Titus 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
My granddaughters sometimes start a sentence with this, "Grammie tell me about.......". It usually is about when I was a kid and what did I do for fun. My mother was very over protective and thought I was always going to get hurt. She would not let me play outside much. So I stayed inside and wished a lot. I wished I could go play and the answer was no. She would say this, "maybe when your dad gets home you can go outside with him". He seemed to be tired and as kid, I did not understand that. I purposed in my heart to become a mom who would be fun and even having fun as a grandma.
As an older woman now, I have seen many things I wished I had done different with my kids. I have learned not to live in regret of things. It doesn't mean my mind won't go back, but I can certainly change things in my now of life. I find time to study, pray and seek the Lord for guidance. I find time to prepare my heart for a new day. By putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and living by the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). My attitude matters far more than I realized when I was young. Each word we speak can affect someone else. It happens with good words and bad words. Good communication is important and letting go of what you can not change. A new day is set before you for a reason.
Grammie what was it like when you were a kid at school? Girls had to wear dresses in Elementary School. I was bullied as a kid and nobody really played with me. I was that kid that smelled like cigarette smoke from home. Kids said I smelled and it hurt. Teachers seem to be mean and I struggled in finding myself. My mom picked out my clothes and if I forget my money for milk, nobody could bring it to the school. I would see other grandmothers helping at the school and wish I had one. So this is why I help at their school and help them to see teachers in a positive way. They have an amazing principal that takes time to say Hi and even take a pictures on special occasions. There is joy for my granddaughters going to school and that makes my heart happy. I love helping because I can teach others about positive school experiences too. I remember bringing in my dial telephone to speak to a third grade class. Some kids had never seen one and didn't know how to dial it at all. It was fun and educational.
My past has moved into my present. All the in-between stuff is stored in my memories of life. I will never forget my daughters first day of day or my son's first day of school. It was hard, emotional and I cried. Letting them grow up was way to fast and wasn't my choice at all. God's choice is for us to birth children, teach them and set them free. Some will forever stay in our lives and others forever in our hearts. Our example impacts not only children, but adults. I love when people want to hear stories from me and share real life. It's been ups and downs over my 62 years of life, but so many ups. I thank God daily for strength, energy and wisdom to share with others. I learn daily as well from others too.
TEACH ME ~
God teach me how to love like Jesus does.
Help me teach from the middle of my heart.
Help me to forgive and let go.
Help me to say kind words only
Help me to teach my grandchildren your ways and let my life come a light to them
I can go on and on about teach me but I think you get it. I thinking being a grandparent is a gift from God on some redos of life. He see's that our lives were perfect with our kids and gives us a second chance with grandkids. That is why we spoil them more, spend more time with them and share special moments. Let us not forget to teach the word of God, live by example and spend time. I see that God has chosen me to be in the lives of children and adults. God has chosen you too and never doubt that. I know that some don't have children, but their are children's lives that you influence.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Purpose this a good day and speak kind words.