Doing Laundry for the Glory of God

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,”  
(1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB).

 In my last blog we met Amanda who said, “I just never have enough time to spend with the Lord,” Amanda cries. “I work forty plus hours a week, commute ninety minutes both ways, oversee elderly parents’ affairs, and take care of my five-year-old son. I’m either on the road, at my desk or taking care of someone else’s needs. And on top of that, I never feel like I’m doing any of it well. What does God want from me in the middle of all this madness? How can I carve out time for Him? I feel like I’m constantly failing Him!”

 We also looked at how to solve Amanda’s dilemma (and mine and yours) by erasing the lines between the secular and the sacred so that in him we live and move and have our being encompasses all of life. Here’s what it would look like.

Suppose you acknowledge God’s presence as you walk down the grocery store aisle, drive through the car pool line, sit in the hair stylist’s chair, stir the spaghetti sauce, shampoo your hair, love your husband, or rake leaves in the yard. Isn’t that what in Him we live and move and have our being really looks like? Praying with your eyes wide open at times is the only way to practice prayer without ceasing.

Monday always follows Sunday, but when you erase the lines that separate the secular and the sacred, the world becomes your sanctuary. God’s presence one steady stream.

This was true for Jesus. He never hurried. He never panicked. He was never driven by the tyranny of the urgent. If I were in his sandals, I probably would have been wringing my hands with all I had to accomplish in three and a half years. I can hear myself now: “I’ve got three and a half years to make a difference. How can I cram all the miracles and teaching into this short amount of time?”

Three and a half years translates into 1,278 days. If you go back and count the days recorded in the four gospels, you’d come up considerably short. So what was Jesus doing on the days that were not mentioned by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? He lived His life. He worked. He ate. He washed. He partied. He prayed. He studied. He meditated. He listened. The Sacred lived in the midst of the secular.

Paul wrote: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB). Whatever you do…

Cleaning bathrooms to the glory of God.
Vacuuming the floor to the glory of God.
Reading my Bible to the glory of God.
Singing praises to the glory of God.
Being intimate with my husband to the glory of God.
Cooking dinner to the glory of God.
Helping in the soup kitchen to the glory of God.
Shopping for groceries to the glory of God.
Mailing packages to the glory of God.
Filing my taxes to the glory of God.

All things…to the glory of God.

What does “to the glory of God” mean? As The Greek word for glory, doxa, denotes honor or splendor, a reflection of God’s character. We are to reflect God’s character, His ways, and His splendor in everything we do. Discounting sinful behavior, such as sexual perversions, gossip, drug and alcohol abuse, or any number of immoral acts that contradict the life of a Christian, our entire existence both in the secular and the sacred realm could and should be an act of worship. When that happens, words such as “do everything as unto the Lord” and “pray without ceasing” become clearer and more within our grasp.

Yes, we do need times alone with God. Jesus pulled away to be with the Father often. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). If Jesus, the Son of God, needed to spend extended time alone with his Father, then we certainly do too. However, by acknowledging God’s presence in every aspect of our lives, we will experience the blessed union in all things. Moments of sudden glory will appear as manna from God.

God longs for you to experience His presence in the spin of the laundry, the sizzle of the cooking, the buzz of children’s chatter, and in the quiet of solitude. From the time God rent the curtain in the Holy of Holies when Jesus took his last breath on the cross, God welcomed you into His presence…not just on so-called holy days, but everyday days.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I’m glad You’re sticking with me today…and I’m sticking with You. I acknowledge Your presence now and through my entire day. I’m not saying “See you later,” with this Amen.  We’re going into this day together! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What do You Think? 

This will be fun. I want you to leave a comment and tell me 5 things you did today…to the glory of God. You might have to come back…but don’t forget!

 Wnat More?

If you want to learn more about how to decompartmentalize your life…to discover the Divine in the Daily grind, then check out my new book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More. Join me in discovering how experience a deeper, more intimate relationship with God than ever before. While you’re there, you can download a free chapter or watch a video book trailer. And if you’re a pinterest gal, check out my sudden glory board on pinterest.

120 Responses to Doing Laundry for the Glory of God

  1. Amanda M. September 5, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    If I may add, acknowledging God in all that we do can make any situation less stressful and more joyful, even scrubbing the toilets. For me, I acknowledge God as I rouse from sleep, take my shower, drive to whatever destination, shop (and pray for spending control), and whenever I feel I need that push to get through mundane chores. My genes cursed me with a quick, short temper, and I can testify how acknowleding God more and more in my life has me calmer, builds my energy, and helps me find joy in whatever I am doing. I pray all of you will have a blessing from Sharon’s devotional and hope you will also share your stories!

    • Michelle J. September 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      1. sent my hubby off to work with a kiss and a lunch
      2. cleaned out my daughter’s puppy pen —Lord have mercy!
      3. started a load of laundry
      4. washed dishes
      5. read this devotional! 🙂

    • Kriston S. September 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

      1. Sang along to worship and praise songs on the radio on the way to work
      2.Worked on my bible study
      3.Discussed bible study with my best friend
      4.Did laundry
      5.Read this devotional

  2. Gail Hickman September 5, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Packed my husbands lunch
    Helped my sick daughter with taking her medications
    Took care of daughter small dog and her needs
    Came to work to make money to help others with their needs
    Talked with God on the way to work – as I do each day

  3. Heather Conrad September 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    1. walked my son to school
    2. threw in 2 loads of laundry
    3. unloaded the dishwasher
    4. morning devotions with the kiddos
    5. kissed my husband

  4. Linda Cumbie September 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I shared banna nut muffins with my office co-workers today.
    I praised Jesus in a song this am on the way to work
    I read your devotion this am and it spoke to my heart
    I am praising Jesus right this minute as I comment to you
    I wrapped my arms around a student this am and told her all things will work out.

  5. Paula Ewen September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    1. Got up to the Glory of God!
    2. Spent quiet time to the Glory of God!
    3 Doing laundry to the glory of god
    4. Will do my chores to the Glory of God
    5 Go to the Dr. to the glory of God
    God Bless

  6. Dorothea September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Drank coffee
    Got dressed
    Supervised homeschooling
    Kid otting

  7. Sue B. September 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    1. Listened to a minister on cd while driving 40 miles to a meeting
    2. Had lunch with my husband who happen to be off from delivering mail
    3. Helped my husband look at a house to bid on for yard clean up job
    4. Bought my mom some furniture for her apartment in a retirement home
    5. Cooked dinner and made it more special by setting a beautiful table with candles and flowers instead of grabbing a plate and paper towel and scarfing down food. 🙂

  8. Elsie Davies September 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Five things i did today was to acknowledge God at work, getting up in the morning, on my ride to the subway, i listern to Gossiple music during the day, i pray for the Lord to give me a quiet, gentle and patient spirit at work and through my studies for school. Thank You for sharing this devotion this morning. I needed to hear the Lord words speak to my heart. I have been having troubles with the abuse of my time and feeling guilty for not spending time with the Lord during the weekend. But now that I know that i can do all things through the Glory of God even cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, watching t.v and doing my studies i feel a lot better know that God see and love me for me. I appreciate my father so much for his love in my life and want to say thank you for sharing stories which incoroprate God words.

    God Blessed You.

  9. Amanda Amerson September 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    No doubt God used this devotion for me! My name is Amanda and this was my struggle today. I have deadlines and it’s crunch time. Honestly, I was feeling very overwhelmed at my list of things to do today. Thank you God for giving Sharon this devotion with my name on it. So now, I am going to tackle my list of, what do you know, 4 major task to do today in the Absolute Glory of God! It’s amazing that when you’re in need, He provides!

    1. Create registration flyer and send out a reminder of a meeting.
    2. Set up training schedule on website and register designated participants
    3. Work on training presentation
    4. Follow up with schools on participant names for upcoming literacy training.

  10. jenny September 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    1. As I ate my cereal and made my coffee
    2. As I washed my dishes
    3. As I took my dog out
    4. As I got ready for work
    5. I drove to work

  11. Shelly Todd September 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I dressed and put on my make-up to the Glory of God.
    I woke my kids up to the Glory of God.
    I put my kids on the bus to the Glory of God.
    I prayed on the drive to work to the Glory of God.
    I visited w/ a dear co-worker to the Glory of God!
    Thank you for reminding me that my daily life can be a sanctuary when I remember that Jesus walks right beside me every minute!!

  12. Lakisha September 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I woke up this morning.
    Got myself and the kids ready for the day.
    Prayed with my kids before they left.
    Checked my emails.
    Giving him some praise through this blog.

  13. Brenda S September 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I have made lunch for my hubby
    I ironed his clothes and helped him pack his bag for an overnight trip
    I have cleaned the kitchen in anticipation of much cooking today
    I have been in almost continuous prayer for dear friends in various situations
    I will have 4 granddaughters here today while their Mom is doing a job

    I have been very weepy this morning……..many things going on that make me sad and add to it this uncertain trip for my husband and last minute request to watch the girlie girls……..and am fairly ashamed of myself. Had sweet last minutes with my hubby as we prayed together before he left.

  14. Maritza September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    It gave me such joy to see that I’m not the only one who’s walkin’ around saying…thank you Lord….look at the endless shelf of cereal….thank you Lord, I’m in my car driving to wherever I want and those poor folks are having to wait in the hot sun for the bus that’s late again. I’m in constant awe of my Heavenly Father’s blessings on me and my family; probably should be even more thanful, but I’m glad to see that this is what we should be doing on a regular basis. It’s awesome when it comes naturally to you to be in such humility when you realize who much you have to be thankful for. Through every trial and moment of “I can’t do any more”, I find Him and then quickly am reminded to say Thank you for the opportunity to grow and learn. God bless you all.

  15. carla September 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Had a moment of solitude with God before others woke.
    Made breakfast.
    Walked with my son to the bus stop.
    Took the dog on an extended walk…for his pleasure, not mine!
    Read your devotion and am up for the challenge today!

  16. Dawn September 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    put clothes in dryer
    feed the cat
    watched “Wednesdays with Beth Moore
    Sharon, love reading you devotional. I think all of us get pulled in so many directions it is hard to think let alone try to get in some “God time”. Thanks for reminding us that everything we do is for the glory of God.
    Have a blessed day!!

  17. Cherry September 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I took care of daughters
    took them to the bus stop
    clean the house
    wash clothes
    took care of my animals
    watch my granddaughter so my daughter could work

  18. Teresa September 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    1. Did my morning intercession with Glory to God.
    2. Sat down and typed a word from God for a dear friend of mine and sent it to her email.
    3. Prayed blessings and love on a neighbor who is causing a lot of conflict with me right now.
    4. Committed my day to God.
    5. Sang in my backyard to the Glory of God.

    This was a great idea Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  19. Teresa September 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I woke up today
    Got myself and daughter ready the day
    I thanked my husband for getting up early to see our daughter off to school.
    I drove to work.
    I attended my team meeting

  20. Colleen September 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    1.) Took my blood pressure, and then my new medicine for it.
    2.) Got ready for work.
    3.) Made coffee at work.
    4.) Read my Bible before working.
    5.) Looked for your reading.
    6.) Listened to a friend who isn’t feeling well…and helped her make the decision to call her doctor back. (She’s now leaving to go see him again)
    7.) Writing this comment!

  21. Beth Courtright September 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Sharon here’s my 5 things I did for the glory of God:

    (1) I washed a load of T-shirts.
    (2) Drank a cup of coffee.
    (3) Fed and watered Poncho. (my bird)
    (4) Obviously got up and got dressed..
    (5) Began to read my e-mails and my devotions and still am..

    Well Sharon there you have it.. My list of 5. My list will get bigger as the day goes on but there you have it.. Well Sharon you have yourself a blessed rest of the day. Always remember that Jesus loves you and me too.

  22. Colleen September 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Wow…as I read through everyone’s posts, I realized that we all are dealing with the same type of issues. When we think about God in EVERYTHING we think, do, and say, throughout the day…everything else, all of our life’s circumstances pale…in comparison to His glory and love for us. I am reading Sharon’s book, A Sudden Glory, and I am really loving it! Everyone should read it. I am trying to read a little bit at a time, even though my brain wants to race through it. I want to savor it, and enjoy every word. Thanks Sharon, for your insights into melding our secular lives into our sacred lives. They are truly ONE!

    • Sharon September 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      You are sooooooooo right! Often women say, “How did you know what I am going through.” And sister, it is because we are all going through the same stuff! Same emeny who wants to bring us down. Same Savior who wants to set us free.

  23. Nancy September 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Got my kids ready for school & even ready early today!
    Took a walk!
    Admired Gods creation in the morning sky, even tho it’s dark & dreary, it’s still amazing.
    Made a healthy breakfast
    And now getting ready to go to a UMW meeting.

  24. Tina September 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Got my boys off to school.
    Did two loads of washing.
    Had a coffee and devotion time.
    Vacuumed my house.
    Dyed my grey hairs!!!!! to the glory of God.

    Any ordinary moment or task when used or done to the glory to God becomes extraordinary! Thank-you Lord for each and every one of them.

  25. Ellen Lukens September 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Well I’m all alone so I cant send the kids off to school or kiss my hubbie but I did thank God when I woke up also when I had my devotional time. Celebrating my birthday all alone.. I said to God lets celebrate together just he and I. Havent done my dishes yet but I will do those all for the glory of God. I have to pack to I’m moving so when Im packing I will do it all for him.Plus need to go shopping I wil do that for him too. I do praise him mostly everyday thank him everyday no matter what Im doing. God Bless everyone today…..

    With such Love,

    • Sharon September 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, dear Ellen. Happy Birthday to you!
      You are loved. You are cherished. You are adored. We love you!!!!!!

    • Betty-Jo September 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Happy Birthday Ellen. May your day be blessed and fantastic!

  26. julie September 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    -Committed to 30 days of prayer for 5 coworkers.
    -Quiet time of praise before starting a hectic work day.
    -Praising God he gave me the energy to complete a workout before work.
    -Praising His mighty name for a marriage that has been redeemed and a Godly husband to share in this life.
    – Praising His name for a smooth and uneventful morning in getting my kids ready for their school day.
    God is GOOD all the time!

  27. Beth September 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    1. Took my son to school
    2. Drove to work
    3. Put finishing touches on a lesson
    4. Whispered a prayer that my husband gets hired for a new job today
    5. Read this blog and got blessed!
    All for the GLORY OF GOD!

  28. Tiffany September 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    I woke up and was able to clothe myself, to the Glory of God.
    I was able to make it to work 15 EARLY, to the Glory of God.
    I smiled and said good morning to strangers, to the Glory of God.
    I packed some extra for just in case I met someone who did not have any, to the Glory of God.

  29. Ammi September 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I think if we change our “motive” from obligations to blessings, we could look at this differently. A woman serving her husband may look at it as an “obligation”, but a woman who’s husband just got killed in the service, to her it would be a “blessing”. Read a book on Job “Celebrating the Wrath of God”. A hypothetical conversation between Job and God: Job says: ” I almost lost my faith in You going through what You put me through.” God’s reply: “That’s funny – it was because of your faith in Me that I blessed you” – with this – for Me. We always tell God, “use me for Your glory” – and when He does, we are crying “what did I do wrong?”!! In the valley is where change occurs most the time.

  30. Janet September 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    This is more what I’m going to do today.

    Read my bible
    Get ready for work
    Go to work
    Clean the house
    Spend time with my husband

  31. Molly September 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Got up and thanked God for another day of sunshine
    Prayed for understanding and patience in my job search
    Thanked God for another day of having my mother with us as she is in frail health
    Sent an e-mail to a friend who lives near my parents for being so supportive since we live three hours away
    Read my e-mail, including this devotional

  32. Felicia Stephens September 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    To the glory of God….I woke up this morning, got dressed with out needing help, dressed the kids for school, drove to work with out incident or accident, and shared this word with many friends. To the glory of God, He has given me the ability to to be free in sharing His word. God is good!!

  33. Jessie September 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Glory to God,
    Setting at my desk
    Getting my flu shot and
    Drinking my coffee
    Thanking you Sharon

  34. Leslie Hurst September 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    1) submitted a proposal
    2) listened to Bible study on the way to work
    3) snuggled with my son before school
    4) Thanked a co-worker for praying for me during illness
    5) Thanked a prayer warrior from the church for praying for me during illness

  35. Gloria September 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Thank you so much. I don’t read your email everyday but I have found that when I do stop to read it, it is just what I needed to hear. I was feeling guilty that again I woke up late and did not spend the time alone with God that I needed to. But I did acknowledge Him in all that I had to rush to do this morning before going to work. But I will continue to strive to get up early and spend time with God, for the early morning time is so precious to me. To arise early before my household does is so peaceful and I enjoy it so. But as I washed the dishes, cleaned the refrigerator and prepared the garbage for my husband to take out, I thanked Him and asked for forgiveness once again.

  36. L. Delora September 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Stretched my ache-y 47 year old body and took a nice morning run, no jog, no shuffle to the Glory of God.
    Took a shower with wonderful hot water to the Glory of God.
    Sipped my decaf coffee to the Glory of God
    Dropped my daughter off at school while negotiating parent/school parking lot traffice to the Glory of God.
    Read my work email and compiled my “to do” list to the Glory of God
    Took a bite of a hamburger to the Glory of God

  37. Erica Gaskins September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I listened to Air 1 Radio while I…took out scraps from last night, put up dishes, vaccuumed, shampooed the couch and the carpet (because I have a newly turned 3 yr old who is trying to potty train!) Love you Sharon!

  38. Michelle September 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I did my devotion
    I fed my daughter
    I cleaned up after my daughter got sick all over herself and living room floor
    I gave my daughter a bath
    I washed clothes

  39. Lisa September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Got my husband off to work.
    Made me some coffee.
    Called my sister Kim.
    Talked to my Father about my life and how I could be better than I am.
    Played the Journey of Jesus Game on fb

    I pray that the Lord fill each and everyone of us with His Glorious Spirit and Make Heavens Son guide our directions filled with joy and peace and love.In Jesus Christ name let us have heaven on earth today.Amen!!!:)

  40. Nancy Beneteau September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Woke up early for the first day of school to be sure to have enough time to the Glory of God
    tackled my never ending sock pile to the Glory of God
    made a ymmy chicken dinner for my family to the Glory of God
    Took time to read with my sons to the Glory of God
    Posted a new poem on my blog to the Glory of God

    Well that’s my 5 list but I”m sure I could fill this screen.
    Everything I do now is for God and when I feel it isn’t I pray.

  41. Vina Ginting September 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow…I just had a very challenging morning and then I read this devotional. Okay, what I did and still doing today :
    1. Gave a shower and dressed my 4 year old son.
    2. Prepared breakfast for my husband and my son.
    3. Walked to a friend’s house two blocks away with my son and his car seat. Our cars broke down, both of them chose not to work on this particular morning, so we have to borrow our friend’s car.
    4. Took my son to school.
    5. Doing laundry, washing the dishes, and doing the quiet time.

  42. Natasha September 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    I’m following you with this. Keep going, all three of you!
    So far I’ve done the following to the best of my ability “to the glory of God”:
    1. woke up with my alarm clock and spent alone time with Him
    2. got ready for work
    3. spoke encouragement to two friends (you can do this without God, which I often do)
    4. focused on my work
    5. adjusted my thoughts

  43. Sandra September 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Awoke to a beautiful morning to the Glory of God.
    Went to water aerobics to the Glory of God
    Had a healthy snack after to the Glory of God.
    Read my devotions to the Glory of God.
    Shampooed carpets to the Glory of God.
    What a blessed day!

  44. Kellie September 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    1. I washed laundry
    2. Taught 1st graders
    3. fixed a computer
    4. drove with my son to school
    5. got my haircut

  45. Bina September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I awoke to the Glory of God today.
    I got up and moved under my own power to the Glory of God.
    I recognized that I needed His word today more than usual – so, I put in one of my favorite sermons to listen to on my commute to work today to the Glory of God.
    I owned the fact that the attitude that I have displayed lately is often reflected back to me and I don’t like it – so, I made a pledge to be kinder and gentler me all to the Glory of God.
    I reminded myself that there are several concerns and worries that I put into the hands of God should be left there and I needed to stop trying to take them back – so, I relinquished my hold on those concerns and worries and gave them up to the Glory of God.

  46. Elissa September 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Got my daughter ready and off to her first day of school, and got the other 3 ready as they tagged along… to the Glory of God. Came home to a fresh pot of coffee and my bible, but had to feed more breakfast to foster daughter first… to the Glory of God. Sat down with coffee, bible, and journal, but had a fussy little foster son needing a diaper change and to be held instead… to the Glory of God. He is super cute, so lots of glory there!;-) Took all the 3 little ones upstairs to the playroom to distract them with all the toys so I can read todays girlfriend in God devotion. With a few minor distractions of cleaning up spit up, helping change into a few different dress up clothes (needed to be the perfect one of course) and reading a few board books, I was encouraged by being able to read the whole devotion… to God’s Glory. Prayed for all my family for the day, and for patience and love for me as I care for them… to God’s Glory.

  47. Anita September 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    1. Read the devotional
    2. Changed a diaper :/
    3. Put a ponytail in my child’s hair
    4. Fixed egg salad
    5. Wrote a letter to a young lady that is in rehab

  48. Beth September 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    1) Fixed the computer so my daughter could do online school
    2) Took care of myself by going to dr for shots and making a followup appt with another doctor
    3) Did laundry (seems to on a lot of lists)
    4) taking my friend to lunch
    5)prayed for my friends who are in need of prayer

  49. Julie September 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm #


    Thanks for this. So elementary really, but so profound. I started a new journal today and this was my focus point. LIGHT BULB MOMENT… I totally see how by communing with God in ALL that we do could totally change not only my life, but lives for generations to come. I had it backwards…get the mundane stuff out of the way, then put on the character of Christ to my family when there was time for that. Yikes! Through the Holy Spirit’s leading I am going to begin to live like this. Now…off to my to do list…with God right beside me, leading me.

  50. Angie September 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Rode with my husband to work.
    Called my son to remind him it is trash day.
    Fixed my hair after getting to work entirely too early.
    Said a prayer for my daughter at Christian Girls School.
    Read this devotional thanks to my Aunt who sends to me every day.

  51. Kirsty September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Smiled and said hello to everyone I met at work, even though, as its my second day in a new job, I don’t know any of their names!
    Put my arm around the child who came in crying and talked to her until she calmed down.
    Covered a class whilst the teacher talked to an upset parent.
    Ate my lunch and talked to more people whose names I still got to learn
    Will spend time this evening looking for resources to help my reading group get even more enthusiastic about the work they’re doing with me

  52. Sally O. September 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this insight, Sharon. It is such a simple concept, and yet in our hurry we miss it. It brought to mind a book I read years ago, and which I obviously did not fully absorb and appreciate: Kathleen Norris’s The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work”. Very similar concept if anyone wishes to read further on the subject. In answer to your question: I fixed breakfast for our high school age daughter and drove her to the bus stop. I fixed breakfast and lunch for our middle school age son and watched him board his bus. I called to take care of an issue with our daughter’s bus. I ate my own breakfast. I read my devotionals for the day. I took time, a first for me, to respond to one of your prompts. Thank you, again, for taking the time to share your wisdom and experience!

  53. Deb September 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm #


  54. Kathy September 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    All in the Glory of God:
    1. Woke up this morning.
    2. Passed out my Avon brochures.
    3. Fed my dogs.
    4. Read my daily devotional.
    5. Called my boyfriend to have a good day.

  55. amy September 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    1. Cleaned out my dresser
    2. changed the bed &washed sheets
    3. Got up with my husband made his breakfast packed his lunch at 4AM! told him I loved him
    4. Read this devotional, took time to respond
    5. Returned a phone call ..I really didn’t want to return. Went well Glory to God!

  56. Stacy T. September 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I kissed my boys and my husband this morning before I left for the glory of God
    Do my job to the best of my ability for the glory of God
    Smile at everyone I see through my day for the glory of God
    Made sure the dog was fed for the glory of God
    I made sure my son had clothes for school today for the glory of God

  57. Jessica September 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Pumped breast milk, folded diapers, did a cell experiment, presented data at lab meeting, checked on our family’s finances.

  58. Leslie September 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    1. Took my son to school.
    2. Ate my breakfast.
    3. Started my housework – laundry, made up the beds, vacuum, dust, more laundry, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms.
    4. Ate my lunch and relaxed a few minutes.
    5. Took care of my pets.
    To the Glory of God I am able to do these things and more!!!
    In all things give THANKS!!!!

  59. Ale Paredes September 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    1. Prayed God to help me get OFF BED and head to work.
    2. Did my bed
    3. Went to the bank and make lines foor 1 1/2 hour (REALLY conect with God here)
    4. Did my devotional
    5. Coordinate Interviews with the press.

  60. mickolaus September 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Thank YOU!

  61. Patrice September 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    1. I woke up thanking him for another Day, A job, a home, health, family and love.
    2. Made breakfast for the kids thanking god for food:-)
    3. Thank God for a son who’s off from school today and cooperated with me to watch his little sister who starts school tomorrow.
    4. Prayed for a prosperous school year and God’s guidance in the lives and minds of my children as they start a New Academic School Year.
    5. Pray that God strengthen me and my marriage from the stresses and woes of work life, parenting, wife, friend etc…

  62. R. Plummer September 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Praise His holy name! I gave glory and praise to God while in the midst of these things. It sure does change how you do things too. Thinking of our Lord inpowers me to give my best while: 1) getting my children off to school; 2) working at our community center – Destinations-Bradford; 3) filing paperwork; 4) eating lunch; 5) praying with a friend.
    How annointed all these things are while including the Lord in them?

  63. Brenda September 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Got out of Bed
    Showered and dressed for work
    drove to work
    answering calls and questions at work
    checking emails and reading this great devotional

    Sharon you help me get through the days alot of the time. Thank you for your website and Girlfriends in God.

    • Sharon September 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you sooooooo much!

  64. Christine Mason September 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    served my passengers, was extra nice to the grumpy one, stuck to my medical diet, rose above the exhaustion to smile, didn’t answer back in kind to angry voices from passengers or coworkers, turned to the Lord in supplication when alone in the lavatory. Thank you, Lord Jesus!!

  65. Amy Jo September 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    1. Made coffee

    2. Got the kids off to school

    3. I went to class

    4. Was able to pay for the repairs for our car

    5. Bought yet another book needed for my class

    So blessed to be able to do all of the above!

  66. Lyn Tillman September 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    1. Got up early and went for a long walk, talked and listened to the Lord
    2. While crossing the streets, let the drivers turn and be on their way to work
    3. Washed the bed sheets and remade all the beds, with their favorite sheets
    4. Cleaned the house
    5. Made preparation for dinner tonight, pot roast crockpot style..

    Thank You Lord for the ability to do all these things, and for reminding me that all tasks and chores can and should be done to Your glory. Without You I would have nothing worthwhile in my life, thanks again for this life. This is the day that You made, and I will rejoice and do all things to show others that You are my Father! AMEN!

  67. Sheryll September 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    1. I teach school and each day I start the day with a prayer to let the kids see him through me.
    2. As the day goes on, I ask God to let help me reach the students to learn.
    3. I also ask to be a good teacher, and they to be good students between classes.
    4. When students (public school) start “acting up” I pray to have the ability to quiet them.
    5. And at the end of the day, when my husband comes to pick me up and his little things irritate me, I beg God to help me not be mean to him.

    I may not pray all the time, or in the right way, but I try to talk to God as often as I can. (Even if it doesn’t sound sincere to me sometimes)

  68. Donna September 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Praise the Lord and all His glory!!!!!!!! My five thins I did today :
    1 Prayed with my husband before he went to work Glory To God!
    2. Took my daughter to school Glory to God..:)
    3. Read and shared devotional with others Glory to God..;)
    4. Paid for someone’s meal that was behind me at McDonald’s…Glory to God…;)
    5. Sent out a “passion” greeting card to a stranger through the mail…Glory to God…;)
    6. Prayed for others, through prayer intercessory…Glory to God!
    Thank You for allowing all of us to share Our Glory to God moments!
    God Bless You…;)

  69. Ana September 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Got up to the Glory of God
    Drove to work to the Glory of God
    Worked to the Glory of God
    Drove home to the Glory of God
    Got home and organized my stuff to the Glory of God

  70. Andrea September 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Got my daughter fed, and dressed and off to school
    Prayed for my daughter’s day and a friends day
    Listened to Dr. Charles Stanley on the way in about the Promises of God, and how we don’t trust Him.
    Worked on my claims to the Glory of GOD
    Listened to Darwin Hobbs and Micheal McDonald “everyday to the Glory of GOD”

  71. Erin September 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    1. Let my husband and daughter sleep later than me!
    2. Took a friend to the airport
    3. Bought my husband a new wallet..just cause I noticed his old one was falling apart
    4. Baked brownies with my daughter (and hid pureed spinach and blueberries in them!)
    5. Going to spend some “Mommy Time” in the Word!
    Love you Jesus All Day Long!!!

  72. Angie September 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    – Praised Him even when I was feeling very sick, trying to get through the morning
    – Spent time with my beautiful niece & sister
    – Spoke with my brother (who is 8 years younger) about trusting God, even through the tough times
    – Rested
    – Looked for jobs

  73. Kiva September 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I bought lunch for the woman standing behind me in the Subway line.
    I said “thank you” in Spanish to some Hispanic men who changed my flat tire. (They smiled)
    I thanked God for the money to buy my lunch and pay my mortgage. Glory to God!
    I thanked God for His protection when I had a blow out while driving on a busy highway! Glory to God!
    I sat in a warm bubble bath with thoughts of my wonderful God. Glory to God!

  74. Jonnie von Hellens September 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Someone once mentioned to me that praying was like breathing.
    1. I made some Newman’s Own Bold coffee – took a good whiff, thanked Him for such wonderful stuff & I breathed & prayed.
    2. Gave my Beloved Husband a cuddle and kisses and made him feel loved before he left for work, & I breathed & prayed.
    3. Gave my Service Dog and my other dog cuddles & pets – made them feel loved – then fed them & I breathed & prayed.
    4. Answered our daily email between my youngest child and me in which we play a game we played when he was young called ‘I love you more than’, made him feel loved & I breathed & prayed.
    5. Read some more of The Heaven Trilogy: Thunder of Heaven, paused to think about how it applied to my relationship with the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, how much I am loved & I breathed & prayed.

  75. Lourdes September 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    1. Thank my father for another day. 2. shower n dress 3. made breakfast for my husband 4. done some grocery n household shopping 5. read my devotionals.

  76. Kat Kendall September 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    1. Took my dog on a longer walk in this morning to the Glory of God.
    2. Waited patiently (operative word here) in line at the DMV to register my car to the Glory of God.
    3. Watered the plants to foster budding life to the Glory of God.
    4. Baked pumpkin bread to celebrate the beginning of fall to the Glory of God.
    5. Read about a company I’m interviewing with tomorrow to the Glory of God. (Cross my fingers and say a prayer I get it!)

    Feeling God’s presence everyday in ever moment makes difficult times seem like beautiful moments with God. A vacation away from the trouble moments of the day into the Sanctuary of God’s embrace. Thanks be to God!

    • Kelly September 6, 2012 at 12:23 am #

      Praying for you in regards to the job interview! Good luck!

    • Sharon September 6, 2012 at 1:06 am #

      Noticed you got some folks praying for you! 🙂

  77. Charity Johnson September 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I cleaned my kitchen to the glory of God.
    I did ( and still am doing) laundry to the glory of God.
    I taught my kids to the glory of God.
    I cleaned toilets to the glory of God.
    I took a walk and enjoyed the sounds of birds to the glory of God.

  78. K. Carter September 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    1. Drove home safely from a night at work to the Glory of God
    2. Sent FB birthday wishes to the Glory of God
    3. Reminded my daughter AGAIN of a forgotten task to the Glory of God
    4. Survived a stress test to the Glory of God
    5. Praised my son for peaceful behavior to the Glory of God

  79. LESLEY JOHNSON September 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    1. Sent my husband out to work
    2. prayer Joyce Meyers
    4.wash dishes while listening to worshipp music
    5. my kids and I read scripture on way to school then prayed from them once i drop them off

  80. Myrtle Carter September 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    1. Woke in my right mind to the Glory of GOD
    2. Went to work to the Glory of GOD
    3. Believing GID for my Mothers healing to the Glory of GOD
    4. Did a favor for a friend to the Glory of GOD
    5. Sent words of encouragement to the Glory of GOD

  81. Myrtle Carter September 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    1. Woke in my right mind to the Glory of GOD
    2. Went to work to the Glory of GOD
    3. Believing GOD for my Mothers healing to the Glory of GOD
    4. Did a favor for a friend to the Glory of GOD
    5. Sent words of encouragement to the Glory of GOD

  82. C.J. Wilkinson September 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    1.Worshiped Him as I drove to school with my 13 year old daughter, our hands raised to the heavens thru the sunroof…shoutIng Yahweh (laughing joyfully)!
    2.Sent my husband a text telling him how much he is loved.
    3.Emptied a used bedpan.
    4.Calmed a frightened student.
    5.Called my Dr. To tell him how much better I feel today and thanked him for participating in my healing.

  83. Kelly September 6, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    1. Working out at the gym.
    2. Study and complete my online classes.
    3. Sitting at work, watching the clock.
    4. Catching up with family and friends. (I’m deployed.)
    5. Listening to praise music!

    He is with ALL day long!

  84. Rae September 6, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    While walking my neighbor’s dog
    Just before eating my breakfast
    Sitting in the waiting room at my dentist’s office
    While grocery shopping
    While doing what I’m doing right now 🙂

  85. B. Petrie September 6, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    1. Made coffee and breakfast
    2. Had my quiet time and read my bible
    3. Got ready for work
    4. Took care of a downs syndrome young lady
    5. Kissed my husband when I got home.
    6. Emailed my daughter, sister, and brother

  86. B. Petrie September 6, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    I enjoyed this devotion. It made me stop and think how great God is

  87. Joann September 6, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    I cut hair today.
    2. made my husband lunch.
    3. drove to work.
    4. went over our Sunday study with my sister..
    5. was able to catch part of the football game.

  88. Lynn September 6, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    1. Had coffee on the porch with my husband early this morning. Kissed him and told him I love him.
    2. Kept in touch with special friends by email.
    3. My husband and I walked the dog after supper. Gray, stormy skies turned blue with fluffy, white clouds and a burst of sun. Thanked God for His beautiful world.
    4. Called my sister to let her know I remembered what would have been her 47th wedding anniversary.
    5. Sent an email to wish my grandchildren a happy first day of school.
    6. Read Sharon’s blog which reminded me that I have so many reasons to be thankful.
    …ALL to the glory of God!

  89. roslyn September 6, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    i am so so glad to read this meditation because i feel so encouraged. i praise god for your life.
    1. woke up at 4am for an hour in god’s presence. ready and left to catch the bus.
    3.sat in the bus for an hour.
    4.welcomed 30children of 7year olds for a day of learning.
    5.share the word of god with them
    6.teaching, marking, praying for sick ones and misbehaviour kids
    7.send off kids…paperwork the bus back home
    9.spend time with husband and kids…5 including twin boys
    i work with children and i have found that only the word of god can change, mould and work miracles in their lives not my human efforts but inorder to do that i need to be in god’s presence daily.

  90. roslyn September 6, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    i am so so glad to read this meditation because i feel so encouraged. i praise god for your life.
    1. woke up at 4am for an hour in god’s presence. ready and left to catch the bus.
    3.sat in the bus for an hour.
    4.welcomed 30children of 7year olds for a day of learning.
    5.share the word of god with them
    6.teaching, marking, praying for sick ones and misbehaved kids
    7.send off kids…paperwork the bus back home
    9.spend time with husband and kids…5 including twin boys
    i work with children and i have found that only the word of god can change, mould and work miracles in their lives not my human efforts but inorder to do that i need to be in god’s presence daily.

  91. Vania September 6, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Visited 2 friends in the glory of God.
    Listened to them in the glory of God.
    Sang hymns in the glory of God.
    Drove 150km in the glory of God.
    Pondered this devotion in the glory of God.

  92. Bonnie J September 6, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    1.) Fed horses… to the glory of God!

    2.) Mucked out stalls… to the glory of God!

    3) Shoveled out lean tos…. to the glory of God!

    4) Took care of a sick pony… to the glory of God!

    5.) Helped a little girl get ready for her riding lesson… to the glory of God!

  93. Jan September 6, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    1. Assisting over 100 candidates applying for positions at a new store in my area–this is for 17 positions–and we still have two and half days to go.
    2. Driving to work.
    3. Daily morning call from my daughter.
    4. Watering friend’s yard plants.
    5. Paying bills.

  94. ANA September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    This article is of a big blessing to my life! At times I felt this way that I do not spen enough time with God. Without realizing I do this all the time. No matter what I do I do it Fof the Glory of God! I work-out, I wake up, I go during my day, I drive in my car and at night I spend some time with Him Alone! Praise God for speaking to me all the time.

  95. Jenifer September 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I did what Mary had chosen to do instead of being Martha.
    It feels great to the glory of God!
    Your book, “Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God” is a blessing!
    One of my favourite is your dog and that burlap bag.
    The tree was left half-dead but it grew with your help.
    Thank you.

  96. Titania September 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    1. got up, fixed son’s breakfast and we said the morning prayer on the way to his school
    2. studied bible study notes
    3. sent hubby encouraging text while he job hunts
    4. opened an email from my son’s math teacher (Lord have mercy:-) )
    5. read this devotion

  97. Mirna Madrid September 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    This was my problem time ago, but now I understand how it can be my real relationship with God, constantly every minute of my life, doing anything for the Glory of God. Today
    I kiss my husband
    take the bus to work
    be a jury in an English expo..
    meet my colleague
    stay home early

  98. Jan September 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Today I,
    Read and pondered this devotion
    Did my PT and yoga early in the day so as to not “forget”
    Did laundry
    Made phone call to assisted living facility to get info for my mom (this was the hardest of all I did today)
    Had my hair cut

  99. Maureen Barnett September 7, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    1. Got my daughter fed and on the school bus.
    2. Went to work for 8 hrs.
    3. Picked my daughter up from Tae Kwon Do.
    4. Went to the hospital with my oldest and youngest daughters and granddaughter to see my Husband, their father and grandfather. Kissed him good night and came home to get ready for another day at work.
    5. Read this devotion and gave God thanks for all he does through you and your ministry, and for ALL HE HAS DONE for ME!

  100. Yo September 7, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    1) Studied for my interview
    2) Sang song of worship
    3) Interviewed for a new job
    4) Renewed my drivers license and car registration
    5) Prayed and Read this devotional w/ my ChaCha (bf)

  101. TellmeUrsFirst September 7, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    1) Prayed when I entered my car this a.m.
    2) Worship and reflect on my morning commute to work
    3) Sent a bible verse through text
    4) Conversate and Bible study with MY LOVE

  102. Candy September 7, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    1. Spent time with God at 4 in the morning.
    2. Spent with family
    3. Celebrated Dad’s birthday
    4. Went to church for dance practice
    5. Spent time with my girl friends 🙂
    Glory to God!!!

  103. Shelly September 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Like Amanda I to struggle with a hurried life. I have three girls and I am always running here and there. I have an ingrained need to be organized and on time to everything. The past 2 years I have struggled with not being all together and tardiness in the past year is up 50%.

    This causes me a lot of discomfort. This has been an ongoing struggle the past two years. I lead a Women’s Bible study and I have been reluctant to continue doing so because I cannot always be properly prepared nor on time. I was raised to always be prepared and on time that shows honor and diligence.

    About 2 years ago I was rushing to my study with my then 4 year old daughter. I was pulling her her hand to rush her to the car so we could get on our way. She stopped me as I opened the door and said Mommy just give me a hug and kiss me. I stopped and looked at her and said baby we gotta go the ladies are waiting for me.

    Just then God spoke to me. He said my sweet girl I am not pleased if your on time and prepared but dont love your child when she calls out to you, You can be on time do a great study and get your glory but what I really want is for you to minister to your family first and humbly share your struggles with your ladies.

    Your transparency to share your struggles will make this group much like the well I meant the Samaritan woman at. This will let your ladies relax and not have to feel so bad about their struggles.

    I did as he said and that was one of the best Studies and God got the Glory not me.

    Today, I find myself separated from my husband for now 8 months. He has some mental issues they believe. But like the story above, I am once again am struggling with my imperfect life and this season brings with it living in someone else’ s home.

    My girls are struggling I am struggling and Guess what God is getting the glory. I am still running late and I am not always together but in all the hiccups God is getting more Glory than ever.

    As my sweet husband say’s “Let go and let God”. I finally have to because things are to far out of my hands. So I do everything with him for and because of him. Dio I get weary? SURE ! But God is having his way and the people that are watching this unfold are seeing more of the Gospel in my life more than they ever have.

    So me and the Big guy are a dynamic duo:0

  104. Bridget Tidwell September 9, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    Read devotions with my mom while drinking coffee. Walked for Alzheimer’s in my community. Took a picture of God’s rainbow. Took a nap. Cooked dinner and breakfast for tomorrow. Praise and glory to God!!!

  105. Peta-Gay September 10, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Praise the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I glorified God because he is awesome. I glorified him for he has set me free, he has given me him love, a family that love me, I am fearful and wonderfully made. I was able to give him praise through the good times and bad times and I could go on. Thank you Jesus I love the lord

  106. Jamie September 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life!

  107. Manuela Câmara September 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Manu, from Brazil here.

    1 – I woke up to the glory of God;
    2 – I got dressed to the glory of God;
    3 – I kissed my husband and blessed him in his way to work to the glory of God;
    4 – I came to college to the glory of God;
    5 – I read today’s devotional to the glory of God;

  108. Lingani Mabutho September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I sit with my daughter,cleaned the house, called on of the pastors for church matters, applied for new accommodation, prayed and read the bible in the morning

  109. Karen Smith September 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    1. I woke up thinking about my time eith the Lord before my hubby awakened
    2. I took my meds and used my eye drop meds
    3. I read all of my
    4. I let my hubby sleep in
    5.I responded to an email from a Bible study friend I didn’t hear from all summer. I have prayed for her all summer and she for me. She didn’t have my email address but I had sent her an article from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. She loved it. Now she has my email and I sent her my phone number.
    6. I prayed.
    7. I ate breakfast
    8. I started on this week’s Bible study,,…….Daniel, by Beth Moore.

    Who knows what else will be a part of my day, but thank you for helping me realize that so much of life is in the details and that a godlwoman pursues the details with love, joy and commitment. It doesn’t have to be big things we do that please the Lord. Those are great , but it is also experiencing His Joy as we do the mundane, trivial things that make up our lives. I loved the analogy of the four year old learning to ski. I’m 67 and STILL hanging on to Him for dear life on the bunny slopes of lay daily life.

  110. michelle September 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    1. I watched my granddaughter go off to school for her first day
    2 I survived my first radiation treatment today
    3.had my special meals this devotional

  111. Betty-Jo September 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Sharon, this is just wonderful! Thank you so much. Alot of attacks going on in my life right now and this idea couldn’t have come at a better time. I tend to focus on my circumstances instead of focusing on Him. I am going to implement this throughout my day. Have a very blessed day and thank you.

  112. Brad March 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Woke up and put my feet on the floor, saying Thank You Lord
    Was able to walk, prepare breakfast and coffee – Thank You Lord
    It was rainy, cold, gloomy – but our God knows what we need – Thank You Lord
    Fixed lunch for my elder neighbors, and visited with them – Thank You Lord
    Washed clothes – thankful to have good clothes – Thank You Lord

    Found this site, so it’s bookmarked, and I’ll be back daily –
    Love the site!

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