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Faith of the Size of a Peach Pit

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Raised in the Church

Since her first time to church at 6 weeks old, she went every Sunday and Wednesday. She loved Sunday School. She learned all about the stories in the Bible. David and Goliath. Noah and the Ark. Samson. Ten Commandments.

She memorized Bible verses for Sunday School. She hid God's Word in her heart.

She sang "Jesus Loves Me". She memorized the books of the Bible.

She said grace at every meal. Her prayer was simply, "Thank you Jesus for this food! Amen!".

Late Sunday night services she slept in the pews through the sermon. At the altar call, she would go and pray. Wednesday evenings her mom brought her coloring books. She colored and listened. After the service she would mention something about the sermon and surprise her mom that she had been indeed listening.

She accepted Jesus as her Savior at eight years old.

She was young and her heart pure. Her desire to love Jesus and dedicate her life to him started as a child.

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Faith the Size of a Peach Pit

Matthew 17: 20 says, "He (Jesus) replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Emphasis, mine)

This little girl seemed to have faith the size of a peach pit! There were no limits to her faith. His faith had not been watered down by doubt and skepticism. Her faith was childlike and deep-seated. Her faith was untarnished by others and their views. Her faith was immense. She had no doubt about God and His abilities.

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Miracles Happen

When she was five years old, her grandfather was having a painful battle with gout. He was aching one afternoon when she was visiting. He asked her to pray for him.

In simple words, she prayed as she put her hands on her grandfather. She prayed that he be made well. She prayed that he would not hurt. She prayed in Jesus name.

Her grandfather was healed. He told any and everyone that would listen how his granddaughter had prayed for him and he was made well. He knew that her sweet faith had reached the ears of God.

On another day when she was around 6 years old, the family dog, Sparky, began to shake violently. Sparky was not well. This had never happened to Sparky before. Her mom tried many things for the dog. There was no money for a veterinary visit. Her mom did not know what to do and was at wits end. She decided to ask the little girl to pray for Sparky.

The granddaughter took it seriously. He was a puppy and she couldn't stand to see him sick. She kneeled and laid her hands on the dog. She prayed that God would make the shaking go away. She prayed that the dog would be all better. She prayed in Jesus name.

God heard her prayers. The sweet, childlike faith was rewarded with God's answer to her cry for help.

She prayed these prayers fully expecting them to be answered. She prayed with a heart full of faith in the Almighty God. She prayed knowing God would answer.

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Let the Little Children Come to Me

Matthew 19:14 says, "Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

The disciples were "busy" with kingdom works. They were with Jesus spreading the gospel message. The little children came up to Jesus wanting his attention. The disciples shooed them off. They were too preoccupied with God's work. When this happened Jesus corrected them.

Jesus knew that the children were the hope of our world. It is little children who are free of prejudice, doubt, and cynicism. Little children are our future. Little children are open vessels hungry for Jesus' teachings.

Jesus not only insisted that little children be permitted to come to Him, He also reprimanded the disciples. He taught the followers that everyone needs to become like a child. Everyone needs to be childlike in their faith.

The childlike faith that this story demonstrates is what Jesus said we needed. An innocent child, believing with her whole heart. That is the faith that Jesus wants us to have. A faith that discards cynicism and doubts which, unfortunately, tend to come with age.

We just need to believe. When you doubt, think how would a child look at this. They would look at it with faith the size of a peach pit.


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