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In Times of Need: Help, Lord!

nullHelp, Lord!

In the Word

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Psalm 25:16, 18

Of the Word

In times of affliction and loneliness, it is tempting to grow impatient with God. Our faith can grow weak. During these times it may seem that God is slow to show His presence and give us relief.

Even in his failures, loneliness, and affliction, the psalmist David knew God would not fail him. David asked the Lord for grace and forgiveness, trusting the Lord would answer according to His perfect will.

We, like David, are imperfect people. We fall into the traps of fear, anger, doubt, and worry which can be compounded by our feelings of loneliness. We allow impatience with our Heavenly Father to worm its way into our already discouraged state of mind. Our prayers may turn into “my will be done” instead of “your will be done” (Matthew 6:10b).

But by the grace given us through Christ’s death and resurrection we are forgiven people! When we turn to God He will be gracious to us. He will forgive our doubt. He assures us … if we ask anything according to his will he hears us (1 John 5:14b).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, give me faith and patience when I feel hurt and alone. Help me to remember Your promises of love and forgiveness. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 29/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. Code: #40197
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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In Times of Need- The Healing Touch

nullThe Healing Touch

In the Word

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt down before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:2-3

Of the Word

Can you imagine what it would be like to not be touched? When you reached out your hand, no hand would reach back to touch yours. When you were overwhelmed or frightened, no arm would come around your shoulder to bring comfort. That was the lot of lepers in Jesus’ day. They were ravaged by disease, labeled unclean, and faced a lonely life.

Jesus did an amazing thing when He healed the leper. He touched him to bring healing. Jesus not only cleansed him of disease, He sent him back to his community clean. The touch of Christ reunited the leper with his friends and family.

The Savior does no less for us. He cleanses us with the healing of His Gospel and takes our lonely place of judgment on the cross. From that cross He draws people to Him from everywhere.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, thank You for Your healing touch that has the power to renew me. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 28/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141 Code: #40197
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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The Word: Wisdom for Living- Fountain of Life

nullFountain of Life

In the Word

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 13:14

Of the Word

“Mom, I’m hungry!” Anyone with a teenage boy has certainly heard those words. It’s hard to keep a growing boy filled up!

But what about the times food is a solace or pacifier? An inner hunger that makes us grab for cookies or colas is never satisfied. Why? Because that kind of hunger is deeper than food or drink can satisfy.

When the Samaritan woman came to the well, Jesus asked her for a drink. Then He told her about a special water, “… a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14b).

Jesus, the Son of God, offered her the fountain of life, the living water that would quench her real thirst, the thirst in her parched heart. He has the same offer for us. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37b). Come thirsty! Be satisfied by His love and grace!

A Point to Ponder: What spiritual hunger or thirst can I give to Jesus?

Walking with my Lord

Lord Jesus, You have promised to satisfy my hungry and thirsty heart. Help me to trust in You and be satisfied. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 30/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. Code: #40198
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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The Word: Wisdom for Living- Forever a Student

nullForever a Student

In the Word

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance … Proverbs 1:5

Of the Word

As a student, did you ever close the book, breathe a confident sigh, and say, “I know it! I’m ready for the test!”? Or were you the one who crammed until the last bell rang and with much fear and trepidation took the test paper from your instructor’s hand?

Solomon encourages us to be life-long learners when he says, Let the wise hear and increase in learning … (Proverbs 1:5a). How wise is wise? How much learning is enough already? Solomon indicates that even the wise, those who have knowledge and discernment, are still learning. Perhaps they even say, “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.”

So what is our source for information? Do we grab the nearest newspaper or quickly check the internet news? For learning that truly guides our ways, fills our hearts, and leads to eternal life, we go to the Source of all wisdom, God Himself. In His Book, the Bible, we learn of His grace, His power; His love.

A Point to Ponder: How can I carve out time to seek true wisdom from God?

Walking with my Lord

All-wise and all-powerful God, I come to You with a humble heart. Fill me with Your wisdom and teach me Your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 29/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141 Code: #40198
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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The Word: Wisdom for Living- One Language or Two?

nullOne Language or Two?

In the Word

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:23

Of the Word

Are you bilingual? Many people grew up speaking one language at home and learning another at school. Others left a homeland and were forced to adopt a new language when they resettled in a foreign country. Still others studied hard, immersing themselves in a new language in order to speak it fluently.

But think of a different type of bilingualism — one in which people speak a “church language” and a much different “work language.” The two languages may denote a divided character — a godly one for Sunday, a not-so-godly one for the rest of the week.

Language is an indicator of heart condition. The writer of Proverbs reminds us that the heart of a wise man guides his mouth. Our daily prayer should be that of the psalmist, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

A Point to Ponder: What words can I use to show that Jesus lives in my heart?

Walking with my Lord

Lord, when I am tempted to speak harsh or critical words, stop me. Calm my heart so that people will know that You are in residence there. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 28/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141 Code: #40198
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

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Everyday Celebrations- Heaven at Last

nullHeaven at Last

In the Word

There is a time for everything, … a time to mourn and a time to dance, … Ecclesiastes 3:1a, 4b (NIV)

Of the Word

It was said that the elderly lady had been born dancing. Any time there was music, her feet would respond. So it seemed only fitting when the family chose to have a dance after the woman’s funeral luncheon. Joy and laughter filled the air as they celebrated her new life in heaven.

The death of a loved one certainly brings grief. We miss that person’s presence in our life. We cherish each remembrance of the love that was shared. There are tears of mourning. Yet, as Christians, our mourning is much different than those who have no hope. We celebrate our loved one’s victory over death.

Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave attained everlasting life for those He redeemed. Our faith and confidence in our Lord and Savior is reason for dancing. We may need to allow some time for grieving before we are ready to dance, but what joy we have knowing that the one we love is celebrating eternal life with Jesus!

Walking with my Lord

Lord, may the anticipation of eternal life with You always set my feet to dancing. In Your precious name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 27/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141 Code: #40195
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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Everyday Celebrations- Finally, the Diploma!

nullFinally, the Diploma!

In the Word

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” Isaiah 46:10a (NIV)

Of the Word

After years of schooling, the classes and final exams are completed. What a sense of accomplishment and relief to hold that diploma! The goal is finally attained. And inevitably someone will ask, “So, what are your plans now?”

Some individuals have a job offer firmly in hand. Some might have further education planned. Others might not have the slightest idea what to do next. Confident or fearful, each person can be assured that our heavenly Father has the future in His hands.

The God Who created each of us had our purpose in life planned even before we came into being. “I make known the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10a NIV) is His faithful promise to all of His children. Whether our life path unfolds exactly the way it was envisioned or with surprising detours, the Savior who redeemed us is right by our side. We never need to worry about the details of the plan. We only need to pray for guidance in discerning Jesus’ purpose for each us.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, fill me with the blessed assurance that my life is truly secure in Your hands. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 26/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. Code: #40195
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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