I always felt that my grandchildren were my children- not in the sense that I am their 'mother', but in that they were a blessing from God passed on to me from my children. It is my job, (I feel), to be there to advise my children if they ask me about child rearing and to be there for the grandchildren if it is required by their parents or if the grandchildren request it of me. I am extremely careful not to undermine or usurp the important 'law of the mother' or authority of the father. But I do so enjoy being a part of their life and feel blessed by the LORD to have that privilege.
Last week I was baby sitting my youngest (to date) grandchild and I will be needed each week day for my youngest daughter again for at least 2 weeks if I am able. My husband and I baby sit his daughter’s 3 children too when needed and we love it. We treat all our grandchildren (both by blood and by marriage) as our own.
I believe my grandchildren are my children. All that I do for my children, I, likewise, do for my grandchildren. This teaching is from the book of Proverbs where a wise woman builds her house. The building continues on, even long after she has left this earth. For it is not built with human hands, but by the Hands of God Himself. (Genesis 46:15, 18, 22, 25 & Exodus 10:2)
Now the scriptures telling me that my grandchildren are my children are: "These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob, there were fourteen persons in all." Genesis 46:22 (Genesis 46:15, 18, 25) (Genesis 46:26 - all the persons were Jacob's direct descendants, grandchildren included) (Genesis 48:5) (Leviticus 18:19) (Exodus 31:2 )- Names the father and the grandfather with the son) Rachel only gave birth to two sons: Joseph and Benjamin. But Scripture records her as having fourteen sons! That is because all her grandchildren were considered her children as well.
The neighbours said to Ruth when her first grandson was born: "And the neighbour women gave him a name, saying, 'A son has been born to Naomi!' So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David." Ruth 4:17
Naomi had her first grandson, but the neighbour women called him her son. Lois and Eunice worked together as a team raising Timothy. Ruth and Naomi raised Obed and were part of the raising of King David, his great grandson. Jacob said to Joseph, "And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." Genesis 48:5 … "as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." This means Jacob's grandsons are just as his sons! Wise women realise that their grandchildren are their children, too.
Isn’t God so very very good! Yes, life is busy with children and grandchildren….but I wouldn’t have it any other way. God willing, God will bless us with more. We can hardly wait! May you enjoy being a grandmother to your grandchildren as much as I do to mine.
© Glenys Robyn Hicks
© Glenys Robyn Hicks