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Living as a Woman in Mission: God’s Protection

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God’s Loving Protection

In the Word

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go …” Genesis 28:15a

Of the Word

Years ago I was returning home after taking my husband to the airport. I had been delayed once by a flat tire which I had replaced with the spare. Suddenly a second tire hit a deep rut and blew out. I was stranded. I managed to get a ride to a service station, but I had to find a way to get the repaired tire back to my van.

The service station attendant found some men to give me a ride, but I soon realized they had been drinking. Fear came into my heart. Why hadn’t I been more careful? As I silently prayed for God’s protection, one of the men laughingly asked, “So what is a young woman like you doing alone on the road at night?” Remembering God’s promise, I replied, “Oh, I’m never alone. My Lord is always with me and watches over me wherever I am.” The men fell silent. I was dropped off unharmed at my van and left to change the tire by myself.

How thankful I am that God’s words to Joshua were also true for me. “… the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9b). God watched over me on that lonely road, and He surrounds me daily with His loving care and protection.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, when I am afraid, give me the reassurance of Your loving protection. Keep me safe always in Your loving arms. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Marilyn McClure. 26/32 ©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: Christian Parenting

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Christian Parenting

In the Word

Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. Ephesians 6:4 (GNT)

Of the Word

Parents — even well-meaning Christian parents — can get caught up in the fast-paced lives we live today. Not only do we deal with work and school, but also sports, dance class, piano lessons, meals, and homework. At the end of the day we’re just thankful for bath time and bedtime.

We’re proud when our children make the A honor roll, the varsity team, or the cheerleading squad. But are those the most important things? What about family devotions, mealtime prayers, Sunday worship? Those godly practices have significance for life and for eternity.

God commands that parents instruct their children in His ways. Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life (Proverbs 22:6 GNT). God’s Word clearly shows His will, and His rewards are everlasting. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:11).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me to teach my children about You, their loving Savior. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may I set an example of Christian living that my children will follow throughout their lives. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Robin Oblander. 25/32 ©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.
Scripture quotations marked “GNT” are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992. All rights reserved.

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Living in Joy: Joy in Weakness

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Joy in Weakness

In the Word

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Of the Word

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Starting over after the death of a loved one? Facing cancer? Divorce? Unemployment? Moving from familiar surroundings? Sending a son or daughter off to war? When Paul wrote the words of this text, he had experienced hatred, imprisonment, beating, lies, misunderstandings, and impending death. In all things, God gave him strength to face the future. He knew with certainty that his ultimate future was in heaven with Jesus, the One who had spoken directly to him on the Damascus road.

Paul’s words encourage us in our darkest moments. In the midst of unrest, grief, and uncertainty, God’s comforting arms reach out to surround us with love and hope. By His grace, we can echo Paul’s inspired words, I can do everything through him … (Philippians 4:13a).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, You know my hurts and weaknesses, for You know all things. Help me to remember You in my darkest moments. Help me to rely on You without any doubts or fears. In Jesus’ powerful name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 27/30 ©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: Joy in stillness

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Joy in stillness

In the Word

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a

Of the Word

Quiet. Ah, peace and quiet! Is your quiet time early in the morning when the sun is rising? Is it late at night after everyone else has gone to bed? Do you have your quiet time during solitary walks or drives?

American lives are often so cluttered by commitments that no time is reserved for quiet. Worse yet, quiet time — sitting, reading, meditating — seems to bring on a guilty feeling. “Oh, I should get up and do something!”

God reminds us, Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a). He invites us, Come to me … and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Accepting God’s offer is sometimes hard. But God gave us the example; at the very beginning of time, He completed His work of creating and rested on the seventh day. He wanted His people to know that resting times, quiet times, are important, too.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, in my busy schedule I often find too little time for You. Calm me and give me Your peace so that during quiet times I can grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 26/30 ©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: Joy — an attitude of the heart

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Joy — an attitude of the heart

In the Word

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17–18

Of the Word

Where do we find joy? Commercials would have us believe it is found in the latest anti-aging cream, the newest diet, the finest automobile. If that were true, what happens when the wrinkles appear, the pounds don’t drop off, or the car breaks down?

Young Mary knew the source of true joy when she sang … my spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Luke 1:47).

Joy is not dependent on having or not having things. It is an attitude of the heart. When we rejoice in the Lord, environment and possessions take their proper places in our lives.

Today’s woman might reword Habakkuk’s words in this way: “Though gasoline prices are higher than I like, though my hours at work are long and stressful, though my responsibilities weigh heavily upon me, though my house is too small and my bills are too big, yet I will rejoice in the Lord.”

Walking with my Lord

Lord, when earthly things block my heavenly view, remind me that You are God. Help me to find my greatest joy in You. Thank You for Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 25/30 ©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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Comfort from the Psalms: Rejoice!

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Rejoice!

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

What were your first thoughts this morning? “I woke up so I must still be alive.” “I dread going to work because I hate my job.” “Just another day of pain.” “Where will the money come from to pay all of my bills?” “Why can’t I just hide from the world and stay in bed all day?”

The psalmist tells us to rejoice and be glad because today is a gift from God! What we choose to do with it is up to us. The question then becomes what will our response be to Jesus? How will we let others see that God is at work in us? Are we sharing with others the love God the Father lavishes upon us so graciously? What will our attitude show in spite of the circumstances that surround us?

I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation (Psalm 118:13–14). The psalmist is telling us that the Holy Spirit does help us through the day. God is stronger than anything we face; strong enough to carry us through any situation. He is our salvation. With God at our side we can begin the day rejoicing in this Good News.

Walking with my Lord

God of my salvation, help me to learn to say, “Yes! With Your help I am ready to face today. There is nothing I will face today that will be too tough for You to help me handle.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 27/30 ©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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Comfort from the Psalms: God Knows Me

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God Knows Me

In the Word

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. … you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1, 3b

Of the Word

God knows us intimately. He is familiar with each one of us. He walks with us and calls us by name. The Holy Spirit knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows everything about us. He knows when we rest or work, laugh or cry, what we say and think. As humans we find this too difficult to comprehend; it boggles our minds. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain (Psalm 139:6).

… you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13b). Our Father knew us before our parents knew us. From the beginning His desire was for us to be His children. Nobody loves us like God loves us.

The God who created us, loves us, and knows us will forever be at our side. Not one minute in the span of our lives will go unnoticed by Him. While we are still on this earth we will never fully understand the awesomeness of God, but we can honor Him with praise and thanksgiving for what He has done and continues to do in our lives. We can be ready to tell others of our omnipresent Father who desires all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4 ESV).

Walking with my Lord

What comfort it is, Dear Lord, to know that I do not face this day alone. You are with me to protect and guide me. Thank You for being ever present in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 26/30 ©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.

Scripture quotations marked ESV are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


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