Dear Faithful Readers – Coming Soon, A New Look and A New Purpose

Dear Faithful Readers,

My wife Elizabeth and I have very much appreciated how many of you have followed THE MUSTARD SEED DAILY DEVOTIONAL.  For a number of years we have posted daily reflections on the Scripture and have enjoyed this opportunity to share our thoughts with you.

With 2016 – we hope to transform this blog into something that will take an important step in helping our readers apply scriptural principles to their daily life decisions.

We will be significantly changing the format of the blog in the process and hope that you will remain faithful readers as we do.

As a pastor and pastoral counselor I deeply believe in the wonderful resource that is just at our fingertips – the Bible.

We hope that you will “stay tuned” as THE MUSTARD SEED grows, changes, and offers a different, and hopefully improved way, to explore the Bible together.

See you soon,

Paul and Elizabeth Simrell







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. Hi Paul & Elizabeth,

    Excited and looking forward to the changes.

    These devotions have been so good for me.

    They are short, but substantive.

    You are providing a wonderful resource and I thank you!

    Love, Jean

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