Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Granddaughters. I never ever dreamed I’d be old enough to have grandchildren. Now I have four granddaughters and they are the apple of my eye. The girls are all different and have their own personalities. This morning I woke up thinking about my son’s two daughters and the comments they made to me this past week.
Every Thursday I pick up Brooke and Pressley Ann from school. We all look forward to our short time together. As soon as they got into the car, I had a phone call from a close friend. I pulled over to answer the phone. The girls were in the back seat talking and giggling. My friend had asked me about a particular challenge I was facing and I said, “Please pray for me. I’d better get off the phone … have the girls.”
I had no idea Brooke and Pressley Ann were listening to me, but immediately Pressley Ann tapped me on the shoulder and said, “WE pray for you, Mama Kae.”
“Yeah, every day,” Brooke said.
I was so touched, I turned around and looked at those two beautiful little faces. “Do you?”
“Yes, every night, Mama Kae.”
Proverbs tells us when we take the time to raise our children in the ways they should be reared, they will not depart. Even though they may step away, embedded deep in their hearts are the ways of God and the constant reminder He is present.
I’m thankful to be reminded my granddaughters are being brought up to pray for others and I’m particularly thankful they’re praying for me. And I must also be careful what I say, you know. Little ears are listening!
Are you teaching your children the ways of God?
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Kae Harper Childs is a freelance writer. She is a retired counselor and now spends most of her time being a grandmother of four, teaching shag (the SC state dance), and writing. She travels from The Isle of Palms to Greenville, SC, every week teaching dance classes.