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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

LESSON 4, WEEK 10 –Recovering When Our Decisions go Awry


Scripture for the week: The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you, and you will not have to search for him anymore. 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

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

Think On These Things:

Sometimes we get in the way, even when we are listening to God.  Imagine that! Yep, we do. It’s at those times we get back on our knees and surrender whatever we’ve been clinging too. 

Remember the story about Moses in Exodus 4 about God telling Moses to throw his rod down (walking stick).  Later, Ken Medena would write a song about Moses experience implying he didn’t want to give up the security of that rod. Scripture just says that Moses did it. Often time in our lives, we kid ourselves saying we’ve given up everything—surrendered it all too Jesus when we haven’t. If we haven’t given everything to Jesus, then our decisions won’t be made in God’s perfect will.

Grandparents, at these times, in your life and in the lives of your children and grandchildren, it’s time to go back to prayer and ask God to show you where you went amiss. The Father who loves you will be happy to show you. You can get back on track and continue down the road God intended you to travel.

What Did I Learn

I must pray and ask Him to show me where I went amiss.

I learned that I must surrender my ______to Jesus.

I need to listen_______________________________.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

When it becomes apparent that I’ve taken a wrong turn, I will
go and pray to the Father seeking where I went wrong.

I will surrender my all to Him and let Him guide me anew.

Dear God, I know you have a plan for my life. I am seeking to follow that plan, so how wonderful it is to trust you. Even when I’m only half-listening, you will stop me and say, “here is the way, walk in it.” Praise You for your guidance. Amen.






Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lesson 3, Week 10: Godly Decisions Bring Inner-Peace



Today’s Scripture Focus:  You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. Isaiah 26:12 GNB

“For You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 ESV

*Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read God’s Word and seek His meaning.

Think On These Things:

Today we will continue on with our passage in Acts 10:24-29. Today, we find Peter meeting with Cornelius plus other relatives and friends. But today, Peter is not wondering if he is doing the right thing by meeting with Gentiles. He knows he is doing the right thing. What had always been uncleaned for the Jews believers has been now declared as clean. I am so glad the Peter followed God’s leading in his decision, for without it, we Gentiles might still be on the outside—heaven wannabes.

Amazingly and with an inner peace, Peter begins to speak in Acts 10: 34. Pause and read this Scripture. How does he has such peace? He has prayed and he had let God lead him through circumstances.

Today, if we stay in close contact with the Lord through prayer and Bible reading, we can have that inner-peace that we are in His will.

Grandparents, when your grandchildren come to you asking questions about major life decisions. Remind them to pray. Ask if their decision lines up with God’s Word? What are the circumstances saying? When they can answer these questions, then they are ready to step out in faith—being assured that God is leading.

What Did I Learn

We will feel an ____________ if we are on the right track with out decision.

Our ability to make a godly decision are based on three things:

1.      We need to stay close to God in our _______time and __________study.

2.      We need to look at what _________________are telling us.

3.      We will feel an _________________when we have made the right decision.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will make my prayer time and Bible study a top priority.
I will seek God’s guidance through prayer.
I will list the circumstances and see where they are leading me.
I will make my decision, expecting God’s inner-peace.

Dear Lord,
Decision making is tough. But how much easier it is when I follow your direction. I receive that direction when I’m walking close. Holy Spirit, how I praise You for your direction and inner-peace. Walk with me every step of the way. In Jesus Name. Amen.








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LESSON 2, WEEK 10 –Circumstances Need to Line-up with the Word.


Today’s Scripture “They traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit did not let them preach the message in the province of Asia.”

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

Think On These Things:

Today’s Scripture alludes to the fact that the Holy Spirit kept them from going to preach in Asia. And so it is that God guides us with circumstances. If we continue on with the passage, Acts 10, from yesterday, we see in verses 17-23 that God confirms through circumstances the meaning of Peter’s vision of unclean animals in the large sheet. Cornelius’s men are at the door to summons Peter. The Holy Spirit tells Peter to go with them for He has sent them. The circumstances lined up and it was plain that all of them were God’s will.

Bringing it closer to home, seventeen years ago, my daughter and son-in-law felt moved to adopt a two-year-old child (a girl) from Russia. Debbie had had a dream and knew this was what they were to do.  Normally, these adoptions take a long time and several trips back and forth. But in this instance, our granddaughter, Lainie, was home with us in only a couple of months. This was and is unheard of.  The point I want to make is when it is in God’s will, circumstances line up.

Grandparents share the times that circumstances lined up with your grandchildren. Encourage them to see that when it is within His will, “things” fall into place.

Countless times, I’ve prayed for a book to be accepted for publication, only to suffer disappointment. I learned through these times, it was only a delay because God had something better in mind. Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar in buying a house.

Thus, when it comes to decision making, check if it agree with God’s Word, then ask do the circumstances line up signaling a go.

What Did I Learn

I learned that when I am trying to make a decision, I need to ask if it

is in ____________________with God’s Word.


Then, I must look at ___________________________.  Are they

signaling a go?


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·        I will search the Scriptures to see if it is in agreement with God’s Word.
·        I will pray for God guidance.
·        I will consider the circumstances and check to see if God is signaling a go.
God, I believe you have a plan for my life. Right now, I’m trying to make a difficult decision, one that I need your input on. Please show me through the Scriptures whether it agrees with your Word. Then guide me in the circumstances, assuring me that this is the way to go. In Jesus Name, Amen.



Monday, February 20, 2017

WEEK 10: GRANDPARENTS TEACH WISDOM IN DECISION MAKING LESSON 1, WEEK 10 –Decisions Must Agree with God’s Word.


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:
Today’s Scripture Reference—Acts 10:9-15.  Please read this passage in your Bible. This is the story of Peter and Cornelius. God confirmed to Peter in a vision that it was all right to eat all kinds of animals. When Peter argued, the voice confirmed to Peter “Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.” This happened three times. Now, the number is important, for in the Bible, if anything happens three times it is a sign of completeness.

Meanwhile, three men from Captain Cornelius house called for Peter to come to him. Cornelius was a Gentile and Peter was a Jew. They were not supposed to mingle together. But Peter told him that he came at once because God had been telling him that he must not consider any person ritually unclean or defiled.”  Then he asked Cornelius why he had sent for him.

Peter knew he was to accept the Gentiles and the food that had always been unclean to the Jews.
He knew it because it had been confirmed to him three times in a vision or dream.

Grandparents—we must teach ourselves, our children, and grandchildren, that whatever decision you are struggling with has an answer in the Bible. God will confirm your answer, or direction through His Word.  The only thing is you need to be in the word on a daily bases. Sometime it’s only after weeks of reading that you realize what God is trying to tell you. Also, we need to be praying for God to guide us in our decisions.

Sometimes, when we’re reading the Bible, the words leap off the page, and we know God means that for our answer. You’ll know when that happens. Sometimes it is listed in a definite commandment. Is it wise to seek other godly people’s counsel? Only if they are pointing us back to the word.

What Did I Learn

Our decisions must line up with ________   _________________.

If we are in God’s Word, quite likely, we will happen on the answers to our decisions.

Godly counsel is okay if they are pointing us back to the Word.

We need to pray for God to guide us in our decisions.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will commit to being in the Word daily. I will encourage my family to do likewise.

When my family comes to me struggle over a decision, I will pray with them and ask them what the Bible says.

I will encourage my grandchildren to make godly decisions.

Meanwhile, I will be praying for God to lead them in His plan for their life. Jeremiah 29:11

Dear God,
Please open the eyes of my family and give them a hunger for the Word so that they might make godly decisions. Use me as an instrument in Your hand to teach my grandchildren how you long to lead them and that You have a plan for their lives. Amen



Lesson 5, Week 9: Review of Last Four Lessons


Scripture for the week:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. " Honour your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."  Ephesians 6:1–2, ESV

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:7 NIV

 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:20 KJV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; Jeremiah 1:5a ESV

What Did I Learn, Lessons 1 & 2?

Today’s Scripture Focus

  I Peter 5:5 ESV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. " Honour your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."  Ephesians 6:1–2, ESV

*Before you begin ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your study.

Elders
Senior citizens have a lot to share with us. They are our tie to ________ and ____________history.

If they don’t talk much, perhaps it’s because they don’t ____well in large groups and would rather talk one on one.

We have to teach the young to ______________senior citizens. It is our
responsibility to guide them to put seniors first---first in food _________,
giving up their ____________, respecting the seniors __________.

If we don’t teach them, then who will?

Parents
This is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it.

Write out the commandment and the promise._______________________  

____________________________________________________________  

____________________________________________________________ 


Why would God command you to obey your parents?_________________ 

____________________________________________________________ 

How can we show respect for our parents?_________________________

___________________________________________________________ 

Grandparents, how can we be the buffer between our grandchildren and

our children?________________________________________________ 

Who is watching how we treat our elderly parents?___________________

____________________________________________________________

How can prayer help?___________________________________________


What did I learnLessons 3 & 4?

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:7 NIV

 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:20 KJV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; Jeremiah 1:5a ESV
Loving God and Loving Others

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” (Matthew 37:40 NIV)

That all the commandments hang on ________________ and

_____________________________.

As a grandparent, I have a right to express my sorrow when someone uses God’s ____________as a curse word.

The most important lesson I can model and teach my grandchildren is to

__________________________________________.

Teaching Self-Respect from the Bible’s Point of View
I learned I have a choice when it comes to self-esteem.

My choice is to agree with the world, or to agree with God’s Word.

I have a responsibility to pass the truth onto my grandchildren.

I can change my thinking by asking God to renew my mind daily.

With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Jesus said it and I believe it.

Dear God as I complete this week on teaching self-respect, I am in awe of You. I have a healthy respect for You and Your teachings. Several places, I fall short, but I choose You and the teachings of Your Word. Strengthen me in my inner-being so that I may glorify You in front of my grandchildren. Putting the past behind me, I know it is possible to renew my mind in Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord, In Jesus Name, Amen.

What Did I Learn

I learned I have a choice when it comes to self-esteem.

My choice is to agree with the world, or to agree with God’s Word.

I have a responsibility to pass the truth onto my grandchildren.

I can change my thinking by asking God to renew my mind daily.


With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Jesus said it and I believe it.

Lesson 4, Week 9: Teaching Self-Respect



Today’s Scripture Focus:   For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:20 KJV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; Jeremiah 1:5a ESV


 *Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read God’s Word and seek His meaning.

Think On These Things: 

We live in a society that esteems only the “cream of the crop.” You know, those that are pleasing to the eye, having perfect form, and exceptional abilities. What has that done to the rest of us? It has stripped us of our self-esteem.

But for the Christian, God teaches us otherwise.  Psalm 139:14 ESV states, “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
and 1 Samuel 16:7b ESV reads “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” We are also told that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to us all, so we can excel in that area.

In other words, God made us in His image, so we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He’s not interested in our appearance as much as He is interested in our heart. The world has it all wrong.

Now please understand, God expects us to have good hygiene, but today we’re talking about physical characteristics. He also expects us to take care of our health by exercising and eating healthy.  After all, our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Grandparents, if you are one to constantly be saying I’m too fat, my face is too wide or too narrow, my hair is too thin, too curly, too straight--you need to stop it, for you are agreeing with the world.

You are saying your value is in your appearance or your success. If you grew up with this mindset and passed it on to your children, who are passing it onto the grandchildren, stop and pray about it. With God’s renewing your mind on a daily bases, you can alter this mindset. It won’t be easy, but you have everything to gain. Besides, your grandchildren are in their formative years. Perhaps you can help them get on the right path before those thoughts form ruts in their brain.

The question you need to answer is—

Will I agree with the world, or agree with God’s Word? It is your choice.

I will leave you with this thought: All things are possible with God. (Mark 10:27)


What Did I Learn

I learned I have a choice when it comes to self-esteem.

My choice is to agree with the world, or to agree with God’s Word.

I have a responsibility to pass the truth onto my grandchildren.

I can change my thinking by asking God to renew my mind daily.

With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Jesus said it and I believe it.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned 

With God’s help, I will ask Jesus to renew my mind and my thinking about what is acceptable.

I will refuse the lies of the world and study what God’s Word teaches me.

I will ask God to “set a guard upon my mouth” when I start to spout negatives, so I don’t destroy my children and grandchildren’s self-esteem.

Dear God, I know the Truth of Your Word. Now, I am asking You to help me live it. Everyone of Your children are beautifully and wonderfully made. Give me a positive mind-set regarding my self-esteem. Help me to break the cycle of negative self-esteem. I pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.







Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lesson 3, Week 9: Respecting God and Others


Today’s Scripture Focus: Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:7 NIV

*Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read God’s Word and seek His meaning.

Think On These Things:

When one of the Pharisees, testing Jesus, asked Him what is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 37:40 NIV) There we have it in a nutshell. He couldn’t have made it any clearer.

It saddens me today to hear people take God’s name in vain, using it as a curse word. I want to cry when I hear people being irreverent regarding the things of God. Recently in some of the women’s marches, I saw some signs that horrified me. They were straight out of hell, blatant, and right in God’s face. I was sickened by the comments of these lost souls.

Grandparents, this is probably one of the most important lessons you can teach your grandchildren. When you hear God’s name used as a curse word, be it on TV, by a stranger, or even someone in the family. Stop and say, “It hurts me when you use my God’s name as a curse word. How would you feel if I used your name in that way?”  It causes them to stop and think about what they are doing. All too often, it is a habit picked up from the world.

Teach your grandchildren to have respect for the Bible, the church, and the things of God. Tell them why it is important to you.  If you and their parents don’t model respect as well as teaching it, then who will?

Jesus had it right. When we love God with all our heart, then it is only natural that our love for our fellow man will follow.

What Did I Learn

That all the commandments hang on ________________ and

_____________________________.

As a grandparent, I have a right to express my sorrow when someone uses God’s ____________as a curse word.

The most important lesson I can model and teach my grandchildren is to

__________________________________________.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned 

·        I will be bold in calling a halt to using God’s Name as a curse word.
·        I will be bold in sharing with my grandchildren why I respect the things of God. He has given me grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
·        I will model respect for God and my fellow man.

Dear God,
I ask You to make me bold in the spirit as I attempt to share, model, and teach respect to my grandchildren. Give me the right words and the right circumstances to speak to their hearts. In Jesus Name, Amen.











Monday, February 13, 2017

Lesson 2, Week 9: Respecting your Parents


Today’s Scripture Focus:  Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. “Respect your father and mother: is the first commandment that has a promise added: “So that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.”

Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. Ephesians 6:1-4 TLB

 *Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read God’s Word and seek His meaning.

Think On These Things:

In this rush around, mobile society, it is often hard for adult children to stay current with the needs of parents who live at a distance. In fact, due to busyness, it’s even difficult when you live nearby. But respecting (honoring) is the first commandment, as the Scripture tells us, that has a promised added—“So that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.”  However, that’s not why we do it. We do it out of love.

The chances are if we don’t honor/respect (and I’m using the two words interchangeably) our parents, we will not honor God either. In other words, we are to revere them, hold them in awe. Does this mean that we will always agree with them? Certainly not, but it does mean that when we disagree, we will do so in a respectful manner. We obey them for sovereign (in control of every situation in our life) God has given them authority over us.

Grandparents, when the grandchildren come running to you with complaints about their parents, listen to them, but remind them of this Scripture. But if it is a situation where you feel the parent is definitely misguided, this is where prayer comes in. You can pray that the grandchildren will obey their parents and that the parents will not provoke them to anger. Life is a two-way street meaning there are too sides to every situation.

As grandparents, if our parents are still alive, you can be sure that your children and grandchildren are watching how you are treating your own parents. Set a biblical example and reap the promise that God has provided. If your parents are deceased, then share stories from the past, and honor their memory.

What Did I Learn

This is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it.

Write out the commandment and the promise._______________________  

____________________________________________________________  

____________________________________________________________ 


Why would God command you to obey your parents?_________________ 

____________________________________________________________ 

How can we show respect for our parents?_________________________

___________________________________________________________ 

Grandparents, how can we be the buffer between our grandchildren and

our children?________________________________________________ 

Who is watching how we treat our elderly parents?___________________

____________________________________________________________

How can prayer help?___________________________________________


I Will Apply What I Have Learned 

--I will ask God to enable me to set a good example of obeying this commandment for my children and grandchildren.  When I fall short, I will ask God to forgive me.


--I will pray for both my children (the parents) and my grandchildren.

Dear God,
Help me to set a good example of honoring my parents so that my children and grandchildren will have a good model to follow. Fill me with love for my parents. Help me to be a good listener to both my children and grandchildren, plus remind me to pray for their individual situations so that You may be honored. In Jesus Name, Amen.






Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week 9: GRANDPARENTS MODEL AND TEACH RESPECT, Lesson 1, Week 9: Respecting your Elders



Scriptures for the week:

In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humilty, for "God opposes the proud but favors the humble. " I Peter 5:5 NLT

Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. "Respect your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise added: so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land. Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. Eph. 6:1-4 TLB

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:7 NIV

For ye are brought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:20 KJV

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you: Jeremiah 1:5a ESV


Lesson 1, Week 9: Respecting your Elders
Today’s Scripture Focus: In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humilty, for "God opposes the proud but favors the humble." I Peter 5:5 NLT 


*Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read God’s Word and seek His meaning.

Think On These Things:

A few months ago an elderly man in our community passed away. When people read his obituary, many commented, “I didn’t know he had been so accomplished.” All too often that’s the way it is. I asked myself why that happens. Sad to say, I think the answer lies in seeing them as an “older person” who is living out their last days and not as someone who has something to give.

Yet, as I’ve visited with people in nursing homes, they have valuable information to share with young folks. They are our only link to local and family history.

Several years ago, I was hosting my Home Eco. Club. A lady who knew tons of history about how our small community was founded, was the speaker. Being the hostess I was busy throughout the evening, and I was young. I vowed that I would pay her a visit sometime in the future and take notes—you know, get it all down. That visit never happened. I was busy raising children and before I knew it she passed away. Oh, how I wish I had made the time to talk to her.

When is it that we stop seeing them as people who have something to contribute?  Is it when their health starts to decline? Do they reach a point where they no longer think anyone is interested in their life and they just quit talking? Perhaps they hush because their hearing is bad and it is hard to carry on a conversation, the question remains why aren’t we utilizing the seniors in our communities and churches?  

We know it’s important and it’s not that we disrespect, but sometimes, we just don’t give them the honor they deserve.  I’ve seen church dinners where the senior citizens were allowed to go first, and I’ve seen times when the dinner crowd made a beeline for the food, totally ignoring the people with canes and walkers.

Happily, where I attend, the youth make it a point to not only allow the seniors citizens to go first, but they assist them with their drinks, carrying their plates, or doing whatever is necessary. Why is that? Because someone (their youth leaders) has taught them what the Bible says about respecting their elders.

Other ways to respect our elders (and grandparents, I hope you taught your children when they were young so they are teaching your grandchildren) are to:

--stand and let them have your chair if there aren’t any others.
--don’t argue or be disrespectful
--remove your hat at the dinner table
--obey their rules because something in their life has shown them the necessity of those rules

But the finest respect is when we take time to talk to them. It’s amazing what you can discovery. Every life counts.



What Did I Learn

Senior citizens have a lot to share with us. They are our tie to ________ and ____________history.

If they don’t talk much, perhaps it’s because they don’t ____well in large groups and would rather talk one on one.

We have to teach the young to ______________senior citizens. It is our
responsibility to guide them to put seniors first---first in food _________,
giving up their ____________, respecting the seniors __________.

If we don’t teach them, then who will?

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will ask my church about setting up mentor-pairs, a young person with a senior citizen.

I will see that respect is being taught within our family gatherings and reunions.

I will try to think of activities that senior citizens can do.

I will listen to them.

Father God, I lift up the senior citizens with our church and community as well as in our families. Lord help us to be mindful that they may not get around as well as they used to. They may be unstable walking. Help us to remind our youngsters not to mow them down as they are walking out of church. Make us all mindful of their aging needs, but remind us that they are still worthy of our love and worth spending time with. Amen!





Friday, February 3, 2017

Lesson 5, Week 8 Review and Study of Lessons 1-4


Group Discussion
If working on your own, use an individual review of the week.

Scripture for the week:
One generation will commend your work to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate upon your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deed. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. Psalm 145:4-7 NIV

What I learned

Lessons 1, 2, 3 & 4 : 

I have combined all four days together for whether we are witnessing to believers, non-believers, family, in our church, or within our community,
the most important thing I learned was:

If I’m abiding with Jesus, it’s going to show. Jesus said, "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT)  Therein lies the answer.

We can smile at the right people, we can do what we think is expected, but unless we are heart-to-heart with Jesus, it is all in vain.

Among all those I mentioned that we witness to, who will the truth ring the loudest with? _________________

Yep! Your right--families always know the truth--especially our grandchildren. I doubt that anyone sets out to be a bad witness. In fact, I’m sure most of us want to be a “better-than-good” witness, but sometimes we are unprepared to give the best answer for we don’t know what the Word says regarding a topic. 2 Timothy 4:2 says “we are to be prepared in season and out” that means we must be ready to explain why something is or isn’t right.

Right now, ask God to help you stay connected so that you can bear much fruit for the Kingdom.


Father God,
My desire is to be a good witness, bringing honor to Your Name. I pray that you will cleanse me of self and enable me to be a good witness to my family, my community, my church, and to unbelievers. God, I know I can’t do anything in my own strength, but You can work through me using me as Your vessel of light when I stay tightly connected to You. Fill me with Your presence so that I may bear much fruit for You. Amen.