It’s ‘Camp Nana’ time at our house.
The grandgirls are here for a visit and there is a flurry of activity going on.
The schedule is packed full of crafts, baking, swimming, movies, celebrating birthdays and so on. I can tell you it’s a total team effort here—Papa is my sidekick and our girl child, (their Aunt) takes her fair share of activities to entertain them too.
It’s always fun and rewarding to plan for their summer visit because they seem to appreciate the efforts made on their behalf. They know when they come to our house lots of things will be going on.
One of the special projects we worked on this week was creating a Prayer/Scripture Verse jar for each of them. I didn’t want this to be about making a craft; I wanted them to make this a valuable, working part of their everyday lives.
First, it would be a special place for them to add their favorite scriptures. Then they could read them weekly or monthly. Second, I wanted the jar to serve as a reminder to add prayers and notes of gratitude. What a blessing it will be for them to read their notes months down the road.
And to know those written thoughts are their love notes to God.
While working on this particular craft I kept thinking about God’s word in 2 Timothy 1:5. Timothy’s mother and grandmother communicated their strong faith to him despite what was going on around them. That is a role we must take seriously—it is so important to plant seeds in our children and grandchildren so they too can be a light for Jesus. And I want both girls to see God’s love, joy, and helpfulness through us, their grandparents.
Upon completion of the prayer jar their expressions said it all.
They were so proud of what they had created and what it would mean to them when they returned home. On one particular day when no one was looking, they each placed extra notes of prayer and thankfulness. When they told me the smile on my face was confirmation they had made the connection to their Heavenly Father.
Family is a big deal and should be celebrated. God gives us these precious people to fellowship with, make memories with, and be a light for Him. Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:14, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
Have a blessed week and I’ll be praying for you.