I love how scripture reminds us that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. How amazing is that? Something so small at the start has the power to move the biggest mountains you may face!
"'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 17:20)
I've mentioned over the years some of the hardest seasons I have walked through and how within my own life I often find myself clinging for dear life to my faith and the promises of God. When life tries to steal that last bit of joy you have left remember that God holds you in the palm of His hand and He sees you. When you feel unseen or forgotten, remember the creator of the universe knows your name and He calls you His own.
Even before you were formed in your mother’s womb, you had a plan and a purpose on your life that was unique to you and a destiny marked out by the creator of the world. I love the power in that thought! No matter who you are, what you've done, or where you've been. He loves you and He desire a relationship with you!
If you forget everything I've said today, I hope the one thing you never forget is just how much He loves you! You are the apple of His eye; you mean the world to Him. In fact, because of just how much He loves you He sent His one and only Son to die on a cross in your place. He paid a debt He did not own, so that you would never have to try to pay a debt you could never begin to pay.
Here is a thought I've shared before,
"It was in my suffering, I found true freedom. It was in my misery; I found my joy. It was in my tears and the quite moments, I saw the faithfulness of God."
Remember you never walk alone, and you are loved more than you can ever begin to imagine. I desperately pray that every one of you would begin to see yourselves the way God sees you. That you would begin to understand just how much you are worth and never forget that you are a child of the most high, which makes you royalty. You have a future so bright; you'll need sunglasses to look at it!
You know, for as long as I can remember my dad has told me to be gentle and bold. A concept that for so long made no sense to me. The idea of being both gentle and bold seemed to clash not go together. I've talked about this before, but it is a concept I hope everyone will begin to understand. Gentle simply means being free from harshness, sternness or malice and bold means to show an ability to take risks, being confident and courageous.
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future." (Ephesians 4:2-4)
When you put these two qualities together you get a beautiful mix, a life full of life and growth. In fact not all that long ago I had a conversation with someone about this very idea. When you put these concepts together you get an individual who is confident and kind, an individual who is willing to take risks to live out their faith in a way that conveys strength and joy. You are introduced to an individual that is unashamed of being gentle and allowing the characteristic of kindness to become a major defining feature of who they are.
I hope you take some time today to stop and think about how you can incorporate these two concepts into your daily lives. Think about what role these qualities will play and who they will impact your interactions with others.
One last thing before I go, remember you are more than enough and I'm in your corner! Lastly remember that humility is never a weakness, in fact I believe it just may be your greatest strength.
Much Love friends,