Friday, June 29, 2012

GRANDMA'S BUTTER BOWL


“Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.” Jeremiah 18:6

Grandma's Butter Bowl

Drop right in and goes with me back in time, to my Grandma's house.  In fact, join me in the kitchen.  It is time for lunch.  Ah, here we are.  Now watch and listen . . .

Round and round it was passed, the cream-colored bowl with the poppy-red flowers and black leaves.  Filled with freshly churned butter, it landed center-stage of Grandma’s kitchen table.  Purchased from the Jewel Tea Man, a sales representative for the Jewel Tea Company, its value was minute.  But in my mind, it became a vessel of worth-- a reminder of a bountiful table, a place where I was filled.

Today, it sets in a place of honor in my kitchen.  When my eyes happen to fall upon it, I am transported back to my childhood. I hear once again the screech of the outdoor pump as the men come in from the fields and pause to wash away the day’s grime.  I hear faint echoes of the clamor of everyone taking their seats and the clanging of the silverware, and the chatter of happy voices, sharing the day’s events.  The scene of the family gathered ’round the wooden table is etched forever in my mind.  A simple vessel, this old butter bowl, but a vessel of worth, because it was always filled with Grandma’s labor of love. 

Heavenly Insights

The apostle Paul speaks of vessels in his second letter to Timothy.  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but of also wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.  Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.  2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV   Are you seeking God’s filling on a daily basis and allowing Him to pour you out as a blessing upon your family?  Will you demonstrate the meaning of this Scripture by allowing your grandchildren to observe you as a vessel of honor? 

Grandma’s Pearls

-Status and finances don’t make us an honored vessel.

-Our physical appearance does not make us a vessel of worth.

-A vessel has to be cleaned before being used to hold something of worth.

-Repenting and confessing our sins, accepting -Jesus as our Savior allows us to be honored vessels for the Lord

Passing on the Godly Heirloom

Of  BEING AN HONORED VESSEL

What vessels do you have in your home that has been handed down from generations past?  Share the significance of these vessels with your children and grandchildren.  Then share the following Scriptures on vessels and discuss them with your grandchildren:  Jeremiah 18:1-

6, Corinthians 4:7-2, II Timothy 2:20-21.  If you are long distance, make a videotape, or send snapshots and a letter.

Mold a memory by using the following activity, which involves giving your grandchildren a gift of packaged clay or using the following recipe for eatable homemade clay/dough.  Remember, younger children have to be supervised with clay.  Be sure to check with your children to see that clay activities are permissible in their household.  Sometimes, parents have had to set rules regarding clay.  If it’s okay, then proceed with this activity.  Clay is easily mailed if you are a long-distance grandparent.  If you live close by, you may do this at your house under your supervision.

PEANUT BUTTER PLAY DOUGH
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of light corn syrup
1 ¼ cup of powdered sugar
1 ¼ cup dry milk.
Mix together—mold into designs, eat & enjoy!

Plan a field trip with your grandchildren to visit a pottery shop.  Let the grandchildren watch the vessels being formed. Later, over a snack, talk about how we are vessels for the Lord, and how God shapes us by the happenings in our lives.  Don't forget to mention the need for having clean vessels.   Explain how we can become spiritually clean and free of our sins.  Mix in your witness with your everyday conversation and don't forget to have fun!


















Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Praying for Your Grandchildren


Hi there Grandparents--here, there, and everywhere!  I want to talk seriously to you about something that is on my heart.  Have you read the headlines or listened to the news lately?  If so, does the following Scripture line up with what is happening in the world today?
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:2-5 NIV
If you are like this grandparent, you can’t help recognize the parallel with today’s happenings.  When do the Scriptures say these things will occur?  Look back at 2 Timothy 3:1 and you will see that it says “in the last days.”  Could it be that we are seeing signs warning us that Christ’s return is imminent?  
This is a very difficult time in history and if the indications are correct, things will only get worse.  Grandparents, this is a crucial time where we need to be standing in the gap for our children, their spouses, and our precious grandchildren.  Because of that, I've asked guest blogger, Lillian Penner to share some pertinent information with you.  You will have plenty of time to plan for the event she is going to be talking about.  My prayer is that you will join us in this endeavor, wherever you are and whatever church you are in.  Grandparents, let's stand in the gap for our grandchildren.  Be watching the next few days for prayers that you can pray for your grandchildren.

In HIS love, Janet

From Lillian:
Grandparent’s Day of Prayer
Christian Grandparenting Network is proclaiming
September 9, 2012 as Grandparent’s Day of Prayer.
Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents all over the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren on Sunday, September 9, 2012. This date is the official United States National Grandparents Day designated by a Senate proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.
Our grandchildren are living in a moral and spiritually deprived climate navigating in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth and righteousness that hold nations and families together. Perhaps at no other time in our history is a call to prayer more urgently required than it is today for our grandchildren.
 Grandparents are invited to stand in the gap together for their grandchildren as Esther stood in the gap for her people in a desperate time. The call is being issued for prayer warriors to link arms and go to battle for the sake of the next generation in today’s post-Christian culture.
The mission of Christian Grandparenting Network is to promote effective grandparenting, which is intentional about helping our children and grandchildren know and follow Christ wholeheartedly.
Christian Grandparenting Network is putting a call out to thousands of grandparents who will sign up to encourage group participation and pray individually on this special day of prayer. Everyone who signs up to participate in the Grandparent’s Day of Prayer will download a copy of Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren
“. . .   all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God . . .” Acts 4:24 (NLT)
Sign up and become a participant in the worldwide movement to pray for our grandchildren on September 9, 2012.
Just follow the following steps to partner with us to reach our grandkids for Christ by uniting in prayer on Grandparents Day of Prayer.
How?
1.      Start by signing up to unite in prayer with grandparents for their grandchildren on Grandparents Day of Prayer on the website www.christiangrandparenting.net/day-of-prayer.html
2.      Help us promote this event by spreading the word on Face Bookand/or Twitter.
3.      Send emails to your friends to inform them of Grandparents Day of Prayer.
4.       Pass out business card sized invitations to your friends, available on this website.
5.      Volunteers are needed to coordinate an event in their church or community.
6.      Link to www.christiangrandparenting.net/day-of-prayer.html  for additional information, guidelines, and handouts, available on this website.
7.       Learn more about how to be a prayer advocate for your grandchildren in our weekly blogs on our website www.christiangrandparenting.net.
 My desire is to get the information about the Grandparents Day of Prayer to as many grandparents as possible. If you can use some brochures and invitations, please let me know. Thank you so much for your cooperation in spreading the information of the Grandparents Day of Prayer.
Blessings,
Lillian Penner
National Prayer Coordinator
Christian Grandparenting Network,  www.christiangrandparenting.net

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tebow's Childhood Faith Supports the 4/14 Window



Recently, my guest blogger, Lillian Penner, and other Christians worldwide, prayed and fasted for the 2.3 billion children on earth between the ages of 4 to 14 years, on the Global 4/14 Day of Prayer, Saturday, April 14?  This was her column and I'm blessed to have her share it with you today.

Tim Tebow’s moral and spiritual foundations were developed long before he became a celebrated quarterback with the Florida Gators in college, and the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

Read more http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com/2012/02/tebows-childhood-faith-supports-the-414-window/

His story begins with an introduction to faith during childhood.
“When I was a boy, I had been going to church, and I (had) been hearing about Jesus and how He died on the cross for my sins,” Tebow shared with an audience at the University of Florida in 2009, “but I had never put my trust in Him, I didn’t know what that meant,” Tebow continued. “I had been… talking to my mom and dad and I wanted to trust Christ with my life. And I was thinking, ‘you know, if I get in a car wreck (tomorrow)… and I die, I don’t think I’m going to heaven,’”

Tebow acknowledged in a 2010 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. “And I was scared,” Tebow told CBN. “And so the next morning I woke up, and I grabbed my mom, and I (kneeled by) the couch and I said, ‘Mom, I want to ask Jesus to come into my heart, and forgive me of my sins, and make me a child of God,’ Tebow recalled of his conversion to Christ in 1993. “ And from that instant, I knew I went from darkness to Light.”

Tim Tebow accepted Christ at the age of 6, according to his new book, “Through My Eyes.” Tebow’s understanding of the gospel, and his desire to receive Jesus as his Savior and Lord at such a young age, further supports research released one year earlier.

In 1992, Dr. Bryant Myers, then Director of World Vision’s MARC Ministries, (now with Fuller Theological Seminary in California), presented his research which showed that 85% of people in the United States who make a decision for Christ, do so between the ages of 4 to14. That new evidence confirmed that children and teens under age 15 were receptive to the gospel and “ripe for harvest.”

Based on Dr. Myers’ research, Dr. Dan Brewster, a missiologist and then Program Director with Compassion International, coined the phrase “4/14 Window” in 1995. The 4/14 Window refers to all children between the ages of 4 to 14. During this decade or “window,” most children in this demographic develop their moral and spiritual foundations, researchers have discovered.

Tim Tebow’s childhood faith supports the 4/14 Window. There are 2.3 billion children on earth under age 15 and they represent the largest unreached people group in the world.
As 2012 begins, how will Christian parents and churches respond to the boys and girls within their reach who need Christ?

An international day of prayer and fasting for these children, known as Global 4/14 Day, will take place on Saturday, April 14. This worldwide event is open to all.

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…” This old song is still true today, just ask Tim Tebow.

This article is a press release from Steve Karges the Founder & President of Children’s Ministries International, Inc. and Coordinator of Global 4/14 Day. www.global414.com
Post Office Box 28262, San Diego, CA

By Lillian Penner

Lillian Penner is an author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren, speaker and national prayer coordinator for the Christian Grandparenting Network. She has been active in church ministry for more than fifty years. Currently residents of Portland, Oregon, Lillian and her husband John have three sons and nine grandchildren. Check out Lillian’s book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren on this website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Riding On The Hay Wagon


Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?"

For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV

I grinned from ear to ear as Grandpa carefully pulled the hay wagon behind his tractor. Frequently, he glanced back over his shoulder to be sure that we remained seated. What fun! My friends and I had walked out to the field to call the men in for lunch. They were between loads and told us they would give us a short wagon ride, if we promised to sit still. At last, we were moving ever so slowly. Our suntanned legs dangled off the side of the wagon, as we hugged the prickly bales of hay next to us. Rocking from side to side over our bumpy terrain, we giggled and laughed, as thrilled as if we were riding one of the midway rides at the County Fair.


But a while later, angry red welts appeared where the hay had irritated our skin, and the welts began to itch. Grandma made a paste of baking soda and spread it on our blotches, providing us with some relief from our agony. Funny, how after the first thrill of an adventure is passed, we begin to notice all the unpleasant things about our experience. Life is like that; we begin a new job, or enter a new relationship, with joy and anticipation. Then a short while into the experience, we notice all the “not so pleasant” things that irritate us. We look high and low for the baking soda of life, wanting to ease our discomfort. Sometimes, we even turn to other gods in search of satisfaction.


Heavenly Insights

Shortly after the Israelites started on their journey to the PromiseLand, daily irritations became evident. They began thinking maybe they should have stayed in Egypt; after all, they did have food and comfortable shelter there. Truth, they had worked hard, but they were cared for. Here, in the wilderness, they were constantly running up against physical irritations, and their thinking became distorted. They remembered only the “fleshly comforts” of life in Egypt, and totally forgot the physical, mental and spiritual bondage that they had been under.


Then their spiritual leader, Moses, went upon Mt. Sinai to talk with God and according to the Israelites, was gone far too long, they begged Aaron, his brother, “to make us gods to go before us” (Exodus 32:1). Aaron went right along with them, took their gold jewelry and made them a golden calf.

Why did they make such a poor choice? Why did Aaron, also a leader, join with them? Because they hadn’t made it a daily habit to express thanksgiving to God for all that He had done. If they had practiced “thanksgiving”,they would not have forgotten that He, and He alone, was their All Sufficient God. Thanksgiving would have caused their faith to grow, and they would have been sure that God would supply their every need.


Years later, Paul, while talking with the Philippians made a statement about contentment in adverse circumstances: “I know what is it to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV) In addition to being thankful, we are to look to God to get us through whatever may befall us. If we express our thankfulness daily, then it will serve as a reminder to us to look to God for all our needs. We won’t have to seek satisfaction through the gods of this world.

Grandpa’s Tools

·         Express thanksgiving to God daily for all that He has done.

·         Look to God for strength in difficult situations.

·         Thanksgiving produces contentment in God’s people.

·         Thanksgiving makes our faith grow until we can trust in all circumstances.


Passing on the Godly Heirloom of

Thanksgiving

Grandparents can help their grandchildren develop a thankful attitude by modeling. Do not neglect saying mealtime grace. Openly express gratitude in daily conversation, often pointing out specific examples. Don’t be preachy, just be appreciative. Remember to thank them when they have gone out of their way to do something for you. Then try these:

Seven Ways to Express Thanksgiving & Gratitude

1.      Supply grandchildren with thank you notes and stamps. You model using them by sending thank you notes to them when appropriate.

2.      Provide them with a “thanksgiving” notebook for everyday, listing all the things they are thankful for. Remind them to read their list when feeling neglected or blue.

3.      Encourage them to start a gratitude journal where each day they list three things that they are grateful for.

4.      If you are a NBG (Near By Grandparent), join them in a community project to help the less fortunate. (Presenting a program at a nursing home, raking leaves for the elderly, and collecting can goods for the needy. Teach them to have an eye for those who need help.

5.      If you are a LDG (Long Distance Grandparent), you can still work with them on a project to help others, you just have to be more selective. Send the funds and have your adult children help them purchase items for Operation Christmas Child (Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse shoe box project). Encourage them to write to a senior citizen.

6.      Teach them to be thankful to and for their parents by reminding them of special days in their parent’s lives and by helping them remember their parents in special ways.

7.      NBG plant some seeds with your grandchild in faith and watch the plants grow. LDG mail a packet of seeds for your grandchild to plant. Share how you expect the seeds to grow, and that eventually you will have flowers or vegetables. Point out that is how faith in God works—we remember what God has done for us in the past, and we believe He will continue to care for us. We learn to trust Him even before we see the flowers or the fruit on the vine.






Thursday, February 23, 2012

Faith on the Rise

Today, I want to begin to share with you some excerpts from my book, "Passing on Godly Heirlooms."

This first post is about passing on the Godly heirloom of faith.

And Moses said to them, “this is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”

Exodus 16:15NIV

Running down the stairs to greet the morning, I entered the kitchen and saw Grandma focused on her kneading. She reached into the flour bin and sprinkled more flour on the dough, working it in the powdery white mound. I stood in wonderment beside her watching and waiting for the moment when the dough would get shiny. That was the moment that told her the dough was ready to form into loaves. Grandma reached in the cabinet for the pans. The clanging of the loaf pans as metal hit metal, acted like a morning alarm calling everyone to arise.

Grandma blew an upward breathe trying to move a loose strand of hair from her forehead. A sifting of white flour blended right in with the snowy white lock as she pushed it out of the way with her hand. Tiny beads of moisture peppered her brow and upper lip. The wood cook stove, sizzled with its snap, crackle, and pop, adding heat to the already too warm kitchen. The August night had remained sultry, and the house had not cooled. No matter, the heat was a small price to pay for a taste of Grandma’s homemade bread. Soon the aroma from the baking bread would fill the house, making our mouths water in anticipation. Later, the golden loaves would be set to cool and served at the noonday meal. I could wait, for I had faith that my daily bread would be waiting for me at the appointed time. This morning we would eat biscuits, which Grandma was already stirring up. Early in my life, I had learned that bread was an important substance of life.

The years have passed, and Grandma has gone to her heavenly home. Mom frequently made bread in our home, not out of necessity, for store-brought bread was readily available. I suspect she made it to release the scent of times remembered. Today,when I walk by a bakery and smell the aroma of yeast bread, I think of Grandma. Sometimes, I stir up my memories by mixing, kneading and baking bread just like Grandma used to make. When I do, I remember how blest I am that God has provided and will always provide for me. He is the Bread of Life which sustains me.

Heavenly Insight

Generations ago, God provided for another family. When the Israelites left Egypt(Exodus 16) and were just a few days into the wilderness, they complained of hunger. They’d had bountiful food in Egypt. After traveling just a short while, they were sure they were going to starve. They wanted bread and meat, and they wanted it immediately! In spite of the fact that they were complaining against the One who had just saved them from slavery, and parted the Red Sea for their escape, God showed His unconditional love by raining bread in the morning and meat in the evening.

 After the morning dew lifted, a small round substance, as fine as frost appeared on the ground. The Israelites named it Manna, which means What? (Exodus 16:15) Sweet with the taste of honey and looking like white coriander seed, this was bread rained from Heaven by a merciful God.

 Moses had told the Israelites that their complaining was not against Aaron and himself, but against God. Wow! What an eye-opener. Often times, we discover life’smost meaningful lessons when we become willing to ask ourselves, What can I learn from this difficult or uncomfortable situation? We must always consider if complaining is hampering our growth.

The people couldn’t gather more than one day’s worth of Manna. If they did, it would decay. Yet, when it came time for the Sabbath, they could gather for two days, and it was preserved. Many tried to do things their way, but ended up losing what they fought so hard to keep. Still, others tried to work overtime on Sundays, only to find that it didn’t pay. There wasn’t any Manna except when God provided it.

Later, the Lord commanded Moses to have the people fill an omer with Manna. They were to keep this evidence, and show it to future generations. In that way, their descendants could see the bread and learn how God fed them in the wilderness. This omer was to be a godly heirloom.

Grandma’s Pearls--things to remember

God is a God of deliverance.

God is a God of unconditional love.

God can be trusted to provide for our daily needs.

To go against the way of the Lord is foolishness.

God’s will prevails.

God considers passing on godly heirlooms an important way to build faith in future generations.

Passing On The Godly Heirloom of FAITH

God dealt with the physical needs of His people, while at the same time, He was caring for their spiritual need. Even then, He planned to send His Son, Jesus, who said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger. . .” John6:35 NKJV

What faith evidence are you sharing with your children and grandchildren? You may not have an omer full of Manna, but you can help your grandkids remember that God is faithful. Try the following activities to lead into a spiritual discussion and cause the spiritual lesson to connect with a memory. Have fun while learning a spiritual truth!

PRETZEL BAKING PARTY-- Bake bread with your children or grandchildren. Share the Exodus passage, plus John 6, on Jesus being the “Bread of Life”. If you are not a bread baker, buy a bag of frozen bread dough at the supermarket, divide into small portions and let your grandchildren roll out on wax paper and form into pretzel shapes. Share the story of how Jesus fed the 5000, providing deliverance from hunger and unconditional love although some doubted that He could do so. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13)

MINI-PIZZA PARTY—Using the frozen dough, form it into individual-sized pizza. Provide the usual pizza toppings, as well as raisins, nuts, and honey for grandkids to use. Share how God provided Manna in the wilderness. Talk about the fact that it was sweet, and the love of Jesus is sweet.

TAKE TWO—Have the grandkids take two servings of some type of bread. They are to eat one and leave the other uncovered overnight. In the morning have them taste the second serving. Discuss what happened to the bread and what happened when the Israelites didn’t trust God to provide for them as He promised He would. Ask your grandkids to imagine what the spoiled, stale Manna would have been like.

PROVIDE FOR OTHERS—Children are never to young to learn about helping others. Make miniature loaves of bread, wrap in cellophane, and tie with some pretty ribbon. Have your grandchildren help you distribute these to people in your neighborhood, or a nearby nursing home. Talk about how Jesus said He is the Bread of Life. Discuss what that means.

TAKE IT ONE STEP FARTHER—Save change and as a family sponsor a needy child in a worthwhile organization. Explain that we are God’s legs and arms. He faithfully provides for us that we may provide for others.

MAKE A SCRAPBOOK OF YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. Fill it with personal snapshots and written stories. Tell how God has worked in your life by delivering you, answering prayer, sustaining and encouraging you. Encourage your grandchildren to start a Faith-Builder Scrapbook. Provide them with colorful markers, jell pens, glue sticks, paper and film.

BRAINSTORM WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN—Decide on some ways that God has been faithful to your family, and brainstorm how the family can pass on that faithfulness to others.

Long distance grandparents videotape yourselves demonstrating these activities and discuss the Scriptures. Also, you can enlist the aid of your adult children to buy and provide the frozen bread dough for the activities. Think it through; you can grandparent by long distance.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Completing The Spiritual Outfit for Your Grandchild

Last week, we talked about not only outfitting our grandchild physically, but spiritually.  The passage we looked at was from Colossians 3: 12-17, which reads: Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unit.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as member of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 
Today we want to look at modeling the outfit of gentleness, patience, and bearing with each other.  I'll have to admit that is one tough outfit to pull off.  But with a little spiritual exercise, anyone can learn to wear it. 
 
How can you be gentle when your patience is at wits end?  How can you put up with someone in a grouchy mood without losing your cool?  Well, I'm trying (for I'm not a patient person) to put on the garment (attitude) and hope my emotions (spirit) will catch up.  Psychologists say it will work, but most importantly, God says it will work. In fact, He said it first when He told you to praise in all circumstances.  He knows that attitude is 99.9 percent of the battle.  He's saying get your mind in line with My Word. 
 
God says He has given you a garment of praise to put on when things hit you full force. Did you know that God inhabits praise?  Yes, he does, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel [His people]," Psalm 22:3 KJV, brackets mine.  Thus, the next time the world hits you in the face, start praising and God will help you cope. You'll be amazed at how everything turns around.  Let your grandchild see you praising and managing to be self-controlled--gentle, patient and bearing with others who may be having a down day. 
 
Of course, right along with bearing with each other, comes the cloak of forgiveness, that garment of righteousness which Jesus extended it to you.  He expects and commands you to extend it to others.  Enough said!  Do model that garment for your grandchild.  The final touch will be the sash of love, which holds the outfit together.  Love covers a multitude of sins.  Search out the Scriptures on love and wear that belt daily.
 
Grandparent, you're going to be a knockout when you wear your spiritual outfit.  Hit the runway and let your grandchild see how dazzling you are!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Grandparents as Models

What grandparent hasn't delighted to shower their little ones with an array of cute outfits? And what grandparents hasn't continued to delight in seeing the happiness in their older grandkids eyes when they purchased a "trendy" fashion item for them? Grandparents are notorious for showering their grandkids with not only toys, but fashion items.  But if you are only clothing the outer child, it's time to add a new clothing line to your grandchild's wardrobe.  This line of garments has to be modeled, or the child will not be able to put them on. 

Colossians 3:12-17 NIV reads, Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtures put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unit. 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as member of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wow!  That's quite a wardrobe to model for our grandkids:  compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with each other, forgiveness, love, peace, thankfulness, and studying the Scriptures.  What would modeling those garments look like and how can we teach them to our grandchildren?  We will look at a few today and cover the rest over the next few days.  You will notice that several of these go together and actually makeup an outfit.  Consider our first one.

Compassion with dashes of Kindness and Humility When our grandchildren are young we can model compassion by including them when we remember the less fortunate:  Gather can goods for a food pantry, save change for the needy, work in a soup kitchen, share some of their toys with a cheer fund, fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and other opportunities.  As they participate with you in a compassionate way, they will learn to act in a compassionate way too.

Kindness & Humility overlap with sprinkles of Compassion.  These garments accent each other and remind us to think of others before ourselves.  Have you ever seen someone practically mow down someone by trying to get to the first of the line, either in traffic or a store?  Well, grandparents, here is your chance to teach your grandkids that the elderly should go first and if there's not enough chairs, they need to give them theirs.  Kindness is demonstrated when they hold a door open for others. It's all the little things we do that make a pleasant day.

Grandparents, if you're not modeling these, it's time to get started.  Tomorrow, we'll look at one of the toughest garments to wear:  Gentleness, patience and bearing with each other.