MUSTARD SEED

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

Matthew 18:20,21

I have a weekly Bible Study that I attend and the women in my group are incredibly kind and lovely. We meet online and we are currently discussing a book that our church pastor wrote. Not only do we discuss the book, we discuss what God is doing in our lives. Sometimes one of us or all of us are faced with challenges but between the three of us we are able to come to the conclusion that God is always with us and that through our faith “all will be fine.” Some nights we celebrate victories and praise God for His faithfulness. It’s a gift to be surrounded by such love and support!

Currently, I’m trying my best to follow God’s instruction in creating this blog. I find it extremely difficult to get what needs to be said onto my blank computer screen. I feel blocked, opposition and a major lack of confidence. Although it feels great to write, it also feels discouraging.

One topic we touched on in our Bible Study last night was having the faith of a mustard seed. This struck me and I continued to meditate on it this morning. Where is my faith in regards to this blog? Do I have any? Is it in me or is it in Jesus?

My Bible’s interpretation of Matthew 17:17-20 (NLT) says this:

“There is great potential in even a little faith when we trust in God’s power to act. If we feel weak or powerless as Christians, we should examine our faith, making sure we are trusting God’s power, not our own ability to produce results.”

I certainly feel weak and powerless at this moment. This assignment of a blog was handed to me a week or so ago. I remember sitting in my bed, meditating on the Word of God and the fear of putting myself out there for all to read was somewhat daunting. I’m a hider. I don’t like to share. I have no experience, I’m not confident enough. What do I have to say?

All of this self-doubt and questioning is all based on myself and it should be based on God. His Word and His saving Grace! As Christians, we are not meant to keep God to ourselves. This is where I want to keep Him. Quietly in my heart. My relationship. This isn’t how God intends His relationship with us to be.

I found myself asking, “How am I to do this Lord? Tell me and I will follow!”

How many times did I repeat this and how many times did he continue to tell me?

It wasn’t until the following day that I had much relief from my fear. Again, sitting quietly with Jesus, I heard his faithful whisper:

“I have been prepping and preparing you for quite some time. All the mornings you’ve set your alarm to get up early. All those times that you’ve carried your Bible on camping trips. All those times that you’ve thanked me and praised me throughout the day. I’ve noticed and I’ve been guiding you just to get you to this very moment.

Your quiet time routine is how you are going to write this blog. The Words that I speak to you. The revelations that I give you. These will be your blog entries. You aren’t writing it. I am! I am using you to share my Word. What do you have to be fearful about? You’ve been writing blog entries for years. You just never knew it!”

So here I am, sitting before the computer with what the Lord has placed in my heart. Faith of a mustard seed, which is exactly what I have in this moment. But you know what, that is all God requires from us. And how wonderful is this gift? We don’t need to be filled with huge faith for God to work in our lives. All we have to do is say to God that we don’t understand how this is going to work but we are willing to give you a shot. Nothing else is working, I’ve tried everything, I’m going to look towards you and see what you’ve got and He will show you. He is faithful.

As I read further in my Bible (Mark 4:31,32) I came across this explanation of a mustard seed:

“It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”
Well, Lord, I’m looking your way in regards to this assignment. I have the faith of a mustard seed. Let’s see what You can do. I trust you and I love you!!

 

4 thoughts on “MUSTARD SEED

  1. Morgan December 6, 2017 / 6:02 am

    Your post really got to me…I love that you wrote about this today. I have been struggling to get my mind right in my business…overcoming a poverty mindset and my fear of the unknown. I struggled with a migraine today, likely from not eating well the past couple of weeks (stress over some big life shifts). I wanted to go to bed and avoid but I told myself I know what I need to do to pick myself back up. God is in me and I need to take care of myself like a Goddess I’m going to fulfill God’s vision for my life. After all, I have to have the energy to sustain this grand vision…which means focus, prioritize and above all else—faith (even if it’s the size of a mustard seed).

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    • connectorforhim December 6, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Morgan for your kind words! I’m sorry to hear that you had a migraine and I hope you are feeling better today. I think you are absolutely amazing and you are incredibly wise to be running your business all by yourself (with the Lord’s help of course). Those children are blessed to have you as their therapist! Yes, I do believe that you will fulfill God’s vision for your life. You are right in line with Him because you are seeking. Focus, prioritize and faith…even if it is the size of a mustard seed! God bless you my sweet friend!!

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  2. Mia December 11, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    This is such a great topic. I, too love to write and I have not journaled in months. It certainly has affected every part of my life not connecting with God in this way! It has in fact crippled my prayer life for sure even though I still talk to Him. I do not feel the same. I know it is the enemy though trying to discourage and distract me! The journal entries are prayers and notes to the Lord. When I look back and read through them, I can see all the answered and unanswered prayers and how God was there and how faithful He is!!! You are inspiring me daily to get back into writing to the Lord! Thank you for sharing all that God is doing in your life and how He is using you to reach out to others! God bless you!

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    • Racinda Chave December 11, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you Mia for your encouraging words. I have gone through periods of not writing in my journal. I’ve also skipped my prayer time in the morning on many occasions. I rush from my bed, to the shower, to my car and out the door to work. Life gets busy but the Lord is faithful and His love is unconditional. He will throw us gentle reminders that He is still present, just waiting for us to look His way. I find this such a sad scene. I have continuously put Him on the back burner throughout my life. I am so thankful that He never gives up. He is truly an awesome God! I love you Mia and may God bless you over and over and over again!

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