Christian words of encouragement and inspiration for the sandwich generation

For the Resurrection Easter Eggs activities for grandparents and their grandchildren these two pieces worked well as the crossThe season of Lent and Easter is so full of joy to those of us who have been walking with our Holy God for any length of time. It's also a time of fun and wonderment for our kids and grandkids – from the Easter eggs so many enjoy to the glorious praise and worship music that culminates the season on Easter Day. But it's also important for our children and grandchildren to remember the "rest of the story" – the betrayal, the beatings, the cruelty, the abandonment, and extreme pain and death, all suffered willingly for us by our precious Lord and Savior.

That's one of the big reasons I love the Resurrection Easter Eggs. I've found them a wonderful tool over the years to retell the story of Easter and the days preceding it in a way children can easily understand and remember, without scaring even the most timid of grandkids of any age. And as you well know, I also love to incorporate encouraging Bible verses with the Bible stories. This year, as my grandkids are getting older, I've been blessed to share verses with them and you dealing with the cross and the blood of Christ, like this wonderful Scripture from Galatians 3:13-14.

Encouraging Bible memory verses for children and grandchildren in our Sandwich Generation family

Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing…Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.

As I tell my grandkids, when we talk about hell and heaven and the reality of both, they do NOT have to go to hell. NO ONE does. Jesus took our punishment upon Himself and, as Romans 10:9 tells us, "if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

What joy to share this sweet story. And what an even greater joy to see our children and grandchildren receive this precious gift that Jesus has offered to each of us! AND what an important job for each of us parents and grandparents – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation, to continue praying for each of these beloveds and all the other loved ones in our hearts for God's protection, leading, and discernment, now and for the rest of their lives. That's definitely a vital part of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds! For more Christian encouragement and devotions, enjoy Internet Cafe Devotions on this Word-Filled Wednesday. And…

Lovely pink flower buds for the Sandwich Generation with the help of my sweet grandsonIn Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  What wonderful news for all of us boomers and seniors and our families – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation. My grandson and I had such a nice time designing this weeks photo with the verse on Wednesday. Today, I'm sharing a praise and worship song from a favorite group of both my granddaughter and myself, Casting Crowns, that goes with it so well with Ephesians 1:7-8a on this sweet Spiritual Sunday. Enjoy Glorious Day in one of my Smilebox eCards Creations. 🙂 

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Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) is such a lovely and encouraging hymn for everyone in our multigenerational families! The words from the song are a blessed reminder of God's love for us…

"Living He loved me, dying He saved me, And buried He carried my sins far away, Rising He justified freely forever"

AND His promises to us that…

"One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day"

Someday, our bodies will no longer ache, our loved ones will no longer be in pain, our eyes will see excellently again, and we will behold His precious and beloved face! What joy to all of us in the Sandwich Generation who have put their faith in Him. What a blessing for us in this season of Lent to remember and look forward to!

P.S. If you've been reading the newspapers, or keeping up with the news online, you've most likely heard of the incredibly sad events in Toulouse, France. I had already been praying for those impacted. But I hadn't realized how close it came to a dear online friend and fellow blogger, Floss, of Troc, Broc, and ReCup – with whom I've linked up the last few years for both A Pause in Advent and A Pause in Lent. She has written such a beautiful post today on this situation and the topic of forgiveness. I was so blessed by her words and I know you will be too. I hope and pray we never have something this horrific hit us as close to home, but as members of the Sandwich Generation, I KNOW we all have to deal with forgiveness on a regular basis – sometimes when it is very difficult emotionally! Her words, along with the reminder of God's forgiveness for us in Ephesians 1, are a wonderful encouragement for ALL of us of the need and power of forgiveness – AND of where the power TO forgive comes from. And please keep Floss and her family and friends and all the people in Toulouse and France in your prayers.

Spring has sprung and all around us, my Sandwich Generation family is enjoying the riches of the season – from gorgeous flowers to blooming trees to growing grass that will need to be cut…really…soon.  My senior mom, grandkids, and I are enjoying plenty of outside playtime, as well as feeding the birds (and squirrels)  with tons of yummy seeds to eat. I thought of all these sweet joys as I read Ephesians 1:7-8a and realized what a beautiful way they hint at the precious gift we have received from Jesus. If I feel that all this spring gorgeousness is abundant riches of the season…how much more must it be that God has given us in the death and resurrection of Jesus – and the redemption He has blessed us with along with all the riches of His grace!

Lovely pink flower buds for the Sandwich Generation with the help of my sweet grandson

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. 

My grandson and I had fun creating this picture for Word-Filled Wednesday. I provided the photo and typed the words while he picked the green color and pronounced it perfect. That was one of the fun joys this week for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny, I must say. I love sharing the Word of God with kids and grandkids, don't you? 🙂 You'll find more encouraging Bible verses and devotionals, along with some cute Lent and Easter ideas for kids, on this  Word-Filled Wednesday in Lent 2012 at Internet Cafe Devotions, Teaching What Is Good, Women Living Well, Good Morning Girls, and Deep Roots at Home. And…

Encouraging Bible Memory Verses for The Sandwich Generation granny nannys children and grandchildrenIt's been a bit of a green week, hasn't it? Nope, I haven't been sick – just having lots of fun with St Patricks Day around here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. But now it's time to get a bit more serious as we continue on with Lent ideas for our whole family – from the young kids and grandkids on up to our aging parents and grandparents.

3 leaf clover to remind the Sandwich Generation of the Trinity - Father Son Holy Spirit - during this season of Lent 2012

Each day my grandsons and I have been saying Wednesday's encouraging Bible Scripture. Thursday, while driving one to school, we listened to the praise and worship hymn song, Here I am to Worship, by Phillips, Craig and Dean. It was the perfect timing to practice our verse that day. And as I listened to the words, it also seemed an excellent song for this sweet Spiritual Sunday. As I meandered through YouTube, I was especially delighted with this version of the song – in song and ASL – sign language. What a great video to share with our grandchildren!

Last week, for A Pause in Lent 2012, Floss focused on the Liberality of God. I really appreciated that food for thought and was so blessed this week as God kept bringing it back to my mind with a wide variety of encouraging and comforting Bible verses to cheer my heart – even on the gloomiest and rainiest day of the week! Because even there – I rejoiced in the liberality of God as I watched the rain drops come down, slowly at first then faster and faster. The dry field nearby was still looking brown and dead but with plenty of rain, I know it will green up soon and bring a bountiful and, yes, liberal harvest to our neighbor.

3 leaf clover to remind the Sandwich Generation of the Trinity - Father Son Holy Spirit - during this season of Lent 2012

A great reminder that as we plant seeds of God's Word – through Bible memory verses and praise and worship music – we too will reap a bountiful harvest – in our hearts and the hearts of our loved ones. What a lovely way of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy for our kids and grandkids! And what joy those songs and scriptures will be as they (and we) grow older through the years. Have a blessed day to all, in AND out of the Sandwich Generation!