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"Restless" by Jennie Allen: 4 Quotes That Helped My Heart

Hey guys! Remember when I shared about One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? Well, Shelton Interactive sent me another incredible book to read: "Restless" by Jennie Allen (affiliate link). They sent me the DVD based study kit which included the study guide, the leader's guide, a discussion card set, and the DVD. While I didn't do this study in a group setting, it was set up perfectly and I would totally recommend it. The ability to relate to the topic and the way Jennie has woven in scripture is just awesome!

Let's jump right in, shall we? Like the title states, I want to share 4 quotes that helped my heart. I know that kind of sounds cheesy, but I simply mean 4 quotes that stopped me in my tracks. Moments when I quickly highlighted every little bit of the sentence because they were that. good. See, I couldn't fit that in the title of this post now, could I?

"Restless" by Jennie Allen: 4 Quotes That Helped My Heart

I'm currently sitting in a recording studio in Nashville with Crystal Padilla Music and I think, "how did I even get here?" Please know I don't share this in a boastful way -- I'm just truly grateful that God has given me (us) this opportunity! As I went over the quotes I wanted to include in this post (I had a bagillion to narrow down), this one stuck out to me right now because as a little girl, I dreamed of being a musician. God put that desire in my heart at a young age when I would sing Mary Poppins at the top of my lungs. Am I making tons of money as a musician? No, but I'm experiencing and being a part of something so much bigger than me. God is all over it, and without Him, our ministry would cease to exist. What is your dream? Do you allow yourself to dream or have you suppressed those dreams? In the past few years, I feel myself suppressing my dreams because of responsibility, bills, and fulfilling the world's expectations of what my life should be. I shouldn't do that, though! God has placed these desires, dreams, and passions in my heart and there's a reason they are there. I have to respond.

"Restless" by Jennie Allen: 4 Quotes That Helped My Heart
This quote gave me chills. Read that again and let it sink in. My heart is His and if my motives are for His glory, I have the freedom to dream! Will all of those dreams come to be? Not necessarily, but He can do anything! A few pages later Jennie writes, "Two people can accomplish the same thing with different motives and one will please God and one won't." What is your motive or your "driving force?" If my motives are for my glory or for other people, I will only get so far and I'll end up completely unsatisfied. May my focus and motive always be for His glory.

"Restless" by Jennie Allen: 4 Quotes That Helped My Heart
I over-analyze everything, guys. It paralyzes me. Like I shared in last month's Uncertainty post, "The enemy will always use your uncertainty to distract you from what's important." Sometimes I just have to snap myself out of a funk and focus on the fact that God is God and I am not. I don't have to know all the answers and I don't have to know the future to know that God holds my future, and He has better plans that I do!

"Restless" by Jennie Allen: 4 Quotes That Helped My Heart
Are you feeling a sense of restlessness? Maybe it's there for a purpose! Maybe God is moving you towards more. We need to live worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1-2). I love how Jennie says, "The stirrings of a revolution are in the works," (after all, my blog name is Revolutionaries for a reason), because I believe that God is calling this generation to be more and to become change. We are called to live awesome, epic, incredible lives and do awesome, epic, incredible things for His glory. What is He calling you to?

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Like I mentioned before, there are so many other quotes and scripture that I could reference, but it would make this blog post wayyyy too long. Give "Restless" a read and let me know what you think! 

What have you been reading lately?! Give me some ideas of what I should read next!


Uncertainty

It's Monday morning and there's so much that I should be doing. Painting, writing before and after posts, cleaning my incredibly messy house. Even still, I find myself wanting to write some things out that are in my head and heart. Maybe they're in your head and heart, too.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you felt like your pastor knew your heart on a Sunday morning? Like God himself whispered in the pastor's ear and said "Bonnie needs you to say ___ this morning." I had one of those moments yesterday. My pastor said this:


It hit me like a ton of bricks. Uncertainty can mean so many different things to so many different people -- perhaps it's uncertainty about your job, money, time, kids, marriage, family, etc. For me, I'm struggling with uncertainty with money. Right when I feel like I have my ducks in a row, something breaks or an unexpected expense comes up, or good ol' Sallie Mae calls to remind me that I still have student loans (please tell me I'm not the only one?)

I went to church yesterday with a plea in my heart: "God give me something to hold onto this morning." And there it came. I even wrote it down like a mad woman in my notes. The weird thing was, it wasn't one of the "points" of his message or really of any "significance" to the message. The message would have been just fine without that statement -- but for me, it was something to grasp onto on a morning where I was reaching out for God to just speak to me.

Did his words take away my uncertainty? No. Unfortunately I still found myself dwelling on the uncertainty this morning. But, it does help me refocus. What is the enemy trying to distract me from?

There are a lot of good, amazing, incredible things happening in my life, too. 
I see that, I know that, I trust that God is doing great things.

But if I'm wrapped up in my own uncertainty, will I see the awesomeness? Or will I be so distracted that I miss it?


Will I be so distracted by ___ that I miss the joy and privilege of serving with Crystal Padilla Music?
Will I be so distracted by ____ that I forget to minister to people at my job?
Will I be so distracted by ____ that I miss what God is doing through this blog?

There are so many statements I could continue writing, but I'll spare you.

God, help me to focus on the certainty that You are God and You have everything under control. Let me not be so distracted by the uncertainty of life that I miss what You're doing, and the amazing things that you are allowing me to be apart of.

So, what about you -- is your uncertainty distracting you from what's important?


Thanks for letting me spill, friends!

Share Your Story Sunday #15 -- Joy Pedrow

Share Your Story Sunday #15 -- Joy Pedrow
Happy Sunday, friends! It's been forever since I've had a Share Your Story Sunday post, so I'm super excited that Joy Pedrow is sharing her story today. I love Joy's passion for the Lord and the way she uses every encounter with people as an opportunity to share her story. I encourage you to check out and subscribe to her blog -- she posts lots of topics that speak straight to my heart. The post below is no different -- enjoy!

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Share Your Story Sunday #15 -- Joy Pedrow

Hola friends! My name is Joy Pedrow and I am a college senior at the University of South Florida and a blogger at joypedrow.wordpress.com. In this post and my blog, I hope to help women discover the life changing love of God.

In high school, I wanted to feel loved and beautiful. Culture and media told me that prince charming would fix that, so I turned to guys. This “love” was never enough. During this stage of my life, I called myself a Christian, but that just meant I went to church and tried to be a morally good person. I did not actually know God or have a relationship with him.

In the beginning of my freshman year of college, I was still looking for fulfillment. Again, I turned to guys. This time I was left even more broken and empty. I was date raped, and I entered into a hole of depression. I began to question everything.

What is real love?
Why did this happen to me?
Is there anything more to this life?

From reading the Bible, I discovered answers to my questions. In about a year, God changed my life. God used my brokenness to turn me to him. I learned that God’s love was different from every other love I had experienced, and that only through a personal relationship with Jesus could I find complete satisfaction and the love I was searching for. God’s love is satisfying, saving, and constantly pursuing! God rejoices over me with gladness, quiets my heart by his love, and exults over me with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) God’s love is more powerful than any prince charming!

God’s love redeemed me.

It is unbelievable how many women God has put in my life who have similar stories. God can and will use our stories, every detail of them, for his plan and purpose. I get to use my story to bring God glory, and what an incredible journey it has been discovering that.


Share Your Story Sunday #15 -- Joy Pedrow

I invite you to join me on this journey. Check out my blog. Share it with the women in your life. Share it on social media. Most importantly, if you know any women who has been through sexual abuse, tell them to contact me. I have created resources to help them in their journey to healing. You can contact me through my blog or email me.


My name is Joy Pedrow and the best decision I have ever made was to become a follower of Christ.

Share Your Story Sunday #15 -- Joy Pedrow

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I encourage you guys to follow Joy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too! 


If you would like to share your story, please contact me. You don't even have to be a blogger -- I just want individuals who are willing to share about their love and passion for Christ!