JEN'S MUST READS: Part 2
by Jen Hatmaker on July 18th, 2012

A couple of years ago, I got an email from another pastor’s wife in Austin: “Can we meet?”

Transparent moment: I don’t always like meeting pastor’s wives (said the pastor’s wife). Sometimes, pastor’s wives are just so pastor’s wifeish. You know what I mean? Many of them leave my company desperate to get me on their prayer chains and utterly confused how I landed this role. I just don’t speak the language of my station. My gifts don’t fit into the packaged job description, and plus, organized religion and the people who organize the religion is all sometimes for the birds (said the girl who organizes some religion).

So I agreed to meet this girl, because we were going to Magnolia Café, which, if you know Austin food, is reason enough, amen and selah.

Imagine my thrill to meet this sharp, courageous, bold girl who I immediately upgraded to Major Friend before we even got our entrees. Jennie Allen and I dropped straight into the deep end together, which I appreciate more than I can tell you. This is my friend, my sister, y’all. I value her so highly. I love her. She is exactly the kind of Bible teacher you crave; the one who brings the rain and pulls no punches. She is obedient and intelligent and humble and loves Jesus and you can trust her. She is a faithful guide and friend leading us toward courage and abandon and lives set ablaze.

Please, please let me tell you about her book because it will jack with you and your family and your safe, comfortable life in the best possible way:

Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul


Perhaps this is the best soundbyte for the content of Anything:


And this is the best soundbyte for what kind of special person Jennie is – the text she sent me this week immediately after hearing my daughter was in the ER:
Less about the blood offerings and more the "you hold my lot" part. She's not a weirdo, people.


I’m going to let Jennie share a bit about it with you in a second, but I want to tell you that if you want to be brave but you’re scared, or you want to say yes to the kingdom except when you’d rather say no, or you want your life to matter so much for Jesus but you prefer comfort and safety and want to break free from those chains so badly, this is the book for you. This is how I put it in my endorsement of Anything:
I recently learned to use Instagram and I fear I'm obsessed with the fancy photo tricks.


Oh, you’re going to love the way Jennie writes and talks. I asked her to tell you about the engine behind Anything, and this is what she said:


I knew that what was happening was common.

As real life and responsibilities pressed in, I felt God being pressed out. Religion, church, and Bible study were all in place—but truly surrendered lives, the kind God could use anywhere and in any way He chose, had quickly turned into planned and calculated lives that focused on things like saving for a Suburban or minivan.

There had to be more.

Three years ago in the middle of the night I sat on my bathroom floor reading
the blog of a girl who had surrendered everything. Something started that night in me.

The following is an excerpt from
Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul

So here’s what’s been taking place, a revival of sorts:

1. It is as if everything I have said I believe is all of a sudden and miraculously real to me . . . heaven, God in me, freedom from bondage, my purpose here.

2. And because it is real, I am living as if it is real.

3.  And living that way costs me something—costs me everything.

4. So we start to consider our priorities and realize we value things like comfort and people’s opinions and happiness.


5. Then God says to die and sell everything we own and hate this life.

6. And we say okay.

7. We start thinking things like,  Should we sell our new house? Or we have an empty bed—let’s fill it with a child who needs a home and  let’s invite our neighbors to Easter dinner.

8. And then the people around us start saying things like, “Don’t do it for the wrong reasons”—like the love of adventure or for our own glory. And we say, “Ok, thanks for the heads-up.”

9. Then we have people who are praying the same prayers and thinking the same thoughts, and something is happening—not a feeling or love of adventure or desire for glory but something within us that is from God, a call to more: to die—to live.

10. My heart is bleeding and I can’t make it stop. So we are praying and willing and dreaming of living for heaven instead of the American  dream, and it is changing everything. And I am strangely okay with that.

We were ready and willing, and so were a lot of people around us. We knew that this was not about accomplishing some visually stunning display of martyrdom or philanthropy. This surrender was simply an agreement with the living, active God of the universe saying he could have us for anything.


We were His, and only through His Spirit would we know what to do—and only through His Spirit could we do it. The only thing we knew to do was pray.

So we prayed . . .

God- we will do anything.

It didn't feel fancy. It wasn’t even a big deal. But the prayer held in it a thousand little deaths. In saying anything, it meant we were handing him everything.



What are you most afraid of giving God?

What is your Anything?


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GIVEAWAY!! I have copies for two lucky winners! Leave a comment answering the above question to enter for a chance to win a copy. What is your anything, readers? What are you most afraid of giving to God?



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237 Comments

Lynette - July 18th, 2012 at 5:25 PM
I don't even know what my anything is! Probably... everything?
Lee Patterson - July 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Ditto!
Jada - July 18th, 2012 at 5:25 PM
Okay, so now, instead of reading my assigned reading, I'd rather read all these amazing books you are recommending. Think my teachers will understand? Surely, they will. :-)
Jenn Vincent - July 18th, 2012 at 5:26 PM
Total control.
aussie monica - July 18th, 2012 at 5:26 PM
Myself...my family...my dreams...
Debbie stevenson - July 18th, 2012 at 5:29 PM
My kids , grandkids oh and control which I don't have anyway
Jen Wright - July 18th, 2012 at 5:30 PM
Well I am sobbing in a PUBLIC restaurant because I just opened this and read it after moving home from the mission field (Honduras) in February and finding myself far too easily compromising places I promised I never would again to give way to "just a little more comfort and safety." My heart is scared to death of the unsettledness that will come from reading this book and yet my soul knows it needs this reminder desperately. Thank you for sharing. I'll buy it today!
Megan - July 19th, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Where do I begin? I dare to surrender my comfort, my perceived reality, my filtered desires. In some holy paradox I desire my heart to morph into His. That my "anything" would be His "everything." Thanks for the jolt. Never liked that soda but I do like that feeling! A trust fall is never easy but it's definitely exhilarating.
Jennie Allen - July 19th, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Girl I can't imagine. I pray you find God in the comfort.
MMS - July 18th, 2012 at 5:30 PM
My secure day job.
Edie - July 18th, 2012 at 5:30 PM
scared to death to type--or say out loud-- :) my comfort, my family, our life...realizing how afraid I'd be to leave it all and relocate to see that my precious Canadian friends begin to see Jesus for real...but HE's changing my heart so much...Maybe that's the anything....
Jen Johnson - July 18th, 2012 at 5:31 PM
My "i've got it" attitude. I can handle it, pay for it, prepare for it, organize it, etc. I (ME), with my awesome capabilities (ha), can fix it, shoulder it. GOD, my anything is all this!! Don't know what it's called, but that is my "anything".
Nina - July 18th, 2012 at 5:35 PM
Maybe my "woe is me, pity party, it's so hard to live this [blessed] life" moments that I tend to "waller" in to those who will listen. My surprise when lost people do lost things that hurt me, again. (Oops. I did it again!)
Rachel - July 18th, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Ok, I'll jump in. My comforts are my anything. Which I realize is vague, but I'm talking relational AND physical comforts. Besides the fact that I'm a huge "bed snob" (ie- I have this NEED to be able to sleep in a comfortable bed... I am the retreat planner's worst nightmare, I feel cheated by God if I get even a head cold, and I just hate being uncomfortable, take away relational comforts? I'm a mess. Family, friends, etc. But the clincher? All of it is self serving! I need... I need... I need... (x,y,z) to make ME happy. ME comfortable. So maybe my actual anything is pride?
Jennie Allen - July 19th, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I am in my very comfy bed as I type this girl at 10 aml. I am with you!
Rachel - July 20th, 2012 at 8:07 PM
Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one who appreciates a nice mattress ;)
Susan Schug - July 18th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
God just led me through an unplanned retirement...now I am going on a mission trip to Peru in November. God of all the universe , please show me the next righ thing
Jenny - July 18th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
comforts - ones I don't realize and take for granted...just too comfortable in this life and so badly want to live more for the kingdom - be set apart - look different, not just another mom in the burbs!
Michelle - July 18th, 2012 at 5:39 PM
I am just afraid of giving up my comforts
Shanda - July 18th, 2012 at 5:40 PM
I'm afraid to give Him my dreams for my life because I'm afraid He'll take them away and replace them with things that I just don't wanna do.
Tayler Thiel - July 18th, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Wow - I've been living that neat, packaged surburbia Christian life for quite some time now. I've recently been feeling that call to do more, be more and make it count for the Kingdom but feel so "out of the loop" that I haven't really known where to start. I've definitely been feeling that of utmost importance is getting into a more missional church. It's definitely hard when God starts shaking up your comfort zone.
Michelle D. - July 18th, 2012 at 5:40 PM
My nice, little comfortable lifestyle.
Deborah - July 18th, 2012 at 5:41 PM
"Please, please let me tell you about her book because it will jack with you and your family and your safe, comfortable life in the best possible way:" My husband was injured on the job 435 days ago, and has been unable to return to work. I have felt the provision of the Lord everyday since. And yet I am comfortable and feel safe and as though I am just going through the motions, and I hate it! I love the Lord and yet my heart is hungry. I am dry and disconnected. I need God to Jack with me and my family and jar us from this autopilot existence we are living.
Brenda Torres - July 18th, 2012 at 5:41 PM
Just finished Anything. Along with 7, Interrupted, Irresistible Revolution, Barefoot Church, etc., it has messed with me. In process of peeling my fingers off everything I have surrounded myself with that kept me feeling "safe" (big house, large mega-church) and slowly handing them to God to do with what HE desires as I strive to live out the gospel. So yeah, in the last 9 months we've downsized to a house half the size and are helping to plant a missional church. Preach it, Jennie!!
*Ashley* - July 18th, 2012 at 5:44 PM
I cant even fathom what my "anything" is. But I am dying (literally dying inside) to find it.
Sheila - July 18th, 2012 at 5:44 PM
I am finally in the place where there is nothing that I am afraid to give him. I lost my father on July 1 and during the 8 months that he lived with lung cancer, I saw God show Himself faithful every single day. During the past several months, I've been on a journey of refining my faith and I have come to see that God is so much more loving, bigger, and faithful than I had ever imagined. I am looking to move to a new area soon and am ready to live out what I believe.
Jen - July 18th, 2012 at 5:44 PM
We are on the "other side" of our adoption journey. 2 children are no longer orphans but a son and a daughter. Now I find myself way too comfortable in life as it is. Like the adoption was "it" and I am excused from stretching myself yet again. I am almost too afraid to surrender because I feel big changes are coming.
Lisa H. - July 18th, 2012 at 6:52 PM
This is exactly where I am....We've adopted 4 children, but the last came home 4 years ago. We're hoping to adopt again, but if we do or we don't, I don't want to get sucked back into a life all about me, me me!

I think it's all about constantly pressing into Jesus and saying yes......Which is easier said than done when the NEXT thing is scarier than adopting 4 children! :oD
Johanna - July 18th, 2012 at 5:44 PM
Drop the desire for "more" ...adopt again, sell our home, and live with less!!
Jada Schiessl - July 18th, 2012 at 5:45 PM
Everything He's given me. I want to be completely undone
Erin - July 18th, 2012 at 5:46 PM
Comfort but mostly control.
Shannon - July 18th, 2012 at 5:46 PM
My family.
Faith - July 18th, 2012 at 5:49 PM
Totally the comfort thing. For some crazy reason I am not so scared of it for myself, but I am for my kids. We are now is comfortable...good schools, safe, etc...the idea of risking that, well, it scares me.
Michele - July 18th, 2012 at 5:50 PM
The one thing that I recognized a couple of years ago and still struggle with is giving God control. I am such a control freak. I have to plan, I have to be in control. Giving God complete control is a constant struggle for me. Thank you for another book recommendation. My list of must reads keeps growing!
Sara Allen - July 18th, 2012 at 5:51 PM
My past
Andi - July 18th, 2012 at 5:51 PM
I'm afraid to give him my village he has blessed me with. The circle he has surrounded me with. Those that love me best. Challenge me most. I'm planning to move to Africa next year and constantly fight the urge to grieve that "missing" but not lost. I'm always reminded of the question- if you knew you would end up with nothing but Jesus and Him alone would you still choose Him? In the midst of leaving what is blessed and amazing I still must say and will always say "I would"
Shera - July 18th, 2012 at 5:51 PM
My anything is the little daily comforts of this American life
Melissa Danisi - July 18th, 2012 at 5:52 PM
About 50 of us ladies got together to start a "book club" (even though we hate the name book club). We thought it would be a fun way to get ladies together, eat, talk, laugh, and grow. We read through "Kisses from Katie" in March and "7" in May. God had a different plan for us than just "getting together". He has stirred in all of us from small to big, from cleaning out closets . . . to adopting, and all together just living differently. We will choose another book in September and this is the one I'd love to go through! I would LOVE a copy!! Grateful for people like you Jen Hatmaker, Jennie Allen, and Katie Davis who are simply just writing about what God is doing in your life and inspiring all of us to reject the comfortable and enter into real living for Christ.
Annie - July 18th, 2012 at 5:53 PM
Total control and trust.
Renee - July 18th, 2012 at 5:56 PM
This book has been suggested to me twice, from very different sources, in the last 12 hours. Cool!



God has been peeling away the self-centered-ness of my heart, and it has already been quite the adventure (loved 7!), and I'm with Jada; I want to be completely undone...but maybe not completely.



Truth be told, at this point I suppose my precious family would be my anything.
Krissie Huston - July 18th, 2012 at 6:01 PM
He took it. It was marriage. Walking by faith, trusting in a Good, Sovereign God who desires to sanctify me and use me more than "bless" me with the things we would define as abundance. So I'm tasting the goodness of the Lord - faith in devastation, joy in persecution, love in abandonment, grace in affliction, forgiveness in repeated offenses, and His faithfulness keeping me in His steadfast love!
Teri - July 18th, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Everything.
Allison - July 18th, 2012 at 6:05 PM
My family . . . always wanting to keep my two girls safe and protected!
Carmen - July 18th, 2012 at 6:06 PM
I would have to say that my anything would be not worrying about getting married or not getting married. As a 37 year old single woman the topic of singleness and marriage comes up more than I really want it to. To be able to just BE and know that who I am is who God wants me to be..would be awesome.....
Karen - July 18th, 2012 at 6:07 PM
My husband....I have this very false sense of being his holy spirit during this next chapter in our lives.
caryn - July 18th, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Wow! I don't even know if I can wait to see if I win before I begin reading this! Oh.My.Gosh! She saw inside my soul. She knows the prayer I need. Wow! Wow! Wow!
Jody - July 18th, 2012 at 6:08 PM
My family. And my job. And truthfully, my community of amazing friends. Legit Jesus followers.
Amanda Taylor - July 18th, 2012 at 6:09 PM
My day to day living. The big things are easy, broad strokes of our life shine. But the minute details are lacking. I want to be His hands and feet every day.
myriam - July 18th, 2012 at 6:10 PM
control. Control. And control.
Sarah Farish - July 18th, 2012 at 6:11 PM
My everything...the all-American, perfect family image that I have carefully...meticulously...intentionally crafted. [insert deep breath here].
Merryn - July 18th, 2012 at 6:13 PM
Ok. So i read Interrupted and began to feel uncomfortable. I have 7 but am a little scared to begin reading it (how convicted i feel though?!), and as I read these blogposts I feel inspired to add a few more books to my "I should read this but I'm afraid to start" pile of books beside my bed. But, what am I most afraid to give to God? My comfort. Father, thank you for your many blessings and please forgive me for my unwillingness and fear in being prepared to give it up.
jenavieve - July 18th, 2012 at 6:18 PM
Comfort


Tabatha - July 18th, 2012 at 6:19 PM
WHOA... [speechless]
Ava - July 18th, 2012 at 6:19 PM
My future. I'm a college student and studying to become a doctor. I pride myself in academics, and I have to consistently remind myself that my identity is not found in my grades or my major. I am always trying to discern God's path for my life, but it scares me to think that my plan may not be what He wants. What if He decided I should transfer schools and change my major? I don't think I would be very obedient. I just pray that I find my identity in Jesus and that I follow Him with everything I have.



Oh, there's also the stuff most American kids grow up struggling with...materialism, consumerism, overindulgence. The list is long. :)
Nan - July 18th, 2012 at 6:21 PM
My anything is serving God. Everything else I've had and it didn't bring me the peace that my walk in Faith has brought me.
Sarah Van Beveren - July 18th, 2012 at 6:23 PM
Moving. Anywhere.
Ann Voskamp - July 18th, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Amen. ~happy tears~

I love you Jesus-sisters, so much.



Home now 3 days from Haiti --- and I picked up the phone today.

And said no to our anything.

And now we can send 3 more young people through university in Haiti.

And I couldn't be happier.



Our life is always our answer... to Christ and to the poor and who is really our Lord.



Love you Jen and Jennie --- with all my Jesus-loving heart!



All's grace,

Ann
Tanya - July 19th, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Ann, I love your heart. God bless you and your family. I've been following some of your Haiti adventures, and my heart has been weeping...as it should. Thank-you for your obedience.
Autumn - July 18th, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Comfort, security, and safety. My husband desires to do medical missions when he has completed his residency training, and while the Lord is changing my heart and giving me the heart to serve alongside him, my fears as a mother still shout loudly in the back of my mind. I want to be completely used for the Lord and for those fears to turn to absolute trust in Him and all that He wants to use our family for. I would love to read this book.



Also, I am currently reading 7, and my soul screams YES with every sentence! I love your heart, Jen, and am so encouraged by the journey the Lord led you through. I want so much to rid our own lives of what is excessive and unnecessary and replace it with more of Jesus. Thank you for writing 7!
Catherine - July 18th, 2012 at 6:25 PM
My husband. My kids. My comfortable suburban life.
Candice - July 18th, 2012 at 6:26 PM
After having gone through a dark valley season (not really sure if it's over yet) at this point I'm afraid to give him my comfort, but even more than that my family. It's strange to want to give everything to God because I know it'll take his strength to keep caring for my family and at the same time be hesitant to give the care of my family to him. That's my job. I'm the breadwinner, the organizer, the grocery shopper, the laundry doer (yep, that's a word, I was an English major in college so I can make up words.) Can the God of the universe really do all of those things better than me? Would he really take those things over so I could do the work he chooses to call me to? Some days I'm not so sure, and that's my malfunction.
Melissa - July 18th, 2012 at 6:27 PM
my anything would be my insane need to know what is going to happen next.. I would need to give that up to radically follow Jesus and I want to, I really do.
Richele - July 18th, 2012 at 6:33 PM
I think my anything might be more ... to adopt more babies, to have more time.
Erika - July 18th, 2012 at 6:33 PM
My children...even though they were His first and He has entrusted them to me.
Samantha - July 18th, 2012 at 6:35 PM
My body, for God has called me to use my womb for him and I would dearly love to continue fitting into my skinny jeans. My security, in the form of the job that my husband and I both loved, so that God could be my everything provider, dream realizer. Sometimes scared, always dependent on the one who made me unique and just for Him.
Dana - July 18th, 2012 at 6:36 PM
My thoughts and dreams for what our future looks like. Our everything is my anything.
Emily - July 18th, 2012 at 6:37 PM
I'm not sure I even know, but with my almost 5 year old about to go to school I feel like it is foster care or foster to adopt. I've been talking about it for so long, but things have lined up like it's time. But deep down I know it will be so hard and I don't want to chicken out.
B - July 18th, 2012 at 9:44 PM
Just had to tell you, I'm there. Five year old starts K in six weeks! Have a three year old too. We prayed about it for years, and jumped in a few months ago. We just got our precious foster-to-adopt one year old old this month. Sure it's hard, but God is so good. We don't even know how it will all turn out in the end. We pray we get to keep her forever. More than that though, each and every day she is with us, it is a privilege to steward this child, who belongs first and foremost to God. God bless you in your discernment. When you stop asking, Why Me? and start asking Why Not Me? it's a good thing! :)
Hilary - July 18th, 2012 at 6:37 PM
My relationships
C.C. @ I'm On My Way - July 18th, 2012 at 6:38 PM
My health. I keep trying to fix it on my own.
Missy - July 18th, 2012 at 6:39 PM
Cleaning lady (hey, its a start, right?!)! Returned from mission trip in Belize a few weeks ago...going to divert that money to sponsor kids there for school!! I know that God has me on a major shift in my thinking from several things that have lined up and one is reading "7" and looking forward to these books you are recommending as well!! Thanks! :)
Renee - July 18th, 2012 at 6:44 PM
This made me tearful. I was raised in a Christian home, but taught to be self sufficient. I need to truly cast my cares and hand over the control.
Jessica - July 18th, 2012 at 6:45 PM
My anything would have to be myself. I'm sit here unable to sleep (i'm living in England at the moment - so a few hours ahead) reading so many amazing comments and hearing Him say over and over again to have Courage. I want to give Him my everything and live ech day following His path, but I'm so afraid. Afraid that I will mess up again, afraid that I will be hurt again, afraid that I will live in the anger and bitterness I feel taking over. I had a sister in Christ tell me to listen when people are repeating, teaching, preaching on the same things. This book seems to be another beacon that is being repeated to me and I can't wait to dive in and give Him my everything. I'm so ready to focus on eternal things, for it's not time to rest yet.

Thank you both for your hearts and following His will in your life.
Deirdre Hopkins - July 18th, 2012 at 6:45 PM
I just finished reading it so don't pick this comment for the giveaway. At any rate, the book was AaMAZING. I think it's definitely a must read.
Jenna - July 18th, 2012 at 6:47 PM
My children.



Previously, before MY life got interrupted and before I prayed a "Anything"-type prayer (in the form of Steven Curtis Chapman's song, "Magnificent Obsession"), my children was my thing I didn't want to give up.



God called us to adopt, and knowing NO.THING. about adoption AT. ALL. I thought this meant all sorts of devastating things for our family and our kids. I even prayed "Lord, seirously, I'll GO to Africa or China (subtext: 'because if it doesn't work out we can come home'), but seriously, don't bring the brokenness INTO our home."



Funny, I worried about all sorts of "What Ifs", but I never asked "what if this child You have planned for us and the journey to him will change everything in our lives, allow us to experience God for real for the first time in our lives, AND, give us a tremendous blessing in the form of a seriously adorable, sweet, loving little 4 year old boy who shouldn't even be alive today."



Anyhow......I "gave" my kids to God way back then (which seems stupid and hysterical to say now considering everything they have gained and learned from this journey), but still I worry that one of them may die before me. I admit, I ask Jesus to never allow me to walk that road.



I just started reading this book this morning (because when I finished "7" two days ago, I HAD to read something else and this is what I found), so if I win, I will joyfully "pay it forward" and give the copy away! :)
Kelly - July 18th, 2012 at 6:51 PM
my kids. definitely. and, i'd love to read this book!
Lisa - July 18th, 2012 at 6:54 PM
The most secret place in my heart where the one thing that needs His light hides.... my doubts (another term would be faith). My doubts (faith) about Him, His promises, what He calls me to do and be, and my worthiness (or actually worthlessness) to have any of said promises.
Rea - July 18th, 2012 at 6:54 PM
My heart. Control. I think that must be my 'anything' right now.
Krista Titsworth - July 18th, 2012 at 6:55 PM
My children...that constant battle between they're mine! Please don't take them! I love them!...and knowing they're already his and holding so tightly does nothing!! He loves them more than me so why is it so hard??
virginia vann - July 18th, 2012 at 6:55 PM
im a youth pastors wife. desperate to see authenticity and people serving others. that goes for me. too. i am waaay to confortable and know my skin needs to be stretched.



**and to those who have posted about adotion/fostering-----i aged out of foster care at 18 and never had a place to call home. if not adoption or fostering-get educated or advocate. volunteer or sponsor. we can do soo much even though it feels like so little sometimes. your "small" is so incredibliy "big" to those who have none. :)
Katie F - July 18th, 2012 at 7:02 PM
i want to read this. i prayed that prayer of "anything" back when i was single and it was easy, but now that i have a husband and children, i'm definitely not there AT ALL. oh but i want to want to be.
Jennifer - July 18th, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Nothing. There's nothing I wouldn't or haven't already given Him. Well, except for my after-the-kids-are-in-bed time. Because that's just for me. And my early morning before-the-kids-wake-up time. Because, again, that's me time. When else am I going to exercise? Or enjoy coffee and facebook uninterrupted? Look, if I'm going to keep it all together, I have to maintain my schedule. So, really, He can have pretty much anything. Just let me keep that ME time.
Monica H - July 18th, 2012 at 7:02 PM
My kids. Oh, my kids.
Jennifer Main - July 18th, 2012 at 7:03 PM
~Have to say my kiddos~
Melissa - July 18th, 2012 at 7:04 PM
My husband. He is the most amazing, Godly man. He loves me so much, but he loves his Lord more. He challenges me, encourages me, leads me. As much as I love my Lord, I know that at times I struggle with releasing him to Jesus.



Anything is a big thing.



But really, what do we lose?!
Bethany - July 18th, 2012 at 7:07 PM
Living in a new city, not knowing where to go... And then I read "7" and I became a little unraveled. Actually it finished unraveling me, and now my anything is continuing a *high risk* adoption with our hearts and wallets at stake.



"Anything" sounds wonderful. I wonder what it will do to me...?
Jessica - July 18th, 2012 at 7:08 PM
Our health...currently struggling to continue loving and serving where we are at because I believe my husband's back and premature arthritis type problems, not to mention seasonal allergies, would be alleviated by living someplace dry...that combined with my idealistic vision of us moving to Africa with our 5 kids to save the orphans...oh Lord, give me contentment when I need it and the fire to move only when YOU say so!
Kris A - July 18th, 2012 at 7:08 PM
All. I'm good at giving some. I know I even am good sometimes at giving a lot, including some heartbreaking things at the time. And when He starts eyeing other bits, reaching out His hands, I slap them away. Hmm... not really sure I want to read this book after all.
Lee Anne - July 18th, 2012 at 7:10 PM
dreams....my plans...control
Rachel - July 18th, 2012 at 7:13 PM
My anything is my silly material comforts.
Amy - July 18th, 2012 at 7:16 PM
My family!
Jenn - July 18th, 2012 at 7:23 PM
Everything I think I have control over in my life...
Mandy K. - July 18th, 2012 at 7:26 PM
My anything is control.
Alison - July 18th, 2012 at 7:27 PM
The self righteousness that sometimes believes (let's face it, always believes) that I've done so much of what God has asked. It's time to get over myself
Lanaya - July 18th, 2012 at 7:29 PM
It is so easy for me to pursue the dreams of our cozy, culture of wealth. Even when I strive to give over our wallet, time, home, energy, and resources for the sake of the gospel, I so often find myself slipping into that day dream of the next house, the new car, the dream holiday. It is so cute to sing songs of "ALL to Jesus I surrender" or "I live for you alone" but I it is a constant battle to NOT live for my OWN plans. ANYTHING for us these days is looking like international adoption! The scariest and most exciting challenge we have ever pursued. You think you have given Jesus all your plans until he asks for your entire income... and to give up plans of having that straight "A" athlete child. Oh, how we think we have control. Spirit, lead me to the cross where I surrender all for the Glory of God and the sake of His Kingdom.
Tracy G - July 18th, 2012 at 7:31 PM
I am most of afraid of losing my husband and children. So my anyyhing would be the safety of my family.
Rachael - July 18th, 2012 at 7:36 PM
My reputation and image... of people who shouldn't matter.
Annie - July 18th, 2012 at 7:42 PM
I'm afraid to give Him my past. It is so nothing I want to relive, and I have to relive it to give it away.



My anything is myself and my family!
Vikki - July 18th, 2012 at 7:44 PM
It is hard to give up full control and let God lead even though I know that my "control" is only an illusion and that God controls everything.
Andrea - July 18th, 2012 at 7:50 PM
He's already asked me to give it up - my job, my identity in what I do.
Charis - July 18th, 2012 at 7:51 PM
My kids and my standard of living. Thought it would be easy to give the second one up, but it's definitely proving to be a challenging little booger.
Julie - July 18th, 2012 at 7:56 PM
My finances / lifestyle ...
Kathy Bergquist - July 18th, 2012 at 7:57 PM
My comfort and the control I don't have anyway.



"but I want to tell you that if you want to be brave but you’re scared, or you want to say yes to the kingdom except when you’d rather say no, or you want your life to matter so much for Jesus but you prefer comfort and safety and want to break free from those chains so badly, this is the book for you"



I am scared. I love and hate my comfortable life. But I want to obey Jesus more than I want to continue with life as I know it. " And because it is real, I am living as if it is real."


Jessica - July 18th, 2012 at 8:05 PM
control.
Meghan - July 18th, 2012 at 8:06 PM
My anything is my thoughts and my comforts. I have a hard time committing to giving those up. That includes all the essentials like my pride, temptation that I borderline with, my relationships with others. I know they need to be transformed but the second that wall falls down I don't know what to do with it so I go back to old habits :/
Heidi - July 18th, 2012 at 8:08 PM
Everything that the world offers.
Laurie Curtis - July 18th, 2012 at 8:10 PM
Currently my "anything" is adopting a little boy from Haiti...and reaching out to one single mom in a drastically different economic conditions than my family's....and praying for more...praying for courage, opportunity, and that God would use my family by His mighty hand--to "feed my sheep"
Vicky - July 18th, 2012 at 8:10 PM
My plans... my dreams... my desires... my earthly securities. I don't know that I'm exactly "afraid" to give all that to God. It's more that I have a tendency to take it back over and over again, struggling to remember that I'm supposed to be living in surrender.



I have told God "I'll do anything", but I'm struggling right now to figure out what that looks like here-n-now in my everyday life...
Jen McCalmont - July 18th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
My anything is the walls I've built around my heart to protect me from pain. But ultimately those walls left me without many deep and meaningful relationships with other women.



Jen, you're right on about Jennie - I devoured her book and it rocked my world.



You two girls had better be glad I don't live in Austin because I'd totally stalk you. ;)



Be encouraged that you ARE being used by God to make big changes happen in our American Dream little worlds. I'm a little scared about what God has in store for me, but it's a good scared, and all I know is this journey will undoubtedly be a giant adventure!
Susanna - July 18th, 2012 at 8:17 PM
My anything is my husband, my 3 precious kiddos, and my comforts. I've come a long way in relinquishing my right to a comfortable life, but God knows I have a long way to go yet.
Carolyn Marie - July 18th, 2012 at 8:19 PM
What am I most afraid of giving to God?



First, I thought of comfort. Then, desires of perfection. Oh, and trying to live out the world's definition of success.



I cling to comfort, perfection, and worldly success, but God is teaching me to loosen my grip. To open my palms instead to receive the nails of Calvary.



p.s. Your blog is a breath of fresh air. Keep shining that Light because this post oozes of joy for our Jesus :)
Lacey Cummings - July 18th, 2012 at 8:24 PM
I honestly haven't thought about this.... I'm sorry I don't have an answer of what I'm afraid to give God, but I guess I need to really think about this! Thanks for the spur in my side!
Brandi - July 18th, 2012 at 8:28 PM
I'm scared of God breaking my heart for what breaks His... I've had glimpses of it, and I am left speechless. so my anything is my heart.
d.l. mayfield - July 18th, 2012 at 8:30 PM
my own time. my cup of coffee and my blog reading in the mornings. my own identity. i am scared of going off the grid, of fully entering into a life not all about me.
Emily - July 18th, 2012 at 8:31 PM
emotional eating
Ryan - July 18th, 2012 at 8:32 PM
My biggest Anything is what other people think of me... probably. That or fear. Can I say fear of what people think of me? ;-)
Megan - July 18th, 2012 at 8:32 PM
Wow...my anything. The two biggies I have right now are 1) time with my husband
Virginia - July 18th, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Control!
Elizabeth - July 18th, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Discipline / stewardship of my time.
Dawna - July 18th, 2012 at 8:38 PM
My imaginary grasp on my imaginary security.
Laurie - July 18th, 2012 at 8:38 PM
I think I'm so frozen in my tracks that I can't even imagine an ANYTHING I'd like to offer God or am afraid to give up. Is that sad or what?!
Karen - July 18th, 2012 at 8:48 PM
Sounds like another great book. Thanks for another great opportunity to win!
Ruth Ann - July 18th, 2012 at 8:50 PM
would love a copy!! my anything...would be so many things. I know there is a whole list of things that I need to stop loving and let go of...need to read this one.
Mary G - July 18th, 2012 at 8:51 PM
What is my anything??? A question I have already been asking myself, strange how God works like that. My willingness to be/do whatever God ask of me. My bondage to self.
Star - July 18th, 2012 at 8:52 PM
Security!!! Sounds like an amazing, painful book!
Bep - July 18th, 2012 at 8:54 PM
My husband and kids.
Deanna - July 18th, 2012 at 8:54 PM
As a person who feels pretty fearless, I think there is fear. I need to find out what it is because right now it feels like letting go of my "do it alone" fears leaves me nothing left as an excuse. So this fear is safe. God, take it from me and pull every wall down!
Melody - July 18th, 2012 at 8:55 PM
control. for sure.
Tiffany - July 18th, 2012 at 8:56 PM
My questions, my emotions, my desire to have a family, my relationships, my freedom, my pride, my hurt, my anger, my bitterness and my comfort. I'm a bit of a wreck and more than slightly upset with my Creator. I guess you could say I'm pouting spiritually these days, and I don't want to stop until I get my way. *sigh* #spoiledbrat
Mandy - July 18th, 2012 at 9:05 PM
My "anything"? I'm not exactly sure, but God is definitely working on me. I can feel Him moving and I have been praying a prayer that he keep moving because I am ready.
Jo-Anneo - July 18th, 2012 at 9:07 PM
My safety and security
Summersu - July 18th, 2012 at 9:07 PM
So, for two weeks last October/November, we believed our then 18 month old son had a malignant tumor on his sternum. We wavered between brave and terrified on a moment by moment basis. I remember thinking, "God, please don't ask me to do this. Please don't ask me to do this". My husband and I had been on a blessed journey of spiritual growth in the months leading up to this and I wanted so badly to know God, to really know Him, but so afraid of what He might lead me through to get me there. I know God was pointing out my "anythings" through the circumstamces surrounding our son's illness. I was surrounded by anythings.
Kelly - July 18th, 2012 at 9:11 PM
My "anything" is my security. Well, we gave up our security when we left our church, cut our income in HALF. I have wanted so bad for God to give my husband a "decent" job, meaning....one where we did not have to worry about $$$, while we figured out what he wants us to do. Whenever I pray, I pray..."Lord we'll do anything, BUT....let him have a good job where the $$ is good." ((((sigh)))) Trying so hard to let go and just be willing to do ANYthing, even fail in the world's eyes. This is a HUGE struggle for me. This "season" in our lives feels like it will go on forever and I laugh now when I remember our Christian friends telling us how awesome it was going to be and what a big "adventure" we were going to be on. Sometimes I think we are just crazy. I know it's all for a reason and we will look back on it as a good thing. I know it.
Jen - July 18th, 2012 at 9:12 PM
I'm trying to let go of spending. Would you quit recommending these awesome books? :)
Shannon R - July 18th, 2012 at 9:13 PM
I'd say security
Haley - July 18th, 2012 at 9:16 PM
Jermaine - July 18th, 2012 at 9:18 PM
My desires to start a family. I will plan on reading this book regardless, but sure would be neat if it were free!
Judy - July 18th, 2012 at 9:19 PM
approval, comfort, security, success, family
Katie C - July 18th, 2012 at 9:19 PM
My baby planning nature! I want to have babies when I want to have babies and I am struggling right now with what giving that up to God will mean for me and for us.
Katy R. - July 18th, 2012 at 9:25 PM
My family, for sure.
Cassandra S - July 18th, 2012 at 9:27 PM
Control
Jessica - July 18th, 2012 at 9:32 PM
My need to plan for what's coming next. I want to be used by God in so many ways, but I can't let go of the need to have a "sensible plan" to get there.
Shannon - July 18th, 2012 at 9:38 PM
I'd say security
Emily W - July 18th, 2012 at 9:49 PM
There is a lot that I don't want to trust God with. But I think the thing that I have hardest time trusting him with is my husband. I don't know why. But there is this terrible feeling that I get when I give things to God that he'll take them away just so they won't be an issue for me. Because I know that I have issues with relationship prioritizing. Sometimes God gets my leftovers. Which is so sad. But often, so true.


Margaret - July 18th, 2012 at 9:50 PM
My anything was my "Christian" marriage (and along with that, living with my daughter full time, my "christian witness" my house, most of my income, some friends, his family, alot of misunderstanding by others, and some of my identity.) It took alot of emotional and verbal abuse, and many nights of crying my heart out, but now I feel freer to go farther and give it all. So my next anything? Probably wanting to live in a nice neighborhood and keep my 401K.
Karen - July 18th, 2012 at 10:05 PM
My anything is my life as it is now. The book sounds like a must read!
anna - July 18th, 2012 at 10:06 PM
my family, fo sho!
Naomi - July 18th, 2012 at 10:07 PM
My husband and control.
Linds - July 18th, 2012 at 10:08 PM
ok first off... I'm seriously in love with the way that you reject modern Christianity and go back to it's roots. For the love of Jesus... it's amazing! I'm almost finished with Seven. It has challenged me and rocked me and made me redirect my somewhat modern thinking to go back to the basics. Enough of that...



LOVE Jennie too (she and I go back a bit since we grew up in the same area and she helped lead my small group in high school). Her book is on my next thing to read. I would say right now my anything is my comfort. My fears (and as a worrier at heart, this is a big one). My comfort again. And my social media. Oh how I HEART social media.
Heather - July 18th, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Growing our family via adoption from Ghana has my approval rating pretty low. I didn't realize how many people stopped calling me until I looked at caller Id and just my husband! Feeling insecure and needing to hand that over...
Lindsay W - July 18th, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I'm most afraid of giving up "ny control" to God.
Lynn - July 18th, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Clean, I don't like dirt and bugs and am so afraid that if i give everything, I'll have to go some where with bugs and dirt. I'm such a baby...
Diane in Flagstaff - July 18th, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I'm most afraid of giving God my all out, full time passion. You know, the idea that He would be the center of every moment of my day. I may talk the talk, but the truth is I don't walk the walk.

P.S. You do speak the language of your tribe...it's just a smaller tribe taken from the church lady tribe in general. LOL Many of us are sighing with delight to know that somebody in our circle (you) gets us. Thanks, Jen.
Jen - July 18th, 2012 at 10:25 PM
my fears...i hold them oh so tight, while knowing HE can take them all on Him.
Sarah Alexander - July 18th, 2012 at 10:29 PM
My husband. I'm waiting, oh so impatiently, for God to seriously move him as He has me,to be as gung-ho as I am about adopting a little girl. So maybe my anything is my dreams....
Courtney Bond - July 18th, 2012 at 10:43 PM
My anything would probably be a secure job and moving.
Flower Patch Farmgirl - July 18th, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I just don't know exactly where I found you, but it was sometime this past Winter. Next thing I know, I found Hugh Halter. And that Brandon guy. And Jennie Allen. Then your name was inside her book. And everyone's names were in everyone's books and it felt like the Twilight Zone, only better, because let's be honest, the TZ could be seriously jacked up.



For reasons I cannot articulate, I have been keeping a list of books I'm reading in 2012 on my side bar. 7 is sandwiched between Tina Fey's Bossypants and The Irresistible Revolution. Is that okay?



So far I'm 2/2 on your must reads. PLEASE tell me Bossypants is number 3. I seriously did learn some things. And some of them are repeatable.
grace - July 18th, 2012 at 11:24 PM
my rights. it's so hard to be ok not getting what i feel i deserve.
Katie C. - July 19th, 2012 at 12:02 AM
A feeling of security and being "safe"...whatever that's worth on this earth.
Krystle - July 19th, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Safety. Family.


April - July 19th, 2012 at 12:43 AM
My girls. We are in the process of planting a church and my biggest struggle is how being isolated from other girls their age at church is affecting them. (My 2 oldest are the only teens.) I want them to have some Jesus-loving friends. For that matter, I want some Jesus-loving friends, too!
Christie - July 19th, 2012 at 3:27 AM
There are many desires, dreams, feelings, and characteristics of mine that could all be my anythings. Probably, everything in my life could be an anything to some degree, and I need and desire to completely surrender and entrust everything over to my Savior who gave everything for me, yet there is much wrestling and fear within me. In some ways, I feel at odds with myself.



First and foremost, I hope for my anything to be to offer my very life as a living sacrifice for Him to use and do with as He pleases. Yet, I'm filled with fear and reservations. I question whether I would be completely obedient and give Him those things which I consider so valuable. I want to die to myself and live for Him, but would I really, truly and genuinely be totally willing to surrender the things in this life that are precious to me, regardless of the cost and the uncertainty and " what ifs" of handing my anythings over to God and abandoning myself over to Him?



For 11 years now I have lived with chronic physical pain, causing me to have many limitations and to be mostly homebound. I long for healing, relief, comfort, security, peace, and joy. I crave relationships and a meaningful and purpose- filled life, and the restoration and fulfillment of many of my dreams that have been shattered. I struggle to hand these things over to God and submit my will to His, because I'm scared that maybe His will involves continued or worsened pain, and more loss, and disappointment. I guess what I feel is a sense of entitlement, like I along with everyone else am owed a pain-free life with all my longings granted to me. But this backwards. My life is not my own, my life belongs to God to use for His kingdom, honor, and glory. The truth is if I actually lose this life, I will gain true abundant, glorious life in Him. Why do I have such a hard time truly believing this? I desperately need God to transform me and heal me in all the ways He sees fit. I want Him to live through me enabling me to be an overcomer.


Taryn - July 19th, 2012 at 7:13 AM
probably our "safe, comfortable" lifestyle
Lisa - July 19th, 2012 at 7:17 AM
My husband and MY plan for how he should lead the family.
Michelle - July 19th, 2012 at 7:20 AM
I think I am my "anything." :/
Kristin - July 19th, 2012 at 7:26 AM
Control. I struggle to keep the details of my life, my days and my family in God's hands.
Amanda - July 19th, 2012 at 8:04 AM
My dogs
Mari Ann Moyers - July 19th, 2012 at 8:06 AM
I prayed a similar prayer: "I just don't want to feel this way any more, God. It doesn't matter what has to happen. Just take over." My world turned upside down! We left our church, our denomination, our friends, to follow Him and they all thought (think) we are crazy. We have never been more at peace.
Krista - July 19th, 2012 at 8:10 AM
planning for the future. I sometimes feel like the manager in the parable who hid his talent of gold.
Addie - July 19th, 2012 at 8:33 AM
I guess Im most afraid of giving up the "known" of diving into the unknown - and my family (who always gives me grief) will disown me.... Right now, Im just so desperate to find Jesus and where He is working
Nancy H - July 19th, 2012 at 8:37 AM
Verification that my kids will love Jesus. The approval of my parents.
Joy - July 19th, 2012 at 8:42 AM
My pride. It makes so many stupid things my "anything".
Tabitha M - July 19th, 2012 at 8:46 AM
I'm afraid to give him everything. I'm scared that I can't let go of things and trust Him to provide what I really need. My children, my comfort, my friends, my "normal(ish)" life. But at the same time I really, really want to.
Mary Clifford - July 19th, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Wow! I am terrified to go further with this and read the book, but I SO need to! God has been calling me and ROCKING my world with just the precepts of our faith ( virgin birth, resurrected body, eyc) that we just seem to take for granted : (. I am going to be BRAVE for my Savior, take the leap, read the book, and fall into His arms.
Laura - July 19th, 2012 at 9:19 AM
I already have the book....haven't read it yet, but did read 7. I think my anything....well....I think I'm afraid that if I say I will do anything....God may answer with something bad (or that I perceive as bad). Although I know my thoughts are not supported by Scripture, I can't help but feel it. I know I need to act on what I know is true vs. how I feel....but that's not always easy to do. What if I say, God - just do anything in my life.....
Kara M - July 19th, 2012 at 9:33 AM
Oh, I needed to read this today! I got a call in the middle of a meeting Tuesday that my friend was in the hospital. Her 9 kids need a place to stay. I just wanted to shut the world out and say no! Then I thought "Thank Jesus that he didn't say that in the face of the cross!"



My fear is that this relationship continues to make me die to my selfish wants of time and sleep and quiet space! I fear she will not heal by Friday and I won't have my house back in time for anniversary dinner or the weekend. How horrible is that...I think of myself and not even that my friend heals! (Am I being too real?)



I fear keeping my life open to God's whatever and whenever!
Randi T - July 19th, 2012 at 9:47 AM
I can't tell you how much I appreciate you! You nailed it in your first paragraph. I am a young pastor's wife and have craved people and mentors who are REAL and who get it. I love your transparency and the encouragement to pursue the Jesus of the Bible. God began changing my husband and I and opening our eyes to many of the same things you mention in Interrupted and 7 several years back. We have loosened our grip on our "anythings" in the past year and have never had such fullness and joy in spending our lives for the least of these and for His kingdom. Thank you for your encouragement and for making us laugh!
Walker - July 19th, 2012 at 10:02 AM
What am I most afraid of giving to God? Thank you for this convicting question...can't just gloss over it; it puts words to what I've been struggling with. And once you have words on something, its hard to ignore.



My reputation - what other people think of me? will I be misunderstood? The comforts I take for granted.



But none of this matters. only Jesus



So I pray now: God, I will do anything. I give you my everything.
Melody - July 19th, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I'm afraid, and don't really know how to give Him my everything. My comfy suburban house. My minivan that seats all 5 carseats. My part time job. The church that I love. Life as I know it. I hear Him calling, but don't know where to start...
cari - July 19th, 2012 at 10:48 AM
there is something stirring!

well, God has been asking me for everything this past year: our adoption, special need kiddos, my other kids' hearts, money, comfort, clothing... let me alone already!

so i just bought the book but i would love to have another one to give a friend. pick me!
Naomi - July 19th, 2012 at 11:17 AM
My anything is all of myself...



We already live a very minimalistic life compared to many in the US (1 tv, 1 comp, 1 vehicle, 1 couch/seat in the living room...). To give up anything would be to give up everything we use to survive. I'm struggling, I desire to live in complete abandon, to radically serve Him and yet my youngest has a severe disability which excludes the possibility of a mission field
Mandy - July 19th, 2012 at 11:44 AM
We are in the process of selling our home, moving across the country to an apartment for a year, and are unsure about what God has for us after that. We are open to anything...adoption, overseas ministry, seminary stateside, etc. It is a crazy place to be, and this book sounds like it could be really good for us. Thanks for letting us all know about it.
Becca - July 19th, 2012 at 11:48 AM
probably my children, but possibly myself and my own dreams/hopes/thoughts about who I should or could be . . .
Lari - July 19th, 2012 at 12:57 PM
First I have to say as a former pastor's wife I totally get the not being pastor's wifeish. ;) As for my anything...we've been slowly "giving up" things. Hubby's "secure" pastor's job for an unknown/start up India missions ministry. Adding to our family through adoption and this also this year homeschooling. Even our best friends (who love us anyway) think we've gone off the deep end. We still feel like there's more we can do.
Amy - July 19th, 2012 at 1:11 PM
Oh my gosh...time to type it out. My "anything" is the freedom to take family trips. Yes. I keep thinking "someday when the kids are a little older we'll take them to DisneyWorld and to Europe and to Mt. Rushmore" and so on. Ugh. It's my anything. I'm good at giving up the tangibles it seems (thank you, Type A-hate clutter-disguise it as pious obedience personality!). But not the intangibles. Don't take things that I can consume and for which I can show nothing. I suppose the first step is just calling it by name. Selfish "experience" gluttony. More experience! More entertainment! Must.Get.A.Grip.
Kristen Swartz - July 19th, 2012 at 1:18 PM
My husband and comfort. I've been living in Guatemala as a missionary for a year and a half now. I've been able to give up a little comfort, but I have a long way to go.
Lisa - July 19th, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Giving up the "rat race/keeping up with the Jones's". I hate it more than anything but I still find myself in the middle of it. And quite frankly, it's exhausting.
Amanda @wandering - July 19th, 2012 at 1:56 PM
My anything fear is that if I tell God anything, nothing will get "better" for us. I don't know if that makes sense - we live a pretty simple life, but I am afraid everyone else will get something "better" and we will still be stuck here with less than. :(
Lindsey Bell - July 19th, 2012 at 2:08 PM
My future, my plans...definitely...
Amy Tilson - July 19th, 2012 at 2:09 PM
I fear my anything is actually anything. This is one of those books that my hands would shake a little just opening the pages. The truth about me is very hard for me to read.
Dana - July 19th, 2012 at 2:30 PM
My desire to be married/have a family. I'm 32 with no prospects, guess it's time to start letting that one go. The fear of where in the world he would send me if I opened myself up for where to go next (please not Saudi Arabia!).
Nicole Holland - July 19th, 2012 at 2:35 PM
My anything is...my family and my stuff! I don have to have extravagant but I like comfort, in my house, my car, my food, my church. I want my kids healthy and happy, and no troubles, I don't like trials!
Mandie - July 19th, 2012 at 2:41 PM
Control over the future/dreams.
Tinna - July 19th, 2012 at 2:54 PM
What am I afraid to give up? My kids, my comfort. But, I just finished reading "Seven" and I, more than anything, want to give up the complacency and superficiality of my comfortable suburban Christian life and that requires being able to give it all over to God and let Him take control ( and be willing to admit that I wasn't really in control anyway:) ) "Seven" shook me up enough that the thought of "Anything" scares me, but I am up to the challenge.



Thanks, Jen. I thought you had somehow tapped into my thoughts as I was reading "Seven", but realized you were having them long before God started dealing with me and your book was just what I needed to spur me into action. Now I just have to decide where to begin...
Susan - July 22nd, 2012 at 5:01 PM
I am right where you are Tinna....I'm scared, but being called out by our loving father. It may not be pretty, but I'll pray for you
Mallory - July 19th, 2012 at 3:08 PM
We gave up our house and are moving to a new state all because we heard the Lords call. Yet, here I am looking for apartments and saying "it must be 3 bedrooms so we have lots of space and comfort." I am already finding myself losing focus of wanting to downsize so we can use our money for God's glory. That is my anything.
Louisa - July 19th, 2012 at 3:26 PM
I am most afraid that God will call me to give up (what I consider to be) my safety and security... and, even more so, the safety and security of my children. Risk scares me.
Susie - July 19th, 2012 at 3:32 PM
I've been praying for God to shake me up and move me and change me, but today I realized that I'm terrified for that to happen. My anything? My friends. I have few people in my life that I really trust, really care for, care about, need. I'm terrified that saying I'll give up anything means that - not that they won't be my friends - but that I'll have to leave them. I'll have to go where they are not just a phone call, text, or short drive away. I've spent my whole life building a wall to keep everyone out. only two people have gotten in, but they've made every difference in the world. Yet, I know that if God said GO, I would do it. I would cry (a lot) but I'd have to GO
Megan - July 19th, 2012 at 5:09 PM
My child. She is my life and I can't imagine life without her. I live in a perpetual state of fear that He might take her early...
Jennifer - July 19th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
My children..... We just recently felt God calling us to adopt
Nicole - July 19th, 2012 at 6:18 PM
My comfort
Tricia Lynch - July 19th, 2012 at 7:40 PM
My children. We are called to missions and are on the brink and are being attacked through our children - and man that sucks! I read this out loud to my husband while he was cooking dinner (yeah, I hit the jackpot) and he said, 'Wow, that's good. I'm going to have to go back and read that more carefully and take notes or something.' I told him I'd leave a comment and maybe win him the whole darn book! :)
Brandi - July 19th, 2012 at 8:35 PM
My anything is control...I like to be in control of EVERYTHING. Huge problem when trying to trust the Lord.
Christine W - July 19th, 2012 at 9:49 PM
my time and my comfort....
kerri - July 20th, 2012 at 4:02 AM
I don't even know anymore....
Shauna VW - July 20th, 2012 at 8:42 AM
My tiny little world. I don't even know what goes on out there.
Jen F - July 20th, 2012 at 8:51 AM
Control...but I want to give it, oh how I long to let go and say anything with reckless abandon, come what may!
Brittni H. - July 20th, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Missions..... I know its my heart. I know its what God has told me my whole life I would do. But I am absolutely terrified of the what ifs. What if we dont have clean water, what if we get a disease of sorts, what if my (future) child resents me for the rest of his life for a choice he didnt make, what if my husband feels that this is "my" calling not his, what if he resents me for us going and leaving his family behind.

So many what ifs. So many fears.
Lynnea Krall - July 20th, 2012 at 9:11 AM
this might be strange, but I feel as though I'm unwilling to give God my crazy dreams. I have always believed that God has made me for something radical to move in a direction that not many others do, but over time those God-stirrings became somewhat of a desire to look different, to be that person, the "katie davis" that everyone looks up to... So, while I still believe God desires my life to be radical, I am learning that the little sacrifices are harder for me than the big ones ever will be and I need to be willing to give everything in the day to day, that requires my anything and everything each and every day, not just in the moments that would be visible...
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