When God is leading you in a new direction

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For years I’ve talked about healing and forgiveness.

It will always be part of my story, but I’ve longed to step into new waters for a long time.

I want to gather all of those healed and healing women and stand shoulder to shoulder with them. I want to go into the highways and byways and into the hedges and scoop up other women who don’t know Jesus yet, or his healing power and lead them to Christ.

I long to shout out from the rooftops that we are strong.

I want to talk less about doubt and comparison and our feelings — though they matter — and more about changing the world with the faith that brims inside of us.

I want to be a warrior, believing that when we pray heaven hears.

I desire that women all around the world see that God can use our lives — broken, messy, goofy, unique, work in progress, introvert, extrovert — if we’ll surrender to his leading.

I want women to throw up their hands in surrender and be courageous enough to say yes, even if we don’t know where that will take us or how it will change us.

I want to be a disciple today — in my real world. I want to believe that everything that Jesus said we can do is for me.

I want to reach girls and college age women, and let them know that we are strong together, old and young.

I want to run from a culture that says the exterior is all that matters, and reveal how a strong core of faith lives forever.

So this is where God is leading me — and us.

He’s asking us to actively live our faith and become

world changers as we do.

He’s reminding me that we are disciples and we have the Holy Spirit residing inside of us. We are equipped! We may not have all the answers (and that’s not a bad thing), but we have Jesus.

Changing the world might be going to India, but it also might be stepping on the porch of your next-door neighbor.

It might be stepping into a prayer closet and warring for our nation, or our world, or that child that lives under your roof.

It might be letting go of those old feelings so you can be you — the God-filled version that’s been there all along.

It’s might be getting away from distractions — no matter what they are — and putting that same energy into discovering more about Jesus.

I want to take so many on this adventure. I hope you’ll join me.

Please know that I battle the same things that you do as we feel this call. We are pulled in a hundred different directions. We do battle doubt. We aren’t always sure what it looks like when Jesus asks us to step into deeper waters.

Yet I’ve come to the point that yes is the only answer I know to give to him.

Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Whatever you ask. Wherever you lead. 

I invite you to go deeper with me. Soon we’ll start several adventures together. For the next year we’ll explore several different ways that we can live our faith actively. The first will be 21 Days of Revolutionary Prayer. This begins in November.

I hope you’ll join me. If you aren’t subscribed to the blog, today would be a good day to do that.

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Do you sense Jesus taking you deeper? Tell me about that. Where is he leading you?

Suzie

 

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I’m here, kind of, sort of. . . grudgingly

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I don’t want to.

But I have to. 

So I show up.

I do what I’m supposed to do, but not a bit more than that. I’m there, but I’m not there.

I’m participating, but I’m not pulling my weight.

I’m giving, but grudgingly. [Read more…]

We are strong enough to see our sisters

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I see you

Did you know that there are some women who feel invisible? They keep their head low, because to speak out or assert their voice is dangerous.

Did you know that 160 million Indian women are called untouchable, believing they are less than human?

Did you know that some of our sisters are forced to sell their body?

Did you know that some of our sisters are beaten because they love Jesus?

Did you know that many girl children never make it past birth?

Some of you might think that this is a downer, talking about such hard realities. I understand where you are coming from, and that would be true if it caused us to sit around and wring our hands in worry. [Read more…]

Look at me, child: our response to poverty

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If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome! I’m so glad you read my devotion, Look at Me, and decided to visit my blog.  Today I share a story about that little girl and the slum in which she lives.

It’s a story of poverty, oppression, and unbelievable hope.

She was so little.

The “Gaga” in me struggled. I’ve seen little ones in poverty, loved and treasured by their mamas, even when their belly is hungry or their home is a shanty.

I’ve just never seen one so little so forsaken. [Read more…]

When God says go and your foot is on the brake

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Yield your heart, Suzie.

That’s the message I’ve been hearing for several months. The funny thing is that I didn’t know exactly what that looked like at first, not really.

Until I started hanging out with the disciples.

Watching them helped me discover what a yielded heart looked like. [Read more…]

Making a little more room in me for Jesus

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Going begins with giving.

All that you are.

All that you have.

All that you hold close.

Is that intimidating to you? It used to be for me. Some days it still is, except this kind of giving has the power to change my heart.

It changes how I think. It changes what matters to me. It changes how I see people and how I seek God.

I used to the hear the words, “denying yourself,” and because of the culture that I live in it has a negative vibe. It feels legalistic, or that it might lead down a road that isn’t grace-based. [Read more…]

Chapter #12: I give you everything, starting with me

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Extraordinary miracles have taken place in my heart.

I’m going into year three of walking with the disciples. I’ve learned to give God my home, my finances, my talents. Some of those were easier to offer up. Others I held on too long.

This was my miracle: When I finally released my hold, I actually gained so much more.

In today’s video I tell about one of the harder things to release: my family. Goodness, that was a wrestling match, but I’m there.

What does that leave?

What might God still want?

Oh. . . he wants me.  [Read more…]

Let’s pause and pray

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I want to pray with you.

Someone called me today and asked me to consider a ministry opportunity. As I’ve shared before, there have been times I’ve said, “I’ll pray about it,” and it’s just been a delay because something seemed too big.

This time it was different.

I need to pray about that. 

I think the answer will be yes, but I knew that I had to hear from God first.

Are you there with me?

Are you asking God for direction?

Are you seeking untapped power, untapped revolution, untapped transformation (see Chapter 11 of Come With Me)?

Let’s pause and pray together.

This is my need: If I say yes, I’ll have to say no to something else. So I need direction.

How can I pray with you? I have some amazing women on my team that know how to pray and they aren’t afraid to “go there” for you.

And while you are at it, will you pray with me about something else? I’m doing something really fun today but it’s a first.

Facebook Live Word Girls

My good friends, Holley Gerth (a bestselling author, speaker, and counselor), Jennifer Watson (blogger extraordinaire and speaker), and I will be hosting our first Facebook Live broadcast. We are talking about taking a risk in friendship, and why we might struggle to take that risk.

It’s at 2:30 CT and you can either watch it live or see it afterwards at your convenience by connecting with us on our ministry pages:

http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneEllerP31 (me)

http://www.facebook.com/HolleyGerth

http://www.facebook.com/JenniferReneeWatsonwriter

Will you pray with us as we take this big leap of faith? We’ve been meeting as the Word girls (love the Word of God and we love ministry) for a couple of years, but we want women from all over the world to join us.

I hope I see you there!

Suzie