Plan to invest.
Investing in the lives of your grandchildren is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling investments on earth. There is a sweet connection between grandparent and grandchild that is unmatched by any relationship.
Even if you aren’t ready to become a grandparent, allow yourself to think of ways you can lovingly invest your time, talent, and treasure into the precious new addition. Perhaps you missed out on some of your kids’ growing up years. This could be a wonderful time to do the things you always wanted to do with your own children.
Here are some fun and meaningful ways to invest in your grandchild’s life:
Come up with a special name for them to call you. (Be creative!)
Start a hobby or activity that you can eventually do with your grandchild. (Painting, woodworking, and hiking are just a few ideas!)
Begin praying the Psalms over your grandkids, even writing out your prayers for them. (Save these as keepsakes to give them one day.)
Start a new family tradition that your grandkids will long remember. (Perhaps take an annual trip to the zoo or aquarium.)
Invest in a college fund for them. (Every little bit helps!)
Bring out your inner child. (Think Legos, blocks, puzzles, and matchbox cars!)
Have Bible studies with them. (Even preschoolers can learn about God!)
No matter what your current feelings are about becoming a grandparent, you won’t regret investing your heart. In fact, the moment you hold them for the very first time, all of your apprehensions may very well fly out the window!
Perhaps, none of us are fully prepared to become grandparents. After all, it means we are entering a new (older) stage in life. However, it can be a beautiful season that brings great joy.
Don’t let disappointment, fear, or any other emotion rob you of the joys of grandparenting. You have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the next generation!
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, and Abide. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com, where you can find her books and sign up for her blog, “Discouragement Doesn’t Win.” She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.
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