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Discover Powerful Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren

November 16, 2017
 If you have been looking for a Christmas gift for your grandparents or your friends, I have an answer for you. Thousands of grandparents who have read Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren who have found the book helpful in praying for their grandchildren. I was a frustrated long-distance grandparent with little involvement in the lives of my grandchildren. However, God showed me how I could impact the lives of my grandchildren by purposefully praying for them, whether they lived nearby or far away. After doing some research and prayer, God gave me a passion for intentionally praying for my grandchildren. Here are five of the many benefits you will learn from my book entitled, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. Encouraged to pray regularly and deliberately for your grandchildren. Suggestions to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness. How prayer can help bridge the distance between you and your grandchildren Creative resources to grandparent with a purpose Examples of Scriptures to pray How to develop a Photo Prayer Journal Josh Mulvihill, Ph.D., Pastor to Children and Families, Grace Church | Eden Prairie, MN wrote recently, “Lillian Penner has written an excellent book on prayer that I wish I could get into the hands of every grandparent. You should purchase this book for four reasons: You will be trained to keep Scripture central to your prayers; Lillian equips you to be an intentional grandparent who focuses on the spiritual growth of grandchildren; You will find many practical tools to help you develop the habit of prayer for your grandchildren; Lillian rightly understands something that Oswald Chambers once said, ³Prayer doesn¹t equip us for greater works ­prayer is the greater work.² When grandparents ask me for a book on prayer, I always recommend Lillian¹s book, and I highly recommend it to you.”  This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent, but it will give you resources to Grandparent with a Purpose. As a result of writing this book I was made more aware of grandparenting with a purpose by the way I live my life and intentionally praying for my nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and their parents. I am one of the Prayer Directors of Christian Grandparenting Network and eager to share the following resources with you. Check out the endorsements for the book on the website: http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com/endorsements/. The softcover book, retails for $11.99 plus shipping, however, for a limited time I have a special offer of $10.50 including shipping in the U.S. I will include two bonus prayer cards “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren” and “More Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.” Order soon before the special offer expires. It is a great Christmas idea. Will be available for Christmas if ordered by December 15. The eBook is available for $3.99 from Amazon or Redemption Press on the website which is excellent for foreign orders to save shipping cost. To Buy Now: Go to http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com click

Ideas for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017
Thanksgiving is a good time to encourage our grandchildren to be thankful for the many good things they experience. Help them make a list of their home, food, clothing, school, friends, church, toys, and the opportunities they enjoy for which they can be thankful. Gratitude always improves ones attitude. Send your grandchildren a Thanksgiving card, email, or call them to let them know you thank God for them; you are thankful they are your grandchildren and you are praying for them. ¹ Another Thanksgiving Idea Before dinner, ask your guests to write down something they are grateful for on a piece of paper and place it in a bowl in the middle of the table. Later, pass the bowl around and have each guest read one note aloud while everyone guesses who wrote it. “Some may be obvious, but others will surprise you-that is the fun of it.” ² “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” I Chronicles 16:8 (NIV) ¹ This is an excerpt from the book Grandparenting with a Purpose, Seasonal Suggestions for Connecting to your Grandchildren, page 95. The book is available on a special Christmas offer at http://www.gdptpr.com. ² Taken from “20 simple solutions for Turkey Day headaches”. Nov. 2012 dashrecipes.com/thanksgiving By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net.      

Wake up Call for Grandparents in Today’s Culture

November 8, 2017
The men of Issachar in King David’s army said they “understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). In todays fragmented world in which we live it is important that grandparents understand the times. Just as the men of Issachar in David’s army understood the times and knew what to do. We are living in challenging times in a cultural war, as our world is sinking further into moral and spiritual depravity. Our grandchildren have immediate access to information and images with the use of the computer, tablets and cell phones. The media-driven culture is desensitizing our grandchildren and their parents and their role models are disappointing them. God is being pushed to the perimeter of our culture at a time when we really need Him. Most grandparents fear for the future of their children and grandchildren, living in these crucial unstable times, which is why we need to intentionally pray for them. However, David writes in Psalm 119:9, “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying God’s word and following its rules.” Let’s pray our grandchildren will learn God’s word so they will know how to live their lives in our fragmented and deceitful culture in which we live today. Jesus Christ is the only hope for our grandchildren and future generations. Today as we see our world falling apart grandparents must see the urgency to intentionally pray for their grandchildren and their parents. Grandparents and parents must model living out their faith in a disjointed and broken culture in which we live today. Children need a “safe” environment in which they will feel unconditionally loved and free to ask questions. Pornography is very rampant today; children are exposed to it often by their friends on their smartphones, even at an early elementary age. We cannot protect our children from evil but we can walk alongside, preparing them for when they are exposed. Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual protection of your dear grandchildren. We are living in a post-culture and hostile environment toward a godly lifestyle. Every Grandparent needs to listen to Josh McDowell’s wake up call for grandparent’s message on Pornography delivered at Moody Bible Institute, Founders Day last year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOSbUjmupWE By Lillian Penner, co-director of the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net              

Support our Deployed Military Troops and Their Families with Prayer                                                                                      

November 4, 2017
As Veteran’s day approaches, we are reminded of our military families and those who have served our country in the military. There are many U.S. troops in our military deployed all over the world leaving families back home and don’t hear the laughter of their loved ones. They only have memories of their loved ones and long for the time they will be back home again. Many times their families see the importance of their mission but the remaining parents, spouse and children struggle with many issues, miss their family member, and often feel abandoned. Here are suggestions to pray for those in the military and their families. Protection and safety for our troops as they currently patrol the war torn areas. Pray for a covering of protection over their families left behind. The numbers of spouses who leave a marriage because of the stresses of long-term deployment and repeated deployments is staggering. The impact this has on the kids is beyond imagination. Pray for grandparents of these military kids left behind to provide spiritual covering, encouragement, and intentional ministry of hope in Christ. The grandparents also need our prayers as they also face the uncertainty and anxiety of their sons, daughters and possibly grandchildren in potential danger daily. Pray for the witness and powerful presence of God for the troops who are followers of Christ among the unbelievers where they are stationed. Pray for the local friendships that they develop, that they will be able to build relationships and have opportunities to share the Gospel in ways and places that no other missionaries would be able to do. Pray that these troops would be the sweet fragrance of Christ among these peoples. Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served our country. By Lillian Penner                      

Are You Clinging to the Hand of Jesus?

October 31, 2017
  Grandparents are in a battle for the next generation however, the battle isn’t ours, it is the Lords. The way to walk through this battle is to tightly grip the hand of Jesus and stay in close communication with him. It is only as we release our concerns for our grandchildren to Him that we are free to cling to His hand. We cannot cling to his hand when our hands are full of our worries and concerns, only when our hands are empty.   The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. As grandparents let’s not let the enemy distract us or dull our desires to intentionally pray for our grandchildren and their parents. 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 nations, our children and grandchildren. 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  This is why Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) has formed Grandparents @ Prayer (G@P) intercessory groups as a way to call grandparents to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our dear grandchildren and their parents can be won by praying grandparents who sense the urgency and the need to unite in prayer. G@P groups can be held 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 start a G@P intercessory prayer group.  Check out this website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer/ For additional information, contact the Prayer Directors:                  Lillian Penner, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net,  Sherry Schumann, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net            

How big is your bouquet of thanks?

October 30, 2017
Look for the tiny pleasures strategically placed in your life each day. Do you believe God goes before you and plants these little pleasures to brighten your day? If you do, look carefully, sometimes they are hidden, then collect them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet, that you can offer it to God with a grateful heart.   I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful in praying for their grandchildren. Just by joining the 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”.   By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net              

Are you in the Autumn Season of your Life?

October 26, 2017
In the Northwest, we are having excellent autumn weather with the awesome colors, seeing beautiful reds, oranges, yellow and golden leaves. The other day while driving down the street, seeing the beautiful trees it reminded of the seasons we experience each year and compared them to our lives. I thought that when we are in our childhood years, we are like the flowering beautiful blooming trees in the springtime. When we come into adulthood, we are as the green leaves in the summertime with many of the trees bearing fruit just as many young families bear children. Then in the autumn season, we harvest the fruit reminding me of when our children are leaving home, and we receive the gift of grandparenting. In the wintertime, as the trees become bare, we near the end of our lives. Since I am in the autumn season of my life at this time admiring the beautiful vibrant colors, I asked myself: “Does my life reflect the gorgeous red, golden, yellow, and orange colors of a dynamic relationship with you to my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?” Ask yourself this question. God has given us purpose even though we may become limited physically in our autumn season of life; we can be prayer warriors for our families. They need much prayer as we live in these troubled post-Christian times. Here are some prayer requests for connecting with your grandchildren: Ask God to give you opportunities and creative ideas to communicate with your grandchildren Ask God to provide you with unconditional love for them. Ask God to protect your grandchildren from the deception of the evil one who is trying to steal them from the Lord. Note: Would you please share your thoughts on this blog in the comments below? If you are on Facebook, would you like this page and share the post with your friends? By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network

Are You being Real or do you Wear a Mask?

October 22, 2017
Recently my great granddaughter as talking about what kind of a Halloween costume she was going to wear. As I was thinking about Halloween coming up at the end of this month, I started thinking of jack-o-lanterns, costumes, masks, etc. Children have a fun time deciding who they are going to be and what they will wear as they trick or treat and of course eating their treats.  It reminded me of how many of us try to cover up our feelings to look like we got it all together or who God designed us to be. We too, as grandparents tend to hide, conceal or disguise how we feel about ourselves or who God says we are to be. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God created us to be genuine, authentic, sincere, and truthful, pleasing Him with doing good works for Him. Wearing a mask to cover up who God designed us will not bring us fulfillment. Let’s ask ourselves: Do I really believe God is who He says He is? Do I really believe God can do what He says He can do? Do I really believe I am who God says I am? Do my grandchildren want to follow my Jesus? Do my grandchildren see that Jesus Christ is the focal point of my life or do they think I am wearing a spiritual mask?  During this Halloween season, let us encourage our grandchildren to be real and honest and not wear masks in their relationship with Jesus Christ, their families and at school.  “A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.”(Proverbs 14:25 NIV). By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Are you sowing seeds of prayer for your grandchildren?

October 18, 2017
As we are in the autumn season, I was reminded of my childhood, growing up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. In the summer after the wheat harvest, my father would prepare the soil for the next year’s crop, and in the autumn, he would sow the wheat seed. Throughout the winter months, we would wait for the rains to water the seed and wait for it to come up and watch it grow. In the spring, we would see the wheat heads form and ripen to a golden color for the harvest in early June. We just had faith that once the seed was in the ground, rains would come, nature would take its course and the golden heads of wheat would be ready for harvest in the summer. Our prayers can be like seed. It reminds me of when we pray we are sowing seed, asking God in faith for what we desire for our grandchildren. Once we ask things start happening behind the scenes, whether we are asleep or awake, God is at work, preparing an answer to our prayers. In God’s timing, the answer will be evident, and we will “reap” the results of our seed (prayer) sown. However, we must have faith trusting God is at work even when it seems like nothing is happening while we are waiting for the seed (prayers) to sprout, grow, and bring forth a harvest. One little seed has a lot of potential, it seems so small, but under the right conditions, this one seed can grow into a plant that will yield a significant harvest! Spiritual multiplication is the same. The seed (prayers) that we sow in the lives of our grandchildren will produce a crop, even into the future generations and yield a harvest of blessing in the future. Questions: What are you asking God in faith for your grandchildren today? Are you able to fully trust God with the prayers that you are sowing to bring forth a harvest in the lives of your grandchildren? “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”(Galatians 6:9, NKJV). “Prayer is one of the easiest subjects to talk upon, but one of the hardest to practice.” −Henrietta Mears, What the Bible Is All About, p.598. I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that thousands of grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren”.   By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

What are you doing with your old photos?

October 16, 2017
Why not dig into the boxes and envelopes that hold your treasured, forgotten photos of your children and grandchildren and send them to them on their birthday or special occasions. Write a note of the approximate time and place of the picture and your memory of the event. Let them know how proud you are of them at this time in their lives. It is also an excellent time to communicate with them that you are praying for them and God has great plans for them as they grow up to be godly men and women. “No eye hath seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” I Corinthians 2:9 NIV). Here is an example: When my grandson celebrated his 25th birthday. In his birthday greeting card, I sent him a picture of him on his 14th birthday, included a Bible verse, and wrote that we loved him and prayed for him. I also wrote a memory of how excited he was with his gifts, cake, etc. It brought a smile to his face; we listened to his laughter and made good use of your treasured, forgotten photo. You might also want to give old photos for unique family occasion gifts, Christmas, or a wedding anniversary to family members or friends. Make use of those old photos and have fun with them. Brighten someone’s day. By Lillian Penner, Co-director for the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network. lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net                  

Hope for Brokenhearted Grandparents

October 12, 2017
Many grandparents have broken hearts because their grandchildren are caught up in the trends of the world, alternate belief systems or lifestyles, feel compelled to challenge our faith in Christ. Today, many grandparents are also estranged from their grandchildren and are grieving they cannot have contact with their grandchildren. Prayer is our only hope. Paul tells us “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way, we obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are fooling yourself; you are really a nobody.” (Galatians 6:2, 3 TLB) God has given us the opportunity to carry each other’s burdens. Pray for the heartbroken grandparents whose grandchildren are dealing with the following issues: 1. Extremely or terminally ill 2. In drug recovery 3. In rebellion 4. Posted as “missing children.” 5. Flirting with worldly temptations 6. Not walking in truth 7. Do not live in homes that honor Christ as Savior 8. In prison 9. In war zones 10. In a “far country.” 11. Hooked on porn 12. Selfish and arrogant 13. Not in church 14. Dishonoring their parents 15. Regularly neglected or abused in any way Communicate your prayer support to grieving grandparents by sending an email, calling them on the telephone, a text message or sending a written note to let them know you are praying for them. It will bless and encourage them to know you are praying for them. God will bless you for your obedience of sharing their heavy heart. If you are a brokenhearted grandparent, I want to share Romans 8:26-28 with you which I have found helpful for myself. I have learned that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me when I don’t know how to pray for them. The Holy Spirit knows the needs of my grandchildren and their parents, so I ask him to intercede for me according to his will. It keeps me from giving God my agenda of how I want Him to answer my prayer. It also provides me peace while He is in the process of answering my prayer. Grandparents participating in the Grandparents@Prayer intercessory prayer groups often tell me that this is why they like their Grandparents@Prayer G@P group. They appreciate a place to share their heavy heart and know others are helping them carry the load by praying for their concern for their grandchild. To learn how you can be a part of a G@P group go to https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer. You may also email Sherry Schumann. sherry@christiangrandparenting.net Dear Father, I pray you will be with the broken-hearted and estranged grandparents because they don’t have the privilege to have a part in the lives of their grandchildren. It is hard when their grandchildren and their parents are not walking with the Lord, and the grandchildren are not being taught about Jesus and his love for them. I pray that you will encourage the brokenhearted grandparents and give them wisdom for them to know how to reach out to their

Do my grandparents pray for me?

October 8, 2017
Praying for your grandchildren is the most long-lasting gift you can give your grandchildren Pray for their physical, emotional and spiritual protection because we are living in an unfriendly environment against those who are walking with the Lord. It’s time for grandparents to fight for the hearts, souls, and minds of our dear grandchildren. Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network,lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net
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