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How, Lord … can I recognize my worth?

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How, Lord … can I recognize my worth?

In the Word

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

Of the Word

You are special! You are not insignificant! A popular poster uses a picture of a cute little guy and words that read “God don’t make no junk.” Grammar aside, the words are true. God didn’t form us to be worthless. Psalm 139 also tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made (verse 14). That’s who we are … wonderfully put together by God!

God who gave us life created us for a purpose. He has a job for each of us to do and in His eyes we are perfect for the position. Each of us has been gifted with a talent that God wants us to use to His glory.

Our Creator didn’t tell us we have to be the most articulate Gospel proclaimer or the one who always has the best ideas. We don’t have to be the best at anything; we only have to make the best use of the talent God gave to us. How beautiful it will be to one day hear the voice of our Savior Jesus saying “‘… Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21a)!’”

Walking with my Lord

My Creator, through Your Holy Spirit help me recognize and fully use the talents You have given me to show boldly how much I love You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 14/32 ©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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How, Lord … can I endure this suffering?

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How, Lord … can I endure this suffering?

In the Word

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Of the Word

All of us will inevitably experience trials, sorrows, and disappointments that test our faith. We may silently ask, or cry aloud, “How can I endure this?” Perhaps we question why God is so slow coming to our rescue or we may even wonder where God is in the midst of all this suffering.

We must hold fast to Jesus’ promise: “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time” (Matthew 28:20b GOD’S WORD). He is in the midst of our struggle and He assures us He will get us through it. God understands human suffering. He watched His Son suffer on the cross to save us; He watched those who loved Jesus mourn for Him.

Suffering is not a sign that God has abandoned us. He does hear our pleas for relief. He may not take away whatever it is that challenges us, but our faithful Father knows us by name. He will not allow our trials to go on forever.

Walking with my Lord

Father, forgive my fears that You have abandoned me. Turn my weakness into strength and my fears into faith. Turn my tears into the joy that Jesus’ loved ones had when they saw their resurrected Savior, for He is my Savior, too. In His loving name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 13/32 ©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.

Scripture quotations marked (GOD’S WORD) are taken from GOD’S WORD ®, © 1995, God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

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Simple Trust: Risky Trust

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Risky Trust

In the Word

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Of the Word

What two inch square is strong enough to suspend a 175-pound person from the ceiling?
Velcro®

We may not believe this statistic, but it is reportedly true. While many may say they believe this “fact” since it has been published in a variety of reputable places, most people probably would not like to prove the point by hanging from a ceiling. Trying this from a 7-foot ceiling might be one thing, but most of us would not want to try it while suspended from the ceiling of a large arena.

Trust is risky — with one exception. A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). That friend who will always stick by us is Jesus Christ. People will disappoint us. They may walk away from us or even walk out on us. Jesus is the one friend who will always remain attached to us. We are connected to Him with the strongest bonding force — His love.

Walking with my Lord

Loving Father, send Your Holy Spirit to help me always place my trust in You alone. Thank You, Lord, for holding me close and loving me as only You can do. With You I am never alone. In Your precious name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 15/29 ©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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Simple Trust: Unexpected Results

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Unexpected Results

In the Word

… grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18b

Of the Word

What does grace taste like?
A donut

While his classmates enjoyed a field trip, a third grader had to spend the day in the principal’s office because of overdue work. That afternoon, the principal remembered she’d promised a reward to some students, so she quickly ordered donuts.

The principal took one extra to the boy in her office. “What is this?” she asked. Confused, he answered, “A donut?” “No,” she said. “This is grace. You do not deserve it. You did not earn it. But I’m giving it to you.”

Three years later the principal drove the boy home from camp because he had misbehaved. On the long ride home she handed him a snack, she asked, “What is this?” “Grace!” he quickly replied.

We need God’s daily grace. We are changed by it. … grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18b). His eternal grace is better than a donut!

Walking with my Lord

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the grace You give me day after day. Help me remember it and share it with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 14/29 ©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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Simple Trust: In Need of Forgiveness

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In Need of Forgiveness

In the Word

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

Of the Word

Who has tried to outsmart their parents?
All of us!

A three-year-old was playing while his dad was trying to get some work done. When the father heard a suspicious noise, he called, “Cubby, whatcha doin’?” Quickly Cubby answered, “Nothing!” The father was not convinced. He waited for a moment, heard more stirring and asked again, “Cubby, what are you doing?” This time the boy quickly responded with the convicting words, “Not getting candy!”

Many of us probably tried to outsmart our parents when we were kids. Sometimes we may even have succeeded. Outsmarting God is different. God is all-knowing. He sees our actions and knows our very thoughts. We cannot fool Him or hide anything from Him.

No one loves us more than God. He wants us to trust Him with everything. He will not love us less when we confess our sins, but rather He promises to forgive all of them for Jesus’ sake. He says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive my sins of thought, word, and deed. Help me trust in You for all that I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 13/29 ©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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Joyful, Joyful: O God, Our Help in Ages Past

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past

In the Word

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1–2

Of the Word

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

People seek security because they want to feel safe. Where do many try to find security? Some choices might be investments, property, savings accounts, power, or false beliefs.

The Christian who believes in Jesus as His Savior from sin knows that true security can be found only in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The hymn ends with this prayer: “O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guard while troubles last And our eternal home!” God was our Helper in the past, and we can trust Him for the future — all the way to heaven.

Walking with my Lord

O God, You are my Helper, my Hope, my Security. Reassure me of Your presence when my world seems to be crumbling around me. Remind me of Your providence as You meet my needs. Help me to look to You first, last, and always. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 12/31. Hymn Text: LSB 733. ©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: Now Thank We All Our God

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Now Thank We All Our God

In the Word

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Psalm 105:1–2

Of the Word

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms Has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.

One essential part of our worship is thanksgiving. This hymn reminds us to thank our God “With hearts and hands and voices.” We offer our whole selves in thanking Him for all His blessings.

Those blessings include life, home, health, peace, grace, and guidance. Most importantly, we thank God for a new life in Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer. We thankfully acknowledge His work of salvation in our lives and look forward to living with our Savior God in heaven forever.

“All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given, The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heav’n, The one eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.”

Walking with my Lord

I give You hearty thanks, gracious God, for Your innumerable gifts to me! Thank You for all the people You have given as blessings in my life. Most of all, I thank You for the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life in Jesus. In His bountiful name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 11/31. Hymn Text: LSB 895. ©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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