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Living in Praise: Daily Praise

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Daily Praise

In the Word

Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever (Psalm 145:2).

Of the Word

Practice, practice, practice! There’s no substitute for daily practice if we want to master a musical instrument. Or qualify for the team. Or excel in art. But do we have to “practice” being Christian? Yes. Every day? Yes. Not for the purpose of achieving perfection, but to become more deeply and mindfully aware of Christ’s work in us and His will for us.

Busy schedules, however, have a way of crowding out time for prayer, meditation, and reflection. Responsibilities and obligations compel us to attend to others, often at the expense of even a few minutes’ quiet time to ourselves. Yet without a daily pause to “practice” our Christianity — time to focus on Him, recognize His voice, and put ourselves at His command — we lose out on a great deal of Spirit-given insight, wisdom, joy, and maturity.

Daily practice — daily time with God in and with His Word — is a perfect way to grow closer to Him and see for yourself even more reason to praise His name forever.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, let nothing take the place
Of resting in Your love and grace.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 29/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations 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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Faith-filled Parenting: Mercy

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Mercy

In the Word

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another’” (Zechariah 7:9).

Of the Word

Mercy is not getting what is deserved. All people are born sinful and sin daily by what they do and by what they leave undone. The punishment from God for sin is death. But, God had a plan! He sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life among mankind and then to suffer and die for the sins of all people. He rose again on the third day and reigns in heaven.

Because of this saving work, all believers in Jesus receive mercy from God. We deserve death, but instead we receive life in Jesus.

God’s people have received mercy and can therefore share that mercy with others. They can love and support their children, even when the children don’t deserve that love and support. A Christian home can be a sanctuary of mercy.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Make a concentrated effort to identify situations when you have been shown mercy. Share that same mercy with your child.

Walking with my Lord

Merciful Savior, thank You for not giving me what I deserve because of my sins. Help me to be merciful toward others. Make my home a sanctuary of mercy. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 5/32 ©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 Praise: Healing Praise

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Healing Praise

In the Word

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise (Jeremiah 17:14).

Of the Word

Dutch author Corrie ten Boom noted, “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” But how often God’s children carry around burdens rather than take them to their heavenly Father in prayer!

Your physical, emotional, and spiritual health matter to God, your Creator. You can trust Him with your concerns, even those you avoid telling anyone else about. When you turn to Him in prayer and give Him your burden — even the smallest burden of your heart — He hears you. And He heals you. How? Sometimes by assuring you of His presence. Sometimes by giving you the courage to face your challenges. Sometimes by healing your body. Always by healing your soul.

Compared to the weight of the world’s problems, maybe you think your problem is pretty light. But if it weighs on your heart, it’s heavy enough for prayer. Heavy enough to let your heavenly Father lift it from you and replace it with the lightness of His grace and mercy.

Walking with my Lord

“Take it to the Lord in prayer.” No sweeter words I hear,
My heart lifts up in praise to know my Savior-Lord is near.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 27/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Scripture quotations 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.

Hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – Public Domain (Seed #27)

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Joyful, Joyful: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

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Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

In the Word

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord (1 Peter 3:14–15a).

Of the Word

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross.
Lift high His royal banner; It must not suffer loss.
From vict'ry unto vict'ry His army He shall lead
Till ev'ry foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed.

Christ came into the world and lived a perfect life among us. He suffered and died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins. Then He rose triumphantly to assure us of eternal life. What a Savior! What a message for us to spread to the world!

When Jesus is beside us, we can enter the world with confidence. He gives us the power to overcome evil. We will face daily battles, but God assures us of the ultimate victory.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus; The strife will not be long; This day the din of battle, The next the victor’s song. The soldiers, overcoming, Their crown of life shall see And with the King of Glory Shall reign eternally.”

Walking with my Lord

Jesus, Savior, be with me and make me bold to stand up for You, witnessing to the hope I have in You. When taking a stand for You is difficult, remind me that You have already won the victory! In Your glorious name I stand and pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 16/31. Hymn Text: LSB 660. ©2011  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.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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