This morning, I awoke earlier than usual and was able to spend some time just sitting, praying, and reading. Something I LOVE, but something that has become much more difficult to come by as of late.
Eventually, my time lead me to reading some of Anything by Jennie Allen. Have y’all heard of her? I’ve only recently discovered her, but I have a feeling she is well on her way to the top of my list of women whose writing and insight I can’t get enough of. I just love her heart and the way that her passion and desire to know more of God is contagious.
Anything chronicles the journey she and her family took to simply pray, “God, we will do anything.”
Sometimes it’s the most simple of prayers that can pack the most punch. She wasn’t just willing to pray “Anything,” she was willing to live it. She was willing to uproot the comfort of her life and say, “Okay, God, I’m all in! What do you have in mind?”
I still haven’t finished the book, but so far, her prayer has led to the adoption of a 4-year-old boy from Rwanda as well as being willing to let God opening doors to grow and expand her ministry and writing. As one who has already been so blessed by her book, I’m so glad she was willing to pray that prayer and listen to what God called her to do.
Reading Anything has been a much-needed, refreshing reminder that God is still so real, alive, active, and moving right here. Right now.
It’s easy to sit back and be comfortable, but stories like Jennie’s, and so many others, are making me want more of Him in my daily life. I don’t want to miss out on what God is doing in the present. I don’t want to just sit back and watch others live out these incredible faith journeys, I want to live mine and dig in to all that God has in store for me.
So, my hope and my prayer is that 2014 will be a year for me to Dig. In. I want to dig in to God in new ways and experience more of Him in the present. Right here. Right now.
When it comes to knowing Him, following Him, and experiencing Him, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. I don’t want to be safe and comfortable, I want to know Him more deeply and experience His power. Right here. Right now.
When Jennie recounted the story of meeting her son Cooper for the first time and watching him play soccer with her oldest son she writes,
“Tears came as I felt God whispering, Jennie, what if you had been too afraid to obey me? Look at what you would have missed.”
I don’t want to be so comfortable or scared that I miss out on what God is doing right before my eyes. I don’t want to be so consumed with my life that I’m too distracted to see where’s He’s calling me. I want to be a woman who Digs. In. Right here. Right now.
PS: Another friend who’s such an encouragement to me about what it looks like to experience God daily and watch Him move is Sara Hagerty from Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet. Read some of God has been moving in her life here. Or how He’s blowing them away by answering the prayers of her oldest daughter here.