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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, January 8, 2013

Stinkin' Thinkin'

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, one of our grandkids was in a crummy mood. As we were talking, she shared that a friend of hers had been sick and then added, “I can’t find my doll.”

To a little girl, these are mighty big things.

Our grandchild's behavior reminded me of Matthew 15:18a, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” Or, as Pops says, “What’s down in the well comes out in the bucket.”

Our little miss had let legitimate worries and fears consume her. The result was stinkin' thinkin'. And, do you know what? At times, I do the exact same thing. Ouch!

Our grand is just learning how to express her thoughts and feelings. She’s just beginning to understand a little about Almighty God. But I’ve been on this planet for more decades than I’d like to admit, and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What’s my excuse?

Psalm 86:4 says, “Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

And Psalm 126:3 reminds us, "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

I am so grateful that God has done great things for us. When I think of His blessings, there's no room for stinkin' thinkin'.

One of the greatest things God has done for Pops and me is to bless us with grandchildren. God teaches me so much through them!

What has God taught you through your grandchildren?

He is able,

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Anonymous said...

Ya know I can relate to this one! It's good to be reminded that I might pass down this way of thinking to the next generation. But since I can relate, maybe I can help them overcome that mindset. Thanks again for the reminder. kj

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for sharing, KJ! -- Mary

Grandpa Shayne said...

Grandchildren truly are a delight! My wife and I are blessed with 8 little ones. This reminds me of Proverbs 17:6 "Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents."

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Eight little grandchildren--how wonderful, Grandpa Shane! -- Mary

Anonymous said...

I do love to see the innocence in the eyes of my small grandchildren while I experience the love and compassion in the actions of my young-adult grandchildren. Also, when I am tempted to think ill of others, I am reminded that “we are what we think.” We learn from our little ones. They are so forgiving. Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Rita! Yes, our grands are very forgiving!