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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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Mentoring

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One of my most favorite television commercials is one sponsored by Pacific Life, featuring a beautiful mother whale and her young calf. The whole thing catches my eye with its color, and quick, moving activity set of course in beautiful blue water. But its closing comments are what really grabbed me: “The most important thing you can do is help the next generation.” 

How unique! How smart! In the LWML, we have a different name for that ... mentoring. We mentor all generations of sisters in Christ as we share our love of LWML with them. 

The Time is NOW for you and your friends to involve or help your sisters in Christ! You need them, they need you, and we all will benefit from new, fresh ideas. Encourage and empower them; work beside them; and watch God’s plans be accomplished through them – all to His glory! 

Virginia Von Seggern, Past President
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League 

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J-O-Y

Two Minute TuesdayJ-O-Y, not y-o-j, is a phrase I use a lot with my students and staff. What it centers on is that when we live each day focusing on Jesus first, others second, and you [ourselves] last, all that we do and say happens well and in God’s order.

This week I am full of J-O-Y, for I am attending the LWML Convention in Des Moines. My joy in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with sisters and brothers in Christ is great. My joy in being in fellowship and re-uniting with friends I may not have seen for a couple years (or longer) is great. My joy in attending my 16th LWML Convention is great. My first one was in 1985 in Ames, Iowa. What joy I have in returning to Iowa to celebrate God’s bountiful blessings!

Along with many, many others, I am sowing seeds of His love, His peace, and His true joy. I am being nourished and because of God’s goodness through the LWML, I am reaping untold benefits.

The Bible verse for convention is: And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).

 The Time is NOW! I pray you celebrate J-O-Y every day, as you share God’s bountiful blessings.

Char Kroemer
LWML Structure Committee Chairman

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5-Minute Friday

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Soon many of us will gather together in person to be inspired as we hear God’s Word, sing His praises, and hear the amazing things God does through us in the LWML. However, it dawned on me that convention won’t be in session on a Tuesday.  So I pose a challenge. 5-Minute Friday!

Take five minutes on Friday, June 26, whether you are in Des Moines at convention or at home. Take five minutes to reach out to someone and get to know them.  Perhaps it will be the lady with whom you eat lunch. Maybe you will walk a new route through your neighborhood and find someone new to chat with and visit.  Just. Five. Minutes. 

As you spend a little extra time, remember what our Lord says:  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). We do not go alone, but God works and abounds through us in His time … even if it takes more than five minutes. May God bless your time as you share His love with someone new on Friday or anytime!

Katy Gifford
Chairman, Mission Servants Committee

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