The Influence of Godly Mothers & Grandmothers

by Marci on March 24, 2015 in Faithfulness, Grace, Inspiration in Child Rearing, Nurture, Uncategorized

The Influence of Godly Mothers & Grandmothers

As a young believer and a young mother one of the scriptures that had much impact on me was 2 Timothy 1:5:

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

~ 2 Timothy 1:5 ESV

Now that I am a grandmother that verse still draws me to be mindful of continuing to nurture not just the faith of my now adult children, but of my grand babies.  It is a reminder to teach them God’s Word at a young age.  The Lord used the influence of Timothy’s mother and grandmother in bringing him to a saving faith.  Not only a saving faith but they instructed him in the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

Encouragement to Moms with Unbelieving Husbands & Single Parents

It seems that Timothy’s dad was a Greek unbeliever (Acts 16:1).  The Scriptures don’t tell us why Eunice married a man who was not a believer.  The Old Testament was clear that Jews should not marry unbelievers but I love the story of Eunice because it gives hope to those that are in mixed marriages.  Eunice, by God’s grace, raised up Timothy who the Lord used mightily and this gives hope and encouragement to your role and influence even if your husband is not a believer.

We know the Lord desires for the father to lead in the spiritual training of the children but dear mama you can still have a great influence in the spiritual life of your children.  This is a great encouragement for single moms too.  If your faith is genuine and sincere, your children will see the impact Christ has on your daily life.  

Ways to Influence Our Children in the Faith

As stated above, we must have a sincere faith.  A sincere faith is one that has repented and believed upon the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Our children can sense hypocrisy pretty easily.  This doesn’t mean perfection, but does mean that we walk with Christ every day.  Our children need to see the importance of God’s Word in our lives.  Do they see us spending time in His Word and in prayer?  Do they see us with repentant hearts in our home when we sin against another family member?  How are our words when we talk about others in our home? Is love as described in 1 Corinthians 13 lived out?

Are you submissive to your husband? Do you express spiritual weak areas in your own life to your children and how you are continuing to desire to grow in them?  Is there a true thankfulness and joy in your heart when you talk about the Lord.

When our faith is genuine it is contagious and our kids will see that best lived out as we humbly walk with our Savior from day to day.

Love for God’s Word

The main way any of us learn how to love and serve and know God is through His Word.  This is means it must be read and taught.  Make church a priority in your family and instill a love for the family of God within your home.  Mama you must grow to love God’s Word because you can’t give them something you yourself don’t possess.  If they see it isn’t important in your life it probably won’t be important in theirs.  Read God’s Word to your children from the time they are young.

Teach them to memorize God’s Word, sing hymns and spiritual songs together, pray together and most importantly share the Gospel with them time and time again.  Preach the Gospel to them and pray for the salvation of their souls.

This quote from Charles Spurgeon was shared from when he overheard his mom praying for the salvation of her children:

“Now, Lord, if my children go on in their sins, it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear swift witness against them at the day of judgment if they lay not hold of Christ.”

May it not be said of us that our children would be in ignorance of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Where To Begin?

Today is a new day and God’s mercies are new.  If you feel like you have failed, repent and begin obeying God in this important area to influence your children to know the God of the Bible in a saving way and that they too, like Timothy, would have a sincere faith.

There are many things we can pass on to our children but the most important is the example of our faith in Jesus.


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Marci is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, helpmeet to her sweetheart Doug for over 26 years, mother, mother-in-law, caregiver and grandmother. She is here by God’s grace and overwhelmed by His kindness in redeeming her as His daughter. Loving her husband, children and granddaughter, reading, home keeping, cooking, feeding lots of people and making lists are some of her favorite pastimes. You can find her at Thankful Homemaker where she shares about her walk with the Lord, her passion for biblical womanhood and living all of life for the glory of God.

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Lori Alexander March 24, 2015

What a powerful post, Marci! I have 4 grown children who all walk in Truth and married godly spouses. Praise God! The one thing I was determined in raising them was that they obey me and KNOW Jesus. They went to AWANA weekly and memorized so much Bible. I wanted the Word to dwell in them richly and thankfully, it does. I also had them read biographies of missionaries and godly people of old.

Marci March 24, 2015

Lori thank you for your kind words. I love the reminder of biographies of godly missionaries and people of old. Bambi’s post last week on influential Christian women had me add some new biographies to my reading list. What a blessing to have your children all walking with the Lord – you are such an encouragement to many! Thankful for you dear sister xo

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