Discover Your Place In the BIG Picture (Michelle Lazurek Interview)

What is your role in the bigger story?
Author Michelle Lazurek

We all wonder that sometimes. Michelle Lazurek wondered it “out loud” in her new book, Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved. I’m excited to introduce her and this inspiring new book to you today. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a free copy of her book!

Q: Michelle, we’re glad you’re here! Please share a little about you, your family and your ministry vision.

I hold a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Human Relations. I have been a pastor’s wife for over ten years, and we planted Praxis Church in Wallingford, CT five years ago. I work as a Pre-K teacher at a local YMCA and have two beautiful children, Caleb, 7 and Leah, 5.

Mary Demuth encourages all writers to answer the question “ What is your one thing?” My one thing is to tell people that 

God is writing a story for your life and all of the people, circumstances and events in the past, present and future are a part of that story. It is up to you whether you want to engage in that story.

Q: How did you come to write this book?

Someone recently asked me “ How did you choose to be a writer?” and I replied, “ Writing chose me.”  I felt a call on my life about two years ago to write a book. I had never written anything extensive – some poetry in high school, but nothing since I found the Lord at age 18 – so it was definitely out of my comfort zone.

As I prayerfully considered which topic I would explore, I began to comb through the gospel of John. I couldn’t help but notice that over thirteen times John refers to HIMSELF as “ the disciple whom Jesus Loved”. I searched commentaries to find out more about this reference, but no scholar deals with this seemingly arrogant title directly. 

I believe the insights I have provided give a unique and timely spin on the nature of God, who God called John to be and who He ultimately, calls us to be.

Q: What do you hope readers will take away from reading?  

I wrote this book out of a great love for the Church (not the building, but the people.) It’s been my family in some for the most difficult times in my life, some of which I share in this book. I wrote it for the jaded, the hurting, those that believe in Him but want to protect themselves from the messiness a relationship with Him and His people can bring. 

I’d love for readers to have a deeper understanding of the character and nature of the apostle John, who demonstrated great love, faithfulness and loyalty to His Savior in his darkest hour of need, in the same way that the church has for me in my darkest hours.
I hope readers will gain a deeper understanding of what love really is – that we as the Church might answer the call to “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

Q: How has the message you share challenged you to grow personally? 

One of the biggest lessons is that God demonstrates His faithfulness through our obedience. By me obeying God’s call by carving out time on a weekly basis, going to a quiet place, and opening up my laptop and saying “What do you have to say to me today, Lord?” God allowed this project to come to fruition.

Secondly, I am inspired by the example of John to love others in spite of deep pain, rejection and persecution. Relationships are messy. Sometimes I feel I cannot love others who have wounded me.

The last lesson is that delving into the scriptures can be a richly rewarding experience. I realized that Jesus’ apostles were just ordinary people like you and me, and related to Jesus’ apostles on a deeper level, falling in love with God’s Word in a new way through writing this book. I would love my audience to fall in love with His Word in a new way as well.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share w/my readers? 

Yes! Are you ready to accept the invitation to become a character in the story God is writing for your life? Are you ready to embark on the journey to becoming the disciple whom He loved? If so, then let the Story begin…

Thanks again for sharing your story and heart with us, Michelle!

Until next time….


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