Thanks for joining me today as I share Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People, by Shauna Letellier – published and released today by Faith Words. Be sure to scroll all the way down and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy (U.S. Residents Only Please).
Do You Have Remarkable Faith?
When I think about that question, I automatically think of all the people who I think have remarkable faith. Like Corrie ten Boom, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Eliott and so many more. It is difficult to measure my measly confidence with those who seem to have attained giant-status in that department.
We even call them heroes of the faith. How can I measure up to that?
But Jesus says if I have faith of a mustard seed—the tiniest of seeds, I can move mountains. Belief often looks different than I imagine. It is the smallest glimmer of God in the middle of whatever I am going through.
Seeing Through God’s Eyes
Shauna Letellier has written a book called, Remarkable Faith, When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People. She tells the stories of eight unremarkable people, all unnamed in scripture. They struggled with faith that was:
Shauna not only writes about the scripture account, she creates a story around the characters so you can see what might have happened. Her insights are fresh and intriguing as their stories unfold to bring them to a remarkable faith moment.
The Suffering Faith of the Woman who was Hemorrhaging
This woman lost everything: her place in society, her family, and her money. Her strength was gone, replaced by incredible weakness. Then she heard about a man named, Jesus. Shauna writes:
“(She) suffered because she was following God’s law.” Page 79
In faith she reached through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe and immediately her blood flow stopped.
“Her hands and legs shook, though not with the weakness of lost blood, but with the weakness of worship.” Page 78
This is truly one of my favorite stories and Shauna illuminates it with her wonderful storytelling technique.
And, the story that touched me the most is found in Luke 7: 1-10
The Unworthy Faith of the Roman Centurion
A powerful Roman centurion had a servant who was close to death. He sent Jewish elders to appeal to Jesus to heal him, but after some thought, sent another word saying he was unworthy for Jesus to come to his home. He believed that Jesus could speak and his servant would be healed. Jesus remarked on his belief.
This account is my favorite of Shauna’s retellings because she so clearly explains the gospel.
The centurion’s faith stands out because so many of us feel unworthy of God’s favor. He had done a good deed by helping the Jews rebuild their synagogue.
But, “we cannot place God in our service by stockpiling good deeds.” Page 61
“Whether you’ve built a synagogue, an orphanage, or a fine Christian reputation, you cannot earn God’s favor. God’s grace to us is a gift. Page 60-61
Whether you are well-known or unnamed, God sees your mustard seed faith and calls it remarkable.
Shauna’s insights will enhance your interest in these stories. They may not be remembered by name, but you won’t forget their resolute trust. They will challenge you to look beyond what you can see, or even what is proper or expected, and see the all-powerful Creator, Sustainer, and Everlasting God—and find faith in Him alone.Remarkable Faith, by Shauna Letellier. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. Click To Tweet But Jesus says if I have faith of a mustard seed—the tiniest of seeds, I can move mountains. Click To Tweet Whether you are well-known or unnamed, God sees your mustard seed faith. Click To Tweet
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I hope your confidence in God gets a boost with these stories,
Shauna Letellier (pronounced let’ler) has written for the Huffington Post, Day Spring’s (in)courage blog, and MomSense Magazine (now called Hello Dearest), a publication of MOPS International. She attended Focus on the Family’s Focus Leadership Institute and is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies and Biblical Studies.
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