Lois and Eunice

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  • March 6, 2013
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Lois and Eunice: here we have two women of virtue. These two women were simply a grandmother and a mother, but what an impact they had on the world. Just being an “ordinary” grandmother and an “ordinary” mother prepared a little boy to become a tremendous impact and to pass the torch of Christianity to yet another generation.

In 2 Timothy 1:5 we find the only time these two women are mentioned: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”

These two women knew the stories in the Old Testament, the prophets, judges, the wisdom in Psalms and Proverbs, the life of Christ, the spread of Christianity. This is what they taught to Timothy. 2 Timothy 3:15: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” These two ladies were the Proverbs 31:10 women. They understood the importance of being a grandmother and mother.

Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

It is interesting that the word grandmother is only used once in the Bible in connection with Lois. To me, this shows something of great importance that has been passed down from generation to generation. There is importance in preparing the next generation and teaching them. Now let’s look at 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This is what Lois and Eunice believed, practiced, and carried out.

Timothy had been grounded in the “right things”- the important things. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right Sunday school class, where he could attend and learn Bible verses and color cute little pictures. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right children’s church program and if he would be in the annual Christmas play. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right church that provided opportunities for the children to grow and keep them busy. They were not worried if Timothy had outlets to make lots of friends and have a social life. Nope! These two ladies were concerned with teaching Timothy what they knew and passing it along to the next generation. They believed the responsibility for doing so was with them, not with the preacher or the church. They took to heart the responsibility of teaching and training children – that this is the “right thing” to do, the important thing to do.

2 Timothy 3:15: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

So here again we have two women of virtue. These two ladies, just an “ordinary” grandmother and an “ordinary” mother knew the importance of training up a child in the ways of the Lord.

Did Lois and Eunice take classes to learn how to teach Timothy? No. They were both rooted in prayer and these women had a relationship with the living God. That is where it all begins. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. Yes, the Lord uses people to help us along the path. That is why we are here with The School of Christ. But we cannot take on responsibility that is not ours. We have to see the importance of doing our best to prepare the next generation. The Lord will take care of the rest, as he did with Timothy.

Lois and Eunice took their job seriously and I am very thankful they did. They impacted Timothy’s life and made it possible for us to be impacted many years later. Praise the Lord for these two women of virtue!

About Karla Brogden

Karla and Chip left the religious system in 1999 to serve those who are following Jesus outside of Organized Religion. Karla keeps the The School of Christ running smoothly in the background. She is a certified event planner and enjoys putting together tablescapes and drinking tea.

15 Comments

  • Gen says:

    This is also really good, Karla, and I agree with you 100%. I hope you will put all these teachings into book form when you are done. ☺

  • molly says:

    thanks dear sister for the beautiful sharing. i would like to share with other friends on site .GBU

  • Pam says:

    Hi Karla….wonderful blog. ..I am a mother and a grandmother….as I read your blog about Lois and Eunice, I thot back at my own motherhood and how I wanted so badly my children to grow in the Lord. Unfortuneatly, they were brought up in the church system as so many children. At the time I thought I was doing the right thing…even after I went from a mainline denomination to a charismatic church and was baptized in the H.S. My husband (who has very different views) insisted they stay in that denomination and go to parochial schools, etc. It wasn’t untill my children were grown that I realized the harm of the institutional church and that it was not God’s way of church. Two of my children are still in the institutional church and my grandson’s. My youngest does not go to church but is not living for God. (She may be the easier one to reach). I realize I cannot go back and think “if only.” I can only thank God for showing me Truth and to keep planting seeds in my children, grandchildren and husband. I can only live by example, and pray for them that Holy Spirit will shed light on them. Thank you Karla for the wonderful blogs on these women in the bible that we can learn from them.

    • Karla Brogden says:

      Yes Pam so true. As you said, “I can only live by example, and pray for them that the Holy Spirit will shed light on them.” That is the key for us to live by being an example. We can’t go back and undo the past. Also, remember Romans 8:1 – There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Praise the Lord we can move forward and impact the future.

  • Clare Kaegi-Watts says:

    Thank you, Karla! That is a blessing, and I totally agree with you. I have passed this on to my daughter, and to her daughter, and I know that these seeds are going to make a difference in OUR relationship, AND our walk with the LORD. Bless you!

    • Karla Brogden says:

      I am so happy to hear this has blessed so many and to remind mothers and grandmothers they “do” have a purpose. I know first hand as a mother sometimes we loose our focus and get caught up with the everyday things. We wonder if we really are making a difference and impacting our children’s lives. Praise the Lord for our example of Lois and Eunice as we really can make a difference.

  • patricia says:

    Yes, listening to the bibles instructions and not any mans is what is important.
    Thanks for the reminder Karla.
    This reaches every woman’s heart to take seriously their commitment to our heavenly Father and to their own families.
    “No wonder religion is going belly up!
    They take the Holy word and hand it to strangers to do what mum and dad should be doing, leaving a door open for predators in some cases, as we have seen here in Australia!
    This can be life saving in many ways. “Spiritual and Physical”
    Granny Patricia

  • eve says:

    hi, just recently as i sat at a friends, she told me about her son and her grandchildren… like the story above she had had a positive influence on her grandchildren, and they respected her and have kept in touch with her despite their mother and father separating some years ago… they are now adults

    my own mother is sadly lacking in her positive role with my own children now 16 and 12… so i step in as their mum and do the best i can to teach them by example and also by knowledge to know how to get to know God

    thank you for sharing the teaching on Lois and Eunice, whom we will meet in heaven one day

    for me my friend’s experience and this experience is like a pat on the back for me, to encourage me to continue to fulfill the role that my own mother is unwilling to fill…and i feel that this teaching and my friends are for me like a good training ground that i can pass on to my kids later also

    God bless, and enjoy your tea drinking Karla… being from the UK I drink a lot of tea :)

    eve x

    • Karla Brogden says:

      Hey Eve! We can’t undo the past but we can impact the future. Continue to do the best you know how and the Lord will take care of the rest.

  • Fiona says:

    Thank you Karla – you have explained 2 Timothy 1:5 beautifully. It is a timely reminder to encourage us Mums/Grandmas, that it is what we teach and live out in our lives to our children that will have real Godly impact on them.

  • kendall r. albright says:

    Karla, I want to say thanks again for the impact you and Chip have had in my spiritual walk with my Lord, over the last 12 years. I have been spoiled from past traditions which were just lots of confusion, when I teach now the words flow from spiritual realms, and the teachings you offered on decernment have opened my understanding of myself and others. You and Chip bring the practical sense of God’s Word. Thanks for being such willing teachers. your brother in Christ, kendall

  • Mariek Wols says:

    Very good Karla. Iam a mother andgrandmother of seven grandchildren. I try to have a spiritual impact on them. I know when to pray. The Lord is gracious.

  • Sharrom says:

    What a wonderful reminder that being a mom/grandmom IS important! The hand that rocks the cradle may not necessarily rule this current system of world ideologies but it DOES make an eternal difference for people’s lives – and that’s what matters. I appreciate being validated as a mom when so often in today’s culture – even the ‘church’ culture – raising children in the Lord is seen as secondary to ‘real’ ministry when that IS our ministry, lol.

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