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Simple Trust: Unexpected Results

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Unexpected Results

In the Word

… grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18b

Of the Word

What does grace taste like?
A donut

While his classmates enjoyed a field trip, a third grader had to spend the day in the principal’s office because of overdue work. That afternoon, the principal remembered she’d promised a reward to some students, so she quickly ordered donuts.

The principal took one extra to the boy in her office. “What is this?” she asked. Confused, he answered, “A donut?” “No,” she said. “This is grace. You do not deserve it. You did not earn it. But I’m giving it to you.”

Three years later the principal drove the boy home from camp because he had misbehaved. On the long ride home she handed him a snack, she asked, “What is this?” “Grace!” he quickly replied.

We need God’s daily grace. We are changed by it. … grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18b). His eternal grace is better than a donut!

Walking with my Lord

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the grace You give me day after day. Help me remember it and share it with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 14/29 ©2011 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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Simple Trust: In Need of Forgiveness

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In Need of Forgiveness

In the Word

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

Of the Word

Who has tried to outsmart their parents?
All of us!

A three-year-old was playing while his dad was trying to get some work done. When the father heard a suspicious noise, he called, “Cubby, whatcha doin’?” Quickly Cubby answered, “Nothing!” The father was not convinced. He waited for a moment, heard more stirring and asked again, “Cubby, what are you doing?” This time the boy quickly responded with the convicting words, “Not getting candy!”

Many of us probably tried to outsmart our parents when we were kids. Sometimes we may even have succeeded. Outsmarting God is different. God is all-knowing. He sees our actions and knows our very thoughts. We cannot fool Him or hide anything from Him.

No one loves us more than God. He wants us to trust Him with everything. He will not love us less when we confess our sins, but rather He promises to forgive all of them for Jesus’ sake. He says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive my sins of thought, word, and deed. Help me trust in You for all that I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 13/29 ©2011 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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Joyful, Joyful: O God, Our Help in Ages Past

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past

In the Word

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1–2

Of the Word

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

People seek security because they want to feel safe. Where do many try to find security? Some choices might be investments, property, savings accounts, power, or false beliefs.

The Christian who believes in Jesus as His Savior from sin knows that true security can be found only in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The hymn ends with this prayer: “O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guard while troubles last And our eternal home!” God was our Helper in the past, and we can trust Him for the future — all the way to heaven.

Walking with my Lord

O God, You are my Helper, my Hope, my Security. Reassure me of Your presence when my world seems to be crumbling around me. Remind me of Your providence as You meet my needs. Help me to look to You first, last, and always. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 12/31. Hymn Text: LSB 733. ©2011  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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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Joyful, Joyful: Now Thank We All Our God

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Now Thank We All Our God

In the Word

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Psalm 105:1–2

Of the Word

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms Has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.

One essential part of our worship is thanksgiving. This hymn reminds us to thank our God “With hearts and hands and voices.” We offer our whole selves in thanking Him for all His blessings.

Those blessings include life, home, health, peace, grace, and guidance. Most importantly, we thank God for a new life in Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer. We thankfully acknowledge His work of salvation in our lives and look forward to living with our Savior God in heaven forever.

“All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given, The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heav’n, The one eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.”

Walking with my Lord

I give You hearty thanks, gracious God, for Your innumerable gifts to me! Thank You for all the people You have given as blessings in my life. Most of all, I thank You for the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life in Jesus. In His bountiful name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 11/31. Hymn Text: LSB 895. ©2011  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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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Joyful, Joyful: Just as I am, Without One Plea

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Just as I am, Without One Plea

In the Word

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” John 6:37

Of the Word

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

We can approach our loving God just as we are — poor, wretched, blind — with all our conflicts and doubts. We can approach our God because of the redemptive work of Jesus, who shed His blood on the cross for each one of us. He invites us to come to Him with all our fears, both within and without. He assures us that our sins are forgiven and that we are pardoned in the name and for the sake of Jesus.

“Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; … Thy love unknown Has broken ev’ry barrier down; … O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

Walking with my Lord

Welcoming Savior, You have accepted me just as I am. Please do not leave me as I came. By the power and working of Your Holy Spirit, make me into the person You want me to be so that in all things I may glorify You. I ask this in Your life–redeeming name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 10/31. Hymn Text: LSB 570. ©2011  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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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How, Lord … can I adjust my life to Your Word?

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How, Lord … can I adjust my life to Your Word?

In the Word

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

Of the Word

Bumper sticker wisdom: a picture of an open Bible with the words, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” God did not create us and then leave us on our own to figure out how to get through life. The Bible really is a book of instructions — from the first page to the last.

Just as that bumper sticker subtly suggests, we frequently plow through life believing we can do it on our own. Too often we turn to God’s Word after worry, frustration, or when all else has failed.

God wants us to depend on Him. He gave us His Holy Spirit to lead us into understanding the Bible so we can apply its message to our lives. … the Holy Scriptures … have the power to give you wisdom so that you can be saved through faith in Christ Jesus. Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things (2 Timothy 3:15b–17 GOD’S WORD).

Walking with my Lord

God, make me willing to read Your Word every day and to wait for Your Spirit to guide me. Lord, I want to be obedient to Your will. In Your sovereign name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 12/32 ©2011 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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

Scripture quotations marked (GOD’S WORD) are taken from GOD’S WORD ®, © 1995, God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

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How, Lord … can I learn to be content?

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How, Lord … can I learn to be content?

In the Word

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have… Hebrews 13:5a

Of the Word

If only I had a better job, a bigger car, or different clothes I would be satisfied. If I could get new furniture or more jewelry or cosmetic surgery I would be content.

Why would we believe in the promises of the world that tell us if we had enough money we could buy whatever we wanted and we would be content?

Contentment comes when we focus on what God has already given us and forget about the things we want. “Life is not about having a lot of material possessions” (Luke 12:15b GOD’S WORD).

Contentment is realizing that when we have Jesus, we have all we need. Only He can satisfy us with things that won’t fade away as soon as the next worldly fad comes along. No earthly possession can compare with the richness of the spiritual blessings God has for us.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit so my focus will be on You, for then I know I am blessed. Remind me that focusing on material possessions only brings me discontent. May my priorities always please and serve You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 11/32 ©2011 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, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

Scripture quotations marked (GOD’S WORD) are taken from GOD’S WORD ®, © 1995, God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

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