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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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The Blessings of LWML Devotions

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Over the years, I’ve used LWML devotions (www.lwml.org/program-helps-devotions) for many events in my church group, zone, and district. The variety of topics on the website is quite amazing! 

Recently, I browsed through that list and came across this title: “The Blessings of Chemo Day.” What? How could chemo day be a blessing? Here are a few of the writer’s inspiring words:

It is “chemo day.” What a blessing! I have the awesome privilege of visiting with my friends. These are new friends and the mix of people changes every time I am here. But sitting here for several hours gives me the opportunity to observe and pray for people.

A few years ago our church hosted an “Introduction to LWML” event which included four activity stations, one of which was “The Word.” Attendees were invited to select one of three devotions and share it with others. Be creative; how can you share LWML devotions to brighten someone’s day?

Barbara Lis
LWML New England District President
2016–2020

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Approximately six weeks ago, a new church year began.  Now, 14 days into the new year 2020, have you made any new year’s resolutions? 

LWML has a New Year devotion/eBible study entitled Resolutions.  The study focuses on the Magi whose resolution was to find the newborn King of the Jews.  It is one of several items which can be downloaded for use at a January meeting.

As I thought about a possible resolution for 2020, I decided to take advantage of an opportunity available to me.  My congregation conducts a short service that offers the Holy Eucharist Tuesday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. in addition to celebrating the Sacrament at each of our three weekend services.

I have not taken advantage of that opportunity as often as I could so my resolution is to get up a bit earlier at least once or twice a week and attend. Beginning the day partaking of Christ’s body and blood will enable me to walk in communion with Him for the day ahead.

Janice Gerzevske
LWML Northern Illinois District President
2018–2022

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How’s Your Prayer and Devotional Life?

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I’ve been leading our Friday night women’s Bible study, using Donna Pyle’s latest book, Perseverance: Praying through Life’s Challenges as our guide.

At a point in my life when I’ve been thinking more about how I manage my prayer and devotional time, I’ve examined my regular habit of meeting with the Lord each morning. I sit in my favorite chair, cup of coffee in hand, and read several devotional books, including Portals of Prayer and the Today’s Light devotional booklet, along with my Bible. I’ve been satisfied with this routine for many years.

However, after studying Perseverance, I realized I needed a more deliberate Bible reading and prayer practice, one that will make a difference. I now read Portals of Prayer and the Today’s Light devotion as I ride the train to work. This gives me more time earlier in the morning to read the Bible, pausing to pray and listening for God’s answers. I experience greater understanding in this new routine, and I find my prayer life is more deliberate and faithful.

Teresa Tester
LWML Chesapeake District President
2018–2022

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Summertime

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How has your summer gone? Have you been enjoying the warmer weather, time off from school or work, and carefree days to just enjoy yourself? That, of course, is what summers are for, but it can also become a time to take a vacation away from God. Maybe we are too busy going here or there to go to church regularly during the summer months. We take vacations which can limit our attendance at church on Sundays. Our schedules are different and it is easy to skip doing devotions or reading the Bible as regularly as we normally do.

James 4:8a states Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. God wants us to have a continuous relationship with Him. He wants us to enjoy the blessings He provides and He desires us to involve Him in all that we do. LWML has many resources that you can use to stay connected with God even though you may be away from home or our usual routines. Visit lwml.org and you will find many devotions and Bible studies that you can print out and take with you as you travel. Take along the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly to read as you relax at the lake. Praise God for the beauty of His world as you visit different areas of the country and spend time with family and friends. And remember He desires a relationship with you.

Valerie Biberdorf
LWML North Dakota District President
2016–2020

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