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 www.lwml.org/bible-studies.
Posted on December 09, 2019 2:20 PM
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,
Posted on December 01, 2019 9:00 AM