Anything by Jennie Allen

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Anything by Jennie Allen

As I’m sure you have noticed, I am participating in the 31 Days blogging challenge, which is essentially just blogging on a topic every day in October. I chose 31 Days To A Clean House, and while being a homemaker is a passion of mine, I have been so inspired by reading others’ posts that I felt compelled to write a SECOND post today.

Sometimes a topic or issue keeps getting put in front of me, and I believe it is God speaking to me about that topic. Lately walking in faith and what that really means has entered my “sphere” over and over again, especially through the writing’s of my 31 Days friends.

This has been a crazy year for me and my family. We have gone through a fire, job loss, loss of family members, and so many more life-altering circumstances. Is God punishing us? No, I don’t think that for one second. I believe he is calling my family to put everything on the line, or be “faith-filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm risk takers and never insult God with small thinking and safe living,” like they say at my church.

I recently read Anything by Jennie Allen. I recognized her name from the If:Gathering, but I was unprepared for how totally immersed I would be in the spirit of this book.

To risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch Him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that. – Anything by Jennie Allen

Risk is extremely uncomfortable for me. It makes me break out in hives. I am a planner, I like to control my destiny instead of being a victim of it. It’s October 9 and I have all of my bills paid for the month because I don’t want to risk another unexpected job loss, or crazy happening. I know that I am safe and secure … until November at least.

God was my new master, but I didn’t know how to shake the old ones. I believed he was big enough to save me forever, but now I would have to grow to believe he was big enough to weave in and out of my every day, leading me, changing me. – Anything by Jennie Allen

When my family was in the midst of our most difficult trial, I wrote these words:

I think I always believed that trusting in God would be some empowering, peaceful event. I’m here to tell you, it’s not. It is the MOST uncomfortable thing I have ever been through.

Faith is a funny thing. It’s one thing to say the words, and even believe them in your heart, but it is quite another thing to actually live it. 

What if we wanted what God wanted most? What if we wanted, like Jesus, God’s glory above every other thing? – Anything by Jennie Allen

I believe that God is calling me to go past the superficial relationship I have had with him, and into a real, completely immersed one. Am I willing to do anything, ANYTHING that he calls me to? 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Are you ready to step into a no-holds-barred kind of faith? You can check out Jennie’s book here, but I warn you, you won’t close the back cover unchanged.

I received a copy of this book for review from Booklook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

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Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.

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