Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/30/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Pittsburg: First UMC
Parsons District
Pittsburg: First UMC
Pittsburg: Wesley House UMC
Parsons District
Pittsburg: Grace UMC
Parsons District
Elgin, KS UMC
Sedan UMC
Wauneta, KS UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Peter 4:7-11 

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Today's Devotional

My Grandma D was such an amazing lady. She often told all of us grandchildren to “kill ’em with kindness,” “this too shall pass,” “all things in moderation,” and to “love even when no one is watching”.

I think she must have taken these life lessons from the Bible. I didn’t know it then but, she was instilling in us to love big each day and for the Lord. Because for these little life lessons and sayings of Grandma D’s I ask myself each day as it comes to an end and the sun begins to set, “As this day ends, how did I glorify God?” “What did I do today that shared love with others?” “What little nudges or shoulder taps did I hear or feel today?”

Most days I can answer that I did good work for the Lord for the day. Other day, not so much. During the days when the answer is not so much, I feel called (sometimes pushed) into doing something for God before I go to bed. These acts can be simple acts like checking on the neighbors, saying some extra prayers, emailing a quick note to someone who I haven’t spoken to in a while, or post something positive for others.

Today as I was working, I received a text from my mother with this video. Saying that this video spoke to her and is a great reminder to us.
Guess the apple didn’t fall from the tree. Grandma D would be proud that not only did she teach her grandchildren these little life lessons her children listened to her even when she thought they weren’t.

So, today and everyday take time to love big and do something to glorify God! If you don’t do so hot during the day before the day comes to an end and before you close your eyes do something to glorify God.
-Sara Shaw
Coordinator of Camping Ministry

Prayer for Reflection

I pray for each one of you today. I pray your weekend is blessed. That you have, the opportunity to be the recipient of someone else’s big love, and someone else’s way of glorifying God. I pray you each remember to live each day as if it was the last and to do good the best way you can every day. May God help you to feel those shoulder taps, those little nudges, and big pushes to step up, step out, and be love for Him. Amen.

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