My husband and I enjoyed our first Legacy Grandparenting Summit last week. Sponsored by Legacy Coalition and held in Rockwall, Texas, at Lake Pointe Church, the conference was packed with general sessions, break-out sessions, resources, and many, many grandparents with a desire to learn more about living out their role biblically.
Needless to say, I have not had a chance to sit down and process the wealth of information I brought home with me, but neither do I want you to have to wait share in the fun. So, I thought I would simply share my take-away nuggets and pray that in them you, too, find inspiration to grandparent well.
A Few Grandparenting Nuggets
Grandparent on purpose.
Grandparenting – A place for grace.
Grace-based grandparenting: Treat your grandchildren the way God treats you. No yelling, no belittling, no comparing, etc.
Age plus godliness gives us something valuable to share. Deuteronomy 4:9 and Proverbs 16:31
Take God seriously. Be always conscious of His presence. Psalm 128:1-2
Commit your life to being a wisdom hunter. Hunt the Scripture.
Allow God to work IN you so He can work THROUGH you. 1 Corinthians 1:11
Earn the right to be turned to and trusted. Proverbs 17:6
Ask dialogue questions of your children (the parents of your grandchildren)
What can we do to help you be successful?
How can we help to lighten your load?
When caring for your grandchildren: If they get out of hand, how do you want us to handle it?
Because you live a distance from your grandkids DOES NOT mean you will not have the impact of one who lives close by.
Modeling is not about perfection but about striving with the Lord. Be open. Be authentic. Teach your grandchildren how to strive.
The heart of prayer is learning to ask God for what He wants to do and give.
Grandparents have boundaries in all areas EXCEPT prayer.
Will my family KNOW that I’ve been with Jesus?
Grandparents are often referred to as angels by older grandchildren. In the book of Revelation, we see angels in the presence of God (7:11) and they are propelled to action.
God’s program for humility: marriage, children, grandchildren!