Athens First UMC Devotions

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Athens First UMC provides a devotion each week. Our hope is that these devotions will be a blessing to you and provide you with a midweek moment to reflect on your relationship with God. These devotions can be found on this webpage, or you may listen to them read aloud by following or subscribing to Athens First UMC Devotions on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. 

The next devotion will be released on Wednesday, September 1. Thank you and we hope you have a blessed day.


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I Give Thanks to God

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 

Today is my 70th birthday. I have been blessed throughout my life in so many ways. I was born into a loving family and was raised by the finest parents in the world. My father was a Navy Master Chief of honor and distinction. He lived a life worthy of respect for my brother, my sisters, and me. We always knew we were safe and secure and valued. We were surrounded by an extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives that made our lives rich and full. 

God has blessed me with three wonderful children and four delightful grandchildren. I am proud of the fine people they are, and I can’t wait to watch my grandchildren grow up and have families of their own. 

I have been blessed to have work in which I find meaning and purpose. When God called me into the ministry in 1980, I answered with faith and trust that God would see me all the way. I have not been disappointed. 42 years of ministry have been filled with blessing upon blessing in congregations across north Georgia with loving and faithful people of God to share the ministry of serving others. 

For the past 35 years I have had some of the best friends a person could possibly know. The guys in my support group are a special gift from God, and they offer their love and grace beyond measure. Their unique way of holding me accountable while holding me in brotherly love is a gift as rare as it is cherished. 

The last 5 years here in Athens have brought me the blessing of a new place to live and some dear and trusted new friends. The surprise blessing of meeting Evelyn has enriched my life in ways I could have never imagined. Every day I thank God for her, for her precious and tender love, and for the life we enjoy together. 

Truly, truly, I am a very blessed man. Thank you, God, for all that has been, all that is, and for all that is yet to come. 

Posted by Bob Winstead
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