For JK, My Dear Fourth Granddaughter

Updated on April 9, 2019
Dear hands growing up too fast!
Dear hands growing up too fast! | Source

JK's Poem, With Love From Grandmama

Fair and strong you’ve come to us,

Presenting in a bitsy stage of growth,

Surely wond’ring, "What’s the fuss?"

Resting, blooming, dolled up in fancy clothes.


Sweet antics soon will surprise,

Adventure filled days, bright joyful singing,

Transformation’s in your eyes,

Gladness to life you’re already bringing,


Pretty nose, soft chubby cheeks,

Graceful, dear fingers, cute cuddlesome feet.

Thinking fast, your eyes search, seek,

Hands learning quickly, oeuvres you'll complete.

Precious hands designed for good deeds.
Precious hands designed for good deeds. | Source

Precious JK, Perhaps Our Caboose,

Dear Little One,

At this writing we were yet to hold you in our arms but you loved beyond measure as our new, dear treasure. Our seventh grandchild and fourth granddaughter, you should know that our hearts are once again multiplied by love and beloved you’ll always be. The mystery of how our hearts can love you wholly when each of your siblings and cousins hold the same amount of space in them continues to be unsolvable, but make no mistake, it is no problem.

Your grandmama has prayed for your entrance into this world and now I will continue to pray for your journey through it. I pray that throughout your days you will consider Jesus according to His Word. May He draw you to Himself at an early age and grant you the understanding of His Word that compels you to trust Him with your whole heart and mind so your path will be lit with His loving grace.

I am asking God to give you a hunger and thirst for the deep riches of His Word, such that when others see you they will see the Christ. May your hands be busy with His purposes as your heart is enveloped in His goodness. May His mercy be your lighthouse, His love your own banner, and may you make His wisdom your constant friend. Throughout each stage of your precious life may you have an unwavering awareness of His presence that comforts and guides you through life’s valleys and over mountain tops.

May you always remember that it is not by any of our work, or influence, or strength, but only by His Holy Spirit that we are able to respond to His mercy through the Lord Jesus. Remember, so you can truly walk in repentance as a free and joyful child of the King of Glory. I pray you will live mindful that He is always pursuing you with His love, desiring that you look to Him for help to stand firm and strong in His grace through knowledge of His Word.

May you always recall that His people wisely begin and end each day with a thankful, cleansing prayer, and that throughout those days He wants us to walk and talk with Him, seeking His help in all things for His glory and our good. Sweet babe, I pray these things and more with a vision for your future, a vision of how God wants to do much in and through you. May you walk safely, as one who fears Him more than most, rising above the circumstances of this fallen world to magnify Him in your own heart and mind, in example to brothers and sisters, and to the needy people He brings into your path.

With love and prayers,

Grandmama

OXOXO

Complete in Thee

Teaching children to use words wisely equips them for life at every stage of their development.

— Robertatalloni

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Considering the Word Growth

Naturally, grandparents want to see their grands thrive and flourish, but every child grows and develops at their own pace. No matter how that works out for each, every little life is beyond precious. There are many ways Christian grandparents can help their grandchildren’s growth in this world, especially if we do not compare ourselves to others but share our individual strengths to them as a legacy of love.

The understanding of words comes no less at a singular pace for little ones than grasping or walking. Helping them learn new words is just plain fun stuff, but giving them an early sense that words are a special kind of communication is crucial to their mental and emotional development. It is taught to them through life experience by people who take the time to interact with them.

Understanding the word growth is a great place to begin thinking about working with them and, of course, we know that grow is its root. Looking at how words are used historically in the context of Scripture is always interestingly helpful. Endenic is the name of the earliest language and from its study we learn that the use of growth’s root in Scripture is agricultural.

That application is a good explanation of why object lessons about living wisely are taken from the agrarian society of those early peoples. John Piper offers a wonderfully thoughtful treatment of how to gain wisdom in which he uses an analogy about a food harvested as often as possible by the people who used that earliest language. Wisdom seems to be used in connection to honey 30+ times throughout the BIble.

Teaching children to use words wisely equips them for life at every stage of their development. All of our relationships are affected by the wise or unwise use of words. Teaching what God tells us about using words in a wise manner is one of the most important gifts we can give children. The Old Testament’s book of Proverbs is possibly the best place to begin with very young children.

Helping them memorize verses from Proverbs 16, “...Kind words are like honey, sweet and healthful...”, is a great beginning to learning the benefits of wise word usage. Thinking of how much bullying could be averted in schools if these verses were taught from the perspective of God’s authority in this world, giving children a solid foundation to grow from, is quite a picture.

Growth for children should be our goal because they need to mature in order to be safe, to succeed, and to be satisfied in life. Their beginnings should be filled with the beauty of how right words help them grow into the kind of people they want to be surrounded by–people who are kind, responsible, and loyal in spite of the fact that all have failings. In thinking through this topic just one of the questions that comes to mind is “What if all little ones were given the right word tools at early ages and protected from words degrading to their growth?”

Proverbs 16, from my first granddaughter.
Proverbs 16, from my first granddaughter. | Source

God of Ages

Understanding words comes at a singular pace for little ones.

— Robertatalloni

Poems Published at HubPages

Sprinkling a few of my poems among other articles here has been an inspiriting creative exercise.

These are the first two in my series for grands:

T, growing so fast, you are loved beyond words!

EM, such a precious girl, we love you more every day!

If you are interested in reading all seven grands’ poems just follow the links at the bottom of each post to go through them progressively.

I write on a variety of subjects at HubPages, poetry being only a small part of what I publish. The work involved is worth it, though, and readers have been very kind in their responses. Others I've written are posted in the articles linked below:

Poems Drawn From Suffering

Only in Christ

Do Fish Climb Trees?

Questions & Answers

    Do you consider teaching children to use words wisely an important responsibility of adults?

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    • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Sheila Brown:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to this post. For your prayers, there are not sufficient words of thanks. Let's pray that adults will take more responsibility to teach true wisdom to children!

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      Sheila Brown 

      4 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Yes, I do. This is just beautiful and so heart felt! Your grandchildren are truly blessed to have such a wonderful grandmama! I pray that all your prayers are answered. :)

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Ellison Hartley:

      Thank you for your visit and feedback!

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      Ellison Hartley 

      4 months ago from Maryland, USA

      Love these! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Dianna Mendez:

      May the Lord bless you with seeing the answers to your prayers! Thank you for your visit here and for adding your lovely comment.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Dora Weithers:

      Thank you so very much for your generous, encouraging comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 months ago

      Your prayers are ones I say over my grandchildren as well. You are a blessing to them, I am certain, with your example of faith. Lovely article.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Linda Lum:

      So appreciate that you read this article. How lovely you were able to enjoy the relationship of your mom and MIL with your daughters. Thank you very much for your encouraging comment.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Peggy Woods:

      Thanks so much for your kind feedback on this post.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Eric Dierker:

      An attitude of gratitude is crucial! Thanks very much for your kind comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      The sentiments in your poem and letter are heartfelt. Your granddaughter is blessed to have you in her life and I join you in a great Amen to your prayers on her behalf. You're an inspiration.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      This is so sweet and beautiful. I never knew my grandparents, as they had all passed away before I was born. Sadly, I know that I will never get to be a grandmother, but I had the joy of watching the relationship between my mother and mother-in-law and my two daughters. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      What a beautiful poem you have written to your latest granddaughter. The teaching of words is truly important. I like how you related that one verse from Proverbs and how it could end bullying if more people took that to heart. She is lucky to have you as her grandparent.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course my youngest by years should be a grandson :-) You are just a great writer and this is a fine piece. Hmm words and Bible verses. My son's mom enforces memorizing such things as the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Star Spangled Banner and the Lord's Prayer what love is by Paul.

      I have the time to take the time with diction, pronounciation, broadening vocabulary, speaking in appropriate tones/volumes, no foul or too often repeated words. And with exceptions looking someone straight it the eye.

      (the above things my wife teaches are probably because she immigrated here and go born with Christ here)

      In our home an attitude of gratitude lives.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Liz Westwood:

      What a precious legacy she gave you! Thanks very much for your kind feedback on this article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      Lovely poem and letter. I had a Christian grandmother, who was very influential. She used to write letters to members of the family that she was concerned about.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Jamie Lee Hamann:

      Thanks kindly for stopping by with your comment.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 months ago from Reno NV

      Yes...I do believe this is important. Children who choose their words wisely grow up with an advantage in all areas of their lives. Clear communication is important. Jamie

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Pamela Oglesby:

      Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I know poetry isn't the most popular topic on HP, but it is a great place to explore and exercise skill with it and get some feedback. So appreciate that you've let me hear from you on it! You have a good week too. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think you letter and poem are so loving and sweet. I certainly think children need to be taught a good vocabularly and be able to express themselves using proper English.

      I love being a grandmother, and I also have enjoyed teaching them numerous things, and I know you do also. Have a good week!

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