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The green-eyed three year old bubbled over with words but Mama firmly told her to "wait her turn" to speak. At the next pause, she jumped in with her thoughts.

As children we learn such conversation etiquette that carries into our adult exchanges. However, this pattern often leads us to focus more on what we are waiting to say than the ideas shared by the speaker.

One strategy that works well for me is listening closely so that I might pose questions or offer thoughtful comments. Listening for understanding wordlessly conveys the worth of the speaker and affirms their value in the eyes of God.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19).

Linda Arnold
Vice President of Communication 2009–2013

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The Power of an Invitation

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What’s the power of inviting someone to visit your LWML society … and join your group? It’s powerful!

When I was a newlywed living in a small town, not working outside the home, an elderly neighbor across the street invited me to accompany her to Ladies Aid (LWML). (Our age difference didn’t matter to her!) I attended and joined the group!

We moved and joined another congregation. I was an employed busy wife and mother. Several women often asked me to attend their monthly society meetings. I did.

I felt comfortable and joined the local society. It would not have happened without the encouragement of others. What a blessing LWML has been!

Women in your congregation are “watching.” They may just need to be invited to attend/join your LWML group! Just ask!

Let’s encourage more women to be part of the Word, Missions, Service, and Fellowship that LWML offers!

JoNette Brogaard
Structure Committee Chairman

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Spring is just around the corner

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“Spring is just around the corner.” How many times have we heard this phrase as we wait for new growth to appear or the chill to leave the air?

LWML District Conventions are also just around the corner.

Mission minded, fun-loving women will be attending. Their desire is to study God’s Word through Bible study and to share the Gospel through prayer and the selection of mission grants. They are also prayer warriors for each other, blessed in their friendships.  

Many women in our churches desire this too. Grasp this opportunity and invite someone to experience LWML activities in your congregation and at your convention.

Dear Sisters … the time is NOW.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us (2 Cor. 5:20 NIV).

Jennifer Huecker
Christian Life Committee Chairman

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Survival Kit for the New Year

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Years ago I received items in a ziplock plastic bag with the title, “Survival Kit for the New Year.” Inside, messages of hope were attached to small items as reminders to refocus each day. Here’s an adjusted electronic version with reminders for Lutheran Women in Mission in 2016.

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Toothpick … Pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself. 

Rubber band … Be flexible. Things might not go the way you want, but God’s “got this”

Band-Aid … Heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's. 

Eraser … Everyone makes mistakes and we learn and grow through them. survi

Candy Kiss … Everyone needs a hug, a compliment, or a smile. Share one of yours! 

Mint … You are worth a mint to your Father in Heaven.

Bubble Gum … Stick with it. God isn’t done with you yet! 

Pencil … List your blessings every day. 

Tea Bag … Take time to relax daily, go over that list of blessings, and share the love of our Lord with those around you.

Carol von Soosten
Public Relations Director

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Sharing Encouragement in a Sister’s Heart Language

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We believe that women value the friendship, support, and encouragement from other women and strive to offer warm, welcoming opportunities for women to grow in faith and relationships as sisters in Christ.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)

Descargar estudios Bíblicos publicado previamente en la Iglesia Luterana trimestral de la Mujer de uso individual o de grupo.
(Download Bible studies previously published in the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly for individual or group use.)

The time is NOW! Be prepared to greet and include a Hispanic sister in Bible study by having a  Quarterly Bible study in Spanish on hand. 

Kaye Dumas Wolff
Vice President of Special Focus Ministries

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Are You Making an Effort to Encourage?

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It usually happens on the way home from an LWML event, in the car or in the airport waiting for a flight - I have failed to thank or give a word of encouragement to someone who had worked very hard on some aspect of the event. More often than not, I will get home and the thank you card or email never gets sent. One of the core activities encouraged by The Time is NOW is "to identify and encourage a woman you know to use her gifts and talents in service to God." It's not easy in our hurried, busy world to take time to do this.

To give this encouragement I have to work harder at really looking and listening for the woman who needs a pat on the back or a few kind words. To recognize and affirm her in her service to God and His people I will try harder to write those notes, give a smile when she is presenting at the podium, send an email, post on Facebook, or tell her how she is making a difference. Above all, I will pray for her and thank God for His Grace and Holy Spirit which calls her to service.

Patti Ross
LWML President, 2015-2019

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Share Your Favorite Activity

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What is your favorite pastime? Going for a walk, reading a book, cooking a meal, baking bread, sharing a good cup of coffee; the list could go on and on and on. Let’s take it a step further. Can you do that favorite activity with a friend, a neighbor, maybe someone from your congregation that you know or would like to know?

So here is the challenge: take that activity and enlarge it enough to include others. Incorporate some time for spiritual sharing. Add some thoughts and information about Lutheran Women in Mission.  Give your friends a copy of the latest Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.

Remember LWML is not about meetings.  It’s about women using their gifts in service and sharing the love of Jesus.

Gloria Edwards
LWML President 1995-1999

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