Grandchildren are truly a blessing from the Lord. I had heard for years how there is nothing like being a grandparent. People can’t even describe the love that they have for their grands. Four years ago, we figured that out for ourselves.
Slade is our first grandchild. The minute we found out we were going to be grandparents, we were smitten. Everything that people told us came true. To see our son have his own son was such a blessing to us. I’m sure we drove our son and his wife crazy because we wanted to see Slade so often. Slade is a sports playing, super smart, Jesus loving little boy. He loves sports more than anything and he can tell you just about any score of any football game he’s ever watched. He is beginning to read and can do math in his head like nobody’s business. This boy is going to do great things in life! His strong willed spirit is going to help him reach high and dream big!
Our first grand daughter was born in August of 2015. Ellie is such a blessing to us. She has the sweetest, gentle heart and she loves all kinds of animals. Poppa’s heart melts when she wants to see his cows! Ellie is certainly his little cowgirl. This precious girl melts my heart when she looks me square in the eye, hugs my neck and says, “I miss you, Glammy!” Oh my! I am mush. Ellie is a wonderful big sister, loves broccoli more than cookies and is our precious gift from God. I can’t wait to see how He uses her sweet spirit.
Saylor joined our family in November 2015. She is our never still, always on the go, baby loving third grandchild. Saylor is as tough as any boy because she’s always had a big brother to play with. She has to be reminded to have “gentle hands” at school, but has the most gentle heart. Saylor loves her babies and anywhere she goes, you will find her with at least one of them. Recently, I took her shopping. She had to get her “hurse” (purse) and what did she buy? A baby, of course! Saylor’s fun loving personality is going to earn her lots of friends and I predict that she will always have fun wherever she goes.
Our latest addition is this precious boy, Jake. He was born on December 31 and was the best way to end 2017. I have no idea what his likes and dislikes will be or what his personality will be, but I know one thing for sure. He will be loved!
We are so excited that our family continues to grow. Grandbaby #5 will be here around September of 2018.
Our grands are the “apple of our eye! Poppa and Glammy have great hopes and dreams for these four blessings. We long to see them, talk to them and spend time with them every chance we can get! There is honestly nothing like the love we have for these four!
When I think about my love for these four, I can’t help but be overcome with the love that God has for me. In the Bible, we are called “the apple of His eye” and there is nothing that can keep us from the love of God. I know that He longs to hear from me or spend time with me every day. He wants nothing but the best for me and has dreams for my future. I am the apple of His eye and He loves me even more than I love my four grands. That’s amazing love. If you don’t know Jesus, I would love to share about His love for you. Call me, message me or find me!
Children are a gift from God, given to us on loan for a short time until they spread their wings and fly on their own. It isn’t always easy to watch them perch on the side of the nest for the first time, flexing those undeveloped wings in anticipation of freedom. Sometimes, like the eagle, we have to swoop down and catch them before they hit the ground. But there comes the day when wings have grown strong, lessons have somewhat been learned, they spread their wings and take off! What a sight! What a anxiety filled sight to watch them soar on the breath of the wind. They leave. Life is theirs now. You are no longer in control. Prayer and blessings for them is your only arsenal against the world that will, if it could, swallow them and turn them into something God did not intend. Free will was His gift to all of us. Choose wisely my children. Time goes by and blessing upon blessing, they return home bringing their own little ones. Grandchildren! Now you get to watch them watching their children learn to fly. Your children come to you for wisdom and guidance in letting go. Lessons passed on. And what a wonderful pleasure in sitting back and loving this precious continuation of life. Thank-you Lord for the gift of life, and the double blessing of grandchildren. He shelters us underneath the shadow of His wings so we can grow strong enough to fly. Blessings in letting go.
Here are five of the greatest Bible verses about children being a blessing.
Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
Children are no mistake or accident. The day of their birth was long ago determined by God as the psalmist wrote, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16) so children are a blessing or gift from God not unexpected and they should be given thanks for to God. What greater joy is there than to be at the birth or hear the news that a child of yours has been born! So too is there joy in heaven when one is born again through faith in Christ (Luke 15:7, 10).
John 16:21 “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”
When a person is born again, they experience growing pains in the faith, but later, it yields a fruitful harvest born of the Spirit of God and the fruits of the Spirit are made manifest for everyone to see and so here, Jesus is acknowledging the joy that is received when a human being is born to a family. They are a great blessing to everyone in the family; parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and so on. This is a joyful occasion by all means and all of the intense pain involved in the birth of the child seems to pale in comparison to the great joy of having a new baby in the family.
Matthew 18:1-3 “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
In teaching His disciples about humility, Jesus pointed them to the nature of children. He took a child in His arms and said, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” and what He was saying is that everyone must humble themselves. They must have a childlike faith and they must trust in the Savior or they cannot be saved. God will oppose anyone who is proud (James 4:6) but will extend His grace only to the humble.
Proverbs 17:6 “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”
As a grandfather myself, I take great joy in my grandchildren, even though they live far from me and I can’t see them very often but that doesn’t mean I can’t pick up the phone and call them and keep in touch. Solomon, who possibly by this time had grandchildren of his own, wrote that children are like a crown to the grandparents and the glory of their parents, or in other words, they are very proud of them and most precious in their sight. For grandparents, it’s like having their own children all over again but without all the responsibility and grandparents play a key role in their grandchildren’s lives.
Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”
Once more, Jesus is speaking about the children and those who would offend one of these would be in serious trouble with the Father in heaven because He sees everything that happens. In this paragraph, Jesus may have actually been speaking about newer believers or those new to the faith because they are more easily led astray so Jesus asks, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt 18:12-14). Either way, we have read that children are a blessing from God and not to be despised, and consequently, we should give thanks to God for them.
I could have also included Mark 10:14 where Jesus says “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” because the idea behind this verse shows that a person must have the humility of a child, the teach-ability of a child, and the faith of a child. This is behind the idea of humbling ourselves before God, confessing our sins to Him, repenting of our sins, and putting our trust in Christ. Then, as a child of God, the greatest blessings of all are still yet to come (Rev 22).
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.
Please Note: If you are suffering from infertility, this does NOT apply to you! I would never want to add anything to such a painful situation.
Today, I want to talk, briefly, about the attack on families in America today. I believe there are several parts to this and I want to talk about one of them. The American birthrate is at it’s lowest point in recorded history.
Of course, it’s not so much the birthrate that poses the problem. It’s the ideas about children that it reveals.
I recently read the following quote:
The Bible says that children are a blessing and debt is a curse. In our society, we apply for the curse and reject the blessing. Something is wrong with this picture.
And for me, that is one of the biggest things that is tearing down the family institution. Children aren’t seen as blessings. They aren’t treated as blessings. They are avoided and rejected. In the abortion debate, they are referred to as “punishment,” by pro-choice advocates–people who choose to have s*x shouldn’t be “punished” with children.
I recently saw something that really saddened me. Maybe you saw it too:
“When having it all means not having children.” The article talks in depth about the freedoms afforded for those who choose not to have children, and how they can “do whatever they want.”
Children are seen as nothing more than an inconvenience.
The really sad thing is that the attitude isn’t much different for families with children. Parents are spending less and less time with their children–some estimates are as low as 20 minutes a day!!! And women who choose to stay home with their children are constantly belittled. I experienced it all through grad school. In 2010, this high-profile and very direct article came out, criticizing women who stay home.
It’s not a new or isolated viewpoint, it’s the prevailing one.
And really, in a society that is all about self–what feels good, what looks good, what YOU need, what makes YOU happy, it really isn’t all that surprising. Although the author of this article is quick to say that selfishness has nothing to do with it, the focus is just that–children are an inconvenience and those who don’t have them can live a happier, freer, more fulfilled lifestyle.
Before you think I’m judging women who choose (for whatever reason) not to have children, I’m not. I do, however, think that we need to stand up against a culture that idolizes self, and calls God’s blessing a curse. We have to fight against this devaluing of children and families. We can’t just give up and give in. We can’t afford to conform to this way of thinking.
I’m deeply saddened that 20% of women will never know the joy of motherhood. The kind of love that looks like a red skittle, or the joy that comes from snuggles and playing and teaching and just loving our kids. Some, sadly, struggle with infertility, but for many, it’s a choice. It’s a choice driven largely by misconceptions about children, and worries about the inconveniences they will cause. And they will never know what they’re missing.
We need to stand up for what God’s word teaches. Living it out in our homes, that our children are a blessing from the Lord. They are NOT a bother or an inconvenience to be tolerated, but rather a blessing to be enjoyed.
And I find that is so much easier to do as we realize that our time is not our own. As we strive to fill ourselves with Jesus and empty ourselves of this world and self.
We need to set the example and show this world that our kids are a blessing and not a curse!
Lord, help me to view my children as blessings from you 100% of the time, regardless of what kind of day we’re having, give me patience and grace that you bestow on us so freely.