Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'm Going To Be A Grandma!

I received the most exciting news this week! Our son and daughter in law are expecting a baby! By early July, I will be cuddling my very first grandchild! This baby will be the 1st great grandchild for my husband’s parents and the 40th  great grandchild for my parents. I’m calling him/her “Baby 1-40” for now until we have a better name.

This grandma thing is going to be great! The excitement builds each day. The girls and I found instructions online to make chew toy necklaces, so mommy can be both stylish and provide teething fun at the same time. There are visions of cuddling, ice cream, slip n slides, games, puzzles and so much more dancing in my head. There are so many fun things I want to do with my grandchildren (I started an idea file years ago).

Though I have been borrowing young children for some time now so I would be all practiced up when the time came, I feel it’s just not the same really being a grandma. This granny thing is all new for me. Think of all the ways a grandma adds to a child’s life; these are big shoes to fill.  Being a grandma is not all fun and spoiling games. You’ve seen the t shirts, “If mom says no, go ask Grandma” or “What happens at Grandmas stays at Grandmas”  While humorous and cute, I know in my heart there is so much more to being a grandparent.

 Grandma Lois knew this. She taught her daughter Eunice who taught her son Timothy. 2 Timothy 1:5 says that the sincere faith that Timothy had first lived in Lois and then in Eunice.  That’s the real purpose of grandparenting. Mixed in with all the kisses and spoiling, I really want to pass on a sincere faith. I want to place a good deposit in my grandchildren’s hearts. A deposit of sincere faith, of a godly life, of correctly handling the word of truth to continue on in what they have learned. (see 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:12, 14)
All that has to live in me first. There is more preparation for me to do, and it involves more than shopping for adorable Onesies and a Bumbo. It’s so easy to let all the pink and blue in the stores distract me from the real goal. I think I will begin with prayer.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

For Your Glory and Your Fame

Have you ever asked “Why is this happening to me?”  For most of us that question in one form or another has been on our lips at at least one point in our lives. Suffering comes in all colors and sizes and in varying degrees and it leaves us filled with questions.

To be able to see a purpose in suffering is like a light at the end of the tunnel. It is a gift. For if there is no purpose in it, we can be left empty and alone.  But to know that we are a part of a divine plan laid out in heaven brings a ray of hope.

Sometimes the purpose in our suffering is for our own growth. Psalm 119:67 “Before I was afflicted  I went astray, but now I obey your word.”  The purpose is all about me, my need for growth and the opportunity to respond to God’s call.

At other times, the purpose is not about me, but for others. Psalm 119:74 “May those who fear You rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.”  My obedience, faith and trust in my Father through suffering and trials can be an encouragement to other believers. It can inspire them to keep on keeping on in the faith. 

This song states it beautifully:

            It’s all about You, Jesus
            And all this is for You,
            For Your glory and Your fame.
            It’s not about me,
            As if You should do things my way,
            You alone are God,
            And I surrender to Your ways.

Suffering and trials are so much lighter when we keep our eyes on the goal. The goal of His glory and His fame, instead of my comfort level.  Realizing a deeper purpose allows me to surrender to His ways and that’s where I find comfort in the midst of pain.

I'd love to hear from you! What trials has God taken you through or is taking you through now and what helped you to see the purpose in it?