Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise,
    I think as I’ve gotten older (and hopefully wiser). I’ve graduated from thinking I always had to be the one one stage, to really getting a charge out of cheering others on. I think much of it comes from being more secure in where my identity comes from – it’s rooted in God and His lavish love for me. So much love that He was willing to send His precious Son to die for me. Really letting that Truth sink from head knowledge into heart knowledge enables me to live my life for an audience of One. So whether I’m out on stage giving my best performance, it’s not mainly the audience I’m doing it for anymore, it’s God. Or, if I’m the one behind the scenes cheering my friends on in their successes, again, I’m doing it for my audience of One. God has encouraged me through so many trials, it is my pleasure to “pay it forward” to encourage and cheer others on. In all things, my prayer is that God would get the glory. More of Him. Less of me. Beautiful example of the lasting impact of having a servant’s heart.
    Bev xx

  2. YES! Every Sunday morning, we are able to worship in a building because a whole army of hidden heroes has turned on the heat or cleaned the bathrooms. They have photocopied bulletins or fiddled with the sound system and the power point. There’s a vase of flowers on the front table that has appeared “by magic.”
    Thanks for this shout out to the servants who perform for an audience of One.

  3. What a great reminder, Denise–especially in our “selfie” centered world. I sometimes think about who will get the most rewards when we stand before Jesus. No doubt, the biggest commendations will go to those who served unsung and unnoticed by man, but not by God. Thanks for the beautiful reminder to serve for Jesus alone.

  4. So true. I struggled with wanting to always be “on stage.” Slowly my heart is changing and now I just make it an appoint not to get recognition and that has helped a lot. Thank you for this. I think of the verse that talks about not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing, when it was talking about praying in your closet. I hope you know what verse I am talking about:)

  5. Thank-you so much for sharing this positive post Jennifer. I thought I’d share this from a clip I saw: Think, Feel, & Do for the Glory of God.That’s really what matters, for His glory, not our’s.
    Have a blessed day all,

  6. Denise,

    I’ve never really been a sot light hog. I’m more of an Allison type. Love helping others succeed in their plans. We can work together to achieve a goal & let God get all the glory! This reminds me of a Stephen C. Curtis song: Do Everything: Your picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today Matching up socks Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away You put a baby on your hip Color on your lips and head out the door …Little stuff Big stuff In between stuff God sees it all the same. Yes God sees the little stuff-the behind the scenes as well as the big stuff on stage in spotlight. He applauds it all the same.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. I understand Allison so much more now that I have children and get to watch them perform, play, develop, flourish, and succeed! I think watching them has skyrocketed my desire to help other people as well. I love getting to see the face of others beam and light up because of their accomplishment that I may have had a hand helping come to fruition. God bless!