Faith Story: Rita Butscher

Faith Story:  Rita Butscher

One of my husband’s favorite parables is when Jesus spoke of a mustard seed as a faith example in both Matthew and Luke 17.  The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, and it grows to be a giant tree.  Just think about the first few disciples who evangelized, grew in number and in strength over centuries to the entire world. This giant tree of discipleship continues to grow everywhere, including here at Holy Apostles.

Before I consistently tried to follow Christ, I was missing my purpose.   Just as quickly as I grew to know God as a teen, I grew away from Him just as fast in my young adult years.  I left Him. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t. More importantly, God never left me.

Every day was and is a new struggle.  Before starting in a Discipleship Small Group, I went to Church, participated in Church activities, and leaned towards helping others. This sounds fine, but without the support of others’ encouragement, it was often easy to go through the motions without the heart of Jesus. God’s Holy Spirit has so much to teach us, and He has so much grace to give. However, it takes time and willingness to stay close to Him.  It takes patience and determination to trust in His power to move us forward.  It takes confidence, knowing that if God starts something good in us; he will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6).

I have decided that I really don’t want to just maintain my faith. I want to grow stronger in faith.  And now when I am around others who strive to know Jesus more, I feel  exhilarated!.

It had been such a privilege and an honor getting to know the disciples of Holy Apostles.  We remind each other that there are many mysteries of God, and when we trust God, we learn to accept them.  When we get to heaven, we will see everything as it is (1 Corinthians 13:12). Until then, terrible things can and may happen. But God gives us power through prayer, scripture and the people around us.  Through the eyes of faith and the help of our fellow faith group friends, we seek God more, we pray together, we encourage each other, and we learn from each other. We laugh with each other, we eat great food with each other, and we serve the least, the lost, and the last with each other.  

I pray for God to touch your heart, soul, and mind. and that you will grow in this discipleship. He will guide you today and every day.

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