A Personal Note To My Readers – Thank You.

Dear Faithful Readers:

Thank you!

With today’s post, I have completed exactly one year of daily devotionals.  As promised, we have walked together – each day – through the entire Bible.  Oh, we haven’t looked at every single verse of the Bible.  But we have looked at key passages, one day at a time.  I hope you have been as blessed by reading these devotionals as I have been by writing them.

It’s been a good walk through the Gospels; the Law; the History; the Psalms; the Poetry; the Prophecy; and the Epistles of Holy Scripture.   And I have so enjoyed your company along the way.

So now what?

Thanks to your encouragement, I have decided to continue posting The Mustard Seed Daily Devotional.

My current plan is to shift from a genre based organization to a theme based approach.  I will be exploring what the scriptures have to say about the themes of our lives and our daily walk with God.   Faith, Hope, Love….well, you get the idea.

So I hope and pray that you will continue the journey with me.  And, as always, I will look forward to your comments whenever you can send them along.

Who knows where, by God’s grace, we will end up going?

Thanks for your faithful support and readership.  Here’s to year #2 of The Mustard Seed Daily Devotional!


P.S. – Some of you have asked if year #1 will be in print form in the future.  All I can say is, I’ll keep you posted.  And again, thanks for reading.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


  1. Thank you so much for the dedication and wisdom. Bless you and We are glad to know you will continue. Even though I don’t attend church regularly as I should I am grateful for the benefits of The Mustard Seed.

  2. Thank you Paul, your daily devotions have meant much to me in the past year, I look forward to more to come


  3. Paul, your daily devotionals are a blessing. They help me feel a closer connection to God and my faith. Thank you for this ministry. Cassie

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