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A Spiritual Meaning of a Chrisitmas Tree

The Christmas tree, the most significant symbol of Christmas, is an evergreen tree, representing life. The custom of erecting a Christmas tree is historically traced to the 15th century. “The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 21, 2020 at 1:39pm — 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…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 10, 2020 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

How Big is your God?

As our countries face many difficult issues, amidst the riots, the uncertainly with the COVID 19 pandemic. It's easy to get discouraged, especially when thinking of the world our grandchildren are living in today. However, we have a big God bigger than the challenges and struggles we experience at this time and our grandchildren's …

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on November 12, 2020 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

Are you Sowing Seeds of Prayer?

During this autumn season, I am reminded of my childhood, growing up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. In the summer after the wheat harvest, my father would prepare the soil for the next year’s crop, and in the autumn, he would sow the wheat seed. We would wait for the rains to water the seed, fertilizer, and wait for it to come up and watch it grow throughout the winter months. We would see the wheat heads form and ripen to a golden color for the harvest in early June in the spring.…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 29, 2020 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Do your plans always match God's plans?

In John chapter 11, we read about Lazarus's death, where Mary and Martha sent word to their dear beloved friend Jesus to let him know their brother to Lazarus had become very ill. They expected Jesus to come immediately to heal their brother, but he did not come. Disappointed, they wondered why Jesus didn’t come right away.

Jesus had a different plan; he told the disciples, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 27, 2020 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

How to Pray for your grandchildren during these unsettling days

I have had a passion for praying intentionally for my nine grandchildren for many years, ages 17 to 38 years and now we have five great-granddaughters, ages 9 months to 7 years. They are such a blessing to me and my husband.

Ten years ago, I was encouraged to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 23, 2020 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Have you heard about the Virtual Grandparents Day of Prayer?

 

Let’s make National Grandparents’ Day on September 13, 2020, a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents!

 What Is the Need?

The enemy prowls like a lion, infiltrating our culture with lies and deception. He attacks our families at all…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 16, 2020 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Has your computer been hacked?

It seems like our social media, financial, and email accounts get hacked now and then. When that happens, we change our passwords to protect our privacy since we don’t want intruders to access our accounts. Passwords protect our accounts.

I recently heard a message that spoke to my heart about guarding my heart just as I protect my Internet…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 9, 2020 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

Lessons from Queen Esther

In Esther, chapter four we read that when Haman made a decree to kill all the Jews of Susa because Mordecai would not bow down to him. Mordecai asked his niece, Queen Esther to go to the king, beg for mercy, and plead for her people. However, Esther said she could not go unless she was invited by the king to come into…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 2, 2020 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

A Portrait of a Grandparent

 There was a time when the word “grandparent” evoked images of rocking chairs, gray hair, wrinkles, and big meals. However, things have changed. Recent data indicates about one-third of all adults are grandparents, and their average age is 64, and the average age for becoming a grandparent is around 47. My husband and I became grandparents at 43.

Now,…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on June 17, 2020 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren

Have you heard about the new “Revised & Expanded Grandparenting with a Purpose" book? It is filled with effective ways to pray intentionally for your precious grandchildren. An excellent grandparenting book to read while sheltered at home.

In addition to the senior discounts, God has given most of us the special gift of grandparenting when we approach our…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 28, 2020 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

Pray for the parents of your Grandchildren

Our children have a great responsibility for parenting our grandchildren in these insecure, unstable times we live in today. Young families are busy with their jobs, church activities, children’s activities, etc. There are many distractions for them in their marriage, employment, and parenting. 

In today’s broken world, Satan’s…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 25, 2020 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Pray for the parents of your Grandchildren

Our children have a great responsibility for parenting our grandchildren in these insecure, unstable times we live in today. Young families are busy with their jobs, church activities, children’s activities, etc. There are many distractions for them in their marriage, employment, and parenting. 

In today’s broken world, Satan’s…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 25, 2020 at 2:25pm — No Comments

What Important Lesson do you want your Grandchildren to Learn?

Recently a friend asked me, “What is the most important lesson you hope to teach your grandchildren?” After thinking about this question, I thought I would like to share one of the lessons I hope my grandchildren will learn from my husband and me.

As my grandchildren walk through their journey of life, they are going to face…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 4, 2020 at 3:38pm — No Comments

What Important Lesson do you want your Grandchildren to Learn?

Recently a friend asked me, “What is the most important lesson you hope to teach your grandchildren?” After thinking about this question, I thought I would like to share one of the lessons I hope my grandchildren will learn from my husband and me.

As my grandchildren walk through their journey of life, they are going to face…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 4, 2020 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Is your grandparenting a blessing or painful?

Is your Grandparenting a Blessing or Painful?

Grandparenting is a special blessing but can also be a pain. Messy family relationships can leave grandparents hurting, depressed, discouraged, and hopeless.  Divorce, drugs, alcohol, and adult children walking away from their faith cause broken hearts for grandparents.

Grandparents are always excited when they learn they are going to be grandparents especially when they there waiting for their first…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 13, 2020 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

A Look at our Grandchildren’s Culture

Our grandchildren are facing a different culture or environment than many of us did when we were growing up or when we raised our children. People make culture and are molded by culture. It changes with the generations just as modernization, fashions, and ideas.

As grandparents, we feel the culture is trying to steal our grandchildren and their parents with their subtle and often dangerous enticements. J.B. Phillips writes in John 10:10 “The thief comes with the sole intention of…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 9, 2020 at 10:46pm — 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 soccer game.

In addition to senior discounts, grandchildren are one of the rewards of growing older. Mary H.…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on November 14, 2019 at 8:58pm — 1 Comment

The Revised & Expanded Grandparenting with a Purpose has arrived

Today, there are over 70 million grandparents in the United States plus many more around the world. Grandparents represent one-third of the population with 1.7 million new grandparents added to the ranks every year in the U.S. Grandparents lead 37% of all U.S. households in this country — that’s 44 million households nationwide. (Google)u

How GRANDPARENTS CAN IMPACT THE WORLD?It is estimated that there are over 30 million Christian…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on November 6, 2019 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Our College Campuses Need Prayers

Many of our grandchildren are attending college and universities, some are Christian, and some are secular colleges.  The grandchildren attending secular universities are taught a secular worldview and probably navigating ungodly influences. We need to pray for our grandchildren’s deep spiritual needs, the needs of their souls.

Barna…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 17, 2019 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

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