{Rooted} “Love Idol” Study – Chapters 8 & 9: Preapproved & Very Little

Hello Ladies,
I hope you all are having an amazing week. How’s your study of “Love Idol” going? These two chapters (8 & 9) have really put surrendering to God daily on my mind and in my heart. I love how Jennifer writes on page 115:

“Sinners, saved by grace, know we need daily saving grace to keep us from falling. If we come to the end of ourselves, we need to stay there, for this is the sacred place where Christ’s daily renewal springs forth.”

This quote and her other thoughts on the same page really sum it up for me. How we have to chose Him to defeat our Love Idols:

“He leaves us with a choice: follow Me or fall again.”

Honestly, I struggle to die to myself every day. Old habits are hard to break but I’m working on it. I think it’s easy to know intellectually that we are loved by God and have our identity in Him but it feels different lived out … somehow. Some mornings I wake up giddy with the thought of God’s love and other days I find it hard to really, deeply feel it. I’d love to hear how you all are battling the “Love Idol” with God’s help.

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revelation song

“Revelation Song” – Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!

Do you ever have songs that get stuck in your mind and spirit? I know I do. I heard this song, Revelation Song, last Sunday at Reality SF (whose music is always amazing) and it has been in my soul all week. I had to share it with you {along with the spirit-filled lyrics}. Revelation Song, written by Jennie Lee Riddle, was first recorded at Christ For The Nations at the live worship recording, and released on their Glorious album. Kari Jobe is the amazing singer. Have a blessed weekend!

Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder
At the mention of your name
Jesus your name is power
Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Join My (in)courage Bible Study Group and Read “Anything” by Jennie Allen

Hello Ladies and welcome!!

You are warmly invited to join Rooted: Women Rooted in God’s Word, Drawing Closer to Christ. Please join us on a journey to grow closer to God by reading and studying God’s Word. Together we will read the bible, Christian bible study books, as well as Christian living books.

God’s word is alive, active and should be lived out in our lives. As a member of Rooted, you should expect to grow, flourish, and be transformed – both individually and collectively.


In addition to the bible, we have chosen Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen, to aid us in our pursuit of God. We believe this book will help us surrender our lives to God. It will help us figure out our “anything.”

Jennie Allen writes,

As a generation, I believe we are all yawning and waking up, identifying these
currents, and comparing them to the truth of God. We’re considering this simple
but game-changing thought:
“If God is real and we are going to live with him forever, shouldn’t he be the only

I believe that like every generation before us, we have an opportunity to see God
move in our midst… to surrender in such a way that we would turn the head and
heart of God. He waits for surrendered lives, and he finds them, he floods them. I
want to be a part of that.

Won’t you join us on this journey to discovering our “anything” and surrendering it all to God? Maybe you saw the book recommended this summer by (in)courage and would like to dive deeper? Or maybe you’re wondering what life would look like if you really gave everything – worries, fears, struggles – your anything and everything to God? If so, you are in the right place. And we can’t wait to grow together as we read this book and hear God speak to our hearts.

Our group is pretty simple. We’ve created a private Facebook group to share our reactions and thoughts on the book. Each week we will read a few chapters and have a commentary post with discussion questions to get the conversation started. It is our hope that each of you will feel moved to comment on the book and how God is moving in your life. {The full schedule is below.} Oh, what a great journey this is going to be!

And in case you are curious, here is a little about us.



Karina Allen

Although originally from New Orleans, Karina now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and teaching preschool, she found her passion for Christian counseling and life coaching for junior high, high school, and college aged girls. Her dreams also include writing devotionals and an autobiography. She loves books, the bible, and of course, bible studies. She is excited about the group because she loves seeing how God knits hearts together online!




The other half of this duo hails from San Francisco, California. After graduating from law school, Hope moved from sunny Los Angeles to Northern California for a new job. Not a stranger to moving, Hope has lived in Colorado, Texas, Maryland,Virginia, North Carolina, California, and even small stints in England, Indiana, New York, and Philadelphia for education and career pursuits. Yet, despite all the moves, she has found a home in Christ and a deep sense of comfort in her faith. Her passions include reading and studying God’s word. And, as a former journalist, Hope dreams of writing books, permanently renaming herself “Hope” (her favorite word), and learning more about herself in God’s eyes. She is documenting her spiritual journey at her web site, HopeJoyPeace.com.

So, please join our group, and pick up your copy of Anything. And in the meantime, please feel free to contact either one of us with questions or comments.

Your sisters in Christ,

Hope – 4hopejoypeace@gmail.com
Karina – karina268@ilovejesus.net

“Anything” Reading & Chatting Schedule

Each week’s questions will be posted here on this site as well as on the Facebook group on the Monday for each week! Please feel free to read ahead. And no worries if you fall behind. This journey should be fun and flexible. The chapters are short, easy to read, but very thought provoking. We suggest journaling your thoughts as you read – and of course, posting them here!

part 1: everything keeping us from anything

Week 1: Week of Oct. 2: Intro – “my anything”, Chapters 1-2

Week 2: Week of Oct. 8: Chapters 3-4

Week 3: Week of Oct. 15: Chapters 5-7

part 2: praying anything

Week 4: Week of Oct. 22: Chapters 8-10

Week 5: Week of Oct. 29: Chapters 11-13

part 3: living anything

Week 6: Week of Nov. 5: “Jesus’ anything,” Chapters 14-15

Week 7: Week of Nov. 12: Chapters 16-17

Week 8: Week of Nov. 19: Chapters 18-19

Week 9: Week of Nov. 26: Chapter 20, “what is your anything?”

Note: this schedule may be modified.

The Journey Church

[Church Home Challenge] Week 1 – The Journey Church

The Journey Church

The Journey Church

“God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15b (GWT)

As many of you now know, I’m new to San Francisco. Not surprisingly, moving has meant uprooting my whole life – physically, mentally, and also spiritually. My entire rhythm has changed – from where I go to eat, where I can drive, exercise, find community, and most importantly, worship.

In Los Angeles, I’d gotten used to worshipping usually remotely (due to the demands of law school) with Oasis Church Los Angeles and in their connect groups. My experiences were WONDERFUL. I am missing Oasis LA and my group BIG time. I was introduced to bible study books by Holley Gerth (amazing)!

I was also attending a women’s bible study that one of my closest friends in LA had felt chosen to lead. It really helped me get into the Word.

And I would also listen to sermons online from my favorite pastor, Rick Warren (the author of The Purpose Driven Life), from Saddleback Church. In addition to being one of the reasons I became a Christian (for more, click here), I honestly credit Pastor Warren with helping to get me back and forth to my bar prep course sanely which consisted of a crazy hour or so drive in heavy LA traffic.

These varied components were my spiritual community. They were my spiritual foundation. And some of the key parts – the offline parts are now missing.

So, I’m searching. I’m on a mission to find a new church home. [And as you can probably tell from a couple of posts, I take things pretty seriously!] There are so many reasons to join a church (a post on this topic coming soon).

So, my plan is to attend at least 1 new church service every Sunday until I find one that feels right.

During Week 1 (July 29, 2012), I attended The Journey Church of San Francisco. I had checked out their web site when I was in Los Angeles and saw they gave away my favorite book, The Purpose Driven Life to San Francisco residents. I knew I had to check them out when I got to the city.

Upon entering the church, I immediately got a good vibe because I was actually greeted and welcomed by someone. She could probably tell that I looked a little lost. The church also has a great reception area complete with snacks and java!

The lead pastor, Chris Brady, had a series called “God on Film,” which was a theme to help discover the meaning behind the biggest movies of the summer. I attended the final sermon in the series based on the movie “Total Recall,” “Making Peace with My Past.” The sermon even included clips from the movie and another movie with The Rock (Dwayne Johnson – bonus!). The service had a great “hip” factor and as a former L.A. resident, I could definitely relate to the movie-Hollywood theme!

The sermon was about Forgiveness and achieving peace of mind (and peace with the past) by seeking God.

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Pastor Brady laid out Four Steps to Making Peace with My Past:

Step #1: Receive Forgiveness. [God offers forgiveness for all that we’ve done.]

“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” 1 John 1:9.

We were asked to write down what we’re receiving forgiveness for.

Step #2: Offer Forgiveness (to others, those who have hurt us)

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13

Honestly, this was a bit more difficult to do but I did pray to offer forgiveness to a couple of people that I have not approached with a forgiving heart.

Step #3: Learn from My Past

Pastor Brady told us that we need to figure out what lesson do we need to learn. And if we don’t learn, we are destined to repeat the same mistakes.

“Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.” Proverbs 4:5

Step #4: Trust God with my Future

And to me, it usually always comes back to trusting God and having faith in God. And Pastor Brady closed with two of the best bible verses. In fact, I’ve been meditating on Jeremiah 29:11 for the past couple of weeks.

“For I know, the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

And we were given the following Memory Verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

All in all, I was spiritually nourished that Sunday. And I would highly recommend The Journey church to others. I encourage you to check out their web site and listen to this sermon.

Stay tuned for a post on church visit #2….

Wishing you hope, joy, and peace,