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Faith-filled Parenting: Justice

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJustice

In the Word

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Of the Word

Picture a courtroom scene. God, the Judge, is ready to pronounce judgment against the sinner. Every sin deserves a punishment. … all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The punishment is death, and this is justice.

Thanks be to God that He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die for the sins of mankind so that justice would be satisfied! Believers in this saving work of Jesus are justified (meaning “just-as-if-I’d never sinned”) before God. God, the Judge, declares His people “not guilty” for Jesus’ sake.

Justice is important in the Christian home, too. Parents and children alike suffer the consequences of sin. Discipline must be rendered fairly among all family members. Yet punishment must always be tempered by the knowledge of the salvation that Jesus paid for with His death on the cross.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Say a prayer of thanks with your child for the saving work of Jesus.

Walking with my Lord

Dear God, You are just, but You look at me through the merit of Jesus, my Savior. Help me to be just and fair in all that I do. In His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 8/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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: I come into your presence!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionO Lord, I come into your presence!

In the Word

Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8a

Of the Word

Practice silence before God. Have you tried that lately in our loud, chaotic world? Find a special quiet place. Close your eyes; picture yourself in His presence. In fact, you are! Try to describe how you feel. The writer of Hebrews tells us: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). But don’t wait until you have a pressing need to come into His presence; come into His presence daily to learn of His grace, mercy and peace.

The psalmist wrote: I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1–2). So, no matter where we are or what time of day or night it is, God promises we can come directly into His presence and find help.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, I thank You that I can come into Your presence to find grace, mercy and peace each day. Help me to seek You first in my life, Lord, so that I will be prepared for whatever comes my way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 4/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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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Faith-filled Parenting: Forgiveness

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionForgiveness

In the Word

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

Of the Word

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) includes the words, Forgive us our debts (sins) as we also have forgiven our debtors.

When people sin, they incur the debt of punishment and death. To satisfy that debt, God sent His own Son Jesus to suffer and die for the sins of all people. Jesus satisfied the debt of sin. God forgives sin in the name of and for the sake of Jesus. Forgiveness may be defined as granting relief from the payment of a debt. Believers in Jesus are forgiven; they are debt-free.

Parents model repentance in the Christian family when they intentionally speak the words, “I’m sorry.” Forgiveness in the Christian family is delivered when parents intentionally speak the words, “You are forgiven.”

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: The next time your child apologizes, speak the words, “You are forgiven,” rather than “Oh, that’s OK.” Explain what forgiveness means.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, You have forgiven all my sins, even though I don’t deserve it. Help me to deliver that same forgiveness to my family. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 7/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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: Renewed Praise

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionRenewed Praise

In the Word

“…I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.” Isaiah 12:1b

Of the Word

A pastor liked to remind his parishioners of the burdened soul who approached Christ’s cross in a spirit of sincere repentance. Kneeling, the soul handed the Lord his load of sin and sorrow. So far, so good! Then the soul got up, snatched his burden back, and took it with him as he walked away.

Some sins prove difficult to put down. Guilt’s grip is heavy, even at the foot of Christ’s cross. We think we don’t deserve forgiveness or that others won’t forgive us. Sometimes we find we can’t even forgive ourselves. Though we feel sincerely repentant and have confessed, we continue to carry sin’s burden. God knows the pattern. That’s why He graciously assures us of His forgiveness by showing us His own Son paying the price of sin for us. Our feelings about sin evaporate in the light of God’s fact about sin — He’s taken care of it.

When you approach Christ’s cross with a burden, be prepared to lose weight fast. Leave your load with Him and walk away the free, healed, and redeemed child of God you are.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, thank You for lifting up sin’s heavy load
And comforting me by Christ’s body and blood.
In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 32/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 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 Praise: Well-Placed Praise

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionWell-Placed Praise

In the Word

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them. Proverbs 28:4

Of the Word

Our culture invites us to admire people who pay no attention to God’s will. If the person is rich enough or famous enough, we’re supposed to stand back and soak up the glamour of it all. In doing so, however, we’re taking our eyes off God and the truly admirable people who, led by His Spirit, follow Him.

Reflect for a moment on someone you truly admire. For what reasons do you admire this person? If the reasons smack of worldly values, now is the time to refocus in light of what God says about beauty: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30). About power: “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9a). About wealth: “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

Do you know someone who lives by His Word? Now there’s someone worthy of your admiration!

Walking with my Lord

Lord, let me honor those whose godly lives proclaim
A humble, faithful heart that knows and loves Your name.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 31/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 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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Faith-filled Parenting: Grace

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGrace

In the Word

… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23–24

Of the Word

Grace is getting what is not deserved. Sinners cannot expect anything from a just God except punishment and ultimately death. The future looks bleak. However, God sent His Son Jesus to save all people from punishment for sin by His death on the cross. All believers in Jesus receive gifts of grace — gifts that are not deserved. These gifts include forgiveness, salvation, love, joy, peace, faith, and eternal life.

God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense — GRACE!

Parents can, in turn, give gifts of grace to their children. They can forgive, even if it is difficult. They can love, even when the child is not acting very loveable. They can model grace-filled living to their children. How can this be done? It can only be done as a response to the grace given them in Christ Jesus.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Give unexpected hugs. Share specific “grace gifts” God has given to you.

Walking with my Lord

God of Grace, You shower me with free grace each day. Help me to share Your grace with my family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 6/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. 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: Daily Praise

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionDaily Praise

In the Word

Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:2

Of the Word

Practice, practice, practice! There’s no substitute for daily practice if we want to master a musical instrument. Or qualify for the team. Or excel in art. But do we have to “practice” being Christian? Yes. Every day? Yes. Not for the purpose of achieving perfection, but to become more deeply and mindfully aware of Christ’s work in us and His will for us.

Busy schedules, however, have a way of crowding out time for prayer, meditation, and reflection. Responsibilities and obligations compel us to attend to others, often at the expense of even a few minutes’ quiet time to ourselves. Yet without a daily pause to “practice” our Christianity — time to focus on Him, recognize His voice, and put ourselves at His command — we lose out on a great deal of Spirit-given insight, wisdom, joy, and maturity.

Daily practice — daily time with God in and with His Word — is a perfect way to grow closer to Him and see for yourself even more reason to praise His name forever.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, let nothing take the place
Of resting in Your love and grace.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 29/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 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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