Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

This story was written by Ann, Will and Lily Walker

This experience encouraged a lively dialogue in our home about our responsibility as Christians to serve others and promote justice and how we can do that in a variety of ways. Our family decided to split our check 3 ways. We wanted to support Panama City as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Michael. After some research, we found Family Service Agency, a non-profit that serves individuals and families in the areas affected. They have very little overhead and are staffed mostly by volunteers (our Aunt Alice being one).

We also donated to Common Ground where we hope it removes social and physical barriers and sparks a sense of adventure in us all. ”Common Ground is an all-inclusive playground designed to encourage children and adults of all levels and abilities to interact with each other. Common Ground is about much more than simply providing accessibility for children with physical disabilities. The playground's educational and interactive environment is unlike any other in the region, going beyond the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act to promote complete social inclusion and cooperative play. Common Ground will be located on 23-acres near US 42 and Snider Road in Mason.”

Lastly, we made a donation to Women Helping Women. WHW helps survivors find hope, healing, and empowerment through our confidential support services. they inspire the community to speak out against gender-based violence, and speak up for equal and healthy relationships. They educate and advocate so that future generations will grow into change agents to prevent gender-based violence before it ever starts.

For us, God’s Grace Our Hands is the fulfillment of the commandment to Love Your Neighbor.

Galatians 3

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Reflection: Of the three places the Walker’s donated their money, which stirs your heart the most?  Is there a way you can also be generous towards that cause?

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