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Someone Other Than Mom

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The month of March is a time of zone rallies and workshops. These events create exciting opportunities to reach out to those who are not involved in the LWML.

One of those groups are teens. The LWML’s Text Messages from God are timely and short devotions, reaching teens where they are. Sharing them is a way to support moms and reach out to teens, because they sometimes need encouragement from someone other than mom. How about being a teen mentor? It is a joyful way to serve.

Anita Granger
LA-MS District President
2016-2020

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Be Willing Wherever and Whenever

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We pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.

Psalm 90: 16-17 Let Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us!

On a recent mission trip, I remembered, “Be willing wherever and whenever” and my experience at the Grand Canyon. My first view was its clouds — no beautiful canyon was seen. Then, slowly, a cloud would roll a bit to reveal a portion of the canyon — for a while — only to have another piece of God’s fluff roll in to cover it. That morning, the canyon was revealed in different areas — bit by bit — section by section — some parts for a short while and others for the entire morning. Eventually, the sun revealed the colorful canyon in all its glory.

Some work God gives us may only appear for a short time. Be ready! Some parts of it aren’t grand or showy or glorious by themselves. As it was on my mission trip, the work may be messy or physically taxing. Be willing — willing to do even the menial, for when the Son reveals the entire picture, what beauty will be shown!

Prayer: Lord God, I am Your servant.  May I keep my pledge to You and go whenever and wherever no matter how humble the task no matter how taxing the job no matter how large or small.  May the words I recite be the prayer of my soul. I praise You for making our service a thing that reveals Your beauty and glory. Amen!

Sheila Lutz
Central Illinois District President

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A Recipe for Service

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Serve the Lord with gladness! Psalm 100:2

When I want to serve a scrumptious dessert, I look through my recipe file and cookbooks to find just the right recipe. I follow the recipe which lists all the ingredients I need, as well as the directions. Once done, I’m ready to serve the dessert.

Similarly, when asked to serve the Lord in the LWML, there’s also a recipe for that. First, go to the Lord in prayer to seek His direction. Receive guidance as you spend time in God’s Word. Then for a variety of resources (“recipes”) for serving the Lord with gladness, go to the LWML website, lwml.org. They will help prepare you to serve!  The time is NOW!

Vivian Ernst
Vice President of Christian Life 2005-2009

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Think outside your church walls!

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Our LWML group decided we wanted to get out into the community more this year. For several months we find an organization and go volunteer. This morning we went to Assistance League of Tulsa’s Operation School Bell and helped clothe children from public schools who were in need of some help with uniforms, shoes, jackets and other necessities to attend school and be able to concentrate on their studies. We didn’t preach or teach the Gospel message but we hope we showed the love and care that Jesus showed when He was among the people. Other workers at the site were interested in what church we were from and how we came to be there.

Think outside your church walls! Get out into the public arena so people wonder who you are and why you are doing what you are doing. It can open conversations and opportunities for you. If you go to lunch afterwards it’s even better!

Patti Ross
LWML President 2015–2019

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Engage, Encourage and Equip

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When I was a young wife, just starting my career, living in a place far from my hometown and family, I was invited by a lady at my new church to attend an LWML meeting. This woman encouraged me to participate in LWML events and to serve in various roles. She gently prodded me to accept elected positions, always sharing with me her knowledge of LWML and her example of leadership and service to others. She saw in me a future leader, something that I couldn't see.

This friend was an amazing example of how to mentor, how to engage, encourage and equip someone, leading to enjoyment of all things LWML. Is there a young woman in your life who could benefit by your being willing to be a mentor to her?

Judy Carlson
Recording Secretary 2009-2013

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Encourage Your Church Workers

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Anytime is a good time for LWMLers to show appreciation for the Church Workers they know! Most importantly, pray for your Church Workers — their relationship with God, physical and emotional needs, family relationships, time management, good communication skills, boldness in sharing the Gospel, etc.! Other ways to encourage them would include supporting them professionally and personally, and listening to their ideas open-mindedly. Additionally, thank them publicly and privately; acknowledge anniversaries and special days (professional and personal); encourage them with notes, cards, emails, and the like. Above all, focus on their strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Try to see them in light of how they fit into God’s bigger picture. Love them as God loves them. 

Kristi Roegner
Church Workers in Mission Task Force Chairman

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Show me, teach me, guide me …

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“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

Often times, I wonder if I am serving the Lord the way He wants me to. It’s natural to expect good results of our hard work, but when it doesn’t happen it’s very easy to get discouraged and lost. However, the Lord reminds us that He will show us the way when things get tough. He will teach us to be more like Jesus. He will guide our steps to serve Him exactly the way He wants us to because He is our God and Savior. Trust Him and serve Him joyfully!

Cecy Dominguez
Heart to Heart Sisters Committee

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