One of the biggest joys is being a grandma. I love the antics that my grandkids come up with. I love seeing the world through their wonder-filled eyes. Their drawings have touched my heart in deep places. When my back used to hurt, I would lay down on the floor for a few moments. One day when I went up to the playroom, I noticed every stuffed animal was on the floor. Jude and Charlie were quick to explain. “They have back aches.”
And when I was thinking about the loss of my brother, my grandson reminded me of a gift he and his mother had given me. Index cards with little jokes handwritten on each one.
“Maybe you need a laugh, Grandma,” he said, pointing to my special cards which were called, Laughs for your heart.
I laughed in response, and he added, “Or maybe you don’t.”
Some grandparents feel it’s their right to spoil their grandchildren. But may I just say, this is not my goal. Yes, I want to give them special things, and to watch them experience wonderful times. We all want that. But I try to do this within the perimeters of their parents’ wishes. Otherwise, what I would spoil is the relationship I have with them. And if I feel anything start to come between us, I ask God to help me, and I try to talk to them about it. Because without them, I wouldn’t have these little people who call me “Grandma.”
Dear Lord, I pray for anyone reading this article. Father, we thank you for our children, and for our grandchildren. We ask you to give us wisdom in our families. Help us to see you are available any time we need you. Help us remember that you love our families more than we ever could. Show us how to love them so that others will see that love and come to know you. God, help our grandchildren grow up wanting to walk with you. And then we’ll know we have done our jobs well. We pray this in your Son’s most precious and Holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Anne Peterson is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. She is a poet, speaker and published author of 14 books including three children’s books:Emma’s Wish, The Crooked House and Lulu’s Lunch. Anne is a poet, speaker and author, but one of her favorite titles is Grandma. To connect with Anne, visit her at www.annepeterson.com, her Facebook Page, or sign up here for updates of her writing and choose one of her free eBooks.
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