A mustard seed:

A reminder to believe


Bettie Marlowe
Posted 5/12/17

A couple of weeks ago I attended a ladies retreat at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. One highlight of the retreat was a young woman who gave her amazing testimony of courage and faith.

Five years …

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A mustard seed:

A reminder to believe



A couple of weeks ago I attended a ladies retreat at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. One highlight of the retreat was a young woman who gave her amazing testimony of courage and faith.

Five years ago, she was at the retreat — a severely crippled and disabled victim of a motorcycle accident, in which her husband was killed. I can’t describe the shape she was in — head injury, couldn’t walk, talk, swallow or even use her arms — a crumpled figure of humanity. But her faith in God shone.

This year, although she uses a walker as a help for long walks, she walked to the podium and gave a clear testimony as to what God is doing in her life as she is trusting him for her healing of body and emotions.

She was able to talk and use her arms and hands. So far, she is still unable to eat but is progressing in that, also. Her countenance glowed as she talked of God’s blessings in her life. I was told she teaches and her students help her in the ordinary functions of food intake and breathing. What an inspiration to us all!

We all vowed to send her a note every month with a mustard seed inside — a reminder we are praying for her and share her faith.

When I came home, I found a little packet of mustard seeds given to me by a United Club members, who had given a similar testimony of where faith in God had brought her.

So now, I’m sharing those mustard seeds with someone else who is depending by faith on God, our heavenly Father, who is our healer, our comforter and deliverer.

I have a little plaque on my desk at the Banner, which was given to me by friends here, and I treasure it. It reads: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” — a paraphrase of Hebrews 11:1, the beginning of the “Faith Chapter.” It is a constant reminder just to believe God.

A man took his son camping and was teaching him to put up a tent, which was constructed to require air blown into channels for support. The little boy was trying his best to blow enough air into the structure, but it just wouldn’t stand up. Finally he said, “Daddy, I don’t have enough breath to make it strong. It needs your breath.”

We need the breath of the Lord. His Spirit will empower — it will give strength — it will help us to stand. And what’s more, God doesn’t get out of breath. He will grant you “according to the riches.”

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14).

Our heavenly Father does not make it difficult to communicate with Him. He does not require complicated prayers. He is moved by our needs and by our confidence in Him.

To pray is to acknowledge that our blessings come from God. Our dependence is in Him, and this is what Jesus taught us in the model prayer he gave the disciples.

What do you need from God? Do you need deliverance or do you need grace?

Most of us don’t know what we need. That doesn’t mean the need is not real.

God doesn’t require us to diagnose our condition. He is simply listening for the cries of His children. “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).


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