Caring For Elderly Parents? Babysitting Grandchildren? All Part and Parcel of the Sandwich Generation and All To Be Done Heartily for the Lord!

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Extreme Grandparenting by Tim and Darcy Kimmel - Christian words of encouragement and inspiration for grandparentsCan you believe February is already almost gone! This is the last Word-Filled Wednesday for the month! As I was talking to a friend about it, along with all the fun my grandkids and  I have been having with so many great Wii games for kids and the seniors who love them (ME! 🙂 ), she suggested this verse as appropriate for both. I had to laugh and agree.

So for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family and babysitting grandchildren, here are some very encouraging Bible verses for whatever we do – whether walking with senior parents as we talk about their gardening plans, cleaning up messes in a sick room, following healthy diets and riding a mini exercise bike to stay in good shape for our caregiving chores or even playing those fun Wii games! 🙂

Whether caring for the elderly parents - babysitting grandchildren - having fun with great games on the Wii for kids and seniors - this Happy Holiday valentine clipart reminds us to do our work heartily for the LORD -very encouraging Bible verses

 

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

 

or as the Message Bible puts it:

 

Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ.


And yes, following this can even mean TURNING OFF those fun Wii games and sitting down to cuddle, read, and talk to our grandchildren about God's love. It can also mean playing those same games, while talking to the grandkids about serving God heartily with our attitudes as we are playing, whether we win OR lose. 

Have a blessed and healthy Word-Filled Wednesday, where you can enjoy more fun pictures and encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation at Internet Cafe Devotions.

P.S. If you're looking for activities ideas for grandparents and grandkids when babysitting grandchildren, be sure to check out Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks

 

Comments 20

  • amen! that’s what we need to remember isn’t it! everything we do is for the Lord!

  • Kaye:

    This verse has been in my mind lately. It is one of the memory verses for the Crown Financial Study. So true…whatever we do is for the Lord. He alone is our source of strength, our provider, our all in all.

    Blessings,
    Joan

  • Kaye, I wear Colossians 3:17 around my neck…as my reminder that in ALL I do and say…this just keeps it going. I LOVE it and what a blessing to share it with those we love!! You are ever the encourager!
    peace,
    lori

  • Wow! That verse just keeps coming back to me. Guess I better listen . . . ha!

  • AMEN!!! and Blessings Kaye! Another well SANDWICHed message of ALL that we do between “dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family and babysitting grandchildren” with a full HEART for our REAL Master, so sweetly depicted with the 3 hearts.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and wonderful ideas always. Bless you for encouraging Misty and adding a visit there. Thank you for the JOY words you left to encourage my heart this WFW! EnJOY a wonderful week “…whatever you do…” and my you have such a diverse list… cuddle up and keep that JOY alive in LOVE!

    Peace and JOY,
    Peggy

  • I repeat that verse to my children and myself often! Wonderful reminders to unplug from the world and plug into the only power source that can really keep us going! Happy WFW!

  • Wow, that is a great verse and art work. Thanks for all your prayers.

  • A great WFW ~ and thanks for telling me about that exercise bike. I certainly need one! Blessings ~

  • Great points and wonderful versus!

  • Isn’t that the truth? I have a little boy, almost four, who is in love with Mario Kart. He now understands the boundaries we have put in place because after having it for two or three days, he was showing signs of NEEDING it to survive. Isn’t it crazy how quickly that happens? It is now a privilege he can earn and now that the newness has worn-off, he often DOES choose to cuddle and read. Whew.

    Can’t imagine taking care of my parents and young children – you “sandwichers” are my heroes. Truly.

    Love the verse – so very convicting and loved reading the Message version, Kaye!

  • Hi Amydeanne, That is SOOOO very true! 🙂

  • What a great way to keep that ever present in your mind, Lori. And thank you so much! 🙂

  • Don’t you love it when God does that, Ginger! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing about her, Peggy. I loved the picture! Have a blessed week. 🙂

  • It makes such a difference, doesn’t it Heidi! 🙂

  • THank you From The Heart. And you continue to be in my prayers. 🙂

  • You’re very welcome Cathy! My senior mom and I love it. And I mentioned it to her physical therapist last month and she said it was great as well. Made us feel doubly good. 🙂

  • Thank you, Courtney. 🙂

  • Hi Natalie, How wonderful that he is able to understand it so great at that young age. Very smart child! And that cuddle time is such a blessing, isn’t it! And thank you for the sweet encouragement for all of us in the Sandwich Generation. It isn’t always easy, but we do it ALWAYS in HIM and that makes all the difference. Have a blessed week. 🙂

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