Leaving a Spiritual Legacy in Our Grandchildren’s Hearts and Minds

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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Jenifer Jernigan

Jenifer Jernigan is a wife and mom of 3 whose deepest longing is to please Jesus, only Jesus. Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, she knew church but she didn’t know Jesus. After years of rebellion and heartache, Jenifer found freedom and healing through God’s Word. Now, as founder of Diving Deeper Ministries, her passion is to equip others to d.i.v.e. (define~investigate~visualize~embrace) head first into God's Word so that they, too, can experience freedom and abundant living. Her first book Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion is part of Thomas Nelson’s Inscribed Studies collection. Join Jenifer at www.jeniferjernigan.com.

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5 Comments

  1. This was of great interest to me since I just became a grandma two weeks ago. My grandson spent Sunday afternoon at our house and as I held him, I prayed all the scripture verses that God had showed me over the years concerning my children and my children’s children( that’s my grandson!). I can’t wait to watch, pray and help as God moves in his life!

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  2. Hi Kaye,

    I enjoyed your piece about the legacy you are leaving for your grandchildren. Because ‘legacy’ is my thing 9(I wrote and published a Bible study in 2010 about legacy), I gravitated to your piece immediately. It is so important that we carefully consider the legacy we are leaving.

    I invite you to stop by at my website and take alook at my Bible study in case you have not heard of it. Blessings to you as you create a wonderful legacy for your family. http://www.leahadams.org/legacy/

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  3. Oh Cyndi, how awesome. CONGRATULATIONS! Grandchildren are such a joy and a delight and a blessing from God. And we have such a blessed opportunity to come along side their parents and reinforce the lessons they will be learning from them, while continuing to set an example of loving God and making Him number one in our lives. When they see this from many sides, it multiplies the impact in a wonderful and eternal way that will bless us all! And what a terrific way to start – with prayer and the Word of God! Congrats, once again!

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  4. Hi Leah, Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I really enjoyed looking at your site. As you wisely point out, it is so vital that we proactively work towards leaving a sweet spiritual legacy in the hearts and minds of those whose lives we touch, including our children and grandchildren. Have a blessed week!

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  5. Thank you for this encouragement to continually pour into the generations following us. I believe that we bless the heart of God when the generations come together and bless one another!
    “One generation will commend your works to another…” Psalm 145:4

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