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I received a Mustard Seed Devotion booklet, Trust and Talents, from my mentor, Marie Chow, after my installation as the new LWML Oregon District President. In it, I found a devotion that had been written especially for me! The first line says, “Jill stared in the mirror, examining her limp hair and not-so-perfect teeth. Why can’t I have _______” (Fill in your own wants.)

This really hit me. I usually compare myself to others, and not always in the best way. The devotion continues, “God didn’t use a cookie cutter when He created us.” God created each of us as a unique individual to fulfill the plans He has for us.

He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10b GW).

Abba Father, thank You for creating each one of us and placing us in this time and place to do Your will. Help remind us that we have a purpose in Your plan and to look to You for that purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Carol Reis, President
LWML Oregon District
2020–2024

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This is the Day that the Lord has Made

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In the center of the Bible is Psalm 118, which Luther called his own beloved Psalm. Verse 24 tells us: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Our world currently gravitates toward the negative: Coronavirus, isolation, loss of income, civil unrest, etc. As Christians, however, we know that This is the day that the Lord has made. In the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, we rejoice to be called His own, and we serve the Lord with gladness in all circumstances.

The LWML provides many resources to grow in our faith. These resources encourage us to trust that this is the Lord’s day, with the knowledge that our salvation is secure. At the top of the www.lwml.org homepage, “The Word” tab offers Bible Studies, Mustard Seed Devotions, Program Helps with spiritual offerings, as well as litanies and responsive readings in the Summer Resources section.

When we immerse ourselves in God’s Word, we are encouraged and reminded: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).

Sally Handrick, President
LWML Missouri District
2018–2022

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No Matter What

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Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable (Philippians 4:8).

The word “whatever” is mentioned in the Bible, and it’s also used in casual conversation. One definition Webster gives us for this word is “no matter what (can happen or you do).” This is relevant, especially with the health situations we are experiencing now.

An LWML sister found a Bible study on the LWML website that speaks to “whatever.” “Whatever — Keeping Your Heart in Tune with Whatever Life Brings” by Anneke Hudson. It’s based on Philippians 4:8-9: Whatever is true … if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. How appropriate this message is for us in times such as these! Rest assured, no matter what life brings us, we praise and thank God that we have the promise of our Savior. He is holding us close to His heart, no matter what.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to be with me always, no matter what situations come my way. Help me to remember that You have my hand in Yours, leading me day by day. Amen.

Lois Anderson, President
LWML Utah–Idaho District
2018–2022

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Do not be Anxious

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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).

In the last few months, we have experienced a pandemic. We have been troubled and anxious about many things: the health of aging parents, cancellation of celebrations, postponement of funerals, and personal health and financial concerns. The daily news is grim as the death toll rises. 

But there is hope amid this devastation. This is the time for Women in Mission to shine and show our true faith and belief. First, pray for strength and direction and then move forward in confidence and assurance that our God is with us. We can bring a ray of hope and comfort by performing acts of kindness for those in need. We can radiate the joy of Jesus through caring for, and about, others. The LWML devotion, “God Raises Me Up,” provides hope for us to share with others during these troubling times. 

We remember that our God is in total control and that we are not in this alone! To God be the glory!

Gwen Marshall, President
LWML Gulf States District
2018–2022

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Embracing Change

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Many LWML women cringe when they hear the word “change.” Altering any well-designed, planned-down-to-the-millisecond event usually results in additional meetings, more creative processes, and maybe (could it be?) resistance.  

Surprisingly, it has taken a virus — COVID-19 — to force many LWML leaders to do just that — change! Over the last months, many have had to cancel or postpone conventions, adapt voting methods for choosing mission grants, and revise the officer election process — changes which are needed to insure the spread of God’s Gospel through the LWML.

I salute these LWML women who have risen to the occasion and have changed!  

LWML women have connected in online meetings, availed themselves of online resources, Bible studies, and devotions. They’ve shared ideas and held each other up in prayer as we all face this very unusual time — apart, but yet together.

It is only God’s faithfulness that never changes. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. May we all learn how to embrace change, but remain firm in His message of salvation.

Linda Guteres, President
LWML Atlantic District
2018–2022

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Spring Planting, New Clothes … and Lent?

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Hello, Spring!

Spring began last week. It’s the season when weather vacillates — today it can be 28 degrees with a blizzard, and tomorrow we may experience sun, 80 degrees, and calm winds. Crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils are peeping through. Dedicated gardeners planted their potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s the season of new clothes. It’s the time spring fashions appear, and we consider purchasing something in a new color or style. The children and grandchildren have grown and need new clothing for Easter.

This is also the church season of Lent. It’s the time to contemplate what our Lord did for us on the cross. Through His sacrifice on Good Friday, we have salvation. Through His Easter resurrection, we have hope.

What do spring gardens, new clothes, Lent, and Easter have in common? LWML has resources for these topics! Go to www.lwml.org/spring for dozens of devotions, Bible studies, sketches, crafts, and mission service activity ideas.

Dear Father, bless Lutheran Women in Mission as they learn of Your love and grace through these resources. Amen.

Happy Spring!

Brenda Piester
LWML Kansas District President
2016–2020

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Doctrinal Review Keeps Us Focused

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

My sister received a devotional book as a gift, but she felt there was something missing. Though a Bible verse was included with each devotion, the daily thought mostly focused on what we should do to be kind, rather than on Jesus’ love for us and how He, by making the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, showed the greatest kindness of all. 

Having attended the recent LWML Presidents Assembly meeting, where we listened to a session on the topic of doctrinal review, I was very aware of why this is so necessary. As we prepare devotionals and write Bible studies, our pastoral counselors review each one to ensure they focus on God’s Word and point us to our Savior and to all He has done for us.

We pray: Lord, guide our lives as we daily read your Word. Help us to focus on what You have done for us. Amen.

Martha Dubke
LWML CA-NV-HI District President
2018–2022

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