Grandchildren are such a special gift from God! Most grandparents get to enjoy their grandkids in a much different way than when we raised our children. Unless we are one of the many grandparents raising grandchildren, we will have a totally different relationship with these precious children than we did with their parents.
I don’t know if it’s my age or their particular needs, but I’ve noticed I enjoy playing with my grandkids much longer and more often than I did with my children. Of course, my daily schedule is quite a bit different, but I’m also a bit more patient than I used to be.
As a result, my grandkids and I enjoy lots of easy crafts for kids and seniors alike along with plenty of fun games – from board games like checkers to running games like ball tag. (Did you know, grandkids can make excellent personal trainers!)
While all of these are sweet ways to build delight family memories, the most important thing I do with my grandchildren is to help them hide the Word of God in their hearts.
As Psalm 119:9-12 (NASB) reminds us:
How can a young man [or woman] keep his way pure ? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD ; Teach me Your statutes.
That, coupled with 1 Timothy 1:5 (NASB)…
I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
…have instilled in my heart the strong desire to come alongside my children, who are all Christians, and help plant God’s Word into the hearts and minds of my grandchildren as often and in as many ways as possible, including plenty of fun ways.
Through the school year, that usually consists of reviewing their school or Awana Bible memory verses for the children each time I get together with my local grandkids. My long distance grandkids often enjoy telling me verses they’ve been learning while we chat on the telephone.
For the last few summers, when there are no assigned Bible verses, I’ve selected favorite passages like Galatians 5 with the Fruit of the Spirit verses and Exodus 20 with the 10 commandments, and each week or so, we’ve worked on learning a new verse in that passage. I often create cute memory verse pictures with my favorite country clipart that I can post on the walls, give them as coloring pages, or even use as a mini book with the help of my Smilebox eCards creations, Blurb, etc.
To be honest, these bless me as much as the grandkids, because those verses are digging their way into my heart and baby boomer mind as well. A good thing, too, because memorization does not come easy to me any more and it’s a great way to exercise all of our brains as well as our spirits.
If you are looking for fun ways of leaving a spiritual legacy in the hearts and minds of your grandchildren, using the Word of God each time you are together, along with simple fun coloring or craft activities can definitely accomplish that, giving you even more special family family memories to treasure long after they have grown up! It’s definitely a sweet way of leaving a spiritual legacy in their tender hearts.
Kaye Swain is the Sandwich Generation granny nanny – babysitting grandchildren near and far while caring for the elderly parents and relatives in her family. She writes daily at SandwichINK with info, resources and encouragement for the Sandwich Generation and can also be found at:
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