Grandma took me to church

Grandma took me to church

By Rhonda Barrett  ~ 


Sunday morning in church, happy tears streamed down my face as I worshiped my God:


His greatness!

His love!

His mercy!

His grace!

His faithfulness!


I was overcome with thankfulness. Joy filled my heart and soul as…Gary and I were attending church in Washington State, our oldest son and his family were attending church in Oklahoma, and our youngest son and his family were attending church in Florida. I rejoice that our sons and their wives are raising their children, our six grandchildren, to realize the importance of attending church.



Since Gary and I became followers (disciples) of Jesus in October, 1978, we have been attending church. Attending church has been a lifeline for us–getting together with other Christ followers–learning the word of God together, praising and worshiping our God together, encouraging one another, praying together, and doing life together as we become more and more like Jesus.


Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT), “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”


Attending church sends the message to others that church is important; I need God in my life; I need the Family of God in my life.


I remember when I was a little girl, Grandma would take me to church with her. I loved going to church. I experienced first hand the impact that attending church has on a child. Parents, I encourage you to continue being faithful in getting your family ready and in church on Sundays. It’s worth it! And Grandparents, your role in your grandchildren’s lives is incredibly important. I encourage you too. It does make a difference. It made a difference in my life. Yes, attending church, does impact our loved ones.


Something else that has an impact on our loved ones is our prayers. It says so in James 5:16b, “The prayer of a righteous person (Mom and Dad) is powerful and effective.”


PreciousCalMay2017A tool that has helped me for over 30 years faithfully pray for my family is the Precious In HIS Sight Prayer Calendar. This month’s Calendar is to the left. Each day on the Calendar are scripture references. Click on the Calendar and it enlarges in another window so that you can read the references easily.  I look the verses up in my Bible and turn them into scripture prayers for my loved ones.


As I was thinking about what scriptures to include on the Calendar this month, I remembered that the third Sunday of May is Mother’s Day and asked myself…What would I like to pray for my sons and their families this month? The answer…WISDOM!


Everyday of the month are verses from The Book of Proverbs, and I’m excited about praying these verses over my family. Surely our loved ones need God’s 

wisdom now as much as ever! Please join me. I print the Calendar and keep it with my Bible. Feel free to do the same.



It’s hard for me to believe that I have been a mom for over 41 years! I want to encourage

Bella (5) and Elizabeth (2) presenting Grandma with flowers in unique flower pots (coffee cups) that they painted just for me–MOTHER'S DAY!

“Children (and Grandchildren) are a gift from the Lord!”  Psalm 127:3.

moms…whether your children are toddlers or adult children with children of their own…your prayers truly are powerful!  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!






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