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Mustard Seeds Have Great Value!

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It so upsets me when I hear, “Well, they weren’t healed because they didn’t have enough faith.” Or, “Well, if they would’ve had more faith, the situation would have changed.” My question to all of those comments is, what about the power in the mustard seed of faith?

“..I tell you this: if you had even a faint spark of faith, even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and because of your faith, the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible.” – Matthew 17:20

The Lord I know doesn’t demand our faith to be perfect before He arrives on the scene. The Lord I know says to come to him with child like faith. Now I know we usually take that as face value..little kids have faith because, in general, they’ve never had a reason not to. But, is that the whole story here?

Have you ever seen a child’s faith level?

The best part about a child’s faith is that it’s raw and honest in how frail it is. On one hand a child will have total faith that as long as they’re holding your hand, they are safe from getting hurt crossing the road. But put a child on a bike with no training wheels for the first time, and that faith has instantly dwindled to but a mustard seed. You’re saying, “I won’t let go of the bike until you’re ready, I promise!” And the child is screaming, “Don’t let go, I JUST KNOW YOU’RE GONNA LET GOOOO!!! I’m gonna fall! I’m gonna get hurt! I can’t do this!” Yet, again, they do have a mustard seed of faith in that situation. Because they believe that as long as you are holding onto that bike, they will be ok.

He’s not asking for perfection, he’s asking for authenticity. He meets us where we are at. That means when our faith is tiny like a mustard seed, He is with us. And when our faith is so huge that it rushes like a mighty wind, He’s there too!

Don’t doubt the Holy Spirit power inside of you. As you begin to stretch and plump up your faith muscle, you’ll notice less of the mustard seed days, and more of the mighty wind of faith days. Regardless, you can move mountains! So get out there and start moving things!

Have a beautiful day!

You are blessed,

Sarah

PS – Below is a devotional entry from Pastor Prince that I found very refreshing. Enjoy!

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Done As You Have Believed
By Joseph Prince

Matthew 8:13
13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

What are you expecting God to do for you today? Do you believe that God will respond according to your expectation? When Jairus, distraught at the sickness that was claiming his daughter’s life, fell at Jesus’ feet, he entreated Jesus to personally come to his house to lay His hands on his daughter so that she would be healed. (Mark 5:23)

But do you know that Jesus can heal at a distance? He didn’t need to go to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter. Still, Jesus went and didn’t even chide Jairus for his little faith. He met Jairus’ expectation — his little daughter was raised from the dead that day. (Mark 5:41–42)

Why do I say that Jairus had little faith? Because there was a Roman centurion who came to Jesus about his servant suffering at home. He recognized the power Jesus had and asked only that Jesus “speak a word, and my servant will be healed”. (Matthew 8:8) Jesus told him, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” True to the centurion’s expectation, his servant was healed that same hour.

My friend, there is no particular level your faith must reach before God gives you what you are asking for. Your faith does not initiate God’s giving. He has already given to you all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) His blessings are pressing on you already! Regardless of the level of faith you are at, He will respond. Jairus needed Jesus to go to his house to lay His hands on his daughter, and Jesus did. The centurion only needed Jesus to speak a word for his servant to be healed, and Jesus did. He met both their expectations.

My friend, don’t fix your eyes on how much or how little faith you have. Fix your eyes on the One who loves you, who has already given you what you need. When you come to Him, simply believe that He is waiting to meet your expectation. He will say to you, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”

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Sweet Little Lies?

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Sometimes there aren’t words adequate enough to describe the disappointment of being lied to. When one close to you continues the tradition of inflating the truth, and/or just flat out lying to your face, it hurts and gets old. Can I get an amen?

Sometimes I want to scream, “Am I not worth the truth? Is the truth too boring?! What is it?!” Other times I want to cry and quietly say, “Don’t you know by now that it’s the real you that I love? The you that hurts, fears, loves, laughs, cries, fails, succeeds…not the fake version of you that you almost always choose to show.”

I get so weary of hearing things that are opposite of the way it was told the time before. It’s a slap in the face, a stab to the heart. I’ve only seen the person come out from behind the mask here and there. And when I do, I feel overwhelming sadness, knowing that the genuineness won’t last for long. But also sad because, the only one being fooled is the friend. I can see through the lies into the truth, whether it’s revealed or not. And I think that’s the worst part. Seeing the agony in one’s eyes while the mouth drips honey.

I think Jesus feels the same way about us.

We try to put on a show for him. We attempt to hide our ugly truth in a soup with prettier ingredients, when all He really wants is us. No matter how ugly we are at the time, He wants us to come to Him. Genuine. Honest. Real. Vulnerable. When we come to him in humility, He can then properly mold us into who we are destined to be.

A few scriptures to chew on today:

Zechariah 8:16-17 And now here’s what I want you to do: Tell the truth, the whole truth, when you speak. Do the right thing by one another, both personally and in your courts. Don’t cook up plans to take unfair advantage of others. Don’t do or say what isn’t so. I hate all that stuff. Keep your lives simple and honest.” Decree of God.

Ephesians 4:25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

Be blessed, friends, as we continue on this journey of spiritual growth together. My love and prayers are with you all today. No matter what you have to face in your life, know that you’re never alone. Look up! He loves you, and yearns for you to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

– Sarah

Mission: Accomplished!

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He has completed His mission. As a result, we have EVERYTHING we need to live a victorious life! He’s done it all, He’s given us every tool. We are more than conquerors! How come we refuse to believe that?

If I had a pile of money on the floor and told you I was giving it to you, you just had to accept it and pick it up..would you continue to sit there, hoping one day I would actually place it in your hand? Or would you reach out and grab it? I think you’d reach out and grab it. Well, He has given us a great gift, but we have to reach out and grab it. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s grab that gift, and start walking in victory!

I’m just gonna keep telling you this until you believe it. 🙂

Have a great day, friends!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

You Are Complete In Christ
by Joseph Prince

Colossians 2:10
10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

When you look at yourself, what do you see? Do you see someone who is imperfect and lacking in many areas, or someone who is whole and complete in Christ?

There are believers who see themselves as incomplete. This is because they are conscious of their lack and imperfections. They say, “There are so many things imperfect about me! How can I be complete if there are so many things I am lacking in?” They see their weaknesses, condemn themselves and feel inferior to others

The good news is that God does not see the way man sees. Man sees the flesh. God sees the spirit. He sees us already complete in Christ. In spite of our imperfections, He sees us as new creations, partakers of His divine nature and more than conquerors over our faults. And He wants us to see ourselves the way He sees us.

What we think we need or are lacking in, whether it is godly character traits or physical health, we already have in Christ.

I used to think that I had to ask God to make me more patient, until I realized one day that Jesus is my patience. Since then, I no longer ask God to make me wiser either, because Jesus is my wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I am not waiting to receive more healing because Jesus is my complete healing at this moment. And I am not yearning for peace and rest one day because Jesus is my peace and rest today. Right now, I have everything because I stand complete in Christ!

My friend, you are not going to be complete in Christ some day — you are already complete in Christ! And what remains for you to do is to walk daily in that completeness by believing that it is true and confessing that what you need right now, Jesus is to you. He is your complete forgiveness, complete righteousness, complete favor and complete protection.

So don’t focus on the lack you see in your life. Focus instead on how in Christ, you are complete in everything at this moment. And instead of weaknesses, lack and defects, you will see His strength, wholeness, soundness and completeness manifesting in you!

Thought Of The Day

Don’t focus on the lack in your life. Focus on how in Christ, you are complete in everything at this moment!

Take That Snake by the Tail

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Well, hello!

We had a great vacation, and enjoyed our time as a family. I hope you’ve been doing well, also!

I read this devotional by Pastor Prince and really liked his interpretation of the scripture. Be blessed today as you cast your natural things on the ground, and then pick them back up by the tail. Allowing The Lord to take hold of the head, making your natural things SUPERnatural! When He is allowed to have the head (control), great things happen.

With Him, life is anything but dull – Enjoy the journey! 🙂

– Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Take The Snake By Its Tail
By Joseph Prince

Exodus 4:2–3
2So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”3And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

God wants to take the natural things in your life and make them supernaturally blessed. He does this by asking you to give Him what you already have in the natural, and He will do the supernatural.

That is why the Lord told Moses to cast his rod on the ground. And when Moses cast his rod on the ground, which represents him giving the rod to the Lord, that same rod became the rod of God. With that rod, the Red Sea was opened. (Exodus 14:16) And when that rod was used to hit a rock, water flowed out of the rock. (Exodus 17:5–6) It was no longer a natural rod, but the supernatural rod of God!

But why did the rod become a serpent when Moses cast it to the ground?

Moses never realized that there was a “snake” in his rod. You see, because of the fall of man, there is a touch of the curse — a snake — in every natural thing, including your career, natural strength, talents and ministry.

So how do you deal with the “snake” that is in all the natural things in your life?

First, cast it to the Lord. Then, do what the Lord told Moses next: “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail”. (Exodus 4:4)

Now, it could be fatal to take a snake by its tail because it can easily turn its head around and bite you. So why did God say that?

When you take it by the tail, God will take the head! He wants you to let Him handle the head, and not grab it or hold on to it tightly in fear or self-effort. That is how you see your career, strength, talents and ministry supernaturally blessed.

Beloved, there is a snake, a touch of the curse, in everything in the natural. But give what is natural to the Lord and see the touch of the curse replaced with the supernatural touch of God!

Thought For The Day:
Give what is natural to the Lord and He will make it supernaturally blessed.

Scripture:
So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. (Exodus 4:2, 3 NKJV)

Life Lessons on the Monkey Bars

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The act of using Monkey Bars requires a few things.

-Climbing a small ladder

-Leaning out to take hold of the first bar

-Letting go of the ladder as you swing to the next bar

-Keeping focus on the finish line (looking UP)

-Not looking back

-You can’t do it with only one arm – you must give it full attention

-Keeping your feet up off of the ground so they don’t drag

-The will to finish

There is a verse that goes along with the Monkey Bars process perfectly..

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
~Philippians 3:13-14 The Message

We all have “monkey bars” to cross in life. We can cross them in joy, knowing Who crosses them with us, or we can cross them in sorrow, refusing to acknowledge the progress we’re making. Or, we can even climb down the ladder and refuse to cross the monkey bars all together..missing the opportunity to grow in Him.

Today I want to encourage you to take that first swing on the monkey bars, trust in Him, and enjoy the journey. You can do it! When you make it to the other side, you will find you are stronger, that callouses have been built making it a bit easier to cross the next set of “monkey bars”. You’ll also realize you now have added tools and knowledge in which to help others who are just starting their journey.

Make it a great day, no reason not to. It’s, afterall, all up to you!

Blessings,

Sarah

Reeeellllllaaaaaaaaxxxxxx already! (Note to Self)

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It’s time to stop, relax, and look up! He’s right there, ready to calm your soul in the midst of the storm. Trust in Him to do so. He won’t let you down! But, there’s a catch…you have to let go of the stress in order to receive His peace. Are you willing?

Have a great weekend!

Love and blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Relax!
by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Matthew 8:26-27 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Whew! What must the disciples have felt back then as they saw the waves crashing against their boat? They we’re being swayed from side to side in the deep dark sea. They were afraid for their lives! But our Lord was there all along. He just wanted them to trust.

So often we find ourselves in that same boat, don’t we? “Lord, are you there?! Don’t you see these waves about to consume me?!

But He does! He sees all, hears all, knows all. He is the same Lord that calmed that storm two thousand years ago and He can cause the winds and the seas, and the trials of our lives to become calm in an instant! Ahh, but it’s usually in the storms that He will display His awesome power!

Let’s renew our trust in the Lord today. God has great plans for those who will put their trust in Him.

No More White Knuckle Living!

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Freedom comes when we let go of the “safety bar” and let God do His job in and through us. You can trust Him with your future.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Letting Go Of the Safety Bar!
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A few months back I did something really brave that I haven’t done for years! I rode a roller-coaster! No, it wasn’t one of the kiddy ones at a fairground – this was a full-grown adult, scary version!

A friend of mine (who is a seasoned rollercoaster rider) ‘bullied’ me to go on it, with a good dose of friendly, harmless, peer pressure. Did I enjoy it? Not a chance! I hated every second of the 4 minutes that I sat with my eyes shut tight, hands gripped white to the safety bar, as we twisted and turned, upside down, dropping death-defying heights… to me it was sheer torture! My friend on the other hand sat giggling and laughing all the way through, her hands waving in the air – apparently she found the whole thing marvelously enjoyable! When they eventually let me off, my hands ached from gripping hold of the bar, my legs felt like jelly and for days after, every muscle in my body complained from the 4 minutes of extreme stress I had put it through!

I’m telling you this because the Lord has challenged me over the last few years, that for some of us this is how we live our lives with the Lord. We say we’re happy to let Him be in control and we walk the paths He sets for us, but we don’t fully surrender and rest in Him, knowing that He is Lord.

He longs for us to fully surrender to Him our cares, so that we can experience a peace that surpasses all else. A peace that comes from fully knowing He is in control and we don’t have to be. We don’t need to grip hold of the safety bar of life and prepare ourselves for the ‘inevitable crash’, because God’s path for us (wherever it leads) is secure. It takes practice though! Just like riding roller-coasters, with your hands raised in the air (going against your natural instinct to hang on tight), so we have to practice letting God be in control and learn to rest, secure in Him.

I would encourage you today to fully surrender to your Heavenly Father the cares and concerns in your life. Laying them down at the foot of His cross, hands off the safety bar, resting secure in the knowledge that the life God has for you is the very best and He is faithful.

Prayer: Father God, I’m sorry for the times that I have said you are Lord of my life – and yet in my heart I have failed to truly trust and surrender to you. Lord, I choose to surrender to you today – to your plans and your purposes for my life, knowing they are the very best for me. I take my hands off the safety bar and I rest back in you, and give you chance to prove yourself faithful once again in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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