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Living in Faith: Remembering Whose We Are

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionFaith is … Remembering Whose We Are

In the Word

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a

Of the Word

The story is told of a boy who was leaving home for college. At the breakfast table his father asked God to protect him and to grant success in his career. Rising from the table, the young man expected to receive some final bit of advice or instruction. He was surprised when the older man merely placed a hand on his son’s shoulder, looked at him with love, and said, “My boy, remember whose son you are!”

We Christians, too, are children temporarily away from our Father’s House. We need to be reminded of whose we really are: His sons and daughters. With faith in Jesus we know we are adopted into God’s holy family. He has given us His name in Baptism. Faith is that wonderful father-child relationship into which God’s Spirit has brought us.

What a blessing for us!

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Father, for reminding me of who I am. Help me to remember that I belong to You and that You have placed me here for Your glory. In Christ’s name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 29/30 ©2007 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 Faith: Resting in the Hands of …

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionFaith is … Resting in the Hands of Our Heavenly Father

In the Word

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27–29

Of the Word

The old sailor knew his Bible well. When asked if he was not afraid when the winds blew stiff and strong and his ship seemed at the mercy of the surging waves, he gave an answer each of us might well remember. “No, I’m never completely afraid,” he said. “The Good Book tells me that the Lord holds the waters in the hollow of His hands. So, even if my ship was wrecked and I’d fall into the sea, I’d only drop into my Father’s hands.”

What a wonderful way of expressing one’s faith in the loving and powerful nature of God. No matter what the adversity or difficulty, when the adversity is over, we will still be in our dear Father’s hands.

So let tragedy or misfortune come. Yes, let death come and snatch us out of the land of the living. It can only drop us into the hands of our Father. 

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of eternal life that no one can take from me. Help me always to rest in the hands of Your Father and mine. In Your name. Amen. 


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 28/30 ©2007 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 as a Woman in Mission: Contagious Faith

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionContagious Faith

In the Word

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes … Romans 1:16a

Of the Word

Grandma Ruffin coordinated after-school activities for Kid’s House at our inner-city church. She walked the children from their schools to the church, fed them, taught them good manners and behavior, and helped them with homework. This silver-haired African-American woman did not have college preparation to be a teacher, but teaching was her vocation.

Grandma Ruffin was also a model for the children’s parents. Using God’s Word she gave advice and instruction in parenting and in coping with other challenges. She was a woman of faith who prayed with parents and encouraged them to bring their children to church and Sunday school.

St. Paul says, I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also (2 Timothy 1:5 GNT). By God’s wonderful grace and the power of His Holy Spirit, I pray that I model Grandma Ruffin’s sincere faith to my students and others. Grandma Ruffin was my mother.

Walking with my Lord

Dear God, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help me proclaim the gift of His salvation in everything that I do and say. In His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Dr. LuJuana R. Butts. 28/32 ©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.
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 as a Woman in Mission: God’s Healing

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod’s Healing and Forgiveness

In the Word

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18b

Of the Word

The teenage victim of an illegal abortion lay in the ICU. She was not expected to survive. My heart ached to tell her of God’s love and mercy, but no visitors were allowed.

I decided to write a letter. I told her that God loved her and that through Jesus our scarlet sins would be washed as white as snow. I assured her that the members of the church were praying for her.

That night, a Christian nurse read my letter to her and prayed with her. By morning her condition had improved. During her long recovery, prayers continued. Some weeks later, she, her mother, and her brother were baptized.

No matter how severe the ailment or how great the sin, God offers His love, forgiveness, and comfort to all. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding (Ephesians 1:7–8).

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord, for dying on the cross to save me from my sins. Forgive my sins and empower me with Your love to share the Good News with all I meet. In Your saving name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Marilyn McClure. 27/32 ©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 as a Woman in Mission: God’s Protection

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod’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, 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 as a Woman in Mission: Christian Parenting

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionChristian 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, 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 “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

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJoy 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, 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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