Grandkids --- "Put On The Whole Armour Of God"

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 10-11-2013 07:00 PM 2094 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sure do hope this is not too “Preachy”.

One of my son’s kids FINALLY got old enough to spend a few days away from home…………..and stay with Grandpa for a few days.

Oh Man, what a treat that was for me !!

We did a bunch of things together, including me watching cartoons, WHICH I HATE!

But, it was sure nice to have those kids curled up in my lap as we watched. Very special.

One day, my wife decided to take the oldest (a girl) for a mall-crawl. They had so much fun. A few school clothes for Katie and then a real GIRL lunch at Olive Garden. Little Katie was in HEAVEN.

Not to get too personal or offend, but:

My kids were raised in a Christ-centered and prayerful home.

And these little ones are being raised the same way by their parents……..probably better.

And I wanted them to develop a “feel” that having that type of home was trans-generational and that the grand-kids really understood that Grandpa’s and Grandma’s home was just like their own.

Wanting to reinforce the teachings of their great parents.

So everyday we had a little family devotional. Never lasted more than just a few minutes (attention span) but I kinda had a theme picked out that we discussed everyday.

And I wanted something that would be of real interest to them……..not just more boring church-stuff.

So, we talked about “The ARMOUR OF GOD” and let the kids think through and discuss how being protected by Armour is a blessing to them, both physically and spiritually.

I did “dumb down” the scripture a little to make it easier for them to memorize. (Ephesians 6:11)

And then, over the next couple of days, I would yell out something like: “I will”……….. and they knew they were supposed to have it memorized and finish what I started.

It went very well. No, it was WONDERFUL !!!

On their next to last day, we went out in the shop and made these plaques.

The Knights in Amour are off Amazon and the plaques I had made at a trophy shop.

We used the planer, we used the table saw, we used the router table and we used the sanders………. They had a ball. And, I did not let them near the table saw …. and kept my hands either on top of theirs or had their hands on top of mine as we worked the other equipment.

I asked them later what was the most fun ….....and they all said………..”The Painting” !!!!!!!!.

What the hell do I know about what kids like?

So, anyway, this is what we did together ……………and I hope having these little plaques on their bedroom dressers make a small contribution in their lives.

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 07:06 PM

Very Nice project, nice story! Good for you!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 08:11 PM

Great story. Thanks for sharing. We often forget the most important part for the kids is the “finishing”

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 10:20 PM

Love it!!! Ephesians 6 is one of my favorite passages.

I may have to borrow (copy, steal) your idea for myself.

Message me your email address. I would like to send you something.



-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 10:39 PM

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 10:48 PM

I am a Catholic. I believe all the various derivative branches of the Catholic Church have a legitimate reason to exist and that is as far as I want to carry this. I do applaud your obvious family values as I do mine. I don’t know nor do I want to know what demonination you are, but obviously you are doing something right. Keep up the good work and the service to your community.

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#6 posted 10-12-2013 07:17 AM


You have had a couple of Great days. The visiit of your grandchildren must be have also a blessing to your self and your wife.
The tie I see are they yours?


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#7 posted 10-12-2013 02:34 PM

That’s awesome

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 02:35 PM

Awesome stuff brother!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#9 posted 10-12-2013 04:34 PM

Guys, Thanks SO much for the comments. I was a worried I lmght create a monster (which did worry me) or that I might get a little flack (which would not have bothered me at all).

At least, for me, this makes my LJ’s experience even better.

Tim: Got your stuff. Probably will respond tomorrow. You will be interested… I was in yours.

Mr. Ron: Thanks for your comment and perspective

Dutchy: You really made me laugh about that one. I only own 1 tie. Black for funerals. The rest are all those bolo string ties, of which I have several very nice ones made of Turquoise.

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#10 posted 10-12-2013 05:39 PM

Great job on the time you had with the children, and the time in the shop.

Who knew that painting would be such great fun. But then you didn’t have your hands on top of theirs.

Bless you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 10-12-2013 05:49 PM

C_Plus great story, project and memories! “Train up a child in the way he should go. When he is old he will not depart from it.” Well done Grandpa! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-12-2013 05:51 PM

Well done! Share the faith with your family first, this is a great example for all of us Christians to guide our children to the path that leads to peace and all of the good things that Jesus teaches.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 12-02-2013 12:14 AM

Looks like some good times in the shop there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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