Last Sunday, my grandson, Josiah, and I were coming home from church singing and having the best conversation about what he had learned in his three-year-old class. They had studied about how the Bible was like a treasure full of the riches of God’s words. A beautiful precious time. He was headed back to Thailand in a few days and I wanted to soak up my time with him. Less than a mile from home, I was crossing a bridge when a car hydroplaned and hit us head on. The impact was great (both cars were totaled) as the airbag went off and I heard Josiah crying. In seconds, I was out of the car and had Josiah in my arms. I walked him away from the crash and sat on the side of the road holding him. Emergency personnel told me later they didn’t know how I had gotten out of the car so fast. I learned later that my arm was broken and I had several severe burns and bruises. All I knew was I had to get to my grandson and make sure he was okay. One week later, I am still praising God that Josiah was okay. He had a scrape on his chin and a small scrape from his right shoulder harness. The other scars were emotional ones that God allowed me to help heal. Even as I manage the pain from my arm, it reminds me to thank God my grandson was fine.
The post today is about being a grandmother to my granddaughter, Abby. Josiah is Abby’s big brother. As you read it, just now that you have moments that are powerful with your grandchildren. Make them count. I don’t know when I will leave this earth, but one day I will. Let’s not waste our time here on earth and let us love well, especially our grandchildren.
10 Things I Pray for My Granddaughter
My granddaughter was born this year—Abigail Joy. Abigail means “joy of the Father” so her name is “Joy Joy.” She is only a few weeks old and I am already thinking of dress up parties and catching fireflys in the evening. Here are a few things I pray for her:
1. That she would know God has made her in His own image and she has the creative imprint of God on her life.
2. That she is beautifully and wonderfully made by God. That the noise of the culture’s view of beauty would bounce off her because she knows that her beauty is deeper than anything the world can ever define.
3. That she would experience all the wonder of childhood and not miss one moment of the joy of just being.
4. That when she messes up, she would know it’s okay because everyone messes up. She would learn early the discipline of cleaning up her messes and then moving on.
5. That she would learn the joy of work is much like the joy of play. That she would get great joy out of the work of her hands all the days of her life.
6. That she would have a heart for God and be captured by His love early. That she would give her life fully to the one who created her, redeemed her, and holds her future securely in His hands.
7. That she would learn to give grace to herself first and then to others and that she would forgive easily.
8. That she would find great joy in serving others.
9. That she would know the unconditional love of God, that He loves her and she cannot do anything to earn more of it or less of it. His love is complete.
10. That she would know the love that her mother, father, grammy, papaw, and family have for her is just a taste of the love that her heavenly Father has for her.
I could easily list ten more things I pray for her (including prayers for her future husband!). Being a grandmother requires more time in prayer.
Knowing my own grandmother prayed for me made a significant impact on my life. I pray that Abby (and future granddaughters) would be stronger in her faith because of my prayers over her.
Let me know how you pray for your granddaughter or daughter.
Also, if you’d like to download a free printable with this list so you can keep it handy too, you can download it here.