One More Time

One of the treats of traveling to India was that I got to spend time with two of my sweet friends from the Proverbs 31 team, Lynn Cowell and Suzie Eller. While there, Suzie delivered a message from her new book Come with Me that is sticking around in my heart and messing with me in the most beautiful way.

Today, Suzie is my guest blogger, and she’s sharing the same message with you. Please soak up, be challenged, and leave your comment at the end to enter to win a copy of her fabulous book.

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I had my Bible in my hand. My purse nearby. A car would soon take me to the airport.

It was time to go, except I knew the Lord wanted me to share one more thing.

People were still sitting in their seats and talking. The Holy Spirit had sweetly swept over the meetings and people lingered. I walked to the microphone, knowing the words I would say before I spoke them.

I had read them in the book of Luke earlier that week.

One more time. 

Those were the words.

Throw out your nets one more time.

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” Luke 5:4-5 (NIV)

Simon was exhausted. Casting the heavy nets into the water, and lugging them back in over and over was a chore. When the nets came back empty every time, it was disappointing.

But he did it.

He took the clean nets and pushed out into the deep and he let them down. Fish scrambled into the nets so quickly that it nearly capsized his boat.

I love that story, but as I stood in front of those women I understood what “one more time” might mean to them.

Pray one more time over that hurting marriage or relationship.

Believe one more time for that prodigal child.

Take one more step even though it seems to lead to nowhere. 

Plant one more seed in that dream that seems futile.

flesh rebelled against asking women – women of faith who had been casting their nets over and over again – to try one more time when so far, they had little to show for it.

But God said it. . . and He knew them far better than I did.

I whispered yes where no wanted to take root.

I asked them for a few moments and I told them the story of Simon Peter. I shared how weary he was and how all that he wanted to do was to climb into his comfortable bed and forget about the night behind him.

I told them Jesus understood that Simon was tired. That the nets were heavy. That it was discouraging.

I told them that Jesus saw under the water line.

He saw what Simon Peter couldn’t, and it wasn’t just fish.

It was the deep. 

Let’s go back to that verse in Luke 5:4-5. 

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

Jesus could have performed the same miracle in the shallow. He could have asked them to lay their nets on the shore and invite the fish to swim into the nets.

Instead the invitation was to push into the deep.

In the deep it’s a partnership. We put our hands on the rugged boat and push out.

We take a step out and God takes a step in as He meets us.

For Simon, the miracle wasn’t the catch of fish but that he became a “catcher of men.

That’s the transformation that takes place inside of us as we push into the deep.

One more time.

We are asked to push out into the deep one more time in our calling or ministries.

We may want to throw our hands up and give up. But let’s throw our hands up in surrender instead. If our ministry is about Him, it’s not about how much we “catch” or how long it takes, but “one more time” is watching God work in the thousands —  or the one.

We are asked to push out into the deep in personal issues that seem like they’ll never change.

It’s scary when the past or an addiction or temptation or feelings bullies us.

It’s in the deep that we realize that he’s not going to let us sink. “One more time” means that He’ll pull us up, over and over again until we no longer feel that the deep is over our head.

And this is the miracle. We turn around and start pulling others up with His help, because we get it. We know how hard it is, but we also know what it is to be free.

We are asked to push out into the deep one more time in our faith.

There’s not one believer that hasn’t experienced a time when it felt like God was a million miles away, or when they had doubts or hard questions.

You may think you are the only one, but we’ve all been there.

It’s in the deep that we discover that he’s not angry at our doubts or questions. He’s not mad at us because we are in a low season of our faith.

“One more time” is a reminder that He knows exactly who He is. We’ve somehow been led to believe that faith is never wavering, never doubting, or never hitting a low season, when instead the fact that you reach for God in the midst of that describes faith beautifully.

Our doubts or anger or questions are welcomed as He reveals his Character in that low season. He walks with us until we reach the other side.

One more time.

That’s our invitation.

Will you say yes?

Let’s accept the invitation from our Savior to discover what’s waiting under the water line, just for us.

comewithmelaunch11Suzie is a Proverbs 31 Ministries writer, ECPA bestselling author and blogger. She’s been featured on Focus on the Family, Aspiring Women, Harvest Show, 100 Huntley Street, KLOVE, Daystar and numerous other programs. Suzie is a regular contributor to KLRC radio’s Words that Make a Positive Difference.

She is an author of eight books including her most recent, Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads.When she’s not writing, you can find Suzie playing with her six grandbabies, all under the age of five. Find out more about Suzie and Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads at www.tsuzanneeller.comBOOK-cover-194x300

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. How interesting that you brought out “in the deep”. In the deep I have seen God work in my life in ways that I saw no answer. I found God freeing me from deep hurt, when I allowed Him to take me under, and the only way up was with Him. Thank you for challenging my heart once again.

  2. As I prepare to leave for another state for my grandson’s high school graduation, it it overshadowed by a terrible decision our daughter has made. She let her abusive X husband back into her life straight out of prison for domestic violence….not filed by her this time. We have never met him & he will be there. Lord….one more time, give us compassion to see his lost soul as you do. One more time, let us be respectful & remember you created him in your image & you love him.

  3. Grateful to the Lord that when our hearts are overwhelmed, He leads us into the deep through faith. It takes great faith to continue to go forth even when it looks like it won’t work. Blessings to you.

  4. I will pray one more time, pick up the phone one more time,clean up one more time,drive to the doctor one more time. Thank you for the reminder.

  5. One more time. For me, it’s ‘the first time’. Returning to God, after so many years away from Him.

  6. Susie, I’d never connected Jesus’ encounter with Peter to my need to push out one more time. Thank you for your inspiring words. We are transformed when we do as He asks.

  7. Thank you, this spoke to my heart this morning! Sometimes because of my lupus, I get discouraged, I get tired, weary, and just plain worn out physcially. This also affects me spiritually, and I keep going on the way God has called me to go, but not wholeheartedly. My favorite song is “Press On”, that is what we all must do is “Press on” in Jesus name, souls are at stake, and we must reach others! Keep pressing on and in ladies and let’s make a difference to others that may need us to lead them to Jesus!

  8. It’s truly amazing when the Lord, in His providence, gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. This devotion truly spoke to my heart, as I’ve been begging God to change or fix our family’s circumstances, when actually I need to continue pressing on, so that He can work in His miraculous way and receive the glory and not us. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Happened to me in August of 2007 – done with a marriage, done with a lot of things. In essence He said “trust Me one more time.”

    I did.
    He gave immeasurable grace.

    xo Beautiful post Amy.

  10. Thank you for your great words, Suzie! And thank you, Amy, for sharing Suzie with us. Praying “one more time” is always great advice – to everyone who is going through anything! I need to do that more and more. God Bless!

  11. One more time … Grace … Thank You … I will never forget the 13th disciple idea it had definitely made an impression on me ..
    Thank You for this book …

  12. Thank you! I’m searching so desperately for a closer relationship with the Lord. Always blessed by this place of mercy.

  13. Thank you both…Suzie for your inspiration and Amy for sharing it with us. I have been through a tough season in my marriage and family, but thanks to the Lord and I believe that we are coming out of the toughest part. I will continue to pray “one more time” for physical healing for my husband who has suffered ailment after ailment for many years and for the healing of our marriage that had been weathered by the effects of illness and despair. God has already answered so many prayers, not the least of which was renewing my hope for the future, I know that I must continue daily with “one more time” so that I never lose that hope again, thank you for the reminder and confirmation that God is hearing my prayers. Blessings to you both.
    In His Service,
    Linda C

  14. Hi everyone, I will remember- one more time -when I need to pray to God & count to 10 b4 I yell or punish my children. Also when I clean, or do laundry. Go in deep when serving in church even when Im tired or may not feel like it

  15. Wow! I really needed this today & during this season of my life. My husband answered the call to preach 2 years ago. He is licensed as a minister and is working on his ordination requirements. We’ve prayed for these past to years for God to reveal His plan for us & our family. We still have no clue yet. Although we know that it’s within God’s time frame, we still get discouraged and question if this is really the right path for our family. I struggle at times and put myself in charge of things at the church so I feel like I’m actually “doing something for God.” Sometimes I do it without even asking God himself. I forget to seek his will instead of my own. I truly ask for your prayers. It gets very lonely & discouraging at times.

  16. I surely enjoyed this challenge to deepen my commitment and willingness to follow Jesus. Hope I win the book!

  17. Such a timely word for me!! I’m in a season of stretching in my calling, and this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear. Thank YOU!! I’ll be speaking ONE MORE TIME over myself today!!

  18. I would love a copy of Suzie’s book. Thank you for sharing this on your blog today, Amy.

  19. Thank you Amy, and Thank you Suzie for your message and your words, “When I refuse to go deeper, my faith lingers in the shallow.” I don’t want to linger in the shallows any longer. I pray one more time to carry on, to not give up; taking on more step forward forgetting the past. I pray to trust, and to surrender; to push out into the deep one more time in faith, for it’s as you say, “It’s in the deep that we realize that he’s not going to let us sink.”

  20. “One more time” really hits home for me…esp. when I think of questions I’ve been asked, like “Why do you keep trying? (or believing? praying? etc.) Because…one more time might be the time something changes. Looking forward to reading Suzie’s new book. 🙂

  21. Love, love, love. One more time indeed! How many times has Jesus whispered that over ME?! (I don’t need a book so please exclude me from the drawing!)

  22. What a timely message that seems to be written just for me. I need to go into the deep, deeper than before, and keep my eyes on the Savior. Thank you for sharing this message.

  23. This is EXACTLY how I was feeling as I began to read your blog post! One more time-really,Lord? But it’s in our obedience that we glorify the Lord, even when we’ve “had enough”. Thank you so much!

  24. Thanks for sharing. I will pray one more time for a prodigal brother, and for an unfulfilled dream

  25. That brought tears to my eyes. My marriage is at a point where we have to step out in faith on something that is lacking. One more time. Sometimes that is scary. But God is ever so faithful.

  26. Wonderful reminder- it’s when I push out into the deep that He can take my relationship with him to the next level.

  27. “..it’s not about how much we “catch” or how long it takes, but “one more time” is watching God work in the thousands — or the one.”
    Such an inspiring quote to anyone who has experienced ministry burnout. It’s about obedience.

    Amanda

  28. Hello! I loved Suzie’s book “The Mended Heart” I would love to win a copy of her new book!

  29. Thank you! What a beautiful message. He meets us wherever we are. But meeting us in the deep, where he calls us to trust him and reveals his love and faithfulness in light of that trust? That is awesome!

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