Since half my grandkids are busy with Upward Soccer, this is a great time to talk about doing all our work – school or soccer – heartily for God. Also, it's a good time to discuss the difference between me being proud of how good they are doing vs. them being puffed up with pride.
Love…it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud
Lori from All You Have To Give left a comment on Wednesday that reminds us of one of my favorite verses about this when my kids were little. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 18 (NKJV)
Since reading activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are always one of our favorite ways to learn, I found two fun stories for us to enjoy with our grandkids that can also lead to good talk times about these verses:
The Frog and Toad book series by Arnold Lobel are favorites of all my grandkids. Frog and Toad Together has a chapter called The Dream. Frog and Toad are normally very good friends. In this chapter, though, Toad dreams he is on a stage and doing all sorts of wonderful things. As a loud voice and he both brag and boast about what he is doing, his friend Frog starts to shrink. The puffier Toad gets, the smaller Frog gets till he disappears altogether. That upsets Toad so much he wakes up and is thrilled to find that Frog is right there and just fine. Off they go to play happily and, when I read it to a couple of my grandkids, we had a nice time talking about how important it is to not boast and brag about ourselves but rather, to encourage others.
Another cute story with adorable pictures is the Christian children's book, Fool Moon Rising, written and illustrated by Kristi Fluharty and T. Lively Fluharty. This book is all about the moon and what a braggart he is being. He thinks he's "all that" and doesn't hesitate to let others know. Then, in a "bright light" of insight he finally sees the sun and realizes all his light and glory are actually a gift from the sun and he is totally humbled and changed by this realization. The pictures are grand, the story is fun, and the lesson is a great one to share. My granddaughters have enjoyed it with me and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my grandsons as well. It even has some interesting science and history facts and figures at the end.
All in all two very fun and useful books for this week’s Bible memory verses for our sweet grand children.
And finally, I wanted to share with you and my grandkids one of my favorite praise and worship songs – I Will Boast by Paul Baloche is sung here by the Shout Praises Kids. It's great for young grandkids as well as those already old enough for youth groups and even college age!
Isn't that a fun one for the grandkids? Not to mention a great one to encourage all of us in the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and having fun with our grandkids.