A Grandmother's Legacy

"Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 (NLT)

Dona Bakker lives in California. Over 60 years ago, following a family tragedy, Dona and her brother moved in with their grandparents. Dona was eight years old, and it was a significant emotional adjustment. Reading The Upper Room, which she found on her grandmother's nightstand, guided Dona through those years. Through those readings and her grandmother's love, Jesus became real to her.

Dona's grandmother work hard to care for her brother and her, especially after their grandfather died when Dona was 13. Imagine being 70 years old and facing the daunting task of raising two teenagers alone! But she knew she was never alone. She had Jesus, and she never let us forget how much we were loved - by Jesus and by her.

When Dona became a mom, she was determined to instill God's word in the lives of her children. No matter their struggles, Dona always knew where to turn for help and reminded her children that they always have a direct line to God through prayer.

Now Dona is praising God for grandchildren. They are the joy of her life. She praises God for the lessons she learned from a loving grandmother and from time spent with The Upper Room.

Prayer: Thank you, loving God, for parents and grandparents who create a positive, everlasting influence on their children by centering their lives on your word, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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