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Your Greatest Assignment


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)


I felt my heart racing as I lay in bed. 


For months, I had known about an event on my calendar, but my mind and body were acting as if they never got the memo. I was nervous because this event involved me speaking in front of a large crowd of women, and to be transparent, I had major imposter syndrome. If God could have given me an “off” button for my thoughts, that would have come in handy.


After too many minutes of useless worrying, I swung my legs over to the side of the bed and decided to have an earlier-than-planned coffee date with Jesus. I’m sure you’ve had a few of these wide-eyed mornings, too. 


When I sat at our kitchen table to pray, I said to God with a heavy heart and tired mind, “Lord, speaking to these women (outside of my home) feels like the greatest assignment you’ve given me.” But the Holy Spirit gently nudged Himself into my thoughts and said, “No, Mandy. Your greatest assignment will always be inside of your home.”


I don’t know about you, but I long to prioritize my tasks and assignments in a godly order. This isn’t easy, especially when our to-do’s and want-to’s fight to distract our attention. But today I want to encourage you with an example of two women we can learn from when it comes to mapping out what’s most important.


In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul wrote to his friend and co-worker, Timothy, from a prison in Rome. As Paul began his letter and reflected on his memories of Timothy, he wrote in verse 5, “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.”


Where did Timothy see a sincere faith modeled? In his mother and grandmother! 


Lois and Eunice poured into Timothy by discipling him and modeling godly living. Their first ministry was inside of their home, and Timothy reaped blessings from their faith. Timothy lived his life as a missionary and led people to Christ wherever he went.


Friend, I want you to hear this encouragement today: The assignments inside your home will always be greater than the assignments outside of your home. That doesn’t mean you neglect your responsibilities, job duties, or callings (Colossians 3:23), but it does mean prioritizing them in a godly order. Your walk with Jesus, and the example you model for your family is the most valuable legacy you can leave. 


When life feels stressful (like it always does), I encourage you to draw inspiration from Timothy’s mother and grandmother. Remember these unsung heroes from the Bible who paved the way for us to know more about Jesus through their unwavering dedication and service to their families. 


Your Fellow Able Mom,

Mandy


Lord, thank you for the obedience of past mothers and grandmothers. We are deeply thankful for their example in how they followed you and ministered to their family members. Lord, give us strength today. Help us align our priorities with yours. Fill us with patience and grace toward our children, and help us remember the grace you poured out for us on the cross. We love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



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