Grandparent with a Purpose
Moses sent Joshua, Caleb, and the ten other men on a scouting exploration to Canaan, as spies to the Promised Land. After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses to give their reports. Ten of the spies reported that it was a magnificent land but the people are very powerful and their cities are fortified and very large. The people are giants, much stronger than we are, we would not be able to attack them.
However, Joshua and Caleb reported to Moses that the land was good but God would lead them, and they had nothing to fear, because their God was bigger than their obstacles. How do you see God? Do you see God big enough to meet your challenges, and struggles?
God often allows challenging situations in our lives for a purpose, teaching us to depend more on Him. Although trials and challenges are inevitable, they can be our friends. Pray your grandchildren will learn to expect them, submit to them, and learn from them. The challenges and struggles they face are not meant to destroy them. They are designed to promote spiritual growth, develop character, and make them capable to fulfill their God-given assignments.
God sometimes wants to demonstrate to us truth about Himself. Only through trials do we move from theoretical (academic) faith to practical faith. As grandparents, we can pray for them to see their challenges as exercises designed to make them become stronger spiritually and as a person.
Pray that your grandchildren will see God as a great, big, strong God they can trust at all times, in all circumstances like Joshua and Caleb.
Taken from Numbers 13
© Lillian Penner 2011
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National Prayer Coordinator
Lillian Ann Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, speaker, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, directing the Grandparents@Prayer groups. She and her husband, John, have been married over 50 years and currently reside in Portland, OR. They have three married sons and nine grandchildren, who are the love of their life.
Lillian has been active in church ministry for over 50 years, led a mentoring ministry for women, participated in short term mission’s trip in Ukraine, and volunteered with several Christian ministries. Currently, she is involved in the leadership of a women’s Bible study and the 55+ group in her church. She blogs on several websites, as well as her own on (www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com).