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A Good Friend Helps in Times of Struggle

There really are no words to describe the special connection between a grandparent and a grandchild. Jokingly, grandparents tease by saying, “If only we could have had the grandchildren first.” 😉

Grandmas and grandpas learn so much from their grandchildren. A few lessons we’ve learned from our four grandkids are:

   ❤ Becoming a better listener,

   ❤ Cultivating patience,

   ❤ Awakening curiosity,

❤ Staying active,

   ❤ Finding joy in the simple things,

   ❤ Laughing and having great fun, and…

   ❤ Discovering having great fun is A LOT of work the older we get. 😜

Not only do grandparents learn from their grandkids, our grandchildren learn from us. I think of my hubby who has more patience than anyone I know. He is a great role-model for this character trait. He also loves to do projects, so he invites the grands to explore and create with him.

We can also teach our grandchildren about our faith. I had this opportunity arise recently.

Camping is something we love to do. When the grandchildren can’t come to the camper, then we bring the camper to our grandkids.

A few weekends ago was filled with tons of camping activities. One of those was swimming. The grands were going to get their swimsuits on. My granddaughter and I were in the camper and no rooms were available to get dressed with privacy. I offered to hold up a blanket for her while she changed clothes. She accepted.

About three minutes had passed and I asked her how she was doing. She responded she was almost done. I told her I was thankful because my arms were getting tired from holding up the blanket. This brought a bible story to mind so I shared it with her while I continued to hold up the blanket and she finished dressing.

“Sibyl, this reminds me of a story in the bible. Have you heard the story of Moses holding up his staff?”

“I haven’t, Grandma.”

“Moses was leading his people to freedom. While they were traveling, they ran into some people who wanted to fight them. Moses had a staff, or a big stick, that God had given him to use to protect them. When Moses held up this staff, his people were winning the war against the bad guys. When he lowered his arms and the staff, they would start to lose. Two of his friends saw how hard it was for him to hold up his arms for that long so they went to him to help him out. His friends found a spot for him to sit down, and then one friend stood on one side of Moses, and the other friend stood on the other side. They held up his arms for him. Moses and his people won the battle. Isn’t that a great friend to have, Sibs?”

“It is, Grandma.”

“I have a friend like that. I know my friend would help me out and support me whenever I really needed the help. I hope you find a friend or two like that, Sibs.”

“Me, too, Grandma. I’m done.”

Down went the blanket and, off to the pool we went.

Grandchildren bring so much love and hope and joy to our lives. Hopefully we grandparents bring a little of those things to theirs too (with a lot of spoiling to boot). There is no better gift than the special connection we have with each grandchild. Let’s never stop sharing our faith with them.

Stay Calm & Share Your Faith!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.   

You’re Never Too Old to Hug Your Grandma

“You’re never too old to hug your grandma!”

Those were the wise words from Boston, the young teenage boy who had been babysitting my grandson while my daughter and I ran a few errands. He spoke those words after I summoned my grandson for a hug goodbye. I smiled at Boston then hugged my 6-year old grandson and joked, “Yeah, Tyus…even when you are 40.”🤩

I pondered my comment on my drive back home… How many years is it until Tyus turns 40? How old will I be when that happens? How old will I be when each of my grandchildren celebrate their 40th birthday? Will I even be alive by then to celebrate with them?

These thoughts certainly had me reflecting about life and where I hope to be when the youngest of my four grandchildren turns 40 (God willing, I’ll almost be a centurion when that happens 😲😀). Contemplating all of these thoughts at the end of the year is a good time for me to consider what my New Year’s resolutions might be. It also has me pondering what my one word could be for 2022. Hmmm… 🤔

I wonder…what can I do to help myself stay as healthy as possible in the last quarter or last third of my life so I can be around to celebrate my grands’ 40th birthdays? The bible offers me these words of wisdom: “The righteous will flourish…they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” (Psalm 92:12a; 14 NIV). It also provides this truth: “Teach me to number my days aright, so that I may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NIV, emphasis mine). All our days are numbered. I want to make the best of the number I have left, so Lord, help me to be a righteous person for You. 🙏

All this contemplation has led to the choice of my one word for 2022 (and hopefully for life)…STRIVE.

  • I will devote serious energy to grow in my relationship with Jesus by reading my bible daily in addition to my morning devotions. I want to get to know Him more intimately and grow our relationship.
  • I will strive to love others unconditionally (especially those difficult people who rub me the wrong way 😬). 
  • I will fight vigorously to eat healthy, exercise often, and take the best care of myself as I believe I should and can. I did get a jump start on this one back in August by giving up alcohol. Nope, I didn’t hit rock bottom. I just made the decision that alcohol was no longer serving me in any positive way so I took a break. Still going strong on that one and the benefits have been AmaZinG! Ask me about it anytime. I’d be more than happy to share my story with you.
  • I will make strenuous efforts to do whatever it takes to thrive and make it to the ripe young age of 97 so I can celebrate my youngest granddaughter’s 40th birthday in 2057. Just typing that year out and seeing the number on this word doc makes me giggle. 👵😍

So, Tyus…Boston was absolutely correct when he stated, “you’re never too old to hug your grandma.” Even when you turn 40 in 2055, buddy! 😉🎂

Have you picked out your one word for 2022? Or, is that not your jam? Totally okay if it isn’t. BUT…if it is, please share with us in the comments.

Happy New Year to all. 🎉

Stay Calm & Go Hug Your Grandma!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.