Tuesday, January 11, 2011

#4 of 365

#4 - How small is too small?

Mark 9:23 "What do you mean, `If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."

Matthew 17:20 "You didn't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I assure you, even if you had faith 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."

Luke 17:6 "Even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed," the Lord answered, "you could say to this mulberry tree, `May God uproot you and throw you into the sea,' and it would obey you!

Before I knew it there were nearly 20 students on the dojo floor, at least a dozen and a half parents in the lobby & 3 new families standing before me. It's only Tuesday, not (normally) our busiest day of the week and it's our first day back from Christmas break (thought for sure it would a bit slower then the norm...).

This all pertains to the wonderful "job" I've been blessed to have since last March.

I have learned a tremendous amount the last 9 months, not the least of which is how my Father works in our lives. How He works for the good of those who love Him. From this, just as I type and pray for the best way to share my heart tonight, I have two "mustard seed faith" stories. Feel like reading a bit?

First (the story I intended to share)... My boss, though I don't think he likes me to call him that, said just last week, "this is it, we are stepping out in faith that the Lord will provide according to how he sees fit". So, from last Wednesday, we laid the needs & concerns of ATP Training Academy at the foot of the cross. Just where it is suppose to be! And less then one week later, I'm so busy all my "must be processed, new students" paperwork was put in a box (yup, a box!) and brought home to be added to our growing student database! And all it took, was faith as small as the size of a tiny mustard seed!!

Second, I have tried several different ways to relate to you what I want to share. It's been nearly 40 minutes and I still am not confident, or have a peace, about how to best explain #2. So, I'll pray about how best to share, but know, it's just another wonderful thing that is teaching me to be a bit more optimistic in every day things! All thanks to my Heavenly Daddy :-)

Also, these "thoughts" seem to be getting pretty long...not what I had expected, but am thankful for none the less. I'll start a new 365 Note every 7 days I think. Plus, I love when you all comment. So I figure to have multiple notes for you all to comment on, instead of just 1 is fun (for me!).


:corinne: said...

Great little mustard seed story. Yep God does provide huh? Very cool! Love all these optimistic thoughts Jess. Keep'em coming. :)

cathy said...

So are you only doing one a week? Or every day?? I think you should strive for one a day!!

Jess Stevens said...

Hey Cath - my focus is to find one every day. It may seem odd right now because I'm kinda catching up since the 1st (I started this list & added to it daily on FaceBook).