"Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the glory of children is their fathers."
And a big "AMEN" to that! But seeing that God has crowned us with 12, almost 13 grandchildren (not including the ones we've "adopted," I feel a great sense of responsibility towards them. Two things have impressed me; I must be faithful to lead them in the things that touch the heart of God, and I must be faithful to pray for them. I desire as long as I am able, to be actively involved in their lives.
It's easier with the girls, and there are 9 of them. I'll have to leave much of the training of the boys to the dads and granddads, although I like to take them out now and then. The girls and I sew together, have big time tea parties, go to lunch (usually one or two at a time), and have lots of time to talk about life. I even help homeschool one of them. I'm so thankful for the opportunities that God has given me to minister to them. They are all close by, so I am without excuse.
As I have started a new prayer notebook, one of the things I'm doing in the "family" section is praying through the Proverb of the day for them. I love to write (if you haven't noticed), so I write down prayers for them. For instance, today some of the things I am praying for them are:
- That they will not listen to the wicked. (17:4)
- That they will hold their tongues and not listen to gossip. (17:9)
- That they will learn to accept rebuke (17:10)
- That they will not act foolishly (17:12)
- That they will never return evil for good (17:13)
- That they will learn how to end strife quickly (17:14)
- That they will be a friend who loves at all times--and always there for their siblings. (17:17)
- That they will hate sin (17:19)
- Honesty (v.20), joy (v.22), discernment (v.24)
- A cool spirit (v.27)
One thing that I realize as I pray for them is that responsibility to teach them these things falls back on the shoulders of the parents and grandparents. No rest for the weary!
Waiting for heaven as my restingplace,