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Living in Faith: Trusting God

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Faith is … Trusting God

In the Word

In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them (Psalm 22:4).

Of the Word

Trust is the foundation of every good relationship. Children trust and depend on their parents. Patients who submit to surgery rely on the doctor’s skilled hands. Couples count on one another for love and support.

So often our trust and confidence is misplaced, and then disappointments come. We may trust our physical strength, yet illness lays us low. We build our assets with investments, and then a recession comes to threaten our security. We confide our secrets with friends only to find their hearts are false.

We are reminded to focus our attention on God, who alone is trustworthy. We can rely on Him because we have proof that He has acted mightily for us. In Jesus Christ, God assumed the burden of our broken nature and paid the price for our sin.

On earth there is no sure and certain cure for all that ails us. No insurance policy will protect us against the evil around us. But the Lord has promised His presence even in the middle of our problems and crises. His promises are sure and certain. That is why we can trust Him!

Walking with my Lord

“I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus; Never let me fall. I am trusting Thee forever And for all.” In the name of Jesus. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 19/30 ©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.
“I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus” words by Frances R. Havergal, music by Henry W. Baker – Public Domain.

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Living as a Woman in Mission: Shaped by God

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Shaped by God

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Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out (Romans 12:2a MSG).

Of the Word

St. Paul exhorts the Romans not to be conformed to this world. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God remould your minds from within … (Romans 12:2a Phillips). The world around us exerts its influence upon us in many ways, both subtle and obvious. Today’s moral values are often empty inside while shiny on the outside. God, not the world, is the potter. As God’s children we are the clay. We are formed by His hands. The prophet Isaiah said it clearly: … O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand (Isaiah 64:8).

How can we as God’s children hold firmly to His high principles and resist being squeezed into the mold of worldliness? St. Paul says let God remould your mind from within (Romans 12:2b Phillips). Daily reading of God’s Word helps us focus on what is God pleasing. The Holy Spirit helps us grow in faith and spiritual strength.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, keep me from being as weak as clay. With Your Word, mold me, making me strong to resist the false values of the world. Thank You for being my Strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Marilyn Sagehorn. 18/32 ©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 “MSG” are taken from THE MESSAGE, by Eugene H. Peterson. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked “Phillips” are taken from THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MODERN ENGLISH. Copyright © 1958, 1959, 1960 J.B. Phillips and 1947, 1952, 1955, 1957 The Macmillian Company, New York. All rights reserved.

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Living as a Woman in Mission: Caring

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Caring for the Caregiver

In the Word

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10).

Of the Word

Who takes care of the caregivers when they are weary and physically worn? … when they are emotionally exhausted? … when they are spiritually challenged? Who is to be sensitive to caregivers’ needs?

God commands us to Carry each other’s burdens … (Galatians 6:2a). He gives us opportunities to carry out this command by speaking understanding words or listening patiently. Phone calls, notes of encouragement, or personal visits can brighten the caregiver’s day. Bringing a hot meal or providing respite care so the caregiver can take a break is appreciated. A spontaneous act of kindness can lift the caregiver’s spirit.

Even caregivers who try to hide their weariness or downheartedness need the warmth of God’s love shown through Christian care and concern. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other … (Colossians 3:12–13a).

Walking with my Lord

Gracious Father, bless me with the gift of sensitivity so that I might see the needs of others and offer sweet refreshment to the weary. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Marilyn Sagehorn. 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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Living as a Woman in Mission: Caregiver

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Strength for the Caregiver

In the Word

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

Of the Word

The psalmist asks, … where does my help come from? As a caregiver I frequently come to a low point and wonder the same thing as the psalmist: What next? The psalmist answers his own question, My help comes from the Lord … (Psalm 121:1b–2a). My courage returns when God reminds me that He is my Help.

Staying immersed in God’s Word buoys my spirit as a caregiver because of the surety of God’s promises. God assures me, “… call upon me in the day of trouble …” Then promises “I will deliver you …” (Psalm 50:15a). God is not promising us that trouble will go away, but He is promising His help. I can accomplish even the most difficult tasks with Him by my side.

The words of the psalmist were the hymns of his day. Today’s hymns and spiritual songs flow with words of trust, confidence, and praise. I am comforted as I read them, sing them, or pray them. I hold them dear because they remind me that God does indeed promise to give me strength.

Walking with my Lord

Loving God, You are my Help and Strength. I call upon You in every need. May I always be anchored to the truth of Your Word that assures me I will, with Your help, be able to accomplish what I must do. May my actions reflect Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Marilyn Sagehorn. 16/32 ©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 Joy: Joy in forgiveness

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Joy in forgiveness

In the Word

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

Of the Word

Joseph’s brothers hated him enough to plan murder. He felt their hatred as they taunted him about his dreams, threw him into a deep pit, accepted the traders’ coins, and sent him into slavery (Genesis 37). Years passed and God did not forget Joseph. Instead He elevated him to a high position in Egypt. How easy it would have been for Joseph to repay evil for evil when his hungry brothers appeared before him. Instead, he forgave them. Yes, he tested their hearts and motives, but he forgave them and remained faithful to God. Only because of God’s grace could he forgive all that his brothers had done (Genesis 45).

How can we forgive those who hate us and hurt us? It is only by God’s grace. It is only because in Christ, God has forgiven us. The sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary gives full coverage for our sins — for all of our sins. We are forgiven by God in order to be forgiving to others.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, forgiving others is not easy for me. I often want to pay back and hold grudges. Give me a kind and compassionate heart so that I, by Your grace, can forgive others as You have forgiven me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 18/30 ©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 our differences

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Joy in our differences

In the Word

… they had no further objections and praised God … (Acts 11:18b).

Of the Word

Every eye was upon the young man as he walked into the church. His clothing was black and loaded with chains, his hair spiked and brightly dyed. What was he doing here? First impressions often reflect personal fears and prejudices. That fact is neither new nor unique to our society.

In the time of David his youthfulness was used as an excuse to doubt his success against Goliath (1 Samuel 17). During Jesus’ ministry His message was discounted because of His father’s occupation. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? (Matthew 13:55a). What then makes “good” Christians? What do they look like?

Consider Galatians 3:26–28: You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Christians have faith in Christ. They look like God’s people, whether in boots or sandals, bald headed or braided.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, forgive me when I forget that all people are precious to You. When personal prejudices and poor first impressions turn me away from loving my neighbor, remind me that, in Christ, we are one. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 17/30 ©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 Reaching Out

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Joy in reaching out to people everywhere with God’s Word

In the Word

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).

Of the Word

With the invention of electronic communication via the internet our world is so much more accessible. Missionaries who were once in very remote places now have access to the outside world through generator-powered computers.

When Jesus spoke to His disciples about reaching the whole world with the Gospel they must have thought He was exaggerating. How could this message actually be preached everywhere? Today we see evidence of that message being spread to the outermost parts of the earth. We may not personally be able to share the Gospel around the world, but we can make our Christian witness known in our daily lives. We can support our church’s missionary efforts with prayer and financial gifts. What joy we have in knowing God’s Word is reaching people everywhere.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, support and strengthen missionaries everywhere as they deal with the hardships and joys of speaking Your saving Word to those still in the darkness of sin. Give me strength to boldly witness of You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 16/30 ©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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