My grand-children are as the Bible says, are glory to my soul. Proverbs 17:6 comes to my mind, "Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers." I could never have imagined what my heart would feel about my grand-children... such love, such devotion, and today, as always, I have such a longing to see them all. I miss them, and if I had my way, all of our children and their families would be required to live at the ranch with us, and I would see them all every day. One day, Eternity will come, and my prayers turn to each of their relationships with the Lord God, and my role as mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. I ask the Lord God to make me all that I should be in each of those roles, that I know, stands as the greatest of my purpose in life.
My life is full like a basket overflowing, with blessings running over, and those around the world who live in difficult and trying times flood my mind and heart with earnest desire for relief from their suffering, and I ask the Father to be with them, to strengthen them, to encourage them, and to fill their minds with the knowledge and assurance that no matter what, He is with them, and will see them through.
My beautiful little Sunday School class, and the excitement and joy with which I look forward to meeting with each of them this morning fills my heart and I thank God for this honor and privilege. I look forward to teaching them all week long. Each of their faces, which are always smiling comes to my mind, and anticipation fills me. I have the small gift which I have for the birthday of one of the little girls is ready in my back pack. I recall each request for prayer from their children's hearts, and lift those petitions too.
I ask God to search my heart, show me anything that is displeasing there, that I can overcome and discard anything which stands between my Lord and I. The calling of my own life, the work that I need to do to complete God's purpose for my life stands before me today in different tasks, appointments, and gatherings. I ask God's direction and help for each moment of this day, that at its end I may be found to have used every minute according to God's will and purpose.
Now I must get ready, and make the trip. God is good, and His love endures forever. Prayer is the sweetest time of the day early on Sunday morning in Germany. This song has always been a favorite of mine.