This Is A Job For Every Christian Grandmother

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What’s in a name?

Are you a Grandma, a Gammy, a Grams, a Mimsy, a Nana, a Nona, a Noni, an Ona, or as Sheldon Cooper would say—a Mee-maa?

It doesn’t matter as much what your grandkids call you—it matters that you call on the Lord for them.

This morning I came across and old English Revised Version of a verse in Isaiah about the watchmen God had set on the walls of Jerusalem.

What’s that have to do with what the kids call their Grandmother?
I don’t blame you for your confusion!!!!

Maybe I’ll just give you the verse to read, then we can pick up the tattered threads of this conversation πŸ˜‰

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night:
ye that are the LORD’S remembrancers, take ye no rest,
and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Isaiah 62:6-7 English Revised Version

Ye that are the Lord’s remembrancers.

Now that’s a cool job title.
The Lord’s Remembrancer.
Sounds so good I may get business cards with that on it.

I’ve struggled in the last five years or so thinking I might want to have a last crack at a career.
I’ve felt like Paul—kicking against the goads, whatever those are.
I can tell from the context it’s not good, it feels frustrating and generates pain to go along with the angst.

So I gave that up and decided that work might not be all it’s hyped up to be.
In fact, aside from the paycheck, most people I talk to would not show up on Monday.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our grandkids.
We have 14.
They range in ages from 5 to 25.

Some are approaching the WHITE WATER YEARS.

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This morning reading that verse I realized that I have a full time job.
I am The Lord’s Remembrancer.

I’m staying on that wall and praying for these kids until God establishes each one and causes their lives to bring Him praise in this earth.

Who’s with me?

If you’re a praying grandmother add your name in the comments.

Let’s pray for each other as we hold up these kids and their parents for wisdom, strength, and God’s best for their lives.
You’re welcome to share this post on your FB or Twitter with all your other Grandma friends;)

Prayer isn’t the only thing we can do—but it’s the BEST thing we can do for these kids.

Hey fellow WP bloggers, does anyone know how to add a gif so that it actually appears as the gif instead of a link to the gif.
I see them all the time, but can’t figure out how you guys are getting them into your posts!!!
ARRRGH 😦

19 Comments on “This Is A Job For Every Christian Grandmother

  1. While I’m not a “praying grandmother” I do understand your acceptance of the “lasts for eternity” job God has shown you! I’ve been kicking those same goads until recently. I already have a job. On that pays an eternal paycheck and has some amazing benefits πŸ˜‰ Once again, thank you for your honesty and insight!

    • Do you think it’s just our culture driving the discontentment that nips at our heels like a Pomeranian?
      Seriously, I have to plant my vegetable garden. That’s a worthy pursuit and a good use of my bored-ness.
      I can’t wait to have our very own Green Acres Nursery πŸ˜‰

      • haha! I was going to say yes to culture driving discontentment but I think it’s more of a human nature thing. Isn’t discontentment what got us in this mess from the beginning? The Bible has a lot to say about being content!

        I’ve been asked over the years if I missed being a surgical tech. I thought about that long and hard. Seems this only time I truly miss it is when my children aren’t impressed w/my experience working w/some of the best surgeons around and just want me to get them a snack :/ πŸ˜‰

      • Our kids are never impressed with us. They have highly refined criteria that, as you’ve discovered, revolves mostly around food πŸ˜‰ and video content.

    • Um, you already have a title & business cards.
      So I checked with HR and they said you do actually have Christian and Grandmother on your resume. They also found tons of photos on FB!
      We’ll get new cards ordered right away πŸ˜‰

    • haha! I was going to say yes to culture driving discontentment but I think it’s more of a human nature thing. Isn’t discontentment what got us in this mess from the beginning? The Bible has a lot to say about being content!

      I’ve been asked over the years if I missed being a surgical tech. I thought about that long and hard. Seems this only time I truly miss it is when my children aren’t impressed w/my experience working w/some of the best surgeons around and just want me to get them a snack :/ πŸ˜‰

      • I am sure the image was uploaded directly from my admin panel. You may have to try some test uploads, then delete them. Sorry i can’t be more help.

  2. I love that….the Lord’s rememberancer! I am about to add a second grandchild to my list and I have been feeling that remembering for them is something that I would like to do. Motherhood is so busy, as is life in general, and I thought that if I could begin to write down all of my memories before I cannot recall them any longer, they could be shared for years to come. I picked up 3 journals for my 3 children and I am going to write every memory that I can think of into them. For the future. To remember. I want them all to know how much I loved them and thought of them, well beyond the years that I have to spend with them. Great reminder for me to get started on this! thanks Kelly!

    • Lisa, do you remember Art Linkletter interviewing little kids? You have to write down the stuff they say πŸ˜‰ It’s priceless and often becomes part of a family’s vocabulary. Like Kate, my granddaughter’s profound declaration at 2, “I know every sing I know.” Followed by this zinger “You’re not the boss of me.” Needless to say I corrected her on that one. When you stay with Grandma, Grandma’s the boss of you.

      As Grandma’s we bring more objectivity to prayer since we’re not the ones mired in the everyday care and feeding, carpooling, and sports/lessons cycle of their lives. Our memories of raising kids give us compassion and empathy for their parents, but a little distance affords clarity about what to request on their behalf.
      It’s an amazing adventure.

  3. Thank you Kelly for sharing such insite! I am new grandma (2yrs). I am seeking, asking and knocking because our Lord is so Faithful and hears our hearts cry! β™‘ β™‘ β™‘ I am very encouraged!

    • Hey, Happy Birthday Grandma! Your grandkids are so blessed to have a Grandma like you—and GP like Bill. God is faithful to hear our prayers and He loves these kids more even we do, if that’s possible.
      The title in my Bible for Isaiah 62 is Divine unrest until Israel is restored. That’s why he set watchmen on the wall and told them not to hold their peace until Jerusalem becomes all He intends for it to be. God’s unrest until it is accomplished! That really spoke to my heart. I so want my grandkids to be all that He wants them to be, to embrace all of God’s will for their lives.
      Ask, seek, knock—what a triad of promise follows those instructions—ask and you’ll receive, seek and you’ll find, and knock and it will be opened to you.
      Let’s not rest until then.

  4. I love this reminder to be “the LORD’S remembrancer.” Although, I am not a Grammy yet, I hope to be one day. In the meantime, I am praying for those future blessing’s hearts and lives to be in love with Jesus and live sold out for Him! So, I guess you could say I’m a praying Grandma by heart, but just without the grandkids at the moment!

    I think for those of us not currently Grandmothers, or for some who will never be Grandmothers, this is a good reminder that we too can be that “Grandmother” type figure in someone’s life even when not related by blood. I think, in general, in the church today, I am seeing a decline in the older women training up the younger women (Titus 2:1-5) and this greatly saddens me. There are blessings that are being missed on both sides!

  5. I think you should definitely get the business cards ;)! This is such an important and encouraging post for grandparents. Although I’m not one yet, my babies are quickly growing (21 and almost 13). The next little ones in my house will be grandkids and I have already started praying for them.

    • It’s never too soon to start praying πŸ˜‰ Who knows how dark the world will be in their lifetimes? And all the Grandmas said, Maranatha, even so come quickly Lord Jesus.

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