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6-6-2021 Weekly article

Prepare Our Hearts and Minds

For those attending the LWML Lexington Convention, this is the time to make preparations! What fascinator will I wear to the Winners Circle Celebration? How many snacks should I bring? How will I meet up with friends from around the country?

Although these preparations are a part of our process, it is even more important to prepare our hearts and minds. Spend devotional time focusing on the Scripture verse for convention. Pray for those impacted by our mission grants. Read the Pre-Convention Devotion found at Convention Central. Prepare for what the Holy Spirit lays on your heart as you learn from mission speakers, Bible studies, and worship services.

If you are unable to attend convention in person, make preparations to join us through the Livestream link that will be posted on the convention page during the convention. Invite your church family to gather and participate in the Bible studies and hear our inspirational mission speakers.

May we daily prepare our hearts and minds through prayer and God’s Word as we are “Running the Race … Looking to Jesus.”

Michelle Jenks

5-30-2021 Weekly article

How Do I Know?

“How do I know if I am being called to do God’s will? The best channel to hear from God is through His Word.

God calls each one of us in two different ways. God’s general call is to obey His Word and to love and serve others. The specific ways he calls us is to use the specific gifts and talents he has given to each of us. Getting to know that calling is accomplished by studying and hearing His Word. He also places a longing in your heart to do what He wants us to do.

God is the ultimate director orchestrating His plan and we each get to play our own, unique part by determining what we are each called to do and then doing it.

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

Bible studies and devotions can be found on “The Word” tab at

Karla Koehler

5-23-2021 Weekly article

The Gift of Prayer

Thus says the Lord … I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you (2 Kings 20:5b).

Have you ever stopped to think about God’s gift of prayer? As a child, I was taught to say my prayers at night, before I went to bed. I petitioned the Lord to bless my family members, one by one, and I thanked Him for His many blessings of the day. 

Although I didn’t realize it then, prayer is a direct communication with the One who cares and loves us the best. I always appreciate and feel a sense of comfort in my soul when I learn someone is praying for me. We are all blessed when this happens. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me! (Psalm 66:20).

At the LWML Minneapolis convention, a prayer for my granddaughter, Sierra, was read as we gathered together on the convention floor. God answered that prayer; Sierra received a life-saving double transplant three weeks later.

Sierra as a baby
Sierra as a baby
Sierra grown up
Sierra grown up
close-up of Sierra and Ginger
Sierra and Ginger

Praying with others is such a blessing. The 2021 LWML Prayer Service, “He Prayed with Them,” based on Acts 20:36b, is designed to be used at any time by large or small groups. 

Ginger Starrett

5-16-2021 Weekly article


Prepare. The LWML Board of Directors (BOD) and committees have been preparing for the 39th LWML Convention in Lexington. Thousands of emails have been sent and many Zoom meetings have been held. Preparation continues, remembering that our plans are not always His plans and all that we do will be done to His glory.

God wants us to prepare for future events. He prepared a way for Noah and his family to survive the cleansing flood. It was a good plan that involved a lot of preparation and trust on the part of Noah.

In preparation for Lexington, the BOD and committees have stepped out in faith, trusting that God will lead them to develop the programs and resources that will be used to share Jesus with our families, community, and the world. Click here to read about the preparations made for Lexington.

Take some time to thank God for His work of preparation in your life. We may not have to build an ark, but we are engaged in the work of preparing hearts to be ready for Jesus’ coming again. Prepare. He is coming!

Today, and always, we are surrounded by God’s grace,


5-9-2021 Weekly article

Keeping Afloat in the Lord!

and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth (Genesis 9:11b).

This year, you may have felt that you were living in the times of Noah, getting seasick, and no one would let you off the boat. Never fear, the Lord is near!

As we approach the “Running the Race ... Looking to Jesus” LWML Lexington Convention, you may feel like this last year, your race was run chasing pandemic issues. To refresh you in the race, the LWML Christian Resources Editors Committee has compiled a fresh supply of Bible studies, devotions, songs, and sketches in Faith Building Help for Groups, available during convention.

To sustain your journey, one new Bible study is available to you in advance of convention. This week you can download the Bible study, Living in the Times of Noah — Today at to help you weather the storms of life. Noah’s life was no more of a cruise than ours, but he kept his head above water with the Lord.

Smooth Sailing Blessings,


5-2-2021 Weekly article

LWML: A Love that Endures

As we approach Mother’s Day, let us remember those women who have nurtured us in the faith and mentored us in joyful service.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1).

The women and men of LWML have a heart for faith, family, and mission-giving. What better way to pass on that legacy of faith and mission service than including the Lord’s work in your estate plan?

Whether you seek to

  • share your faith by using a Christian preamble for your will or living trust,
  • bless your family by recording your wishes and instructions for end-of-life to guide them, and/or
  • impact ministry with a simple bequest or beneficiary designation,

one of our professional, trusted Gifts of Love Planning Counselors can help you! This LWML ministry is offered as a free service to LWML members and their families. For more information or to contact one of our Gift Planning Counselors, go to

Eden Keefe

4-25-2021 Weekly Article


How do you begin each God-given day? I once heard an interview in which the speaker suggested that making your bed first thing in the morning gives you a sense of accomplishment, thereby encouraging you to tackle the remaining tasks outlined for the day. That thought has stuck in my mind and has produced a feeling of, “Okay, I’m ready for what’s next!”

However, even better is beginning each day with a devotion. A Mustard Seed Devotion? Portals of Prayer devotion? A special daily devotion book? Using a schedule for reading the Bible in a year? No matter what devotion routine you use, it’s the best way to start your day — even better than making your bed.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16).

May your daily routine begin with the Lord. The LWML home page tab “The Word,” the LWML app, and LWML On The Go Podcasts are excellent resources for starting good routines.



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