{Rooted} “Restless” Study – Chapters 12, 13, & 14: Threads of Gifts, Suffering & Places

Hello Rooted Ladies,

Happy Ash Wednesday! It is fitting that we are discussing “Restless” on the first day of Lent!

I hope you all are enjoying this study as much as I am. I am finding that the questions Allen gives us for our journal is really making me engage with the material in a whole new way. The questions are helping me go deeper and become closer to God.  This week we are discussing Chapters 12, 13, and 14. Can you believe we are halfway through? Let’s jump in. Continue reading

{Rooted} “Restless” Study – Chapters 9, 10, & 11: The Project, Immovable Fabric, & the Starting Place

Hello Rooted Ladies,

This week, my awesome co-leader, Karina Allen, developed the discussion questions for our study of “Restless”  by Jennie Allen. I have posted them below.

Chapter 9: The Project

Yeah, so this chapter brought some tears. I just think that I am a bit overwhelmed at what God might show me in this whole process of sorting through my threads. On page 75, Allen talks about God untangling our souls, stories, gifts, etc… I LOVE that! I often make a mess when I try to figure things out on my own or try to make something happen. Continue reading

{Rooted} “Restless” Study – Chapters 6, 7 & 8: Pleasing God, A Parable, & The Process

Hello Rooted Ladies,

Well, we are now starting to get into the thick of understanding why we are “restless” and how to determine if our dreams and visions are our own selfish thoughts or for God’s will and purpose. For me, this book is already ten times more useful than many books about finding your purpose because Allen actually gives us questions to ask ourselves to probe deeper. And her own struggles with knowing whether her vocational ministry was out of her own arrogance or even fear rather than God’s will really helps to illuminate the tension between the two. Most of us wonder if our goals are really God’s plans for our lives or our own selfish desires. Continue reading

{Rooted} “Restless” Study – Chapters 3, 4 & 5: Die to Live, Permission to Dream & Uncertainties

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Hi Rooted Ladies,

Last week, my esteemed co-leader, Karina Allen, prepared the discussion questions for our study of “Restless” by Jennie Allen. So, below is her guest post. For those of you that are following along online (& not a member of our Facebook group), here they are.

Chapter 3 – Die to Live

This chapter is extremely challenging! It is incredibly hard to die to our flesh and our dreams. I think that this dying becomes a whole lot easier when we fully realize that God’s best dreams and plans for us lie on the other side of death. Continue reading

{Rooted} “Restless” Study – Chapters 1 & 2: Dreams and Tangled Threads

Hello Rooted Ladies,
We recently officially kicked off the Winter Session of the (in)courage groups.Rooted reached the maximum number of women registrations and we even added a few more. God is good!

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This session we are going to explore Jennie Allen’s latest book, Restless. According to Allen, the book is a practical plan to identify the threads of your life and how to intentionally weave them together for God’s glory and purposes. Allen says, “We are called to dream but we’re afraid to. But because we are called, when we don’t act on it we become restless—restless to find purpose, to make a difference in the world, to matter.”

This book immediately made me feel like all of the things that I’ve gone through – good or bad – were somehow tied together to be used by and for God. It gave me hope that it all has meaning. Let’s jump into the chapters and the questions.

Chapter 1 – A Call to Dream

1. Can you identify with Allen’s feelings of restlessness? Why or why not?
2. Do you think of “calling” and “purpose” as two different things? Allen talks about motherhood as her calling but still wanted to know her purpose.
3. Allen says the book is about vision and obedience. She writes about discovering our purpose so we don’t waste our lives. Do you feel the same urgency?
4. Allen says that God would fill people with the Spirit and He promised that he would give people vision and dreams. She quotes Joel 2:28 from the Old Testament and Acts 2:16-17 from the New Testament. Quite beautifully Allen writes, “the Spirit of God has dreams for you.” Does knowing that your dreams and God’s plans are connected and evidenced by scripture change how you think about your life, your dreams, and your time left on Earth?
5. What do you think about the statement – “all lies in our control and about how nothing is in our control?”

Chapter 2 – Tangled Threads

1. Allen talks about chains which cause us to go through life completely shutdown by lies and fear. What chains do you see in your life?
2. Are there chains or threads holding you back that no longer need to?
3. Can you picture a life free of chains – with more dreams and more freedom?
4. I love how Allen says that “No unique purpose for your life will fill your soul. The only thing that will fulfill and settle your soul is God.” Does this statement ring true to you? Are you looking for outside satisfaction rather than purpose according to God’s will?

I love how Allen is getting us ready to turn our tattered lives over to Christ to be used for his purpose. It’s amazing that we are Spirit filled and that Spirit has a dream for my life and your life – and they are different and unique. Doesn’t that thought bring hope! Because as long as we are breathing God is still using us for His will.

I’m looking forward to your comments on chapters 1 & 2. And please share how God has or is showing you the threads in your life.

Wishing you much hope and purpose,
Hope (aka Brooke)

{Rooted} Registration for Incourage’s New Session Starts Today!

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Today is a BIG day. Incourage.me, the site which provides support and encouragement to women who desire to follow Christ, is beginning registration for their small groups. I love the site. I love it so much that I decided to become an “incourager” for the site’s small groups.

I co-lead a group called Rooted: Women Rooted in God’s Word, Drawing Closer to Christ with Karina Allen. This group has been a tremendous blessing in my life. We have read, discussed and witnessed God move in our lives by reading the following books: (1) Anything by Jennie Allen, (2) Greater by Stephen Furtick, and (3) Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson.

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This session we are excited to announce that we will be reading Restless by Jennie Allen. Restless explores this important question: “Do I matter?” And Jennie asks, “We live with lots of things, lots of people…but do we live for something?” We know God will use her words to draw us closer to Him. The group meets online in a secret Facebook group to ensure privacy and a safe environment to share with others. (After registration, you will be invited to the group via email.)

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Please join the fun and experience the blessing for yourself.

Regular registration starts today, January 27, 2017. Click here.

If you have any questions, please leave me a note in the comments.

Wishing you joy and community,
Hope