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).
Vice President of Organizational Resources
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
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Posted on December 06, 2015 8:08 AM
Thanksgiving and Aprons
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, delicious food prepared by loving hands comes to mind. I think back to family Thanksgivings and how my grandmothers wore aprons to protect their dresses as they served.
Aprons are versatile. Their pockets can hold a variety of everyday items, from hankies to clothespins. They dry perspiring brows and children’s tears. They can be used as an egg basket or a potholder or provide a hiding spot for shy children. They may have a story to tell. But their primary purpose is to protect the clothing they cover.
God can be like an apron. We have His love over us, around us, and in us every day, all day long. We are always under His protection. Let us give thanks every day for His ever-present love. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him (Psalm 28:7).
Posted on November 23, 2015 9:00 AM
This time of year is filled with family traditions. How do you keep a faith-focus as you celebrate Thanksgiving? Advent? Christmas? If you are looking for creative holiday craft ideas check out http://www.lwml.org/program-helps-creative-crafts or if you’re on Pinterest, check out our boards for crafts and other faith resources. https://www.pinterest.com/theLWML/
So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17).
Posted on November 15, 2015 7:34 AM
The Time is NOW for Remedial Prayer
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).
Do you ever pray the same prayer request over and over? I call this kind of repetitive praying “remedial prayer” meaning it is intended to correct or improve my skill.
I know God doesn’t need to be reminded of my concerns — He knows my every need. Instead, my prayer reminds me that HE is my source of comfort, care, and love.
Persistent prayer also makes me ready for God’s answer. Sometimes I’m praying for one thing, but God has something much larger in mind. Extra time in prayer allows me to prepare for God’s “big picture view” of blessings.
If you need new words in your prayer time, consider these resources: A Woman’s Praying Heart, A Single Woman’s Praying Heart, or A Seasoned Woman’s Praying Heart.
Posted on November 09, 2015 8:55 AM
My family has four special numbers. Get ready for them ... they are 1, 2, 3, and 4! What? You’re not impressed? You should be. No, they are not for the lottery, an address, phone number, or a special date. They are reminders to pray for each other. It does not matter if we see them as an address, in a phone number, on a clock, or on the car odometer. Whenever and wherever we see them in this sequence, we stop at that moment to pray for each other.
It reminds me of the Time is NOW. Just like the reminder to pray when we see those four numbers, a coin could remind you to pray for the LWML. Pick your favorite coin - a nickel, a dime, or a quarter. God tells us as we pray for our missionaries and grants, we are part of His work. “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 8).
Posted on November 02, 2015 9:00 AM
Treasure your brothers and sisters.
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? (James 2:15-16)
Do you have an assortment of clothing sizes stored up for years in hope that you will fit into them again? What about the sofa and drapes from 1995 boxed up in the basement that you are saving for your grandchild’s first apartment? If you are like me, you probably won’t fit in a size 10 again. Our grandchildren may have different taste in furniture and politely decline the offer. Moths and mice could destroy the items before you have the chance to give them away.
There are people in need that could benefit from those items right now. The time is NOW to give your old usable items to your brothers and sisters in need.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6: 19-20a)
Posted on October 26, 2015 9:00 AM