waffle, and future generations will spiritually suffer. Scripture is clear. We are called to pass a legacy, a spiritual inheritance, onto our grandchildren. Moses instructed the Israelites, Teach (God’s decrees and laws) to your children and their children after them (Deuteronomy 4:9). The Psalmist proclaimed “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power and the wonders he has done (Psalm 78: 1).” In a world muddied by lies, half-truths at best, it is imperative that Christian grandparents rally. It is a time that we need to embrace multi-generational discipleship and invest in the spiritual lives of our grandchildren. In the words of Cavin Harper (Courageous Grandparenting), we need to “train grandparents for battle, so this generation will not be lost on our watch.” I dedicate the majority of my writing to godly and intentional grandparenting. Together, we’ll journey, explore and discover how to be godly and intentional grandparents. When the trip gets messy, we’ll shower each other with grace. When the climb grows steep, we’ll gently—or not so gently—nudge each other to the next level. And should the trail become unclear, we’ll point each other in the right direction. With our eyes fixed on the Word of God, let us journey forth. Guest blog by Sherry Schumann, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net

Will your Grandchildren know God’s Word when needed in a Crisis?

April 28, 2017
  Recently I was participating in a Bible study about Jonah. I found it interesting that when Jonah was in the belly of the fish, he quoted Scripture in his prayer of repentance. Jonah was a prophet and knew the Scriptures, especially the Psalms, a collection of memorized verses stamped on his heart and mind. When he was in dire circumstances, he remembered the Scriptures he had hidden in his heart.   Pray your grandchildren will memorize Scripture, so it will be stamped in their heart and mind when they need to recall it in a time of crisis. I also believe that no prayer is more effective than the one that finds its roots in God’s Word. We read that His Word is alive, powerful and will not return void. I am asking myself if God’s Word is ingrained in my thoughts enough to pray his Word for my family and myself. I believe God loves to hear us praying His Word when we pray. Many Scriptures in God’s Word we can use when we pray giving us confidence and boldness for our families and ourselves. I feel I have grown in my prayer life since I have been praying Scriptures for my family and myself. Example:  I Corinthians 10:13    Dear Father, I pray that you will give __________wisdom and strength to withstand temptation. I have developed thirty-one “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents are using to pray for my grandchildren. Sign up on the right side of this website to receive the blogs and grandparenting suggestions biweekly. I will send you a free downloadable copy of ““ Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.” By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Prayer is the Best Weapon for the next Generation

April 27, 2017
It’s time for grandparent warriors to raise a shout and carry the light of Christ to our grandchildren. It’s time we utilize the greatest weapon in our arsenal; it’s time we exercise the Power of Prayer! Grandparents are in a spiritual battle for the lives of the next generation; however, the battle isn’t ours, it is the Lords. The way to walk through this struggle is to tightly grip the hand of Jesus and stay in close communication with him. Only as we release our concerns for our grandchildren to Him are we free to cling to His hand. We cannot grab his hand when our hands are full of our worries and concerns, only when our hands are empty can we tightly hold His hand. The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. Grandparents let’s not let the enemy distract us or dull our desires to pray for our grandchildren and their parents intentionally. Prayer is our best weapon to defeat the enemy. I believe it’s our place as grandparents to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our grandchildren, their parents and our nations. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will. “Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . .For the battle is not yours but Gods.” II Chronicles 20:15 Announcing Grandparents’ Day of Prayer This struggle with the enemy is why Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is proclaiming the National Grandparents’ Day on September 10 as a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious grandchildren and their parents will be victorious with praying grandparents who sense the urgency and the need to unite in prayer.Will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 10? This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer for your event. Check out this website for endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com For additional information, contact the Prayer Directors: Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net Sherry Schumann, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net          

A Grandmother’s Prayer for her Grandchildren

April 23, 2017
A Grandmother’s Prayer for her Grandchildren Dear God, I am grateful for the grandchildren you have given me. I pray you will give me the grace to be a “Grammy” who loves, accepts, leads, and guides them with your love. I want to model my faith in Jesus, so they will be encouraged to put their confidence in you early in their lives. I pray they will develop a compassionate heart with a desire to serve others. When discouraged, may they trust you for their future and develop perseverance during hard times. May they enjoy hard work and find joy and contentment in each day, despite difficult circumstances. Help them to enjoy the small things in their lives, taking the time to smell the roses and notice the beautiful clouds in the sky. I trust they will seek new experiences in your creation around them in place of material possessions. I pray they will hold their possessions loosely and give cheerfully to your work. My desire is for them to develop a strong prayer life as they grow in their faith. Above all, may they seek your guidance in everything they do and may Jesus’ love shine through them to everyone. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Written by Joy Boschman, California  

Are you part of the Million Praying Grandparent’s Movement?

April 20, 2017
  If you have read my blogs and Facebook postings I am sure you have noticed that I am passionate about praying for my grandchildren in my writings. I recognize the critical moral and spiritual environment my grandchildren must navigate in a world hostile to truth. Recently Franklin Graham wrote, “Our nation is in serious trouble—we are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America.” Our grandchildren are growing up in a world that is not friendly to our faith in God. However, I feel God has given grandparents a sacred trust and a responsibility to imprint the next generation with His faithfulness. That is why we at Christian Grandparenting Network are calling grandparents worldwide to unite in prayer by participating in the Million Praying Grandparents movement. Let us come to God with boldness and confidence praying for the environment our grandchildren and great-grandchildren are growing up today. You may ask, “What is the Million Praying Grandparents movement?” Million Praying Grandparents (MPG) is an imitative mobilizing Christian grandparents worldwide to regularly and intentionally unite in prayer for their grandchildren, families, and the influences in their grandchildren’s lives. Some of you may have already signed up to join in prayer with the Million Praying Grandparents movement. However, if you have not already signed up, will you, please sign up to participate for the sake of the hearts, minds, and souls of your grandchildren. Will you say, “Yes! I will be one of the Million Praying Grandparents uniting in prayer.” Click on www.millionprayinggrandparents.com to sign up to participate in the movement. When you join the Million Praying Grandparents, you will receive a FREE Prayer resource of “Scriptures to Pray” designed to help you pray for your grandchildren. Would you help us promote the Million Praying Grandparents initiative by sharing this post with your friends on social media and “like” its fan page? https://www.facebook.com/GrandparentDayOfPrayer If you have any questions, email Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net or Sherry Schumann sherry@christiangrandparenting.net  Co-Prayer Directors for Christian Grandparenting Network Also if you subscribe for email updates on my weekly blog with grandparenting resources on this website, I will send you a Free Printable PDF copy of “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.” WILL YOU DO ME A FAVOR? If you found this post useful, will you share it with a friend, especially another grandparent? Thank you!                  

Are your Grandchildren living in a Greenhouse of Prayer?

April 16, 2017
  In his book, “Fearless” Max Lucado writes, “Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool. Jesus says so little about our parenting, makes no comments about spanking, sibling rivalry, or schooling. His actions speak volumes about prayer. Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer.” ¹ A greenhouse is a glass structure for the growing of tender plants letting in the warmth of the sun to keep the tender plants warm and safe. Just so, the lives of grandparents can reflect the love of God’s Son, Jesus in the lives of their grandchildren. Praying they will grow healthy, developing godly character, as they are watered with God’s Word. Parents and grandparents cannot protect their children from every threat that comes into their lives. However, if we are believers in Jesus Christ we have one to which we can take each need into the greenhouse of prayer. If we don’t know how to pray for them, we can ask them how they would like us to pray for them or be in communication with their parents about their needs. In the wintertime, we often place our plants in a greenhouse to protect them from the severe cold weather. When the storms of life are hitting our grandchildren, they need a “greenhouse of prayer” for protection from the evil one who is seeking to destroy their faith. In Proverbs, we read “God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.” ² Pray for your grandchildren’s parents to be God-loyal trustworthy, living honest lives, having the wisdom to teach them to develop godly character. It is easier to teach children godly character when they are young than when they grow older. Take your grandchildren to a safe, warm place, the “greenhouse of prayer” every day, so they will grow to be strong godly men and women. Watch for next blog for a special announcement. Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net ¹ Max Lucado, Fearless, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2009), p. 60. ²Proverbs 20:7 (MSG)        

Easter Prayer for Grandchildren

April 13, 2017
Easter Prayer for Grandchildren  Dear Heavenly Father, as we celebrate Easter, I am thankful that YOU died on the cross and rose from the dead so grandchildren and   I can have the gift of a personal relationship with YOU. I thank you that you have given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment for eternal life. I pray my grandchildren will understand the true meaning of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I know how easily my grandchildren can be influenced by their friends—the fashions, music, their passions, and problems. I ask You to protect my grandchildren physically, emotionally and spiritually. May they know and follow YOU wholeheartedly. Help me to make the invisible God visible to my grandchildren. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  
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