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Walking with My Lord: Life with God is good!

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Life with God is good!

In the Word

You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever. Psalm 16:11 GNT

Of the Word

“Where’s your walk taking you?” The headline splashed across the magazine cover caught Deb’s eye. “To your best body ever!” read the next line. “Melt fat, boost metabolism, burn calories!” The article outlined the benefits of regular walking. Deb was motivated to give it a try. Maybe she could convince her neighbor to walk with her.

While walking leads to a healthier life, nothing compares to walking with our Lord throughout our Christian life. Close, daily companionship with Jesus yields the greatest joy! St. Paul urged the Philippian Christians, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4–7).

Jesus has shown us the path that leads to life. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Walking with my Lord

Jesus, my walk with You leads to life. The journey gives me joy! Bring me to my heavenly home where there is pleasure forever. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 1/30  ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

Scripture quotations marked GNT are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION — Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992.

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Living in Prayer: I want to listen to you, Lord!

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I want to listen to you, Lord!

In the Word

Speak, for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10b

Of the Word

“Mom, you’re not listening to me!” “Son, you didn’t listen when I told you.” “Class, listen carefully as I read.”

Our days are filled with listening — the jangle of the morning alarm clock, the buzz of the dryer, the ding of the microwave, the voice of the newsman, the shouts of neighborhood children, the roar of traffic. Samuel’s nighttime visit from God came at a quiet time, and yet Eli had to remind him to listen for God’s voice. (1 Samuel 3) In the bustle of day-to-day activities, it’s sometimes hard to stop and listen for the quiet voice of our loving God.

Is your listening time early in the morning or late at night? Is it at a desk or in a garden? Is it at a stoplight or in a checkout line? Wherever and whenever it is, God is speaking words of love, words of direction, words of comfort. Listen to Him. 

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me to take time to listen to You today. When I am busiest, I need You most of all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 23/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Prayer: only God can make it happen!

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I pray — but only God can make it happen!

In the Word

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31

Of the Word

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors few open, and everybody’s chains came loose (Acts 16:25–26).

Can you imagine the reactions of the other prisoners when the chains fell off and the doors flew open? Shock, elation, puzzlement would be a few — but Paul and Silas had a different response. They didn’t move. They had prayed boldly, and they knew God would handle the situation. It wasn’t their place to break the chains and run for it. They had done all that was necessary by praying boldly. Now they awaited God’s magnificent answer and continued their work of telling others of Christ’s love.

Why does an answered prayer surprise us? God does answer prayer! That shouldn’t surprise us. Rather, it should give us courage to continue to pray boldly. 

Walking with my Lord

Lord, You are a faithful God. What You promise You deliver. Make us bold to bring before You our petitions, thanksgivings and pleadings. Then help us to listen to Your will and direction for our lives. In Your holy name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 20/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Living in Prayer: Ask! Seek! Knock!

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Ask! Seek! Knock!

In the Word

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Of the Word

Ask … seek … knock … it all sounds simple. Bringing our prayers before our good and gracious Lord is just that simple. Have you ever listened to the sincere prayers of a child? For a child, praying to God is like asking for help from a friend in the next room. We could learn the fine art of “simply praying” from a child. The psalmist knew the importance of praying earnestly when he wrote: In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (Psalm 5:3).

When we turn to the Lord in prayer, He promises to respond. His answer may not be what we were expecting, but we know that His good and perfect will is being worked out in us daily.

Walking with my Lord

Father, help me lift my eyes to heaven each day as I lay my requests before You. Help me also to be open to Your leading so that I may live my life in accordance with Your will. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 18/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Joyful, Joyful: When Peace, Like a River

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When Peace, Like a River

In the Word

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … Romans 5:1

Of the Word

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows, like sea billows, roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.

At times life can be calm and peaceful, but at other times trials and tribulations may come our way. No matter what happens, Christ gives us the ability to say, “It is well with my soul.”

Satan wants to disrupt our peace, ruin our calm. God the Father sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior from all sin, death, and the power of the devil. Jesus gave His life so that our sins are forgiven. By His resurrection He conquered death and defeated Satan. “He lives — oh, the bliss of this glorious thought; My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

The Lord will return at the trumpet’s sound, and the resounding refrain will continue for us: “It is well with my soul.”

Walking with my Lord

I praise You, my Savior. All that You have done for me makes me shout joyfully, “It is well, it is well with my soul.” In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 31/31. Hymn Text: LSB 763. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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Joyful, Joyful: Were You There

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Were You There

In the Word

“… you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead …” Acts 2:23b–24a

Of the Word

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh … Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

This spiritual takes us back to the day that Jesus was crucified for our sins. We call that day Good Friday.

The song ends with one more question. “Were you there when God raised Him from the tomb?” Jesus conquered death and rose again to eternal life. Because He lives, we will live with Him in heaven.

Many people suffered through the tragedy of slavery in America. They drew a parallel between their suffering and the suffering of Jesus. By faith they rejoiced in His resurrection. They looked forward to eternal life with Him. Oh, yes, sometimes it causes us to tremble when we realize that the Lord has done all this for us! What a Good Friday it was!

Walking with my Lord

Lord, I rejoice in Your sacrifice for me and in Your resurrection! In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 30/31. Hymn Text: LSB 456. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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How, Lord … can I follow Jesus’ example?

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How, Lord … can I follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness?

In the Word

“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37c 

Of the Word

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered (Psalm 32:1).

The movie, The Passion of the Christ, has been viewed by millions of people. The arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus were portrayed in utmost reality on the screen. Some people were unable to watch the movie in its entirety because every piercing of the thorns, every stroke of the whip, every blow of the hammer was too graphic.

 Perhaps that gruesome reality, however, helps us to understand the magnitude of Jesus’ suffering and the wonder of His words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a).

Let yourself think for a moment about what He endured: lies, ridicule, pain, abandonment by friends and even His Father. Yet He asked God to forgive.

What a model of forgiveness our Savior is! Let us remember His words when we pray, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (Luke 11:4a).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for forgiving my sins. Make my heart like Your heart, filled with forgiveness. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 31/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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