The Invitation


The Invitation. Jesus is asking, but will we go?

The Invitation

This has the potential to be a really long post so I’ll do my best to keep it short. {update- it isn’t that long, and your welcome}  I mentioned to you last week that I’ve been challenged in my faith lately. Let me explain that just a bit. I’m in a season where things are just changing. God is all about shaking things up and rocking my little world all the way around right now. I’ve already told you all of this so I hope I don’t sound like a broken record..but it’s just part of my life now.

We’re moving in a couple of months. Not only that, it is to a place that is totally different from the norm for me. Also, my oldest daughter will be going to college this year. #dearjesuspleasehelpme

Spiritually speaking God is also just shaking my faith. I have grown complacent. I’ve become satisfied with the status-quo. I’ve become satisfied with my morning devotions and prayers and with my servanthood at church and in my community. I’ve moseyed. Just moseyed through life these days.

And honestly I’m tired of “moseying.” I like that word.  <insert big grin> #random

This weekend I went to my friend Suzie’s #ComeWithMe retreat at New Life Ranch in NWA.  Suzie is in the process of launching a new book and her retreat was all about that. 50 of us gathered and discussed and learned what it means to truly come with Jesus. 

We leaned in.

We learned.

We cried.

Suzie challenged us to accept the invitation that Jesus is giving us even though it could change everything. Not only were we challenged to accept the invitation, we were challenged to accept it joyfully.

Even though it could be uncomfortable.

For me, the invitation has been figuratively sitting on my husbands desk.

My husbands desk is where I put mail or “junk”  that I don’t know else to do with. I know it annoys him. He silently picks those things up and places them on our foyer table. After a couple of days I then silently pick them back up and put them back on his desk.  See what we do?  It’s this silent game we play with each other. When I think about it, I giggle. He’ll giggle too, when he reads this because he knows exactly what we do even though we’ve never said a word about it.

Jesus has given me that invitation several times…but I just keep putting it on my husbands desk where hopefully he will do something with it..either file it or throw it away.  Jesus then takes another invitation and gives it to me and I put it on my husbands desk..and well, you know how the story goes. I’m a master at ignoring and denying.

The Invitation. Jesus is asking, the question is, will you go? Even if it's uncomfortable?

I do pray.

I do read my bible.

I do go to church.

I do serve Him.

All that is really good, right? But the question beckons.

Will you come with me?

He keeps giving me the invitation. And it’s scary. He’s asking me. He’s telling me specifically what He wants me to do. I thought I had already done it.

“But Lord, I’ve already done what you’ve asked.”

“Great. Thanks. I want more.”

“Come with me.”

You see, when Jesus says “come with me,” it isn’t a one time trip. It’s a lifetime adventure. Even more important; in Suzie’s words,- it isn’t even really about going or where we’re going…it’s about what happens when we do. It’s about what happens in the process!

It isn't about where we're going but what happens when we do. -@suzanneeller #ComeWIthMe Click To Tweet

Will I come?

Yep. Sure will. This time, I will. Thank you Lord for never giving up on me.

What about you?

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Come WIth Me / The Invitation

This post was inspired by Suzie’s book, “Come With Me.” I went to Suzie’s “Come With Me” Retreat last weekend and honestly it was life-changing for me.

This book has the same effect.  Suzie guides us through the beauty of following where He leads.  She shows how, when you say yes, you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the worries and excuses. And you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise, who will transform who you are, how you live, and how you impact the world.

It is available for pre-order today! In fact, it’s 36% off retail price on almost every online distributor. It will be in stores on May 3rd, but you don’t have to wait. Download a FREE chapter today.




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  1. Shannon, I enjoyed meeting you last weekend. I want to follow where He leads as well. But it makes me shake in my boots if I think about it too much. May the Lord give you grace as you lean in close and follow Him.

    • Shannon says:

      Aw Betsy- it was so good to meet you too friend! I’m right there with you with the shaking. It’s scary- but oh so rewarding in the end. We’re in it together! xoShannon

  2. Joanne Viola says:

    I loved this post! It is so true. We often see the invitation as a one time call to salvation when it is really a life long invitation. Maybe we should say, “Will you come with Me today?” and ask that question each and every day 🙂 It truly is a lifelong journey taken day by day. Sometimes, moment by moment. Grateful to have stopped here this morning! Blessings!

  3. Kristi Woods says:

    Beautiful words, my friend. It WAS a powerful weekend. And yes, those three simple words pack a powerful, impacting future for His glory.

  4. Carly says:

    Great post- I love the reminder that it’s an on-going invitation to keep following where Jesus leads and taking the next step with him. It is scary but also an exciting adventure!

    • Shannon says:

      Carly- yes! soo scary! But you’re right, it’s so exciting. I’d rather be scared with peace than scared without it. Have a great week!

  5. Shannon, I may have giggled just a little bit at the game you and your husband play with the junk mail. 🙂

    I loved the message of your post though. Following Jesus isn’t a one-time Yes. It’s a choosing to continue following Him. When He says, “Come with me,” He’s giving us the choice. Oh how much we glean when we keep saying Yes! And oh, how much we miss when we say, “Not now, Lord.”

    I’ve been on both sides of that equation, and the Yes answer is always the better one. 🙂

    I’m your neighbor at RaRa this week. And I’m so glad I am!

    • Shannon says:

      I know- it is funny…the back and forth. Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week!

  6. Angie S. says:

    Shannon, I love this and I love you! You’re journey is only beginning. I’m super excited to see what happens when you not only RSVP to that invitation, but show up to what the invitation is!

    • Shannon says:

      Angie- you are amazing. Thank you so much?! Your words mean the world my friend. SO glad I met you!!! xoxo

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