Words of encouragement for the Sandwich Generation, to remember AND to share with our sweet grandkids!
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ ; Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21
Have a blessed and beautiful week, as you juggle the multigenerational issues of the Sandwich Generation on this Word-Filled Wednesday.
Have you noticed how, quite often, the simplest times with our grandkids are the sweetest? One of my grandsons spent the night last week and we had the best time reading through his graphic Bible and learning about Jesus in the temple, playing Hangman together (where I used some of the words from our Bible time, along with animal words from our time learning about Orangatans with the Wild Kratts), and laughing hilariously at the photos he snapped of both of us with his favorite iPhone camera app – CamWow! You didn't know that I"m part-alien, did you?. 🙂 (It's actually what Camwow did with my two hands holding an iPhone.)
We then enjoyed sending some of those photos to his parents via email and saving most of them for my computer screensaver for both of us to enjoy for years to come, not to mention planning to use a couple of them for a Christmas Smilebox for some beloved long distance senior relatives. I gotta say, I do appreciate my iPhone and its grand apps! It's so handy for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, not to mention our grandkids! And talk about delightful times full of learning, laughter, and love – sweet family memories, indeed.
I love to share with my grandkids some of the many prophecies that were given hundreds of years before Christ came, that were later fulfilled by his birth, life, and death. One of them is from Micah 5:2, specifically concerning His birth:
"As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
Excitingly, the fulfillment for this is recorded in several places in the New Testament, including John 7:42,
"Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
The coloring page for this might be a tad boring, but I thought I'd share it with y'all. I know some of my older grandkids might enjoy coloring in each of the letters. How about yours? For that matter, some of our senior parents might enjoy them, either to send to great-grandkids or to try their hand at coloring as well.
These are great Scriptures to share with our grandkids when singing one of the many lovely versions of O Little Town of Bethlehem, aren't they? Such a fun and lovely way of encouraging them in their faith in the Lord as well as leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds! A great way to encourage our whole families, actually, including ourselves!
Happy Advent! It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas every year and is a wonderful time to help our families focus on the spiritual side of Christmas along with all the fun parts (like singing Two-step Round the Christmas Tree – I do LOVE that fun ditty 🙂 ). I actually got a head start on Wednesday with cute graphics to help our grandkids and us learn encouraging Bible verses about the carol, Angels We have Heard On High.