Bridging the Gap

Most of the time when we speak of “generations” in our culture, we are speaking of gaps.

Generational gaps allude to groups who have a lack of understanding, a lack of commonality, a lack of the older keeping up with the times. And gaps tend to do what they imply: they cause separation. 

 I don’t think God ever intended for us to have generational gaps. Scripture after Scripture speaks to the contrary.  Paul tells young pastor Timothy, 

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers…” I Timothy 4:12

I think God is indirectly telling older people not to look down on younger people, but recognize that they have something great to contribute. Moses tells God’s people, 

“Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the LORD do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live!  And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”  Deuteronomy 4:9

Jesus tells the children to “come unto Me.”  Loving the little ones is where the impact on their lives really begins. Until they know that they are valued and loved, they will not be in a position to listen to any other instruction.  Raising a godly heritage, I’m convinced, does not end with raising your children. It extends to your children’s children. I’ve heard it said over and over that being a grandparent is better than being a parent. While I do not agree with that statement, I do agree that both parenting and grand parenting are equally wonderful responsibilities!


 Having grandchildren is like the icing on a cupcake: you love the cupcake, it’s delicious. But the icing on the top makes it even sweeter and more satisfying. Having grandchildren, when you love and adore your own children, is the icing on top. Life becomes even sweeter and more meaningful.  You realize that just as your nest emptied, it becomes even fuller and richer than it was before.

This last week I was able to experience this truth, both first hand and second hand.  First, Jim and I were invited to Grandparents’ Day at our granddaughter Cami’s Preschool.  She beamed with pride as she showed us her classroom, her work, her friends, and her beloved teacher. We stood shoulder to shoulder with other grandparents who share the same incredible deep love for their children’s children, as we do for ours. What I noticed acutely was that all of the children have the same measure of pride mixed with love and admiration. They were holding the hands of the elder people in their lives who have the privilege of celebrating them at every turn. And all without the daunting responsibility of correcting or reproving them every day. I marveled at how God weaves things together so articulately, beautifully and purposefully.  


And then second-hand, two days later I hosted Grandparent’s Day for my students in my 4th grade classroom. The anticipation and excitement working up to that day was electric, all during that week. The students made their gifts, wrote their interviews, recorded the reasons that they most loved their grandparents, and told and retold their favorite stories about their own grandparents, with nothing but love and admiration in their voices and in their eyes.  As I was introduced to grandparent after grandparent by each beaming child, each one presented them to me as if they were presenting a grand prize. It was clear they were sharing with me one of their greatest treasures. It was undeniable that God has created a unique and special bond, not only between parents and children, but also with children and their grandparents.

Our culture has not done well with fostering this bond. Instead of creating close bonds between generations, we have permitted generational gaps. We older adults have been told, ‘Hey, you put your time in. You raised your kids. Now let your children raise their own children. It’s their turn. You deserve this time for yourself.’

 You know, I really don’t remember Jesus ever saying that to His followers. I think He actually said,

 “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  [but, well, I’m too busy because I filled up my calendar with other activities].

   How are little children going to see what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like, here on earth, if we don’t demonstrate it to them, through prioritizing our time and resources for them?

We as grandparents do not replace the vital position as parents. But we do play a vital role. I propose, what better way to spend our time and money than investing in our grandchildren? We have an incredible opportunity to impact, not just a single generation for Jesus, but two generations! In my opinion, if the statement is true that being a grandparent is even better than being a parent, it is because you love your children so much that you cannot help but adore your grandchildren! When I see the sparkle in the grandchildren’s eyes during Grandparents’ Day, I am profoundly convicted that grandparents have a strong impact on their grandchildren. We as grandparents can choose to involve and invest, and make that impact count in this next generation.

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Raising a godly heritage extends to the next generation!

 I have a good picture of it now, as I look on my two precious grandchildren. I want them to know more than anything that God is love. That Jesus loves them, not just because I sing the song to them, but because I live that out in front of them. Jesus loves the little children, and so do I! You have a special role to play! Even if you are not yet a grandparent, a parent or a parent-to-be, there are children in your life who need you to show them Jesus! 

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Pumpkins, Fall & Faith

Kick Start: A New Bible Study!

Am I dreaming, or did God just bless us with a beautiful Fall day?

God is in control of the weather, and no one else is. Only God can take us from a 97 degree week and bless us with a cool, crisp Fall day! I hope that you, like me, were able to take a walk in this beautiful, low 70 degree weather and feel the cool breeze blow refreshment into your soul.

Tomorrow promises to be even cooler than today. Now that is what I call an awesome forecast!

Today is Tuesday, and the truth is, “Today is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  

Tomorrow never comes; it is just something we wait for in vain. And too easily, it can become an excuse for not doing something today. Yesterday never really was, so don’t allow it to become a regret. Today is truly the only day we have. And Tuesdays are my favorite!  Why, you ask?  Because they are the best day ever!


It is the day I get together to unite and become one with fellow sisters in Christ. Our age doesn’t matter; there are some who are in their teens; some in their 20’s, just starting out with their families, or embracing single hood. There are some who are in their 30’s, and sending kids off to school has become routine. Finding themselves busy with schedules, homework, games, dance recitals…There are those in their 40’s: kids learning to drive; needing us one minute and not the next.Then there are those of us in our 50’s and beyond: some empty-nesters, some grandparents, some alone. But regardless of our age, stage, profession or giftedness, we are all united with one heart and one purpose: to seek the Lord our God through His Word, and in fellowship with one another, and cheer each other on to growth and maturity in Him.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24

Last week I talked about “kick starts.”  Needing to be encouraged to take a positive step in the right direction. Maybe the long, hot days of Summer, and the change in a regular routine or schedule caused you to get out of a regular routine in God’s word. Maybe like me, you’re ready to be kick-started back into this spiritual discipline.  God’s word is living and active. It is not just a book we read for knowledge and insight. It has the power to change our very lives!  We have to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds.”

How does that happen?  That doesn’t happen by magic. It also doesn’t happen by osmosis. You can’t simply sit in a church service and expect it to penetrate your life.  You have to take this living truth and put it into your mind and heart. Then and only then can its living power transform you from the inside out. I know that what I speak of is no easy task. Putting one more day or night on your calendar can feel like it is the crack in the dam that causes you to break. But that could be precisely where the enemy wants you to fall.

Do excuses like these sound familiar?

“I went to church this weekend; I’m okay.”

“I listened to a simulcast.”

“I read a Christian book.”

All of these things are good, in and of themselves. What is missing, however, is the “spurring one another on to love and good works.”  It is the encouragement and inspiration that you get from hearing someone else’s faith walk, whether it is a victory or a struggle. It is looking other faith travelers in the eye and encouraging them to keep on keeping on, as they do the same for you. It is declaring out loud your decisions to allow God to be first in your life, and no longer let the voices of this world dictate to you how you should live. You find yourself in good company when you decide to live wholeheartedly to honor God!

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9_13_blog Today is the only day you have!  Make it count!

That is why I can say confidently that Tuesdays are THE BEST DAY EVER for me! My kick start, after God’s incredible blessing of a fresh cool start to Fall, is Tuesday night Women’s Bible study!  What is yours?

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Kick Starts


We’ve all heard of “fresh starts” and “new beginnings” and, while we need those, I think sometimes what we really need is a “kick start.”
For example, we all got “kick started” into the month of September. It is the very first week in a new month that we get a day off. Now I think every month should start off that way! But here we are, presented with a “kick start” into a new month, and into a new season. Summer is now behind us, and Autumn is ahead of us. The long lazy days of Summer are gone, as the morning sun takes longer and longer to peek over the horizon. And yet, it goes quicker over the western horizon to usher in the night.
You don’t have to take my word for it, that it is officially Fall. Starbucks has declared it for us all, with their return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Known to all of us fans the first day of the PSL! And speaking of kickoffs, college football is in full swing with their kickoff weekend!
Whether or not you’re a football fan, you cannot help but feel the excitement of team camaraderie and loyal fan hood, with high hopes of a championship season. Aren’t we all looking for a championship season, in our own way? Do we not all want to be winners at this game called life? Do we not want our victories to outweigh our defeats? Victory does not come without effort. And God does not reward without faith and obedience. Our ultimate victory is our eternal home in Heaven with Christ Jesus, so every day should see us making strides in that direction.
Regardless of the time the sun rises or sets, we are each given the same number of hours every day. While Fall brings later mornings, earlier evenings and (hopefully) cooler days, we still have the same amount of hours to utilize.
Jesus said,
As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4
Maybe Fall is the kick start that we need to re-energize committing to and working on fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. You may be called into a profession where you are able to speak, teach, or pray God’s Word over people daily. If so,

Do not grow wearing in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
If you are in a place or profession where Jesus is not a welcome or a comfortable part of the conversation, maybe you need a kick-start to be the only Jesus some of them will ever see. Are you showing them Jesus through the way you do your job, the way you treat others, the way you react to unfair criticism? Jesus said,
You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:14
Salt does at least two things: it preserves against corruption and decay; and it produces thirst. After people spend time with you, do they seek or desire to live better than they do? And, do they thirst to know your Jesus, the One who makes all things better?
If your influence is primarily at home, where you work to raise a godly family, are you actively pursuing a life that radiates God’s love and gospel Truth?
Do you need a kick-start to realize the importance of the influence you have in your home, your neighborhood and in your kids’ school? Influencing your children, your children’s friends, their parents, and teachers, instructors and coaches they have? A kick-start will activate you toward the right goals with renewed energy!
Pick up God’s word and open it, each and every morning of everyday. It may feel daunting at first. But God will meet you there, in the pages of His word. It is His love letter to you and me.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I do believe that is true. So instead of trying to encourage you with words, look at this picture:


Do your obstacles feel three times bigger than you are? Does the morning come with every intention of meeting God in His word, and then the fatigue sets in, or the children demand your attention, or the task at work seems beyond your expertise?
Then maybe they need a swift hard kick! Woodstock isn’t allowing the size of the football to stop him from kicking it. God doesn’t want you or me to allow our issues to become so big that we stand in their shadow, and are afraid to kick them. Nothing is too big for God! Open His word and you will see. He will give you the kick-start you need every time!
Truth Bomb

God offers us a kick start each day, when we meet Him in His word.
Let this new cooler season allow you to cozy up with God’s word, a strong cup of coffee, a delicious cup of tea, or a warm cup of cocoa. Don’t let the enemy discourage you, or keep you from the most important place you can go every day: meeting God, in His word, and allowing Him to kick start your everyday!

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