Written by Anhayla Stanley
“For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20
Faith isn't an easy thing to come by. It takes trust, a deep knowing and confidence to believe in something that hasn't materialized yet.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what is happening around me that I start to doubt the vision that God has given me. I start to reason myself out of my own blessings because there is no proof in front of me. It is so easy to doubt…especially when unfavorable events have happened in your past. It’s much more difficult to have faith. It takes practice to believe and trust God when everything is falling apart around you. However, it’s more rewarding in the long run.
Faith gives you peace. I know what the scripture above means when it says you only need a small mustard seed of faith. There have been times in my life when that's all I had…just a tiny bit of faith that things were going to work out. I also had a lot of stress, anxiety, and depression that came along with that tiny mustard seed of faith. I believed that I would make it but I questioned God so much that it drained me.
For me, I require BIG faith. I have to go all in and trust God fully. I have to believe that everything will work out for my good. I have to find the good even when bad things are happening all around me. When my faith is BIG it leaves little room for anxiety, stress and depression. I still have days that are hard but I don't let those emotions overwhelm me to the point of despair.
Big faith is when you show up for yourself daily and continue to do the things that help you grow.
Big faith is being kind to yourself when you mess up and you have to start again.
Big faith is allowing God to direct your footsteps down a new path.
And in a season like this… where many of us have loss so much…Big faith is required even more.
Be careful of the words you speak and the thoughts you think. Speak life into yourself instead of doubt. Everything is working together for your good. Believe that something better is coming. God’s got you.