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Living as a Woman in Mission: My Home

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionMy Home — My Mission Field

In the Word

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …” (Matthew 28:19a).

Of the Word

Have you ever thought that your home might be the place you can fulfill the command of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples? As you go about your daily life, you are touching the world!

A young lady from India married a Christian man. She believed it would be hard for her husband’s family to accept her. After all, she was a Hindu and did not plan to become a Christian.

She expected to be treated coldly with hints that a heathen woman was not a fit wife for a Christian man. Imagine her surprise when her mother-in-law lovingly accepted her.

Through her husband’s example and her mother-in-law’s witness, she saw what it meant to be a Christian. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit she, too, professed Christ as her Lord and Savior. In her own words, her mother-in-law “loved her to Jesus.”

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord, for the faith You have given me. May I see opportunities in my own home and community to share Your love. Keep me strong in Your Word so that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can witness to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Kathy Ludwig. 3/32 ©2009 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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Living as a Woman in Mission: Diseased

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionDiseased

In the Word

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

Of the Word

Genetics … one part of life we cannot escape from or change. For me it brings a heart disease passed from my grandmother to my mother to me. Other women in my family have it too, and it is likely some of our children will have it also. While modern medicine searches for cures, many will die from the diseases that often result from genetic weaknesses. It just doesn’t seem fair.

All of us carry within us a “genetic” spiritual disorder: original sin. This is inescapable because we are born with it. We’re stuck with it. We can mask the symptoms by our good efforts to be more loving, or patient, or brave, but this disease — like many others — strives to do evil and take life from us.

Is there a cure for this genetic sin disorder? Absolutely! By Baptism we are washed clean of the guilt of original sin and receive the certain promise that though we die, we will live. Baptism turns death into life.

… [God] saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit … (Titus 3:5).

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord, for the cleansing waters of Baptism by which You forgive my sins and rescue me from the power of death. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Nancy Nemoyer. 2/32 ©2009 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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The Word: Wisdom for Living: Words for the Wise

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionWords for the Wise

In the Word

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (Proverbs 12:15).

Of the Word

Although it seemed right at the time, driving the wrong way caused loss of precious time. “Oh, if only I’d stopped to ask directions!” the driver moaned. Life can be much the same when we are spiritually lost because we have either not asked for, or have ignored, the good advice of others.

… a wise man listens to advice (Proverbs 12:15b), says the writer of Proverbs.

A lost driver can ask for directions or check a map or GPS. A lost soul can find direction in God’s Word. Jesus tells us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6b).The psalmist reminds us, Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22a). And we have the comforting promise that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39b).

How thankful we can be that God’s words have impact on our daily lives. They are the words of love and grace that take us into eternity with Him!

A Point to Ponder: What wise advice from God will guide my way today?

Walking with my Lord

Lord God, thank You for Your Word, which gives direction for my life. Help me to listen, understand, and follow the guidance that You have given to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 32/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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The Word: Wisdom for Living: Bring on the Smiles!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionBring on the Smiles!

In the Word

A glad heart makes a cheerful face … (Proverbs 15:13a).

Of the Word

Remember elephant jokes? Knock-knock jokes? Ole and Lena jokes? How about silly movies, crazy sit-coms, or goofy commercials? Some brought smiles and chuckles. Others brought genuine belly laughs! But a glad heart is more than smiles and chuckles, more lasting than any quickly-passing joke or drama. A glad heart is evidence of God’s presence in us and the sure knowledge of His love for us. The joy of His presence is reflected in a cheerful face.

Does that mean no sorrows, no troubles; no setbacks for His people? No, for we live in a world beset by them, a world filled with sin. But it does mean that, because of God’s presence, we can have joy in, around, and in spite of unhappiness. With the psalmist we can pray, Restore to me the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12a).We have Jesus’ promise, “I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22b). His promise is no joke. It’s the reason for an eternal smile!

A Point to Ponder: How will my face reflect the joy of the Lord today?

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord, for being in me and with me. Help me to reflect Your presence as I go about my daily routine. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 31/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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Everyday Celebrations: Photo Memories

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionPhoto Memories

In the Word

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; …” (Isaiah 49:16a NIV).

Of the Word

Almost every home has them. They are scattered throughout the house on tables or bookshelves. Or they are displayed in a circular frame showing a progression of hair styles and smiles. The beloved, or bemoaned, school pictures. And there is always “the one” that makes you cringe and your children laugh hysterically. It is usually Mom’s favorite. School pictures are treasured by parents. They remember that child in that frozen moment of time. The memories enhance the love that has never diminished.

God cherishes us in the same way. God, who deliberately created every particle of us, carries us in His heart constantly. A popular poster reads, “If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it.” Even more amazing than a photo, our Father has a tattoo of us! He never forgets us. His unconditional love for us never changes. Jesus gave His life on the cross because He held your face in His outstretched hands.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, may my gratitude never cease for being Your precious and beloved child. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 28/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40195
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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The Race of Faith: The Samaritan Leper

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionThe Samaritan Leper, Giving Thanks

In the Word

And he said to him, “Rise and go your way, your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:19).

Of the Word

Ten men were cast out of the city due to their leprosy. Forced to live away from family and friends, the disease took a toll on them physically, socially, mentally, and spiritually. So when they raised their voices to Jesus seeking His mercy, He granted it. Imagine how overjoyed they were when they realized their disease was gone. Imagine just how fast they ran back to the arms of their loved ones (Luke 17:11–19).

But instead of running home, one man ran back to Jesus. Now, the Scripture doesn’t say he actually ran to Jesus, but don’t you think he did? His praise, posture, and thankfulness showed he knew Who made him well.

We, too, can follow the example of the one man. Raise up your voice to Jesus, seeking His mercy. And when He grants it, run to Him with praise and thankfulness.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, have mercy on me! Forgive me, heal me, and help me remember to run to You in praise and thankfulness when You give me all of these good things. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 28/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40196
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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In Times of Need: Unfailing Love

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionUnfailing Love

In the Word

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:23a).

Of the Word

It was an uncertain time in the congregation. The pastor had taken a call to another church. He was dearly loved and likewise cared for God’s people with a Christ-like love. Now, what would the congregation do?

God does not promise that life will be an easy walk, containing no problems or trials for those He redeemed and who are called by His name. Rather, the Lord says that when His children pass through trials, whether it be flood waters, a burning building, or the loss of a beloved pastor, He will be with us. Life’s trials will not destroy us or His church.

Jesus is our Savior! He is not a happy congregation, beloved pastor, or even a care-free life. Even as we step into the rushing waters of unknown situations, we have the gift of His unfailing love and His promise, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b NIV).

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, when troubles come in to my life, my family, and my church, watch over me and keep me safe in You. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 30/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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