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