The Inspiring Grandmother: 90 Days of Devotions, Prayer & Encouragement

The Inspiring Grandmother: 90 Days of Devotions, Prayer & Encouragement


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Grandmothers—you love your grandchildren and want what’s best for them. Nourish your own soul so you can nurture your grandchildren. Start with The Inspiring Grandmother, featuring 90 devotions written by top Christian authors such as Elisa Morgan, Cynthia Heald, Karen Kingsbury, Ruth Graham, and Carol Cymbala. Each devotion contains a relevant topic, two prayers (one for you and one for your grandchildren), and practical guides for you to share your love and God’s Word with your grandchildren. Make an impact and give them a legacy.

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ISBN-13: 9781627078726
Publisher: Our Daily Bread Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 635,663
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Doris Rikkers has been in publishing for over 40 years, with Bible projects as her passion and specialty. For 17 years, she developed and edited all NIV Bibles released by Zondervan. She now leads her own business as consultant, writer, and editor, and has also written numerous children’s books. Doris lives in West Michigan and loves to garden, read, cook, travel, and sit on the beach. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Jeannette Taylor has worked in the Bible publishing industry over 30 years and was instrumental in developing many best-selling titles, including The Grandmother’s Bible. She has worked for Zondervan and also started two companies, JET Marketing and Somersault. Jeannette lives in West Michigan with her family and enjoys being an adjunct professor, serving her church, and spending time outdoors.

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The Invitation


"Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy." — EZEKIEL 20:12

When my granddaughter Abby was ten, she loved to hear stories at bedtime — and she didn't want fairy tales. She would say, "Tell me a true story, Nanny."

One night as Abby settled into bed, I rubbed her back and began: "Once there were two little girls who lived in the neighborhood where I grew up. I'm sad to tell you that the sisters grew up in a family that didn't go to church. A nice neighbor noticed the sisters wandering around or riding their bikes on Sunday mornings week after week. The neighbor thought the girls would enjoy making new friends, so she invited them to go to church with her family.

"Attending Sunday school and church became a weekly event for the little girls. Wearing their fancy dresses every Sunday, they enjoyed hugs, Bible stories, and beautiful music. They felt loved in the place where they could hear about Jesus. One Sunday morning the girls invited Jesus to live in their hearts. They felt new and happier on the inside.

"That was a long time ago. The girls are grown up now, but they still go to church, and they sing the songs they learned when they were small."

Abby rolled over in bed to look at my face. "Why are you crying, Nanny?" she asked.

"Well, I'm really happy about the way the story turned out," I said with a smile. "You see, one of those little girls who long ago was invited to go to church by her neighbor — was me."

Leaving a legacy of faith may be as simple as telling your own story. Let your grandchild hear about the path that led you to Jesus.

We experience God's presence in a special way at church. You can encourage your grandchildren to find him there. Maybe there is someone you or your grandchild can invite to church this week.

By Bobbie Wolgemuth

A Prayer for You

Father in heaven, thank you for establishing the church as a stable, loving, serving family on earth. Help my children and grandchildren to overcome the challenges of their family's schedule and remember your gift of coming together as believers one day each week. Together with my family, I want to make it a wonderful day. Amen.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Worship

Dear Lord, you are worthy of worship. Please guide my grandchild to sense the value of worship, especially corporate worship with other believers in the body of Christ. Help him to know the value of meeting together at church with others who share a love for Jesus Christ, and help him to know that worshiping, learning from God's Word, and gaining insights from other believers at church are vital to his spiritual growth.



Cookies, Justice, and Mercy


He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

— Micah 6:8

Baking cookies at Grammy's house was always fun for five-year-old Morgan and three-year-old Jason. On the day I'm about to describe, they were diligently sharing assignments. While Morgan cracked the eggs, Jason sifted the flour. With a sudden "poof," flour was in the air and all over the floor!

"It's your fault, Jason!" Morgan cried indignantly as Jason looked helplessly at the mess on the floor. What just a moment before was pure pleasure was suddenly spoiled by angry accusations.

Grammy, taking a deep breath, stepped in to help by kneeling beside the frozen little boy. "Jason, the cleanup sponge is under the sink. While you're wiping up, I'll get the dustpan."

When Morgan's accusations persisted, Grammy reminded her that she might need to collect herself on the little chair just around the corner. Jason whispered, "I'm sorry, Grammy. I made a mess."

"I'm sorry too, Jason," Grammy lovingly responded. "But sometimes accidents happen when I try new things. This is just a kitchen floor; we can clean it."

Frowning, Morgan watched from the corner of her eye as the cleanup proceeded. As Grammy and Jason got underway once again, her heart changed. Whirling around, she hugged Grammy. "I love you, Grammy! Jason, let's sift the flour again."

Our young grandchildren have a sweet innocence that affirms justice and mercy when they see it happening around them. If only we could have a pure heart like a child, we would deeply understand Micah 6:8. What does it mean to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God?

When we act justly, we live out what we believe through how we treat one another. When we love mercy, we are forgiving, compassionate, and tolerant. And as we walk humbly with God, we develop faithfulness. Then daily, with confidence and calmness, we can live out our commitment to each other and to God — even when we're making cookies with our grandkids.

By Claudia Arp

A Prayer for You

Dear Lord and Father, please help me to live out justice, mercy, and a humble walk with you in all my relationships — especially with the precious grandchildren you have given to me. And help me to always remember that flour on the floor can easily be cleaned up.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Relationships at Home

O Lord, I pray that you will bless the home and family of my grandchild. May the relationships she has with her parents and siblings enhance her well-being, support her self-confidence, and increase her faith. May her home life reflect your love, your grace, your compassion, and your peace. Guide her parents to direct her in love and truth, so she will grow into a strong and compassionate individual. Amen.



Troubles: Big and Little


"They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued ... I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely," declares the Lord.

— Zechariah 10:11–12

As a mother of ten, my maternal grandmother, Johanna Wynbeek, had many wise sayings about raising children. One family favorite was, "When they're little, the troubles are little; when they're big, the troubles are big."

Everyone who has raised children will acknowledge the wisdom in those words. We've been through the little troubles of infants and young children: ear infections, potty training, fear of monsters, separation anxiety. We know the midsize troubles of adolescents and teens: being picked on, body image, self-confidence, poor grades. We have suffered and agonized with our children as they graduated from trouble to trouble. We've dropped everything when they've called, counseled them through sleepless nights, assisted and encouraged them in their decision-making. As our children move into adulthood, we expect them to handle their troubles on their own — yet because we love and care for them, we are never fully free.

No one is exempt from trouble; the Bible is clear on that. Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). But the Bible also gives us good news about trouble. God has promised that although there will be trouble, we will "pass through" it (Zechariah 10:11); and He will be with us no matter what — nothing will separate us from His love (see Romans 8:35–39). Plus, God will strengthen us again when the trouble is past (Zechariah 10:12).

My grandmother was not exempt from trouble. To name just a few of her challenges in life: her firstborn daughter died as an infant; another daughter suffered illness and seizures; her husband died at age forty-eight, leaving her alone to raise her children. Through all her troubles Johanna's faith remained constant. Although it was difficult, she knew that the Lord would provide and that He would give her strength to face whatever troubles life presented. He was there for Johanna; He is there for us too.

By Doris Wynbeek Rikkers

A Prayer for You

Dear Lord, thank you for your presence in all the troubles I face in life. Thank you for the promise that trouble will pass and that you will strengthen me to continue my walk with you. Amen.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Courage

O Father, builder of character and courage, may my grandchild grow strong in the light of your face. Grant him courage to stand for what is right, to guard the truth, and to ensure justice in every aspect of life. May he boldly grow in grace, revere your name, and proudly proclaim you as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.



From Womb to World

READ PSALM 71:1–24

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

— Psalm 71:5–6

It's comforting to look back and see God's hand in my life. In so many ways he has indeed been "my confidence since my youth," as Psalm 71:5 describes. Through the occasional nightmare in childhood; through the forking roads of middle school, when choices had to be made; then in high school, where those choices became values to be held; and eventually on into early adulthood and fresh, eager marriage, where so much "self" was revealed and redirected. Indeed, God has been my confidence since youth.

While my own children came to me from the womb of another — they were both adopted — I keenly felt God's presence in their safe delivery into my arms. Today, while I'm in the season of grandbabies, Psalm 71:6 comforts me with God's presence even in the manner in which a child comes into a family. "From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb."

As we hold our grandbabies in our arms, we see the journey of life yawning before them with its crossroads, bends, and turns. With the perspective fashioned out of living life fully ourselves, we tense in expectation at both the joy and the tragedy surely ahead. Knowing for them what we could not know for ourselves, we trust that God's presence, so precious in our youth, will be the same abiding presence in their days.

By Elisa Morgan

A Prayer for You

Dear God, as you have brought little ones into your world, may they rely on you today and in all the days ahead. Just as you oversaw the birth of each child, may you oversee the steps and the choices ahead, and may each child welcome your presence as you guide him or her. Amen.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Spiritual Growth

Dear Lord, today I pray for my grandchild's spiritual growth. I ask that you instill in him the desire to read and memorize your Word. Give him a passion to be in conversation with you. May loving and serving you be part of his daily life. I ask that you stay close to him and lead him to be transformed to your likeness, to reflect your grace, and to radiate your love. I pray this in Jesus's name, amen.



No Longer Outcasts


There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

— Galatians 3:28

I grew up in the segregated South in the 1940s and 1950s, when there was designated seating for "Colored" and "White" people in street cars, theaters, and schools — as well as water fountains marked for each race. Fascinated by the designations and always curious about the difference in those signs, I bravely determined, by disobeying the signs, that the only difference between the "Colored" water and the "White" water was the temperature. The "Colored" was hot; the "White" was cold.

My granddaddy often took me to the Majestic Theatre, where we had to sit in the balcony (called the "buzzard roost") and eat the stale candy and popcorn. I'll always remember his prediction: "Pooch (that's what he affectionately called me), one of these days you're gonna be able to walk in this theater through the front door and sit in the front row or box seats. You watch and see."

It's true. I've been through the front door and strolled down to the front row, center aisle, of that very theater. In God's time, he makes all things beautiful — no matter how ugly they may seem.

You might feel discriminated against or like an outcast in one way or the other. Jesus did. He wasn't welcome in His own hometown. He knows how you feel. He never discriminates against you — no matter who you are. He loves you and wants the best for you.

When you feel like an outcast, remember that Jesus calls you His child. You're safe with Him, just like I was safe with my granddaddy. Jesus has opened the door for you to walk in and have a front-row seat in His presence. You are always welcome!

By Thelma Wells

A Prayer for You

Kind Father, thank you for making all believers one in Christ Jesus. Thank you that there are no barriers between us and that all of your children are always welcome in your presence. Help me to treat others the way you treat me. In Jesus's name, amen.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Overcoming Prejudice

She's so young, O Lord, to be judged by how she looks. So grow my precious grandchild by her character. Strengthen her heart and mind, her soul and spirit — filling her with the knowledge, depth, goodness, and joy of you. Help her to know that her heart, not her appearance, defines who she is. More than all, help her to see, believe, and know this: You are the Christ! Amen.



The Missing Glasses


"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." — Matthew 10:29–31

God is a personal God, and He is interested in the details of our lives. Jesus said the very hairs on our head are numbered! My grandson Wyatt and I have personally experienced God's caring for life's little details.

Some years ago we discovered that my grandson was very farsighted. He hated his thick-lens prescription glasses, so he was a bit careless in how he treated them — much to his mom's frustration.

One evening my phone rang. Wyatt was on the other end, but I could not understand what he was trying to tell me between his sobs. Finally, he was able to tell me that he had lost his glasses and his mom had lost patience with him — demanding he locate his glasses NOW (they were new and expensive).

His distress was palpable over the phone. I asked the typical questions: "Where did you last have them?" "Do you remember taking them off?" He either couldn't remember or assured me that he had looked everywhere. Finally, with desperation and diminishing hope, I said, "Wyatt, let's ask Jesus to help you find your glasses."

We prayed together over the phone and asked Jesus to help Wyatt find the glasses. Wyatt hung up with a sigh. As I put the receiver down, my faith wavered. Had I set Wyatt up for disappointment? I quietly asked God to answer in a way that would build Wyatt's faith — and my own. "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (see Mark 9:24).

A short time later, Wyatt called back with a much happier tone in his voice. He had found his glasses on the bookshelf next to his bed! We prayed again, thanking God for answering our prayer and asking God to build our faith. I then thanked Him for caring about the details of not only my grandson's life but my life as well.

By Ruth Graham

A Prayer for You

O God, increase my faith. May I never doubt your Word and your promise that you care about the smallest details in my life. Let me confidently come to you and place my every concern at your feet. Amen.

A Prayer for Your Grandchild

Focus: Relationships at Home

O Lord, I pray that you will bless the home and family of my grandchild. May the relationships he has with his parents and siblings enhance his well-being, support his self-confidence, and increase his faith. May his home life reflect your love, your grace, your compassion, and your peace. Guide his parents to direct him in love and truth so he will grow into a strong and compassionate individual. Amen.



Made in God's Image


God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

— Genesis 1:27

I was a very young grandmother. This was not all that surprising since I had been a young bride and a young mother. But when Randy, our firstborn son, married and gave us our first grandchild, I was completely unprepared.

I was especially unprepared for the love I would feel for this baby. I was amazed that the love I had felt so strongly for my sons — a love I was positive would never be duplicated — tripled when my first grandson's newborn eyes slowly opened to meet mine. Oh, those eyes! So trusting and innocent! I gave my heart so completely, so swiftly to this new little one named James that the bonding left me breathless.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 The Invitation Bobbie Wolgemuth 11

2 Cookies, Justice, and Mercy Claudia Arp 14

3 Troubles: Big and Little Doris Wynbeek Rikkers 17

4 From Womb to World Elisa Morgan 20

5 No Longer Outcasts Thelma Wells 22

6 The Missing Glasses Ruth Graham 24

7 Made In God's Image Lori Copeland 26

8 Give Them Corn Dee Brestin 28

9 The Right Words Gayle Roper 30

10 The Refrigerator Door Carol Kuykendall 32

11 Generations of Faith Karen Kingsbury 34

12 "You're Doing Beautifully" Rebecca Lutzer 36

13 Cutting the Apron Strings … for Real Jan Silvious 38

14 Loving Despite the Differences Patricia Raybon 40

15 Liam's Smelling Game Neta Jackson 42

16 Memories and Bridges Diane Proctor Reeder 44

17 A Tale of Two Angels Carol Kent 47

18 "Does God Still Love Me?" Margaret Fishback Powers 49

19 When We Don't Understand Rebecca Lutzer 51

20 Growing Old Is Not for Wimps Dawn Scott Damon 53

21 Praise Ribbons Neta Jackson 55

22 Start Each Day with God Emilie Barnes 57

23 Wing Power Margaret Fishback Powers 59

24 Blessings and Prayers Helen Haidle 61

25 The Pickle Party Carol Kent 63

26 "You're a Sparkler" Bobbie Wolgemuth 66

27 The Face of an Angel Dawn Scott Damon 68

28 A Stronghold of Protection Neta Jackson 71

29 Granny and God Victoria McAfee 73

30 Creative Spirit Ruth A. DeJager 75

31 Commemoration Karen Kingsbury 77

32 Seek First His Kingdom Debby Kerner Rettino 79

33 You're Not Alone Dee Brestin 82

34 A Family Place Thelma Wells 84

35 I Will … I Will … Bobbie Wolgemuth 86

36 Make the Monsters Go Away! Quin Sherrer 88

37 Beauty in Busy Hands Bobbie Wolgemuth 90

38 Your Special Gift Dottie Rambo 92

39 A Force to Be Reckoned With Dawn Scott Damon 94

40 Grandma's Lap Debby Kerner Rettino 96

41 Prayers for Bella Carol Cymbala 98

42 The Sands of Time Claudia Arp 100

43 The Epitaph Natalie J. Block 102

44 Knocking at the Door Margaret Fishback Powers 104

45 Practicing Self-Discipline Florence Littauer 106

46 A Moment to Shine Dottte Rambo 108

47 Pray Like Daniel Helen Haidle 110

48 Loving the Extra Child Donna Huisjen 112

49 Let It Go! Thelma Wells 114

50 Saying Grace, Singing Thanks Bobbie Wolgemuth 116

51 A Model of Christ's Love Karen Kingsbury 118

52 "Honey, You're Doing So Well" Karen Mains 120

53 Keeping the Peace Patricia Sprinkle 122

54 In the Storm Sheila Bailey 124

55 Jael's Story Doris Wynbeek Rikkers 126

56 Fruity Folks Elisa Morgan 129

57 Let Me Tell You about My Grandchildren (1) Jan Silvious 131

58 Let Me Tell You about My Grandchildren (2) Cynthia Heald 133

59 The Hand Goes Up Cheryl Baker 135

60 The Singing Grandma Debby Kerner Rettino 137

61 Perpetuating Memories Patricia Sprinkle 139

62 Grandma to the Rescue! Carol Kent 141

63 Mimi's Quilt Bobbie Wolgemutb 143

64 Shine, Christian, Shine! Thelma Wells 145

65 The Other Grandmother Michelle R. Loyd-Paige 147

66 Overwhelming Love Lori Copeland 149

67 I Am Determined Jean E. Syswerda 151

68 The Kindergarten Circus Karen Mains 153

69 Dawn Ruth Graham 155

70 Come Spring Dottie Rambo 157

71 Blue Hair Carol Kuykendall 159

72 Abundant Blessings Lori Copeland 161

73 Be Who You Are Thelma Wells 164

74 Hats and Hearts Gayle Roper 166

75 The Light People Patricia Sprinkle 168

76 A Gracious Tradition Karen Kingsbury 170

77 A Soup Pot and the Love of a Grandmother Kay Swatkowski 172

78 Establishing Traditions Quin Sherrer 174

79 "I Really Miss the Children" Jan Silvious 176

80 Leaving a Legacy of Prayer Fern Nichols 178

81 Grandma Sally's Prayers Quin Sherrer 180

82 Invest Your Influence Elisa Morgan 182

83 God Is Faithful Dawn Scott Damon 184

84 Teach the Children Fern Nichols 186

85 Caring for Each One Karen Kingsbury 189

86 Let Your Light Shine! Cynthia Heald 191

87 A Marriage Like Grandma's Claudia Arp 193

88 My Turn Robin Lee Hatcher 196

89 Pass It On Claudia Arp 198

90 Leaving a Legacy Jean E. Syswerda 200

Get to Know the Writers 203

Scripture Index 215

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