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Living in Joy: Joy — True Joy — Lasts Forever

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJoy — True Joy — Lasts Forever

In the Word

…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b

Of the Word

An old gentleman was asked to recite his favorite Bible verse. He replied, “And it came to pass … (Luke 2:1a KJV).” When encouraged to explain the seemingly odd choice, he said, “When good times came, I knew they came to pass. But the bad times didn’t come to stay, either. They came to pass. I’ve found a lot of truth and comfort in those five words.” It’s hard to be convinced that hard times will pass when we’re in the midst of them. Hours are too long when the baby cries, when the phone brings no news, when the plumber can’t come ‘til Friday.

But joyous euphoria doesn’t last forever, either. Even Jesus’ disciples had to come down from the Mount of Transfiguration to resume their daily tasks. (Mark 9:2–10) Through thick and thin, through tears of joy or tears of sorrow, God is with His people. With the psalmist  the faithful can say, Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8b). 

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, as things come to pass in my life, help me to remember that You are in control. Forgive my uncertainties when troubles come. Thank You for the special blessings You have given to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 29/30 ©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.
Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the KING JAMES VERSION OF THE HOLY BIBLE. Public domain.
 

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Living in Joy: God Gives Joy and Laughter

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod Gives Joy and Laughter

In the Word

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Of the Word

Laughter is good medicine. A good laugh can dispel the worst of moods on the darkest of days.

The psalmist writes, Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them (Psalm 126:2).”

Bible scholars say those words were written about captives who returned to their homeland. Their mouths were laughing and singing, shouting out the joy that filled their hearts. The response of their neighbors was exciting! Not “What’s all that noise about?” but rather, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Think for a moment of the people around you. What witness is being given to you and by you? Thank God for the message that says, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy (Psalm 126:3).”

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, help me to start each day with a happy heart. Let my face and voice reflect the joy I have in You. Then others will give glory to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 28/30 ©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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Comfort from the Psalms: God Can Make It Better

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod Can Make It Better

In the Word

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

Of the Word

At times life can be so overwhelming that we feel as if we have fallen into a deep well. We make a few steps of progress, but then we fall down and have to try again. We wonder, “How did this happen to me? This isn’t what I bargained for in life.” We wish our Father in heaven would come down with a quick fix, changing life to the way we want it to be.

The Lord can make it better, but His plan isn’t always our plan. Jesus may not remove the difficulty we face or change the situation that troubles us, but He will show us how to get through it. He will show us a way out of the well of despair we are in. The Spirit knows something we don’t; He knows what is in our future. He knows what is best for us even when we don’t. He knows how to deliver us from our fears.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Walking with my Lord

Holy Spirit, guide and direct my ways so I can listen and heed Your call. Help me to rely on Your promise to deliver me from the troubles that surround me. In Jesus’ name I cry to You for help. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 30/30 ©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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Comfort from the Psalms: Sleep in Peace

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionSleep in Peace

In the Word

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Of the Word

Why is the nighttime so difficult? We should be asleep but we toss and turn, our minds racing with thoughts of our troubles and fears. “My dear loved one is gone and I can’t stand the sorrow.” “What will tomorrow bring?” “Why do I have to deal with that situation?” “It’s not fair!” In the dark our fears seem overwhelming.

The psalmist says he can lie down and sleep in peace. “Well that’s not happening to me.”

The hours tick away and we continue to stare at the ceiling. We didn’t really want to turn out the lights in the first place but exhaustion is setting in. Minutes turn into hours and we are still awake.

We can continue to carry the fears with us, but being afraid won’t change our circumstances. It is time to surrender! It is time to take hold of the situation by accepting God’s promise: Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7 GNT). Jesus cares! He wants to give us rest! Through the Holy Spirit at work in us, we can lie down and sleep in peace.

Walking with my Lord

Caring Father, I am so weary carrying these burdens. Help me to let go and surrender to Your care. Help me to accept the rest and safety You offer. Help me to trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 29/30 ©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.
 

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Comfort from the Psalms: Strength to Endure

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionStrength to Endure

In the Word

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Psalm 28:7a

Of the Word

There are times in life when we cry out “I just can’t handle this. I don’t have the strength to get through another day.” Jesus hears our cries. He knows our anguish. He feels our pain. He acts by sending His Holy Spirit to us with the assurance that our Father is strong enough to shield and protect each one of us. The psalmist’s words encourage us when he writes, my heart trusts in him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:7a).

God’s promise — I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13) — isn’t a magic wand. We can’t change other people or life’s circumstances. We can’t suddenly leap tall buildings in a single bound. It is God’s assurance that He will help us face the challenges of each and every day. He will be our strength when our own strength fails. He will carry us safely through the storms of life.

God’s strength and shield provide us with hope — hope that a brighter tomorrow will eventually come. Because of our God-given hope, we know that “… with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26b).

Walking with my Lord

Mighty God, lead me through my trials and help me to see what You want to do through me. As I hold on to the strength that only Jesus can give, use me even in my weakness. In His name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 28/30 ©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 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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