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Throughout our lives we have been given a lot of various gifts. As children, we eagerly anticipated the gifts we would receive for birthdays. Each gift you opened with anticipation and surprise.

Yet before you were born the Lord had already blessed you with a gift you didn’t even know existed. In Jeremiah 1:5a, the Bible says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” God set you apart and gave you gifts or talents that make you the unique person you are today.

The Time is Now to seek within yourself and uncover the many gifts the Lord has given to you; to realize and share those gifts as a mentor, a leader, or a servant in the LWML. 

Ginger Starrett
LWML Recording Secretary

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Reach out – even inside your church!

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The Time is NOW to plan an activity for the whole church body, embracing the mission of the LWML. Collect and assemble any of these kits to be given to local agencies in need. Pick one or two kits and ask everyone to bring items for one complete kit.

Are you thinking out of the box? Don’t ask your LWML group to host – ask other women you know who have a heart for missions. Make this a Saturday morning breakfast activity, or an activity on Sunday morning immediately after worship. Don’t overthink this – but do publicize.

Take time to share information about the LWML mission grants as participants assemble their kits using any or all of the resources available on this website. The Time is NOW to reach out – even inside your church!

Debbie Larson
LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources

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Serve to Show Jesus

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SCARY--a far-away move, two small children, a new church.  Thanks to Gerry, I would find a loving place.  She was an inviter and an encourager.  Through her, the LWML became my future.  She was one of three now deceased LWML women whom God sent to let me see Him through them.  Marie was a behind-the-scenes person.  The only way you knew what she was doing for the Lord was to “catch” her doing the tasks like cleaning bathrooms or painting walls at church.  She had the gifts of helps and service.  The third, Florence, was an out-front person.  The Lord gifted her with leadership and wisdom. These inspirational women lived their faith and shared Jesus and LWML with me. Is there someone you can touch in this way? Notice, that God used all different types of women to reach me. Step out there and be a mentor to those women in the pew around you. We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 1:2-3).

May the LWML continue to be a conduit for women to follow Jesus and serve Him and His people.

Ida Mall
LWML President 1991-1995

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Make it a balloon day!

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Bring colorful balloons for everyone at your next event. After opening with prayer and a devotion, have everyone blow up their balloon—after they have held it for a moment have them hold on to the end while at the same time, letting the air out.

Now have everyone look at their deflated balloon. What has happened? Just as their balloon and yours have a new shape since it has been expanded by blowing it up and releasing the air inside, so our purpose in our gatherings should be stretched in new ways, to think beyond what we knew when we came and to look ahead for new ideas! This can happen when we gather together for Bible Study, fellowship, prayer and service! 

Linda Reiser
LWML President 2003-2007

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The Time is NOW … to Make Jam!

Two Minute TuesdayHave you ever made Nanking cherry jam? The little red berries grow in clumps on bushes in my yard and when they are ripe the work begins. The long, labor-intensive process starts with picking enough of the small fruit to make the juice for jam. Those cherries are precious. Then the cherries get rinsed, go through the food mill to remove the seeds and stems, get squeezed in cheese cloth, and go to a pot where they are boiled. By adding sugar and pectin, those cherries are now unrecognizable. They have been changed to jam!

It strikes me how much my life with Christ is like jam. Quite frankly, I am a labor-intensive project, and most would think the process of saving me too much work, but not God. Like the cherries in the jam, when God sees me through the veil of His Son’s suffering and death, my sinful self is completely transformed. Humble service, like making jam, is also at times difficult. It isn’t about the one who serves or about the worthiness of the recipient, but about reflecting the love that God has shown us. 

The Time is NOW to love others unconditionally and watch God make “jam.”

Nikki Tyrrell
Marketing Team Coordinator

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The Call to Serve

Two Minute Tuesday“You don’t have to pay her for that.” So my father said. It was my first “professional” work as an artist. And my first real lesson in serving others through my vocation.

Has the 2015 LWML Prayer Service crossed your radar? It is a wonderful exploration of “vocation.” The path God lays out for you, and the skills He gives you, plus the opportunities = vocation. Your life’s work. It may be creative; it may be hard work; it may be glamorous (or not); but the work God calls you to do brings Him glory, presenting opportunities to reflect Jesus’ love and forgiveness to others you encounter with kindness, generosity, and selflessness.

I am often asked why I offer my professional-level skills as a volunteer; or donate artwork for mission and ministry fund-raisers. Partly because my father raised me that way.  Primarily, though, my heavenly Father has given me creativity as my vocation.  I help in the mission field by sharing my talents, making it possible for others to fulfill their callings, as well.

The Time is NOW to be generous with your service; encouraging others to do the same with whatever their God-given vocation happens to be.

Janet Hurta, Chairman
Information Technology Committee

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Back to the Basics

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One of the things I always have to look at as a graphic designer is the best way to graphically portray a client's message. In the LWML we do and care about so many things!

Think of your own group of the LWML. What message are you portraying? Is it confusing? With titles, job descriptions, bylaws, and catchy acronyms … is the LWML being displayed in an easy way for newcomers to understand?

The Time is NOW to take a look at your LWML and get back to the basics of what the LWML is all about being in God's Word, missions, service, and fellowship, as we share the love of Jesus Christ with our sisters in Christ. How can your group successfully portray that message?

Melissa Merker
Graphics Team Coordinator

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