Anything

{Rooted}: “Anything” Study – Week 1: A Plastic God & Abandoning Unbelief

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Anything

Hello Rooted Ladies,

Welcome to our very first week of our (in)courage study of Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen. Karina and I are so happy that you have joined us – we’re just bursting! I just love beginnings!

I don’t know about you but I’m excited and a {wee bit} nervous about this journey. Because if I’m honest, completely honest, this journey should change me and my relationship with the Lord. I’m excited to see how this 9-week journey with you AMAZING ladies – all focused on surrendering everything to God – is going to build His kingdom. Oooh, I’m so excited.

I thought we’d start off with an introduction to the book. Jennie Allen has a whole website, What is Your Anything? that is dedicated to it. It’s pretty amazing. Please take a moment and check out her site. Read the other people’s stories. Read with your hearts wide open. Did any of their voices sound like yours?

For me … I could resonate with the worries about having kids {because I’d sure like to have a couple and that old biological clock is ticking}, and any of the worries about the future. Am I on the right path? What are yours? What is the little voice of worry that you hear deep, deep inside saying?

This book is going to ask us these questions and many more. It’s going to challenge our preconceptions about God, our relationship with Him – and frankly, how we are living our lives. Are we living it for Him?

So, let’s dive in….

my anything

  • Allen writes on page xi: “We were over it. We were over building our lives. We were over houses and cars and cute Christmas cards. We wanted something; we couldn’t put our finger on it. It was burning in us. We had loved so many other things more than God?”

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like something was missing but couldn’t figure out what it was?

Are you still planning and building your lives all on your own? How is this working?

Are we creating false idols like our jobs, ourselves, our money – loving other things more than God?

  • Allen writes on page xii: “God, we will do anything. Anything.”

Does the “Anything” prayer resonate with you? Do you feel like you have to give up everything?

plastic god: abandoning unbelief

  • Allen writes on page 4: “Honestly, I felt neutral about God.” And, “I remember God feeling a little plastic.”

Are you in love with God or just feel neutral? How do you fall in love with God?

What makes us see God? Is seeing God left to His discretion? {as Allen writes on page 5}.

  • Allen writes on page 5: “Unbelief is found in nooks and spaces within Christianity. Every sin, at its root, is based in something we do not fully believe about God.”

What do you think of Allen’s take on unbelief as sin? This statement was really powerful to me.

Have you had {or having} a crisis of faith? A period of unbelief?

  • Allen quotes the famous A.W. Tozer on page 7: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Does this statement ring true? What are your thoughts about God saying about you?

  • Allen writes about knowing God from the perspective of her teacher on page 9: “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.”

Does knowing God require us to take risks? To live a radical, reoriented life? Do we have to step out of our comfort zones to reallly know God?

What questions are brewing for you? What feelings are starting to surface? Are you feeling a little uncomfortable {I can admit to being a wee bit uncomfortable.}

favorite part/line/saying

Finally, what was your favorite part or line from the chapters we read? 

I’m dying to share mine. I really resonated with Allen’s crisis of faith in writing the book, which she describes on pages 5-6. She was making her faith public and for some, Jesus and heaven just doesn’t seem real, much less sane. And then she writes my story, she uses my words:

“In the questioning it felt as though someone were ripping away every safe and precious thing I held. And then I remembered. I remembered the evidence of his hand even that day in my life, his undeniable presence in my soul as i have sufffered or felt him leading me. The marked changes to the insides of me that were not the result of my effort. All of it was screaming something more – tangible spiritual realities. Green light. Faith crisis was over. . . . Doubt is in all of us . . . if we go there.”

So what was yours? 

Bible verses to ponder:

Below are just a couple of verses that came to mind. Please feel free to share yours.

  • Give yourselves to God . . . Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. Romans 6:13 (TEV)
  • I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3 (NKJV)

Since this post is longer than intended {boy I can talk write}, we’ll break up the first chapters into 2 posts. We’ll take this process slow – and go with the flow. Stay tuned on Wednesday for discussion starters for Chapter 2. In the meantime, please post your comments here and on the {secret} Facebook group. We can’t wait to hear what’s in and on your hearts.

yours in faith,

Hope & Karina

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