My grandson was recently given this assignment at school.
Write about one Christian to whom you look up, explaining what you admire about the way he/she works out his/her Christian faith in life. Be sure to explain how he/she has dealt with some of life’s issues. Issues may include: honesty/lying, loyalty/disloyalty, real/fake, independence/conformity, honouring/mocking, wisdom/foolishness, discerning/undiscerning, trustworthy/untrustworthy, right/Wrong, hardworking/laziness, self-controlled/uncontrolled, positive/negative, self-centered/thoughtful of others, overly proud/humble, selfish/generous, brave/fearful and list continues.
This is what Phoenie handed in.
Name of Christian: Diane Lindstrom (Nana)
I admire my Nana because she is always faithful to God and understands that everything God does happens for a reason. Nana was the first person in our family to become a Christian. She was fourteen years old and her mom thought it would be good for her to go to a sports camp. It was actually a Christian camp with lots of sports and she prayed to become a Christian. One summer, she had to work at a nursery that was far away from where she lived so she would get up really early and walk the whole way and memorize scripture. Nana began to read the bible every day on her way to school and now knows the bible alot better than the average person. Nana shows her faith every day in many ways, like tutoring kids whose families who struggle with certain things we take for granted, like reading.
Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the the lord and shun evil”
My Nana is probably the wisest person I know; she has self-control and willpower to keep the devil away from her and not veer to the path of evil.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
My Nana is very courageous she always embraces challenges and doesn’t procrastinate, but you should see her near mice – she…will…flip.
Phoenie always puts a humorous spin on everything he does (but he’s right – I REALLY don’t like mice!) but the reason I included his paragraph on my blog is because of the enormous responsibility and absolute joy that I feel as I try, with God’s help, to be who God has made me to be and to model authenticity in my Christian faith.
Grandparenting is so different than parenting. As a mother, I was so busy taking care of my young kids that I missed the details. I made mistakes as a young mom and I went through a major family crisis when my kids were going through their teen years – I wasn’t always emotionally available for them.
I know that. I mourn that.
God is good and He has filled in the gaps but years later, we are all still healing. Definitely moving forward but still healing.
What about this time with my grandson, Phoenie? The back rubs, the talks about Jesus under our blanket fort, the blogging together, the Jelly Jigglers and Mr. Froggy, the prayer times, the wrestling matches on the ice and the laughter?
Now, I get another chance. I get to love my grandson AND love my adult children.
I am humbled being a grandparent and a mom. Humbled and thoroughly enjoying every minute!