Passing on the Strengths of Your Family

Share your history of personal and family stories.

Living by Precept Rather than Experience – Our family should not need to experience the weakness and pain of sin and compromise. Our prayer should be that our children and grandchildren have a more victorious life than we by giving heed to the many precepts and commands in God’s Word.

Proverbs 1:2: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding

Deuteronomy 6:2: That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

Deuteronomy 4:9: Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them unto thy sons, and thy sons' sons.

Deuteronomy 5:29: O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!

• Teach your grandchildren stories that demonstrate God’s faithfulness. What are the stories of God’s faithfulness that you should be passing on to future generations? Do you have a written journal of answered prayers and miracles in your own past as well as your ancestors?

• Think of at least one instance of where God has vividly shown you His faithfulness. Practice telling that story to a friend in a way that would be interesting to your grandchildren.

• Write down some of the things you want to pass on to them.

• Reach below the surface and make it meaningful.

Psalm 78:1-8
Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

We will tell the next generation The praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders he has done.” God told his people not to repeat the sins of Israel’s past, but to remember God’s great power and miracles, passing them on from generation to generation. Stories of God’s mighty works heard over and over instill faith and trust in the heart of a child. Study of God’s Word will continue to refresh your mind and bring out insight and understanding as you also pray for the needs of your grandchildren.