I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also. 1 Timothy 1:5
The Apostle Paul knew that the church could not be all that God designed it to be without the powerful love and sincere faith of women. When he wrote to young Timothy, he reminded him of the example that was set for him by his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. Ladies, today I want to encourage you to be that example of love and sincere faith. That happens mainly because of a hot prayer life.
Women know how to communicate. Statistics show that women speak two times as many words each day as men. So if this is true, make sure that when it comes to talking to God, you are not at a loss for words. And think of the benefits of an extended prayer time. Sometimes, all you want and need is to be alone! Susan sometimes tells me that she wishes I was just let her go to a hotel room for a night or two all by herself for a little mini-vacation. That’s difficult to find the time to do when you have kids and a job and a home and a schedule and …..you fill in the rest! It could just be that prayer could be the answer to your prayer! It could be the one time during the day that you can withdraw and just get away! Ha!
If you think, that sounds great, Randy, but I can’t get away for even a few moments with all that is going on because my family would fall apart (yes, we husbands know that we can’t do this thing by ourselves). That’s okay! Not only did God design you as excellent talkers, He also designed you to be pretty good at multi-tasking. You can do several things at once. So add prayer to your list of things to do. And pray while you get ready and while you fix the kid’s lunches. Pray with them while you drive them to school or to the ballgame. Pray while you are at work or while you do the laundry. Pray while you work out and when you turn in. Ladies, the Bible says we are to pray without ceasing and you are greatly equipped to accomplish this.
Finally, ladies, God created you to set the tone of this world. The old saying can be true, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” So rather than charging into your day wondering how you are going to get everything done that you need to get done, remember that you don’t have to try to do all that you have to do alone. By design, you are a relational caregiver. But in all the relationships that you have to care for, make sure you care for the one relationship that is the most important and the one relationship that will influence all of the other ones that you have. When you do this and you let God influence you first, you will find that everyone else that you love and care for the most in this world will be influenced by your sincere faith.
Whether you are a Lois or a Eunice, you’ve got a young Timothy watching you and learning from you and needing you and emulating you and loving you. And speaking on behalf of all Timothy’s everywhere, thank God for the women God has placed in my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.