A Godly Influence

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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Deuteronomy 11:19 – You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (NKJV)

When I was young, my grandmother lived with us. In our small house, my sister and I shared a bedroom with her. She was a wonderful woman with a godly influence in our lives. One of my fondest memories was hearing her pray every night. The sound of her talking to the Lord was comforting, and I'll never forget those moments.

Paul reminds Timothy of the godly influence of his grandmother and mother:

2 Timothy 1:5 – When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. (NKJV)

What a wonderful heritage for us to live out before our children and grandchildren, just as my grandmother did for me and my sister!

Sometimes, it is the small things that make an impression on those around us: thanking God for our meal, reading our Bible, or praying for others. These are simple things that are God-honouring and God-glorifying as we go through our day. What we do can be more meaningful than what we say.

Even though my grandmother was a wonderful witness to me, I still had to respond to God's call in my life and accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. I finally understood that Jesus had already done everything for me, and all that I had to do was to pray, "Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Forgive me of my sins, come into my heart, and be my Lord and Saviour." The gospel is simple, but it takes time for the Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus and for us to surrender to His wooing. Once we have received the gift of salvation, the challenge is to share it with others!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the desire to invite Him to be our Saviour and Lord. Give us strength and wisdom in sharing our faith, and help us to be prepared always to do so. Amen.

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Glenda Shouse <glhshouse@gmail.com>
Kernersville, North Carolina, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks, Glenda, for the beautiful memory.

    Thank you, Glenda, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Dear Glenda,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with your grandmother. How special. May many blessings come your way.

    Thank you so much, Glenda, for your touchingly inspirational message. It rings so true!
    Blessings and Gratitude,

    Good morning Glenda,
    Thank you so much for this meditation. It makes me think of my two very different but Godly grandmothers.

    Ah, thank you, Glenda for this lovely account of your Grandmother’s faith that helped you so much. And your own. I am sure she is so pleased to read your good words today.

    Many thanks for your loving message! I did not have living Grandmothers growing up so it was heartwarming to read about your experience and the resulting effects on your life!

    Many years ago, when I was about 15, our minister’s wife used to talk to our young people. One thing she told me and has always stayed with me, especially when tempted, I still use it.
    It is easier to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble.

    Greetings Glenda,
    Thank you for this devotional. Your grandma was certainly a great example in your life and a very sweet lady. We really must treasure the gifts we receive when following the Lord and it is important that we be an example to others and encourage them to become followers of Jesus.
    Blessings for this writing you have submitted.

    Amen Glenda. My grandmother had Holman Hunt’s print of Jesus standing knocking on the door on the wall beside her bed. I would fall asleep looking at that picture. It now hangs on the wall beside my bed and my little granddaughter looks at it and knows who it is in the picture.
    Thanks for a good word.

    Good Morning Glenda!
    Thanks for your devotional this morning! I readily identified as a long-ago memory surfaced. My Great Aunt had taken me to visit some cousins in NY. When I started to enter her room to wish her ‘goodnight’, indelibly imprinted in my mind is what I saw before me… There, kneeling in prayer beside her bed, was this dear Auntie. What a witness she was in my life!
    May we also be good examples, as you said… not just by our words… but also by our actions!

    Dear Glenda,
    Thank you for including this simple but profound prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Forgive me of my sins, come into my heart, and be my Lord and Saviour.”
    Thank you for a clear salvation message.
    I pray that many, many people of the world will get to know Jesus as their Saviour through knowledge of the Word of God and by responding to our Savior’s invitation to Believe and come freely.
    I pray that many will become Christian by reading these devotionals, and that those already Christian will GROW in grace and favor with our Lord.
    Keep writing.

    Thank you for reminding me of the Godly influence of my Grandmother!

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