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Sending Hugs

Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Psalm 100:2).

This week the very first meeting of the LWML Presidents Assembly will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. God willing, I will witness this event. Presidents from the forty LWML districts will come together to learn, sing, share, and hug.

Did you know that January 21 is National Hugging Day? If you have ever watched LWML sisters greet one another, there are numerous hugs given and shared. Why do we hug? Hugs with our sisters and brothers in Christ convey our thanks to God for blessing us with a Savior and giving us the opportunity to serve and praise Him.

Filling our Mite Boxes is a unique way we can send “hugs” to people all around the world, so they can learn of Christ and be blessed for eternity in the presence of God. Share a hug with someone today; tell them how God loves them and sent His Son to be their Savior.

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Prayer Warriors

Prayer warriors are people who consistently pray for others. By our interceding, we put ourselves between the problems and the other person, standing there in the armor of God. We put aside our own cares, and care for them.

Paul was a prayer warrior like no other. He repeatedly prayed for many of the churches he visited. His letters begin with a prayer for the people, that their faith would increase.

As women of the LWML, we are always praying for others. We pray for our members who are hurting, or sick, or suffering. And we ask our friends to pray, too, and it multiplies exponentially. I have seen this and know that God is listening and will answer. Are you a prayer warrior?

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3).

Arrange a group Bible study on prayer, using one from our LWML resources.

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Is Christmas Really Over?

The ornaments have been returned to their box, the tree has been taken down, gifts are put away, and the lights have been stored for another year. Christmas is over. But is it, really?

Suddenly we have an epiphany. Jesus, in John 8:12, says, “I am the light of the world.” He reigns forever more! It’s our big “Ta-da!” moment. This season of the church year — Epiphany — shows us that the salvation Jesus brought to this world at His birth was for all people — Jew and Gentile alike. Thanks be to God for that great blessing.

As your LWML group enters the winter months, take time to reflect not only on the birth of Christ, but also on His baptism, His miracles, and His teaching. Include Bible study as a frequent and regular part of every gathering, as together we learn from His Word.

Our LWML website has many Bible studies from which to choose: single lesson studies, multi-session studies, and Quarterly studies. More can be found here.

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A Fresh Start

It is always an exciting time as the calendar flips over to a new year. The new year brings possibilities for new things to happen and hope that the next year will be better than the last. Many people will make resolutions hoping to establish new habits to help them accomplish this.

Perhaps you’ve noticed things getting stale within your local group or zone over the years. Maybe a fresh start or a refresher about LWML is needed. Women in Mission University is a wonderful tool to assist you, whether you are trying to get a new group off the ground or just need to recall some LWML basics. It can help get those creative juices flowing.

The LWML is such a blessing to our churches as we seek to bring Christ and His saving Gospel to the world through the study of God’s Word, support of worldwide missions, and joyful fellowship with one another. May the Spirit guide us in this New Year to find fresh ways to serve Him and bring hope to the world!

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HIS Story

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

This is HIS story — the story of the birth of our Savior. The Son of God was born as a human, the son of Mary and Joseph. He came in order to bring forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe that He is Christ the Lord.

As Lutheran Women in Mission, it is our mission to share HIS story with others, telling them the Good News that a Savior has been born for them. As you go about your Christmas week, carry this joyous message with you. Share the Good News with the checker, the bank clerk, the butcher, and the person standing in line ahead of you as you check out.

The shepherds heard this message. They encountered the Christ Child. They shared the news with all who would listen. That is what you are called to do as well. Share HIS story, HIS grace, and HIS love this Christmas week.

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Be Still in the Hustle and Bustle

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).

I am excited to celebrate our Savior’s birth with family this year as always. However, I also feel anxious because it’s so busy with extra activities like setting up the Christmas tree, decorating, writing Christmas cards, determining what gifts to buy, and, of course, the actual shopping. With luncheons and dinners with friends and attending extra events at church — it’s exhausting! I’m sure that you have a lot on your plate, too.

Then, a nudge comes into my mind, reminding me to just chill out for a few moments and remember why we are celebrating. There is a great, appropriately named, short devotion on the LWML website, Be Still. Share it with others, especially those you see hustling and bustling about. Take a look at the other Christmas devotions on the LWML website that you can share with your friends and family.

Take moments to be still this week, and remember Jesus, God’s perfect gift to us.

Merry and blessed Christmas!

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Waiting

We are in the Advent season; a time of waiting. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where waiting is not encouraged. We have fast-food restaurants, microwave ovens, advertisements that play on our need for instant gratification, and instant access to knowledge on our computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Our need for instant gratification has made us uncomfortable with waiting. Perhaps we need to be reminded that some things are worth waiting for: graduations, weddings, a new baby, overnight recipes, a garden, crops, big projects, etc. You get the picture — there are many things that just don’t happen at the snap of a finger or the touch of a button.

The Bible contains verses that encourage us to wait patiently:

  • Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).
  • But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13).

Take time to wait, be still, and study God’s Word. To assist in your study, you can find free Bible studies at www.lwml.org/bible-studies.

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