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Last spring the youth group at our church sponsored a fishing tournament. The team of two paid an entry fee of $25.00 with all proceeds going to their summer work/witness trip to Arizona. My 16 year old grandson willingly agreed to be my partner. That in itself was a BLESSING. Sure, we started with great expectations, it was a beautiful day and we had some great ponds to fish. We walked the pond edges several feet apart, but within talking distance if needed. We encouraged each other, shared lures and helped each other net our catches. We had some valuable one-on-one chat time between locations as we drove from pond to pond. Keith even lifted or pushed down the barb wire fencing as grandma crawled, or rolled through, which led to a few laughs. We were just grandma and grandson spending a day together. What a wonderful young man he is. He is a special gift from God.  It was GRAND!

This is what our Heavenly Father wants from us, our time; and it is our choice. That personal relationship as Father and child. Believe it, it is GRAND! How else will He know who we are and how else will we know who He is? Psalms 100:1-5 say, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.  AMEN.”

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