Wednesday, March 21, 2012

40 Days of Virtue: She Serves!

Kelly with her beloved Grandma Murphy, who is the focus of today's devotional.

"She Serves!"

Woven Leader Kelly Tenney
Kelly also serves on our Woven Women of Worship Team!

"Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise."
~Proverbs 31:28

I spent a lot of my childhood at my Grandma Murphy's house. Spending time with her was special and comforting. You could always count on yummy food, a super comfy bed, and lots of company. People were drawn to my grandma, her home, her food, her heart. My friends and church family often told me I was lucky to have her as a grandma. People were captivated by her giving spirit and her love for others.

When I read this passage I think of how my mom and her siblings have the utmost respect for their mother. They speak of her with love and affirmation. They would do anything for her, no questions asked. My grandfather? He is absolutely crazy about his wife. When he talks about my grandma his words are lavished with adoration and love for her. He does nothing but sing her praise!

Grandma Murphy spent her life serving her family...and like this woman spoken of in Proverbs 31:28, her family adores her. When I envision the woman spoken of in this passage, I see my grandma's heart of love for those around her.
"She wakes up before her family to prepare them breakfast, she is quick to assist anyone in need, she helps the poor" ... SHE SERVES! (from Proverbs 31)
These characteristics are so rare these days. Most of us are more concerned about our own needs. I often wonder,
"How did this woman become a person everyone loves and adores?" and, "How does a person gain such respect from everyone she comes in contact with?"
The answer seems obvious. It's easy to sing the praises of someone who
     · freely gives praise
     · is quick to comfort
     · celebrates the success of others
     · eagerly shares the love of God.
     · sets an example of praising and loving

Respect is not awarded to those who demand it. Respect is the natural response to a person who spends their days serving others.

I'm guessing she started loving and serving and was determined never to stop! Service to her was not an action but a lifestyle, and she was not selective in serving. It poured from her thoughts, her words, her heart.

How can you become a woman who is respected and praised? Ask God to give you a heart of humility; to enable you to serve with genuine concern. Wasn't Christ the perfect example of selfless serving? The same man who hung on a cross, washed the feet of others, and loved even his accusers and betrayers, speaks these words of advice to us,

"The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matt. 23:11-13NLT)."
Thank you, Jesus, for being the perfect example of serving all people. Please fill our hearts with the desire and ability to serve with the same love and respect that you demonstrated when you humbled yourself as a man and joined us here on earth. Thank you for modeling the perfect example of selfless service. And, thank you for dying on the cross and resurrecting us to new and eternal life through Your name, Amen.

Kelly is a stay at home mom of two. She runs a small business from her home and keeps busy serving at The Firehouse, a campus of Newark Church of the Nazarene. She enjoys flip flops, coffee, and leading worship with her husband.

She is a Woven Woman: A Woman of Virtue!

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