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Don’t forget to pray for the parents of your grandchildren

September 18, 2017
Pray for the parents of your grandchildren to teach them about Jesus and his love at an early age, encouraging them to hide God’s Word in their hearts. God’s Word hidden in their hearts will keep them from sin and light the path on their journey of life. (Psalms 119:11,105) Lillian Penner, info@grandparentingwithapurpose.com    

What do you do if you are an estranged grandparent?

September 14, 2017
Frequently I receive emails from a grandmother asking me to pray for her because of her estrangement from her grandchildren. Her heart is broken, finding it very difficult to deal with the situation, like many grandparents do today. When we reach the midlife years of our lives, we look forward to becoming grandparents and very excited when our first grandchild is born and the grandchildren that follow. However, today there are many grandparents with broken hearts because they are estranged from their grandchildren for various reasons. Being estranged from your grandchildren often results in many negative emotions. Sorting out exactly what you are feeling and developing an approach for dealing with your feelings can be vital for your health, both mental and physical. You will feel anguish as long as the separation lasts. However, God is still answering prayers, often it is not on our timetable, and so we have to ask God for patience to wait until He is ready to answer. Sometimes, we have to wait in His waiting room while He is working in the hearts of our grandchildren and their parents. God’s timing is best. I have found the Scripture verses in Romans 8:26-28 very helpful when I don’t know how to pray for my grandchildren and their parents. Paul writes, “The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us when we don’t know how to pray.” When I ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession for me according to God’s will, it keeps me from telling God how to answer my prayer, which I love to do. Ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession for your estrangement letting him carry the burden instead of you giving him your agenda. Very often all we can do is pray, pray and pray, waiting on God to do the work in healing the wounds. If you are an estranged grandparent, would you share some of your thoughts with me or place them in the comments.? Here are a couple of suggestions for estranged grandparents: Don’t stop trying to keep in touch. Send cards and letters to your grandchildren maintaining the tone of any communication loving but light. Pray intentionally and regularly for your grandchildren and their parents. If you don’t know how to pray for them sign up to receive my blog regularly and I will send you “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren” which you can download without cost and print. I have found uniting in prayer with other grandparents for my grandchildren is a special blessing for me. It’s a safe place to share my concerns for my grandchildren as they are growing up in our post-Christian culture. It comforts me to know the other grandparents in my group are also praying for my grandchildren Christian Grandparenting Network now has many Grandparents@Prayer (G@P) intercessory groups meeting in the U.S., Philippines, Canada and South Africa, in retirement Centers, schools, churches, and homes. We would like to see the number of G@P groups grow. Some of the groups meet

Suggestions to Pray for Grandchildren of all Ages

September 10, 2017
Suggestions to pray for your grandchildren on only on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer for everyday. 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. For Preschooler-age, pray they will:                                                                                           Develop a well-balanced personality. Learn problem resolution skills. Play well with others. Learn to obey quickly, and to respect authority. Explore and create without fear of failure. Develop a soft heart towards Jesus. Develop confidence and independence. Learn to control their emotions and anger. Develop an awareness of God’s love for them. Build positive friendships. For Elementary-age, pray they will:                                                                            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. For Teenagers, pray they will: Be motivated, disciplined and challenged to apply themselves and excel in their academic studies. Experience the reality of Jesus Christ in their lives, as they grow strong in their faith. Recognize the deception of the world. Be covered with God’s safe keeping physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Date wisely (which leads to a spouse for a lifetime). Be sexually pure. Have open communication and a good relationship with parents. Choose friends who will have a positive influence. Grow spiritually with a hunger for God’s Word. Have a balanced view of their beauty, charm, and strength. For College/Young Adults, pray they will: Be motivated, disciplined and challenged to apply themselves in their studies to excel academically, if they are in college. Seek God’s wisdom and direction in their management of time, money, and talents. Think creatively and live with integrity. Recognize their gifts so they can find their God-given assignment. Provide the resources to fulfill their God-given assignment. Find a

“Seven ways to connect with a long distance grandchild”

September 7, 2017
 HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY OF PRAYER This coming Sunday on September 10 is National Grandparents Day. Will you join many grandparents throughout the world in making it a Day of Prayer for your grandchildren and their parents? Many of us wish we could be with our grandchildren on this special day but it isn’t possible because of the many miles between us. However, we can make this a special day of prayer for them and their parents by sending them a note, text or call them to let them know Sunday is a special day of prayer for them. Today I want to share a guest blog with you by Dr. Mary Manz Simon which I think you will find helpful, especially those long distance grandparents. Guest blog: I’ll be honest: I envy grandmothers who float in-and-out of their grandchild’s daily activities. Perhaps you know your grandchild’s friends and are on a first-name basis with his teacher. You might even attend soccer games and school concerts. Although there’s undoubtedly a downside to babysitting or living in the same area, that sounds terrific to a long distance grandma like me! But those of us who are geographically challenged can still have a meaningful relationship with our grandchildren. Here are seven ideas that work for me: Develop a list of “topics to talk about.” Dig back through old emails and texts for conversation starters. The content won’t merely offer discussion triggers, but often reveal ideas for birthday gifts or items of interest. This is especially helpful if you rarely see each other. Provide prayer cover. Although you might do this every day, make a special effort when your grandchild is prepping for a big test or important game. Before the event, pray with him over the phone. Look for more ideas in my new book, Faith Footprints with My Grandchild. Send postcards of places you visit together. Months after visiting the zoo or museum mail a card from that site. Even digital kids appreciate snail mail addressed to them. The card will be a nice reminder of a memory you made together. Arrange reverse mail. Purchase an inexpensive pack of blank post cards. Pre-address with your address and add a stamp. Ask your grandchild to draw a picture, add stickers or write a note before sending the card to you. Start with just a couple of cards to assess your grandchild’s response. Invite them into your home. Simply go around the house clicking or shooting a video with your phone. We’re a visual society, so this gives your grandchild a snapshot of your personal space (Be sure at least one image shows the fireplace with his photo displayed or the refrigerator with a picture he drew!) If your grandchild doesn’t know you well, seeing your kitty or a picture of your car buried in a snow bank helps you become a “real” person. Mail surprises. When our grandsons were very young, I would tell their mom a b-o-x was in the mail. One

Scriptures to Pray for Children & Grandchildren

September 4, 2017
Scriptures to Pray for Children & Grandchildren, especially on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer It’s only 6 days till the National Grandparent’s Day. Let’s make it a day of prayer for our grandchildren and their parents. God speaks to us through His Word, and it’s His Word that we need to “speak” back to him in prayer. Dear Father, I pray that: (Insert your child’s name) 1. Accept Advice _______ will listen to constructive criticism and correction, and through it gain understanding. Proverbs 15:31, 32 2. Anger _______will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. James 1:19 3. Anxiety _______will cast all his/her anxieties and disappointments on You to experience your care for him/her. I Peter 5:7 4. Confidence _________ will understand that the Lord is his/her helper and will always help him/her in every situation. Heb. 13:6 5. Compassionate _______ will be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to others. Ephesians 4:32 6. Contentment _______ will learn the secret of contentment in every situation. Philippians 4:12 7. Direction ______will acknowledge You in all his/her ways and You will direct his/her path.            Proverbs 3:6 8. Friendships ______ will pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord. II Timothy. 2:22 9. Future Mate _______will find a spouse with a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.                               II Corinthians 6:14 10. Generosity ________ will be generous and willing to share with others. I Timothy 6:18 11. Good Listener ______ will be a good listener and think before he/she speaks. James 1:19 12. Guard ______ will guard his/her heart, for it is the wellspring of his/her life. Proverbs 4:23 13. Hunger for God’s Word _______ will hunger and thirst for your Word. Matthew 5:6 14. Humility _______ will do nothing out of selfish ambition, always considering others better                than ones self. Philippians 2:3 15. Obedience to God _________will show his/her love for You by his/her obedience to You.                John 14:15 16. Obedience to Parents _________ will learn to obey his/her parents. Eph. 6:1 17. Peace ________ will not worry about anything but pray about everything. Philippians 4:6 18. Protection from the Enemy ________ will be alert and watch out for the temptations from the enemy, standing firm in his/her faith. I Peter 5:8, 9 19. Responsibility ________ will learn to be responsible for his/her own actions and behavior.         Galatians 6:5 20. Salvation ________ will believe that Jesus loves him/her and died for his/her sins so he/she can have a personal relationship with You and enjoy eternal life. John 3:16 By Lillian Penner ©2009 Grandparenting with a Purpose info@grandparentingwithapurpose.com www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com

Are your grandchildren at risk in today’s culture?

August 31, 2017
Recently I was thinking about my grandchildren going back to school, and the story of baby Moses kept coming to my mind from Exodus chapter 2. At the time Moses was born Pharaoh was killing all the newborn Hebrew boys in Egypt. When Moses was three months old, his mother hid him by making a basket, coated it with tar and pitch. His mother placed the child in it and then placed him in the river among the reeds with his sister standing nearby watching. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the basket as she was walking near the riverbank and sent her slave girl to get it. When she opened the basket, seeing that he was a Hebrew baby boy crying she felt sorry for the child. Then his sister said she knew a Hebrew woman who could nurse and care for the baby for her. Pharaoh’s daughter asked the girl to get the woman. When she arrived, Pharaoh’s daughter asked her to nurse the baby, and she would pay for her service. When the child grew older she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter, she adopted the child and named him Moses. It amazes me how God orchestrated this whole story. Think of the risk that Moses’ mother took hiding him for three months. Then the danger of putting him in the basket in the river knowing that if he   were found he would be killed. Knowing her time was short she taught Moses much about God before she would have to release him to Pharaoh’s daughter. Our grandchildren are at risk living in our post-Christian, troubled, unstable environment of racism, violence, hate, transgender influence, etc. It’s a place, where we fear our grandchildren and their parents could drown, so to speak. Just as Moses mother risked his life-placing baby Moses in the river. There are times in the lives of our grandchildren that their parents and we as grandparents have to place them in the basket in the water. We have to let go ask God to protect them physically, emotionally, and spiritually and trust that He will do that. The world is an unsafe place – a place where we fear our children could drown. We must let go and allow God to draw them from the waters to fulfill His purpose for their lives. God has loaned us our children and grandchildren to teach them to love Him; they were HIS first. That’s why grandparents need to urgently pray for physical, emotional and spiritual protection as the grandchildren, enter schools, from preschool to college. Prayer Dear Lord, I pray my grandchildren will: Guard their hearts.  Desire to do their very best. Respect their teachers.  Choose friends, who will have a positive influence. Recognize the deception of worldly thinking.  Have eyes blinded to the temptations they face. Have a balanced view of their beauty, charm, and strength. Learn to be responsible for their actions and behavior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. It is only 10 days until the National Grandparents Day.

Will my grandparents pray for me on Grandparent’s Day?

August 28, 2017
It is only 13 days till Grandparents Day on September 10. Let’s make it a Day of Prayer ? Will my grandparents pray for me? www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com      

Are you Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?

August 24, 2017
Since our world is in moral and spiritual decline, we are in a battle for the minds and hearts of our dear grandchildren. The enemy is trying to steal their lives and the plans God has for them. In addition to seeking to destroy their faith, the enemy is trying to destroy the morals of our country, especially the family unit. It is urgent that we stand in the gap to pray for the spiritual, emotional, and physical protection of our grandchildren and their parents, so they do not become victims of our culture. For that reason, Christian Grandparenting Network has a passion for encouraging and equipping grandparents to pray for their grandchildren. Our mission is to challenge grandparents around the world to intentionally and regularly come together to pray, interceding for their grandchildren, children, and communities. In the Pray! Magazine, Arlyn Lawrence writes, “Intercession is one of the ways God designed for us to partner with Him in bringing His loving presence into our aching world.”1 Therefore, we have organized “Grandparents@Prayer” (G@P) intercessory prayer groups. Our goal is to encourage grandparents to be prayer warriors through the personal discipline of intercessory prayer in the battle against the enemy. We encourage grandparents to meet in small or large groups on a regular basis to unite in prayer at a designated location for 1 hour or longer of guided prayer and fellowship. In Isaiah 58:6 we read that we can “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” in our world. One of the ways we can break these chains is by “standing in the gap” with prayer for our dear https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer/grandchildren. Today grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren as the enemy threatens their spiritual lives. Can you image the impact on our culture with all the Christian grandparents calling on the Lord to rescue our grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception? Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is a perfect time to ask grandparents to join you in prayer and share about the Grandparents@Prayer intercessory prayer groups. I have found uniting in prayer with other grandparents for my grandchildren is a special blessing for me. It’s a safe place to share my concerns for my grandchildren as they are growing up in our post-Christian culture. We now have many G@P intercessory groups meeting in the U.S., Philippines, Canada and South Africa, in retirement Centers, schools, churches, and homes. We would like to see the number of G@P groups grow. Some of the groups meet weekly, some twice a month or once a month, whatever the group desires. I want to challenge you to ask God whom He would like you to ask to pray with you for each other’s grandchildren. Ask your friends, church senior group, neighbors, family members or whomever. To learn more go to https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer read about how to sign up to participate. You may also email sherry@christiangrandparenting.net The legacy

A Prayer for Grandchildren Returning to School

August 21, 2017
A Prayer for Grandchildren Returning to School Dear Heavenly Father, I pray ______will have an easy, smooth and peaceful transition as he/she goes back to school. Connect well with his/her teachers, feeling accepted and comfortable in the classroom. Sharpen ______ mind and help him/her to apply himself/herself to do well in his/her studies. Help him/her to grow in his/her spiritual life and build godly character. Make friends easily and wisely. Protect him/her spiritually, emotionally and physically. I pray his/her teachers and other adults in their lives will model lives of integrity positive and have a positive influence on him/her. In Jesus’ name. Amen Prayer for their Teachers Bless _______ teachers with strength, joy, and favor, having a peaceful transition with their new students and parents. I pray each teacher will have a strong sense of purpose. Give them wisdom, patience, creativity, insight, and perseverance. Give them a special love for each student so the students will feel loved, accepted and comfortable. In Jesus’ name, Amen. By Lillian Penner                        

Do you Model true Piety for your Grandchildren?

August 17, 2017
Photo Courtesy of Pixaba Guest blog by Sherry Schumann Jesus chastised the scribes and Pharisees for practicing piety, falsely. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28). For many of us, the word piety has a negative connotation. Like Jesus, we have witnessed one too many hypocrites of the faith. Today, I want to shift our focus from negative-to-positive examples of piety, starting with Scripture and ending with a present-day story. An Old Testament Example of Piety One of my favorite Old Testament characters is Noah, not because he was a great shipbuilder, but because he models piety in a way I understand. Genesis 6:8-9 says, “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” The favor that Noah found in the eyes of the Lord was grace. Noah responded to God’s grace by choosing to walk daily with God in a relationship, like a marriage. Did you notice the word blameless found in this passage? It caused me to stumble because I believed that it meant having to be perfect. Then, I learned blameless means “whole” or “complete” in Hebrew. Noah loved God with his whole heart, plain and simple. A Present-Day Example of Piety Four weeks ago, I witnessed a demonstration of piety, which brought tears to my eyes. I was serving on staff for Grand Camp, and it was my turn to offer the morning devotional. For those of you who haven’t heard of Grand Camp, it’s a five-day camp for grandparents and grandchildren, ages six to twelve. I chose Proverbs 3:5-6 for the morning devotion. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” I wanted to model a trust-walk before we unpacked the verse, so I invited a grandfather and his twelve-year-old granddaughter to the front of the room. I asked the granddaughter if she agreed to be blindfolded and the grandfather if he agreed to be her guide. They agreed. After blindfolding the granddaughter, I placed her by the windows at the far side of the room. I intended her grandfather to find a spot, directly across from her. My heart sank as he went to the opposite corner of the room. She was going to have a tough time navigating blindfolded around the rows of chairs. I complicated matters when I instructed the remaining grandparents and grandchildren, seventy-five in all, to create a din with animal sounds. The trust walk began when the grandfather called, “Sweetheart, listen to my voice and follow my directions.” I watched in amazement as the granddaughter fixed her ears on her grandfather’s voice. At one point, she got stuck trying to navigate her way around a row

Learn how to be a courageous grandparent in this broken world?

August 15, 2017
I would like to introduce you to a book that will challenge grandparents, baby boomers and beyond to look at their grandparenting in our broken world. Courageous Grandparenting: Unshakeable Faith in a Broken World is a call for grandparents and parents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace a radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It’s a call to intentionality—not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. The author, Cavin Harper, Executive Director for Christian Grandparenting Network appeals to the emerging masses of Boomer grandparents to create a movement of godly men and women resolved not to let another generation grow up on our watch that does not know the Lord or His amazing grace. There’s too much at stake if we don’t. Grandmother, Lana Rockwell says, “Courageous Grandparenting is a must read for every Christian grandparent who wants to make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren.” This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent. However, it will give you resources for grandparenting in the broken world we live in today. I am one of the Prayer Directors of Christian Grandparenting Network and eager to share this book with you. If you are looking for a book that will inspire you in your role as a grandparent you will enjoy this book and find it meaningful. his book is available at http://www.christiangrandparenting.net/bookstore By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network

How to Pray for Grandchildren going Back to School

August 10, 2017
I would like to share this Free Back to School E-book with you, giving you resources to pray effectively for your grandchildren as they go back to school. Some of our grandchildren will soon be going back to school in August and September, some are excited to be back in school, and however, some are anxious because of the unknown. The beginning of the school year can be a stressful experience for children from preschool thru college. New teachers and staff, new classmates, new dorm roommates and unfamiliarity in a new school setting can leave children and youth vulnerable to all kinds of negative influences. Our grandchildren are growing up and educated in a time of global uncertainty, with peer pressures and temptations that we never experienced in our youth. We, as grandparents can help provide a hedge of protection for them, so they may be able to resist the temptations and deceptions they encounter, and experience, peace, joy, and success, as they navigate their world hostile to the truth. Call to Action The Back to School E-book will encourage you and give you useful ways to intentionally pray such as Suggestions to Pray for School Children (Preschool thru college). The responses for the E-book was overwhelming last year, get your E-book soon. I would love to send you this free E-book to help you intentionally pray for your grandchildren as they go back to school. Sign up (on the right side of the page) for my blog updates and never miss a post on my website. Then I will send you a free download of “Suggestions to Pray for Grandchildren in School” (preschool thru college) and the “31 Scriptures to Pray for Children” as a bonus along with the E-book. If you are already a subscriber, just send me an email requesting the Back to School E-book with the bonus. Leave a comment on my website or send me an email to: lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com    
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