Well first of all, I love you. I love the community I have found here- the sisterhood. Your tribe has lit the internet ablaze with your faith and words.
My name is Jennie. My husband and I lead a small and mighty tribe of miniature people (our 4 kids) in Austin, Texas, where I also write Bible studies and books because I believe in the power of God within women. I am also the founder and leader of the IF:Gathering.
Not that long ago my oldest was my only and I vividly remember staring at my ceiling every afternoon. I stared as my one and only newborn slept. I had nowhere to be. Nothing to do.
I would lie on my beige sofa in the quiet, surrounded by everything I thought I’d ever wanted, I felt that everything I’d ever wanted was strangling me.
I loved my family, but in the process of making a family I had somehow lost myself. Passions were pushed aside, dreams had trickled away, and the needs of other people outside my family had escaped me.
I felt restless.
Was this feeling pushing me toward something bigger, or crippling me from loving the life I was given?
Maybe it was both.
The word Calling has always seemed to tease me, like a mysterious secret containing the answer to my ridiculously restless spirit. We wonder if we are missing some mystical great noble purpose that was supposed to squeeze into the holes of our ordinary lives.
We feel numb.
We feel bored.
Let’s assume that if we are breathing, then we have a purpose for being here. Every one of us with breath in our lungs still has something left to do.
I want to dream of what our purposes may be.
This is a book about God.
And this is a book about us and God. And this is a book about the moment we close our eyes and see God. This is a book about facing the God of the universe and answering to Him about the life and the resources that he gave us while we were here. And because I think we all want that moment to go well, this is a book about discovering ourselves and getting over ourselves all at the same time. This is a book about being brave enough to imagine a better world and how we may be used to make it that way. This is a book about changing the world and changing diapers. This is a book about fears and suffering and joy and gifts. This is a book about all that lays in our control and how nothing is in our control. This is a book about vision and obedience.
Because I know we will blink and be together with God forever and there is life to be lived here, in our generation, on this earth, for our breath.
So I humbly ask you, dream with me.
We will lay out the unique threads of our lives that feel random, potentially even tangling us up, but we will lay them out and dream about eternal purposes for seemingly mundane moments and consider that it is possible to waste our lives.
And then let’s not.
I believe this is from Him and I pray it will spark something in you… a vision perhaps of the unique reasons God keeps issuing you breath.
Today the beige sofa upstairs is unthinkably dirty with the stains of over a decade of beautiful messy life; my quiet, sleeping baby turned into four big kids; and my minutes are overflowing now, filled with it all. Life. But I still feel it sometimes . . . a whisper of more. Not more because what I am doing isn’t important, but because I so rarely believe that it is.
May this be the place where your restless soul meets God, and where dirty, beige sofas become beautiful, and where no life or minute or breath ever feels small again.
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I am restless for _____________.Leave a Comment
Abigail Snyder says
I am restless for making a difference.
Josie Horton says
I am restless for starting our new women’s ministry.
Jennie Allen says
Jasmine Wilson says
I am restless for change, commitment to that change that fully knowing HIM will give me, I’m ready GOD.
I am restless for feeling guilty and imperfectly.
Debbie Butler says
I am restless to be the woman God wants me to be not the woman everyone else and culture expects me to be.
Jennie Allen says
Your answers are amazing- so honest and strong. Thanks Debbie- for this. I get it.
I am restless in life. Wanting and needing something and restless when it comes to patience, even though I know it will be ok!
I am restless to find a new purpose since children have grown and need mom less.
I am restless for peace.
I am restless for adventure.
I am restless for the revelation God has for my life.
I am restless to see a tangible beginning to a dream for our community.
I am restless for a redeemed and renewed marriage!
I am restess for North Carolina and my family that lives there . Ready for a new beginning.
I am restless for life the burdens this world gives us.
Jill Clem says
I am restless for when I can walk away from one job to have the time to fully give to the ministry God has called me to.
Jennie Allen says
Exciting Jill- prayers for peace in the waiting.
I am restless for love and the willingness to see the beauty in just letting go.
I am restless for a day that I find a way to really fit in…
Prayers for you, friend. You already fit in. Just as you are, exactly the way God made you, you fit. Praying that God would meet you where you are show you how to celebrate who He made you to be.
I am restless about pursuing my dreams and making them a reality while being a mom to three.
Exciting! I’m RIGHT THERE with you. Follow His lead, one “Yes” at a time. He is faithful in His time.
I am restless for a life of better “self-governing.” Better time management, the ability to NOT yell at the kids but treat them with kindness and respect when I am beyond frustration with them, to think and be the Christian God desires me to be by living in a more Christ-like manner when life isn’t easy, time to pursue my God-sized dream amid the daily clutter of life and homeschooling four and church ministries and somehow bring glory to God through my hectic life.
Jennie Allen says
Girl- I hear you on this. Grace upon grace for the beautiful work you are doing.
I am restless for speaking about God with my husband. We rarely discuss prayer and he doesn’t open up easily.
I am restless to see the living among the dead, really live and breath life on all those around them. May I breath the life of Christ on all I encounter, today!!
I am restless for both contentment where I am now and a dream for the future.
I am restless for moving forward. I know there is something over the horizon for my life, but what?
I am restless for finding my purpose
I am restless for Uganda.
Jennie Allen says
I am restless for Rwanda! 🙂
Jeanette A says
to see where my passion will take me.
I am restless for the sins of my past and the deliverance and freedom that I desperately need…
Earlene Green says
I am restless because my darling hubby and I are dealing with some serious health issues in him . He has multiple myeloma bone cancer in his spine and rib bones and there isn’t a cure for it , it can just be put in remission. It was in remission and now has flared up again and he is on a new chemo shot that takes all his energy and strength from him and he is so nauseated so much of the time. He also has Parkinson’s too so a double whammy. We both are restless cause he wants to do things he used to do, bowl as well as he used to . I am restless because I want to help him get better and its out of my hands. WE know we are in God’s hands and he is in control and we have so many people praying for us and that is a blessing, Our church has stepped up and we have a couple special angels that take us to our Drs appointments in a city 45 minutes away as neither of us want to drive there which we are very thankful for. But being human we are restless for things to be better so we can enjoy our retirement more than we do. I don’t like being what you call restless but it is staggering not to be able to help him more so we both can deal with the rest of our lives together with some peace and health that only God can give. We are both saved, born again Christians, and in our mid 70’s. Thanks for listening.
Jennie Allen says
I am so sorry Earlene. Thank you so much for sharing this- we will all cover you and your husband in prayer today.
jILL H. says
I feel your pain Earlene. My husband has brain cancer. It has robbed him of his abitlity to express himself fully. It has robbed him of his strength and thought process. However, his illness has brought us so much closer to God. People that don’t go to church or pray……ARE PRAYING FOR HIM! I am restless for him to be well….his normal healthy self, but right now, we take each day as a blessing and if it is a day with no pain……that’s our miracle for the day! WE try to see the good in each day and know that when we all get to Heaven….there will be no more pain or restlessness! What a glorius day that will be!
I am restless for more quiet time to just spend with God. To let my mind wonder and see where he takes me.
Jeniffer Smith says
I am restless for a change. For my husband to be doing work that he was made to do. For my own dreams to sort themselves out, make sense, and come to fruition.
I am restless for a 45 year marriage to come back to life.
Jennie Allen says
Prayers for this Barb right now.
I am restless for…HIM.
I am restless for peace.
Jennifer r says
healing from my TBI. SO that I may serve HIM more completely.
I am restless for a better marriage. I want to see my husband come to know the Lord, but in the meantime, I want to love him beyond the broken expectations I have unfairly placed on him. I don’t want to just ‘hang in there’. I want to be in love with him and to like him for who he is.
Olivia, I am in the same place & I’m praying for you tonight – and for my own marriage – that we would be covered with grace & love our husbands as God loves them!
I am restless for relief from feeling overwhelmed.
I am restless to come to “rest” in surrendering ALL to Jesus.
I’m restless to find who I am in Christ and to use my creative energy for the Kingdom.
jamie c says
I am restless for creativity, moving beyond the past and for the peace of Jesus.
I am restless for restoration – that God will shine through this broken jar of clay.
michelle van bavel says
Our pastors exact words yesterday, “God uses broken and restored vessels to do His Work :)”
Jennie Allen says
So beautiful. YES!
I am restless for change and growth
I am restless to listen to God and hear him to know how to serve him.
I am restless for more of Jesus.
Sarah M says
I am restless for community like I had before…
Melissa Hogue says
I am restless for depth to my faith.
I’m restless for a new journey with God that will reveal more of His purpose for me in this season of empty nesting, dream dying, doors closing, and physical change – I long for new dreams, open doors, fuller relationships, community, and health for a new journey that allows me to give my best for his glory
Jennie Allen says
Amazing words- I love them all and want similar things this year. Bless you!
I am restless for wanting change in my life but scared to make any moves – so I am stuck.
michelle van bavel says
Trust Him to guide you with His eye – He sees and knows exactly where He desires to lead you, to His Best for you.
I am restless for purpose, meaning, and contentment….answers….
Diane W. Bailey says
Cindy, someone once told me, “He creates in you that longing, that restlessness to drive you to the place He has created for you!” What beautiful answers He must have waiting for you today!
I am restless for more understanding of God, to be the woman He is calling me to be, not what others think I should be……
I am restless for answers. We are having some health issues with our son and it see.s hard to find the answer to what is going on. But Ggod is walking with us so I continue to seek Him.
I am restless for community, living life with people in it.
I am restless for a fresh perspective!!!
Janetta Dobler says
I am restless for a great move of the Holy Spirit to bring revival!!
I am restless for rediscovering myself. I used to be so courageous – always looking for ways to impact the world for Christ without any hesitation. But after 12 years of staying home; 2 kids; 4 moves in 3 states; 8 churches; and 2 years of homeschooling, I hardly even recognize myself. I want I discover the woman God has used all of these things to grow me into – and what He wants me to do.
Lisa Spidle says
I believe God has been working in you during your momma years. I too, have been in this place of what’s next now. God will show you. Trust him. Praying for you today!
I am restless to not live in fear.
michelle van bavel says
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous.
I am restless for the fire inside me to come to clarity. I’m burning, deeply, but don’t know for what.
I am restless for God’s grace, for this year really walking by faith and living in love.
SUsan M says
I am restless for figuring out My One Word for 2014 and discerning what God has in store for me… Patience is not my strongest virtue… 🙂
I am restless for calm.
Diane W. Bailey says
I am restless to surrender my desire, to please others. I am restless to fly, to stretch out my wings and try something new without the weight of caring what others think. I am restless to fly and be aware of only one set of eyes on me – God’s. I am restless to live for His approval and His alone! I am ready to Fly!
the masks to come off. Not just mine, but everyone’s I think we are all living with masks, and I don’t think that is how God intended for us to live. Here’s a poem I wrote about it:
I so want to tell you all is perfect, all is well
but at the same time I want to show you all the secrets hidden in my shell
I know that if I open up my shell and expose the secrets inside
That will be the beginning of freedom
but something keeps them locked inside
I think we all have shell secrets we’re afraid to expose
and it makes me sad that there’s a “real me” inside everyone that nobody, on this earth, really knows
Is this really how God meant it to be?
A world full of people living in shells, afraid to be free
I wonder, just wonder, what it would be like, if just for one day we could come out of hiding and set the shells aside
Reveal the “real me(s)” we thought nobody could love
Free from judgment, or hatred, or shame, filled with the kindness, grace, and love of our creator above.
Would the world break from the weight of those shells?
Or would it heal?
I am restless for purpose in my days.
Dawn B. says
I am restless to become a better wife and partner!
Laura K says
I am restless for my husband to get well and start living the life God has for us together!
Noreen Sevret says
I am restless for…the “new” that this year brings – new hope, new dreams, new adventures, new beginnings, whatever “new” God wants me to experience and be a part of.
I am restless for doing more in His name. I can so identify with Jennie’s words. I am restless, yet so blessed. I am so glad there are many out there who feel the same way. I have been given bountiful gifts and want to use them for the glory of God and to bless others. Namely – I am passionate about leading other women to pursue a life that is craves stillness and silence before God and that yields to the rhythm of waiting.
Diane W. Bailey says
Cindy, someone once told me, “He creates in you that longing, that restlessness to drive you to the place He has created for you!” What beautiful answers He must have waiting for you today!
Diane W. Bailey says
Amy K. says
I am restless for living this one earthy life well for Him.
Kathy Wilshire says
I am restless for….purpose in my daily work.
Kelley Mansfield says
I am restless for direction. I have been in a holding pattern waiting on God for a year now and am waiting for direction. I feel 2014 is my new season and when He’ll give me direction!
I am restless about becoming the wife and mother God wants me to be.
I am restless for change
I am restless for a peek at what is coming in this new journey God has me on. Similar to Marisa, I want to know my new purpose as my life will be.
Bekah s says
For more if Jesus, for knowing my next step.
Jaime Walden says
I am restless for see what God has next.
I am restless for Freedom. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/2014-one-word-365/
I am restless to find the woman God intends me to be.
Mary @ The Calm of His Presence says
I am restless to bring other women to the saving power of God’s Grace. Thank you Jennie for “picking me up off the side of the road” at Allume. The truth you spoke into my heart from the stage and huddled in the back corner during worship gave me the ability to get up and continue the journey God called my husband and me to, so Thank You! ~Mary
I am restless for something deeper – more of Him.
I am restless for space…space to grow, space to move, space to create…
…for more! More of Him, more adventure, more life…
Susan LP says
I am restless for direction.
I am restless for a purpose in my life.
I’m restless for a better marriage.
I am restless for peace and clarity in the midst of a lot of transition.
Gina Robertson says
I am restless to know my purpose, to know the vision God has for me. I really think this is the year He will show it to me.
I am restless for direction. My youngest will be off to college in a little more than a year… then what?
Jennie Allen says
Exciting! Good things are coming as you close this chapter. Praying for vision for your time.
I am restless for becoming the change I desire.
Natasha d says
I am restless for God to show me what to do about going back to my teaching career or staying home to be the best wife, mom and homemaker for my family (after a 3 year leave).
I am restless for clarity in my life.
I am restless for a united heart and eyes with His!
I am restless for the Holy Spirit to do whatever God is wanting to do through me.
michelle van bavel says
I am restless for change
I am restless for ….Truth..not just “truth” but..abiding Truth. I need to know; to give it and to hear it.
I am restless for an unencumbered heart…for a fresh outlook…for a freedom that only God can provide.
Nicki Veenstra says
I am restless for peace. I am restless for calm in these days if chaos. I am restless for patience in the connections of my heart.
I am restless for His great plans.
Lindsey Bell says
I am restless for…peace in whatever circumstances I’m in.
Cathy Yassa says
I am restless for kingdom vision and more of Him!
I am restless for learning more and more and more.
I am restless to be the woman God made me to be. To know what it is he wants me to do. To incourage and help others. To know how to reach the youth the children.
Crystal Scott says
I am restless for a closer relationship with God and to always do God’s will for my life. To follow His word and to submit to what He wants me to do with my life and to raise my children in a Godly home. To be a Godly mother and wife.
Lauri Morrill says
I am restless for You, Lord! For You and I to finish that book; for you and I to paint; for my new grandson coming in April, for my kids to come closer to you! I am restless for You while typing away on some medical transcript to pay the bills but also meeting lost people who so need you and then risking to tell them about YOU and how YOU RESCUE and LOVE and HEAL. I am restless that they would come to YOU and KNOW how wonderfully faithful you are and HOW HOLY HOLY HOLY YOU ARE! I am restless for You, My GOD, KING, LORD, FATHER, SPIRIT! Until that Day, Lord, I am restless! Love, Lauri
I am restless for discovery – what will I become beyond a wife and mother? I am restless for a true feeling of peace and contentment with who I am and that to-do list that never gets done.
I am restless for a place, time and space to make a meaningful difference in others’ lives. I am restless for God to reveal the He has more planned for me than the tedium of my present circumstances.
Laurel Emory says
I am restless for my husband’s healing.
Teresa C. says
I am restless for more chances to connect with other moms and serve my community for God’s glory!
I’m restless for some very particular news that will determine the course of the following year(s). We should know March-ish.
kim Johnston says
I am restless for healing of my chronic illnesses and restless for purpose of life!!
I am restless…and only God knows why!
I am restless to find the “real me” and the purpose God has for me.
I am restless for my heart to be fully surrendered to GOD.
I am restless for Joy…a daily filling of the Holy Spirit that will lead me to Bless God and all others around me…allowing me to see HIM….everywhere…in everything…I want to end each evening saying “I saw God today!”
I’m restless for more of Jesus and less of me. Restless to be still and wait yet live at the same time. Restless for joy to permeate our family. Restless for my ear to stop being plugged up. (That last one isn’t quite in the same vein as the rest but the ear thing is rather annoying.)
Lisa Spidle says
Praying your ear heals Sara. I also love that you are restless for more Jesus. I too, want to see this world through His eyes and not my own. Thank you for sharing today!
I’m restless for having more confidence. To trust more and doubt less!!
I am restless for intentional life that breathes Jesus into this world.
sue nelson says
I am restless for freedom from guilt, renewed passion, hope in God then I will be different and make a difference
I am restless for a family. Children I can carry in my womb.
Lisa Spidle says
Praying for you today. I suffered with infertility for 12 years and my heart aches for you. I understand. God has a plan friend. Rest in Him.
I am restless for peace. It has been the hardest 2 year season of my life as my children have transitioned from teen-hood to adulthood. They have made wrong choices, I have tried to fix broken things that only God can fix and have walked away from the whole experience feeling like a complete failure as a mother. Surely if I had done something different in their childhood they would have grown into the people I believed they could be. I know in my heart that we did the best we could and that God has His part to play in their lives that only He can do. But my emotions haven’t caught up yet. Helping my youngest 18 year old daughter move into her own apartment 4 months ago left me feeling empty and helpless. And as I watch my oldest daughter marry someone this coming Friday that I would NOT have chosen for her, I will tell myself once again that God has a plan for their lives and that it is now His job to deal with their spirit and it is now my job to pray for them and support them with my unconditional love. Rough two years, but maybe even harder letting go……..
Lisa Spidle says
I so understand! I have 4 grown kids, my youngest is 20. They were raised in a Christian home and although they know Jesus, not all of them are walking as they do. It breaks my heart to see them struggle. But God gave us free will, even our kids. This is where prayers come in. I pray for them to make wise choices, but also that when they don’t they will cry out to God for healing, grace and redemption. Praying for you today!
Carlyn Canady says
I am restless to come back to the calling I received so many years ago … to ministry. No, I have no idea where God is leading me this year, but I know He is pushing me in that direction …
Janice Nisly says
I am restless for the next step…many doors have closed, so I am wondering what God has planned next.
I am restless from feeling that I must perform daily for that invisible worldly audience. Longing to live in the peace of God’s affirmation.
I am restless to trust God and his timing more. He has a plan and perfect timing.
I am restless for patience.
I am restless for authentic friendships.
I am restless for serenity.
Karlyn Hillman says
I am restless for me to obey God without questioning the why when and how of everything!
Jean Lindsay says
I am restless to know where and what in this phase of my life. I am a healthy 65 yr old. I have been a wife of 48 yrs, mother of four wonderful children (they are all adults and I count my blessings, very caring people) I have seen the birth and growth of 14 grandchild, many now in early 20’s, some still in college or school, some in military, some starting families of their own. We have welcomed 7 great grandkids and it is a joy to see their growth on FB. I have been a care taker for my mom who passed away a few yrs ago, taking early retirement to care for her and a husband with RA. I am alittle active in church. But I find myself bored and wondering “What now Lord, what would you have me do”. thank you for listening to all of us who wonder the same thing.
Hoping I win a book, ss doesn’t allow much extra’s lol
I am restless for an end to my procrastination over just about everything. I’m raising 5 and a first grand child!
I am restless for healing, for marriage, for contentment and the ability to move forward and forget the past.
I am restless for true truth.
Holly Le Blanc says
I am restless for contentment.
I am restless for better health for my husband.
I am restless for discovering the “real me”, the “real life” – that’s all. So far, there is much to wade through and discard. I guess this is a beginning.
Jessi Whitt says
I am restless to become unafraid of sharing Christ with others in my daily life.
Molly Cash says
I, like so many others I saw in the comments, am restless for peace. Peace in my life, my home, my family, my job. God’s peace; in all those places.
for the Kingdom to come here, to my neighborhood and town and county and country. nothing short of a huge storm of Mercy and Revelation will do it. as everyone around us celebrates their prophet Mohamed’s birthday today, may they find The ONE who was, was eternally, was born, died, rose again, and is, is eternally. pray with me, please!
I am restless to be who I am meant to be – Child of the One True God. I strive to be and feel somedays that I could have done a better job at it.
I am restless for guidance. I crave a roadmap!
I am restless for…creating a new form of art; more purposeful, more inspiring, and more in line with the woman God made…who is still here, under my self-imposed layers.
I AM RESTLESS FOR MORE OF JESUS- to be STILL AND KNOW HE IS GOD- TO WAIT ON HIM & NOT THE ” THING” WE RENEW OUR STRENGTH BY WAITING ON GOD- IT HAS BEEN A VERY ROUGH YEAR & HE LOVES ME ANYWAY – THANK YOU FOR THE CROSS!!!
I am restless for a meaningful purpose and clear path.
I am restless for total abandonment.
THIS!!! Oh yes…
I am restless for Him. For purpose. for ON purpose. For IN purpose.
For finding what I had, or maybe I didn’t really have yet. Or I just didn’t know…
Patty Muich says
I am restless for self control and applying my time (with & for God) better.
Donna Godfrey says
I am restless to understand how to show “tough love” to my 37 tear old daughter that is in prison……she is angry and does not accept responsibility for her crimes and all the folks she hurt. She tries to manipulate from prison. It has torn up our family with one child telling me I must chose and she will never again see her sister….I am tired of being restless in this situation….it has been 2 long years.
I’m restless for something larger than myself, beyond these four walls, that touches hearts, changes lives, and makes a difference for His glory!
Cheryl Jacobo says
I am restless to know God more, to hopefully bless the people I come in contact with, with a smile, a kind word, an understanding heart…
Ashley M. says
I am restless to move forward into the Promised Land He has for me in the LAND OF THE LIVING (Psalm 27).
I am restless for community, connecting to God and others, and contentment with the things that are good.
Jamie D. says
I am restless to overcome the barriers that hold me back from serving God in my life.
I am restless for the chance to help my country. Help the truth be know and God be feared.
Judy Heffer says
I am restless for HIS purpose in my senior years.
I am restless for direction and purpose from my loving Lord and King of Kings.
I am Restless to go out and do more in my community. To give back and “Pay it forward”, in my neighbourhood. I am Restless in not using every moment I have to make a difference in others lives!! I want this to change. I want to step out and make a difference intentionally!!!
I am restless for…..something God has planned for me.
I am restless for writing out my Subplot in God’s story as I seek Him and He reveals what He has done, is doing and will continue to do through my faith and obedience to Him.
Crystal Mobley says
I am restless for knowing.& understanding my purpose. As I sit here covered in oatmeal and baby slobber I wonder where I belong in ministry
For friendships and community among believers. To make these a priority over this busyness and to just be still!
I am restless for more! More of God & less of me! I’m restless in the fact that I’m bound at home during this season of my life… I am a caregiver to my father inlaw who is 92 with dementia. But I know that even here I can do more! God show me those ways to be & do more!
I am restless for the peace of God – especially in our family.
Donna P says
I am restless for contentment!!! Why am I not happy with where I am in life and what is before me??!!
I am restless for feeling contentment in the everyday.
Courtney R says
I am restless for confidence to do the thing he has called me to do.
I am restless for… whatever is next! One season is wrapping up and my little family of three is shifting and changing and our only is nearly grown – and yet I somehow feel that we are called to ministry together still. We are leaning in and dreaming and trying to wait while restlessly looking for what He has next! (My OneWord this year? VIsion… The call? To be a Visionary… yes please! Believing If:Gathering will stir this up and help bring some things into focus!)
I am restless for new direction, new purpose in my life – still struggling to see what path God wants me to take. After months of sharing our small home with my daughter and her new husband, they finally began their new journey with the military just yesterday (prayers for them both – he is a new officer, and she is a new army wife). That leaves one semi-independent 20-year old son at home, working and going to school. My husband and I have reached a new era – three married children and four young grandchildren. Parenting is not our main focus anymore and suddenly that small house seems rather spacious and empty. What can I do now for you, God? I’m listening!
I am restless for knowing all the ways I was made to glorify Him.
Ashley Ditto says
I am restless for His forgiveness.
I love everyone’s answers!! I am simply restless for more of HIM! Where is that abundant life Jesus talked about? I have an abundant life, but not the kind I believe Jesus has in mind.
I’m restless for knowing God’s will for me and the. Courage to do it!
mindy stewart says
I’m restless to see what God has in store for my family and myself. I am restless to know my calling.
I am restless for a new direction.
Debbie J Block says
I am restless to live in the transformed state of mind God has promised me.
I am restless to begin fresh and new: leaving behind the past of broken families and lost dreams.
I am restless to truly know my place, my value, my contribution, my purpose, my creative calling.
I am restless to experience Godly love from a man.
I am restless to be at peace within a community of friends that understands my wounds and sees into the heart of me and rejoices in its beauty.
I am restless to see my grown daughters wake up to the truth of God’s grace.
I am restless to have a home that opens its doors to the lonely.
I am restless to write words that matter; that bring kindred spirits together.
I am restless to laugh again.
I am restless to travel the world and capture God’s imagination in pictures.
I am restless to be authentic in living my unique journey.
I am restless to begin again for the first time.
I am restless to not be restless.
I am restless for my next step in life. I am praying it is to be a wife and mother but only He knows where He is leading me
I’m restless for change. And for more of God.
I am restless for direction in my life.
I am restless to a warrior for Christ.
I’m restless for change.
I am restless for daily contentment which leads to inner peace.
I am restless for His ongoing filling . . .
Sally Ferguson says
I am restless for God’s purpose in me.
Colleen Nelson says
I am restless to move on. My husband passed away – I am no longer a wife. My daughter just turned 20 – I am no longer the Mom needed at home. I sold my house – I am no longer the Homemaker. I am restless to find the next I am.
Praying for you, Colleen. May you find yourself in Christ, no matter where life takes you next. You are so loved.
Trudy Den Hoed says
I am restless for being my authentic self, the person God created me to be, instead of feeling so inadequate and fearing what others think.
I am restless for more of Him… that He would be completely glorified in my life and guide all that I do in His time and His way.
I am restless for God to show us what is next.
I am restless for more trust in Him.
I am restless for purpose.
I am restless for a new direction in my life
I am restless for freedom to pursue my dreams.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set you free”, sweet Rachael! Praying for Him to give you wings…
Anna Johnson says
a life that isn’t consumed by laundry and dishes.
I’m there with you, Anna. The daily monotony can threaten to take over sometimes, can’t it? Praying for purpose in the midst of it all. 🙂
Diane N says
I am restless for God’s miracles to be shown in and through my life so others will believe in Him!
I’m restless to move forward in faith. Like you, I’ve lost myself in motherhood and serving my children — which in many ways is wonderful and God’s calling right now. But I know He also has a purpose for me beyond motherhood, and want to listen and obey as He leads. I’m so looking forward to your book, Jennie, and to the IF gathering. God is moving in His people! Thank you for listening to Him and calling us to action.
Charissa Steyn says
I am restless…to finally be in the Netherlands!
Restless on my card ministry to encourage better each day in His Word.
Nancy Marie says
I am restless to learn and apply the following:
– living by Grace not the law nor shame
– knowing I have the freedom to make life choices rather than feeling trapped
– resting and just being “Nancy” instead of trying to earn my worth by performing roles
– restoring a broken marriage
– investing my presence in parenting my kids without catering to them by enabling
– pursuing my passions: writing, counseling, creating art, traveling!
– knowing God’s heart intimately and seeing from His perspective
Jenny Lewis says
I am restless for deeper knowledge of God.
Ashley Adam says
I am restless for my soul to blossom.
I am restless to know that I am really where God wants me, fulfilling His purpose for my life and that He really is working in and through me.
Melanie Grace says
I am restless for Home.
I am restless to bloom.
I am restless to live more intentionally and fully for God!
Adena F says
I am restless for MORE. I prayerfully considered a Word for the Year 2014 and decided it should be “Trust”. I have a lot of major situations happening this year and instead of getting anxious and stressed over them, I am praying to fully trust God to work all things according to His will. But I’ve been doing a lot of praying and fasting since the New Year and it seems that God keeps giving me this hunger that cannot be satisfied. I find myself praying over and over, “God, I need MORE of You.” More closeness, more revelation, more desire, more anointing, more grace, more mercy, more everything. I don’t want to ever reach a plateau in my relationship with Him, but to grow more and more.
I am restless to find my purpose or purposes. To figure out what I’m called to do and then do it.
I am restless to feel closer to God … sometimes He feels so far away, and I want the peace that comes when I feel Him near.
Malynn Percy says
more JESUS! I want more of him I feel like I can never get enough and I don’t want to be mediocre any more I want the Extraordinary! I want what He has for me!
Cj Ronchetti says
I am restless for the feeling of living an authentic life! For spending enough time at Jesus’ feet that I KNOW what He has called me to do and the courage to go where He has called me. I’ve waited too long and wasted too much time on everything else – it’s time to get busy!
I am restless to live fully in my current calling, receiving and giving all that God has for me instead of solely focusing on the exciting opportunities God is hinting at for the future.
Helen G. says
…time away with family…
Margo @ Legacy of a Single Girl says
I am restless for contentment; what I have, where I am, who I am.
sara karr says
being the wife and women and mother God has planned for me
I am restless for more of God!
I am restless for a real change in me. For the filters to come off and to be able to see myself as God sees me…and to be able to see others the way He sees them and love.
Amy KW says
I am restless for the feeling of community I had several years ago before I moved. I.miss.that!
…my heart to be satisfied in Christ alone.
Kim M says
I am restless for the true calling God has for my life.
Lisa Smith says
I am restless for an incredible God-sized adventure.
Kathy W says
I am restless to jump off the treadmill of life and find that place of rest in God. I want more of God and should spend more time but the rat race of life keeps me on that treadmill of doing. I want to find the balance.
Nancy Genova says
I am restless for inner peace and for purpose.
I have learned to live as positively as I can with chronic disease. God lifted me out of the critical illness when I relied on him everyday to give me peace when pain was at a 10 every single day for three years In and out of the hospital.
Now, living without my life profession as a special education teacher in a regular education kindergarten is leaving me without purpose each day.
I am restless to put God first. Not just say it, but do it.
I am restless for Him. Period. And all that He Is.
Emily B says
I am restless in family planning… I want a second baby 🙂
Mary Kate White says
I am restless for my twin daughters to come home from NICU. They were born premature at 29 weeks and we are going on Day 80! We are continuing to move forward with confidence that God’s timing is perfect and His presence is constant, but you can’t help but feel restless some days! Thank you for this giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!
I am restless for God’s direction in how to lead my children closer to him and how to be His hands and feet in my community and in other lands.
I’m restless to really let the Holy Spirit have his way in my heart in this season of young children and change in my husband’s ministry. I’m being prepared for something new- I’m restless to know what it is.
Kathy @ In Quiet Places says
I am restless for: Whatever God has for me – and I know it starts with more of Him!
More-without losing simplicity.
Kelley Sutton says
I am restless for becoming more and reaching more women for the kingdom through our women’s ministry that I lead at my church.
I am restless for more of Jesus
I am restless for my full time mission work in Trinidad to begin!!!
I am restless for family going through terminal illness and for me to be the mom God made me to be
I am restless for being at peace with my station in life.
I am restless for getting my family & marriage on track with God’s plans for each of us. Learning to prayer for each person in our family and change in myself as a wife, mother & woman accepting and loving God.
I am restless for an opportunity for service… Yet, we have been studying Nehemiah. You know, build the wall in front of your house, where you are. That makes me think that I should be content with the opportunity for service in my house, where I am daily, instead of looking elsewhere.
I would love to read this book. I am restless for peace in my family.
I am restless to know that I am using my days wisely right now.
chelsea hudson says
I am restless. Period. Knowing there is more, knowing I have lost myself and my calling in the chaos of everyday “normal” life. I am restless to rediscover my dreams and calling, to be used up, expended, for something bigger than me, than my little family, than my suburban life. I am restless to pursue the things that are deep in my soul, always rumbling. Always bubbling, but corked tight, ready to blow. I am restless to live passionately.. following dreams, even if in baby steps at times, though the stages of life. I am restless to live a life my girls can want to follow. I am restless to leave a legacy of change, to be able to leave this world a different place, even a better place, when I am gone.
I am restless to freely give outlandish grace.
for my husband to accept Jesus and to homeschool my children
… for a change in my life.
Darla Bunyan says
…for purpose. My purpose from God in this mundane life. I feel like I am living in a re-run!
Laila H. says
I am restless for God to make my life exciting and something that makes me wake up with His Glory and my heart overflowing to do His Works!
Danielle Christy says
I am restless to know where God is leading our family in this new season.
I am restless for my daughter who has been gone one week for basic training with the national guard. She will be gone a total of nineteen weeks. I pray for her strength and endurance. I am restless for confidence and freedom from anxiety and regrets.
Sue Tell says
I am restless for a heart that listens well to God.
I am restless for change in my heart and attitudes and for the chains to be broken that bind!
Angie W. says
I am restless to accept my imperfections.
I am restless for answers, certainty, and assurance.
I am restless for relief of agonizing anxiety, for worrying about my sick child (kidney disease), very ill husband (cancer and acute intermittent porphyria), my own kidney disease, RA, PTSD, heart problems, my awesome older daughter who has to cope with so much serious illness in our home. I need to forgive, but I hold onto pain that planted its seed decades ago and continues to plague me. I am restless to break free of all that tethers me down (my own mind?) and keeps me from fulfilling my daily prayers. I am restless from fear, pain (physical & emotional), and that the breast cancer I beat will come back… I am drowning in restlessness…
I am restless for …. more! More of Jesus. More of His grace. More of His power, strength, wisdom. More of everything He has for me. I can’t get enough of Jesus; He is my source.
I am restless for more… Where is that life more abundantly? And I’m not talking about material wealth!
I am restless for my body to be healed so I can serve Him and my family better.
I am restless for sharing God´s love and for seeing Christ face to face.
Susan Tollison says
I am restless for God to do a new work in my family, and to turn our hearts toward God and toward each other.
I am restless for unity in the Church and among women who are sisters. I’m restless for women who celebrate and don’t compete with one another– women who fight FOR and not AGAINST one another– women who know that God’s call on another’s life never negates His call on their own life.
I’ve been praying a form of this for 6+ years and am seeing it begin to take shape here in my little corner of the world!!!
Aubrey R says
I am restless for healing from surgery that is taking longer than it “should.”
I am restless for God to reveal how He will provide for me to go to grad. school and to get started so that I can become a counselor and truly help people.
I am restless for an end to fear and pulling back and losing creative moments in the midst.
For friendship and community, purpose, direction.
I am restless to be free.
God’s guidance in my career.
Susan (SJG) says
I am restless for freedom from chronic and acute pain. I am restless for the “voice” of God in the midst of this pain and for His wonderful hand to hold. I am grateful for all of the above posts as it helps to not feel so alone in this struggle. God bless and be present for all of you. Peace going forward.
I am restless for seeing and feeling JESUS everyday, and being who He called me to be!! And also restless to not be dominated by fear in 2014!!!
Christie Duffie says
I am restless that I will resist being who God wants me to be.
I am restless for peace in my life.
I am restless for joy and contentment. I am also restless for a deeper relationship with God.
Angie in Guernsey says
I am restless to find a renewed sense of purpose – and to move on from old (and present) hurts, to understand how to experience God’s peace…
I am restless for…organization! Organization in every area of my life: home, work, and time.
I am restless for God to show me the next step for my daughter and I.
Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily) says
I am restless for God’s Perspective.
Diane Karchner says
I am restless for a look around the corner, a glimpse in an unfogged mirror.
Janet from FL says
I am restless for direction from God.
Marie Bride says
I am restless to be living Victoriously in Christ’s will.
Jo Lewis says
I am restless to be plugged in to a homeless ministry.
Becky J says
I am restless for white space in my life!
Steffanie Kahl-Bonn says
I am restless for God guidance on the kind of woman He wants me to be, and for my health. Since, Sept. 2012 I have had 8 surgeries and find out later this month when my next surgery will be.
Robin in New Jersey says
I am restless to find out what I am supposed to be doing with my life. At 53, I feel lost and like I just need to get away from everyone and be still and quiet with the Lord and hear his voice. Instead, I have to work and be a mom and a wife and try to get through each day without falling apart.
I am restless for more of Him, the beauty that will be found as I still myself, allow myself to simply Be in His Presence with no agenda, other than to share my moments with Him.
I am restless for direction. I’ve been homeschooling for 25+ years and I am tired and wondering if “Thou, God, seest me,”?
Kathryn Hahn says
I am restless to go ….FORWARD! With Him in obedience and faithfulness, honoring and glorifying Him. Throwing off, leaving behind the past.
restless for….feeling soul rest in the depth of my heart.
Jessica Mumford says
…..resting in God!
Liz D. says
I am restless for there to be peace in my neighborhood, that the gangs would stop & the number of young people who are killed to cease. Also restless for the beautiful young women in my neighborhood to know and stand boldly in their worth and identity in Christ.
I am restless to hear God’s voice…
Kim in NH says
I am restless for what God has in store for me at our new church.
I am restless for a joy-filled, peace-filled, ministry-minded heart. As a college student, it’s been difficult for me to continually maintain and balance these things in the midst of challenging semesters.
Lindsay W says
I am restless for fire in my walk with God.
I am restless to know what I am to do next in my life.
Jennie- I am restless for community. I am restless for God to use me and shine in me. After 10 years of pursuits which were 100% selfish and worldly, I am restless for surrender. I am restless for God to eradicate my fears and use me to shine truth. You hit the nail on the head: I am restless. And ready.
Patty O says
I am restless for peace in my heart and mind. And I am restless for a time when I feel my shame lessen…the shame that comes from dealing with childhood sexual abuse. I am in therapy now to help rid me of that shame and by the Glory of God I will eliminate it!
I am restless for: 1. Seeing how God will move in the ladies Bible study i will be starting on the 28th 2. New directions in my life now that I am an “empty-nester” 3. God to deliver me from the amount of time I spend on my computer!
I am restless for? I am not sure what restless means or what the right answer should be.
i am restless for healing . . .
Kim B says
I am restless for creating beauty and for seeing people walk in freedom.
I am restless for having the courage to trust God enough to truly give Him all my questions, my worries my burdens and my stress. I still have this troublesome belief that I can do it better, when I know in fact, that He who spoke life into being, can surely handle my burdens.
I am restless for the little things…like reading a book.
Melissa M says
I am restless with writing vacation bible school curriculum.
Mel Y says
I am restless for peace, both in my home and within myself.
I am restless for air; the hard moments where I forget to just breathe and remember He is in control.
I am restless for Him; in who I am and in ALL I do.
I’m restless for something….different. To be able to pursue something new in my career and having the financial freedom to do so. To make new friends. To work harder on my marriage and see it unfold in new, exciting directions. To push myself to be healthier. To see my relationship with the Lord grow in new ways.
I AM RESTLESS To really experiece God in my life
I am restless because I’m not spending enough time with God!
I am restless for living…for too long I’ve been merely surviving. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other. I am restless and at the place where I am finally LIVING…reaching out to encourage others, writing again, no longer afraid. Yes, I am restless for living… 🙂
elle @ being stepmom says
I am restless for my calling to be made clear to me.
For being through this struggle!
Gail Watson says
I am restless to see all of God’s promises fulfilled.
I am restless to figure out who I am and what God wants from me now that my only daughter (only child) is at college.
I am restless for God’s plan for my life now that at 71 I finely am retired.
I am restless for contentment.
Rebecca Sarine says
I am restless to thrive as a family. Whether that be right where God has us now or if/when our house sells and we can get land to be more self-sustaining and build community with others. I am restless to give 100% of myself to my family rather than feeling torn and unable to focus on the present of where I am and who I am with. I am restless to share what I have learned and am learning health and wellness physically and spiritually with those in my family and those I meet. There is a way to do what I am passionate about. I am restless to know God intimately and passionately able to sit at His feet/on His lap and just be there.
I am restless for a simple life and financial security.
I am restless for contentment and peace. To stop trying to fix myself, to stop trying to put walls up in front of God.
Julie Sunne says
I am restless for following God: heart, soul, mind, and body.
a spirit of repentance and reconciliation in our church
Babs C. says
I Am Restless For HOME, a healing rest, wholeness, strength to return to my body, [to be] seen and understood, freedom to be the woman God destined me to become, fulfillment of long-held visions and dreams, opportunities to bless others, God’s heart to beat in my own, more power/more love, a new spirit song, a voice that is heard, protection, a champion of my heart. (And … I’m restless to win A Giveaway!)
donna mccoy says
I am Restless for PURPOSE…more than just a job and going to bed at night, to get up and do it all over again. NO GOOD!!!
Jenn Caton says
I am restless for Christ’s undeniable direction in my life.
I am restless for understanding.
Lisa Taylor says
I am restless for His redemption story to be told in gentle, loving, nuanced ways through art…restless for changed lives through art pointing to the Author of Creativity and Creation.
Courtney L. says
I am restless for a renewing of the minds in my home… my own included. I yearn for our family to honor God, each other, and to intentionally look for ways to bless and serve others. I am restless for us to choose love, even when one of us isn’t being so lovable. I so desperately want us to lean into Jesus and let go of past hurts, worries and fears.
Lisa Mac says
I am restless to begin the rest of my life after being a mother for 33 years and finally getting my special needs daughter off to start her life on her own!
I am restless for God to do something mighty in my church.
I am restless for leaving the past behind, overcoming loneliness, experiencing happiness, and waking up each day and not looking at the day as just another one to get through but rather a day of joy, excitement, happiness, hope, of what God has for me today. Finding the lost me in Him.
kathy w says
I am restless trying to figure out what I should be doing in my life right now and the
I am restless for releasing my moments, hours, days to Him.
Vicky Blackwell says
To be using my gifts and talents that God has so graciously blessed me with! I am failing Him desperately.
I am restless for peace.
Katie Ray says
I am restless for reaching those who know of God but do not KNOW Him
I am restless for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and restoration. I’m also restless for peace, hope, joy, freedom, and courage. I’m restless for God to redeem the past and reveal His purpose for me. I’m restless to know and love God so much more deeply and intimately than I do now. I’m restless to experience His transforming work in my life and to be able to serve others and pour out His love in their lives.
I am restless for dreams that have been squashed because I am busy being a mother. I’m believing that God will show me how my dreams will collide with His plan for my life. I know they are related, just not sure how, when, where He will reveal it.
I am restless for understanding of what God is doing and what my part is.
I am restless for knowing more of God.
I am restless to be the joyful and peaceful mama, wife, friend, employee and co-heir with Christ that God has created me to be.
I am restless for more.
Joyce M. says
I am restless for rest.
I am restless for God’s powerful transformation in my life circumstances.
2013 was a very hard year. I am hoping and praying that 2014 is a blessed turnaround.
I am restless for true community; for the village; for chords of three strands; for Carrie, Samantha, Charolette and Miranda; for…
I am restless for intimacy and true connection with God and people.
I am restless for a purpose.
I am restless to see women (and by women I mean me) to embrace who we are. To be content in our current season of life but to not feel afraid or guilty of dreaming bigger dreams. And to have the courage to walk toward those God-given dreams no matter how much bigger than us they may be.
I am restless for my life to be poured out for the glory of God. I am restless for His name to be renowned to the ends of the earth.
Wow! This am I awoke feeling Restless..
Like 3am. It’s been a long journey. Recently I thought am I really the woman
God wants me to be? I want to know my
heart. He definitely has my heart! I’m restless to know My path each day.
I put my life on hold after a long career. A
divorce. A relationship ended. Most of all
I’m restless – I’m trusting Jesus every moment for His best on All things, past,
Present, and my dreams, my passion to
be all I can be for Him and those I love
most: my grown children & their children.
Its quite a Calling: I’m ready.
I am restless for passion. God has blessed me with so much, and I want to put what I have to use towards something bigger than I can imagine.
Angela Wachendorf says
I am restless for a new season to begin.
I am restless for children. This year (after several years of empty nesting) my husband and I are starting over as foster parents. Exciting.
Sara Byrd says
I am restless for Closeness, to Jesus. I want to hear His voice in every thought, breath, prayer.
Julie Campbell says
I am restless for my kids — all teenagers — to grow up to truly know Christ, to serve Him and to see Him as beautiful. Not just because they’ve been raised in a Christian home, but because He has captured their hearts as well.
I am restless for a a way of entering into the silence of God and then reaching out with that peace to others.
Tina Crispin says
I am restless for knowing I can touch the life in front of me with the love of God.
Karen Smith says
I am restless for a change. I am 50; kids grown; job secure; soul mate found; I know there is so much more out there for me to share, to learn, to teach, especially now, I have found God in my life again. I am restless to learn how to lead; I want to do so much so fast but have no idea where to start. I understand how you felt, happy and fulfilled, yet oddly unfulfilled and maybe even unhappy. Yes, I am restless to begin another great chapter in my life.
Katie Meg says
I am restless to be a more present mom and fully surrender each day to what the Lord has for me.
Tommie Sledge says
I am restless for a new beginning in my life. God has taken away to give me more, and teaching me how I can trust Him with everything. Praising God in all circumstances.
Beth WIlliams says
I am restless for a more deeper renewed faith in Christ. To really know Him and to live out my Christian life so others may see Him and not me.
Also restless to quit a job I don’t like and work at something else–perhaps part time and do some ministry in the area.
I am restless for living up to my God given potential!
I’m simply loving your book Anything (just about done). It has challenged me in so many ways. I can’t wait to read Restless. Sounds like the perfect one to read next. 🙂 Thank you for your beautiful heart.
Jessica Lundstrom says
I am restless for teaching.
I am restless for knowing. Knowing who I am in Christ. Knowing the purposes He has for my life. Knowing peace in the middle of transition and change and uncertainty. Knowing – and believing – that what I am doing is making a difference … even in the mundaneness of life with a husband in graduate school and three little ones. Knowing that I am loved. LOVED. Knowing that I am healed. Knowing that I am free. Free to be the woman He has called me to be.
connection. definitely connection.
Marinalva Sickler says
For what God is bringing to me: a new family, new marriage, and a mission field. I’m excited in saying Yes to the Lord for His calling in my life, but I confess it is scary. As a pastor daughter I recall my mom many times in tears accepting the changes that our father’s ministry had experienced. Your book probably will be a tool to calm me down and reorient my new steps. Right now, your words about the CALLING of God took me to tears. I don’t know if I’m wrong because I should be excited and jumping on my feet. It has been a time of wait patiently sometimes tearful. After months of anticipating and postponing, a have a date for meeting my fiance and daughter, and for planning this new beginning. I guess I am not just fine.
Kristy Byers says
I am restless for…MORE.
I am restless for learning/seeing/experiencing more of God’s Kingdom here on earth!
Connie Johnson says
I am at a crossroads…within the next decade we will become empty nesters…I’m restless for the next stage of life.
I am restless for recognizing the will of God and walking in it, despite what I think the plan for my life should be. 🙂
I’m restless for happiness, peace and healing.
I am restless for the peace that comes when the clutter doesn’t consume me.
Angela Ray Smith says
I am restless for assurance.
Malory H says
I am restless for more of Him, less of me, for a spiritual-God-changing-me-overhaul in my life 🙂
I am restless for His passion in my life – not just sitting back in complacency & inaction because it’s easier & safer & less messy. My children are growing up without knowing Him because my husband is not a believer & some days it’s easier to just not rock the boat. But I am not satisfied with this anymore. I am attending If: Austin next month & hoping to connect with others who are seeking change!
I am restless for inner peace.
Jody Duffy says
bravery to follow my dream
I am restless for direction.
Lee Ann says
I am restless for waiting on God. 5 years ago I told a very good friend that I knew God wanted me to do something but I didn’t know what that was. Through lots of conversations with her and with God, the answer I got was to wait. Discern. Listen.
I’ve done that.
But I’m still restless.
Did I miss something?
Or am I just afraid to take that first step?
I am restless for a new season, where I live out Matthew 5:16 in this world that desperately needs Jesus.
I am restless for restoration of relationship.
I am restless for finding my calling
I am restless for my girls to be Ble to rest and have some space.
I am restless for Jesus to impact our town Big Time.
I AM RESTLESS FOR MY SON TO BE RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER 12 LONG AND PAINFUL YEARS
Victoria Martin says
I am restless for starting our new women’s ministry in watching the (in) courage videos and blogs!!
Jennifer D says
I am restless for freedom from fear. Freedom from being scared of rejection, loneliness, hurt.
Sophia DeLonghi says
I am restless for less stuff and more Jesus! I am working on simplifying my life to make time for the things that are lasting and meaningful. Having too much stuff makes me restless.
Kirsten johnson says
…contentment and answers.
I’m restless for organization so that I can better prioritize and be about my Father’s business in 2014.
Wow! I can relate to SO much of what the rest of you ladies wrote. I am restless… But I had a hard time really pinning down for what. I scrolled through other comments and thought, “oh, that one’s good.” It was easy to think of what I could say I’m restless for that might make me appear more spiritual. Yuck. Fakeness seems to come easy, doesn’t it? When I tried to ask myself what I’m *really* restless for, I had a hard time pinpointing it. That’s when I realized that I am restless for finding out the woman that I really am, the woman God made me to be. I am restless for sincerity, for being honest with myself and others, and most importantly, God, about what I really want and feel, and not just masking it under what I think others and God expect me to want or feel. It’s only when I unmask what’s really in my heart that God can uproot the sinful motives and desires and replace them with genuine, God-honoring ones.
I am restless for more of God and less of myself.
I am restless for making a change.
I’m restless for simplicity!
I am restless for the Word to seep into my soul and make me the woman God has intended me to be.
I am restless for knowing if the decision I made to move back to my home state was the right one. So far, there have been many obstacles and losses. Days are becoming more difficult to navigate through. Praying to know God’s will and need clear direction.
I am restless for structured time God every morning – and the desire to get up early to meet with him.
I am restless for God’s direction…and that I’ll know it when I see it.
I’m restless to truly experience rest in God and victory over fear and anxiety. Also, I’m restless to finally experience a deeply personal and vibrant relationship with God that so many others have but seems elusive to me, and to be rid of the heartache I feel from not being anywhere near as close to God as I’d like to be. I so long to experience His presence and be a woman after His heart. I’m restless to see many changes in my life and for God to release me from being stuck in so many areas. I’m restless for God to give me strength and a heart that desires to follow Him no matter what and to become unafraid to tell others about Christ. I’m eager to know what spiritual gifts and other talents or skills God has graciously given me that I can exercise even with my physical limitations. I’m restless for The Lord to heal me from over 12 years of chronic physical pain and accompanying emotional and spiritual struggles I’m dealing with. I deeply desire to see any good God has brought out of my suffering and to experience His mending and healing of the many deep wounds and brokenness that I live with each day. I really need His wisdom, guidance, and direction as well to know what to do to relieve the pain, to know what His will is and a willingness to submit to it. Oh, how I want to be productive and feel useful in advancing His Kingdom, to be in ministry and be part of a community of believers. I need and am restless to see my life bearing fruit and to find freedom complete and amazing freedom, satisfaction, worth, joy, love, hope, and contentment in Him. I’m so restless to trust completely and surrender all to Him, yet I struggle to do this often. I’m restless to truly learn “to walk by faith and not by sight.” I’m needing Him to give me knew perspective and to help me get my focus off of myself and onto serving and glorifying Him and blessing others. I’m really restless for God to bring great revival in my life and to do mighty and marvelous works in and through me.
I’m so restless for heaven, to see God face to face, to experience unbroken fellowship with Him, for faith to be made sight, to no longer be under the curse, to have a sinless heart, to be free from the burdens and suffering of this life, to worship God with all the saints and be in glory forevermore, and so much more than any of us can ever fathom!
Peggy Forstad says
I am restless to get to the point of seeing the face of Jesus on every face I see.
Joanne Maher says
I am restless for seeing the sun shine in our lives…it seems adversity after adversity. We are God loving, faith-filled Christians (blessed right there!). I find it easier to believe and hope, but my husband struggles so much as time passes. Maybe we’d like to be able to see the “Son” shine in our eyes and our hearts a bit easier.
Lola Michaels says
I am restless … to know why I am still here.