It doesn’t happen often, but I love it when the Lord hammers a message home to me. This week, I am getting the message to Dream Big even though it looks like nothing is happening. It all started when I listened to a sermon this week, and in his message, he talked about the tiny mustard seed. I almost clicked off the message because I’ve heard several hundred sermons about having faith the size of a mustard seed. I even wrote a post about having faith the size of a mustard seed. But this message was different, and I’m glad that I kept listening.

I’ve seen mustard seeds before, and they are tiny. The seeds that I’ve seen can produce a mustard plant that a lot of people grow in their gardens, so I didn’t see the big deal about mustard seeds. However, there is actually a mustard tree or bush that can grow up to 30ft tall. The mustard tree is actually one of the fastest-growing trees out there. If you’re interested in reading about the mustard tree, here is an article that tells you several important facts.

What??? Am I the only one who didn’t know there was a mustard tree? The mustard seed analogy makes so much more sense when thought of as a tree instead of the tiny plant that produces pretty yellow flowers. I had always read Matthew 17:20 about having faith as small as a mustard seed, but I must have completely glossed over the verses in Matthew 13 about the tree.

Matthew 13:31-32

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

How many of us are living our lives like a mustard plant instead of a mustard tree? Are you content with the pretty yellow flowers when you could become a source of shade and a resource for others?

I was reading in Corinthians, where Paul wrote a letter to the church of Corinth, and he was asking the same thing of them.

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (MSG)

11-13 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!

Wide open scares me; I almost prefer to have boundaries because that is where I feel comfortable. In theory, I want to dream big and living life to its fullest. That sounds wonderful and exciting, but it also sounds scary and unpredictable. I get caught up in the “what if” scenarios, and they can take me down a dark place instead of into the clouds.

While I was pondering this message, I opened up my Instagram, and this photo is what popped up.


The Lord didn’t want Sarah to only have a baby. He wanted her to dream big so that He could bless her with an entire nation. Can you even begin to comprehend what the Lord is capable of doing?

Do you think the Lord was talking to me? How about you? Was He intending for YOU to read today’s message?

Matthew 17:20

20 He 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.”

Now, go plant that mustard seed, and let’s grow a tree. Grow your faith, think and dream big, and wait to see what the Lord has planned for you.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Debbie Walker says:

    Great message!

  2. Great insight! No limits on what God can do through believers!

  3. Claudette says:

    Thank you for the passages you wrote about today. It was just what I needed to hear. Thank you. Have a blessed week.

  4. Ginger Hiller says:

    Thank you! I look forward to your Sunday posts.

  5. Lori Duncan says:

    I look forward to reading your Sunday posts! I’m thankful for you and I’m praying “mustard tree size” blessings for you!

  6. connie klappenbach says:

    Always enjoy your Sunday messages.

  7. This was a wonderful post. I have been struggling to get over covid, and at the same time I keep wondering what I can do for the Lord at this point in my life. I needed this reminder about the mustard seed. God is using you. Please keep these Sunday posts coming.

    1. Kathy, I hope you feel better soon. I hope today’s post helped you in some way.

  8. Thank you so much for today’s message. Exactly what I needed to hear as I’ve reached a crossroad in my 30 year career. I’m praying for faith to trust God’s plan for the next phase of life. I love your Sunday devotionals!

    1. Holli, I hate not knowing what lies ahead, but I’m glad He knows!

  9. Violet OBrien says:

    I always look forward to your Sunday posts…so inspiring and uplifting. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Violet. I love Sundays.

  10. Oh my gosh Tania, that was beautiful, that was absolutely one of the BEST sermons I’ve read from you or heard yet! God has truly blessed you with your writing! 🌻❤️🌻

    1. Kim, thank you so much. I was shocked to hear that there was a mustard tree, but now it makes way more sense.

  11. Hi Tania!
    One of my sons gave my husband a Land Rover driving experience at the Biltmore for Christmas – a place we had never been before. We got back yesterday and had an amazing trip to Asheville! Thanks to you and your post about the Grove Park Inn, we decided to stay there and it was just fabulous! So thanks so much! I love your daily posts and especially your Sunday ones. Blessings to you! 😊

    1. Kathy, the Grove Park Inn is amazing. It has stunning views!

  12. Your Sunday post make me happy, peaceful. Thank you for a great start to the day.

    1. Thanks, Missy! I’m glad you enjoy them. They mean a lot to me.