Friends! I’m on my fourth trip of reading thru’ a devotional for grandmothers. Every single trip thru’, I flip anew over a myriad of pearls of wisdom author Kay Swatkowski shares.
When John and I first became grandparents in May of 2017, my sis-in-love, Margee, gave me this book:
I’ve since given it to countless friends who were also becoming grandparents. And, I have even more exciting news if you’re thinking of someone to give a copy of this book to…Just this week I popped in a Hallmark store and lo, and behold, there was Kay’s book in a beautiful gift-style cover! It’s hardback and the title is in white stitching—exquisite! (Visit your local Hallmark, or I bet you could order it on-line.)
Each entry offers excellent prayer ideas, accompanied by Scripture along with a “think and do” section which almost always offers books for further reading (Kay has cost me a small fortune!), questions to ponder, followed by more Scripture.
Day Fifty-Six’ entry stopped me in my tracks this week. Kay strongly urges us to consider ourselves our grandchildren’s first prayer partner. Before they can even pray by themselves, or with you, pray for them faithfully.
Kay says, “Intercessory prayer is a privilege. Bringing a Christian brother or sister’s needs before the Lord is an honor…as great a privilege it is to pray for other believers, it is an even greater honor to pray for our grandchildren.” And here’s where she got me: “Imagine the joy of being your grandchild’s FIRST PRAYER PARTNER.” Kay asks, “Could our greatest work be the work of prayer?”
Checkout the below Scripture:
Some days I don’t feel so “fresh and green,” more like tired and worn out, yet notice the verse says we will “STILL bear fruit in old age.” May we take this as our “mission,” to faithfully and daily pray for our grandchildren. When they’re old enough to realize our efforts, let’s pray they’ll come to rely on us and trust us with their prayer requests.
Yesterday I attended a Bible study at Christ Church Methodist taught by my dear friend and mentor (and therapist!), Liz Curtis Higgs. We spent some time studying a passage where Paul tells us about Timothy and his mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, who each taught him about the Lord, giving him a deep, and sincere faith. (See 2 Timothy 1:5)
Liz reminded us that while some of us may never have grandchildren, there are always children in our lives whose lives we may have the privilege of influencing. She shared how the Lord crossed her path with “foster parents” (whose last names are Foster!). They poured into her when she was a new Christian and have kept pouring into her all these years. Liz gave us a fabulous quote to ponder: “Family is God’s workshop here on earth.”
Checkout our author Kay’s website. The above picture is of Kay and her husband, Ray. Her website has a little bit of everything! Here are the headers: About Kay, Faith, Food, Fun, Read Aloud, and Everything Else. It’s a goldmine!
2019 was a huge, banner year in our household. John and I celebrated our thirty-fifth anniversary, and God blessed all three of our sons and daughters-in-love with babies. Christmas of 2018 found all three of our daughters-in-love pregnant! We now have four grand angels to pray for…And now, a shameless photo for you:
In this particular entry of Kay’s devotional, she recommends three excellent books (Yes, I have all three and they really are superb resources loaded with pertinent Scripture):
Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
This is a really cute and clever children’s book: One Year Devotions for Preschoolers by Christine Bowman
And I love how Kay promotes other books similar to hers yet different:
Grandma, I Need Your Prayers by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock
Let’s close with the prayer from Day Fifty-Six:
“Heavenly Father, we thank you for the loving Christians who have prayed for us throughout our lives. Their prayers were a gift to us. Father, teach us how to pray so we can be effective and powerful as we bring our grandchildren’s requests to you. Give us sensitivity to their concerns. Teach us to honor their privacy by not sharing their concerns with others. Help us to be consistent in our prayer lives, not only for our own growth, but also so our grandchildren can truly trust us with their requests. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege of praying for these children. Lord, we want to be their prayer partners. Thank you that we can still be of use to you at this stage of life. May our prayer life keep us young and vibrant in spirit and bearing much fruit for your kingdom. Amen.”
May we endeavor to pray faithfully for these grandchildren as they grow up in our crazy culture. Let’s also pray for each other while we’re at it!
‘Til next time!
P.S. If you’re looking for a spring-time Bible study, reach out to Christ Church United Methodist and sign up for The Women of Easter Bible study, taught by the author (of the book of same name), Liz Curtis Higgs. The classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Four hundred of us have loved learning about “Jesus Girls” this month of January and my guess is many of us will continue to come in March! Please purchase the book prior to the study either via your favorite bookseller, or you may pick it up at Christ Church for a suggested donation of $10. You can either call Christ Church or sign up on-line: www.ccum.net or 502-897-6421.
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