This week I heard the Lord say He was going to give an increase of Faith to His people. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Basically, we hear the good news about Christ, and our faith is strengthened. 

These last two weeks, I have had to rely on the Lord for His timing and believe in His goodness in a greater capacity. Our little family of four are moving back to our roots in beautiful Montana, the end of August. God opened a door for us to move closer to family and to a place of familiarity and rest. Although this comes with great excitement, it also brings the uneasiness of change, the details of buying and selling our home and uprooting what we know here and leaving our dear friends who we love and have grown so close with. I was keeping it together for the most part until everything hit me and I was sobbing in the shower just a few days ago. “Do you trust me?” I’ve heard this still small voice say this to me again and again, “do you trust me?” I trust the Lord and His faithfulness and goodness, but I can’t help but feel the anxiety and change of it all. When we were worshiping on Saturday, I heard the release of Faith from our Father, and as I write to you, I think of the scripture in Romans. I hear of the Lord, and as I read His word, my Faith will be lifted, strengthened, and increase will come. 

 In Genesis, Abraham and Sarah were promised a baby, which took longer than expected. Sarah was PROMISED that she would be “a mother of nations” (Genesis 17:16) but when she didn’t see it happen year after year, she panicked, and her faith was directed to her own agenda and her own ways. She let her husband lay with another to have a child. This wasn’t God’s plan, her distrust and panic led to something out of the will of God. “Do you trust me?” I feel the Father ask us as a nation this one question. Don’t let your faith drop in the promises that God has given. Let His Spirit lead us, guide us, and teach us. Don’t panic (I’m writing to myself here) and trust! God told me that this transition to Montana will come with new fruit. I also kept hearing, Montana is your promise land, a place for new soil and rest. I believe this is the Lord’s plan and will for our family and for that very reason, I will trust Him in the details.

God stopped the rain from falling after 40 days and 40 nights, Noah’s ark soon met the dry land again and God promised not to do that again. Even though Sarah panicked because of the timing, God STILL did what He promised to do in the beginning, and she was given a baby boy. Joshua in the battle of Jericho was told to do something that looked different and out of the ordinary, but through an unordinary strategy, the Lord delivered, and the battle was won. 

Today, these are just a few of the stories that encourage us in our faith, and when we need an increase of faith, we hear the word of the Lord. 

Thank You, Lord, for the release of faith that comes from hearing Your word and knowing who You are. We trust You; we love You and God, we thank You for all that You do and continue to do for Your people. Amen.

I pray that out of His Glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through FAITH. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17

Published by Emily Rodewald

Emily is a writer and worship leader. She has written several worship songs, she is a co-author or two children's books and has begun writing about the light of Jesus in her blog at She is a co-founder of Parallel Ministries and a mom of two boys, George and Oliver. She has been married for 13 years to the man of her dreams, Daniel. She and her family live in beautiful Montana where they enjoy taking the boys fishing, going on adventures, and renovating their new home.

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