What You Have is Enough | A Widow’s Mite and Mustard Seed Faith

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Today I’m straying from our study in Genesis. Something else has been on my heart.

The past couple of days have been a struggle for me. Sometimes there is a real need, a need that must be met. A need that I long to meet. Yet, I am unable. Whatever the reason, I truly don’t have enough ability or resources. I am not equipped to meet the need.

Usually when I hit this point, it’s actually easier for me to move forward, trusting that God will work a miracle, trusting that He will provide that need. Yet, sometimes He says, “No, not this time. That’s not what I’m calling you to.”

I’m struggling with “no.” My head gets it, it truly does. But my heart doesn’t understand. Why is God asking me to support from the sidelines, when I long to do more. Suddenly, I feel like what I have to give isn’t enough. I feel like what I have to offer won’t truly make a difference. I feel like what I have doesn’t matter.

But wait . . . that’s not what God says. Remember the widow who had two mites? Jesus saw her gift and was filled with joy by her offering. When God speaks about faith, He doesn’t ask us to have loads and heaps, only faith the size of a mustard seed. There are so many more stories like this in the Bible.

God does not want us to become discouraged by focusing on what we can’t do. He wants us to faithfully and with a joyful heart give what we can and trust that HE will do the work to grow our gifts to whatever they need to be. Wow. For some reason, that seems to take so much more faith than getting in there and doing it myself. Yet, I know, that by giving God the canvas AND the paint brush, the masterpiece will be so much more beautiful.

It’s easy to look at our meager offerings – be it two mites, a simple prayer, five minutes, a smile, a small gift of cheer – and feel like it’s only a tiny band-aid for a gaping wound, but we must not become discouraged. Especially during this season of giving, it’s so easy to feel like we have so little to give. (I’m reminded of the Drummer Boy song here.) We must not let that discouragement let us stop giving.

If you feel God tugging at your heartstrings, don’t listen to the voice that says what you have is not enough. Listen to God’s voice saying, “Give what you have cheerfully, my child, and I will bring forth the harvest. You plant only a small seed, but I produce a mighty tree.”

Peeks and Valleys | Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Life is full of peeks and valleys, highs and low, times of plenty and great rejoicing, and times of strain and want. I have been struggling through a valley lately. I’m learning, however, that the valley is not the enemy. The enemy is despair. The enemy is distrust, failing to believe God is who He says He is . . . failing to take Him at his word.

If you also are in a valley, don’t lose heart. Don’t look back, don’t get distracted by all the things screening at you from the sidelines. Fix your eyes firmly on the One before you and don’t let your gaze shift. He is enough. 

“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassionate never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:21-23 ~

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6 ~

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33 ~

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” ~ Colossians 3:2 ~

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” ~ Proverbs 4:25

Trust in the Lord | Proverbs 3:5-6

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I have been spending a lot of time with God this morning, laying things out before Him. It’s amazing how much He cares about the details of each of our individual lives. Whenever I get stuck and am not sure what the next turn is, He is always there to guide me along. But it takes TRUST. Sometimes trust can be so hard, yet His ways are so much higher than my own and, slowly, step-by-step, He is showing me the way. 🙂

Encourage One Another | Hebrews 3:12-14

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Despite being surrounded by a multitude of people who refused to believe God’s promises, and who failed to trust in Him, Moses remained firm. He continued to trust and believe in the hope God promised. He trusted God would lead His people to the promised land.

We must not lose heart and forget about the promises God gives us. May we ever encourage one another and spur each other on. For our leader is not Moses, but Christ who defeated death that we may enter the eternal promised land. And He will never lose hope as He sits enthroned even now at the right hand of God. Never stop believing. Never stop hoping. Never stop trusting. 

He Cannot Deny Himself |2 Timothy 2:11-13

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From May 9, 2016

I remember the very first time I ever came across this passage. It caught me off guard and I thought. Wow! How faithful, how amazing is our God. May I daily die to Him, endure through Him, proclaim Him as my Savior and be forever faithful.

Broken | Psalm 51:17

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From May 8, 2016

God doesn’t require much from us. He doesn’t want us to come to Him whole and fixed. Only He can work healing in us. He asks us simply to bring Him all our brokenness. No broken heart or spirit is beyond repair in His skilled hands. To Him there is no sweeter sacrifice.

The Joy of Encouragement | Hebrews 10:24-25

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From May 6, 2016

Christian community is so important. There are days (like today) when I wake up late and feel like there is no way I will be able to spend time with God. It’s true I may not be able to prayer journal and dive into deep study, but I can pause for a few minutes and meditate on a passage of scripture. Knowing that I can share what God says to me and possibly encourage someone else spurs me on. Reading how God speaks to others through the passages I share encourages me. 

May we ever encourage each other. It is such an important part of our spiritual journey.