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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tell the Grandkids What God Has Done

Tuesday's Thought

As a friend and I recently ate lunch together, we talked about passing down family stories. She referred to a passage in Psalms 78 that tells about the importance of sharing spiritual stories.

Psalm 78:4 (NIV) says: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

The Bible paraphrase The Message says it this way (verses 1-4): “ … I'll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother's knee. We're not keeping this to ourselves, we're passing it along to the next generation—God's fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.”

It is up to us to pass on family stories—especially ones about God intervening in our lives and homes. We can share these stories with the grands while washing dishes together, taking a relaxing walk, or going on a drive. We can record our stories and burn them on CDs, or write them down in notebooks. … We can even do something really simple—jot them down in our Bibles.

For years I've jotted down things I want to remember in my Bible—births, weddings, deaths. Memories such as,“God protected Chris from a terrible wreck when he did a 360 degree turn on a wet freeway and ended up in a ditch,” “God protected Jim when a car burst into flames 3-4 feet from a propane tank by his office,” “God protected John and Bre when they had a gas leak in their house,” and on, and on, and on.

As I’ve once again read the countless ways God has protected and led our family, I’m reminded that He can be trusted for the future.

I have to agree with the Psalmist, “He has done marvelous things!” Things that I want to remember. Things I want my grandchildren to remember.

He is able,


Teresa Newton-Terres said...

I just enjoyed a cup of tea with the Grand Connection, and what a treasure to read. Your words of encouragement and guidance were inspired! I will treasure being your "friend"; and to think that it was a mutual friend who inspired me to give wings to PS 78 and "write it down". Thank you for your helping me be a better GRANDparent!!

Mimi T

Your friend,

Mimi T

Anonymous said...

Yes, I also think that passing down golden tresures or foundation rocks of stories is so important for our grandkids. Our grandchildren love to hear stories about their parents, so in telling them those stories, I think it is a good time to tell how God worked through/in our lives to correct us and bring us closer to Him

kj said...

It's amazing how telling our stories encourages others to tell theirs. Not only can we pass our legacy of faith to the next generation, but we can pass it on to others in our generation.