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A Fresh Start

It is always an exciting time as the calendar flips over to a new year. The new year brings possibilities for new things to happen and hope that the next year will be better than the last. Many people will make resolutions hoping to establish new habits to help them accomplish this.

Perhaps you’ve noticed things getting stale within your local group or zone over the years. Maybe a fresh start or a refresher about LWML is needed. Women in Mission University is a wonderful tool to assist you, whether you are trying to get a new group off the ground or just need to recall some LWML basics. It can help get those creative juices flowing.

The LWML is such a blessing to our churches as we seek to bring Christ and His saving Gospel to the world through the study of God’s Word, support of worldwide missions, and joyful fellowship with one another. May the Spirit guide us in this New Year to find fresh ways to serve Him and bring hope to the world!


HIS Story

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

This is HIS story — the story of the birth of our Savior. The Son of God was born as a human, the son of Mary and Joseph. He came in order to bring forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe that He is Christ the Lord.

As Lutheran Women in Mission, it is our mission to share HIS story with others, telling them the Good News that a Savior has been born for them. As you go about your Christmas week, carry this joyous message with you. Share the Good News with the checker, the bank clerk, the butcher, and the person standing in line ahead of you as you check out.

The shepherds heard this message. They encountered the Christ Child. They shared the news with all who would listen. That is what you are called to do as well. Share HIS story, HIS grace, and HIS love this Christmas week.


Be Still in the Hustle and Bustle

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).

I am excited to celebrate our Savior’s birth with family this year as always. However, I also feel anxious because it’s so busy with extra activities like setting up the Christmas tree, decorating, writing Christmas cards, determining what gifts to buy, and, of course, the actual shopping. With luncheons and dinners with friends and attending extra events at church — it’s exhausting! I’m sure that you have a lot on your plate, too.

Then, a nudge comes into my mind, reminding me to just chill out for a few moments and remember why we are celebrating. There is a great, appropriately named, short devotion on the LWML website, Be Still. Share it with others, especially those you see hustling and bustling about. Take a look at the other Christmas devotions on the LWML website that you can share with your friends and family.

Take moments to be still this week, and remember Jesus, God’s perfect gift to us.

Merry and blessed Christmas!



We are in the Advent season; a time of waiting. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where waiting is not encouraged. We have fast-food restaurants, microwave ovens, advertisements that play on our need for instant gratification, and instant access to knowledge on our computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Our need for instant gratification has made us uncomfortable with waiting. Perhaps we need to be reminded that some things are worth waiting for: graduations, weddings, a new baby, overnight recipes, a garden, crops, big projects, etc. You get the picture — there are many things that just don’t happen at the snap of a finger or the touch of a button.

The Bible contains verses that encourage us to wait patiently:

  • Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).
  • But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13).

Take time to wait, be still, and study God’s Word. To assist in your study, you can find free Bible studies at


The Second Half of Thanksgiving

If you enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving, you may have feasted on roasted turkey and gravy, with pumpkin pie for dessert. You may have spent time with family and friends and worshipped, thanking God for all His blessings.

Now let’s think of thanksgiving as a verb instead of a noun. We often give thanks for the blessings God has showered on us: our health, family, faith, friends, and even challenging circumstances that lead us to feel compassion for others. But let’s not forget about the second half of the word — giving. As we have been blessed, God calls us to bless others by giving. We can give by serving, by listening with understanding, and through donations so the Gospel message can be shared around the world.

This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday. You have the opportunity to give. Take the focus away from commercialism and celebrate our Savior by sharing His mercy and grace through LWML Mission Grants. Click here and share Christ!

In His service, surrounded by His grace,


Be Still!

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).

Sometimes I become anxious that I may not have the ability to do a job. When I worry, I’m reminded of what the psalmist said, “Be still.” God promises to be with me; I can rely on Him.

Years ago, I had a poster of a little girl climbing into her daddy’s lap. It said, “Stop wiggling and let God be God.” When I start to worry, I picture myself climbing into my heavenly Father’s lap, asking for His help. God will help; He is God!

When our tasks become overwhelming, we go to God. He has called us to serve Him. He will not leave us alone. Keep in the Word daily; pray to our gracious Lord many times a day. What a mighty God we serve!

Father, praise for Your promises to always be here. I can count on You. Praise to the awesome God You are. Amen.

For further study on this topic, look for the Bible study, TheTaskFilledLife_BibleStudy.pdf.

Music Outreach on the Border

Giving Tuesday 2019 — Making a Difference in a Changing World

2019–2021 Mission Grant #20 — Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care, El Paso, Texas — $98,400

This project touches my heart because of my love for music. Praising my Savior all the day long nourishes my soul, especially when the tribulations of life weigh me down. Our church purchased a Mariachi San Pablo CD for our Sunday worship services, and, being a bilingual person, it brings me joy to hear traditional Lutheran hymns and contemporary praise songs in Spanish. It reminds me of attending worship services with my mother.


There is an ongoing need for music in languages other than English in our multicultural churches. The Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care music ministry in El Paso, Texas, has been successful in reaching out to the unchurched through music education classes, training musicians for service in the church and in the community. Mites given to this project will enable them to improve and expand their important work. Remember this mission on Giving Tuesday, December 3.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Psalm 100:1-2).

Angelina Jauregui


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