The Challenge – I’m Stuck in My World

The Challenge – I’m Stuck in My World

Tears of conviction welled in my eyes reading words penned of a woman’s faith-filled pursuit to give hope to hopeless women over insurmountable odds.  My heart was overwhelmed with grief. How small my faith has been. How dominant I have let my obstacles get in my mind’s eyes. How big my world has become, and how little I have made the God of the universe.

Bottom line – I have been stuck in my own world. Have you been there too?

At the dinner table, I have sung the song many a time with my sons, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.” But when it has come to life recently, if I am honest with myself, I have been humming, “The obstacles are so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God can do.”

Woe is me, of little faith.

As I sat writing my convictions and revelation of the minuteness of my faith, our gracious and patient Father reminded my spirit of a verse.

Jesus said, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, 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. (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

My hubby and I are trying to sell our house in a flooded market. We plan to move with less resources and more children than in our first home purchase.

But we can’t ignore the call anymore to be in the community God has called us to serve and care for.

We desire to bring hope to the hopeless through the promise of His truth and the example of God’s faithfulness to our church family.

Our heart’s longing is to see God bring the change of hope, light, and love in our dark and dreary world through the work He calls us to.

But the obstacles have seemed insurmountable and my faith inadequate. The verse in Matthew gives me hope that even with faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing is impossible for God.

Where there is darkness, He will bring light. Where there is destruction, He will rebuild. Where there is hopelessness, He will renew hope. Where something has been stolen, He is already staging a rescue. Where there is a lack of funding, He is the great provider. Where there is no way, He can clear a path. Where it looks impossible, He walks in possibility.

What challenge is God leading you to step into? What are you struggling to trust God with? What are you desperate for Him to do in and around you? What does your faith need to see you through?

Together, let’s believe in His power to accomplish what He has spoken to be. And with greater resolve let’s step forth trusting in God and proclaiming…




About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Kelli Worrall

    Thank you for this encouragement, Erin. Your family’s step of faith in this move has already spoken to many, I’m sure. I know it has spoken to me. And I’m excited to see what our strong and mighty God is going to do next!

    • Thank you for reading Kelli. I love reading your blog what a great writer you are!

  • Cyndi Tilley

    You are so right Erin, there is nothing He cannot do!

  • Angie Wachendorf

    We recently faced many of the same obstacles that you are. I saw one miracle after another unfold on our journey. I liked to say that it was easy and fast…but, I would be lying. I still have concerns about logistics and details that are looming in our future, however I keep going back to my “one word” this year which is TRUST. Jeremiah 17:7-8 is what I have clung to and where I go when I see the future looking a bit scary. We are living in Colorado now after a few decades of dreaming. God has great timing.Trusting him with the details.

    Praying for you and Dave. 🙂