Preparing My Heart For Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey


Lydia Harris

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“I am not  ready to be a grandmother.”  That’s what author Lydia Harris said when she first learned that she was about to enter a new stage of life.

Many of us like to prepare for new stages, and Lydia wanted to in this instance, but she just wasn’t sure how to get ready to become a grandparent.  She pondered questions like, “What role did grandparents play?” and “What  should I do to prepare?”

Now ten years and four grandchildren later, Lydia knows that grandparenting is an exciting and important role.  She’s also learned a few things she wishes she had known before she became a grandparent .

Her learning experience prompted her to write this Bible study to help you prepare your heart for grandparenting.  And even if you have been a grandparent for several years. you can still prepare your heart to be a better grandparent in the days ahead.

Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting provides six weeks of Bible-study lessons to help grandparents and those about to be grandparents.  Each week contains five lessons with Scriptures, illustrations and insights from grandparents, a :grand-thought” takeaway, and a prayer.  Weekends include: “grand-slam” ideas for activities with grandchildren, devotionals for grandparents, and Sunday prayers (for grandparents to pray for themselves along with scripture-based prayers to pray for their grandchildren).  The study also features quotes from grandchildren about their grandparents.

Lydia Harris earned her bachelors degree and teaching certificate in 1967 and then followed that up with a master’s degree a couple years later.  Lydia has ten years of experience as a grandmother with four grandchildren, ages 3  to 9.  Her grandchildren help her test recipes that are published in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazines for children.  In addition to her involvement with her church and Moms In Touch International, she has accumulated over 600 bylines since 1997 by contributing to thirteen books and writing articles, book reviews, devotions, and an ongoing column with nearly a million readers.  In 2000, the Oregon Christian Writers Conference honored Lydia with its “Writer of the Year” award.  Lydia and her husband, Milt, currently make their home in the Seattle area.


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