Seeing What I Was Missing

Written by Deb del Villar, Director of Communications

When the first pair of glasses was placed on my face, I could not believe what I saw. At the young age of five, I did not know I was not seeing correctly. It had always been that way for me. It did not occur to me that anything was wrong.

I found out quickly all the things I had been missing – like trees had leaves and leaves had veins. Flowers were not big fuzzy balls but were made up of gorgeous intricate petals. It seemed that no two flowers were the same. On and on went my discoveries over the next days and weeks. There was so much to discover! I could hardly believe my eyes!  I wanted to touch everything. It was amazing and wonderful; often bringing me to the point of glee and giddiness at each new revelation.

It was not all good as I stumbled and fell a lot while I got used to seeing things I had never seen before like the ground. It often appeared to be moving to me, confusing me as to where to put my feet. It was tricky at first, but soon I was taking steps successfully. Over the next months then years, adjustments were continually made so I could see better and clearer. Each time, the new glasses would require me to adapt again. Even 60 plus years later, adjustments are still being made.

After attending the first national Grandparenting Summit, I had a very similar experience. I thought I was doing well as a grandparent. I saw my role as loving, playing, and enjoying my grandkids as often as I could. I did not realize that I was not seeing correctly. I soon realized how much I was missing. As Scripture after Scripture was taught, and speaker after speaker shared, I saw a new, correct picture of my biblical role as a grandparent.

It was amazing, invigorating, wonderful – filling me anew with a passion and vision for what God would do with these last years. There was so much to discover and learn about how to grandparent intentionally so that my grandchildren would follow Christ.

I am so excited that I stumbled upon the Legacy Coalition. Legacy Coalition helps grandparents grow in their biblical role through resources and events, so they can have a greater spiritual impact on their family. Legacy Coalition will be starting an additional event to help grandparents grow even more.

It is called Grand Monday Nights! Each Monday night for one hour at 5 pm PST, 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, or 8 pm EST, a content-driven free webinar will be available for you!

The feature topic, each Monday night, will be relevant to learning more about Intentional Christian Grandparenting. Presenters will be authors, pastors, educators, and others who are excellent and knowledgeable in their topic.

At the end of each event, there will be an opportunity to submit questions. You’ll also be able to ask someone from the Legacy Coalition to contact you so you can learn more about starting an Intentional Christian Grandparenting ministry in your church, small group, Sunday School Class, or community. Trained, equipped grandparents are ready to assist you!

Register now, and share this link with other grandparents as well!

While I do still stumble and fall at times, I am getting better and taking more and more steps towards my biblical role as a grandparent. Adjustments will constantly be needed, but praise God He is with me each step of the way clearly pointing out the path. Come, let’s walk this path together, upholding and encouraging one another.

9 thoughts on “Seeing What I Was Missing”

  1. Deb,

    This is quite the endorsement! I have known you for years and know many of the creative efforts you have made prior to Legacy to be an amazing grandmother. Your testimony is a wonderful recommendation for LC.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the great analogy – “once I was blind, but now I see (clearly)”!

    Love you much!

  2. Will be waiting for more info on the three-hour webinar for Sept 17 – 20. I think that’s the right dates

    1. Legacy Coalition Blog Team

      go to legacycoalition.com and click on the events- you will see Finding Hope for Today. Check out all the latest information.

  3. Our internet was down last night. Was your session recorded? We heard from others that it was good.

    Bob Richardson

  4. The webinar sounds like a great idea; however, would it be possible to record these sessions and post them on your webpage. This would allow others to receive this information at another time when they can’t participate in the actual webinar. It would also provide more people the opportunity to preview the purpose and benefits of your organization.
    God bless you for focusing on this special stage of life and its importance in God’s divine kingdom.

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