day 1: move

Today I begin a monthly blog challenge of 31 days of five-minute free writing, hosted by Kate Motaung here. It will force me to write daily, and it should be a fun way to be part of this virtual “five minute Friday” community I’ve enjoyed over the past year.

I will post all of them at this site, with the links going active as I write each day: https://heatherdavisnelson.com/2014/10/02/31-days-of-five-minute-free-writes/.

Without further ado … I begin with: “M O V E.”

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photo from cnn.com

photo from cnn.com

I want the faith as small as a mustard seed that’s big enough to move mountains. In fact, I’d settle for faith that could move my heart one-inch closer to loving people the way that I wish I could. Or faith to tweak my life just the tiniest bit so that it looks more like ideal. You know, just a few more dollars in the bank and a couple less pounds and happier children and a bigger house. Just that.

But God wants more for me. He wants me to have faith not in my ability to muster up mustard-seed faith on my own, but to have the faith that is powerful and strong because it’s rooted in the God who made the mountains (and the galaxies and the oceans and the entire universe). This God who created light from darkness and everything out of nothing. To connect to him by even a mustard seed’s worth of belief is to believe that anything is possible. Anything that HE wants to happen is possible. And it’s to believe that what’s more miraculous than a mountain moving would be my heart creeping closer to a completely abandoned faith in this God who can move me to do and be who he’s creating me to be in this world. 

That I would move closer to awe of this God who moves mountains … now, that would be miraculous when I too easily am moved instead by the carnival mirror delights of this world.

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