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Godly Influence

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.  2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.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 godly influence in our lives. One of my fondest memories was hearing her pray every night. The sound of her talking to the Lord comforted me, and I never forgot those moments. 

Paul reminds Timothy about the godly influence of his grandmother and mother. They had impacted his life. What a wonderful heritage for us to live out our faith before our children and grandchildren, just as my grandmother did for me and my sister.

Sometimes, the small things make an impression on those around us, like thanking God for our meal, reading our Bible, or praying for others. These are simple things we can do daily that honor and glorify God. Our actions can be more meaningful than our words.

Even though 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 Jesus had already done everything for me. All I had to do was pray, “Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.”

The gospel is simple, but the Holy Spirit must prepare our hearts to receive Jesus and to surrender to His wooing. Once we have received the gift of salvation, God wants us to share our newfound faith with others.

Thank God for the opportunities He gives you to share your faith.

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Glenda Shouse

Glenda Shouse lives in Kernersville, N.C., and enjoys her two grandsons, writing, knitting, and crocheting. She is a regular contributor to VineWords Devotions and is working with two friends to complete her first devotional, Love Knots; Stories of Faith, Family and Friendships.