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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kernel of Faith

Today's guest devotional post comes from Staci Stallings, owner of Spirit Light Books and author of Price of Silence. (Get your copy now, for only $0.99!)

Kernel of Faith by Staci Stallings

I don’t know why but I’ve been thinking a lot about that mustard seed of faith that Jesus says we need. It really, honestly doesn’t seem like much, does it? In fact, a mustard seed is about this small . Got it? That period is the size of a mustard seed, and Jesus says that’s all we have to have.

But how can that be? When things come along that look SO big, how does that mustard seed help? In fact, doesn’t it seem more likely that in the face of an overwhelming obstacle we would need FAR more than that little, tiny nearly nothing dot?

After much reflection, here is what I think Jesus meant. That mustard seed of faith is not what will get you through the storm. It is the seed of faith that allows you to cry out to God in the midst of the storm. It is that seed that says, “I can’t do this! Please, God help!”

Think about it. Without that seed, you would continue to try to do it on your own, and you would fail. Without that mustard seed, you would sink with no help of finding the surface or the answer to your problem.

But with that seed, you have God on your side. It doesn’t mean that you have to somehow gather and deploy the strength to do it. It means that you know enough to trust God to do it!

See, I used to always think that God was up there tallying up my life–the good went on one side, the bad on the other. Somehow not only did I have to make the good outweigh the bad, I also had to make the good be REALLY good in His eyes. And I never quite got there.

If I made a 96, it should have been a 100. If I helped out for an hour, it should have been two. If I put my all into something, there was some part of it that could always have gone a little better if I had just worked a little harder.

I wasn’t going on God’s strength, grace, mercy, and peace. I was trying to go on mine, and I was miserable.

Now, I realize I never have to do that. All I have to do is have enough faith to recognize that I can’t but He can, and then be willing to let Him step into the equation.

It’s much better this way. Much. MUCH better.

A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo,Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe every week with her various Internet endeavors including:

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