Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boots on The Ground Puts Parents & Grandparents on their Knees

"Boots on the Ground" is a term for combat troops deployed in a foreign country to fight for freedom. It becomes a scary term when you've got your flesh and blood in the boots. I've been there and may be again. What wise counsel can I offer you? Bathe them in prayer twenty-four seven. There is no other way for them or for you to get through this. I will share the Scriptures that gave me the most comfort during those time and also include a pray that I wrote for my soldier grandson.

I wrapped up in Psalm 91 like a blanket and I wrapped my grandson and his buddies in it too. Then I trusted God would keep His promises. STOP what you are doing right now and read Psalm 91 in its entirety.

Now, don’t you feel better?  Psalm 121 is another good one. “He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber." (Psalm 121:3 NIV) The thought of God never slumbering, but watching my soldier gave me great comfort.

Also consider Psalm 46:1-2 TLB “God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need not fear even if the world blows up and the mountains crumble into the sea.”

Then, “PRAISE BE to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliver, my shield . . .” Psalm 144:1-2 NIV

Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. Psalm 144:5-8 NIV

Prayer for A Soldier 


Today I lift up the soldier who is continents away fighting in a war that seems to have no end.  Lord, he’s only twenty-one, and already he has seen more horror than I can even imagine.  Life picked him up right out of high school with only a taste of college, and hurled him into the reality of war in the new millennium.  Dreams to be fulfilled, serving his country, and righting things in a “world gone wrong” were utmost in his thoughts.  But what a transition, Lord! 

Sounds of mortar pepper his nights and days, causing lost of hearing.  The harsher reality is that sometimes he and his buddies are showered with the shrapnel, taking a hit.  God, hold him when he loses a buddy.  Hold him when he’s so scared that life moves in slow motion.  Hear his silent prayers, his plea for Your help.  Give him strength to lift that buddy and carry him out of harm’s way.  Give him courage to wipe his tears, unashamed, and keep moving.

Lord, he’s in hostile territory every moment.  Protect him and his company from hidden enemies.  Guide their decisions—cause them to make the right decision every moment—to turn in the right direction.  Give them discernment from lying enemies, from those who would do them harm.  Help them to work as a team, dear Jesus.  Surround them with your angels of protection.  May their commanders look to you for guidance.

Grant him sleep in the moments he has to rest.  Protect him from sickness.  Help him not to be homesick to the point that it makes him unable to focus.  Guard his mind in Christ Jesus—he who has seen his buddies blown to bits and evil in it cruelest forms.  Protect his mind, his sanity, Lord.  Help him to hold it all together.  Help him not to lose sight of the big picture--the holding back of evil so mankind can live in peace.

And Jesus, fill him with the assurance that You are with him every moment.  Encourage him with thoughts of us who are at home.  Help him to picture us praying for him, remembering what he is about, and that always, we are proud of him and thank him for his gallant fight for peace. 

Now, Lord, you who trained King David’s hand for battle, equip this young soldier.  Be his fortress, his hiding place.  Deliver him from seen and unseen enemies.  Surround him with ministering angels and those who will do battle on his behalf.  Protect him from every possible harm in this foreign land. 

I praise You, Lord.  I praise You who are able to do all of this an more.  I entrust this soldier, this boy who is now a man, to Your watchcare. Thy will be done.   In Jesus Name, Amen.

Copyright: Janet Teitsort

Next time I will share idea for keeping their spirits up. Meanwhile, pray and stay encouraged. God bless you.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Enjoy Your Visit

with Your

Long Distance Family

              Long distance grandparents are required to adapt to change as frequently as a chameleon switches colors. If you’re new at the job, relax, you’ll learn. The first lesson you cover is on how to celebrate birthdays and holidays on off-days, or even celebrate those occasions without loved ones near. But there is one other unique situation knowing only to long distance grandparents, and that is hosting our long distance families for their precious visits home.

            Through the years, I’ve gained some expertise. But several years ago, when my daughter’s family came home for their first two-week visit, I didn’t have a clue. I found myself on kitchen detail doing some preparation for the next meal. I envied the laughter and voices coming from the living room. I wanted to join the rest of the family and watch the antics of our toddler grandbabies. But remembering the home cooking I had experienced as a child at my grandma’s, I was determined to provide them with the same memories.

Since this was their first visit home after moving away, I hadn’t foreseen that this would require continual kitchen duty for most of their visit. Even with everyone pitching-in, clearing the table, and helping prepare foods, there were certain things that I felt I needed to do.

 At that moment, I decided to forego my bountiful table idea and keep my menus simple.  Next time, I promised myself, I would prepare ahead.  But for now, I was going to enjoy our little ones.

Over their next several trips home, I’ve developed a plan of action to covers the bases of any long distance family visit.  Now, when they arrive, I’m ready.  I emphasis ready because a little planning makes the difference between me having a fantastic or a frantic visit with my love ones.

  BASE I:  About four weeks ahead, plan your menus. Meal preparation can be time consuming. Eating out can be time robbing and expensive. You don’t want either of these. No one wants to spend all their time in the kitchen while the rest of the family fellowships. Also, wasting precious minutes sitting in a restaurant, waiting to be served is not fun either. Most of us know what it is like trying to keep the little ones entertained while waiting. Money spent eating out could go a long way towards some sightseeing excursion, swimming, or the most fun of all—shopping with the grandkids. Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying don’t ever go out to eat, but don’t make it the norm for the family visit.

After completing your menus, compile your shopping list from them and shop for needed items. Once your grocery items are purchased, start preparing foods and freezing. I’m always amazed how many things can be fixed ahead:  casseroles, soups, pies, desserts, meatloaf and hamburger patties are among the favorites to freeze. Plan to make-use of your Slow Cooker, too.  If the visit falls in warm weather, by all means plan on grilling out.  

This is the age of convenience foods, be good to yourself.  There are bags of French toast sticks, and many other frozen foods waiting for you in the freezer units at your local supermarket. Don’t feel like your fudging on your role as a grandmother by adding some of these to your menus. Remember, the main idea behind the food planning is to free you up for a relaxing and carefree visit with your family.

BASE 2:  Sleepy-time plans are necessary, too. Knowing who is going to sleep where and on what makes late night arrivals go smoothly. Our daughter and son-in-law have seven children, ages 2-16, so we go for the floor plan. We have one guest room, which goes to the adults. I purchased the foldout dorm chairs that many college kids use. These make nice floor cots for sleeping. They are easily stored by stacking on top of each other. During the visit, they can be folded up during the day. We have also used an air mattress. Plan to provide sheets, blanket and pillow for each visitor. You will also want to purchase extra towels and wash clothes to keep for these family visits, watch for sales.  

If traveling by car, our long distance family brings playpens for the little ones to sleep in. If your family travels by air, you can borrow playpens from a fellow church member or neighbor.  Between visits, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and washcloths can be stored in storage tubs with tight fitting lids.  They are easily stacked in a basement, attic, or closet.  Planning ahead will enable your family to have a dreamy vacation.

            BASE 3:  Consider ages of grandchildren and interests of family members, and then plan some special activities. Don’t over plan and pack each day with continual activities that wear everyone out. But don’t let life just happen, or you’ll run the risk of their visit being over before you’ve done the activities that you had been anticipating. Lazy mornings, and active afternoons and evenings, work for us. Our large family often finds different ages going places at different times. The younger children may enjoy the morning with Grandma at the park and nap in the afternoons as Grandpa baby-sits. The older children, along with some of the adults, may take advantage of the toddlers’ quiet time and go to the mall, swimming, or to a movie. Cousins, friends, aunts and uncles may stop over for an evening with the visiting family. Holidays and birthdays provide ideal opportunities for extended family get-togethers, but if none fall during the long distance family’s visit, having the family home is enough reason to celebrate.  Planning flexible activities is a gift that you can give your family, enabling them to tuck away some keepsake memories of your visit together.

            BASE 4:  There is one more necessary base to cover, and that is dealing with laundry.  If your family is visiting for more than a few days, giving each guest a laundry basket provides an efficient laundry method. Have them place this improvised hamper near their sleeping area, or if space provides, set baskets up in the laundry room for colored clothes, whites and towels.  Explain to the grandchildren that they are to place their dirty clothing in the baskets.  This eliminates the lost sock syndrome—well almost.  

You’ve covered your bases, and now you’re ready to ease into a homey visit with your long distance family.  This is your time to sit back, relax and enjoy your family. Let the child in you escape and do some much deserved playing with your loved ones. This visit is bound to be the best one yet!  

Janet Teitsort is the author of Long Distance Grandma, Howard Publishing. She loves to share about Long Distance Grandparenting. If you are a long distance grandparent, or know someone who is, Janet’s book, Long Distance Grandma: Staying Connected Across The Miles provides month-by-month tips and activities covering every aspect of long distance grandparenting.  The book provides insight on being a grandparent to those in the military, college students, and blended families.  To find out more information about Janet Teitsort go to

Monday, April 3, 2017

LESSON 5, PART 2, WEEK 12–Praying for Protection on Our Family

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times. People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless, heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. These people will hate everything good. They will be sneaky, reckless, and puffed up with pride. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. Even though they will make a show of being religious, their religion won’t be real. Don’t have anything to do with such people.2 Timothy 3: 1-5 CEV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.
*Because this lesson is extremely long, the format for the next two days will be different. Day 5, instead of being a review will be a continuation of Day 4.

Think On These Things:

Today we will continue on with praying protection on our grandchildren and our families.

Pray for protections from addictionsNo temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. I Corinthians 10:13-14

And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15 NIV

God, You are faithful and I pray You will not let my grandchildren be tempted beyond what they can bear. But when they are tempted, provide a way out so that they can stand up under it. Here my call for their protection and deliver them.

Pray for godly mates to be raised up for themDo not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
 Corinthians 6:14

Lord raise up godly mates for my grandchildren, and let them not be yoked together with unbelievers.

Pray for Christian friends to surround them—He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13-20 NIV
As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another. Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Lord, I pray for my grandchildren to walk with the wise so they will grow wise. As iron sharpens iron, may they be sharpened by wise friendships.

Pray that God’s plan will be fulfilled in their lives—We’ve talked about this one before. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Lord, may the plan you have for _______________be fulfilled in their live. They are “plans to prosper _____ and not to harm _______, plans to give __________hope and a future.

Pray that they be delivered from a rebellious attitude—I pray that my grandchildren will Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end _________will be wise. Proverbs 19:20 NIV

Pray that they will honor their elders—Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 NIV

Father God, I pray that my grandchildren will Honor their father and their mother, so that they may live long in the land and enjoy the blessings that God has bestowed upon them.

Pray for the lost within your family unitToday, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. Psalm 95:8

Lord, I pray that today You would call to my family members. When they hear Your voice, I pray that they would not harden their hearts.

What Did I Learn

·       The days are becoming so troublesome that I need to be praying scripture around my grandchildren.
·       I learned specific scriptures to pray.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·        Today, I agree to pray the Word around my grandchildren.
·        I may not cover every instance every day, but I promise to cover them to the best of my ability.

Father God, The scripture in Timothy tells us about the last days. Already I see evidence of those days coming to be. Please help me, as a praying grandparent to remember to lift up my grandchildren and our family daily and bring one or more concerns to you, repeating them in an never ending cycle. Thank you God that You are a shield about us, our protector, and the lifter of our heads. We love You. Amen.

Well, dear grandparents, we are at the end of this study. I hope my writings have blessed your life. I’m sure the scriptures have. Please message me and let me know how this study has helped you. I hope to soon have an e-book and paperback copies available. Look for them on Amazon. Meanwhile, there’s some work to be done before that happens.

Blessings on you and your grandchildren. Amen and Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, April 4, 2017 

LESSON 4, WEEK 12–Praying for Protection on Our Family (1st part of a 2 part lesson)

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times. People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless, heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. These people will hate everything good. They will be sneaky, reckless, and puffed up with pride. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. Even though they will make a show of being religious, their religion won’t be real. Don’t have anything to do with such people.2 Timothy 3: 1-5 CEV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.
*Because this lesson is extremely long, the format for the next two days will be different. Day 5, instead of being a review will be a continuation of Day 4.

Think On These Things:

We need to be standing in the gap for our families more than ever. The signs of the times can be seen on TV, restaurants, schools, and about anywhere we go. Evil is rampant. There is no self-control. False religions abound. There is a cruelty in people’s hearts that can only come from Satan.

What can we do? What can we do? We need to quit wringing our hands and hit the floor on our knees. This is a time we pull out all stops and pray for our grandchildren—make that our entire family. Never doubt your call to stand in the gap for your grandchildren.

I personally believe in praying the Word—by that I mean, inserting your grandchild’s name in a verse, or praying a verse for your entire family.
Why do that? Because in Hebrews 4:12 (CEV), we are told God’s Word is alive and powerful! Also, Isaiah 55: 11 (NIV) says, So is my Word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Pray for protection from evil seen and unseen (you can even name the evils—murders, child stealers, rapists, perverts, sociopaths, terrorists )—
Dear God, please protect __________from all manner of evil. I claim Your promise that Weapons made to attack _____won’t be successful. Isaiah 545:17a CEV

Pray for traveling mercies—Please keep my grandchildren and family safe while traveling. __________will be blessed when you (they) come in and blessed when you (they go out) Deuteronomy 28:6 NIV (Parenthesis mine).

Pray for protections from the elements—Lord, protect ___________from (name it—tornado, storm, hail, hurricane, fire, flooding) But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11 NIV

Pray for protection on their minds—Father God, protect __________mind.
I pray that they Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of ___________ mind. Romans 12:2 NIV

Pray for protection from false religions, astrology, paranormal, mediums, and the occult—Let it be understood that this is a pagan practice and the Bible addresses it in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. (Note: The medium was not of God, for it says he turned to the medium instead of God.)

All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up.Isaiah 47:13-14 NIV

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. Matthew 24:24 NIV

Father God, protect my family from all manner of false doctrine, and the lure of the occult. Sometimes, in our humanness, we want to run ahead of You and know the future, like that is even possible. Instead, I pray that my
Family inquire of the LORD, and be delivered from stargazers who make predictions month by month. Give all of us discernment regarding false Christs and false prophets.

To be continued on day 5. . .
©Janet Teitsort, April 4, 2017 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LESSON 3, WEEK 12–Asking God to Raise Up Godly Mates for Our Grandchildren

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. I Peter 5:7 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I have always been fascinated by the thought that while I was growing up, my husband was in a different locality growing up. The way God orchestrated the events that brought us together amazes me. I believe God is Sovereign and therefore believe He brought us together. I don’t know if anyone prayed for us to find a godly mate, but I like to believe someone did.

When my children were quite small, I remember looking at them and knowing that someday they would grow up and leave the nest. I began right then and there praying for God to raise up a godly mate for them.Through the years, I have continued praying that prayer for my grandchildren and for my great-grandchildren. I know that God has honored those prayers.

But you may be saying, I did that too, but we’ve had divorce. How can that be when I prayed? This is a deep question with an answer so unfathomable that only God can explain it. Personally, I feel it has something to do with free will—both partners have been given such a will. What was meant to be, can fall by the wayside, when a partner fails to follow God’s chosen path. Here, I’m going to say, I don’t know the answer, but God is good and we can trust Him. I feel that it is important to pray and leave the outcome and the questions for God and God alone.

So why would God care who we married? First, He wants us to live in peace and to be serving Him. That’s why we are told in 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? God knows when we are in disagreement over the most important issue in life there will be discord, and a pull in two direction. Make no mistake, God is wise.

Secondly, everything that affects us is important to Him. Scriptures tell us that even the hairs of our head our numbered. God loves you and wants the best for you. 

I’ve only named a couple of reason, but I’m convinced there are many others—too many to discuss here. But I urge you, grandparents, make prayer for your children and grandchildren’s godly mates to be a top priority. You’ll be glad you did.

What Did I Learn

God _____________about us. Even the hairs of our head are numbered.

God wants us to _________in peace.

Scriptures tell us to not be ____________yoked.

The reason for that is__________________________________________. 

Some questions are so unfathomable that we have to trust ____________.

It is i________________ to pray for God to raise up g____________

m___________for our grandchildren.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will choose to pray that God raise up a godly mate for each of my grandchildren.

Dear God, I bring my grandchildren before you today and ask that You draw them close to You and that they would have a personal relationship with You. Lord, somewhere in this world is their future spouse, please be drawing them to You also. When the time is right, bring them together in their season.

Then father, for those grandchildren whose marriages have failed, bring a time of healing. And when that healing has taken place, bring the godly mate that You have hand selected to walk beside them into their lives.

Thank You for hearing my prayer and answering it. Thank You that I can trust You, even when I don’t understand what has happened, for You do. Amen and Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 29, 2017 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LESSON 2, WEEK 12–Praying for God’s Plans to be Fulfilled in Family Members’ Lives

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I come from a line of strong-willed individuals and so did my husband. It only stands to reason that we have produced strong-willed children and grandchildren. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Strong-willed people are determined and do not give up easily. The problem exists when they are so strong-willed that they forage ahead without asking God about His will. This is why it’s important to ask God that His will be done in our lives and our family’s.

I’m now in the winter of my life, and as I look back, I can see where I ran ahead of God and took a detour. I’m happy to say, He did let me take that willful detour, but He brought me back to His plan every time.

God has a plan for each family member’s life. You can partner with God in seeing that they don’t miss the mark by praying for them. The very first thing we want to pray is that they will have a personal relationship with God. So always we need to pray for their salvation and walk.

Secondly, we need to pray that they will surrender their will to God’s will. When we are young, we always want to do it our way. Even when we’re old, we tend to do our thing, then remember we should have asked God

I also like to pray that God will make His will abundantly clear in my own life and the lives of my children and grandchildren. And, that we will be tuned in enough to hear and see His will for our lives. Ah, we have come full-circle—the relationship. If we walk with God, we will most likely hear and see the way He directs us.

What Did I Learn

Each family member needs to have a p __________  r ________________with the Triune God.

The need to  s______________their will to God’s will.
We need to so in tune that we will h_____________ and s__________ God’s will for us.

We also need to remember to ask God what _______   __________is for our lives.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will pray for my children and grandchildren’s personal walk with you.

I will pray that You would guide them and cause them to hear and see Your will for their lives.

I will pray that they surrender their will to Yours.

Father God, I lift up my family to you and ask that Your work in my children and grandchildren’s lives. I pray that they will hunger for Your Word and a personal relationship with You. I pray that we all will remember to ask Your will before pursuing our will. I also ask that You open our ears and our eyes to discern Your will. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 28, 2017 

Monday, March 27, 2017

WEEK 12: Praying for Your Children & Grandchildren LESSON 1, WEEK 12–Praying for the Daily Needs & Protection of Our Family

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

In Matthew 13, Jesus teaches with the parable on the wheat and the tares. We learn that the choice seed (the wheat) represents God’s people whom God has planted in the world, and the thistle (the tares), are the people who belong to Satan. Jesus tells his disciples they are to wait until the harvest to get rid of the tares.

What does all this have to do with praying for your family? A lot. Every day, they get up and go out to face a great big world that has both the wheat and the tares growing in it. They need prayer to not get involved with the tares. They need prayer in order to be a witness and to stand for God. They need prayer to make godly decisions.

It is my hope that you are already standing in the gap for your family. But if not, now is the time to start. The method is up to you, but I’m going to share some of my own thoughts and some that have been shared with me.

One lady shared how she got a loose-leaf notebook and posted pictures of family members on each page. She said it helped her to stay focused.
On the left, she listed the prayer request and on the right she listed the answer. This sounds like a great idea and I’ve always wanted to try it, but I’m not that organized. I do well to get their names listed in my prayer journal. All too often they’re written on my heart and that’s as far as I get.

During my prayer time, after a time of praise, thanksgiving, and confession, I start by lifting up each member of my family and asking God to protect us from evil in this world and the unseen world. I also request protection upon our lives as we go about our day. I then continue by asking God to make our marriages sweet and raise up godly mates for the unmarried grandchildren. I then list my request for each family member’s personal needs as I know them and are led by the Holy Spirit to pray.

At time, I may pray a particular verse of Scripture over a child or grandchild. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

However you want to do, God treasures you—standing in the gap for your family. That’s the important part.

What Did I Learn

It is important to stand in the _________ for our family because in the

world, the ________ and the __________are growing together until the


The method is not as important as the fact that we ___________ for our family.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

____I have been praying for my family, but I will be more intentional about it.

____I haven’t been praying, but see the importance of praying for them. I will begin right now.

Dear God, Guide me as I lift up my family before You and ask that You be at work in their lives. Remind me to always take the time to do this, for I will do nothing or give them anything greater than the gift of prayer. When I enter into the throne room and lift them up before You—well, they are basking in Your glory. Thank You for hearing my requests. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 27, 2017 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

LESSON 5, WEEK 11 –Review of Lessons 1-4

Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Who can understand all the mysteries of prayer? I can’t and you can’t. Yet, we are called to a personal relationship through prayer. We read the stories in the Bible and see how vital prayer is to our connecting with God.
I hope as we’ve studied this week, you have grown  in your personal relationship with God. I also hope you have seen how important it is that we share our call to prayer with our grandchildren.

Review of Lessons 1 -2

I am called to pray and maintain a relationship with ____________.

It is possible to know God as the great I AM, and also have a personal relationship with Him.

God called Abraham His friend, so it is possible I can have a __________________with Him too.

Sharing verses on _____________prayer is another way to share and explore the subject of prayer.

 In lesson two, we learned that prayer is not to be taken _________________.

Praying is a privilege that Jesus paid for with__________   ___________.

Many family ______________________are solved through ______________.

Review of Lessons 3-4

In lesson three we learned the importance of planting ______________ seeds in their lives.

One way to do that is to offer to _____________with them over a problem they have.

We also learned that sharing and letting our _________know that we have a prayer life is important in our prayer witness.

Keeping a prayer journal is a way to grow our _______________.

It is important to share how God has interceded in my life through _______________________.

As a grandparent, I need to encourage my grandchildren to keep a prayer journal and write their spiritual _________________.

Dear God, Thank You for allowing me to come to you in prayer. How wonderful it is that You want to maintain a relationship with me. May I never come to You in prayer that I don’t think how much it cost Jesus.  You have revealed to me how important our relationship is. I will be blessed to worship You as God Almighty, the great I AM and also call You friend. Amen and Amen

©Janet Teitsort, March 25, 2017 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

LESSON 4, WEEK 11–Growing the Faith

Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that  if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Every life is a story. I am a writer. I like stories. For example, I read the story of Noah and I’m in awe that this guy had faith enough to build a boat when rain had not fallen upon the earth. Then there is Abraham who God called to pick up and move. I read about his life and I see that even though he had faith in the beginning, that faith grew and grew. There are others, too. Moses, Joseph, the prophets, Paul, and the disciples--the list is endless.The Bible is full of stories, both good and bad. God didn’t hold back. He told it all, so that we would feel comfortable in our stories.

Our stories.  You do have one--you know, a life story about where you were born and where you live, what job you do, and woven in along with that story is your spiritual journey. Why am I bringing all this up? It’s because your story is what you can use to teach your grandchildren that God answers prayer.

I hope you already have, but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to start, Keep a prayer journal and record how God answers your prayers. Then when the time is right, share it with them. You can use other people’s stories to share about faith, too. Don’t miss any opportunity to share with your grandkids. You’ll be blessed and so will they.

What Did I Learn

It’s important to keep a prayer journal . It will help my
____________to grow and also allow my ________________
To grow in the faith.

It is important to share my _______________with my grandchildren.

They will grow in ______________as they see how my story unfolded.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·       I will keep a prayer journal for the purpose of growing faith.
·       I will encourage my grandchildren to start a prayer journal.

Father God, I have a story with You as the author. Encourage me in keeping my prayer journal so I can realize what a great and Mighty God You are. Give me favor with my grandchildren when I suggest keeping a prayer journal. Cause them to decide to follow my decision to grow our faith. In the Name of our Lord and Savior, I pray. Amen

©Janet Teitsort, March 23, 2017 

LESSON 3, WEEK 11–Planting Prayer Seeds in Our Grandchildren’s Life

Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that  if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever
we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I was talking on the phone with my friend, sharing something I was concerned about, when she suddenly stopped me and said, “Let’s pray about it right now.” Wow! Sometimes we talk about praying, but never really get around to doing it. Her response made a lifelong impression on me

Grandparents, this is where you can plant prayer seeds with your grandchildren. Here is where you can say, “Thanks for sharing your
concern over _________with me, but let’s pray about it right now.
Can you imagine the impact that will have on your grandchild and
what it will teach them? It will teach them to turn to prayer the very first thing and not wait until after the fact.

Another way to plant prayer seeds is to share verses on prayer with your grandchildren. This week’s verse is a good one, but be ready to have an answer for their counter: “But, so and so prayed for their mom to be healed from cancer and she died.” How do you answer such a but . . .?

I’ve always been told God answers in one of three ways: yes, no, or not now. That made sense, but didn’t comfort me too much, especially when the answer was no, or not now. I began to look deeper and I think it comes to an issue of trust.

We don’t know why God makes the decisions He does, but we do know this: God loves us. After all, He sent His Only Son to die for us so that we might have life. So the thoughts I made Him mad, or He doesn’t like me, have to be pitched out the window. Not true!

The next thing we know is God is good, all the time. If God is good, He won’t make a bad decision. We have to trust that He is a loving, wise, and good God who sees the whole of eternity. Paul said in Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Trust is allowing Him to be God.  I’m not saying it is easy, but we can trust even when we’re hurting. It’s important to share this with your grandchildren, when the questions on prayer surface.

What Did I Learn

I learned it is important to __________  _____________ seeds.

One way to do it is to _______ with our grandchild when they share a particular problem with us.

It is important to help them understand that when God answers no or not now, we need to trust that He ______us, and He is _________, plus He
has a reason for His answer.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·       I will look for opportunities to plant prayer seeds.
·       I will share verses on prayer with my grandchildren.
·       I will encourage them to think about what they know about God: He is love and He is good.

Dear God, I see the importance of planting prayer seeds in my grandchildren. Help me to discern those teachable moments. Give me words and help me to speak, encouraging them to trust in You. In Jesus Name. Amen

©Janet Teitsort, March 23, 2017  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LESSON 2, WEEK 11–What Prayer Warriors Know

Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14-15 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Does your family know you pray? If not, why not? I know the Bible teaches we are not to be showy about prayer, but when we let our family know that prayer is our first thought, then that is a witness. They need to know that every day we seek God’s guidance for our lives and those we love. Establish your place of prayer and don’t be ashamed to request that you not be disturbed except for emergencies.

Prayer warriors know that prayer time is not to be taken lightly. It’s serious business—the most important thing you do! He is God Almighty and He deserves our full attention. No one rushes the Father, He wants your heart calm and your ear listening. As His Spirit fills you, it prays within you in groans you don’t even understand. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26 TLB) Isn’t that wonderful? The Holy
Spirit is interceding with us.

Prayer warriors know that prayer is a privilege. This is a magnificent privilege that Jesus paid for with His life—His blood on our behalf. Think about that for a minute. We are told the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom at the moment of Christ’s death. Therefore we can pray directly to God.

Praying parent and grandparent warriors know that many family problems are solved in prayer. Pray and trust, pray and trust becomes our mantra for problem solving. God has the answers, we only need to bring
Requests to him.

What Did I Learn

Prayer can be a ____________to our family.

Teaching respect for ______ time, lets them know you value the time spent in prayer.

Prayer is the most _______________thing I do.

The Holy Spirit prays_____________us.

Prayer is a ______________________paid for by Jesus’ __________  __  ____ Cross.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will set aside a time and place for  ________________.

I will teach my family to respect my ___________  __________.

I will consider prayer a privilege and honor it.

I will bring my problems and the problems of my family before the Lord
And trust Him for the answers.

Father God, Thank You for the privilege of prayer. It is a time of sharing with you, the Most High. Help me to realize that it is the most important thing I do. Let me bring all of my joys and my heartaches to share with you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 22, 2017 

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God;
That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we
know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 NIV

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore be earnest, thoughtful men of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

There are various levels of friendship. We have friends who are acquaintances, those who we know fairly well, and those who are kindred spirits. What makes the difference? Mostly it has to do with the quantity and quality of time that we spend with them. But add to that the very important element of  having rapport with them—the same heart-felt opinions and feelings about life—and you’ve made a life-long friend.
When we meet a kindred spirit, then we feel unconditional love and acceptance.

When we received God’s Spirit calling to us to accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and we answer yes, then we become kindred spirits with God.
We feel accepted and loved unconditionally. It is  the type of 1st love that the Bible refers to in Revelation 2:4.

But let me ask you, What makes a relationship grow? The answer is continuous interaction. Despite what modern psychologist have tried to tell us, it take both quantity and quality time spent together.

The same is true in our relationship with God. We need to spend time in prayer and in His Word daily, or we may lose the fervor of that 1st love.
What is prayer but a sharing with our Heavenly Father. It is a friendship
with our God that is like none other. We are called to pray and follow Him.

James, the brother of Christ, tells us in James 2:23 (TLB) that "'Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.' He was even called the friend of God.'" God can be your Almighty God, Jehovah, the great I AM, and still allow you to have a friendship with HIM. We can understand this as we grow in understanding. But for now, Grandparents, know that you are called to pray for your personal needs, the needs of others, and most importantly the needs of your grandchildren.

What Did I Learn

I learned that we are called to ______ so that we can interact and grow our relationship with _______/

It is possible to hold God in high e_______ and still know Him personally as a ___________.

If Abraham had a ___________with God, I can _____.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

Because God has called me to prayer, I will spend time talking and most importantly listening to Him. I will ask for spiritual ears to hear him.

I will honor and respect Him by praising the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.

I will confess my sins before Him and ask for daily cleansing.

I will daily bring my petitions before Him.

I will pray, believing that He will answer.

Father God, as I come before You today, I ask for spiritual understanding of what prayer will do for our relationship.
Help me see that prayer, along with Bible study will keep that 1st love alive. Give me spiritual ears to hear You and discern what You are teaching me. I pray this in the Name of the perfect Lamb of God. Amen and Amen

©Janet Teitsort, March 19, 2017  

Friday, February 24, 2017

LESSON 5, WEEK 10 –Review of Lessons 1-4

Scripture for the week:

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied and Years of life will be added to you. Proverbs 9:10-11 NKJV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Verse 10 states that loving and revering the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Being filled with the Holy Spirit gives us understanding on a spiritual realm. Wow!  When you come to the Lord and surrender your all to Him, that’s when you have become wise. From there it only gets better and better for you are given the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.
Then verse 11 goes on to say that our days will be multiplied and years will be added to our lives by walking with the Lord.

How true this is. The newspapers and TV are full of accounts of lives being shortened by unwise decisions. Wisdom is God and we need to be walking with Him.

Review of Lessons 1 -2

Being wise comes from being in the Word and spending time in prayer.
When we spend time with God, we come to recognize His voice and won’t miss it. We’ll be use to hearing Him.

Also, any decisions we make must line-up with God’s Word.

Then, we must look at the circumstances in our life. What direction are they leading us? If we’re walking with the Lord, then we won’t have a problem seeing and understanding what they are saying to us.

We saw this with the disciple Peter in Acts 10. He was a Jew by birth, but began following Jesus. When He had the vision of the unclean animals being lowered in the sheet, he understood God was telling him that they were no longer unclean. Later when he was summoned by Cornelius’s men, he went without hesitation.

Review of Lessons 3-4

Even though Peter knew that Jews and Gentiles had never associated together, he went with Cornelius’s men to Caesarea. When he gets there, he tells them that he came without hesitation, even though he didn’t know exactly what they wanted. He did so because he had an inner-peace. Peter was walking with the Lord and he felt the circumstances leading him to obey God’s leading.

So based on everything we have been learning from Acts 10 and from other places in Scriptures good decisions are dependent on:

1.      Our decisions must be in agreement with God’s Word.
2.      We must look at circumstances and see which way they are leading us.
3.      We will have an inner-peace after making a decision.

Sometimes we think we’ve surrendered all and trip over our humanness. In other words, we’re so in love with what we want, holding tight to it, that we interpret (or don’t listen) to the commands and signs correctly.

What to do? What to do? It is at these times, we need to get back on our knees and confess our sin. Tell the Lord we got it wrong. He is faithful and just and He will help us get back on track. “If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, ‘hear his voice behind you saying, ‘Here is the road. Follow it.’” (Isaiah 30:20-21 GNT)  Hang onto that promise.

Grandparents, share times when you made the right decisions following the Lord, and also share the times when you tripped up, listening to your own wants. Teachable moments are when we share how things worked out in our lives.

Father God, we want to share with our grandchildren. Help us to be open and vulnerable. May there be an abundance of teachable moments in our grandchildren’s lives because we dare to be open and share. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 NOTE: I won't be able to post for the next couple of week, but I'll be back mid-March. I hope you are being blessed through this Bible study for Grandparents. I would love to have some feed back. Just leave it on the blog or message me on Facebook. Thanks, Janet