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Here's how You can stand in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren

A good friend focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year:  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” …

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 14, 2019 at 2:50pm — No Comments

How to I learned to Pray for my Grandchildren

 Early in my life, I felt my prayers were too general for my family, I asked God to give me wisdom and insight on how I could pray more intentionally. I discovered praying God’s Word was a great resource to help me to pray not only for my grandchildren and their parents but also for myself. 

When I pray according to God’s Word, I am in line with His will, enabling me to pray with confidence, direction, power, and wisdom according to Hebrews 4:12, “The Word of God is full…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 18, 2019 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Families have a tremendous need for prayer

Why should we pray for our families?

Cultural pressures are increasing on our grandchildren and their parents. However, grandparents can help the next generation navigate these cultural issues. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were threatened, physically, we can stand in the gap with prayer for our families as the enemy threatens their spiritual lives.  …

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 14, 2019 at 2:54pm — No Comments

God Wants an Intimate Relationship with you

Isn't it exciting to have your precious grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses? Your six-year-old granddaughter calling to tell you she lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy is coming to her house, or your seven-year-old grandson thrilled to tell you how many goals he made in his soccer game. I spent a day with my two youngest…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 4, 2019 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Are you Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?

As I look ahead into 2019, it looks like our national and global situation is in turmoilOur world is in a moral and spiritual decline, we are in a battle for the minds and hearts of our dear grandchildren. The enemy is trying to steal their hearts and the plans God has for them. In addition to trying to destroy their faith, the enemy is trying to destroy the morals of our country, especially the family unit. It is urgent that we stand in the gap to pray…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 10, 2019 at 1:29pm — No Comments

The Calling of a “Babushka” a Prayer Warrior for her Family

Guest blog written by Cathy Jacobs

Joni Eareckson Tada tells the story of a visit she once had to Russia.  While there, she befriended an old woman who cleaned the hotel lobby floors. Through an interpreter, Joni became friends with the elderly lady by praising her on her excellent care of the floor.  This lady was aged, wrinkled but…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 4, 2019 at 5:09pm — No Comments

My Christmas Memory - What it means to me now.

 

 

 As I was looking at the forlorn misshapen tree standing in the snow on the cover of a book I was reading last week, I was reminded of the Christmas tree we had at my house when I was a child.  

When I was six years old, my parents had very little money to spend at Christmas. In order for my parents to have enough money to buy a present for me, they decided to cut a branch…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 19, 2018 at 8:06pm — No Comments

7 Keys for grandparents to making a difference

Have you struggled in your role as a grandparent? If you are you are not alone. There are 80 million grandparents in the United States. Many are struggling to navigate the culture, which their grandchildren think is normal.

My friend, Catherine Jacobs recently published her book, Pass the Legacy, 7 Keys for Grandparents making a difference. She pours out her passion for the Lord and the role for grandparents given in God’s Word.

Many of us grandparents are having a…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on November 8, 2018 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Are You Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?

 By Lillian Penner

 We are going to look in God’s Word to see some examples of people He used to stand in the gap for his purpose to be accomplished. The Bible describes prayer as “Standing in the Gap” or “Bridging the Gap” a channel through which God’s will is brought to earth.  

God chose and appointed Moses to stand in the gap between His people, the Israelites, and Pharaoh. Esther…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 22, 2018 at 9:28pm — No Comments

My Grandmother's life was significant to me.

When I was a young woman, I had many opportunities to visit my widowed grandmother while I attended college in her town. As she grieved my grandfather’s death, she reflected her trust in God to care for her and showed how God sustained her each day, by claiming the promise Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection. 

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20 (KJV).

My grandmother’s faith that God would always be there for…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 4, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Are your grandchildren at risk in today's culture?

Recently I was thinking about my grandchildren going back to school, and the story of baby Moses kept coming to my mind from Exodus chapter 2.

At the time Moses was born, Pharaoh was killing all the newborn Hebrew boys in Egypt.  When Moses was three months old, his mother hid him by making a basket, coated it with tar and pitch. His mother placed the child in it and then put him in the river among the reeds with his sister standing nearby watching. Pharaoh's…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 4, 2018 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Learn more about Grandparents' Day of Prayer

 

Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is proclaiming National Grandparents' Day observed on September 9, 2018, as a Grandparents' Day of Prayer. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our dear grandchildren and their parents can be won only by praying grandparents who sense the urgency and unite to do battle in prayer. 

 

It is only 40 days until Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 9.I hope you have…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 6, 2018 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Finding Joy in Praying for my Grandchildren

 

 

 

 What a joy it is to have that precious little grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses. The six-year-old calling to tell you she lost her first tooth or your seven-year-old grandson excited about making his first goal in his…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 5, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Learn How to Pray Effectively for your Grandchildren



If you are a grandparent who would like to pray more effectively or intentionally for your grandchildren, you will want to purchase and read the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book provides specific examples to help you pray, such as alphabet prayers, prayers based on Scriptures, Suggestions to pray for School children and prayers for holidays.

 

Check out the book…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on June 21, 2018 at 1:43pm — No Comments

The Ripple Effect of a Praying Grandparent

During the summer, many grandparents vacation with their grandchildren. It is an excellent opportunity to spend extra time with the possibility of quality interaction. Now imagine you are camping with your grandchildren in the mountains. You have cooked your campfire stew for dinner, and you are relaxing around the campfire beside a big lake. It is perfectly still; there is no wind. The lake is a mirror reflecting a beautiful sunset. Sticky-fingered grandchildren delight in s’mores…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on June 4, 2018 at 7:29pm — No Comments

The Ripple Effect of a Praying Grandparent

During the summer, many grandparents vacation with their grandchildren. It is an excellent opportunity to spend extra time with the possibility of quality interaction. Now imagine you are camping with your grandchildren in the mountains. You have cooked your campfire stew for dinner, and you are relaxing around the campfire beside a big lake. It is perfectly still; there is no wind. The lake is a mirror reflecting a beautiful sunset. Sticky-fingered grandchildren delight in s’mores…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on June 4, 2018 at 7:12pm — No Comments

What does the dash on a tombstone represent?

When we go back to visit family in Oklahoma, I like to go to the cemetery to visit the gravesites of my parents and grandparents. As I was looking at my grandmother’s tombstone, I read:

What Does the Dash Represent?

When we go back to visit family in Oklahoma, I like to go to the cemetery to visit the gravesites of my parents and grandparents. As I was looking at my grandmother’s tombstone, I…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 31, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

A Photo Prayer Journal - an excellent Idea for Grandparents

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you heard about a Photo Prayer Journal for your grandchildren? Today I would like to share with you about the Photo Prayer Journal. A number of years ago I developed a Photo Prayer Journal, finding it very meaningful as I was praying for my…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 17, 2018 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Do you reflect the love of Jesus to your grandchildren?

When I was a young woman, I had many opportunities to visit my widowed grandmother while I attended college in her town. As she grieved my grandfather’s death, she reflected her trust in God to care for her and showed how God sustained her each day, by claiming the promise Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection. 

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

Matthew 28:20…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 9, 2018 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Especially for Grandmothers for Mother's Day

If Timothy’s grandmother Lois had not been faithful in passing on her faith to her daughter Eunice and grandson Timothy we would not have the books, I and II Timothy in the Bible today. Their example is an excellent generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grand mothering for us.

Isn’t it interesting that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the church has the primary…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 3, 2018 at 12:43pm — No Comments

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