Elaine Burbridge is a writer in Richardson, Texas. She faces both parenting and grandparenting challenges in that her daughter is not currently walking with God. But Elaine is playing “A Divine Role in God’s Theater,” which is the title of her story in Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ.
Unfortunately, Elaine’s story in not unique. Many grandparents face similar challenges. But Elaine has made an impact on her grandchildren, even through those challenges by being intentional about her grandparenting. Here she shares some insights.
GTO: Hello Elaine. Thanks for stopping by today! Tell us, what are you hoping our readers will gain or learn from your story?
Elaine: Never give up asking the Holy Spirit to minister to loved ones. He does answer in a mighty way.
GTO: Well that sounds like you’ve experienced some answered prayer! Please give us an update on any developments with your grandchildren since writing your story.
Elaine: I witnessed my grandchildren’s baptism. Yeah!
GTO: Oh my! That is terrific. And actually, that is the very fruit we are hoping to see. That fruit, the spiritual fruit of seeing grandchildren come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (of which baptism is a sign), is what it’s all about. So thank you so much for sharing such good news.
Surely you had something to do with your grandchildren’s decisions. In what ways do you believe God has used you in affecting your grandkids and influencing them toward Him?
Elaine: By showing His love – hugging, kissing and caring for them. Also, in testifying that Jesus is my Savior and He died for all of our sins. And of course encouraging them to live for Him too.
GTO: Elaine, what do you think is the greatest challenge faced by children today, and how can grandparents help them with this challenge?
Elaine: There are too many worldly turn-on’s which consistently grab their attention. Here are some ways to intentionally counteract the world:
- Take them to church (and lunch for fellowship) as well as Christian-based activities (camp, choral groups, etc.).
- Introduce the real Bible text into their daily lives, even via Internet connections.
- Take a specific time to pray with them (kneeling is important), considering their needs and desires.
GTO: You shared some very significant challenges you faced in your story in the book. How have you grown in the Lord through the challenges you’ve faced in trying to reach your grandchildren?
Elaine: I’m better at studying His Word and praying. I’ve learned to depend more on His promises. I’m reaching out to others more – no longer afraid to witness.
GTO: That is awesome, Elaine. Not being afraid to witness for Him is an area God has been working on in me, too. Let me ask you what advice can you give our readers to help them become more intentional about imparting spiritual truths and values to their grandchildren?
Elaine: Take time to converse and read with them. Young minds are so open to absorbing what grandparents have to say. They will listen and ask questions – be prepared to answer.
GTO: What do you hope your grandkids will most remember about you when you’re gone?
Elaine: That with all of my heart, I loved them and Jesus. And, I loved to take them catfishing too!
GTO: Awesome answer! A catfishing grandma! I’ve been trout fishing, but not catfishing. I really must try that.
Thanks Elaine so much for spending time with us today. We’re also grateful you shared your story in our Grandparenting Through Obstacles book.
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