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Last Video Interview with Jennie Allen…It’s the BEST one YET!

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(Photo taken by my friend: Julie at Photo Jewels Photography)

Nothing like saving the best for last! I think our 4th video interview with author, Jennie Allen, is by far my favorite. I can’t wait for you to watch it! Because today’s video is a little longer, and because I REALLY want you to watch it, I’m keeping today’s blog post short.

Interview with Jennie Allen #4
Question: Does our “Anything” have to be something big?

(Can’t see today’s video? Click here!)

“So do your everyday and your ordinary. Godliness is found and formed in those places. No man or women greatly used by God has escaped them. Great men and women of God have transformed the mundane, turning neighborhoods into mission fields, parenting into launching the next generation of God’s voices, legal work into loving those most hurting, waiting tables into serving and loving in such a way that people see our God.”- Jennie Allen, page 165

See that’s the thing about our “Anything” prayers…the size of the “Anything” doesn’t matter. It’s the heart of worship, the heart of obedience, the heart of love behind the prayer that truly matters.

Of the 4 video interviews, which one is your favorite and why?
Interview 1
Interview 2
Interview 3
Interview 4

 

Love God Greatly!

angela

{Week 7-Anything} Praying for Unity & Fighting with Prayer

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We are at war. Whether we like it or not, this is a reality for those of us who love Jesus. Though we are in this world, we are not of this world. We are not home yet.

“We were made for this bigger story…we were made to show the glory of God and to fight dark cosmic forces, even if we are at PTA or a Mavs game…We’re fighting for God’s glory and clinging to him for protection and guidance.”- Jennie Allen, page 158

Friends, we are in a battle zone, you can see it all around. Our marriages are under attack, our children are under attack…and sadly, even our churches.

But take heart sweet sisters, we are NOT alone in this battle. God is fighting with us and for us…HE is our shield and protector.

Isaiah 41:10  fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Last week in John 17 we saw how Jesus prayed for us with the power of His mighty name. He prayed for our protection from the evil one and He prayed for our unity.

“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they be one as we are one.” John 17:11

Jesus knows we are much stronger when we are unified, a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken…..but satan also knows that truth and so he comes in and tries to break our unity, cause division and leave us alone and vulnerable.

So how can we fight back?

With God’s Word……that’s why it’s sooooo important to be in God’s Word for ourselves. To be reading it daily, to allow God to sanctify us with His truth, to allow His words to cleanse our minds and help us defeat satan with his lies and schemes. Even Jesus fought satan in the dessert with scripture! Why are we so arrogant to we think we shouldn’t do the same? Part of our disunity is because people would rather hold their opinions close to their hearts rather than God’s Word, God’s truth.

Through prayer- We fight these battles on our knees in prayer. Busy schedules and late nights make it hard to find time to spend with God in His Word and in prayer. I know this because I struggle in this same area just like many of you. My days are busy driving my children from point A to point B, getting groceries, cleaning the house, making meals, running errands….and my list goes on and on. But the reality is, that’s exactly how satan wants us to live our lives. Running from here to there, being busy but not really doing anything significant….like praying…fighting for our churches, for our marriages and for the souls of those who do not know Christ. When we are focused, when we are unified as believers…..when we are intentional with our time and making God first in our lives…..unseen battles are won.

{Week 7} Vlog

(If you can’t see the video, click here)

 

Love God Greatly!

angela

 

 

 

{Week 7} Challenge:
This week pray for the unity and protection of Christians in our country and around the world. Pray specifically for your church. Pray that our churches will be filled with men and women who desire to do God’s will for their lives. Pray that the Holy Spirit will powerfully move through our churches like never before. Pray for Christians to have love and compassion for those outside of the church, that the world will know us by our love. Pray against disunity in our churches. Pray for wisdom and strength for our pastors and elders.

“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”- Jesus (John 17:23)

 

Let’s Talk: How can I be praying for your church this week?

{Week 7} Memory Verse

Week 7 Memory verse 1 Cor 1 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Week 7} Reading Plan

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Used to build God’s story… {PLUS Interview #2 Video with Jennie Allen and GMG Contributors!}

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So it’s Tuesday night, and my situation’s not much different from a couple of days ago.  I’m still restless for God to move more and more in my life, and my clothes dryer is still on the fritz (tune into my real life in the pic above, where my porch has become a revolving clothesline!!).  Good times.

No, really.

Here’s what’s crazy.  It’s taken God reminding me a few times, but all these years later, my stubborn heart is finally waking up to this:

When you walk with God and ask Him to use you, you start getting excited about little hiccups in everyday life.   

Interruptions become opportunities.

Failed plans become open doors.

And Laundromats become mission fields.

So in an effort to be radical where God has me, I’m trying to change my mindset. Instead of praying that my dryer part arrives in record time, I’m praying that during all of my quality time spent in the Laundromat this week, that God will place someone in my path that needs to hear about Jesus.  Sound a little out there?  Maybe.  But you and I both know that God does stuff like that.  Since Jesus was born in a stable, I’d say the Laundromat circuit is a definite possibility.  Heh.

“Moses and Jonah and Esther all wished their callings away.  But in their obedience, God was changing the world and building his stories.” ~ Anything, pg. 112

I want God to use me to build His stories.  Don’t you?

On a day that would change his life forever, my husband made a phone call to a pastor that had taken interest in Tyler and his three college roommates.  Those four boys had been living in the world in every sense, and only rarely would show up in the very back pew – mostly during exam weeks - when they thought they might need a little divine intervention to boost their grades.  But this pastor wouldn’t give up on what God could do.

Desperate and full of fear on a drive back to campus one night, Tyler remembered that pastor.  Through a series of difficult events, God had been stirring Tyler’s heart toward the things of Him, and that day the promptings were louder than ever.  Tyler needed to get right with God, and it couldn’t wait.  Longing for some guidance, he prayed that the pastor would pick up the phone.

Could he meet that night?  The pastor apologized for already having a commitment, but promised to touch base with Tyler the next day.  They hung up.  Tyler was distraught, and more than a little disappointed.

But just moments later, the phone rang.

The pastor had sensed the urgency in Tyler’s voice, and called back to say that he had canceled his plans, and they could meet right away after all.  And my husband fully surrendered his life to Jesus that night.

Embracing interruptions in order to be used to build God’s story. 

I still can’t get over it, and could tell you story after story of the dominoes that have fallen as a result of one man choosing to be available when God opened an unlikely door.

Who knows if God will have someone waiting tomorrow morning at the Laundromat.  But I want to be available just in case.

Whenever, wherever God chooses to move.  Even in the most unlikely places.

“Because heaven is coming… and soon none of us will care about any other glory but his anyway.” ~ Anything, pg. 113

At His feet,

BONUS Video #2: Interview with Jennie Allen and the GMG Contributors…

Question 2: How do you live a daily surrendered life?

{If you can’t see this video, you can view it here.}

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Video Interview 1 With Jennie Allen & GMG Contributors

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I know you’ve been waiting for this…our video interview with Jennie Allen!

You all, we had so much fun talking and answering your questions with Jennie that we talked for almost an HOUR! Ha! So instead of making you watch the whole interview in one setting…..come on, I know you’re busy during the day just like me, I’m dividing the interview up and sharing the questions one at a time for the remainder of the study! I can’t wait for you to watch it! :)

PLUS we had Jen join us too!!! The whole GMG gang was able to Skype in and answer some of your questions! Woot! We had a blast doing it…I’m sure you can tell!

Question: How do you balance being sold out for Jesus and keeping Him your number one priority yet embrace your need and desire for security?

 

Join in on our discussion! How would you answer this question?

 

Love God Greatly!

angela

 

 

 

PS: We have a giveaway going on right now for 2 conference tickets to our Women Living Well conference this coming August! Enter to win and bring a friend! Click here to enter!

{Week 4} What “Moment” Are You Living For?

“I want to make a difference and I want to follow the calling that God has planted deep in my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve The Lord with each breath, each second. …”- Jennie Allen
As I’m typing this blog post I’m on an airplane flying back home to Dallas, TX after spending 4 amazing days in Colorado with my dear friend and mentor, Sally Clarkson. Like Katie Davis and Jennie Allen, Sally is a woman who lives a life completely sold out for Jesus. She is a woman who prayed a prayer of “Anything” years ago as she surrendered her dreams and plans to God and traveled to communist countries willing to give her life to the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Sally is a world changer.
Sally will also tell you she is very ordinary…but serves an extraordinary God.
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As I sat in Sally’s home these last 4 days, with a small group of friends, she shared what it looks like to live a life surrendered and purposeful for Jesus. Though she’s no longer a missionary in communist closed countries, Sally is now pouring her life into helping the next generation of Christian women through her books. blogs and leadership training.
If you ask Sally, she will tell you God does His best work through ordinary women who are willing to pray “Anything” prayers of surrender and live lives focused on the unseen rather than the seen.
We are here but for a moment…
These past 4 days Sally graciously poured her spiritual knowledge and wisdom into me as she taught. She challenged me to live a life of purpose and intentionality as she served me, as well as my friends, with love, wisdom and super yummy food.
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I’m learning, as I watched Sally these past few days, those who want to live a life bigger than themselves have to be willing to die to their lives here. They have to surrender their dreams, their goals and live lives with open hands willing to accept what God places in them. Those of us who want to touch the future with our lives, have to live our lives purposeful in the present. We have to be women who walk by faith, not by sight.
We see this same concept in Jennie Allen’s life and Katie Davis’s life. God does amazing things in women’s lives who are willing to surrender their control and embrace the plans God has for them.
Though our “Anythings” will all be different and the lives we live will all look different, one aspect will be the same……
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”- Matthew 6:10
Instead of living our lives in the “now”, we need to live our lives for the moment when we will see Jesus face to face.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot

Let’s Talk:
What “moment” are you living for right now in your life?

What do you think is holding you back from praying a prayer of “Anything”?

Do you have a mentor in your life? If so, what’s one piece of wisdom she has shared with you? I LOVE learning from each other!

Love God Greatly!

angela

 

 

 

Please note: Since I have been gone the last few days, I’m still in the process of editing my video interview (my computer says it still has 2 more hours to render) with Jennie Allen and will have it ready for you on Wednesday! Thanks so much for your patience!

 

Week 4 Challenge:

What is something God is asking you to surrender so you can live the life He is calling you to? Surrendering will look different for each of us. For some, it might mean truly forgiving the person who hurt you years before. For others it might mean stepping out in faith in an area of your life. Still others it might mean making some financial or relationship changes. What “Anything” is God asking you to surrender to Him?

This week, take a picture of your “Anything” and share it on our Facebook page and Jennie Allen’s special “WhatIsYourAnything.com” page, or on Instagram with the hastags #GoodMorningGirls and #Anything! We’d LOVE to see what you are surrendering as you pray your “Anything” prayers!

Week 4 Memory Verse:

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Week 4 Reading Plan
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