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What is Your Response to the Birth of Jesus?

After the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they immediately ran to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and the baby was lying in a manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel said about the baby. The people who heard their story were astonished.


The shepherds returned to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God. However, Mary quietly treasured all these things in her heart and…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 27, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments

How does your Response compare with the Innkeeper?

 Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census had to be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone had to go to his or her own town to register. So Joseph and Mary made the difficult journey to Bethlehem even though she was about to have her child.


When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the innkeeper told them there was no room in the village inn for them. However, the innkeeper noticed that Mary was about to have a child. He had the stable boy take them to the…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 18, 2011 at 8:40pm — No Comments

The Emotions of Mary and Joseph

  Recently my husband and I attended a reunion in Branson, MO where we saw the awesome performance of The Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Theatre. I was impressed by how they displayed the emotions of Mary and Joseph when they were faced with the announcements of Gabriel.


While the Jewish nation was waiting for God to free them from living in Roman bondage God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Mary, “You…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 1, 2011 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Don't Base Your Prayers on Feelings

 In our culture today, we have become me-centered, even in our prayer lives. It seems like we are encouraged to listen to our feelings, allowing our feelings to dictate our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God cannot be based on our feelings. The foundation of our relationship must be our trust and faith in God.


The purpose of prayer is not for God to give us what we want, but to open our hearts, focusing our minds on Him, yielding ourselves to His higher…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 31, 2011 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Be Real-Don't Wear a Mask

As I was thinking about Halloween coming up at the end of this month, I started thinking of jack-o-lanterns, costumes, masks, etc. Children have a good time deciding who they are going to be and what they will wear as they go trick or treating and of course eating their treats.

            It reminded me of how many of us try to cover up our feelings or who God designed us to be. We too, as grandparents tend to hide, conceal or disguise how we really feel about ourselves or who God…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 24, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Our Prayers are like Seeds

 As we are in the autumn season, I was 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 harvest and in the autumn, he would sow the wheat seed. Throughout the winter months, we would wait for the rains to water the seed and wait for it to come up and watch it grow. In the spring, we would see the wheat heads form and ripen to a golden color for the harvest in early…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 8, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Timothy, an Example of Generational Faith

Timothy, an Example of Generational Faith

The only time Timothy’s grandmother Lois is mentioned in the Bible is that she passed on her faith to her daughter and grandson. Paul writes that she was a godly grandmother and gives us a glimpse of what caused Timothy to become a godly man, serving the Lord with Paul and writing two books of the Bible. It appears that Paul was his spiritual father.


“I have been…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on October 2, 2011 at 10:05pm — 2 Comments

God Uses People to Bridge the Gap

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


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


Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 22, 2011 at 10:40pm — No Comments

How Big is Your God?

 This past weekend, we were reminded of the tragedy our nation experienced ten years ago. It was a time to review the events and remember the many victims in our prayers. Now our country is facing many difficult issues, it is easy to get discouraged, especially when we thinking of the world our grandchildren growing up into. However, we have a big God bigger than the challenges and struggles we experience at this time and our grandchildren’s future. In the Bible, we have a great example of…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 13, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Suggestions to Pray for Grandchildren in School at the different age levels.


“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children

        are walking in the truth” III John 1:4.


For PRESCHOOLERS, pray they will:

  1. Develop a well-balanced personality.
  2. Learn problem resolution skills.
  3. Play well with others.
  4. Learn to obey quickly; respect authority
  5. Explore and create without fear of failure.
  6. Develop a soft heart toward Jesus.
  7. Develop confidence and…

Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 25, 2011 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Grandfathers - Spiritual Warriors

 Pray for Protection and Victory in the Battlefields of Life

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10, 11).

      A grandfather understands the nature of warfare and that our grandchildren are prime targets for the enemy who is seeking to devour them (and us). Gentlemen, we are soldiers engaged in the battlefield of war for the hearts, minds,…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 21, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Grandmothers - Spritual Role Models

GRANDMOTHERS – SPIRITUAL ROLE MODELS 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, First and Second Timothy in the Bible today. This is a good generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grand mothering for us. (II Timothy 1:5) Isn’t it interesting that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the church has the…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 16, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Grandparent's Day of Prayer

Grandparent’s Day of Prayer


This year the Christian Grandparenting Network is declaring September 11, 2011 as Grandparent’s Day of Prayer. It coincides with the National Grandparents Day as designated by a Senate proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia organized the effort after an initial resolution introduced to the Senate in 1973 failed. Mrs. McQuade…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on July 1, 2011 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Make Your Life Significant

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…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 17, 2011 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Do you Believe God Treasures your Heart?


God placed our hearts at such a great value that He sent his only Son to die on the cross for our sins so we could have a personal relationship with him.

If we really believe, God values our hearts enough to send His son to die for our sins we must guard our hearts. By guarding our hearts, we protect our relationship with Him. We must choose to abide in Him on a consistent daily basis, it does not happen automatically. He desires for us to handle our hearts as…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 29, 2011 at 12:11am — 3 Comments

The Ripple Effect of Praying Grandparents

The Ripple Effect of Praying Grandparents…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 8, 2011 at 10:05pm — 6 Comments

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