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Faith-filled Parenting: Discipline

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Discipline

In the Word

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in (Proverbs 3:11–12).

Of the Word

Our heavenly Father loved His children so much that He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die for their sins. Because of Jesus, sins are forgiven. However, this forgiveness does not guarantee that trying situations will not happen. The Father disciplines His children for their good. The Lord lovingly uses adversity to instruct His children and guide them back to Him.

It is the responsibility of the parent to set boundaries for children. Children will often stretch these boundaries to the limit. Discipline is a tool to be used as a loving way to instruct and guide the child back in the right direction — back to the love of Jesus. Faith-filled parenting practices forgiving the sin while still loving the sinner.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Resolve to discipline your child with firmness, love, and respect, confident that the Holy Spirit will work through you to do what is best for your child.

Walking with my Lord

Loving Father, forgive me when I am short-tempered and impatient. Help me to show love and respect when it is necessary to be the disciplinarian in my home. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 20/32 ©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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Faith-filled Parenting: Contentment

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Contentment

In the Word

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12b–13).

Of the Word

The world defines contentment as being satisfied with one’s status, location, or possessions. For Christians contentment comes from knowing Jesus is our Savior from sin, death, and the devil. Our contentment comes not from what we have, but rather from what God has given us — new life through faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our status has been changed from sinful to forgiven, from dead in our sins to alive in Christ! God promises to care for us and give us all that we need. That is contentment!

Faith-filled parents want to model contentment to their children. That can be achieved by rejoicing in all that they do possess rather than complaining about what they don’t have. That kind of attitude will be admired and imitated by their children.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Have a family prayer and ask each family member to thank God for one blessing — physical or spiritual.

Walking with my Lord

Bounty-providing Father, give to me a contented, thankful heart, knowing that what I have is given according to Your good and gracious will for me. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 19/32 ©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 in Prayer: God, are You listening?

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God, are You listening?

In the Word

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16b).

Of the Word

Have you ever thought, “Why isn’t God listening to me? I prayed that my life would be changed. Nothing happened.” As weak, sinful humans, we are tempted to blame and accuse. Sometimes we are even tempted to blame God for everything that goes wrong. Could our own human frailties be hampering us, keeping us from hearing God’s good and timely answers to our prayers? Maybe we need to pray with the psalmist: Create in me a pure heart, O God (Psalm 51:10a).

Our loving and merciful God promises to listen and answer even when we are weak and fearful. … call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me (Psalm 50:15).

God’s answers don’t depend upon fancy words or even upon the strong faith of the one who prays. God answers in the right way and at the right time because He loves us.

Walking with my Lord

Dear God, forgive me for doubts and weakness. Strengthen my faith and help me to come to you with petitions that are pleasing in Your sight. Then help me to listen for Your timely answers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 30/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. 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: Praise Him! Praise Him!

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Praise Him! Praise Him!

In the Word

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth (Psalm 8:1)!

Of the Word

Where in nature have you seen the majesty of God? Niagara Falls? Carlsbad Caverns? Yellowstone? The ocean shore? A starry sky? A glowing sunset?

Or is His majesty shown in smaller ways? The curl of a tiny hand around your finger? The first crocus of spring? The red and gold leaves of autumn?

When we stop to think of the Almighty Creator whose plan and power surround us, we stand in awe and amazement. Who but the Almighty God could design a child, build a mountain, carve a canyon, or plan the changing seasons?

Our God does all that and more. He cares for us moment by moment. He cares so much that He gave His Son to be our Savior.

With the psalmist we can pray: Let me live that I may praise You (Psalm 119:175a).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me to see Your majesty in both great and small things. Help me to live a life of praise to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 29/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. 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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Walking with My Lord: How can I know God?

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How can I know God? God found a way. He became my Brother.

In the Word

And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. John 1:14a TLB

Of the Word

Life is often compared to a journey. It has a beginning, middle, and end. We follow a path with many crossroads, many choices. God did not set us on our journeys alone. He sent Jesus to walk with us. One of Jesus’ names, Emmanuel, means “God is with us” (Matt. 1:23 TLB).

Jesus came to show us the Father’s heart. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9b). Jesus came with His Father’s authority to share His message of forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation. Jesus came to share our human journey. …Jesus himself became like them [you and me] and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death… (Hebrews 2:14b GNT).

Jesus gives us a clear picture of God. Now we know God loves us, that we are His dear children because of our Brother Jesus Christ and all He’s done to save us. Our life journey is blessed with Jesus.

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, gracious Savior, receive my thanks and praise, my love and adoration for sharing life’s journey with me. Walk with me daily, Lord. Forgive, renew, and sustain me in my faith. Make me more like You, dear Brother. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 4/30  ©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.

Scripture quotations marked TLB are taken from THE LIVING BIBLE, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL. Copyright © 1971.

Scripture quotations marked GNT are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992.

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Living in Prayer: My God knows what He’s doing!

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My God knows what He’s doing! He doesn’t make mistakes!

In the Word

What a God he is! How perfect in every way! All his promises prove true. Psalm 18:30a LB

Of the Word

It’s Tuesday. The week has barely started and the piles on the desk just keep growing. The phone rings constantly. It’s 2:30 pm and you’ve been “walking backwards” all day. The feeling of “What am I doing here?” replays itself over and over in your head. “I’m not capable of doing this job. It’s too demanding. It’s just too hard!”

… my grace is sufficient for you … (2 Corinthians 12:9a). The phrase keeps running through your head. “Yeah, God, but …” The thought returns my grace is sufficient for you. The Apostle Paul needed to hear those words as much as we do. He experienced a daily “thorn” in the flesh that brought him back to reality knowing it was God working through him that accomplished everything. … for when I am weak, then I am strong — the less I have, the more I depend on him (2 Corinthians 12:10b LB).

Whether it is work demands, child-rearing issues, marital concerns, or health related problems, God’s message remains the same: my grace is sufficient for you.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me recognize Your hand leading me each day as I live my life as a witness to Your love and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 25/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. 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.

Scripture quotations marked LB are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187. All rights reserved.

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Faith-filled Parenting: Example

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Example

In the Word

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Of the Word

Jesus saved all people by His death and resurrection. As a result, Christians strive to follow the example of Jesus in their words and actions. They want to show forth the fruit of the Spirit in their lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22).

Drawing on the gifts given by the Holy Spirit, Christian parents set a positive example for their children. That positive example displayed in parents and mimicked in children is one way Jesus Christ demonstrates His gift of salvation for us all. Hearing their children say, “Through you, I have seen Jesus!” can bring great joy to the hearts of Christian parents.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Tell about a person who has been an inspiring example of God’s love in your life. Explain how this person has had a positive influence upon you.

Walking with my Lord

Perfect Redeemer, I praise You for those You have given as mentors and examples of Your love in my life. Help me to be a faith-filled example for my child. Through the Holy Spirit, lead my dear child to see You as Redeemer and Friend. In Your saving name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 17/32 ©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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