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Celebrating the LWML Saints

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All Saints Sunday is a good time to remember Lutheran Women in Mission who have mentored us in the faith, women who loved the Lord and lived to serve Him.

What a tribute it would be to them if you now mentor another woman! Try engaging one of your pew sisters in conversation. Discover her story. Introduce her to the blessings of the LWML by showing her the online Bible studies and opportunities to support missions. Find a devotion to equip her as she faces her unique challenges. Encourage this sister-in-Christ to join you at a servant event or an LWML retreat. Joyfully live your faith.

As a mentor, you become part of the cloud of witnesses, cheering on the faithful.

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 (Hebrews 12:1).

Susan Harnos
LWML New Jersey District President
2018–2022

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Young Women in God’s Plan

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The 2019 National LCMS Youth Gathering was held in Minneapolis, MN. I had the privilege of talking with many young women and telling them about Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML).

God chooses women of all ages to accomplish the mission of LWML as He chose many women in the Bible to do His will. Consider working with young women to launch a new group with Bible Study topics and events that interest them. Let us be God’s building bridge to all young women, by nurturing, encouraging and equipping them to use their God given talents to make a difference for all people in the world.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).

Deb Vinkemeier
LWML Minnesota South District President
2018–2022

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My Rose Bushes

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I have three rose bushes. One had an abundance of beautiful yellow roses all summer, one had fewer but larger, more fragrant roses, and the third bloomed once. Each year I fertilize and they each respond differently. My rose bush with only one bloom was struggling.

We are grounded in Christ, our Gardener, and we thrive when fertilized. When we rely on God’s Word, He fertilizes us so that we grow. Our roses are our talents and our service, the gifts that we share with others. We can help others grow and bloom. Invite and bring a neighbor to an LWML event and Bible Study. Take a walk together, listen, and encourage.  Show Christian love!

…your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing (2 Thess. 1:3b).

Marge Gruber
LWML Indiana District President
2018–2022

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Genuine Joy

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These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:11).

Joy is a way of thinking, behaving, relating to your friends and family.  As LWML women we receive great joy by gathering together in Bible study.  As I meet with my Bible study group each week, it brings me great joy to see my friends — knowing how we can support each other in prayer and sharing things that are going on in our lives. We dig into our Bible, have meaningful talks, and try to discern how Christ wants us to live. Christ wants His joy to be our joy and we are to share that with others.  But the thing I value most about our LWML Bible study group is the joy that comes when we all join together in prayer.  The joy that the Lord gives us to bring our needs and praises to Him is important.

Christ made it clear to His followers, He intended that His joy would become their joy.  And this still holds true today.  Christ wants us to share His joy with others.

Dear Lord, help me share joy in all the things that I do.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

Lisa Stirtz
LWML Nebraska North District President
2018–2022

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Meaningful Faith in a Flood

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One of our Primary Targets this biennium is “Making Our Faith Meaningful.” This means that we, as LWML, are equipping women to make a significant difference in the lives of all people. While the flooding in Nebraska did not touch my community, it has affected it. We know others have lost homes, livestock, and more. In the middle of the devastation come messages of faith sent from all over the nation. LWML sisters flooded Facebook with messages of hope and compassion. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Whether we have floods, tornadoes, hurricanes or fires, it is a comfort to know that our LWML sisters are praying and sharing … Meaningful Faith.

Katy Gifford
LWML Nebraska South District President
2016–2020

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Engage and Encourage

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And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).

We are told that we should serve as Jesus’ hands and feet to help others and share the love of Christ and the Good News of the Gospel. As LWML women, we are very familiar with these words as they are in our LWML Pledge – “We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands.”  During this Lenten season, identify someone you can help who has experienced a personal loss perhaps through a natural disaster, who is struggling with life, or just needs a helping hand. A card (include a Mustard Seed Devotion), LWML devotion book, meal, or listening to their story goes a long way to show people that others care about them.  You will be a blessing to them with your actions. You will also be blessed by giving of yourself. Who can you engage with and encourage today?

Diane Reimold
LWML Mid-South District President
2016–2020

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The Family of Christ

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The family of Christ. The phrase brings to mind relationships, love, care, respect, encouragement, and support. We are God’s unique and special children, sisters and brothers in Christ! Our Father in heaven lovingly and tenderly nurtures our faith in Jesus and empowers us by the Holy Spirit to use our talents and abilities to His glory and in joyful service to Him.

Identify a special woman in whose life you can make a meaningful difference. The time is now to share your faith with her, encourage her, and show her that she is a valued child of God. Involve her in activities where she can meet other Lutheran Women in Mission in the family of Christ. Invite her to study the Bible with you and pray with you. Imagine and implement creative ways to mentor your sister in Christ, so she can use her unique talents and abilities to God’s glory.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).

Shari Miller
LWML Montana District President
2016–2020

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