Several days later, I was standing at the kitchen sink preparing dinner, when I glanced out on the porch to see my daughter’s faith on spectacular display.  A small paper cup filled with green sprouts confronted my doubting heart.  I couldn’t believe my eyes. Dropping the potatoes in the sink, I literally ran to Danna’s room shouting, “Danna! Danna!  Your seeds are growing!”  I found her calmly playing “Chutes and Ladders” with Danielle, her best friend. “Danna!  Did you hear me?  Your seeds are growing!”  A brief glance and knowing smile from Danna said it all.  “I know!”  She and Danielle resumed their game, leaving me to gaze in awe and wonder at the faith of my child who dared to believe in a broken dream. 

I know you are desperately clinging to the broken and mismatched remnants of your life, wondering how you can go on.  Whispers of the enemy creep into your heart, soul and mind, taunting you with the lie that you are just too dirty and broken for God to love or use.  It seems as if nothing and no one can change that reality, so you might as well give up. 

Nothing could be further from the truth, my friend. In fact, God is drawn to broken people, choosing the most broken to do His highest work. Never underestimate the power of one, tiny broken seed.  Placed in the right hands, it will surely grow into an expression of His beauty for all to see.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. 
A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise. (NLT)

Mary Southerland is the author of Coming Out of the DarkSandpaper PeopleExperiencing God’s Power in Your Ministry, and Escaping the Stress Trap.  Mary is the founder of Journey Ministry, member of Girlfriends in God (featured among's daily devotional offerings), and a popular international speaker for conventions, retreats, and conferences. For more information, contact Mary by emailing her at: or visit her website at: