I pick you, faults and everything! (Jesus Picks YOU)


I pick you. -Jesus.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the 13th disciple? I’ve often wondered what was going through Jesus’ mind when he picked his 12 disciples. Each one of them was so different from the other. One was loud and obnoxious. A couple wanted the lime-light and wanted to be “first” at everything and wanted to be the closest to Jesus.  One was a liar and a thief….and one was a betrayer. How did these men end being Jesus’ disciples? I must say, He gathered an odd mix did He not?

I (Jesus) pick you, faults and everything!

The bible says that Jesus went up to pray before he picked His twelve. I mean it was a big deal. They would be the ones that would finish His work and carry the gospel to the world.

Um…pretty big job there.

I love that the disciples were just ordinary people with their own faults and weaknesses.  Jesus knew them all…yet He picked them anyway. Jesus picks you, faults and everything. #Jesus Click To Tweet

I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel so much better about myself. I could be a 13th disciple because I certainly have my fair share of weaknesses. Still, He refines me and for some crazy reason He uses me.

I love the way Jesus picks people. Short, tall, skinny, and obese. Loud, quiet, annoying, and shy. None of that matters. He looks at you and me and He says, “You.- I want you.”

I pick you.

There’s not one of us that He doesn’t want. He loves people, every single one of them. He picks us and we are His prized possessions.

I’m going through a season where I’m being challenged in my faith and honestly, I’m not quite sure what to think about it. It’s not like I’ve never been challenged before…but this time..I don’t know…it’s just different. It’s seriously out of my comfort zone. I never thought in a million years that I’d ever be a “writer.” I mean…I always thought writers were smart. I’m not dumb…but I’ve never considered myself to be “smart.” I didn’t get the best grades in school and I was certainly never on an honor roll. In college, I had to study my petutie off to get good grades. So to think of myself as a “writer,” well…that seems so far out of reach for just an ordinary girl like me.

I pick YOU-Jesus. Jesus picks you, faults and everything.

Also, this is a new season for me and for my family. We are getting ready to completely change our routine. Honestly I don’t know what the future holds for us. But one thing I am sure of…our future is in His hands, and it is safe. I covet your prayers..and please know, this girl prays for you too!

This post was inspired by Suzie Eller’s book, Come With Me. This book has changed my life, and it can change yours too! RUN, don’t walk..RUN and get it now!


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  1. Michelle says:

    Based on this post, you are most definitely a writer. Enjoy every moment of the retreat (I had to cancel). I cannot wait to hear about the weekend from all who are attending. Soak it in, and enjoy being hand picked by our Savior.

    • Shannon says:

      Thank you so much Michelle- I’m bummed I won’t get to meet you! Maybe some other time:-) Enjoy your weekend regardless!

  2. Sarah Koontz says:

    Have a wonderful time at the retreat! I will be praying for you all while I play in my garden (it’s planting season!). I love this quote from your piece, “But one thing I am sure of…our future is in His hands, and it is safe.” Sometimes, that is the only thing we know for sure, but it is such a treasure and a comfort.

    P.S. I love how you framed Suzie’s book at the end of the post. #brilliant

  3. Suzie Eller says:

    Thank you, Shannon, for sharing this. You are a writer, absolutely.

  4. Lisa notes says:

    His 13th disciple….I’ve never even thought of that. But I love the idea. Gives me shivers to think of him looking at me and saying, I pick you. But yes, he does that every day! Grace.

    Praying that you have a wonderful, growing time at the retreat this weekend. Good for you in stepping out of your comfort zone. I think God loves when we do that; it gives him opportunities to show off new sides of himself that we haven’t noticed before. 🙂 Also praying for your move to Colorado. If I had to move anywhere different, Colorado would be on my top 5 list because of its amazing beauty (and everyone seems so fit there; I’d have to step up my game, ha). Except for the cold.

    • Shannon says:

      Thank you so much Lisa. You will LOVE Sparkling Gems. He just published a Volume 2, but I don’t think its available yet. It’s sooo good. Tell me what you think!

  5. Deb Wolf says:

    I love this! Jesus chooses us to proclaim His glory! And you, my friend, do it beautifully! Blessings and hugs to you!!

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