A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls entitled, Nana’s Love Notes
Hi my sweet Grandgirls, It’s Nana coming to you out of some deep thoughtful places. As I raised your parents, my desire was to parent them in the ways of the God I surrendered my whole life to. As you know I came to know Jesus when I was fifteen years old. My home life was anything but Christian. It was insecure, filled with turmoil and it messed with my sense of security, identity and purpose.
It was so clear to me that Jesus ways were totally opposite of the world. Do you see that too?
Jesus changed my life! I knew that Jesus died for me … for me! I surrendered everything to Him. Before I was a lost child trying to find my way in the world. I was hearing messages that confused me, tempted me drew me in.
After accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my life was bent on pleasing Jesus and glorifying Him with all that is within me. Do I fail, yes! Do I receive conviction and great sorrow when I sin, absolutely. Do I repent, yes, because my heart is broken when I grieve Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
One of my deep concerns, as I raised your parents, was that my kids would not get the significance of His death and His claim on their life. It is a concern I have for you too.
I considered the vast difference in their home life in comparison to my upbringing. My kids were surrounded with love and support. Would they know they had a big hole in their life .. a hole that only God could fill? Would they see the great sacrifice Jesus made in order to claim their heart, their lives, their everything?
It occurred to me today that growing up with support and love does not have to take away from the fact that Jesus died for you and wants your all. Though you are surrounded with love, you also face trials of many kinds. Living in the world brings with it many opportunities to see the world for what it is. Self Serving, Deceptive and Empty!
You have each other. I delight in the bond I see between you. 🙂 I have watched you all struggle with the world, I have seen your pain. I have seen you give in to the world’s philosophies and prayed God would draw you back. But I have also watched you soar like an eagle as you choose to magnify Jesus with your lives. I cannot begin to tell you the JOY it brings to my heart when I see you walk away from sin and choose Jesus.
You, who have turned your eyes upon Jesus, have been changed. I see it and you shine brightly.
There is a grave responsibility for you ‘older’ girls. The younger ones are watching you and they are learning, believe me they are. They need you, they really do! They love you and they desperately want to look up to you.
When Jesus died, he did it to set us all free from sin. I know each of you have learned this as you have grown up. When we receive Jesus .. Our life is not our own .. It is no longer ‘I’ big capital ‘I’ but Christ who lives in me.
“God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.” I Corinthians 7:23
The world you are growing up in is filled with messages that are opposite of what Jesus teaches. Are you seeing the difference between God’s kids and those who have chosen to live the world’s way? There are not many who choose Christ – so those who do stand out, they are different from the rest.
When my kid’s were entering their teen years I prayed for God to send them godly friends. I pray the same for you. When I refer to ‘godly’ peers, do you have someone in mind? Let me encourage you to know this person and pursue a friendship. Here’s why:
“He who walks with the wise will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
“Do not be mislead, Bad company corrupts good morals.” I Corinthians 15:33
I pray you spend time in His word because in it you will find purpose, peace, direction, fulfillment and great Joy. His word is LIVING and it is HIS word to his children.
The Psalmist shares the heart of God’s child:
“My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times” (Ps. 119:20) Not a popular thought in a world that hates rules, eh?
“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them” (v. 129). Convinced that His word is life, we willingly, gladly submit to His ways.
The greatest gift I can pass down to you, my beloved grandgirls, is to point you to Jesus through his word. If you say you love him, you will obey him.
“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Eccl. 12:14
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” John 14:23a
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:38
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” Romans 12:2
I pray you will take up your cross and follow Jesus and never take for granted or reject the one who died to give you abundant life. May you chose Christ every time and soar like an Eagle.
That’s it for today girls. Remember, I am your Nana! For better or for worse, I love you fiercely, I pray for you always.