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Today’s Truth

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

2 Timothy 1:5

Friend to Friend

When my daughter Noelle was three, she would exclaim “I LOVE blueberries!” or “I LOVE tortellini!” Now at 11, she LOVES penguins. She draws penguins, buys penguins, has penguin themed birthday parties, and dreams of penguins. It’s obvious by looking in her room or backpack that she really is crazy about that flightless black and white bird.

In the same way I can spot Noelle’s zeal for penguins, I wonder if she can tell I love Jesus. Can she see from my life that I’m an all-in mom for Jesus? Does she know I’m not just a casual fan of Jesus; I’m a die-hard follower? I believe these questions matter because a mom has incredible influence over the faith of her children.

Consider Timothy in the Bible. Our verse today reveals that Timothy’s faith first lived in his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. What a wonderful gift those ladies gave – a vibrant faith passed down from generation to generation. Those women shaped Timothy’s spiritual life and he became the protégé of the Apostle Paul who called Timothy his “beloved son” (2 Timothy 1:2).

In Acts 16:1, we are told more about Timothy’s family upbringing. His mother was Jewish and a believer but his father was an unbelieving Greek. Even though Eunice didn’t share Christian faith with her husband, she was able to witness to her son about Jesus. Her transformed life must have made quite an impact on young Timothy.

Lois and Eunice were all-in moms. It reminded me of this illustration I saw at children’s church. If you put just a few drops of food coloring into a gallon of water, slowly but surely that dye works its way through all the water. There’s not a pocket of water that can remain unchanged. In the same way, following Jesus should penetrate and impact every area of life.

We are surrounded by little disciples who are watching us. Whether you have a toddler at your heels or a teen hiding out in the bedroom, they are observing you. Your children are checking to see if what you say matches what you do and who you are. By the way, you don’t have to be a mother to influence the lives of children. As an aunt, friend, Sunday school teacher, or coach, you can make a huge difference in the faith of a child.

Are you letting Jesus into every area of your life? Is the Holy Spirit free to move wherever He wants, transforming you daily by the renewing of your mind? There is a warning to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-16 (NIV), “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

It’s time to be all-in for Jesus. Your children and others in your life are watching to see if your faith is genuine. May others know through our lives that indeed, we do LOVE Jesus!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I do love you today. Thank you for loving me first while I was a sinner and saving me. I surrender my life to You. May others see my faith is genuine. Be glorified in my home, my workplace, my church, and my community.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Could a child or someone else observing your daily life tell you are a follower of Christ? Reflect on any areas of your life which need to be surrendered to God.

More from the Girlfriends

Arlene’s new book Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right will help you pass on faith to the next generation. It also makes a great gift for the moms in your life.

7 Responses to “The All-In Mom”

  1. Noelle says:

    Good for Dead Ringers of Her!!!!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    As a Mother of two little ones, this really resonated with me. I pray everyday for my children to grow up loving God and I pray that I can be an example to them.

  3. julia says:

    thank you for this. as a foster mom this is so true that the kids we get/or have been placed with they do see how we act/what we say and do. and I am sure that this would be the same way with birthmoms as well. just need to just watch my p and qs. work on few things that came across my heart as I was reading the “now it is your turn” part.

  4. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for this reminder that others are watching. I was blessed when my son,as a young adult, said that he remembered when he was growing up how he saw me reading my Bible every day. This had an impact on him and as an adult he is a faithful follower of Jesus and a mentor to others in the faith. Thank you, Jesus! Eventually our son’s prayers were answered and my husband (at 48 years old) became a believer too!

  5. You have such a big heart as a foster mom! May God bless you Julia!

  6. Rebecca Jones says:

    This is where we have to research the word love, phileo – friend and agape-divine. we can be like children loving one thing then another, but His love is always agape.

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