Your challenge for this week: Whisper a yes where no wants to take root


Your challenge for this week is to whisper a yes where no wants to take root. 

You’re waiting for it to make sense.

You’re afraid of failure.

You’re debating, pointing out all the reasons that it doesn’t make sense.Certainly, it has to line up with scripture.

Sure, it deserves prayer and thought. It might not even happen in the timing you hope.

Saying yes where no wants to take root is surrendering to a deeper relationship with Jesus, no matter where it leads.

Here are questions to ask privately, just between you and God.

  1. Has this lingered in your heart for a long time, and it won’t go away?
  2. Are you resisting and you know it?
  3. Is Jesus interrupting your plans to take you in a new direction, whether that is physical (like a move of some sort) or spiritual (to take you deeper) or emotional (to loose a hold that keeps you stuck)?
  4. Describe one step you can take today. (That might just be the act of surrender, which is powerful.)

See you on Monday, where we’ll discuss the faith factor of “But if you say so.”


Q: What is one area where you have been saying no, yet you feel God asking you to say yes?

Read Matthew 21:28-31a

But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway.

Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. 

“Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”

Q: We often condemn ourselves because our first response is no. What truth do you find in the scripture? What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you personally?



  1. I’ve heard God say He wants me to write a book. It got stalled following a series of injuries, including a recent shoulder injury. BUT God is telling me that I’m back on my feet, and it’s time to write the book. I’m going to laugh in the face of fear and go for it! I’m going to take the next step: to transcribe a message I gave – and make that into content for the manuscript.

    Thank you for your love and encouragement!

  2. Suzie, your thoughts are just another part of the “sacred echo” I have been hearing lately. Don’t give up on your dream, don’t settle, don’t say no when God wants me to say yes. All of these point me towards my dream.

    Thank you for saying yes and investing in the lives of women across the world!

  3. Well, ok then.
    Wow. Its just that I feel a fight against this thing that I used to love to do. I thought it was bad because I had no idea how it connects to God. In my head, I push it away.
    But this past week, God is pushing back harder and harder. And just now, I realized it.
    I’m an intuitive empath, but I fear this because I can’t tell the difference between God’s guidance and being led astray. I second-guess myself.

    But all I have to say right now is…
    “Ok God…if you say so”

  4. This was such a timely message for me. I have been stuck for many months, struggling to forgive my husband for his indiscretions with another woman and some verbal/emotional/physical abuse he inflicted because I kept asking questions about it. For a long time, I have been stuck. I know I need to forgive right now. God has called me to do that. This message has helped me see that I need to do what God is calling me to do, even though every part of me wants to stay angry and say “no, I don’t forgive you this time!!” Thank you so much for this message. It has lifted a great burden from my heart and I think I can finally move forward with forgiveness, and then begin to work through the other issues. Blessings to you!

  5. This is perfect! I just recently really put my words out there for all to read, a step I felt God telling me to take for several years. So many lies held me back for far too long. It’s so freeing finally taking His hand and letting Him lead. Even better – my legs may still be trembling, my ending point uncertain but I’m right where He wants me to be. It’s like waking-up in pure excitement every morning!

    Enjoyed looking through your blog this morning! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  6. Thank you, Suzie, for reminding us that, even if we initally want to say no, our actions in obedience are what Jesus is looking for.
    Thank you for leading this study, too! Have a blessed week-end!

  7. Thank you, Suzie. This is just what I needed to read today for the next step on my path with Jesus. Thank you for allowing Him to use you in your writing to point others to Him! Lifting you in prayer this day!

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