Living with Grandchildren

Proverbs 17:6   “Grandchildren are the crown of old men.”

I have really enjoyed having my two granddaughters living with us during the last couple of months.  The oldest one is almost three years old and the youngest is about to turn one next month.  It has brought back many memories of when my own children were younger.  Prior to them staying with us it has been twenty years since I have cleaned cheerios from between couch cushions, painted over crayola markings on the wall or had to keep pens, pencils out of reach of little ones.  I have thought about writing a book called “You may be living with grandchildren if…”  So far, here are some of my thoughts:

You may be living with grandchildren if you wake up and find a rubber ducky in the dog’s water dish.

You may be living with grandchildren if you find yourself eating Apple Jacks again for the first time in 45 years. 

You may be living with grandchildren if all the apps on your I-phone have accidentally been erased and all the You Tube favorites are set to “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

Yes, it has been awhile since I have had to clean up after toddlers and babies.  But I must admit it has also been over twenty years since I have had the blessing of teaching someone new words or had the fun of showing them how to make paper airplanes.  It has been almost two decades since I have watched in wonder as someone learned that you can draw a few circles on some paper and it can make a picture of Mickey Mouse.  I have had the opportunity to see my oldest granddaughter begin to express new thoughts and concepts.  I have been there when the youngest has started to crawl and I watched one day as she pulled herself up for the first time.  God’s word has it right when it says in Proverbs 17:6

Proverbs 17:6   “Grandchildren are the crown of old men.”

I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to clean the spilt milk, pick up the toys and enjoy all the blessings that come along with living with grandchildren.  The Lord has been good to me.  I pray that He will help me to have wisdom, patience and words of grace and blessing so that I can be an important part of bringing up these children in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and those you love.  Until next time, stay strong and keep the faith.

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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