For Those Who Are Feeling Restless…

Posted By on Jan 7, 2014 in The Life I Live | 109 comments


Oh, the restlessness.

I feel it as I climb into bed, as I toss and turn, as I sluggishly awaken after a not-so-restful night’s sleep. I feel it as I commute to work, as I travel both domestically and abroad, as I return emails, and as I share coffee or some jalapeno ranch dip with friends and colleagues.

It haunts me more often than I’d like to admit.

I know it’s not just me. I hear it from friends. And from strangers.

“There has to be more than this.”

“My life hasn’t turned out quite like I imagined…I thought I’d be married…I thought I’d have kids…So now what?”

“What do I have to offer? I’m just a mom.”

“My job just doesn’t seem to fulfill me anymore.”

It nags them too.

It is a burden that can either slow us down or spur us forward in divine pursuit.

We all seem to be asking THE questions. You know, the big, hairy, audacious questions.

Who am I?

Who is this God I worship on Sundays and what if what I say I believe about Him is true?

And lastly, the question of all questions, what in the heck am I here for anyway? Can God use my messy life for His glory?

These questions seem to be the right questions. But I’m discovering that asking the questions isn’t enough. We must delve deep into the answers and be willing to act obediently as God unearths “His plan to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.”

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Jennie Allen writes in Restless: Because You Were Made for More, “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.” What if discovering God’s unique calling for your life is your greatest responsibility, second only to knowing and loving God? Your restlessness may very well be a divine invitation to purpose, calling and life.

Buy this book. It will direct you as you try to piece together the pieces of your story and find purpose. It has sure helped me.

As a VERY special offer, on Friday I will randomly select 5 winners from the commenters on this post. All five will be given a copy of Restless.

And the first two will be given tickets to the SOLDOUT If:Austin on February 7 and 8.  << Yes! How cool is this? Very cool. 

So tell me….Are you feeling restless? How does Restless and/or the If:Gathering resonate with you? 

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  • Molly Crouch

    I am restless for God’s plans to unfurl themselves this year in my life. Because they are so much bigger/better/brighter than my own. And I am restless for my faith to increase in Him. That I would be like Abraham and obey even if I don’t know where he has called me (Heb 11:8).

  • Rachelle S.

    I have felt restless for a very long time. To know what God’s plans are for me, what my gifts are, and how hr wants to use them. He is slowly revealing the answers and I am earning to rely on his perfect timing.

  • Kelly

    What a wonderful giveaway. I have felt restless every since I did a group Bible study on Jeannie’s book Anything. I’m restless to know more; there is so much mire purpose in our daily lives. Am I living it to its fullest and for what God intended?

  • Leslee Matthews

    yes, this “Glorious Mama” has been wrestling along these lines for quite a while now. You would think that with a name like that I was be all He has me to be! But in the midst of challenging teenagers, adopted children and a strained marriage, I wrestle with being restless! It’s amazing what He will use to draw us to Him!

  • AmandaEspi

    I mostly feel restless, because I know what my dream is (to be a digital tentmaker) but I get impatient at seeing it come to pass. I’d love to go the IF Gathering!

  • Amber

    I think living/doing the same things -day after day – can make you become restless. I’m a homeschool mom of 4 – we are Worship Leaders at our church – involved in things in our community – my life is ANYTHING but BORING – but yet – I’m one who asks…There Has to be MORE than this!

  • Liz

    Many times it is easy for me to get restless when things don’t happen when I think they should. It’s hard to be patient and wait on The Lord many times, despite how many times people tell you that it will be worth it. I know that if truly will be worth the wait and that God will allow everything to happen in His perfect time, but it still is a struggle and one that I am working to overcome! I desire for my heart to be so in love and focused on Christ that it comes easy to wait on Him. :)

  • Kim Palmer

    I have been on a journey over the last year. The journey has been has been trying to find out what Christ really said in his Word and my response to that. Wanna talk restless?? I have no idea where I fit anymore. I know I am a mom and wife and maybe that IS my place but hI’m restless in how to be that mom and wife. We are in the middle of adopting a foster child and I struggle daily with that decision….. The struggle is my own selfishness. Orphan care is hard!! But I know Jesus called us to it. I’m struggling with what church I fit in and if Ii am to find another ministry to serve. Constantly asking what’s next but knowing that God doesn’t always show us a plan :)) love my adventure !!!!! Dreaming big and small about how God will use me :)))

  • Lynn

    Hello I am a pastors wife and love it but I have felt for several years now there has to be something more. I absolutely love ministry (Womens’s Ministry) but have a deep desire for more. So I guess we could say I have a bit of a Restless feeling. I am praying that God will show my husband and I exactly what and where he wants us in this amazing walk with Him. Can’t wait!

  • sarahfarish

    Restless…or frustrated. Staying in a marriage for 15 years – seven of those after affair one. Praying, serving, submitting, and centering – only for the cycle to continue and the divorce process to begin. How could this happen to me? to my kids? After I followed all the cool Christian wife and mom blogs…read all the books…followed all the peer and mentor advice: “THIS is how God honors marriage and blah, blah, blah” But, not for me. Not here. And, “I’m scared” doesn’t begin to describe my next steps. I KNOW I am made for more. I KNOW God loves me. Yet, right now the knowing won’t move to the believing. Which leads me back to restless…and frustrated. I am hopeful, but a kick in the pants to move me would be welcome.

    • lindseyrnobles

      So hard, Sarah. My situation is definitely different but I understand. I just always try to remind myself that even when life is hard, God is good.

  • Deanna

    I feel this. I need this. Just finished “Stuck” in a small group and am reading “Anything” right now. It burns within us all I think if we will be still long enough to feel it and listen.

  • Chele Williams

    Restless! A fighter! Me. Thankful for these women’s vulnerability as we too can just “be”

  • Melissa Lancaster Zuber

    Restless. Frustrated. Stuck. Love all the women who ate being real and honest and speaking truth and encouragement through blogs, Facebook, etc. Very inspiring. The IF Gathering has been something I wanted to go to the minute I found out about it. Even before all the details had been worked out. Think I had read about it on Jen Hatmaker’s blog. Thanks for being generous and giving! Congrats to whoever the winners may be!!

  • Jenny Lewis

    I feel restless that I need to do more to be a woman after God’s heart and to really show my kids what that relationship looks like.

  • hannah anderson

    Part of my restlessness, I think, is learning how to move through the stages of life and be able to find God and myself in each new one. The answers that seemed so right at 21, now don’t fit the same way. What I expected to happen, hasn’t. What I thought would give me a sustainable sense of identity, didn’t. Slowly learning that the only real answer is in Him–made in His image, nothing else will satisfy me until I learn that “all things flow from Him and to Him and unto Him.” Even us. Especially us.

    • lindseyrnobles

      This totally resonates with me.

  • Andrea Howey

    I was just thinking this morning how easy it would be for me to begin this new year the same way I have every other year, but I’m so ready for more. When I read the Bible, I see it full of adventure… courage and boldness, tenderness and love, victory and freedom… I don’t want to stay stuck in what I’ve always done, especially since I know there is so much more… I want my life to tell a story of great courage, adventure, obedience, fruitfulness, love, hope, bravery… so yes, I am restless… Really excited to read this book!

    • lindseyrnobles

      “I want my life to tell a story of great courage, adventure, obedience, fruitfulness, love, hope, bravery… so yes, I am restless.” <<< Yes.

  • Kelly lagaras

    I often feel restless wondering if my gifting’s are really being used by God. I feel restless, asking God, “am I dreaming big enough dreams?” I ofter feel restless wanting to make a bigger difference in the world. It would be great to be encouraged by the IF gathering and to hear of other women.

  • Heather Barlow

    Cannot wait to read this book!! Looking for God to do big things

  • Ophelia

    I am restless to see God in ways that I’ve never seen him before. I am restless for His Kingdom to manifest itself in the hearts of those being destroyed from the inside out by Satan.

  • Stephanie Myers

    I am so restless for intimacy with The Father and to recognize His unfolding will for my life! I am anxious to begin this book ASAP!

  • Brenda DeWalt

    I have been restless for unity in the body of Christ for a long time– particularly among women– I am restless to see sisters in Christ celebrate rather than compete– to see them differ in opinion, but stand as one in Truth. I long to see women fight for and not against each other. So excited to be headed to Austin to dive into what it means to live like God is real and not just preach it! Thanks for your honest words Lindsey!

    • lindseyrnobles

      ” I long to see women fight for and not against each other.’ <<< Me too.

  • Taylor Patch Nichols

    I think we all feel restless, it’s just a matter of what we do with that restlessness and weather or not we acknowledge the relentlessness. I know that I can point back to the feeling of restlessness starting around the age of 15. What was my purpose, what was my calling, how did that relate to my life, were the tow connected, was the restlessness inside me or an external force? Those are just a few of the questions that have been swirling in my head for the past 16 years. The idea of a “Restless” and “If” is so exciting to me because it really OPENS up the conversation about the burning questions that loom inside of us all and speak truth to the point that the restlessness is FOR A REASON, it’s FOR HIM! I’m so excited to be apart of this journey, and though each of the paths/purposes God has for the women with this “restlessness” is different, the destination is all the same, so the journey is really something we’re all taking together! I’m excited to hear truth spoken through these resources and trust that God will use them both to “stir the pot” in all of our hearts and start using our gifts and callings for HIM!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yes. I’m excited to see how God uses this, us.

  • Stacey

    Restless something I feel so very often. I am finding myself between seasons of life right now. My children are getting older and I find myself nostalgic about the past and hesitant about the future. I feel God nudging me to move in a certain direction but often I feel alone and then fear creeps in. How do I step out? How do I follow the path God has for me when I am so unsure? I have been reading Psalm 46 over and over and letting the truth I find there sink into my being. The vision of IF is something my heart is so hungry for at this point in my life. The quote form Jennie Allen is Restless is exactly what I feel like right now. I have allowed fear and complacency to stand in my way for too long. I am ready for a change.

  • Myriam

    Restless yes. As far back I can remember and still haven’t put my finger on it. I pray to God that this is the year that the tension is cleared up a bit.

  • http://www.jamiesrabbits.com/ Jamie

    I am in a wonky season of restlessness since I quit my job (per God’s nudging) and now I’m a stay-at-home-Jamie. Extroverts were not made for this world of home alone-ness. It’s challenged me in really terrific ways and still has me looking for more…

  • Reagan

    “But I’m discovering that asking the questions isn’t enough. We must delve deep into the answers and be willing to act obediently as God unearths “His plan to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.” YES!!! I am so restless, yet excited to see where God is leading me next!

  • Tammy

    I’m really wrestling with this idea of feeling “restless”. I’m really wrestling with it because I read in scripture Jesus words about His desire to meet our need for rest. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

    Or this translation in The Message. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    At almost 55 and finally living out the dream that God wrote on my heart many years ago to be a pastor, I find that much of my restlessness in my earlier years came from the discomfort, angst and tension of trying to live as an “alien and a foreigner” in this world. Trying to live according to the upside down, Kingdom-centric teachings of Jesus when the world was shouting “no be like us”. Live like US and then you’ll find true joy and happiness and REST.

    When you have Jesus saying “the last shall be first and the first shall be last” or “LOVE your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” or “in order to gain your life you must lose your life”. WHAT???? I call these principles Kingdom economics and they’re completely opposite of all we know, hear and experience in the voices and noises that surround us daily.

    So we live in the tension—we want to believe Jesus and take up our cross and follow Him but is what He says really true—that following Him to wherever He takes us truly leads to REAL LIFE???? To the joy and peace and REST that He promises???

    WE were, WE are created to do great things for God but there’s a quote that I love that says, “God calls SOME OF US to do great things (in the eyes of the world), but He calls ALL OF US to do little things with GREAT LOVE”!

    Let me say that any GREAT THING you may do will mean nothing, and I mean nothing if in the process you have to sacrifice the deep, abiding, intimate, life-giving relationship that God has to offer to each of us.

    So each morning I wake up and get to breathe one more breath, get to live one more day, get to walk into the call that God has so graciously placed on my life, maybe I do feel just a little restless.

    But I think it’s because I don’t want to miss out on even one little thing that God has for me that day, one word He has to say, one revelation HE has to give, or miss that one opportunity to love, share or serve someone with the love of Christ. I’m RESTLESS FOR HIM!!! I can never get enough of HIM! HE IS the most perfect love that I’ve ever known or will know.

    But IN HIM—-I find my REST!!!!

    Looking forward to continuing the dialogue and would LOVE to have a ticket to IF!!

  • http://www.love-laugh-learn.com/ Deanna

    IF: God wants me to act, he will let me win a ticket to If:Austin! Ha, seriously. God rocks my heart — every bit of it — and I want to live my life crazy for him.

    …and yep, STILL restless!

  • Dawn

    Definitely restless – there must be something to this. Something more.

  • Debbie

    I have been “fighting” the restlessness inside me for over a year now. Because where I am is “safer.” Not better, not more fulfilling, not more life-empowering. Just safer. And I am seeking the wings I need to be brave enough to just up and follow Jesus and walk away from “safe.”

  • mcraches

    I am restless for what God has in store for my call. I am ready to serve, but I know I need to make time to just be still and listen, even if my heart keeps beating at a faster pace. As change surrounds me everywhere: in my work, my seminary, my family, and my church, I am ready Lord, for your calm, peace, and light to guide us all. The IF Gathering has me so excited. It is a group of women who inspire and challenge, calling us together as women to move forward in our beliefs. Our faith should cause us to live differently, intentionally, and in excitement because our God loves. I was at Truett Seminary in my first class of the day trying to register for IF Austin, and it was sold out by the time we had our first break in class.

  • Kara

    I am so excited to see how God moves in this new year. 2013 was filled with life change for my family and I, but God is so good and he is with us constantly. I am eager to read this book, I love the other Jennie Allen studies Ive done and can only imagine Restless being fantastic as well! Thanks for your kindness in posting this special offer; here’s hoping I’ll be headed to Texas in February! ;)

  • http://ashliewrites.com/ Ashlie

    I’ve been feeling God stirring in my heart some new things for a while, and I know it’s not just me – every deep conversation I’ve had with friends echoes the same. I often struggle with knowing what “faith” steps to take yet how to remain faithful with what is in front of me. Sometimes those things seem at odds, especially as a wife and mom. Would love to go to Austin in Feb!!