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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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...
sarah - July 20th, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Control. My dreams of one day having kids. Control. My dream job. Control.
Kelly - July 20th, 2012 at 10:01 AM
I'm not that willing to give God my insomnia issues- which forces me to take an over the counter sleeping pill every single night (for the last year).
Kalyn - July 20th, 2012 at 10:04 AM
My anything is probably control of the little day to day thins that happen in my life. I'm ok with giving God the big stuff, but I still often take control of the little stuff - the clean house, getting to work on time, making sure everything happens that I think needs to happen.
Cinderellamommy - July 20th, 2012 at 10:06 AM
I'm not too sure right now wht it is, but am on the path to finding out and doing something about it. Reading these booksill be great, thanks for the recommendations {although having them in hand without having to purchase them old be super....}
Beth Vogt - July 20th, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Okay, so a little nervous time admit this, but I am a wife of a newly appointed pastor( and I would love to meet you both) but I already know I don't fit the typical mold. Especially since I read radical with my husband and it started changing me. But I want to be ALL that God has created me to be, and not get hung up in the traditions (a bad word for my hubs!) that society (church and world) like to place on the P.W. (not pioneer woman;) So I am adding books to my amazon cart, because it is not about me. It is for my Lord. God bless...
Mary Susan - July 20th, 2012 at 12:28 PM
My safety.
Leighellen - July 20th, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The idea that because I am a "good Christian" we are "safe". I hold my children and my husband close and my "protection radar" goes up on prayers like these that say ANYTHING because truly, I would give up anything and everything for God. Except them.
Tiffany - July 20th, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Protection of my daughter...even though, ironically, He's the one who can protect her better than anyone! I pray through this struggle every day.
Kathy - July 20th, 2012 at 3:05 PM
As others have mentioned, just total control in general. Letting Him drive my car without me being my usual backseat driving self.
Tarab - July 20th, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Wow. Ditto to what everyone is saying here! We are too comfortable! And control, Lord help me, you couldn't pry it from my cold dead hands! My anything is just that, ANYTHING! Anything He wants from me, for me, in me, around me. I say that I trust Him, but my life says otherwise. I'm ready, bring it!
Angela Giles Klocke - July 20th, 2012 at 5:11 PM
Honestly, I don't know. I'm in the middle of a journey to something and my heart is being broken over and over (whoopsie on praying THAT prayer!), and I feel a huge change taking place within me, and now I'm reading your book (7 - I am a new reader of your work - love it) and you sound JUST LIKE ME (the way you write, think, express yourself), and I'm just a hot mess of EVERYTHING. So I just don't know...
Lyn - July 20th, 2012 at 7:15 PM
I'm scared to give up acceptance from my peers. I'm scared that if I submit to Him, they will see me as weird.
Bekah - July 20th, 2012 at 9:57 PM
My kids. That's the only thing (I think). Lately I am surrounded by people who have lost little ones and I'm afraid that if I say "everything" I could be asked to make a sacrifice that huge.
Juliette - July 20th, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My community. I'm afraid that God will move us away from the amazing community that we have. I know in my head that if He were to take us away it would be to something really incredible and we'd have the chance to make a new community. But man, I am so blessed by the amazing people who surround me. I don't want to lose them! And thank you Jen, this sounds like just the book I need to read! Can't wait to read it!
Tina - July 20th, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Anything...I guess just fear really. Husband, children, friends. Who I think that I am.
Nicole I - July 21st, 2012 at 11:14 AM
My family.


Painted Maypole - July 21st, 2012 at 2:03 PM
That is a scary prayer. My own ambitions? my privacy? perhaps the appearance of having it all together?
Sarah - July 21st, 2012 at 2:34 PM
my five beautiful children. absolutely.
Emily O - July 21st, 2012 at 7:52 PM
My sweet baby girl. 10 months ago she was born and took a large portion of my heart with her. I am constantly praying that I would trust her with the One who created her. Constantly reminding myself that she's not "mine." And then I get terrified that asking God to help me trust Him might require a situation within to practice and feel guilty for being afraid. Know what I mean?
LeeAnn - July 21st, 2012 at 10:39 PM
my precious, precious children. my chaotic life. my net of worry.
Marilyn - July 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Control and comfort are my "anythings."
Jill - July 22nd, 2012 at 10:11 PM
The fact that I'm completely comfortable right now - love my husband, my kids, my church, my job, my friends, my house - MY LIFE!! But, I'm feeling some emptiness and searching and reading all of these books and it's scary and it's all your fault. Thanks a lot, Jen.
noelle - July 23rd, 2012 at 1:48 PM
thank you for suggesting this book! I couldn't put it down this weekend and absolutely loved it! perfect timing as so much of what Jennie wrote has been on my heart as well as my husbands for the past few months. a very encouraging and exciting read :)

we are currently attending a life group through our church on foster/adopt - so excited to see what God has in store for our future!
Jen H. - July 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 PM
My "anything" is the loss of comfort. I like my life and home and feeling secure. I have been wanting to read your book "7", but keep putting it off. It scares the beejeezus out of me! :)
Angela - July 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 PM
Our adoption... It is so hard...I want to demand that God brings them home but the peace that comes, after I close my eyes and picture myself handing this child to Jesus, even if it means they are never ours is worth it.
Dara - July 23rd, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Oh Jen- you are truly a wily one!!! I find your blog, read 7 struggle with, well you know with what. Keep creeping on your blog for oh about 2 month- during which I move my family, job, church etc. And still the silence is defeaning! Then on a crazy whim after we have gotten settled(ha) into our new life- iI check to see if perhaps you have updated you and your impish self have started blogging again. Well of course you have- but I about 3 days too late to put my name in one of the few hats I guess you have left from your 7 days!!! Argh. Now will HAVE to purchase sacrilege as the daughter of a baptist minister, former ministers wife(not divorced- just had to shake some dust off our feet from "ministry")I am the poster child for those who must read sacrilege. I really think your onto something with this how to be awesome thing....
Lindsay - July 24th, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Control of things that are already in or not in His plans for my life, it's so hard to just trust and stop thinking, worrying, dwelling on it.
Karen D. - July 27th, 2012 at 10:06 PM
My whole heart.
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