Thanksgiving

{Rooted}: “Anything” Study – Week 9: Everything Different

ThanksgivingHello Rooted Ladies,

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving full of gratitude, grace, good times, and lots of family and friends. WOW! I cannot believe that we are in Week 9 – our final week of our “Anything” study. In many ways, it has flown by and in other ways, my soul has lingered (and is still lingering) in certain sections of the book.

The one thing we can all probably relate to is the power of the “Anything” prayer. Maybe some of us were able to quickly say the prayer and surrender their “anything” for God’s “everything.” Or there may be some of us who are still working on surrendering. And I’m sure there are many of us that are somewhere in between. The key is that God is working on us. He’s working on our hearts and our souls. And we are forever changed.

Allen’s book has exposed us to the idea of freedom in God’s way of life for us – not just rules.  Like Allen said on page 145, we now know God’s story for our lives is so much better than we could ever possibly imagine. Oh, what He has in store for us!

chapter 20: wind: everything different

1. Share an experience where you thought you were laying down your life for God and instead He used the experience to breathe new life into you.

2. How do we as wives support our husbands as they follow God into uncharted territory (p. 180)?

3. In what area of your life is God asking not for radical sacrifice but simple obedience?

4. Read Acts 1:8, John 14:26.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT).

26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26 (NLT).

What is the mission of the Holy Spirit here on Earth? Are you abandoned to His mission?

5. Read the last paragraph of the book on page 184. Spend some time asking God about the extraordinary purposes He has for your life. What are the “anythings” standing in the way? In view of eternity would you be willing to lay them at His feet knowing that “Anything is nothing in light of forever (p. 184)?”

We hope you have enjoyed this study as much as we have. Please let us know how the book and your time with God has changed your lives. It’s definitely changed ours.

Wishing you continued hope, joy, and peace,

Hope & Katrina

Matthew 16:25

{Rooted} “Anything” Study – Week 8: Fighting Brave & Where Freedom Hides

Matthew 16:25

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Hello Rooted Ladies,

Welcome to Week 8 where we are discussing chapters 17 and 18 of “Anything.” We can’t believe that we’re coming to the end of this life-changing book. We hope you have enjoyed this book as much as we have. How’s your Anything prayer coming?

chapter 17: war on: fighting brave

War. Fighting. Those are not words that anyone would ever use to describe me. I am not a fighter. However, as I get older and especially going through this book, I am beginning to understand that, in Christ, I am a fighter. God has called me to fight for some things and to fight through some things. My biggest obstacle to fighting is doubt. I suspect that that is the biggest obstacle for most people. We doubt that God is trustworthy, that He is real, or that we heard Him correctly. My prayer is that His faithfulness would erase every doubt and that we would push past the doubts to step into the victory that awaits us on the other side of the fight.

1. In what areas do you tend to doubt God?

2. As you grow in surrender to God, share areas where you have experienced increased spiritual attack?

3. How does adjusting your expectations to the reality that life is supposed to be hard allow you to more fully experience God’s joy. (p. 157) Where do you need to do some adjusting?

4. How can we be more intentional about supporting each other in the battle?

chapter 18: backward: where freedom hides

On page 163 Allen wrote, “Freedom and healing hide in the backward way God tells us to find life.” That is SO true! When we follow the way of the world, all we find is pain and captivity. That is what the enemy wants. He wants us to get consumed in our own agendas and the opinions of others. God desires for us to live a humble, generous, selfless, obedient and faith-filled life. That is when He can fulfill His purpose in us and His purpose through us for a lost and broken world.
1. Read Matthew 16:25.

For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25 (NIV).

In your own words, how does God tell us to find our life? Share an experience where you found freedom in this way.

2. What are some of the unique ways that you have been equipped to be the evidence of God in the world (p. 164)?

3. Share a way that you have seen godliness formed in your life through the mundane of everyday (p. 165)?

4. What agenda and maybe even “Christian agenda” do you need to set aside in order to follow the person of Christ?

5. Share an area of your life where you need to stop letting other things define you and start letting God define you. (169)

6. Read James 2:14-17. [Faith & Deeds]

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17 (NIV)

Do you talk more about God than you obey Him? In what area of your life does faith and words need to become action and deeds?

Love in Christ,

Karina & Hope

God in the Chaos

{Rooted}: “Anything” Study – Week 7: God In The Chaos & Fighting Brave

God in the Chaos

God in the Chaos

Hello Rooted Ladies,

This week we move swiftly into Week 7 and chapters 16 & 17. How is the reading of “Anything” going for you all? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve gone from being thrown in the deep end of the pool when thinking about surrendering . . . to beginning to understand a wee bit about what it takes to swim {living for God}. I’m learning it takes utter and complete trust in God and God working in our lives. Trust! Yes, Trust. Admittedly, this is a hard word for me at times – for both God and people. Yet, it is the very thing that we need to do to completely surrender our lives to God. We have to believe God. We have to trust in Him.

And then I’m starting to realize what it truly means that our lives are not our own… and they are only temporary. So, with lives that are not our own, we can use them to glorify God. I even have to catch my breath sometimes because I’m amazed at how much He loves all of us and wants to use us – even with our shortcomings and flaws. And then my heart swells with how much I love Jesus. And I wonder why am I having so hard of a time surrendering. Like Allen (p. 145), I know God’s story for my life is much better than I could ever possibly imagine.  Oh well, enough about me. How’s it going for you?

Let’s dive into the discussion questions…

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chapter 16: out of control: God in the chaos

1. Share a time when you were glad God trumped you in your life?

2. Often I feel a disconnect between my mind and my heart after praying for God’s direction. What about you? Share a time when your mind trusted God, but your heart frantically grasped for a solution of your own (pg. 147)

3. Share an experience in parenting that helped you to realize that your life was completely out of your control. Is parenting more of an agenda or an experience for you? (p. 147)

4. Where in your life are you trying to control outcomes that were never in your control to begin with?

5. Where is your faith currently being tested right now?

6. How does God initiated chaos differ from world initiated chaos?

7. Share a time when you had to go against the concerns of family and friends to follow God?

9. I’m so guilty of making pro-con lists and negotiating with God. This chapter left me so convicted. Am I the only one? Read 1 Cor. 1: 18 -20.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Cor. 1:18-20 (NIV).

If you had lived your life only by the conventional wisdom of cost/benefit analysis, share one blessing from God you would have missed?

chapter 17: war on: fighting brave

This chapter is so awesome because Allen discusses spiritual warfare and the devil – a topic that is not discussed enough. I found myself wanting to know even more. This chapter also reminded me that if we are truly and deeply for Jesus, the devil will be against us. Wow, we have to be prayed up and ready for this battle!

1. In what areas do you tend to doubt God?

2. As you grow in surrender to God, share areas where you have experienced increased spiritual attack?

3. How does adjusting your expectations to the reality that life is supposed to be hard allow you to more fully experience God’s joy. (p. 157) Where do you need to do some adjusting?

4. Read Eph 6:12.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV).

How do we show the glory of God and fight dark cosmic forces in our day to day lives at home?

5. How does knowing whom you are fighting change the way that you treat those around you? Give specific examples (p. 159).

6. How can we be more intentional about supporting each other in the battle?

Let’s discuss these questions with one another. Let’s share how we are fighting the battles as we surrender daily to God. Let’s share our victories too. Let’s talk about how God is being glorified in our lives.

Wishing you a week of fighting brave to do God’s will,

Hope and Karina

Seeing God

{Rooted} “Anything” Study – Week 6: Seeing God & Blasting Off

Seeing God

Seeing God

Hello Rooted Ladies!!

Welcome to Week 6! We have made it to part 3 and to chapters 14 and 15th!Woo hoo!!

Let’s jump into the discussion questions….

part 3: living anything — Jesus’ anything

chapter 14: seeing God: our purpose here

Honestly, I think that really seeing God enables us to see our purpose here. Our purpose is so much bigger than we can possibly imagine. The main part of our purpose is to bring God glory. But we get so wrapped up in our own lives and our own wants that we don’t see past our own lives to the lives of those around us and how God wants to use us to bring change into their lives.

1. What do you want most (pg 130)?

2. Read the definition of God’s glory on pgs. 130-131. Share a time when you saw God’s glory and wanted nothing else. How is Jesus most glorified in your life right now?

3. Do you struggle with forgetting about God as you go through your day to day life? What can we practically do to remind ourselves of the supreme importance of God’s glory each day (pg 132)?

4. What is the difference between following God because He is boss and following God because He builds beautiful stories (pg. 135)?

chapter 15: blast off: overcoming doubts

This might just be my favorite chapter! We all struggle with doubt and yet so often we are ashamed to admit it. The only way to fully step into the purposes of God is to lay down our doubt and walk in faith. Walking in faith requires us to hold loosely to all that He has given us because really we are only stewards. When we view life like this, our world enlarges. God can then connect our hearts with others and give us a greater compassion for the broken around us.

1. As you read about God’s vision to Allen on pg. 138 to start giving Him away rather than just learning about Him, how do you think God might be calling you to do the same?

2. Read Luke 14:16-23. Read the definition of compel on pg. 139. How do we compel other people to God, especially in ways that aren’t cheesy or annoying?

3. Can you share a time when God used your friends to affirm His call in your life or vice versa?

4. On what issue of the heart is God currently undoing you (142)?

5. Do you agree with the quote on pg. 142 by Henri Nouwen? If we really believed that our lives belonged to others as much as to ourselves, how would that change the way we interacted in our family, community and especially in our church.

6. Is there anyone God is calling you to share your life with?

Love in Christ,

Karina & Hope