Last week we talked with Loritta about how she found out about our book, Grandparenting Through Obstacles, and how she came to contribute a story to the book. We also talked about what has happened in her grandchilren’s lives and her own life since she wrote the story. (And we learned Loritta has another story in a new book! So if you missed Part 1, take a look at that!)
Today we want to talk with Loritta about how she influences her grandchildren toward Jesus the Savior.
GTO: In what ways do you believe God has used you most in ministering to your grandkids?
Loritta: Consistency in knowing they are loved and valued. Also, being an example to the importance of having God in their hearts and lives.
GTO: What do you think is the greatest challenge faced by children today, and how can grandparents help them with this challenge?
Loritta: To know God’s truth for themselves and know His faithfulness in all of their struggles.
To learn to make time to be still (turn off all the entertainment and the voices of the world and the enemy) and know He is God!
By example–by telling them about your own experiences with God.
And pray, pray, and pray and declare God’s Word over them and affirm His Word to them!
GTO: How have you grown in the Lord through the challenges you’ve faced in trying to reach your grandchildren?
Loritta: Their trials have caused me to draw near to God, relentlessly–out of necessity for faith, for victories, for strength, for peace and freedom from fear, and developing trust and testimony in my relationship with God, to believe for myself, their parents as well as my grandchildren.
GTO: What can you tell our readers to encourage them to not give up on their kids or grandkids no matter how bad their situation might look?
Loritta: The battle is not an over-nighter!! It’s for life!! God is more persevering than we are. Thankfully, He is tenaciously pursuing us! We have to stay in the fight with Him. I like the scripture in I John 3:16, Amplified:
“By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him]. “
This is our example in learning how to “lay down our lives” so others will know Him intimately. Not that we would do it from our own limited strength, which fails us, but drawing from His—again and again, as He shows us how. I’m learning to acknowledge that I can’t “fix” my family members, but to trust God for His keeping and delivering of them. Learning to go to the “secret place” with God and to confess His Word with my mouth has strengthened me for the battle a lot! Never Give Up–God doesn’t!
GTO: What advice can you give our readers to help them become more intentional about imparting spiritual truths and values into their grandchildren?
Loritta: As it says in Psalms 46:10, Take time to BE STILL and Know He IS God! When we do, our spiritual ears and sensitivities are developed to be more and more familiar to the voice of God, and to receive His teaching through the Word which strengthens and directs us for the battle we are fighting. Nothing can compare to the fruit of doing this.
Loritta, thank you so much for spending time with us today. It has been fun to catch up with you. I hope you’ll stop by again for another chat. May God richly bless your writting and your grandparenting for Him!