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How, Lord … can I learn to be content?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … can I learn to be content?

In the Word

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have… Hebrews 13:5a

Of the Word

If only I had a better job, a bigger car, or different clothes I would be satisfied. If I could get new furniture or more jewelry or cosmetic surgery I would be content.

Why would we believe in the promises of the world that tell us if we had enough money we could buy whatever we wanted and we would be content?

Contentment comes when we focus on what God has already given us and forget about the things we want. “Life is not about having a lot of material possessions” (Luke 12:15b GOD’S WORD).

Contentment is realizing that when we have Jesus, we have all we need. Only He can satisfy us with things that won’t fade away as soon as the next worldly fad comes along. No earthly possession can compare with the richness of the spiritual blessings God has for us.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit so my focus will be on You, for then I know I am blessed. Remind me that focusing on material possessions only brings me discontent. May my priorities always please and serve You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 11/32 ©2011 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.
Scripture quotations marked (GOD’S WORD) are taken from GOD’S WORD ®, © 1995, God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.
 

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How, Lord … can I remain strong in faith?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … can I remain strong in faith?

In the Word

“‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’” Isaiah 7:9b

Of the Word

God calls His people to stand firm and trust Him and His Word as we encounter the real threats of the world. Wars, terrorism, cultural compromise, financial crisis, disease, political unrest, attacks on Christians, and poverty are only a few of the dangers that invade our lives.

When those invasions come we have a choice to make: we can live in fear and panic or we can choose to remain calm. We can worry about what may or may not happen or we can, through faith, put our trust in a sovereign God and His protection.

Faith is what frees us from the fears that Satan would burden us with. Faith is what links us to God’s peace and power. Faith enables us to trust that our lives are in God’s hands and He has a plan for each of us. … faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Walking with my Lord

God, I thank You for the free gift of faith given to me through my Savior and for the Holy Spirit who nurtures that faith within me. When uncertainty and doubt arise, strengthen my faith. Help me remember that You are always near. Amen, Lord Jesus, Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 10/32 ©2011 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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Simple Trust: No Slip Ups

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionNo Slip Ups

In the Word

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Of the Word

Whose famous slippers were originally supposed to be furry?
Cinderella’s

When the story of Cinderella was translated, the very similar old French words for “glass” and “fur,” verre and vair, were mistaken for each other. With one swoop of the pen the furry slippers became the glass slippers. So what difference does it make? Actually, glass slippers sound more elegant than furry slippers. No one was harmed by this slight change in the fairy tale.

Some things, however, cannot be changed. Take Jesus, for example. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection may sound like a fairy tale, but every part is true and trustworthy. Jesus even called Himself “truth” when He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6a).

No one will ever put glass or furry slippers on our feet and whisk us away to a ball for an evening. But Jesus is the King of Kings. We will have a ball for all eternity when we “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” (Acts 16:31b).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, thank You for being the Truth and for telling the truth in Your Word. Help me trust in You forever. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 12/29 ©2011 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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Simple Trust: Best Seller

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionBest Seller

In the Word

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8–9

Of the Word

Until 2003 the Bible was the most widely distributed book. What took its place?
The IKEA Catalog

In 2003, 25 million Bibles were distributed, compared to 145 million copies of the IKEA catalog. The purpose of the IKEA catalog is to sell products. The pictures are appealing, the prices are competitive, and some items even come with guarantees. Yet one thing is certain: the catalog was printed and distributed to make a profit for the company.

God’s true Word, the Bible, is made available so that people can learn about God’s free gift. This gift of salvation comes GRACEfully gift wrapped from Jesus Christ Himself. It guarantees eternal happiness in heaven.

You can trust that guarantee because God Himself gives it. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8–9).

Want to read more? Open your Bible for God’s messages of peace, love, and hope.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, thank You for Your Word and its message of grace. Thank You for Your guarantee of salvation through faith in Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 11/29 ©2011 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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Simple Trust: Nail Marks

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionNail Marks

In the Word

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Of the Word

What do one third of Americans do?
They bite their fingernails.

Most people do not like admitting it. Some people can’t deny it because their nails are obviously chewed. The biters may have even tried to break the habit. They know it spreads germs and does nothing for the appearance of their nails, but they still bite their nails. Most say they do this when they are frustrated or nervous. Isn’t there a better solution? Of course there is!

There is no comfort to be found in our own nails, but there is great comfort to be found in the nails that went through our Savior’s hands and feet. We remember how very much He loved us then and how very much He loves us still. He created us, He died for us, and He lives in us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Now that is something worth chewing on!

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, thank You for loving me so much that You died for me. Help me live my life for You. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 10/29 ©2011 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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Joyful, Joyful: I Know that My Redeemer Lives

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionI Know that My Redeemer Lives

In the Word

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes — I, and not another.” Job 19:25–27a

Of the Word

I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever–living head.

Inspired by words in Job 19, this Easter hymn reminds us that Christ has risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Christ lives to bless us with His love, to forgive us, to guide us, to calm us, to wipe away our tears, and to silence our fears. In other words, our Savior, who died for us to release us from the stranglehold of sin, is alive and with us in every aspect of life. What a wonder … what a joy!

“He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same; Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!”

Walking with my Lord

Living Redeemer, what joy the Good News of Your resurrection brings to me! Live on mightily in my heart and life so I may daily praise all You have done. In Your life-giving name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 9/31. Hymn Text: LSB 461. ©2011  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.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.
 

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Joyful, Joyful: I am Jesus’ Little Lamb

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionI am Jesus’ Little Lamb

In the Word

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11

Of the Word

I am Jesus’ little lamb, Ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need and well provides me,
Loves me ev’ry day the same, Even calls me by my name.

No matter our age, the opening words to this child-like hymn, based loosely on the words of Psalm 23, remind us that Jesus called Himself the good shepherd (John 10:11a).

Our Shepherd assures us we belong to Him and He “Even calls me by my name.” He provides for His sheep and gives us the greatest gift of all: His life, so that we may be forgiven. He then rose again, so that we, His little lambs, will have eternal life with Him in heaven.

Because we are joyful to have a Good Shepherd, we sing along with the hymn writer: “Who so happy as I am, Even now the Shepherd’s lamb? And when my short life is ended, By His angel host attended, He shall fold me to His breast, There within His arms to rest.”

Walking with my Lord

Shepherd of all Your little lambs, hold me and mine close to Your heart. Protect us and gently guide us to Your pleasant pastures. In Your watchful name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 8/31. Hymn Text: LSB 740. ©2011  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.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.
 

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