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Faith-filled Parenting: Repentance

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionRepentance

In the Word

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Revelation 3:19

Of the Word

Why are the words “I’m sorry” so difficult to say? Is it our pride that keeps us from admitting when we are wrong? We sin daily and our sin separates us from God. We mistakenly think we can fix this situation on our own. God knew this was not the case, and He provided the solution by sending His Son Jesus as our Savior. He asks His children to repent of their sins, to turn away from pride, and to find peace and forgiveness in God’s Word.

Parents need to repent just like everyone else. They need to put aside their pride, acknowledge their mistakes, and say “I’m sorry.” When parents model repentance and receive forgiveness, children, the ultimate imitators, see the blessings of forgiveness lived out in their family.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Encourage your child to go beyond a glib “I’m sorry” and add the words, “… and I’ll try not to do it again.” Remind them that Jesus forgives them.

Walking with my Lord

Forgiving Redeemer, I am sorry for the times I have failed You and others. Thank You for suffering and dying for me that I may repent and receive Your life-giving forgiveness. Please make repentance and forgiveness the rule in my family. In Your merciful name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 14/32 ©2009 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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Living in Prayer: Think big! Ask boldly!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionThink big! Ask boldly!

In the Word

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20–21

Of the Word

“To boldly go where no man has gone before” were words that opened a popular sci-fi TV show, but they could explain a Christian’s prayer life as well! Think of Hannah who wanted a child so much she prayed fervently and hopefully. When God granted her prayer she knew it wasn’t that she had “won” a prize, but that she had been given a gift out of God’s gracious loving heart. (1 Samuel 1:27)

In his letters to the Colossians and Ephesians, Paul spoke of his unceasing prayers for the followers of Jesus. He was bold in his prayers to ask for God to give these new believers knowledge of His will and the strength of the Holy Spirit so they might lead a life worthy of the Lord. (Colossians 1:9–10 and Ephesians 3:16–19) When you pray, do so boldly knowing that … with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26b).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, I come before You today boldly claiming the promises You made through Your Son Jesus — promises to bless me and guide me in all my ways. When my faith is small and weak, fill me with Your Spirit so I may learn to live according to Your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 19/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Faith-filled Parenting: Kindness

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionKindness

In the Word

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Of the Word

The loving mother held her daughter as she tearfully wailed, “Mom, I just can’t stop crying!” As she hugged her daughter tightly, the mother softly reassured her, “I love you, and I want to help.”

Some mothers might have kept their distance or ignored the issue. She could have said, “Get a grip, girl,” or “Pull yourself together.” But this mother offered kindness, love, and understanding.

Jesus did not ignore us, but saw our sinful condition. In love He went to the cross and gave His life for our sins. As parents motivated by Christ’s love, we want to model that same kindness in our relationships with our children. Kindness is love and forgiveness in action.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Join your child in performing a random act of kindness for another family member, friend, or neighbor.

Walking with my Lord

Kind and loving Savior, Your kindness is shown to me by Your love and forgiveness. Help me to demonstrate Your kindness by the love and forgiveness that I share with my loved ones. In Your compassionate name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 13/32 ©2009 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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Living in Prayer: Pray always

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionPray always — anywhere, any time, any place!

In the Word

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11

Of the Word

Today’s schedule: go to work, pick up groceries, make a casserole and take it to a sick friend, help with the children’s homework, make lunches for tomorrow, put kids to bed, fall asleep during the late news. When our day is so hectic, how can we add “prayer time” to an already overly committed schedule?

Maybe the solution is to incorporate prayer into every event of our day. While preparing the meal for a sick friend, pray for her needs and ask God for the wisdom to bring her words of comfort. When you drop off the meal, ask to pray with her. Before your family meal, add petitions for family concerns. When the worries of the day keep you awake at night, turn to God in prayer.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise (James 5:13).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, starting today I will try to add more prayer time to my life. Please be patient with me as I learn to change my complaining into prayers for help, for comfort, and then for thanksgiving. This I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 17/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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: God is present!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod is present! Prayer is powerful!

In the Word

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20

Of the Word

Have you ever helped with a community project or volunteered to help someone in need after a natural disaster? Did someone come forward and offer a group prayer at any time during the work? Was there a prayer of thanksgiving after the work was completed? Prayer can become a powerful tool at times like these.

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:19–20).

Have you ever wanted to offer prayer in a public setting, but felt timid, afraid or even unwilling to express your faith in such a public way? Remember God the Father is there to give you strength; the Holy Spirit is there to guide you; Jesus is there to support you. How can you go wrong?

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, help me take my personal prayer life and expand it into the outside world. I know it will not be easy the first time I try to pray aloud with others, but I know that the Holy Spirit will guide me and that You will understand the meaning of my words. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 16/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Faith-filled Parenting: Self-Control

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionSelf-Control

In the Word

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Of the Word

David and Chris were friends, but they were not alike. David was just like his dad. Whenever he got angry, he wanted to settle the argument with his fists. Chris was just like his dad. Whenever he got angry, he would sit down, clasp his hands together, and think before he responded. It is obvious which dad was the better example of self-control for the two boys.

Self-control is a promised fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). Every Christian can draw on this gift of the Spirit in times when self-control is clearly tested.

God asks faithful parents to draw on the self-control He promises through His Spirit. Godly parents will strive to model that self-control in emotional and trying situations.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Discuss self-control with your child. Ask why self-control is an important gift from the Holy Spirit.

Walking with my Lord

O Holy Spirit, You have given me the fruit of the Spirit. Help me to use the fruit of self-control in my life so that others may see You at work in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 12/32 ©2009 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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Living in Prayer: My partner in prayer!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionThe Holy Spirit … my partner in prayer!

In the Word

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:18a

Of the Word

Do you have an active prayer life? Are your prayers long or short? Can you comfortably voice your prayer concerns to God? The Holy Spirit comes to our aid as we pray. He comes with open arms and places them around us to guide us in truth. (John 16:13) The Holy Spirit is our greatest support in prayer.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will (Romans 8:26–27).

What great comfort to know that the Holy Spirit is our guide to truth and that He is within us! He is our prayer partner. If you’re having a difficult time praying, remember the Spirit is in you, to support you. You are not alone in prayer!

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit. No longer will I need to worry over the correct words or proper form because I know the Spirit will help guide my thoughts and words to You in prayer. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 13/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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