I am just loving being a grandmother! I could have never imagined such fulfilling rewards in this new chapter of my life. Presently, we have three very precious, amazing little ones and it just makes my heart so happy to hear them say: “Nana!”
Our first grandchild is Noah who was very graciously given by God. To our family through adoption. It brings tears to my eyes just writing this line and could not express the joy he brings. His parents are our daughter, Anna and her husband, Kevin Ruwersma. They are presently on deputation as missionaries going to England. Noah is traveling all over and just loves handing out their prayer cards.
Our next wonderful sweet gift is Laura Grace who also brings more joy than I could describe. Her parents are David and Sarah Booth who are missionaries in Portugal. Laura Grace is learning not only to count in English but in Portuguese as well.
Our youngest and newest little one is Samuel David and is the most precious, calm, bundle of joy ever-just smiling at all the world around him. He is brother to Laura Grace and she is a great big sister. We are now anxiously and prayerfully waiting for sweet number four making Noah a big brother!
Recently, our ladies Bible study group did a study on the book of Ruth. The entire book of Ruth is such a wonderful love story of Ruth and Boaz and is a tribute to God’s grace and mercy in each one of their lives. Naomi had been through so much pain and sorrow. She had experienced not only the death of her husband but also her two sons. She just wanted to be called Mara for she felt the Lord had dealt bitterly with her; however, in chapter four, Naomi becomes a grandmother! I can just imagine her love for Obed-rocking and singing to him. She must have continually kissed his chubby cheeks and smiled. What a blessing in her life and there are two things mentioned there that are noteworthy for us about being a grandmother.
- Ruth 4:15-Grandchildren are a restorer of life. Isn’t that true? It makes you feel so young and joyful reliving how it was with your children and at the same time rejoicing in the new gifts He lovingly gives to us.
- Ruth 4:15-Grandchildren bring nourishment in our old age. Isn’t it so much fun reading books, having tea parties, eating treats, having picnics, singing songs, and most importantly pointing them to Jesus with our words and our lives. It is truly a blessed role being a grandmother!
In conclusion, if you are a grandmother or someday will be I would encourage you to cherish every moment. Keep close sweet relationships with each one the Lord gives you. Live out a godly example. Love each one unconditionally. Remember important occasions. Shower them continually with cards, notes and love (I am so grateful for Skype which lets me see our little ones and talk with them often though far away). Finally, most importantly pray earnestly, and continually for each one.
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