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Has your Computer been Hacked?

July 21, 2017
It seems like our social media, financial, and email accounts get hacked now and then. When that happens, we change our passwords to protect our privacy since we don’t want intruders to have access to our accounts. Passwords protect our accounts. I recently heard a message that spoke to my heart about guarding my heart just as I protect my Internet accounts. We read in God’s Word that we are to guard our hearts. In Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”  Don’t let the enemy hack your heart. How Do We Guard Our Hearts? We can protect, defend, and shield our hearts from Satan by developing an intimate relationship with God. Paul tells us “Set your hearts on things above . . . Not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1, 2) The enemy wants to rob our hearts; he tries to get us overwhelmed, defeated, tired and so busy that when God wants to get our attention, His call goes to “voice mail.” As grandparents, we can set an example by demonstrating that our relationship with God is a high priority for us. We must guard our hearts because God valued our hearts and the hearts of our grandchildren and their parents so much that He sent His Son, Jesus into the world to die on the cross for our sins. Do you have a password to guard your heart against the distractions and business of your life? My favorite password is Joshua 1:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When the enemy tries to hack my heart, I claim my password. Do you have a password to keep your heart from being hacked, if you don’t have one already? If we as grandparents guard our hearts, we will have a part in nourishing the hearts of our dear grandchildren by our example. Our grandchildren need grandparents who will model how they guard their hearts. Our grandchildren are living in the midst of a cultural and spiritual battle; a brutal and vicious war against a subtle and friendly enemy (Satan) who knows his time is short. We have a responsibility to pray for them and encourage them to guard their hearts. Don’t let the enemy rob your heart; he tries to get you overwhelmed, defeated, tired and so busy that when God wants to get your attention, His call goes to “voice mail.” Spend time in His Word. Don’t forget your password when you need to guard your heart against your busy schedule and you don’t have a chance to cover your grandchildren and their parents in prayer. This is the reason Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. Sunday, September 10, 2017, is the National Grandparents’’ Day in the United States but we are asking grandparents throughout the world to join us. If you cannot schedule an event on that day do it sometime in September when

  Do my Grandparents Pray for me?

July 16, 2017
  Do my grandparents pray for me? Sometimes, I sit and wonder if my grandparents pray for me. I know they love me but do they pray for me? I don’t remember Grandpa and Grandma saying, “I pray for you.” I don’t think they pray for me. They tell me they love me, but I wish they would say “I pray for you.” Make sure you tell your grandchildren, so they know you are praying for them. “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” I Samuel 12:23.  By Lillian Penner                                            

Learn how Prayer is the Greatest Gift you can give your Family

July 12, 2017
During the summer, many grandparents vacation with their grandchildren. It is an excellent opportunity to spend extra time with the possibility of quality interaction. Now imagine you are camping with your grandchildren in the mountains. You have cooked your campfire stew for dinner, and you are relaxing around the campfire beside a big lake. It is perfectly still; there is no wind. The lake is a mirror reflecting a beautiful sunset. Sticky-fingered grandchildren delight in eating their s’mores while skipping stones across the lake’s glassy surface. The grandchildren are enthralled seeing who can make the biggest ripples. Grandpa tells Grandma, “Just as the kids are making ripples in the water with the rocks, we can make ripples in the lives of our grandchildren with our prayers.” Our prayers for our grandchildren to invite Jesus Christ into other lives and to walk with Him throughout their lives will have a ripple effect on their families, friends, their world, and their future. Another way we as grandparents can have a ripple effect on the lives of our grandchildren is by the way we live our lives, investing time, energy, and effort in our spiritual walk with the Him, our example will have a ripple effect on our children, grandchildren, and future generations. My Great-grandfather’s Prayer I found a letter in my family archives written by my great-grandfather in Poland, addressed to my grandfather who had immigrated to America. In the letter, he wrote that he was praying for my grandpa and his future generations. It was a special blessing for me to see in writing that my great-grandfather prayed for me before I was born. His prayers had a ripple effect on my grandparents, my parents, my life, my children, my grandchildren and now my great-grandchildren. My Grandmother’s Faith When I was a young woman, I had many opportunities to visit my lonely, widowed grandmother while I attended college in her hometown. As she grieved my grandfather’s death, she reflected her trust in God to care for her and showed how God sustained her each day by claiming the promise Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection. “And be sure of this, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20). My grandmother’s reflection of her faith that God would always be there for her made a great impact on my life. Her testimony influenced me to incorporate that verse into the daily experiences of my life. Since those early adult years, whenever life has been painful, disappointing, or downright discouraging, I have claimed that same scripture verse. My prayer is that I will have opportunities to reflect my life experiences of trusting God to my children and grandchildren. Note from Granddaughter I want to share a letter written my oldest granddaughter, a confirmation that praying for these precious grandchildren is never a wasted effort. “Your phone calls, cards, and emails were encouraging and made a significant impact on my life, especially in my teenage and college years. Your prayers and encouragement have been

Have you Heard of the Legacy Grandparenting Summit?

July 10, 2017
My husband and I are planning to attend the Legacy Grandparenting Summit again this year. It was an awesome experience to hear the great speakers challenging us to be spiritually and intentionally influence our grandchildren to love and walk with Jesus. In this blog, I want to inform you about the Grandparenting Summit and hope you will join us in Rockwall, Texas to be a part of this event. You are probably thinking “What is a Legacy Grandparenting Summit? The Legacy Grandparenting Summit is a national conference for today’s Christian grandparents who want to be inspired and equipped to pass their faith on to their grandchildren.  Why would grandparents want to attend the Summit? Grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the lives of grandchildren—second only to parents—yet they are one of the most underserved groups in the church. Today’s grandparents don’t consider themselves to be “seniors” in the traditional sense. They are healthier and more vital than any other generation of grandparents in history. 21st Century grandparents are just as likely to be rocking to their favorite tunes as they are to be rocking in their favorite chairs. Now in its second year, the Legacy Grandparenting Summit has been designed to equip and encourage this generation of active grandparents to stay connected and involved with their grandchildren in positive and powerful ways. Through nationally known speakers, breakout workshops and an extensive resource center you’ll find encouragement, teaching, and inspiration. Who should attend the Grandparenting Summit? Grandparents: If you are a grandparent, you will find inspiration, ideas and an amazing display of resources to help you realize your potential to grandparent successfully. Church Leaders: If you are a pastor or adult ministries leader, learn how your church can reach out to grandparents and provide them with the encouragement and resources they need. There will be breakout sessions, especially for church leaders! This year’s Summit will be November 2-4 at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX. Register now to reserve your place! Space is limited so register early! Group discounts are available. Learn more about The Legacy Coalition at our website https://legacycoalition.com “…teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” — Deuteronomy 4:9 NKJV By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Why do we have a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer?

July 6, 2017
God has given grandparents a sacred trust, an opportunity to imprint another generation with his love and faithfulness. That is why Christian Grandparenting Network has proclaimed the National Grandparents Day in the United States on September 10 to be a Day of Prayer. However, we want this to be a Global Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Prayers are urgently needed for the parents of our grandchildren to have wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. They live in the midst of a busy and evil environment filled with many spiritual struggles and encounters. The most troubling news is that many of the younger generations of non-Christians negatively perceive Christianity. It’s likely that your grandchildren’s friends and classmates will only serve to undermine the spiritual values you’ve tried to impart. The prayers and godly influences from grandparents will make a great impact in your grandchildren’s spiritual growth. Our grandchildren are living in a desperate moral and spiritual climate navigating in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on our families, schools and our nation to desensitize our children to truth and righteousness. Grandparents are engaged in a spiritual battle to keep the hearts and minds of their grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception. And so, here we are. In a country where wrong is called right and right wrong, and where our children are growing up in an entitlement society where no one wins, you don’t have to work to survive, and authority is to be challenged – not respected. So what do we do when we live in a culture of spiritual, social and moral decline? Are we completely without hope and at the mercy of the merciless and the politically correct? No, We are not without hope. We read in Psalms 46:1, “We have a God who is our refuge and strength, our stronghold in times of trouble.” Let’s pray and wait in expectation for God to cover our grandchildren and their parents spiritually, physically and emotionally. A family’s faith can be lost in one generation; however, we as parents and grandparents can be defenders of our faith. We have the opportunity to touch the lives of another generation for Jesus Christ powerfully. That is why our children and grandchildren are our mission field and our responsibility, so they will not be helpless before their spiritual enemy. Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. Sunday, September 10, 2017, is the National Grandparents’’ Day in the United States but we are asking grandparents throughout the world to join us. If you cannot schedule and event on that day do it sometime in September when it is convenient or whenever you have a Grandparents’ Day in your country. 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

How to Pray Effectively for your Grandchildren

July 3, 2017
I have had a passion for praying intentionally for my grandchildren for many years and now for my great-granddaughters. I felt God wanted me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book encourages grandparents to pray and provides resources to help you pray effectively. This book is an excellent resource for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, National Grandparents Day. Dr. Josh Mulvihill, 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 grandchildren. Lillian rightly understands something that Oswald Chambers once said, “Prayer doesn’t equip us for greater works, ­prayer is the greater work.” 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. Soft cover 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 More A Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren 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: On this site click on the Purchase button, complete order form, and the book and bonus will be shipped immediately for orders in the U.S. Order soon before the special offer expires. By Lillian Penner, Co-Director for the Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network, info@gdptpr.com

Have you shared your family history with your grandchildren?

June 29, 2017
“One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” Psalms 145:4 Everybody’s ancestry includes two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents, and on and on through the generations. Have you ever wondered who might have been your lineal ancestor living in Jesus day? What do you know about any of your ancestral lineages? What kind of people were they? Where did they live? What did they believe? The events of our lives, our parents’ lives, and of those generations preceding us make up our life blueprint. As grandparents, we are a vital link between our grandchildren and our family history. How are we affecting that blueprint for future generations? Do they know their family stories and history? Have you shared pictures of family from previous generations? Why not write a story with pictures of your parents (your grandchildren’s great-grandparents) to share with them? You might also take out a map and show them where you lived, where your grandparents lived, and from where your ancestors came. I found it interesting to read stories about my ancestors, their struggles in Europe before coming to this country, and their challenges of starting a new life as immigrants in a new country in the late 1800’s. I soon realized these were real people – my family – making a life for themselves and future generations like me. When we preserve our family roots, it promotes the importance of the family. When we are diligent to maintain our family history, we pass on to future generations an understanding of who they are. Very often the younger generation is not interested in listening to stories of family history until they’re older. That’s why it is so important to put these stories in writing so that they will be there when they are interested and those who know are no longer around. At one of our family reunions, my husband and I developed questions about our children’s grandparents and us. We had three multiple-choice answers, and they were to choose the right one. It was surprising how little they knew about their family roots, a time to teach them and an enjoyable activity. If your family has a Christian heritage, it is important to write about that so succeeding generations can see how powerfully God has worked in their family. If you do not have a legacy of Christian family members, but you are walking with the Lord now, you have changed the blueprint for future generations. Now, that is exciting and worth passing on! Deuteronomy 6:5, 7 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . Impress them (these commandments) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” This command is for parents AND grandparents. We are both responsible to intentionally and purposefully impress God’s truth, values and purposes upon the hearts and minds of

How well do you know your Grandchild?

June 26, 2017
  How well do you know your grandchildren? When you spend time with them this summer, it will be an excellent opportunity to learn about their favorite things. Are you aware of their favorite ice cream flavor? Do you know their favorite food? Take your grandchild out for ice cream or another activity and ask them these questions. Print this form and ask them what their favorites are. My Grandchild’s Favorite Things Name______________________________________________________ Color______________________________________________________ Animal_____________________________________________________ Ice cream flavor___________________________________________ Fruit______________________________________________________ Vegetable__________________________________________________ Fast food restaurant________________________________________ Pizza______________________________________________________ Beverage__________________________________________________ Soda drink_______________________________________________ Toy_______________________________________________________ Spectator sport_________________________________________ Sport involvement_______________________________________ Movie_________________________________________________ Vacation taken__________________________________________ Friends_________________________________________________ TV program______________________________________________ Book___________________________________________________ Song ___________________________________________________ Subject in school_________________________________________ Email me at info@gdptpr.com if you would like me to send you a free download of this form for you to print. The “Your Grandchild’s Favorites” form is taken from the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, available on this website. By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network.

Children respond to the question “Why are Grandparents Important?”

June 22, 2017
Guest blog by Robb Dunham When I first considered this question and its all-encompassing answers, I thought do my answers make a difference. I would spell out the standard (and good) answers, such as being the number 2 influence in grandchildren’s lives, caregivers, an endless source of love, servant/leaders of the family, a firm foundation during troubling times, passing on a legacy of faith… But then I thought I should go to the real experts regarding the importance of grandparents. The one’s who know grandparents significance firsthand. For who knows how important grandparents are, on an authentic, practical level, more than the grandKIDS? So I composed a little, very unscientific survey questionnaire designed for elementary-aged children. We did not specify whether grandparents had frequent access to the grandchildren, so answers do not reflect this. Craig Wilson, children’s pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO., enthusiastically shared this questionnaire with the kids from 2nd grade through 5th grade. We received some very revealing responses. I was surprised that only a few of the answers were what we might expect that their grandparents spoil them in some way. What follows are highlights of some of the questions and some of the replies, along with my thoughts regarding the importance of our role as grandparents.  What do you like to do with your grandparents?  “Make cookies.” “Watch TV, sleep over at their house.” “Go shopping, go out to eat and spend the night.” “Go to the movies, play games, go to the park.” “I like to talk with them.” “Play board games and go get coffee.” “Play.” “Take bike rides.” “She (grandmother) is very fun.” “Swim in their pool.” “Go on walks.” Surprisingly, very few responses would fall into the “spoiling” category. But nearly every response indicated a relationship building activity. “I like to talk with them.” In what ways do your grandparents make you feel special?   “They are nice to me and love me.” “They spend time with me.” “They do nice things for me.” “They always tell me how great I am.” “They are nice to me and love me.” “They tell me (I’m special) every day.” “They baby me.” “They love me and take care of me.” “She (grandmother) spoils me.” “When I make a right or wrong decision.” “Give me lots of stuff.” “Other people may not have them” (they are exclusively theirs). Very few responses would indicate typical expectations – spoiling, give me stuff, and baby me. Most responses mention thoughts regarding the love they feel from their grandparents. Again, the children are speaking of the strength of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. One apparently is talking about unconditional love – “When I make a right or wrong decision.” How do you feel when you are with your grandparents?   As with several of the questions, the children may have given more than one response. 2/3 said “Happy”; “I feel comfortable when they are around me.” 1/3 said “Special.” Several stated that they feel loved. Other responses were

Pray your Grandchildren will Learn to Control their Tongue

June 19, 2017
Pray your grandchildren will learn to control their tongue; it will prevent them from getting into trouble. Learning to get along with one’s siblings is a good place to learn to get along with others. It is often the hardest to control the tongue, within a family setting and the lies come so easy. Psalm 34:11-14 New Living Translation (NLT) Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord. Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.  Proverbs 12:18 New Living Translation (NLT)                Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.                                            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.” Many grandparents have found them helpful to pray for my grandchildren. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenrting Network    

Grandfathers – Spiritual Warriors

June 15, 2017
Grandfathers – Spiritual Warriors   Guest Blog by Cavin Harper Pray for Protection and Victory in the Battlefields of Life “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10, 11). A grandfather understands the nature of warfare and that our grandchildren are prime targets for the enemy who is seeking to devour them (and us). Gentlemen, we are soldiers engaged in the battlefield of war for the hearts, minds, and souls of our grandchildren. If we fail to engage in battle, then we set the enemy loose to do whatever he wants with our children and grandchildren. Our grandchildren need grandfathers who are real soldiers—soldiers who understand they are not on vacation but at war. Men who grasp their calling committed to fulfilling it and pleasing our Commanding Officer (Christ). Men who have learned how to endure hardship with courage and faith, and clothed themselves with the full armor of God and are engaged in fervent prayer on their grandchildren’s behalf. Such soldier grandfathers will pray that for their grandchildren to grow strong in their walk with the Lord. They will pray for and show them the importance of the armor of God to stand firm against schemes of the devil who will tempt them to lie, to cheat, to disobey their parents, and to follow all the ways of the world. The enemy is cunning, deceptive, and powerful. He will do everything he can to distract our grandchildren from walking with the Lord and seek, instead, to gratify the sinful desires of the flesh.  Grandfathers, pray that your grandchildren will: Recognize the deception of the world and resist temptation. Gird themselves with the belt of truth (God’s Word) and stand firm in the truth Take up the shield of faith so that they may stand firm against and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Put on the helmet of salvation by the Holy Spirit will guard their hearts and minds, and fill them with hope and courage to live life to the fullest in Christ Jesus, their Lord, and Savior. Be alert, self-controlled, and firm in faith—faith in God and the work of Christ on the Cross. Persevere and endure hardship in the face of hostility and ignorance. One final thought for grandfathers… Men, soldiers are not supposed to fight the battle alone. They fight as a company or platoon, part of unit watching out for each other’s back. The Scriptures are clear as well that we are to fight this battle as a unit—we are the body of Christ. I urge you, therefore, to band with two, three, or more brothers who will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, and you with them, to do battle for the hearts and minds of our grandchildren (and children). A band of righteous men gathered to pray is a powerful force against our enemy. Decide right now

Experience the Adventure of Walking with Jesus

June 12, 2017
 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children, (grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are walking in the truth.” III John 1:4 NIV “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you (your grandchildren).” I Samuel 12:23 Prayer Dear Lord, thank you for my family. Give me a greater passion to pray for them. Satan is seeking to destroy our families; however, help me to be intentional in my praying for them. May all those generations who come after us find us faithful? In Jesus’ name, Amen. I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many 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 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  
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