spiritual activities for grandparents and their grandchildren

It's definitely one of those up and down weeks full of the Sandwich Generation issues for my family. My senior mom is not feeling great, but hopefully her new medicine will make her feel much perkier soon. My grandkids and I have enjoyed some Bible school fun, intermixed with a nasty cold bug making the rounds. So today it is only the youngest and I headed there and only for part of the day. BUT I have a couple of grandma goodies up my sleeves to console the wee ones who are under the weather and that will help. We're not sure what's up for fireworks between colds, unusual weather, thunderstorms, and extreme heat. But one nice thing we can do this week that doesn't require health or good weather is PRAY, and that we've been doing. Praying for health and healing, praying for our Bible school so others stay healthy, and praying for our nation and the nations of the world. That is definitely vital in this age, isn't it? 

Encouraging Bible memory verses for all ages of the Sandwich Generation to apply on patriotic holidays and thru the year

Praying with our kids and grandkids is a great way of teaching by our actions as well as our words. Leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of simple Scripture prayers for them to pray for others, including their own country, is a great way to celebrate the birthday of our nation, don't you think? For more encouraging Bible verses, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday.

Do you enjoy sharing encouraging and inspirational Bible verses with your grandchildren, whether they live nearby or far away? As a member of the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents while having fun with spiritual and educational activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, that's one of my biggest pleasures. Last week, while my grandsons were having fun with a play clay Pasta set, I was able to use the time and the project as a great illustration of the verses,

Inspiring Bible verses for our Grand Children

O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter;

and all of us are the work of Your hand…

Isaiah 64:8

and

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…

Ephesians 2:10a

Doesn't their "spaghetti and meatballs" look good enough to eat! 🙂 We used it to talk about how, just like they were creating their little masterpieces out of the play clay, God is the potter Who is creating His masterpieces out of us. As with play clay, He may have to smooth pieces out, soften them up, reshape them, but He is perfect at all He does! We just need to surrender ourselves to Him to be used by Him in whatever wonderful ways He will take us.

It'll take a few more years, and a few more clay sessions for them to fully understand the point, but eternal seeds have been planted in their hearts and in ours. What seeds have you planted in a child's heart this month? We'd love to hear about them!

For more words and Scriptures of encouragement and inspiration for the Sandwich Generation senior home care giver and grandparent, please visit Word-Filled Wednesday at hosted by Susan from Forever His.

My grandkids and I finished working on the Fruit of the Spirit Scripture memorization verses, activities and crafts, and have gone back to our Awana verses. We still do a lot of talking about love, though. God’s love for us and our love for each other. Yesterday, two of the grandboys and I were talking about loving God with all our heart, loving others, and even loving our enemies.

As I was praying about God’s love this morning, He reminded me of the passage in 1 Corinthians 13 that talks about love:

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;

It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Isn’t that a wonderful prescription for caregiving. It doesn’t matter whether you are taking care of an aging parent, an adorable but precocious grandkid, or for that matter, dealing with a sweet but but occasionally recalcitrant spouse. Perhaps it’s a cute but capricious teen? How about a boss or coworker who sometimes makes you want to scream. Let’s face it, no one is perfect. And as members of the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and grandchildren, we sometimes see our loved ones in worse moods than anyone else because they don’t feel well. Focusing on and following God’s prescription to love them, no matter what, really does make a difference.

It’s not enough, though, to read this once, think how nice it is and promptly forget it. I used to have it posted in my bathroom and would pray through a different verse from it each day. Over the last few years. I must have prayed through it more than one hundred times. You’d think I’d have it totally memorized, but my brain just doesn’t work that way anymore. The Holy Spirit does though. It astounds me how often I will be in the midst of a difficult situation, start feeling a little hot around the collar, and all of a sudden one of the verses from this passage pops into my brain. I wish I could tell you how perfect I am at following it all the time. I'm not. I’m learning, though. Step by step and prayer by prayer. And when I’m working on activities for grandparents and grandchildren to teach them, it’s awesome to see God using it there as well.

It's not currently hanging in my bathroom as the shower humidity crinkled my old one and when I moved, it got put into the "to do" box. If I were really on top of things, I’d grab a roll of clear plastic contact paper, encase a new printout of the verses in that, and hang it up. Then it would stay much nicer, much longer. I’d add some pretty pictures too. Simple works for me, though. So I guess I'd best take my own advice, reprint it, hang it in my new bathroom, and start praying through it again. It'll be a great way for this member of the Sandwich Generation to start this New Year! I'd love to have you join me in this and let us know in the comments below. Have a blessed day and a great week! 🙂