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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, May 5, 2009

Praying for the Grandkids

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

When I look at the world today, I realize how important it is to regularly pray for our grandchildren. Only God knows the challenges they will face tomorrow.

About a year ago I started praying through a wonderful book While They Were Sleeping: 12 Character Traits for Moms to Pray. It gives specific verses to pray for the following character traits: kindness, humility, teachability, forgiveness, obedience, discernment, purity, responsibility, courage, servanthood, contentment, endurance.

Since Pops and I have five grandchildren, I have five of these books—yes, one for each grand. I emphasize prayer for one grand on one day a week, and when I pray for him/her I write the date (and sometimes a note) inside While They Were Sleeping.

I've also done a great Bible study by Sammy Tippet, Praying for Your Family. Sammy gives specific ways to pray and shares how God answered prayers for his entire family. It's really encouraging!

What a privilege it is to pray for our grands. It’s a gift that money can’t buy. One that will affect not only their lives today, but also their future.

He is able
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Karen Jordan said...

Thanks for the tips on the resources, Mary. Very helpful!

Sharon Ball said...

When your grandchildren are older, I bet they will be so blessed by reading all of your prayers for them over the years. What a wonderful idea.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for leaving comments, Karen and Sharon!

This is what I prayed today for the grands (from While They Were Sleeping): "Lord God, my child [grandchild] will face many situations that will test his faith in You. Give him the courage to keep his eyes fixed on You. I pray that his commitment to You becomes stronger than any other loyalty in his life. ..."

I think this is a great prayer for Pops and me, our kids, grandkids, ...