two women head to head

You know us as Kathie and Becky, but we have a new designation these days. In recent months, my daughter and I have begun to refer to ourselves as Lois and Eunice. You may not be familiar with them because they are only mentioned once in the Bible.

Timothy was a young minister under Paul’s mentorship. In a letter written by Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 1), Paul mentions Lois and Eunice. It is the only reference to them, but it is impactful. He writes to Timothy:

” 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 NIV

Timothy’s father was Greek and may or may not have been a believer. Paul attributes Timothy’s faith to the example of faith shown to him by his mother and grandmother. They get the credit for raising a young minister of the New Testament church.

As my daughter shared with me concerns for her children, we have agreed together in prayer for each of them, like Lois and Eunice.

In the KJV, James 5:16 teaches us:

 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (woman) availeth much.

James 5:16 KJV

The Message Bible says it this way:

The prayer of a person (mother/grandmother) living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

James 5:16 The Message

Mothers are a force to be reckoned with, and a mother on her knees for her children is powerful, as are grandmothers. A mother and grandmother together? Lois and Eunice.

I am fortunate that my daughters and I can agree in faith.

I know so many parents whose adult children are not walking in faith, and they tell me how they especially worry about their grandchildren.

If this is you, first, stop agonizing over if you didn’t do enough to raise your children in faith, and the same goes for those of you who fear you did too much and turned them off the church. You did the best you could, and what’s done is done.

Some of you are still raising your children now. When I was a young mom, I not only prayed for my children, I prayed about them. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, and we all worry if we are doing it right! God knew my children better than I did. God knew the plans he had for their lives. I wanted to be in agreement with God and work cooperatively with his plans for them. In order to do that, I had to rely heavily on that wisdom that comes from above.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 

James 3:17 NIV

My wisdom was not always full of mercy or considerate of my children’s feelings when I wanted to bend them to my will. I believe my desire to be led by God helped me become a better parent. God often led me to be stern when I wanted to be lenient and lenient when I wanted to be stern.

Only God knew the outcome of every decision my husband and I made for our children.

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There’s another point. Parents not only share the responsibility and decisions, but parents who pray together about their children more often come to an amicable agreement on how to proceed with the challenges our children create.

There’s always Lois and Eunice. If you don’t have a believing spouse or are raising your children alone, you might find a friend or relative to be a Lois to your Eunice, to agree with you in prayer, and to advise and support you in raising your children.

Lois and Eunice don’t get a lot of attention in the Bible. Their most significant contribution to the growth of Christianity was the influence they had on young Timothy.

Lois and Eunice laid the foundation of faith in Timothy. From there, Paul mentored Timothy with the intention that he would be Paul’s successor. He was Paul’s scribe and, as such,  co-authored the books of 2nd Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and Philemon. He accompanied Paul on his missionary journeys, and when Paul was in prison, Timothy represented Paul at Corinth and Philippi.

Timothy played a crucial part in advancing the New Testament church and the message of salvation through grace. After Paul’s death, Timothy served as bishop of the church at Ephesus until A.D. 97 when he died a martyr’s death at the hands of an angry mob.

No matter where your children or grandchildren landed on the issue of faith, you have a rock-solid promise from God to stand on. It is an effective tool if you know how to use it.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

John 5:14-15 KJV

God wants your children and grandchildren to come to faith in him even more than you do! Instead of begging God to bring your children to faith, or trying to make it happen yourself, pray in agreement with God that his will would be done. Pray that God would show you your role in that and for wisdom and discernment, so you will know when to speak and when to be silent. Pray that God would bring others alongside your loved ones to help them find their way to faith.

Photo by Pixabay Grisella Meekuur

Lois and Eunice created a legacy of faith in Timothy and in generations yet to come. So can you.

Be Lois. Be Eunice. Fight the good fight of faith on your knees for your children and your children’s children. Your prayers are the beginning of a legacy of faith in your family.

If you weren’t praying for them, who would? No one will pray for your child with the passion and love you pour into those prayers. Keep it up. Keep your children under the protection and provision of your prayers until they come to their senses. The effectual and fervent prayer of a faithfully devoted mother availeth much.

Instead of FYI, I choose FFS= For Further Study. 1 Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 2:22, 1 Timothy 6:20

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14 Comments

  1. Thank you! Exactly what I need to hear, and the way I need to be praying for my children and grandchildren.

    1. It is a good encouragement, isn’t it. God cares about our kids and our grandkids. Most powerful to me is the idea that no one will pray for them like their parent and grandparent can. I know how you care for your kids.

  2. Thank you ❤

    1. Love you Perri. You were on my mind as I wrote this. I know how you have prayed for your children!

  3. Thank you Kathi. I needed this encouragement. And welcome back. I’ve missed your wisdom and teaching. Love you ❤
    Kathleen Brazier

    1. Glad to be beack Kathleen. Adjusting to retired life and getting myself settled in new routines!

  4. How I need this message! I have agonized over what I did and did not do that neither of my children, and their children, are not following God. I pray every day for them, as well as my husband, and will continue to do so. Thank you! This has been very encouraging and helpful!

    1. Don’t give up!! I read this morning in Luke about the persistant widow and how the judge -who really didn’t care about her- finally gave in and gave her justice. My side bar in my Bible said our God is so much more just and merciful than this judge. If the judge relented, how much more our great good God will give us the desires of our hearts when we are faithful to keep praying, keep believing, most of all, pray in agreement with God for those we love.

  5. Awww, thank you Kathie. Love this! Love your wisdom in the use of specific scriptures, your powerful anointing to weave your words together and my favorite part; identifying with biblical characters. HEROES! I can be a Lois too!
    Thank you Lord for your Word! Thank you for blessing me with good role models, in person and in your Word!!!!!!! Well done!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement Cathy. Sure wish you and I could meet for coffee and just talk and talk and talk! I miss you but at least this way I can still feel connected to the ladies I loved so much!

  6. Thank you, Kathi, still praying for my son & his family. Some days it is so difficult. I need to remember that God knows and loves them so much more than I do. And His will be done, I just need to pray and try to be patient. thank you for always speaking to my heart. You are a blessing, my friend!

    1. Thank you Sue. I know this touched a lot of mothers and grandmothers. Thanks for letting me know. You are a dear and faithful friend.

  7. Thanks for sharing! I don’t have a Lois but that is where you and my other prayer warriors come in! Your help and guidance in bringing my prodigal son back home to me was necessary and illuminating! I got my son back but Jesus wants him more! Please continue to pray w me for salvation for both my boys! I Thank God for all my Warriors ❣️

    1. Count me as a Lois as I prayed for your prodigal and continue to pray for your family every time I think of you!

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