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The Word: Wisdom for Living — I Am Blessed

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I Am Blessed

In the Word

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord (Proverbs 16:20).

Of the Word

There are days when we may just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over our heads to keep the world out. Perhaps the job, finances, or ill health — a loved one’s or our own — has become overwhelming. For now, that concern has become too much for us to handle.

We trust in God’s Word and know He will help us when fear and discouragement come our way. But that trust may become a little shaky when we want the problem solved in our time, not God’s. We want it fixed now! Ah, but Proverbs 16:20 says, blessed is he who trusts.

God’s blessings come from His Word as the gift of faith. We receive them in different ways — through a friend, by receiving a promotion, or in any of the countless other gifts He showers upon us. With patient trust we wait for God to act, and we pray for wisdom to recognize His blessings.

“I will put my trust in him” (Hebrews 2:13a).

A Point to Ponder: In what beautiful way has God already blessed me today?

Walking with my Lord

Gracious Lord, by Your Spirit help me to live my life in faith and with trust, knowing You hear my prayers and will answer them in Your time. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 2/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The Word: Wisdom for Living — A Truth …

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A Truth, A Half-Truth, A Lie?

In the Word

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:19).

Of the Word

Who to believe? What to believe? Is it the infomercial for the skin care product that promises to make our faces wrinkle-free or the one that promises to restore hair to a bald head? Can truth be found in political ads or in all we read on the Internet or hear on television news? Maybe these things aren’t outright lies, but aren’t the half-truth promises just as deceiving?

As Christians we are blessed to have God’s Word. Full of truth, the Bible tells us of God’s ultimate promise – eternal life! Jesus has already paid the price for our sins on Calvary’s cross. When we confess Him as our Savior, we are assured there are no lies or half-truths in His Word.

“If you abide in my word, … you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31b, 32).

A Point to Ponder: Which of God’s wonderful promises can I share with someone today?

Walking with my Lord

Father God, thank You that in this day and age of false promises I can rely on the truth of Your everlasting Word. In the saving name of Your Son Jesus I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 1/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Daughters of the King: A Home and a Ministry

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Priscilla — A Home and a Ministry

Priscilla’s Story: Acts 18:18–19, 24–26

In the Word

After this, Paul … took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:18a).

Of the Word

Moving is hard: deciding what to take and what to leave, bidding farewell to old friends, and then having to build new relationships. Some moves involve joy while others are filled with pain and uncertainty.

When Emperor Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome, Priscilla and her husband Aquila settled first in Corinth and later in Ephesus. In both locations, their home was a place of work and ministry. The apostle Paul labored with them as a tentmaker. They explained the Good News of Jesus to Apollos. The Holy Spirit empowered them to use their gifts for God’s purpose, no matter where they lived.

The Spirit is at work today, too, enabling God’s people to share their faith in homes, churches, businesses, and wherever they are. And God promises, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16b).

Walking with my Lord

Loving Father, thank You for giving me life. Help me live for You, working, serving, and ministering to those whose lives touch mine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 34/34 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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Daughters of the King: Seeker

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Lydia – Seeker

Lydia’s Story: Acts 16:11–15

In the Word

One who heard us was a woman named Lydia … who was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

Of the Word

Lydia was a prosperous businesswoman who sold purple cloth in the busy seaport of Philippi. Her business catered to society’s privileged. Being a Gentile convert to Judaism, Lydia apparently sought more from life than a career and associating with the rich. Upon hearing Paul’s preaching The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. … she and her household were baptized … (Acts 16:14b, 15a NRSV).

Lydia stands as a role model for today’s busy woman. She ran a business and a home but she also sought out God and His teachings. Through her example God’s Word came to her whole household. She showed her faith was real when she opened her home to Paul and his companions. What a blessing it must have been for this seeker to be able to dialog with these men about her Lord Jesus!

“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you” (Luke 12:29, 31).

Walking with my Lord

Almighty God, kindle a desire within me to seek Your will above all else in my life. In Jesus’ loving name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 33/34 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Scripture quotations marked (NRSV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Daughters of the King: A Servant of the Church

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Phoebe – A Servant of the Church

Phoebe’s Story: Acts 16:1–2

In the Word

I [Paul] commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church … (Romans 16:1a).

Of the Word

All we know about Phoebe is that she was a servant at the church in Cenchreae who was willing to carry Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome. Paul also tells the people to … help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well (Romans 16:2b). Phoebe was a woman who was eager to deliver the gospel message to others at her own expense. She most likely helped finance the work of the church in her home town and welcomed others into her home. Phoebe was enthusiastic to do her part in growing the church.

How willing are we to deliver the Good News of Jesus’ love? We don’t have to go too far to do it. Someone in our family, circle of friends, coworkers, or neighborhood may need to hear the encouragement and assurance of God’s Word. Quite possibly God has chosen us, as He chose Phoebe, to be the ones who bring that message.

Walking with my Lord

Savior God, when someone in my life needs to be encouraged by Your Word, help me remember I am not alone. You will give me the words to say and the strength to say them. In Your Son’s name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 32/34 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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Daughters of the King: Faithful Teachers

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Eunice and Lois – Faithful Teachers

Eunice & Lois’ Story: Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 1:5

In the Word

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well (2 Timothy 1:5).

Of the Word

When did you first hear about Jesus? Did Christian parents share their faith? Did a high school or college friend tell you of God’s love? Some Christians smile as they call themselves “diaper Christians” while others may recall the exact moment when God put faith into their hearts.

St. Paul recognized the faithful teaching of Eunice and Lois, mother and grandmother of Timothy. Did they have a regular family devotion time? Did Timothy’s Greek father support or reject their teaching? Of two things we are certain: Eunice and Lois taught the boy, and the Holy Spirit made his faith grow strong.

Whether you were brought to the baptismal waters as a tiny baby or whether your faith began later in life, faithful teachers were God’s instruments who shared His Word with you.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for the people You have placed in my life, particularly the Christians who have taught me about You. By word and example, help me be a faithful teacher, too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 31/34 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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Water of Life: One and Only One

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One and Only One

In the Word

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water (James 3:10–12).

Of the Word

Dandelions will never produce roses. A lion will never give birth to a zebra. A salt water fish cannot survive in fresh water, and a fresh water fish will die in salt water. A fig tree will never bear olives, and an olive branch will never produce figs. Jesus asked, “Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles” (Matthew 7:16b)?

Christians were not created for opposing purposes. We were not created to praise God and curse others with the same mouth. This isn’t to say that Christians won’t sin. But when we do sin, we confess our sins and we receive forgiveness. … if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1b). Jesus speaks for us before the Father. By His all-atoning sacrifice on the cross, He made payment for our sins.

With hearts and minds focused on Christ, our mouths will speak Christ-like words.

Walking with my Lord

God of Creation, You created me to be Your child. Forgive me for all the times I have sinned, and help me to live a life of praise to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 28/28 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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