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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 25)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 25

In recent years, it has become popular to purchase DNA testing kits for the purpose of discovering our genetic ancestry. We are fascinated with discovering where we came from and with how our family came to be. These tests show our genetic makeup but the true test of who we are is in how Godly character is evidenced in our family life.

I have two sisters and we don’t always see “eye to eye” on things, but we do share the common bond of growing up in a Christian home. Church activities were very much a part of our lives. Our mother sang in the choir, helped in the church office and was involved in women’s ministry. We went to Sunday School and participated in the youth activities on a regular basis. We were fortunate to have our grandmother live with us for a few years and I remember her reading her Bible every day. Wayne’s Aunt Irma was a deaconess in the Lutheran church and she was a definitive influence on him as a child. She readily shared Bible stories with him and his brother and she was a true example of a woman of God.

It is often easier to say thank you to our friends than to our family members. I think we just assume that they know we are thankful for what they have done for us and for how they have influenced us. In our reading for today, Paul shares with Timothy that he is grateful for the influence of Lois and Eunice in Timothy’s life. They were godly women who led that young man to a life of faith.

My parents are no longer physically with us, but I am forever grateful for the influence they had on me… for the lessons they taught me and for the loving, giving spirits they both shared openly. I cannot verbally say “thank you” to them but their love lives on within my heart. By doing my best to lead the kind of life they did, I am honoring them. How about you… how has your family influenced you? Who do you need to say “thank you” to?

Gratitude In Action

Try making a list of each member of your immediate family and next to their name, write one quality about their life for which you are grateful. Take time to thank God for those people on that list. Now, take it one step further and write a note to each person expressing your gratitude.

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

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Devotional Scripture

I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. – 2 Timothy 1:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at