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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Seedy Faith

I have been spending a lot of my time planning lately.  Planning and worrying.  Worrying about future, about money, about life.  Even though Francis Chan reminds me that when I worry, I'm sinning because I'm not trusting, I still do it.  It's my best companion.  It always comes back when I call it and it only affects my heart, so I feel like I can keep it around.
I think God agrees with Mr. Chan, however.
I have been getting small reminders all day (and it's only 9:30!) that God wants me to rest in him.  This morning I read about faith over and over.  I read about the faith of a mustard seed and,
"Your faith has healed you."
God was speaking right to me.
My faith doesn't always heal my situations.  Only God heals those.  What my faith heals is me... When I put my trust fully in God, I have peace, even when there are still things to worry about.  When I give up my worry for faith, God does a work inside of me.

Much worry + Mustard seed faith = My healed heart.

Today, I don't know what will happen.  I don't know if things will turn out like I've planned and hoped.  But I know that my God is big.  I will have faith even when I don't understand.  I will choose to remember the times that he has pulled through (which, incidentally, is every time).

I think I can handle a mustard seed. It's easier than trying to take control. I never really had control in the first place, anyway.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot,

Thou has taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.


  1. Love that song! <333 You should read Max Lucado's Fearless book. I am reading it right now and just read about worrying too much about some of the things you listed: Matthew 6:25; Lucado goes on to say worry accomplishes nothing.

    Rest in Him <333

  2. i feel like God totally has us on the same page this morning. maybe this is a message more for me and my insane planning and "self-reliance." God tells us that we will not find peace by engaging in excessive planning: attempting to control what will happen in the future. this is commonly a practiced form of unbelief. when our minds spin with multiple plans, peace may sometimes seem within your grasp, yet it always eludes you. our God does not design the human mind to figure out the future. that is beyond our capability. He crafted our minds for continual communication with Him. bring Him all of our needs, hopes, and fears. commit everything into HIS care. turn from the path of planning to the path of PEACE.

  3. i totally used to be the same way!!
    Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer & petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts & minds in Christ Jesus." seriously changed my life. I cling to it when I start worrying and planning and not trusting!! : )

  4. Worry is one of my great "friends" too. I'm constantly struggling with relaxing and giving it all to God, so this post was definitely a good way to start my day.

  5. this is such a BEAUTIFUL post! Thanks for sharing!

  6. sometimes i let my worries overtake me... what a wonderful reminder to just put my trust in God.

    faith is a beautiful thing!

  7. Take a deep breath and each moment at a time. Sending you worry-free, happy thoughts :)

    xo Cat

  8. I LOVE that Mustard Seed quote. It's my absolute favorite from the Bible! I had never paid any attention to it until I volunteered at an orphanage called the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica and it seriously changed my life!

    Thanks for posting =)

    Don't be too down about yourself about worrying, sometimes when I worry and God answers my prayer, I look back and smile because I think that's what God does...he just kinda says, Seeee I told you everything was gonna be ok =)

  9. Oh man, I am SO there with you way too often. I have been working on cutting out the worry before I get too far into it, and it's amazing how I notice God providing so much more clearly when I'm not all wrapped up in my own need to control everything :)

  10. So, I really needed to read this, because lately, all I seem to do is worry about the future. One of my favorite expressions is, "Let go, and let God..." and I think your post was the perfect reminder of the faith I need:)

  11. Couldn't agree with you more... I wrote a post about worry not too long ago (A time to Release Worry), so I get what you are saying here. Love this!!!

  12. This is exactly how I'm feeling today. And recently, a lot. Thanks for the reminder to rest in him, no matter how hard it is to do so patiently!

  13. that is seriously my favorite hymn...great post!

  14. Beautifully honest post. We have all been there. Worry is so easy to get hooked on. A couple books that hav really been helpful in stopping worry/control in my life are Fearless by Max Lucado and So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore. I have Chan's Crazy Love on my list. I take it you liked it?

    May God continue to strengthen your faith and make His face shine in you!

  15. lovely post, i am such a worry wart all the time! i need to just relax and trust. :)

  16. I am struggling big time right now with stress, trust, and faith. Thanks for sharing lovely.

  17. That is one of my favorite hymns of all time : ) So much truth in this lovely post! There's a verse God reminds me of pretty often, the one that says that without faith it is impossible to please Him. How comforting to know that all it takes is faith the size of mustard seed and not a football stadium!

  18. It's in our human nature to plan and to worry at times. We have to continually offer those things up to the Lord, ask Him to take them from us, so we do not carry them. To have even as small as a mustard seed, that's where it all starts. Despite it all, we can surely say, "It is well with my soul".

  19. I tagged you for an award today, my love!


  20. repeating much of the same to myself these days!


Your words make my heart smile.