1. Am I a "fair-weather Christian" who praises the Lord only when all is well and my circumstances are ideal? (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 2. Does my life lack that overflowing spirit of praise that characterizes those who are rooted, grounded, and established in the faith? (Colossians 2:6-7) 3. Have I submitted myself to the Lord to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, by "continually praising and blessing God"? (Luke 24:53) 4. Am I a "draw-back Christian" in whom God has no pleasure, because I withhold joyful, unceasing praises to my Lord? (Hebrews 10:38) 5. Am I neglecting the thanksgiving and praise that are essential to an effective prayer life? (Philippians 4:6) 6. Do I fully comprehend that every time I offer words of praise to God, I am truly glorifying Him? (Psalm 50:23) 7. Am I experiencing the victory in spiritual warfare that can only be brought about through praise? (2 Corinthians 10:4)
~taken from There's Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett
"If the conversation doesn't flow freely between your kids and their grands, consider these ways to jump-start it. 1. What was Daddy like as a kid? What was your favorite thing to do together? 2. How did you and Grandma first meet? 3. What jobs have you had? What was the worst? The best? 4. Whom did you look up to when you were a kid? 5. Can you tell me about the day Mommy was born? 6. What kinds of toys did you like to play with when you were little and what activities did you do for fun?
7. What was your hardest chore as a kid? 8. Did you or Grandpa play a musical instrument or a sport? Were you good at it? 9. In what ways are you and I the most alike? 10. Did my mom give you any trouble as a kid? Can you tell me a story about it? 11. How did your family celebrate the holidays when you were a child?"
"A person who feels loved, lives with relief that they do not have to perform. They live with joy to know they are acceptable as they are. They live with hope because they are not alone."