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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).

As leaders, we have all been given the privilege of spreading the love of Jesus Christ and His salvation message throughout the world. If you’re like me, you feel inadequate to perform this task.

Guess what? We are!

But remember! We don’t work alone!

Jesus Christ walks with us in all we do. Ask Him to go before you and push aside all distractions. Ask Him to help you focus and clearly mark the path He has chosen for you. Sit at the feet of the gifted, well-seasoned members of LWML and learn from them as you walk in His love.

May we all clearly focus on Jesus Christ and His will for our lives. May we have the wisdom and strength needed to put priorities in order. And may His hand be upon us as we continue to spread His Word and message of love and mercy throughout the world.

Linda Guteres
LWML Atlantic District President
2018–2022

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J-O-Y, not y-o-j!

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“J-O-Y, not y-o-j!” This phrase centers on living each day focusing on Jesus first, others second, and you [ourselves] last, not the other way around. It puts God’s (not my) order in place.

Being involved in LWML, sharing Jesus’ joy through communication … is my face pleasant when I greet others? Do I even greet others or just pass them by? Is my reaction to life and living given in a negative or a positive? If I’m negative, I’m usually focused on what a situation did to me … not asking Jesus for the lesson learned or putting others ahead of myself. In other words, do I live each day with an attitude of gratitude … that’s God’s plan, that’s “J-O-Y, not y-o-j”.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Galatians 5:22).

The Time is NOW! I pray you celebrate J-O-Y every day, as you share God’s blessings through all you do and say.

Char Kroemer
LWML VP of Communication

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Share a Sweet Experience

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“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).

When our group decided to host an event for the women in our congregation, we wanted to invite all the women. Invitations were sent to each woman and her daughters. We planned a devotion, activity, delicious snacks, and time to reflect on the importance of spending time reading God’s Word.  When the time came for the event, we were overjoyed at the number of women who came.  However, the six teens who came with their mom or grandma was the highlight of the night.  God allowed us to be His lips and voice as we shared various ways to be “in the Word”. 

To God be the glory!

Katy Gifford
LWML Nebraska South District President
2016–2020

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Variety is the Spice of Life

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Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8 NIV).

Each new day may bring us joy, surprises or disappointment. What will today bring? A popular proverb assures us “Variety is the spice of life”! It is amazing how many people have a routine for each day, Monday — laundry, Tuesday — grocery shopping and so on. They rarely change their routine. Try something new today! Maybe a new flavor coffee at the coffee shop or surprise a waitress by ordering something different and leave a Mustard Seed with her tip! Visit a friend or send them a card from the LWML Catalog. Even though our days may seem routine we know that God is a constant in our life. We can always count on Him to get us through the unexpected that happens in our lives. We know that an amazing peace comes from the saving knowledge of the assurance of God’s grace and forgiveness! 

Dear Lord,
We ask that you be with us as we try to step out of our comfort zone to try something new.  Make us your witness to everyone we meet.  In Your Name, we pray. Amen

Susan Gruber
LWML Michigan District President
2016–2020

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Be That Somebody

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A young woman, living in her parents’ home, entered church seeming to be alone. No one met her with a friendly smile, gave her a hug, or welcomed her by name. How sad! She had been worshipping there all her life, but hadn’t found her comfort zone.

Somebody should reach out to welcome her. Who will be that somebody?

Be that somebody creating a friendly environment, encouraging her to use her God given talents. When God tugs on your heart to be that somebody, respond to God’s urging.

Lord, help me encourage women in relationships as sisters in Christ. Make me brave to act, and gracious to serve in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Barbara Kaun
South Wisconsin District President
2016–2020

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Always on an Adventure

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Lutheran Women in Mission are always on an adventure.  “Adventure” is defined as an unusual and exciting experience or activity.  And, just like all of creation, God provides for us many adventures.  They may seem scary at first, but once you engage and let the Holy Spirit guide you, you will discover the wonderful and marvelous plans the Lord has for you.

Adventures abound in the Word, where we can read, learn, and prepare for spreading the Good News to all that we encounter.  Servant events and mission related activities are another source of joyful adventures.  All of these adventures can be shared with the women in your life so that they too can discover the journeys the Lord has planned for them. 

Joyfully Serving Him,
Kathy Pavelock
LWML Eastern District President, 2014-2018

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Make an Opportunity to Encourage Today!

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Do you value encouragement from others? Encouragement from fellow Christians can uplift and give support in the day-to-day activities of life. You can encourage others through the power of the Holy Spirit by sharing your faith in your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as sharing your joy in serving Him through the LWML and its many opportunities.

Does a special woman in your life need encouragement? Perhaps you could share:

I am so happy that you are my Christian friend! I rejoice in the saving work my Savior has done through His perfect life, suffering, and death — all for me and you. I live in the hope of eternal life in heaven with my Savior. The LWML offers me a welcoming place to share my joy in Jesus through Bible study, fellowship, and service. Join me and we can visit the LWML website (www.lwml.org) today to find out all the opportunities this group of loving women can offer to you!

Identify those who need encouragement in your life. Make an opportunity to encourage them today. Take 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to heart: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. The Time is NOW!

Shari Miller
LWML Montana District President
2016–2020

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