Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Melissa of Finding Meaning, Joy & Purpose. I originally came across Melissa’s blog while vising Five Minute Friday writers as well as 31 Dayers in October. When I put out my request for guest writers, Melissa expressed interest. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know her more. I know you will be blessed by the words she shares today.
I’m really struggling today…..my sweet Monkey Boy has 2 upcoming doctor appointments in the next few days. One tomorrow with a urologist and one Monday with an ENT. Both problems seem relatively minor, but still are a large concern to me, because after all, he is my baby!
So I’ve had a few conversations with friends today about this and how I’m feeling. Usually, I’m filled with faith about problems and challenges that people face. Hubs tells me that is my spiritual gift. Usually I just am filled with faith that God will move in His mighty way. I cling to Romans 8:28 often; it has gotten me through some very difficult times.
And we know that God works together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
But right now, with these issues with my sweet boy, I’m feeling weak in faith.
But in the wonderful way that God loves His children, He doesn’t leave us to go through this life alone. He has given us Himself, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. And He’s also given us other believers to encourage us. I am thankful for my sisters in Christ that lift me up and have faith for me when mine is faltering. They have spoken words of encouragement, truth and wisdom to me today.
Here’s how I saw God move today……..
I (of course) posted a little bit about Monkey Boy’s appointments and asked for prayer on Facebook…..I received lots of support and prayers…..but as I posted, I also saw a post one of my friends had put on her own page. She mentioned that she’s ‘ready to rumble’ with Satan today…she’s full of strength in the Lord and encouraged by the amazing way He’s answered prayers this week. I told her I wasn’t feeling so strong, but was trying to find it. Her response back is what brought tears to my eyes and the realization that God wanted to reveal himself to me in a tiny, beautiful way. She posted:
All you need is to look at the mustard seed. @MJoyPurpose Click To Tweet
I got you covered…all you need is to look at the mustard seed.
A seemingly small comment…..but not to me.
You see, weeks ago, Mr. Football planted mustard seeds in school. He brought them home after they flowered and were about to drop their seeds. We replanted them in a larger pot, but they appeared to have died. In my faith, and not wanting to disappoint my precious son, I’ve continued to water them as they sit on my kitchen window sill. Weeks have gone by…nothing.
But just this morning, I realized that one of the stalks had flowers on it……..a tiny mustard seed was ‘resurrected’ as it were.
THERE is my mustard seed….tiny, thought to be dead……..but alive…..with beautiful, tiny flowers to remind me that my precious Father in heaven knows my heart, and loves me enough to show me that even in a tiny seed that I thought was dead, there is life, abundantly.
How can I doubt Him and his power in this situation, when in His sovereignty, He took the time to show me how much He loves me, how He has my boy and his health in the same hands that created those tiny little seeds.
Thank you Lord for who you are, and how who you are makes me who I am. You amaze me. I don’t deserve your grace or your mercy, and yet, because of your sacrifice, you make me worthy. You love me in such a sweet, personal way that I want to emulate, but can’t this side of heaven. Please help me to encourage others and share my faith in you when theirs is failing. Help me to show them the mustard seeds you have resurrected in their life. Help me to love them well, and point them to you.
Melissa is a wife, mom, loud and proud football momma, nanny, fur baby mom, daughter, sister, friend and a million other things…just like you are too! But the most important part of her is that she is a Child of God! None of the other titles or descriptions matters a bit without Jesus. She tried to live life on her own for a long time…but wasn’t truly living until she gave her life to Jesus, which started the most important and beneficial relationship I could ever have. She blogs over at Finding Meaning, Joy & Purpose, where her hope is that her words will encourage you to find meaning, joy and purpose in a relationship with Jesus. You can also find Melissa on Facebook and Instagram.