If you are a regular reader of Sundays with Cindy, you know that I normally take my inspiration for each week’s blog from something that has happened in my life or the life of a loved one that week. This week something momentous happened—the most important event in the two years I’ve been writing Sundays with Cindy. We had another grandbaby!
Amanda Laura was born on Tuesday February 22nd, weighing in at 7 lbs 4 oz. (we think—the weight was in grams, and there was some confusion between what was written on the paper they gave them, what the doctor said, and what the video showed, but it was somewhere between 7 lb 2 oz and 7 lb 5 oz!) We’re not quite sure how long she was, either. They said 20 inches at first, but when we converted the centimeters to inches it came out at 19 ¼ inches. So who knows? All those vital statistics that we are so anxious to have aren’t quite so vital, after all. What is important is that she is safely here and healthy—and that her mama is okay, too.
And of course, she is beautiful! We were able to see pictures and a video clip within two hours of her birth, and then Skyped with them and saw her in real time when she was less than twenty-four hours old! I’ll say it again—thank you, Lord, for allowing us to have this modern technology! We could not be there in Ecuador with them for the birth, but this was the next best thing. She has the dark hair and coloring of the rest of her siblings—a nice mixture of her Ecuadorian and American genes. In short, she looks like a Naranjo baby, and I must say, Laura and Fernando turn out beautiful children! Forgive me for speaking as a proud grandma for a minute, but I was just as much in awe at the beauty of Amanda’s older sisters and big brother in the photos as I was at her!
Amanda is our ninth grandchild—the sixth granddaughter. You might think that by now it is old hat, and that she is “just another grandchild.” You would be wrong. It never ceases to amaze me how totally unique and special each one of these children is, and how differently they are blessed with various gifts and talents and abilities; how their personalities are so uniquely their own and how they are growing into the special young people God wants them to be. As we watch Amanda grow, I am sure we will be surprised and delighted with all that the Lord has packed into this newest little masterpiece, as well.
I feel so blessed and honored to be the grandmother of such a wonderful bunch of God’s most precious creations! As any grandparent could tell you, it is a totally, most wondrously different thing becoming a grandparent than it was when we became parents. I remember feeling such a sense of heritage when my first grandbaby was born. When I became a mother, it was all about the here and now and our little family. As a grandmother, though, I suddenly saw not just that first grandbaby, but her babies, and the babies of the next generation, and then the next. I wondered at the legacy I would leave for my grandchildren and their children, and felt the responsibility to be a part of their lives and to contribute to their spiritual growth.
As Christian grandparents it is our responsibility to set a godly example for our grandchildren. Our lives should exemplify the faith we believe in our hearts and live out daily. Our communication ought to be a testimony and teach the truths of God’s Word. I feel blessed that that not only do my grandchildren hear from my lips and see in my life what I believe, but someday when I am gone they and their children and grandchildren will have a written record of Grandma’s faith and life, as well. And there is no greater legacy that we can hand down, nor act of love that we can do for our grandchildren, than to fervently and intentionally pray for them.
My prayer for each one of you, my precious grandchildren, is that you will:
Know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and have a vibrant, real relationship with Him. There are no spiritual grandchildren. We each must accept Him for ourselves. “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become the children of God, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. Make Him number One in your life. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Put God first in everything you do for He wants to crown you with success. (Proverbs 3)
Make God’s Word a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Treasure it in your heart. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) Understand how useful the Bible is for all your life. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Do not love the world or the things in the world. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I John 2:15)
Let Jesus have all your worries and cares. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7) Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Be kind to others, tender-hearted and forgiving, just as Christ also has forgiven you. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Be bold and strong. Don’t be afraid. Remember the Lord your God is with you always. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)
May your heart be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control as you grow up in Christ. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5: 22, 23)
Be happy, thanking God for everything. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Always believe that nothing can separate you from the love of God. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
And may you be faithful to pass on to your children and grandchildren the spiritual legacy you have received. (Psalm 78)