A Joyful Family Reunion
This summer has been full of reunions. Reunions with many during the LWML Convention, reunions with family, and reunions with friends from far away have filled my days. Getting together involves packing, traveling, eating too much, and even a little tension at times. This has been both fun and exhausting!
My thoughts are drawn to the reunion we will enjoy at life’s end when we will join our fellow-redeemed in heaven, praising our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a joyful eternity. There will be no packing, no traveling, and no tension. There will be only peace and joy – and I will see Jesus face to face!
I love my family and friends and enjoy our time together. I also rejoice in the gift of faith that God has given me in my baptism. I thank God for the LWML, which provides resources for me to boldly share the Good News so all God’s children may look forward to a reunion in heaven!
“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Matthew 5:16).
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Posted on August 31, 2015 9:00 AM
Connecting with Missions
Two months already! Two months since we gathered in Des Moines and celebrated with Bible studies, music, speakers, and God’s blessings through our mite offerings. Now we have taken up a new challenge. A two million dollar Mission Goal! With this goal, we have promised many agencies that we will support them through our Mite Box offerings and prayers.
Each one of our mission grants will be highlighted with a prayer, devotion, and short story. All of these will be posted, one by one, on our website as free downloads to encourage and share the mission work being done throughout the world.
Please try to connect with one or more of these recipients. Mission grant recipients get very excited to share their work for the Lord. President Patti has challenged each district to "adopt" at least one of our national grant recipients and get to know their work and how they do it. Maybe there is a grant recipient near you. Maybe you could have a guest speaker from one of our grant organizations at your district convention or other event. Check them out at http://www.lwml.org/mission-grants.
Let’s continue to share our theme: BOUNTIFUL! SOW. NOURISH. REAP
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).
Posted on August 24, 2015 9:08 AM
If you could paint a picture that highlights your 2015 summer experiences, what would fill your canvas? Would it be picture of a cross with dirt/seeds, growing corn, and then harvested corn? That might be on the canvases of the 4600 LWML women and men who attended our LWML convention in Des Moines. Would yours be outdoor activities with family? Maybe your summer highlights canvas is waiting for upcoming events.
Unfortunately, every day our canvases are covered with the black of sin. But our heavenly Father loves us so much that we can start each day with a clean white canvas. His Son’s life, death, and resurrection have made us clean. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23). May your day be filled with His mercies and may your canvas always bear the cross. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
Posted on August 17, 2015 8:55 AM
When I flip the calendar over each month, I take note of the “red marks” – the birthdays and anniversaries I have written in red ink. Then I can plan to send cards or gifts to celebrate those milestones. Sometimes I get to add new ones – the birth of a baby, confirmation, or graduation.
God designed us to be relational people. He wants a relationship with us, and He wants us to extend love and encouragement to others. One way to accomplish that is to include His Word into our words, so I have been including the new Mustard Seed devotions “Everyday Celebrations” product code LWML 40195; or a Bible verse in my cards. What ways will you find to include Him in your relationships?
The Time is NOW to include our Savior in our everyday celebrations!
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5-6).
Posted on August 10, 2015 9:17 AM
A Lake in August
August is the perfect time of year to vacation by a lake. Cool waters lapping the shore soothe tired feet and take stress away.
God’s Word is so much better than a lake in August! When His people grow weary of this worldly rat race and the stress of sin, Scripture can transport them to a place of peace and joy, a place where their sin is recognized, forgiveness is sought, and redemption received. God has given His people His holy Word, a sanctuary in this dark world where we find His truth, mercy, and grace. How do we know this? The Bible tells us so!
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Posted on August 03, 2015 9:00 AM
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Summertime is a season filled with light. The days are longer; the sun seems to shine brighter; the grass turns green and flowers bloom; the water is warm enough to swim outside; and outdoor recreation activities abound.
“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows” is a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Jesus our Savior, is the SON-beam that drives away all the darkness and shadows of our sin. He is the Light and gives believers in Him the light of life.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, share your faith story and how you have been “enlightened” by your Savior with those you come into contact with this week. Be a light for your Lord right where you are. Shine on!
Posted on July 27, 2015 9:00 AM
We have seen many changes in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League over that past 40 years. Our structure has changed, officer titles have changed, and of course our bylaws have changed to reflect the changes.
Yet LWML still has at its “mission heart” thousands of volunteers who dedicate their lives to making a difference in their neighborhoods and in the world and who use their gifts of time, talent, and treasure to share the love of Jesus. Those familiar Mite Boxes continue to be the heart of this mission emphasis, funding over 100 million dollars in mission grants since 1942.
LWML changes, but our mission continues to be the same: to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
Most importantly, God has not changed!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever … (Hebrews 13:8).
Posted on July 20, 2015 9:11 AM