For many years I have had Grandkids’ Night where all our grandkids come to our house for the evening and spend the night. Now that we have 16 grandkids and 2 great grandkids, I decided to have a Grandkids camp which lasted 3 days (but I was smart enough to make it a day camp and not all night!) It is very important to me to have an eternal influence on our grandchildren and to lead them to You. As I try to teach, I always learn so much more myself! These are some of the things I learned at Grandkids Camp this year:
- To always ask You to lead, no matter what! And to watch for Your leading and to follow it! What an adventure to follow Your lead—even when it involves a herd of crazy kids and one crazy Mamaw!
- To be gentle yet firm—like You are. All your children need both parts of love.
- To be aware of divine moments that can come in the most amazing forms- like an older grandchild leading the younger ones with supernatural kindness; like a crying “meltdown” that turns into a precious unconditional loving moment; like cousins who were arguing one moment take hands and enjoy one another deeply the next; like one young person who has struggled with anxiety share deep compassion and advise that worked for him to a younger cousin; seeing cousins cheer one another on in a talent show; watching a grandchild see me overwhelmed and stepping in to help without being asked (when I thought I looked like I was handling it fairly well but was so grateful for the help!)…
- Sharing and respect happen when they are expected.
- The older generation can still share so much with the younger (thanks for my mom and mom-in-law willing who shared important parts in this camp!…and also some older cousins and aunts and uncle who took turns making these young people feel loved!)
- Everyone is part of the family despite bouts of yelling, tattling, whining, potty words, hitting, emotions…kids learn to love one another in spite of irritations. Love really covers a multitude of sins!
- Forgiveness can be taught and learned.
- Kids can work out their disagreements when they are given a few ideas to solve. Flipping a coin and “Rock, Paper, Scissors” still work! So does one person saying “You go first!”
- Sometimes kids listen better to kids. I witnessed some true Christian leadership from young people!
- Children still teach me to enjoy the moment…like getting squirted with water, looking for treasures by the lake, playing with imagination (I just can’t seem to learn video games!)
- They can also teach me to pray to You from the heart
Father, learning can be exhausting! Now that Grandkids’ Camp is over, I believe each child and their grandmother is happy but tired from learning! But my heart is overjoyed by the sweet blessing of every single grandchild (including those who have grown up and a couple who couldn’t come!) I’m also thankful their parents got a little break and I am reminded how much parents need prayer in their critical exhausting everyday role!
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
“Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praise worthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:2-4
Lord, who can I tell of Your wonderful deeds (especially the mercy and salvation of Jesus)?