You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, September 15, 2013: Fully Devoted: Serving Others, part two

By Dawn Kelley

Her name was Ms. Dorothy.

As kids, my nephews and I attended Awana at a church in Waukegan, and she was the lady who would pick us up weekly and take us there.

On March 6th 1992, two days before my 12th birthday, my family suffered the loss of my 3-year-old nephew in a house fire. The fire started upstairs, and we lost pretty much everything.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Ms. Dorothy showed up and our hotel room to pick me up one day bearing gifts of blankets, clothing and toys. She, in the leading of the Holy Spirit, collected all these things for my family. She wasn’t just a person that didn’t know us who decided to bless us; she was someone who had invested in my life and in doing so invested in the lives of my family members. I will never forget what she did for our family in those very dark days but this much I know, I am so grateful that God chose to use her in this way.

I heard Pastor Joe’s words loud and clear when he said, “Your gratitude is only as sincere as the effort you make to express it.”

After Sunday’s message I am now left with this lingering question: “How sincere is my gratitude?” God has blessed my family and me time and time again if for no other reason, because He loves me — emphasis on Him, not me.

I am constantly thanking God for things daily, but i don’t usually think to truly thank the people He uses to bless me. I am taking Pastor Joe up on his challenge to go out of my way to show gratitude to someone who has done something.

That’s when I thought of Ms. Dorothy. Had I ever really expressed my gratitude to her?

And it doesn’t end with Ms. Dorothy.

There are some others I will seek out this week. I am also challenged to pay attention to those around me and express the many ways I m grateful for them.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

For some of us it is easy to be thankful and show gratitude when things are going great. For me it is easier to be thankful and show gratitude When my world is in chaos.

My prayer is that God helps me to be filled with gratitude in every circumstance and to go out of my way to show it — to the Ms. Dorothys of the world and even further.


Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.


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