Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Question # 19

The beautiful graphic is by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings.
I mentioned in an earlier post a list of questions -- 31 Questions for the New Year -- which I had downloaded from Revive our Hearts.  I answered the first ten questions in that earlier post, but have still been thinking about the other 21.  In fact, there are still five that I haven't come up with answers for.

Question # 19 is one that I puzzled over for a few days.  It reads:
19.  What's one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

I was at somewhat of a loss as to how to answer that.  I've made family Christmas books packed with memories, I've handwritten recipe books for my daughters, I even filled out one of those "Grandmother Remembers" types of books.   I've been able to lead two of my granddaughters to faith in Christ and have tried to encourage all of my children and grandchildren spiritually.  The best answer I could think of to question # 19 was to continue trying to grow spiritually strong so I could be a good example and encourager to them spiritually.  What else, I wondered, would the Lord have me to do concerning a spiritual legacy?

The answer to that question came in a surprising way.  My daughter in Nevada had their Christmas gifts for Mr. T and me shipped from Amazon to our local daughter, who wrapped the gifts and got them to us early in the new year.  When I opened my gift, I was stunned to see this book:The Power of a Godly Grandparent.  The book's authors are Stephen and Janet Bly, and its subtitle is Leaving a Spiritual Legacy!

I haven't finished reading this book all the way through yet, though it is relatively small (14 chapters, 166 pages), but what I have read has been so encouraging and so practical.  Some of the chapters include The Power of Loving Long Distance, The Power of Your Family History, The Power of Being There if Your Grandchildren's Parents Divorce, and The Power of Praying for Your Grandchildren.  That last one looks especially helpful, but every chapter I've looked at has been good.

Now I know why I hadn't yet come up with an answer to Question # 19.  The Lord knew that a book filled with practical answers to that question was on its way to me.

If you are a Christian grandparent, you will want to read this book.  You can find it in  the "Journey of Faith" section of my A-store here at my affiliate link: The Power of a Godly Grandparent.  Or you can go directly to Amazon or look at your local Christian bookstore.

Answers to 15 more questions may be forthcoming later today or tomorrow...


  1. Isn't it amazing how God answers prayer even as we begin praying about something? I've put that book on my Amazon wishlist. I hope to become a grandparent within the next few years, so this is a book I'd love to have on hand when the time comes! Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. It is indeed amazing how God answers prayer even as we begin praying about something! (And sometimes He even answers *before* we ask!) That was all I could think about when I unwrapped that gift. It was almost word-for-word the answer to what I was praying about!

    Yes, this would be a wonderful book to have, and read prayerfully, even before grandchildren arrive. I love the concrete and specific ways it gives to pray for them. I wish I had had this earlier, but I'm not finding fault with God's perfect timing!


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