If we accept that Lemuel is probably Solomon that then completely changes my thinking about the Proverbs 31 woman. Rather than her being this nearly impossible role model to follow she becomes someone's mom, and all of Proverbs 31 becomes a loving tribute from an appreciative son, just bragging about having the best mom in the world. If Lemuel is indeed Solomon he'd have been raised in a palace with all of David's wives and concubines and other children. There were lots of others around with which to compare his mom and she still comes out on top.
In our heart of hearts isn't that what we want? Don't we want our kids bragging on how great their mama is? You probably know the song. " I want a girl, just like the girl who married dear old Dad". Well if that's what we want our kids to think we need to strive to be the kinds of mothers who inspire loyalty. We need to be kind hearted, even tempered and wise. We need to steer our kids away from life's pitfalls and steer them towards the things that make them become solid citizens. We can't just talk. We need to walk it out for them to see.
Decades ago Dorothy Law Nolte wrote a poem called " Children Learn What They Live". If you've never read it before I encourage you to go to the library or do a quick Google search. In essence it says that kid model what they see. Their behavior is a direct reflection of the environment in which they were raised. So if we want to have kids who seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God we need to be moms who embody these qualities. They should see us with our Bibles open, our hearts joyful, and our hands and feet eagerly doing what God has gifted us to do.
Gandhi has a quote "Be the change you want to see in the world". We sometimes take that to mean we have to change the whole world. Well ladies, Bathsheba started with one small boy and look where that got us.
Love, as always, Renée
Now on to this week's lesson
Read Acts 16:1-5; 2 Timothy 1:5 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Memory verse 2 Timothy 1:5 " 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"
1. From the passage in Acts what do you learn about Timothy's family background?
2. We're told that both Lois and Eunice had sincere faith. Do you think they were originally Jews or were they Gentiles before becoming believers? Explain why you think that.
3. In your experience have you seen children develop sincere faith when only one parent was a believer?
4. How did that child come to faith?
5. Paul points out that faith first lived in Timothy's grandmother. How did your own grandmother model faith to you?
6. He also credits Timothy's mom. In what ways has your mom contributed to shaping your faith?
7. Which of the two had the most influence in your spiritual growth and how did that happen?
8. How can you influence the spiritual growth of your grandkids, even the ones not yet born?
For the good of the group: what's the best thing your grandmother ever taught you?
For personal growth: In 2 Timothy 3 Paul encourages Timothy to cling to the faith that was instilled in him since infancy. How good of a job have you done in guiding your kids' faith? In our passage from Acts Paul mentions that Timothy's father was Greek. Do you and your husband share the same faith? If not, who has been the primary influencer in regards to how your children think, act and believe? If you raised believing children in an unbelieving household how did you do it? How did your children come to faith? If they haven't, how can you be praying for that to happen? What specific steps will you take to shape your grandchildren's faith? Do you feel like you can influence them if their parents don't yet believe? For those who have believing children, how can you support their efforts to raise your grandkids with solid faith?