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God’s Family

Two Minute Tuesday

Genealogy is an interest for many people today. It can be exciting to find out where your family came from or to learn that you had an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary or Civil War. However, there is one ancestry for which we don’t have to investigate as it is written in the Word of God.

Our first parents, Adam and Eve, walked with God in a perfect relationship in the Garden of Eden.  By their sin, they broke that perfect oneness, and we, as their children, do the same. Yet, God, in His great love, had a plan for our redemption even before the world was created.  He sent His Son to take our punishment, so we could return to the perfect life of the “new Eden” forever.

God’s Family” is a devotion on the LWML website that digs deeper into our oneness with God and with our sisters and brothers in Christ.  It is one of many wonderful devotions that can be found for your individual or group use on the LWML website,

Sharon Dever
New England District President

The Lenten Journey

Two Minute Tuesday

Can you believe that Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, beginning the season of Lent? Wasn’t it just Christmas? I have been thinking about Lent recently, not only because I’m the church secretary trying to get the bulletins prepared, but because during one of our Advent services our Pastor had us look at the banners behind the altar. One has the root of Jesse on it and the other one has the Advent wreath with the base as the crown of thorns. As a child I didn’t really realize that Christmas and Easter were linked but as I started reading and studying the Word it became clear. During the season of Lent, we reflect Jesus’ journey to the cross and fix our eyes on Him. One of the ways we can do this is by using Lutheran Women in Mission devotions and Bible studies found on the LWML website, under The Word tab. I am looking forward to using them in my own group and with my zone.

Gayle Caruso
LWML Florida-Georgia District President


Two Minute Tuesday

The “November Eucharisteo Project” on the LWML website caught my attention. Maybe because my son’s name Risto is part of the word — or perhaps it was my own need for a reminder. This project encourages us to slow down for reflection and Eucharisteo by reading Scripture and then writing it down.

Eucharisteo is the Greek word symbolizing not the bread itself, but rather the emotion of being thankful or grateful for the bread. As Lutheran women of the LWML, we have so many reasons to give thanks! 

I recall a Dale Carnegie classmate’s speech in which listeners were challenged to count their many blessings and compare them to the leaves of the trees. What a great visual this is, especially in the fall. This reminds me of the work we are all doing for the “What’s Your 80?” campaign for which I am so thankful. As vast as the number of leaves in November are your “80” plus blessings.  I encourage you to continue finding creative ways to bless others.

I also encourage you to post your daily verse on social media #lwmlintheword as you share some Eucharisteo with your family and friends.

MaryBeth Heikkinen
LWML Michigan District President

Celebrating Our Pastors

LWML is celebrating 80 years of serving the Lord. Lutheran Women in Mission find strength in the Word of God. We appreciate our faithful pastors who keep us in His Word. 

Two Minute Tuesday

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The Bible is our authority. We are blessed by God and His Word that encourage us to support our LWML mission grants and spread the Gospel wherever and whenever He has need of us.

LWML Sunday is typically observed on the first Sunday of October. October is also Pastor Appreciation month — the Word and the mission of the LWML recognized in the same month! On the LWML website, you will find a great resource for Church Workers in Mission. There are ideas of how we can welcome our new pastors to our districts and show appreciation to our current pastors who keep us in the Word.

LaurieAnn Totenhagen
North Dakota District President

The Mustard Seed

Two Minute Tuesday

At the LWML Louisville Convention in 1971, a series of 31 mini-studies in a gold vinyl wallet titled “The Joy of Being,” was introduced. These Mustard Seeds were designed for the working woman to use on her lunch hour as a witness tool. Over the next 50 years the popularity of the Mustard Seed Devotions grew and prompted the development of many additional series. 

Today, the Mustard Seed Devotion found on the LWML App or in daily emails is “on the go” and interactive. Recent updates provide an audio option and an interactive Bible link. Hover over the passage reference to open the link for an opportunity to read the passage in context. 

A small seed, planted in 1968 and germinated in 1971, continues to grow and bless the LWML in 2022. Sign up for Mustard Seed Devotions on the LWML website, but don’t forget its original intent — a God-given opportunity for a busy woman to stay in God’s Word and a tool to witness to the unchurched.

Cinda Poppe
LWML South Wisconsin District President

Never Alone

Two Minute Tuesday

Have you ever felt like the “new kid on the block” or a “fish out of water?” That’s what it may feel like if you move from one district (zone or group) to another. You learn there are different ways the new group conducts business compared to your former one. This is also true in other situations, moving generates changes! LWML districts may conduct business differently from one another, but the goal is consistently the same. Mite offerings for missions, goals to meet, conventions to plan, gatherings to attend soon, you feel like one of the group! When you put your donation in the Mite Box, or read the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, you are joining with LWML sisters across our nation, supporting the mission of telling others about Jesus Christ.

Changes are inevitable, so remember Jesus’ words, And behold, I am with you always, to the ends of the age (Matthew 28:20b). We are never alone!

Joan Berquist
LWML North Wisconsin District Presiden

2-Minute Tuesdays 1/11/2022

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Walking Each Day with Our Lord

What are you looking forward to in the months ahead? Our new calendars begin with a clean slate; however, soon the dates fill up with appointments and meetings. Some plans can be made well in advance while others develop more slowly. Whatever your plans are at this time, remember the saying, “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself (Matthew 6:34).

Our loving God faithfully walks beside us, giving us strength to meet the needs of each day. Check out the Mustard Seed Devotion, Joy in our Daily Lives, and others, on the LWML’s website under The Word tab at These devotions will sustain you as you look to Christ, praising Him each day for His grace and mercy. May God grant you blessings upon blessings in this New Year.

Lois Anderson
LWML Utah-Idaho District President

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