I remember your sincere and unqualified faith [the surrendering of your entire self to God in Christ with confident trust in His power, wisdom and goodness, a faith] which first lived in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it is in you as well. – 2 Timothy 1:5
One of the things that I am most grateful for, even to this very day, is being blessed to have had a grandmother (and currently a mother) who was a woman of True Faith.
I say “True Faith” because she “lived out” before Our very eyes what she believed, and exemplified a rock solid Trust in the (Lawd) Almighty.
She was genuine both In word and deed, and would never neglect to speak the truth in love.
She had a tremendously giving heart, and a great desire to see all of her family saved and walking in the ways of The Lord.
We use to constantly give her a hard time because she always seemed to favor those among us who were seemingly “the worst off” (I was on that list).
In her mind, it was always the one who was the most “sick” who was in need of the most care ( I think Jesus said something similar to that), and it seemed almost natural for her to provide that care.
The life lessons that I learned from my Grandmother growing up are still instrumental in guiding my path to this very day, and I still glean strength and encouragement from the many experiences and nuggets of wisdom spoken along the way.
If I had to recall and share one of the most valuable things she ever told me, it would definitely be the time that I requested prayer, (out of the dozens of times I’ve requested it, while still remaining in my sin and rebellion), and she simply said to me, “Honey we pray for you often, as we do for all of our children. But there will come a time when you gone’ have to know Him for yo-self, because we ain’t gone’ always be here.”
That stuck with me for years to come; and I think that that was the seed that was planted In my heart that God would later use to guide me into a Living relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.
It was “Her” Faith that inspired my mother’s Faith; and combined, it was “Their” faith that inspired “my” Faith and enabled me to come to Know Him For Myself.
My grandmother would often say, “You can’t get in on Me and Your Grandaddy’s coat tail”…
That holds true for everyone of us.
We Gotta Know Him For Ourselves.
A sidenote: If you are a mother (or Father) praying for wayward children or grandchildren, I just want to encourage you to never give up praying; and never underestimate the power of a seed sown by your wisdom and Love.
God is Faithful.
Father, today, we want to thank you for Matriarchs of Faith. Whether we had one in our lives or not, we thank you, that, by your Spirit and grace, you give us the opportunity to influence the Faith others for your glory.
In Jesus Name. Amen