Faith of a Mustard Seed

” . . . for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17: 20, New King James

Just a tiny bit of faith and calling on God can produce such big results! Moving mountains! Yet, why in our walk with the Lord do we lack faith? Earlier in the passage Jesus told his disciples that the young boy they prayed over was not delivered and healed of epilepsy because of their unbelief.

Our unbelief comes from not believing in the depths of our hearts that God can and does work miracles. Sometimes He works those miracles in his own way. Many times when I pray with people for healing, I ask that God will give us the faith to believe that He can heal us. I never pray, “Lord, if it is not your will to heal . . .” because I believe that sows doubt and unbelief regarding God’s healing power. In a world where we feel we can and must control everything, faith can be pretty tough to achieve.

Pray with faith, and if you lack it, ask the Lord to give you the gift of faith. May the Lord bless you with deep faith in Him today!

Please leave a comment about your walk of faith.

Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

Psalm 103 is one of my favorite scriptures. It exalts our Lord and speaks of all that He does for us. When we bless God and praise Him it lifts our spirits, and helps us focus on Him and “all His benefits.”

When I have a rough day in Corporate America or in life for that matter, speaking Psalm 103 actually lifts my heart to a different place. It focuses my mind on the higher things of this life. It produces that gratefulness in my heart that is so fulfilling and joyful.

In fact, lately, when I am falling asleep at night, the last thing I think of is what I am grateful for. It’s a perfect setting for restful and renewing sleep. And, I wake up with that song on my heart. The song of gratefulness, of joy, of delight in the Lord.

Please leave a comment about what you are grateful for!

Psalm 103 – A psalm of David

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.[a] 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Yellow Rose Bush

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I tried a new planting venture this year. I planted a yellow rosebush. When I first planted it this summer, it had been sitting in the hot sun at  a local garden center. It looked a little droopy! I asked one of the resident experts if it would bloom and he said, “sure!” Then he showed me what I needed to use in the soil and after I planted it to help it along.

Now, as you can see it is blooming regularly. It reminds me of our lives as Christians. We need the right soil and good spiritual food as we journey through life. And, we need the good food regularly. To keep this rosebush beautiful, I feed it every two weeks. To grow as Christians, we need spiritual food every day.

In our walk with Christ, we need the spiritual food of reading God’s word, praying, and thanking and praising God. We need to constantly renew our minds since we live in a world that barrages us with unspiritual information. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .”

You can be transformed to a blooming Christian, even if you have been through a drought in your walk of faith. Please leave a comment about your experiences renewing your mind through prayer, studying the Word, or praising and thanking God.

Christ’s Mercy in You

Recently, a friend of mine’s son passed away very suddenly. I have never felt so much grief for a friend before. Her son was just too young, a kind-spirited young man.

I’m sure that I did not have the right words to say. There are none. But I think the depth of my pain came from the mercy of the Lord in my heart. As a mom, I can’t imagine the depth of my friend’s sadness.

I don’t understand it, and probably never will until I am home with the Lord.

What this makes me know is that I always need to be showing God’s mercy in every situation. I’m sure I won’t always be good at it, because I just a flawed human being.

I just pray that God’s mercy shows through me somehow….

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Last summer I observed this flower growing out of my back porch. I marveled at the notion that a flower would grow like that!

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What struck me is that we all need to bloom where we are planted. No matter the workplace, the domestic situation, wherever we are. This flower is not in an ideal place to grow and bloom, but it did anyway!

You may feel like you are in an environment or a situation right now that you don’t like, yet you can bloom and flourish there with God’s strength. I’m not suggesting that you stop striving for something better in your life, but tough times can make you stronger.

Who we become through the tough times makes us better able to carry out God’s plan. Having a purpose in life, according to His plan is a motivation for walking through difficulties. He wants the best for you. His promises always lie on the other side of an uncomfortable or unpleasant situation.

Where are you planted? How is God using you there?

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Big Dreams of God’s Purpose

In Genesis, we read about the dream that the Lord gave to Joseph when he was only 17. In the dream God revealed promises of Joseph’s future. Joseph had to wait a long time and endure many trials before the dream came to fruition.

I believe we all have a dream that God has put on our hearts. Not necessarily that we will be ruler of a land or the best surgeon on the planet, but it is a great dream of His calling for us. It is the vision that can drive us forward in spite of life’s storms.

At the beginning of 2017, I encourage you to ask God, “What is the dream You have for me?” You may already know what He has called you to, yet He may have something even greater and more fulfilling for you. Visualize yourself in that dream He has and ask Him for guidance of your steps.

What is your big God-given dream? Please share your thoughts.

Pulling Weeds from Your Heart

I’ve been pulling weeds out of one of my flowerbeds that I have neglected. The weed-eater will not get rid of the weeds because the roots need to be pulled out of the ground. Once I’ve pulled them, I have to throw them in the trash, so they don’t come up again! They spring up fast, so I have to pull a few each week.

It’s the same with weeds in our hearts. We have to pull them out at the root and throw them away or they will come back. And we have to keep working at it. When we get rid of the weeds, God can begin healing our hearts and filling our hearts with love and grace. This has made me examine my heart . . . what are the weeds? Where do the roots of the weeds come from? When the Lord reveals these things to me, then I can release them to Him. For it’s through His strength and power that I can overcome the weeds and their roots.

Are there weeds in your heart? Ask God to show you, and to help pull those weeds by the root and release them to Him. He wants healing for your heart to bless you and fill you with love.

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Releasing Shame

Several weeks ago in my prayer time I felt like God was showing me that what is holding me back from achieving what He wants is shame. I was shocked. I was raised in a loving Christian home, I was never abused, my parents always believed in me.

What I discovered is that my shame stems from feeling like I am not good enough. That I always have to prove myself. Christine Caine has just written a book called Unashamed.

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When God revealed the issue with shame to me, I remembered something she said in a television interview about shame being related to not feeling good enough. Christine’s book starts with stories of how she was mistreated in school because of her Greek heritage. From that she decided she would prove herself through overachieving. Later, when she was abused, that shame carried over to her feeling like the abuse was her fault, like something was wrong with her.

Nothing is wrong with you or me, except that we are plain ole human beings. God doesn’t see us with a veil of shame. He sees us through the veil of grace. When we accepted Him as savior, our shame, our sin was nailed to the cross with Him.

Please leave a comment about what insight God gave you from this post. Be blessed today!

Jesus Take the Wheel

Carrie Underwood sings, “Jesus take take the wheel,  take it from my hands because I can’t do it on my own, I’m letting go . . .” Couldn’t we all say that. Life could be going along just fine and something happens that we don’t expect or can’t control. We try to fix things our way and sometimes make more of a mess!

This should be a time when we trust God and call on Him to take charge and show us what to do. Sometimes we act like that teenager who knows so much more than his parents. Our Abba Father or Daddy is there waiting for us to turn to Him in all things, to worship Him even we our circumstances aren’t pleasant. He wants us to rely on Him in all things.

We can’t always see how He will use our circumstances and our walk through them until years later. Many times it’s to help someone else walk through the same experience we did. I’m asking Jesus to take the wheel today. Will you join me?

Please leave a comment. How has God helped you when you let Him take the wheel?

Diamonds

Christian artist Hawk Nelson has a song named “Diamonds.” The main theme of the song is that God is making diamonds out of us. Nelson sings, “The joy of Lord it will be my strength . . . when the pressure is on He’s making diamonds out of us.”

When things are going tough in our lives, or merely not the way we expect, what if we could rely on the joy of the Lord for our strength. We often can’t see what He is preparing us for. When we pray, wouldn’t it be great to ask the Lord to step into a situation and fix it in His way rather than telling Him which circumstances to change.

Next time things don’t seem to be going your way, ask God, “show me what you want to teach me Lord. Help me remember Lord that you are making a Diamond, sparkling and demonstrating your glory!”

Please leave a comment, we love to hear from you! How is God making you into a diamond?

 

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