Hurray! It’s Friday and time for the Friday Friend giveaway. Today, my guest is Suzie Eller. I’ve known Suzie for over 20 years and just love her heart. I know you will too. And believe me, she’s no ordinary girl…and you’re not either. Let’s soak in and savor Suzie’s words from her new book, Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus.
For a long time, I believed I was ordinary.
And I still do, except for the fact that Jesus lives in me. Which means that His presence spills out over every part of my life. Everything that I am. Everything that I do.
I know. Faith has been diminished – even by believers – to something we do, or don’t do. We’ve forgotten that faith is life changing. That we have been given power from on high, for the purpose of loving a broken world.
When I look in the mirror, I see a middle-aged woman (if I live to 114) with a smattering of freckles and hazel eyes. I see a mom. A wife. A wrinkle that has crept under my nose, just like my mom’s.
Jesus sees a warrior. Anointed. Called. Equipped.
There’s no such thing as an ordinary life if Jesus is at the center.
In Luke 9, Jesus calls together a group of ordinary men. He speaks over them, telling them that they’ll walk in power and authority as they follow Him.
But Suzie, that’s the disciples. That’s not me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a disciple too. As the early disciples walked with Jesus, their circle grew. They shared the Gospel. They mentored. They believed. They lived their faith. Other ordinary men and women joined in – all of them disciples.
Just like me. Just like you.
We are modern-day disciples and there’s an invitation as we follow Jesus. Every single day. We are invited to move beyond loving our faith – all the good things that come with it – to live our faith.
What happens when we listen for His invitation in the everyday, ordinary aspects of our life?
We overcome hard things, with His help. We forgive our enemies, even when everything within us wants to punish them for a life time (or at least for a day or two). We acknowledge when we are the difficult ones, and seek His forgiveness. We believe in the face of the impossible. We reach for Heaven’s wisdom, when ours is in short supply. We fill ourselves with the power of His word and presence, instead of all the other things that don’t come close to that gift.
We dare to believe that we are anointed, simply because Jesus offers it.
We aren’t perfect.
We don’t have all the answers.
We won’t fix the world, though Jesus will help us influence a portion of it.
We still look in the mirror, and see those same old features staring back at us. I’ll still be holding on to my middle-aged status, even though it means I’ll have to live to 114.
Yet what is on the inside becomes just as visible.
We live as disciples, following Jesus in our ordinary lives, making a dent a broken world with His love. Becoming more like Him as we walk with Him. And that’s an extraordinary life, because He’s at the center of it all.
Thank you Suzie! If you would like to win a copy of Suzie’s new book, Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus, leave a comment and say, “I’m no ordinary girl!” We’ll pick a comment at random to send a FREE copy. (U.S. only)
Suzanne Eller (Suzie) has served Proverbs 31 Ministries for 10 years. She’s an author, popular international speaker and Bible teacher, top 100 Christian women’s blogger, and media guest. She loves nothing more than watching God work in the heart of a woman.
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