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Living in Praise: Loving Praise

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Loving Praise

In the Word

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:3

Of the Word

“Life is good!” he sighs as he climbs in bed beside his wife. Though it’s snowing outside, the house keeps cozy and snug. The couple’s two daughters sleep safely in their beds. The cat arranges herself at the foot of the bed and the puppy settles on his chair. Life is good! But God’s love brings everlasting peace and contentment. God’s love is better than life.

“Life is awful,” she weeps to her pastor. “I’m out of a job, in debt, and now this — the police arrested my son on drug charges!” Countless set-backs have driven her to the edge of despair. Life is difficult. But God’s love brings unfailing comfort and strength. God’s love is better than life.

God assures us of His love and has proven it by sacrificing His own Son, Jesus Christ, on our behalf. Jesus earned our relationship with God, whose love is infinitely better than life at its best — and overwhelmingly stronger than life at its most difficult. Praise Him for the power of His love in your life.

Walking with my Lord

The heights and depths of life to me have little worth
Because Your love means more than anything on earth.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 10/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations 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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Living in Faith: Our Heavenly Father Knows Best

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Faith is … Trusting that Our Heavenly Father Knows Best

In the Word

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Romans 11:33a

Of the Word

Most five-year olds think their dad can fix anything, answer every question, and make everything right.

Likewise the Christian with a child-like faith is sure his Heavenly Father knows best. God is able to see far beyond our likes and dislikes. Like a good earthly father, He permits His children to receive only that which is best for them in the end, whether for the moment they like it or not.

Only on the sixth day could the perfect wisdom of God be seen in His creation. Only on Easter could the perfect wisdom of God be seen in His plan of salvation. Only in eternity will we fully see what the wisdom of God has accomplished in our lives.

God the Father knows everything. He knows us, loves us, and wants the very best for us. We can trust Him for everything, for He alone has the answers to all of life’s questions.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, help me to trust You for the answers to life’s questions. In Your Son’s name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 8/30 ©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.

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Living in Faith: Our Heavenly Father’s Open Door

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Faith is … Trusting Jesus to Take Us to Our Heavenly Father’s Open Door

In the Word

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

Of the Word

On the sandy seashore under a low hanging cliff, a boy sat playing. He was building a city in the sand. He built streets, houses, stores, churches, and banks with a big wall enclosing all of them. He was so intent on his work he failed to notice the incoming tide.

Waves rose higher and higher until suddenly one wave washed away all that the lad had carefully built. The boy himself was pulled into the sea as well. On the cliff above him, the lad’s older brother was watching. When he saw his younger brother swept away, he jumped into the raging water and pulled him to safety. Arm in arm, the two walked together to their father’s house.

We, too, build our houses, stores, and churches here and there on the sands of time, sometimes unaware that danger is at hand. But above us and around us, watching patiently and tenderly, is our loving Savior. In faith we trust Him to take us to the open door of our Father’s house.

Walking with my Lord

I thank You, Jesus, for the promise of the open door into my Father’s house. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 3/30 ©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.

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Living in Praise: Humble Praise

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Humble Praise

In the Word

Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

Of the Word

Many of us pray long and hard to discover the work God would have us to do. We earnestly desire the particular job, profession, or state in life that would let us serve God with a lifetime of good works. In a way, we’re asking God, “What can I do to please You?”

When followers asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” they wanted to know what work they could do to please God. God, however, doesn’t want anyone coming back to Him saying, “Hey, I did it!” No. Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:28b, 29). But we can’t do this on our own. Belief in Jesus as Savior is a gift from the Holy Spirit. And so is everything else that follows.

You know where your “good works” come from — not from your own desire, but from the gift of faith and His Spirit working in and through that faith. Rejoice in the work He would have you to do — and to His name be the glory!

Walking with my Lord

Lord, let Your gift of my faith make the work that I do
An expression of love and a gift back to You.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 26/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations 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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Living in Joy: Our New Life with God

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Joy in our new life with God

In the Word

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Of the Word

The Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell of the Israelites’ return from exile to Jerusalem. They had been forced from their homeland and separated from God. Now they were returning, hoping to rebuild their ruined city.

As they resettled, Ezra assembled them and read the Word of the Lord to them. As they listened, they were convinced that they had sinned; they felt shame and despair. But Nehemiah’s words brought comfort to their sad, repentant hearts. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10b).” Their sorrow turned to joy as they celebrated the beginning of a new life.

Our lives are new each day because of God’s love and forgiveness through Christ. May we, too, learn to rejoice in the blessings God has bestowed on us, especially the gift of salvation given to us through faith in Jesus.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, when daily struggles pull me away from You, send the Holy Spirit to bring me closer. Help me to find peace, joy, hope and strength in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 3/30 ©2005 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 in Joy: God’s Promised Protection

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Joy in God’s promised protection

In the Word

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20b

Of the Word

When King David experienced threats of conspiracy and war, he confidently wrote, The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid (Psalm 27:1)?

Sometimes we feel threatened, persecuted and fearful. Then we have two choices: Will we allow ourselves to be consumed by fear, or will we boldly believe God’s promises? Satan wants us to abandon hope, but St. Peter invites, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). And our mighty God promises, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1: 5b).

We can draw strength from God’s Word and promises, knowing that no attack, no fear, no foe is more powerful than our loving God.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Father, be with me when I am anxious and fearful. Help me to trust Your promises and hold tightly to You, remembering that my help and comfort come from You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 2/30 ©2005 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 in Joy: Being Loved by God!

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The joy of being loved by God!

In the Word

For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 108:4

Of the Word

The mother’s eyes never strayed from her child. A soft smile played across her lips as she watched him play. She was attentive to every move he made. Although the child was unaware of the attention she focused on him, yet her tender love was obvious to any observer.

As wonderful as the love of a parent can be, it cannot compare with God’s loving care for His children. His love is boundless, timeless, unfailing, unending. What earthly father or mother could presume to claim even one of our awesome God’s attributes?

As God’s people, we can pray Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love (Psalm 31:16). Knowing that God’s answer to us is a resounding “Yes!” we can say with utmost confidence, Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

Walking with my Lord

Dear loving Father, thank You for all of the people You have provided to give me love and care. Thank You most of all for the love You have given to me in Jesus Christ my Savior. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 1/30 ©2005 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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