Winter brings cold days with snow and not a lot of sunshine. Sometimes I find myself singing;
“The sun will come out tomorrow………
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow,
You’re always a day away.” (From the musical Annie.)
I used the drabness of the day as an excuse to think of what tomorrow may bring, and left undone the things needed for today.
Then I changed my song to, “This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it,” and I felt the warmth of the SON who is here today and will be tomorrow and forevermore. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
Don’t wait until tomorrow, or for the sun to come out to love your children or your neighbor as yourself. Enjoy and share the new mercies shown to us each day by the Son.
The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. (Numbers 6:25)
Posted on January 19, 2016 10:02 AM
Brighten a Missionary's Day
It’s been a couple of weeks since all of the holiday bustle, all the gatherings of family and friends, and church events. Now we are into the quieter months of the year and you might have a little extra time on your hands. There are many missionaries stationed all over the world far, far from their families.
You can explore the world by connecting with a missionary and encouraging them with cards and care packages. LWML can help you start this journey with the LWML MISSIONARY CARE PACKAGE FAQ. The flyer is available free at: https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/attachments/42112/GOCareflyer.pdf
Consider brightening someone’s day by sending them a note of encouragement. Keep them in your prayers and share the love of our Lord.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
Posted on January 14, 2016 1:37 PM
Asking for Directions
Have you heard the joke “What if the Wise Men had been women?” “They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts, and there would be peace on earth.”
As the Christmas season ends with Epiphany, we too may be asking for directions. God provides the direction we need in His Holy Word. The LWML Today’s Light Bible is an excellent resource. On the back cover, these words reach out to those who seek: “You hold in your hands God’s Word, and a most wonderful guide to help you in your daily walk with the Lord.”
On the inside cover of this Bible you will find a brief order for worship that the user may choose to use as they spend time with the Lord. Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer are printed on the back cover of this Bible for further comfort and guidance.
May you start the New Year guided by God’s Word!
Posted on January 03, 2016 6:50 AM
Merry CHRISTmas to All
In Luke 2:11-12, the angel tells the shepherds, “Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David’s city. This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” (GWN) The shepherds responded in Luke 2:16, and “They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in a manger.” (GWN)
The verses above give us a sense of what the very first Christmas was like – a time of excitement, yet serenity; a time of anticipation, then realization of the most blessed Gift that could ever come to mankind . . . Jesus Christ, the Son of God!
We are living in a day when it seems that the word “Christmas” is constantly under attack, and we Christians are encouraged to feel somewhat “guilty” when it comes to this special time. Well, The Time is NOW to shout in as loud a voice as possible, “WE ARE NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOOD NEWS!” Romans 1:16, “I’m not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well.” (GWN)
Posted on December 21, 2015 9:13 AM
After Labor Day came Christmas. Well, not really, but the stores were setting up Christmas displays in September. Merchants just couldn’t wait to get the merchandise moving. People started buying Christmas presents because they did not want to wait in long lines. Children everywhere are saying, “I can’t wait for Christmas to come.” Some parents are saying, “I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”
For the Christian, Advent is all about waiting. We wait in eager anticipation to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Next week, our wait will be over. Christmas will be here. After Christmas, we continue to wait, not idly, but eagerly in the Word. Empowered by the Spirit we witness of our Savior until Jesus returns again. In His Second Advent, He will come and raise us up to His glorious throne.
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art, Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. LSB 338.
Posted on December 13, 2015 8:24 AM
The Main Focus is Jesus!
It can be fun to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Gifts to buy, traditional foods to make, and a home to decorate can fill our days during this busy time. These activities can fill us with a sense of accomplishment … or stress!
Only when we remember to keep the Main Focus the main focus do we find the joy that this season of Christmas can offer. So, as we buy gifts for loved ones, let’s remember that Jesus was sent to die on the cross for our sins and is our ultimate gift from God. As we bake and decorate let’s remember that all food, clothing, and shelter is a blessing from our Lord. And, as we take time to read the Bible and focus on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, the joy we find in His mercy and grace will abound. Let’s share His joy with others this season as we make Jesus the Main Focus! One Extraordinary Night, by author Donna Pyle, is just one Bible study available for you through the LWML website.
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Posted on December 06, 2015 8:08 AM
All of us have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Taken directly from their website, givingtuesday.org/about, it reads, “Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.”
December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday this year. LWML has joined in an effort to raise awareness of our mission. Share this information with your churches, friends, and family members. We set a 2 million dollar goal for this biennium and by God’s Will all of our grants will be funded.And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Posted on November 30, 2015 8:55 AM