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How, Lord … can I find peace?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … can I find peace?

In the Word

“Be still, and know that I am God …” Psalm 46:10

Of the Word

The volunteer at the zoo’s butterfly garden identified the beautiful insects as they fluttered through the blossoms. She showed visitors the monarch that had burst from its chrysalis only moments before. She smiled and her eyes sparkled.

When a visitor complimented her work and thanked her, she said, “I love my job! The butterfly garden is peaceful and serene. Some volunteers are bored here, but this is my favorite spot.”

God wants His children to have a quiet, peaceful, serene spot within the busyness of life. Why? So we can know that God is God.

Where is your place to be still and know Him? Your porch swing? A mountain cabin? Your favorite rocker or recliner? Be still there and know God’s presence. He is waiting for you!

Walking with my Lord

Lord, when I get too busy, slow me down and make me still enough to know that You are my God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 19/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Simple Trust: God’s Protection Assured

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod’s Protection Assured

In the Word

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they” (Matthew 6:26)?

Of the Word

What thought-provoking message was once found in a bird’s nest?
“We trust in the Lord our God.”

In a tree marked for limb trimming, city workers in Hamilton, Ontario, found a nest of baby robins. They agreed to not touch the limb until the young birds flew away. When the nest was abandoned, the workers found a little scrap of paper in the bottom. The parent robins had used the paper in the building of the nest. The tattered paper read, “We trust in the Lord our God.”

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life … Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they” (Matthew 6:25a, 26)?

Those birds were out on a limb. We may one day find ourselves in the same place. It is then we can be certain that, just like the birds, we can be at rest knowing our Lord God can be trusted for protection.

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Father, for constantly caring for me. Knowing I am valuable to You, may I never doubt the assurance of Your guidance and protection. In Your loving name I pray. Amen. 


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 21/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Simple Trust: The Real Meaning of Life

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionThe Real Meaning of Life

In the Word

… the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23b

Of the Word

Would anyone pay to know the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”
Yes!

Eight bids were placed in an online auction and ultimately the meaning of life was sold for $3.26! While we do not know what the bidder was told for the price he paid, we can know the meaning of life for free if we read God’s Word.

Life is created by God. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). … the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).

Life is a gift from God! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

It would be difficult to trust in words auctioned for $3.26, but we can trust the One who gives life here and in eternity. God’s certain promise is, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10b).

Walking with my Lord

Life-giving God, You made me, redeemed me, and promised heaven to me. Make my life a song of praise to You! In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 20/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Simple Trust: Wise Words

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionWise Words

In the Word

A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Proverbs 16:23

Of the Word

What can happen at 90 degrees below zero on the Fahrenheit scale?
Your breath freezes in midair and falls to the ground.

Cold, icy words become the building blocks for icy walls that separate people from each other. The best way to avoid those walls is to be quiet when your heart turns cold. Pause. Ask God to warm your heart and your words. A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction (Proverbs 16:23).

If the icy wall has already been constructed, chisel away at it with God’s Word. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:4–5). When God enables us to live out these words, icy walls melt.

Spend time in prayer today. Ask God’s forgiveness for your cold, icy words. Ask Him to help you forgive a person who has hurt you. Then stand back. Watch God change that icy wall into a refreshing mountain stream.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, forgive me for the cold, icy words that come out of my mouth. Help me forgive those whose words have hurt me. In Your forgiving name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 19/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Joyful, Joyful: The Lord’s My Shepherd

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionThe Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll not Want

In the Word

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 KJV

Of the Word

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

Psalm 23, a favorite of many people, is the basis for this hymn. In verse one, the Shepherd meets the needs of the flock by providing the nourishment of green pastures. Thirst is quenched at quiet waters where the sheep can drink their fill.

The psalmist and the poet remind us that the Lord, our Good Shepherd, is with us at all stages of our lives. He comforts us and restores us. He daily provides for us and watches over every facet of our days. He is with us even in our final days. He takes us to our forever home in heaven.

“Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.”

Walking with my Lord

Loving Shepherd, I, Your wayward lamb, have too often gone my own way when I should have followed You. Please forgive and restore me. Give me faith to follow wherever You will lead. In Your trustworthy name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 18/31. Hymn Text: LSB 710. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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 (KJV) are taken from the King James Version. Public domain.
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: Take My Life and Let it Be

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionTake My Life and Let it Be

In the Word

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:15

Of the Word

Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

God has given us the gift of life. He has given us our hands, feet, voice, lips, silver, gold, intellect, will, heart, and even our love for Him. Most importantly, He has given us new life through the waters of baptism and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

These verses encourage us to use all facets of our lives to worship, praise, and serve our God. This is called stewardship. We use the gifts and talents God has given us to tell others the Good News of salvation in Christ.

In the final stanza we pray, “Take my love, my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure store; Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee.”

Walking with my Lord

Giver of all that is good, make me a faithful steward of all that You have given me. Give me joy as I use Your many gifts, not selfishly, but in service to You and to the people around me. In Your gracious name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 17/31. Hymn Text: LSB 783. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionStand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

In the Word

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:14–15a.

Of the Word

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross.
Lift high His royal banner; It must not suffer loss.
From vict'ry unto vict'ry His army He shall lead
Till ev'ry foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed.

Christ came into the world and lived a perfect life among us. He suffered and died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins. Then He rose triumphantly to assure us of eternal life. What a Savior! What a message for us to spread to the world!

When Jesus is beside us, we can enter the world with confidence. He gives us the power to overcome evil. We will face daily battles, but God assures us of the ultimate victory.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus; The strife will not be long; This day the din of battle, The next the victor’s song. The soldiers, overcoming, Their crown of life shall see And with the King of Glory Shall reign eternally.”

Walking with my Lord

Jesus, Savior, be with me and make me bold to stand up for You, witnessing to the hope I have in You. When taking a stand for You is difficult, remind me that You have already won the victory! In Your glorious name I stand and pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 16/31. Hymn Text: LSB 660. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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