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Daughters of the King: Hearer of the Word

nullMary — Hearer of the Word

Mary’s Story: Luke 10:38–43

In the Word

… Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. Luke 10:39b

Of the Word

Mary had an opportunity and she took it! She did not allow what was going on around her to come between her and her Lord. Jesus was speaking and she was listening! She sat at His feet in rapt attention. Her focus was on the man she knew to be the Son of God.

How often are we willing to sit quietly and meditate on God’s Word, to listen for His voice, to shut out the world around us? Mary did not allow distractions to come between her and the Savior Who spoke these beautiful words of salvation: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (John 5:24a).

In our world we are bombarded with sounds. We become good at ignoring them and the people around us. We become so good at tuning out that we even do it during Sunday sermons. Mary knew hearing and listening go hand in hand. She knew the words Christ spoke were important and she showed her gratitude by listening intently.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me be eager to sit at Your feet and learn. Quiet me down so I can hear You and then, through Your Holy Spirit, show me how to live according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 22/34 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Daughters of the King: Woman of Faith

nullWoman with a Discharge of Blood — A Woman of Faith

Her Story: Mark 5:25–34

In the Word

And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. Mark 5:25–26

Of the Word

After twelve years of suffering and going from doctor to doctor, the woman still was not cured and her money was gone. Being impure because of the discharge, she was shunned and could not approach Jesus to ask for healing. But the woman believed the reports she heard about this Great Healer and said “… If I touch even his garments, I will be made well” (Mark 5:28b).

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). As Christians we believe in the power of God. We do not fully understand it nor can we explain it, but through the Holy Spirit we have been given the gift of faith to believe in it. Faith is fully trusting God.

Imagine the joy in the woman’s heart when Jesus spoke to her. “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease” (Mark 5:34).

Walking with my Lord

Loving Father, forgive me when my faith wavers. Help me remember You are always with me and there is no challenge You cannot overcome. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 23/34 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Love, Laughter, and Lullabies: Prepare!

nullPrepare!

In the Word

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  Matthew 25:13

Of the Word

Answer honestly. How many times did you rearrange the baby’s room, reorganize the baby’s clothes, and repack your hospital bag before you actually went into labor? Personally, I know I did each a few times at least. And I remember the anticipation I felt each time I walked by the empty room, the closet, and the hospital bag.

In scripture, Jesus spoke about being prepared. He told a parable in which ten virgins were waiting for a bridegroom. Five of the virgins were wise and prepared for a long wait with enough oil for their lamps. The other five, unfortunately, were unprepared. Their oil lamps went out before the bridegroom came, and they missed his arrival while searching for more oil.

Jesus wants us to be prepared for His arrival on the Last Day. Even though we do not know the day or the hour, we can look forward to that day with eager anticipation. How can we do that?

We prepare our hearts for Christ’s arrival by putting our faith and trust in Him. The Holy Spirit sustains us through regular reading of God’s Word and coming often to His altar to receive Holy Communion. We can eagerly wait for Him with joy.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, help me be prepared for Jesus’ return with eager anticipation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 23/30 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Love, Laughter, and Lullabies: Strong Foundation

nullStrong Foundation

In the Word

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”  Matthew 7:24–25

Of the Word

My daughter loves playing with building blocks. She can spend hours stacking and arranging the blocks into structures of her own design. But building the tower is only half the fun. The other half comes with knocking it over.

Christ is our Rock and solid Foundation. Because He is steadfast, faithful, and powerful, we can build our lives on Him. And we can give our children the first building blocks of faith by bringing them to be baptized. Through Baptism they receive God’s forgiveness, life, and salvation.

With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, faith is planted in their hearts and nurtured through Christian education. When the storms of life come — and they will come — God’s children will not fall because they will be founded on the Rock, Jesus Christ.

Walking with my Lord

Almighty God, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit Who gives faith and strength to keep me from falling during the storms of life. Let that same faith be my child’s strong foundation, too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 22/30 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Water of Life: Wonderful Water

nullWonderful Water

In the Word

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  Genesis 1:6

Of the Word

In the beginning God created everything needed for survival including wonderful water. Water makes dirty things clean. Water quenches our thirst on a hot summer day. Water brings life to the seeds planted for our food and the wood used for our shelter.

But this once-perfect creation, and all that is in it, is now fallen because of the lies and deceit of the devil and our own sinful ways. Yet this now fallen creation is being redeemed. Saint Paul writes, … the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19b). Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we are made perfect once again.

Water gave life to the wood of Jesus’ cross and to the paper on which God’s Word is printed. Water nourishes the grapes and grains of Holy Communion. Most importantly, the wonderful water of Holy Baptism brings life, new life in Christ.

Walking with my Lord

All-creating Father, You have redeemed me and all of creation through Your Son’s death and resurrection. In this fallen creation, guard and reassure me of the perfected being I am in Jesus. In His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 21/28 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Water of Life: New Clothes

nullNew Clothes

In the Word

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.”  Ezekiel 36:25

Of the Word

How good it feels to put on clean clothes after being in dirty, sweaty clothes all day! How about wearing a new outfit for the first time? We all like putting on new clothes, especially if they feel comfortable and look nice.

In the Old Testament, this is what the priests would do during their rites of purification. After they washed themselves, they would change out of their old robes and clothe themselves with new, clean, white robes. Then they would be ready to serve in the temple.

This Old Testament rite of purification foreshadows the cleansing power of Baptism. In Baptism we have been sprinkled with water, cleansed from all unrighteousness. Filthy, sin-covered robes are removed, and we are clothed with the robes of Christ’s righteousness. … let us draw near with a true heart … sprinkled clean … washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22).

Walking with my Lord

Righteous One, in my Baptism You clothed me with the robe of righteousness. Remind me daily of my Baptism and what it means to be Your child. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 20/28 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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Water of Life: Blood and Water

nullBlood and Water

In the Word

But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.  John 19:34

Of the Word

A famous painting of Jesus entitled “Divine Mercy,” He is clothed in a white robe with one hand raised and the other on His breast. From His chest flow two rays of light, one white and one red. At the bottom of the painting is the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You.”

The red ray represents Jesus’ blood, and the white ray reminds us of the water that flowed from His side. Some compare the red and white rays to both sacraments of the church: Jesus’ blood of the new covenant in Holy Communion and the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism. Both the blood and the water bring life and salvation.

For unbelievers, Jesus’ death is a moment of defeat and disgrace, not glory. But hidden beneath Jesus’ suffering and death is His work of redemption: the work of God bringing His fallen creation back to Himself, the work of God redeeming His creation through His Son. Jesus, who instituted the sacraments, is the entrance into eternal life.

Walking with my Lord

King of Mercy, through the spilling of Your blood and the water of Holy Baptism, I am made Your forgiven child. Keep me in the true faith. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 19/28 ©2013 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, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
 
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