Anything the prayer that unlocked my God and my Soul by Jennie Allen. She has also written Bible Studies Stuck and Chase. I knew with a title like that I was going to be hearing really clearly from the Lord some things HE has in mind for me and our family. How could you not? So the first decision......do I even say yes to reading it?
ONE DAY THOUGH.....when the Lord comes again- we WILL BE!! Oh I just can't wait!!!
ANYTHING God.....ALL I HAVE IS TRULY YOURS!
She is talking about it this way- do you have a home? Is it yours? Is God calling you to give that up...to move for HIM, to sell it and give that money away and rent something cheaper or move to a cheaper home?
Do you have a spare room, or room enough in your child's room for another bed or a bunk bed? (this was one of her Anythings the Lord cashed in on....and they were blessed with a little boy from Rwanda)
Do you have enough money to give away? Better yet because we all pretend like we don't have enough money, but really IN REALITY we do (and yes I am real in the fact that there are some a small portion of people who don't). Do you have more than enough food? Can you give away things in your possession?
Do you have a car- two cars? Do you really need them?
How about being willing to give your time away? Yes, we all say we don't have time, but really again like the money thing....most of us do have some time. Would you be willing to volunteer to do children's ministry at your church, write a Bible Study for HIM (again something Jennie was scared outside her mind to do and yet she did a fantastic job at capturing the very essence of what the Lord has been putting on my own heart!), can you volunteer to make a meal for someone who can't get out and go and sit and eat it with them, how about visiting the nursing home where too many lay forgotten on beds in small rooms with nothing?
Pg 121. "This defies our pragmatism. It makes me uncomfortable. I grew up in a conservative Bible church. Holy Spirit seemed to mean something out of control and lacking truth. The Holy Spirit is truth- how can we miss him throughout the pages of truth, the Bible? Until we believe in the reality of a spiritual war where spiritual beings exist and spiritual plan is being accomplished, we won't need an invisible Spirit's help. This is ridiculous....unless it is all real.
I had made following Christ all about a bunch of rules and principles. But the relationship I'd heard about all that time growing up, this was it. God in me. Leaning into him for self-control when my nine-year-old talks back, for guidance on where to use God's gifts in me, for words when I am fleshing out this book he led me to write, and for patience as the consequences of obeying flooded our lives.
Without the Spirit of God to lead our anythings, we will only be do-gooders with our own agendas. And they will fizzle. It will be a phase, some dramatic spiritual experiment we look back on fondly, wishing it had been real life. But sometimes the real thing takes time. We prayed anything, but it was over the course of months and years that our anythings have been revealed. I imagine this will continue for the rest of our lives; if we remain willing, more anythings are in store.
The Spirit now is in us, those bound to Christ, and we wait on him to act. We wait on him to tell us what's next. This is not easy, but it is pretty simple."
'Jennie, I think most of us live thinking there is a medium. A place where we can live regular lives and serve God too.' Jessica spoke to me honestly in my living room as we stayed up late talking about surrender, talking about why it is so hard for all of us to give in and how few people we know who truly live surrendered lives. "
So very true.....how do we take our lives and TRULY SURRENDER. This is a daily process of dying over and over. This is a process for me, for you, and for everyone who catches a glimpse of a God who is soo HUGE that they just have to do it. They have to say- ok God anything! I want it in my heart, in my soul, in my every breath!
pg 168 "Abandoment only makes sense if there is a God worthy of abandoning everything for. The greatest gift in surrender is that in letting go of everything you think will fix you and make you feel better, you find a person.....not a pat anser or a verse or a cause. After you head clears from the struggle of wrestling yourself to the ground, you see a person.
He was there before when you were preoccupied, but now you see him.
Jesus said, 'These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full' (John 15:11)."
So often we are soo afraid to let go. We are afraid for different reasons of different things. In the book Jennie was scared out of her mind of adoption. This is where God led them and yet it just seemed too much, too big, and just not what was comfortable.
Obviously, ummm....that is not the same for me ;). BUT I/WE all have things that feel the same way for us!! I will be sharing more on that later.
In closing there is something in the book that also made me stop and think. She talks about breaking the idea in our hearts and heads that just because something is harder than what we thought. Just because we experience loss or hardships.....does NOT mean that it isn't what God called us to do.
I have heard people say.....I would love to do that if I had the money. Ummm.....I hate to break it to you, but if God calls you to do it- you need to do it! God may provide, or He may ask you to reach deeper, sacrifice and do more fundraising, wait, or get others involved even when it makes you uncomfortable! AMEN! Sometimes I wonder how many people are not fulfilling God's plans for them because they are scared God may not provide. HE WILL but it doesn't always look the same or pretty with a bow on top.
I pray that these excerpts will touch your heart and help you to start searching for your Anythings!
So.....who wants to read this book??? AWESOME! Then accept the challenge.......
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I will "the old fashioned way" because