the Word of God

After a bad night of little sleep, I thoroughly enjoyed taking a short nap. I woke up rather groggy, and decided to see if my senior mom would like to take a walk together in the street since our sidewalks still have quite a bit of snow. Downstairs I discovered "great minds run along the same track" as she was nowhere to be found, which meant she'd gone out on her own. I spotted her tracks going left, so I went right. Huffing and puffing I walked quickly around the block, thinking I would meet her half way but never found her. It wasn't until I was almost all the way around that I finally totally woke up enough from my nap to realize I could call her. Duh me! That is why she has one of those great Jitterbug senior cell phones! Dialing her number, we were soon connected and laughed merrily. Turns out she had left, but got so cold she came right back for her heavier jacket, just as I must have walked out of her sight going the other direction. Somehow we never met, but thanks to the miracle of cell phone science, I didn't have to worry.

My senior mom loves her Jitterbug - considers them the best cell phones for senior citizens - she got a big smile when I told her I was going to use a photo of hers to help the grandkids with their Bible Memory verses for the children

I thought about that later as I listened to a great sermon on Psalm 119, which to me is a combination of sharing with others about God, along with the writer's own prayers to God. In the sermon, the pastor talked about the importance of constant and continual prayer and shared several encouraging Bible verses from that passage, including:

  • I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart. vs 7
  • I cried with all my heart ; answer me, O LORD ! I will observe Your statutes. I cried to You; save me And I shall keep Your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help ; I wait for Your words. vs 145-147
  • Great are Your mercies, O LORD ; Revive me according to Your ordinances. vs 156
  • Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances. vs. 164
  • Let my cry come before You, O LORD ; Give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. Let my lips utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes. Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness. vs. 169-172

In fact, this whole psalm is wonderful for using as simple Scripture prayers. As you pray them, you have the assurance that you are praying God's will for you and those your are praying for!

Encouraging Bible verses from Psalm 119 make wonderful and simple Scripture prayers for the Sandwich Generation - even when you are too upset to think straight

Isn't it grand that the Holy God, Creator of the universe, loves us so much that He has given us the gift of prayer along with the Word of God to show us how to pray. Free and easy access to our Almighty Lord at any time, 24/7. There are never any busy signals. Never any dropped calls. And even if we go one way, when He is going another, we know all we have to do is holler out, and He will help us find our way back at any time. Talk about the best Valentine gift of love EVER! What a blessing for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with all the difficult issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family as well as babysitting grandchildren. We are in constant need of wisdom and guidance, especially when health crises occur, and He is right there, ready to give it to us as we pray. AWESOME! 

For more encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship music to encourage the heart of the Sandwich Generation everywhere, including you, be sure to visit Spiritual Sunday. 🙂

P.S. If you're feeling in the Valentine mood, but the Sandwich Generation issues are keeping you tied to home, SandwichINK has a Valentine Party blog round-up full of links to fun parties with lovely Valentine pretties to enjoy, along with even more blessings from the Word of God for you to read and listen to. 🙂 Happy Almost Valentine's Day!  🙂

Kay Arthur is one of my favorite writers and I've enjoyed many of her books and Bible studies. Her latest, When the Hurt Runs Deep, deals directly and Biblically with the topic of great concern to everyone, including Christian caregivers and grandparents,  – pain and suffering! We see it in our newspapers, we watch it on TV, and we deal with it in our Sandwich Generation families – sometimes more than most since we are often helping many in our extended families. 

I found so much in the book to help me and others as we go through various trials, including the "valley of the shadow of death." One thing I wanted to spotlight today, as it is something I have found extremely valuable throughout my life, is:

"Don't continually revisit the details…you can't change what has already happened…God has it covered, and you need to leave it with Him…walk literally in the light of His truth, which will bring healing…one passage that is sufficient, although you will find many others as you nurture your soul on the bread of His Word…read it aloud. Post it on the mirror, the refrigerator…memorize it, and let its healing seep into the crevices of your soul."


Encouraging Bible verses on the mirro and in our hearts help the Christian in the Sandwich Generation dealing with the pain and suffering issues when caring for elderly parents

 

…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

I cannot agree with Ms. Arthur enough! These words of encouragement from Philippians, written by Paul, are such a good "prescription" for healing our hearts and our minds. When I've gone through my "darkest nights" I've found that reading and meditating on encouraging and comforting Bible verses along with soaking my heart in uplifting praise and worship music – many of which also have Bible verses written into the lyrics – have been such a source of inspiration and comfort to me. 

The Word of God is awesome and powerful! I pray you will be encouraged by this and by other uplifting pictures and Bible verses you will find on this Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions. I'm also linking up to Seeds of Faith today. 🙂

My grandchildren and I have been enjoying reading through the Bible using their kids' Bible. It's in the NIV version which is a bit easier for them to understand at this age. I also share other encouraging Bible memory verses with them in my favorite version – the New American Standard Bible – as well as the King James version.

Any time I visit for nap or bed time, we always read a Bible story and/or work on their Bible memory verses, as well as reading one other story. Right now, we've been focusing on pioneers like Daniel Boone, plus I just got the biography on Martin Luther King Jr. 

It's so important to cultivate a lifelong habit of reading the Word of God regularly, preferably daily, in our children's and grandchildren's hearts and this is one of the ways I strive to help with that. 

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All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

Isn't that a fun way to teach our children and grandchildren those encouraging Bible verses? I do love working with the cute country clipart from Trina and Friends. 🙂 

For more of Word-Filled Wednesday with plenty of uplifting Bible verses paired with interesting pictures, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions. You'll be blessed!

P.S. One caveat when you are buying a Bible for your grandchildren – watch the print size and color! The size in one of the Bibles they have is fine, but the print is a light brown – very hard to read for this baby boomer granny nanny with aging eye changes! I may have to get them a different Bible with darker print, just so I can read it easier. Hmmm, large print might be good too – for them as well as me. What do you think – any suggestions? 🙂

Monday, January 17, 2011, is the day we honor a man who loved God and who took a stand on vital principles, while pursuing peace as the Word of God tells us to do. As a member of the Baby Boomer generation I still have vivid memories of this gentleman I respect, and I want to teach my grandchildren about him as well. Since many of us granny nannies and pappies may be babysitting grandchildren on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I thought I'd round up some fun and easy crafts activities for grandparents and their grandchildren to help us keep them happily busy while learning more about Mr. King.

Educational crafts and activities for grandparents and grandchildren for Martin Luther King Jr Day:

Interesting books to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr – great for reading out loud to kids and grandkids:

Well, these crafts and resources should definitely keep us busy for Martin Luther King Jr Day –  maybe for the whole weekend or even the entire week! 🙂 How about you? Do you have any great resources to share with the rest of us for interesting and educational activities for grandparents and grandchildren? We'd love to hear.