Welcome back to our Thursday interview sessions. This week we’re talking with Grace Hewson, author of the “Full Armor of God” story, which appears in Part 3 of Grandparenting Through Obstacles. This section of our book deals with the challenges of grandparenting in a non-traditional family. This could mean a blended family, a family with only a single parent, or even a family where the grandparent has to assume the role of parent.
In this story, Grace’s grandson, Bobby, is dealing with some anger issues. Since he loves to pretend that he’s a swashbuckling hero, Grace uses that interest to teach him about donning the full armor of God and wielding God’s Word as a sword.
Let’s talk to Grace and get some insight into the story behind her story!
GTO: Grace, why did you decide to share the story you did in Grandparenting Through Obstacles?
Grace: When I wrote this story, I felt crushed in spirit and had to fight to keep my head above water. Writing about the pain of separation helped me cope with all the changes we were facing. Although I was angry and confused over my daughter, Celina’s, personality change and the effect it was having on Bobby, I knew our family had to stand up to this crisis in faith. My husband and I did a lot of praying and deliberately stayed focused on a positive outcome.
GTO: That must’ve been really difficult to stay positive during that time. What are you hoping that our readers can learn from your experience going through this?
Grace: I’m hoping that my story will help other believers realize they are not alone. Many Christians are struggling with issues in their homes that were unheard of a decade ago. Rebellion takes on many forms and has no age limit.
GTO: That really is a good point. Since you brought up rebellion, we all know there are so many things that can cause this in a child–no matter how old the child! What would you say is the greatest challenge faced by children today, and how can grandparents help with this challenge?
Grace: I believe moral decline, across the board, has accelerated and become the “new norm” in our society. Unless Christian families take a radical stand and speak up for our beliefs, the world and its false views will shape the hearts and minds of our children and future generations.
GTO: Yes, that really is the foundational root of all the challenges we see. It’s the godlessness that has crept in and taken over our society in so many ways. It can get overwhelming for Christians, especially those who are trying to parent or grandparent according to God’s ways. Hopefully your situation has changed for the better since writing your story. Can you give us an update on any recent developments with your grandson?
Grace: Well, about six months ago, our renegade daughter came home. She is currently looking for work in the medical field, and has left the bright city lights behind. Last Sunday she came to church with us. Bobby feels secure and now loves every moment he spends with his mommy. Thank You, Jesus!
GTO: Indeed! That is awesome, Grace. We’re so happy that your story has a happy ending. It’s all because you became intentional regarding prayer and getting involved in Bobby’s life. What a great testimony!
We hope that stories like Grace’s will provide you with encouragement and perseverance as you navigate the challenges of being a Christian grandparent in today’s world. We want to remind you to please “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you can join in our discussion of grandparenting through obstacles!