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HomeWord - Aug. 21, 2007

A Mustard Seed 
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

"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." Matthew 17:20

On the eve of my 10th birthday, I prayed God would wake me up at the exact time I was born.  My family and I were celebrating my birthday at Disneyland with a couple of friends. We were all tucked in tight at 4:00 AM when a huge earthquake hit Southern California.  We woke and ran to the nearest doorway.  As soon as the earthquake stopped the sounds of panic could be heard: tears from my friends and I, people running from the hotel, sirens outside the window.  In my heart I felt devastated.  I looked at the clock and realized, God had answered my prayer.  I was awake at 4:15am, the time I was born.  I cried the rest of that night believing I had caused the earthquake.

Although this seems like a silly story, to this day I believe that in some strange way that only God understands, He used the earthquake to answer the prayer of a little girl who had a mustard seed of faith.  I often wonder what happened to that little girl and her prayers.  In the above passage Jesus is teaching the disciples that it is not about them.  The miracles come from Jesus.  We only need to have a tiny, almost miniscule amount of faith in what God can do to see miracles happen.

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1. What is the mountain blocking your way of seeing miracles or having faith?

2. Why does it feel easier to trust in yourself and not the Lord?


Matthew 14:30; Luke 16:12-13; Psalm 46

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