Where Do We Go From Here?

by Lorilee Mundfrom

At WMF Day, 2012, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota we were blessed to remember the work the Lord has done for us and through us as we considered our theme, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”  I Samuel 7:12c

We were blessed to look back to the vision of the women who started the WMF of the AFLC back in 1962. In those beginning years, the concerns of their hearts were that women would have good Lutheran Bible studies to study together in their individual groups and to support the missionaries serving on the mission field.

It was wonderful to be able to recognize the past officers of the WMF as well as the missionaries who have served on the mission fields. We thank God for the vision that He gave them as they answered His calling on their lives.

As the women of the Women’s Missionary Federation of the AFLC in 2012 and beyond, where do we go from here? In some respects, we must continue with what the vision was of the founding women. We shall have good Lutheran Bible studies for women to study together in their WMF meetings. We shall continue to promote the projects that the WMF women so dearly love to support – World Missions; Home Missions; Christian Education – Parish Education, Association Free Lutheran Bible School, the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Cradle Roll; and the General Fund of the WMF. Without your support of ALL of these projects, our WMF will not fulfill the vision of helping to reach the world for Christ. May God continue to help us by igniting in us the desire to be faithful to do this.

In John 4 we see Jesus visiting Sychar, a city of Samaria. He goes to the well to rest after a long journey. He was obviously thirsty because when the woman of Samaria came to draw water He asked her for a drink of water. Here this woman was just doing her ordinary work that had to be done when Jesus asked her for a drink of water. He did not use any prescribed method of evangelism to talk with this woman. He met her in her everyday activities and spoke with her. Do you talk to your neighbors, friends, and relatives about their work, their hobbies, and their families? As you befriend them they will get to know you and you them. If you continue to get to know them, there will be opportunities for you to share with them what Jesus means to you. There will be opportunities for you to invite them to WMF or other activities where Jesus is presented to them. You don’t need to be shy about this. God will give you the courage you need.

There are several scripture verses that address this issue of courage. One is Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) – “Be strong and courageous . . . . for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.” Another is Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) – “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. . . .

Another exhortation that is specifically for women is this: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Titus 2: 3-5 (NASB)

So God has given us specific work to do. He has given us the tools with which to do that work. He has given us the strength and courage to complete that work. So where do we go from here? I believe it is imperative that we dig deeper into the Word of God together using the WMF Bible studies. It is imperative that we continue to support the projects of the WMF so we can assist in the work of reaching the world for Christ. It is imperative that we mentor and encourage one another. It is imperative that we reach out to those outside our “comfort zone” so that we can bring them to Christ.

Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
And love that soul through me
And may I always do my part
To win that soul for Thee.

 

 

 

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What’s Your Response?

CHALLENGES have been bombarding! CIRCUMSTANCES are crowding in! People are passing along their ANXIETY, FEAR, FRUSTRATION and ANGER my direction! Life seems a tad OVERWHELMING I cannot handle it!

Does any of this sound familiar? As challenges and circumstances overtake us, we do not need to be overwhelmed. As we work with people, we will not have perfect relationships because people are not perfect. We must point ourselves to the Word of God to see how He would have us respond.

While reading Galatians 5, the Holy Spirit changed my mind to a new way of thinking.

Stand fast in the liberty the Lord has given me. I have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to choose a different response to life and people. I can rise above circumstances, as if I was not involved in them, so the Holy Spirit and I can choose a different response. I do not need to take on other people’s anxiety, fear, frustration or anger. I do not need to be anxious, fearful, frustrated or angry. I can help them by asking them how I can pray for them instead. Satan is prowling around ~ seeking whom he may devour ~ that’s us Christian. (1 Peter 5:8) Satan does not want me to have the victory but I CAN have victory through the Lord!

Don’t be tangled up with my past way of doing things which really is bondage. The Lord can give me a new path to follow ~ a new way of doing things.

When you stumble, you may ask, “I ran well … what happened? Who made me stumble from obeying the truth?” The Bible says, “That response did not come from the Lord!”

The Lord and I will have another mind ~ another way of thinking as I allow Him to change me. I need to stop and pray. He will transform my thinking as I read His Word. (Romans 12:2)

The one who troubles me will bear his own judgment. The Lord will deal with the other person’s responses to life. I just need to forgive them.

I should not bite and devour anyone so I will not be consumed by anyone. I need to serve others through love instead whether that is through prayer, giving them a Bible verse, meeting a physical need, etc. I need to love my neighbor as myself.

I have the freedom to choose the right way to live so here are God’s strong words to us …

WALK IN THE SPIRIT! It kills fleshly ways!