Jennie Allen

Remember that name, because you’ll probably hear more of it in the somewhat near future.  Jennie Allen, who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, is the wife of our new pastor, Zac.  My husband and I recently started attending a new church and we are really enjoying it.  It’s called Austin Bible.

Jennie has done some writing and apparently is going to be doing a lot more.  She is working on publishing a series of Bible studies.  Very cool. 

I started reading her blog about a week ago and I’m really enjoying it.  I thought I’d share it with you so you might be inspired too.  She is real.  She loves God with all of her heart.  And she is just like us.  She has a real life with real frustrations and she makes me feel more normal.  She also has a gift for writing, which helps when you want to write Bible Studies.  🙂  Check out her blog…

Jennie’s Blog

MIA

I have been a little MIA lately.  I just started back to work full-time, my husband started a new job and he travels a lot, and we are under contract on our house.  I just turned 40 this week, ugh. Oh and we recently joined a new church and are beginning to serve and get involved there.  So, needless to say, my blogging has taken a back burner unfortunately. 

Even though we have a lot going on, we are still amazed every single day with what God is blessing us with.  He has performed some miracles in our situation.  The bottom line is this:  God provides.  I’m continually reminded of that.  I hope that each time I’m reminded of that, that I trust him that much quicker.  For some reason I still tend to worry a bit here and there…but I KNOW I have no reason to.  Because…God ALWAYS provides.  Not sometimes, not occasionally, but always!

He is truly amazing. I feel so lucky to have Him at the center of my life. 

I may have been a little MIA lately, but rest assured God is never MIA.

What Do You Turn To?

When we get scared, lonely, worried, and bored we all turn to something. What do you turn to? What bad habits do you have?

Some of us turn to food, some to alcohol, others to isolation.  Shouldn’t we only turn to God in these times?  I’ve decided to be more intentional. When I want to eat something unhealthy just because I’m bored or worried, I will turn to God.  I will use that urge to pray.  When we have that need to make ourselves “feel good” we should pray and ask God to take away whatever feelings are weighing us down.  Instead of just wanting to “feel good” for the moment, we should want to DO good for God.  Turn that desire into a need to honor God.

I also thought about boredom the other day.  What if every time you felt bored you looked up some sort of volunteer activity you could do?  Some way to serve others.  Then eventually that feeling of boredom would be your internal indicator that it is time to serve.

Just think about turning all of those bad habits into GREAT God honoring habits instead. Think through each one and how you react, then create a new reaction that turns you to God.  Isn’t that what he wants us to do anyway?  When we stop wasting time with things of this world and we turn our focus to God, imagine what is possible!

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”  Romans 12:2