Today is the official release date for Faith Deployed … Again: More Encouragement for Military Wives! I’m so excited and I know that those who read this book will be blessed! You can order your copy online from Amazon.com or purchase it at your local bookstore.
One of the devotions I wrote is part of the free excerpt for the book. Check it out below and let me know what you think!
Faith that Moves Mountains
by Tonya Nash
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22–24
Nothing spoils the joy of an engagement like hearing that your fiancé is deploying to war, with no guarantees of returning in time for the wedding. But that’s what happened to me.
Jamie and I got engaged November 10, 2002. We prayed about our wedding date and both felt that June 7, 2003 was perfect. Three weeks after our engagement, Jamie received orders to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was devastated! I asked Jamie if we should postpone the wedding, but he was adamant about not changing our wedding date. We continued to plan our wedding while he was deployed through email, letters, and phone calls.
Opposition often presented itself, but Jamie and I prayed to God and believed by faith that he would get home in time for the wedding. On April 30th, a miracle happened. The command allowed a few people to go home that had important life changing events coming up. Jamie arrived home on May 3rd, a little over a month before our wedding, just in time for the groomsmen fitting party.
I’ll admit that at times our faith got weak, especially during the month of April. But the Bible says we only need faith the size of a mustard seed to accomplish the impossible (Matthew 17:20). Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Consider Abraham. He believed by faith when God told him that his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky, despite the fact that he was well beyond the age of childbearing. Because of his faith, God credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:1–6).
Think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was engaged to Joseph when the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth, while still a virgin, to a son named Jesus. This was something that had never been heard of and Joseph could have broken off the engagement. But Mary continued to believe by faith and maintained a positive outlook saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). She then went to visit her relative Elizabeth, who could relate to the faith walk she was taking.
Are you struggling in an area of faith? Connect with positive people that will stand in faith with you and lift you up in prayer. Study the word of God and put your faith in action, for the Bible declares, “faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).
Am I exercising my faith?
Do I believe God for the seemingly impossible?
Dear Lord, strengthen me when my faith gets weak. Help me to have child-like faith in the midst of challenging circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.