Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

Daily Devotion
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

This story was written by Bill and Kathy Shuman

We (Bill and Kathy) were ecstatic to receive a $500 check from GSLC God’s Grace, Your Hands. Since moving to Cincinnati, one of our primary passions is supporting Taft Elementary School. At the Taft open house this year, Mr. Larken, the music/art teacher, expressed a dream of obtaining recorders and boom whackers for his classrooms. Before receiving the check, we were struggling to find a way to raise the amount of money needed to meet that dream. Typically, music classrooms are not as well supplemented financially as classrooms. Recorders are woodwind instruments that provide a relatively easy way to introduce students to a musical instrument and teach them how to read music and learn about sound and pitch. Boom whackers are lightweight, hollow, color-coded plastic tubes, each tuned to a musical pitch by length; they are part of the percussion family and sound much like a xylophone. Students use them in groups, much like a bell choir.

The $500 check, supplemented with Thrivent-action-team-grant excess funds and personal contributions, allowed us to purchase a recorder, case and fingering chart for every student in grades 3 through 6, as well as 4 sets of boom whackers. Needless to say, Mr. Larken and the students are thrilled, as exhibited by the photos above. Music stimulates the mind, elevates one’s mood and brings joy; along with its academic benefits, it can get students excited or help them be calm and relaxed. Music is a resource for life!

Psalm 150

Praise God with trumpet sound;
    praise God with lute (recorders) and harp!
Praise God with tambourine and dance;
    praise God with strings and pipe!
Praise God with clanging cymbals (boom whackers)!
    praise God with loud clashing cymbals (boom whackers)!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Reflection: How might your life become a generous and clanging joyful noise today?

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Kathy Shuman

How kind to be included with such wonderful stories....

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