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Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Grandparenting: A High and Holy CallingJanuary 15, 2018Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mothering is the calling and the gift that came to me even though I did not have either the wisdom or the optimism to pray for it. Twenty-four years into the journey, Im still learning, and my kids are good teachers. Because my husband and I were late bloomers in a part of the world where people tend to marry and start their families early, quite a few of our friends had already become grandparents while we were still up to our fetlocks in parenting. Even after our oldest son married, the idea of becoming a grandparent was nowhere on my radar and then my first grandchild was born.
Made in the express image and likeness of his dad, my grandson was instantly knowable and soon became a kindred spirit. Together weve spread paint on paper and on popsicle sticks; weve made cookies and craft projects and played in the snow. Our long walks through the woods with the dog or down the road with the stroller have made him a toddler-ace at identifying flowers and making conversation with the neighbors donkey.
Resources for Grandparents-in-Training
Like his dad and his uncles, my grandson is also a good teacher. However, even after the birth of his baby sister, Im well aware that Im still a grandmother-in-training.
Phyllis and Andrew LePeau have provided a Life Guide Bible Study that encourages me to open the Word of God and to step into its wise instruction for grandparenting well. In Grandparenting: Loving Our Childrens Children, the LePeaus have a light touch, likely cultivated by their own 13 grands. And since, in their opinion, grandchildren are the reward for not killing your kids, I want to learn from both the positive and the negative Biblical examples so I can be a blessing to future generations.
According to the study, the greatest blessing we can give to our grandchildren is a solid relationship with their parents. We bless them well by layering our affection, our time, our prayers, and our teaching about God on top of what their parents are trying to do. Analyzing the content of Old Testament blessings reminds me of the importance of my words (spoken and written), of expressing high value for their little lives, of picturing a special future for them, and of making an active commitment to their good.
When viewed through the lens of loving our children by loving their children, the story of Ruth becomes a lesson in accepting my daughters-in-law as if they were my own children. Isaac and Rebekahs regretful favoritism becomes a cautionary tale about multi-generational dysfunction. Jesus teaching about forgiveness is the lubricant that prevents a familys relational gears from grinding and wearing. The little known story of Barzillai, aide to King David, offers wisdom about stepping aside and giving adult children the gifts of freedom and encouragement.
The opportunity to have an impact on another generation is a humbling privilege. Working to be a transforming influence in the lives of our childrens children is an investment in our familys future and a journey that is sure to keep a grandparents faith vibrant and growing.
These books were provided by the publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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