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Day 17

Tracy’s Thoughts Day 17

Pass The Mustard

Today is the day that The Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad when I can eat a steak🙃 oh my did I just say that! Well if you’re on our 21-day journey and maybe you’ve decided to go on the Daniel fast you probably can relate. Here’s a tip, try something new to eat, maybe some vegan recipe you saw online. Who knows maybe when the 21 days are over you’ll have broadened your cooking skills.

Today, I find myself thinking about mustard, ok no not the condiment, the seed. In Matthew 17 the disciples were mystified why they could not cast out a demon from a tormented boy. They knew they had the authority and it was what they were supposed to do, but they had no luck. I love the father’s tenacity in this story, he wasn’t giving up, maybe those disciples couldn’t do it but he’d bring him to the head guy! Wallah, boy healed. Here was Jesus answer in Matthew 17:20 “ 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. ””

Now, I’m familiar with mustard seeds if fact my mom loved to make homemade pickles and that was always one of the ingredients she added. I know they are small but why not a poppy seed it’s smaller? It only took me a few chapters back for my answer Matthew 13:31 “Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” You won’t find a bird making a nest in a poppy…

Now here are my thoughts, if Jesus said all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed; and a mustard seed starts out small but grows really large, could that be what Jesus wants us to do with our faith? In Mark, we have a little more detail about the father. When the father asked Jesus if he could help Jesus said, “ What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Right there in front of everyone, he healed the boy and I bet all unbelief was removed!

Today let’s take that little seed of faith, water it, nurture it, guard it against anything that would steal it and let’s expect it to grow! I don’t know about you but I have some mountains that need moving!!!

Let’s pray, Jesus we ask you, just like the boy’s father, “we believe, but help our unbelief”. Lord we know without faith it is impossible to please you and above all else that is our desire. So help us to nurture all you’ve put within us, and we rejoice because those mountains are moving in Jesus Name. Amen