For Those Who Are Feeling Restless…

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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  • There are definitely days I feel restless. Especially as we wait for our house to sell so we can move where we know God is leading. I just have to remind myself of God’s promises. Somedays that means repeating them over and over to myself. Would love to read this book.

  • Teresa B.

    The Lord promised He has a plan for us…and it isn’t mediocrity. He wants what is true, and best, and things we cannot imagine with our feeble brains. I have always been restless. God has given me big dreams and passions. I am so glad I found the like-minded ladies in IF: to share my dreams and passions with. Thank you all for being champions and stepping out in faith to draw us all together.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Love this Teresa.

  • Rebecca Daniels

    So much of what Jennie writes/talks about really resonates with me. IF God is real, THEN there is more; and IF there is more, then I’m scared to death – afraid of what He might require of me; afraid He might ask me to give up something I cherish deeply. But I know that if I hold onto any of those things, more than I cling to Him, it’s idolatry; and in the end, I need Jesus more than anything this world has to offer. So I want to be brave and ask the Lord what He wants to do with this one short life He’s given me. And I want to follow where He leads, whatever the cost.

  • Carol York

    I have been feeling something that I couldn’t describe for a couple of years now. Reading this post helped me put a word to it…Restless is it. I’ve had my current job for almost 17 years. I’m only 41, and every day I don’t want to start work because it doesn’t feel right anymore. I love working and I love having a job. It just doesn’t feel right and it feels like there should be more. I don’t know how to get there from here. That is very scary and a constant prayer on my lips…

  • jld12381

    I have been feeling restless. At a young 32 and single while all of my friends are getting married and having babies, I’ve been desiring more from my life but not knowing where to start. I know that God has called me to more than what I’m living but I just don’t know how.

  • Lauren

    I definitely feel that restlessness! It’s hard to be in a job you don’t enjoy in a place that you want to move away from…all the while knowing you can’t just up and quit and move b/c of the state of the economy! Just looking for guidance from The Lord and discerning what He has for me and where He wants to lead me!

  • Oh yes, I so often cycle in and out of that restlessness that seems to say contentment is so very far away from my present reality, and I know I should strive for it, but isn’t there more to life than *this*? I am looking forward to reading this book AND I already have a ticket to If:Gathering and am SO excited to see how the Lord will use it for many!

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  • Victoria Mininger

    I’ve been reading a pre-released copy of Jennie’s book and God’s timing could not be any better. So much of what she writes, what she says, what she shares resonates deeply in my soul. As a church planter couple, my husband and I have been wrestling with our restlessness. That God wants to do more, use us more, deeper, and in more stretching kind of ways. No longer am I satisfied with church as we know it, but a deeper longing to truly reach the hurting, the need, the places we are scared to go. It was in the midst of that wrestling that Jennie’s book found my hands – I am still processing all it means but I feel deep in my spirit that a radical move of the Spirit is happening. Something new, fresh – a stirring of God’s people. I never knew it was ok to be restless – Now I am learning to embrace the “tension” of it all. ~Victoria

  • Jessica Scott Turner

    I go through seasons when I feel extremely restless and like there has to be more.

  • Brandon

    I can relate to the restless feeling. Wanting more, knowing there is more – but I also know that…

    I am selfish.
    I am impatient.
    I am fearful.
    I am either unable or unwilling to distinguish my desires from His will.

    My restless feeling makes me want to move but maybe the restless felling is His call for me to sit and wait and trust.

  • Carrie Stockdale

    Here’s the exciting part to our restlessness: it causes us to MOVE! Psalm 40:5 is my heart’s song for this year, “O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Did you see that sentence smack dab in the middle, “Your plans for us are too numerous to list?” He has PLANS for us! SO MANY! We’ve got to get about the business of getting about!

    I simply can’t wait to read Jennie Allen’s Restless. Thanking God today for the Lindseys and Jennies and Jens who keep us moving forward with Jesus!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Love that verse Carrie!

  • Jennifer Hein Oltrogge

    I am so very thankful for this give away. I am feeling Restless. I feel a restlessness to sit at his feet. I tend to be a doer, and I feel that I need to take time to really get to know Him, and to walk humbly with Him. I can’t wait to read the book! But even more, I am praying that I win the ticket to the IF: Austin. I was blessed to get a ticket, but my friend Claudia did not. We bought our airfare from Chicago to Austin even before the chance to get our tickets. She is coming with me to Austin whether she has a ticket or not, but I really want her to be with me at the conference. Praying that I will win this giveaway!

    • lindseyrnobles

      I’m a doer too Jennifer. I’m definitely having to work on the being part.

  • Missy

    Such timely thoughts for me as a new mom. I’m more than ever questioning who I am, what I’m here to do, and how to go about it in a God-honoring way. Thank you, and hoping to read Restless soon soon soon!

  • Both truly resonate with me. I’ve been feeling restless in some dreams. I can’t wait for IF! I’m younger (college) and was worried I wouldn’t be able to be a part…so thankful I am, even though I won’t be there!

    • lindseyrnobles

      So glad you can join us!

      • It will be online, but I will join – for sure!

  • Erin Stryker

    As a single woman who felt called to adopt – and then fought the calling hard, then submitted and fell in love with a little boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, only to have the door slammed in my face, I feel like this is perfect timing. I was so restless before I answered the calling, and now am so restless trying to determine what God’s purpose in it was. I’m excited to read this Restless!

    • lindseyrnobles

      What a journey you’ve been on Erin!

  • Ondrea

    I have been feeling restless for years! I committed to ministry when I was 17 (much to the dismay of my family because girls don’t do that). I pursued music ministry as that had been my passion for years and even was a vocal performance major in college. I married the most amazing man that has always encouraged me to do what The Lord has called me to do. When he went into ministry I felt like my job was to support him and let go of any idea of leading worship for anything other than the youth. After a while I sunk into kind of a bitter heart. Ok not kind of. After confessing this to my husband I have recently been desperate to figure out this restless feeling. One thing I can say is that I have taken every opportunity that I could to serve. I really would like to be involved with the IFGathering and I don’t really have an organized women’s ministry to do a local gathering with.

  • Emilee Guidorzi

    I think what makes me most restless right now is waiting on God’s timing. In the ups and downs of my relationship with the Lord, lately it feels like I’m waiting to be pulled out of a spiritual pit. I’m so encouraged by the concept of this book and the If:Gathering. I love seeing women who love the Lord step up and speak directly into the needs of our hearts. We are uniquely designed and have a special role in the body of Christ, and I’m excited to see how God uses this conference.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Me too!

  • Leah D.

    This book looks great! Thanks for the rec!

    • lindseyrnobles

      It is great.

  • Deborah Jamison

    I expressed almost these exact same questions/frustrations to a member of my pastoral staff two weeks ago. I was told that they wanted to talk with me and pray with me as I was struggling in these areas…two weeks later and no one has followed up.

    • lindseyrnobles

      That stinks! I’ll be praying Deborah.

  • Mike

    I feel the restlessness we feel is universal and I love that the writer points not further into ourselves but rather towards the only one who is able to keep us from stumbling, or in this case to just remain sedentary or stale.. I do believe our restlessness is an invitation to join in the divine pursuit, but possibly to find we were always the ones being pursued. I know that while I pray this for myself I also pray it for my wife and my daughter as they will struggle with the question of “worth” on a level that is uniquely feminine and will need to experience the pursuit of their Heavenly Father in their lives.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Love your thoughts Mike!

  • Katherine Smith

    Restless…I guess that sums it up. I am wrestling with whether I have been called to vocational ministry, and wondering what that could look like. I love my church, but the reality is there just aren’t too many positions out there for women except for with small children…and if I know anything, it’s that I am NOT called to work with small children. 😉
    From the moment I heard of it If:Gathering has resonated with me because I am passionate about women knowing their God-given purpose, and being equipped to carry it out. I want this for other women, and I want this for myself.

    • lindseyrnobles

      I think there are a lot of women like you who are wanting to do more ministry in their local congregations.

  • Oh yes! Restless to be with Him and be used BY Him…and to see all He is going to do in and through us! I am with you…xo

  • Kristy Chowning

    There are days that I feel complete peace about life, then there are days that “restless” sums it up perfectly. It would be an honor and a joy to attend the original IF gathering–not only for the conference, but it would also give me a chance to visit my hometown. It’s been way too long since I’ve been back.

    • lindseyrnobles

      You are from Austin? Did I know that? We still need to do dinner!

  • Yep, restless is practically my middle name. Sometimes for me it’s hard to differentiate between being restless and being discontent (which is a struggle of mine) but I do believe sometimes restlessness can come straight from God. I particulary struggle with restlessless as a stay-at-home mom often wishing I were playing with and hugging orphans in Africa rather than going to playgroups and story times at the library. And as a Pastor’s wife I often struggle to find my place in the Church and am constantly feeling restless about how easy it is for my identity to get wrapped up in my husband’s occupation and calling. Blah blah blah. I’d love to read this book. I’d also love to win a ticket to If: Austin which I would give to a friend since I’ve already got a ticket myself. But either way, it’s a great conversation. Thanks for doing this Lindsey!

    • lindseyrnobles

      The two can be hard to decipher!

  • Ali Hutcherson

    My Mother and I both sat on our computers awaiting the registration opening for the If Gathering and didn’t stand a chance, those tickets went in the blink of an eye! So excited for those that get to go, but what a treat it would be if my mom or I got to join all those ladies since I live in the area of where the conference will be!

    Restlessness is also something I relate to all too well. As someone about to graduate college, I am restless about what the Lord has planned for me beyond graduation. There are God given gifts that I have kept hidden because I have felt too self conscious to use them, but little by little I am building up the boldness to use these gifts and now the question is..what does the Lord want me to do with these gifts for His glory? So many questions that keep me up a night, ahh! I can only imagine what is in the days to come 🙂

  • Emily

    I am so pumped and excited about IF: Gathering! I hope it stirs up a fellowship of passionate women who can encourage each other in following God’s call bravely in our community.

    • lindseyrnobles

      It’s been fun to see how it has already brought people together.

  • Keri Reyes

    Restless sums it up. Lately everything has been going wrong. Heartbreak, lose, and sickness took a toll on me. I’m a college student struggling to get by. I had to withdraw last semester and now working three jobs to save for next semester. I got accepted to World Race it’s an 11 month mission trip to 11 countries. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go but if God wants me out there loving His people and serving I have faith He will provide. I can’t wait to read Restless and dive into Gods eternal word. Some days are harder than others but I just have to keep going. I would love the opportunity to go to the IF gathering.

    • lindseyrnobles

      I traveled with some World Racers last year in Guatemala. Great group of people. Very cool to see how they are trying to obedient to God’s call.

      • Keri Reyes

        That’s so awesome! I’m praying I get to be a part of that journey!

  • Celeste

    It resonates with me because If God is real, then why do I act like he isn’t? I want to live a life of faith in the reality of God.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Me too.

  • Chelsea

    I’m feeling restless. It resonates with me, because I want more, and I know I was made for more.

  • Megan Smidt

    God knows our hearts and I believe He stirs things in them for a reason. I had been feeling uneasy and restless for years, but couldn’t put it to words. All I knew was that something wasn’t right with what I was seeing in ministry and Church, but I was afraid that it was too far gone to change. I was afraid that I was alone in my feelings. I was
    afraid of my world being rocked…… until I got to the point where I couldn’t turn a blind eye to it any longer and knew that I needed to fast and seek God for clarity on what He was showing me.

    I went on a seven month mutiny against excess with the expectation to be forever changed and for God to show me my place in all of this. Through Seven, God showed me IF…. and it feels so good to know I’m not alone!

    IF God is real….. then what? What next? What do *I* need to do? How can I make an impact for His Kingdom on earth? Where do my voice, gifts, talents, and experience
    fit in?

    Through seven, God led me to voices who were putting words to the cries of my heart.
    He led me to women who also specifically needed to hear my voice through it. God keeps leading me to women who are tired of the status quo within the Christian Church and who yearn to be followers and disciples of Jesus….. not of other Christians. These women want to serve the least of these just as much or more than they are serving their Christian sisters. These women want authenticity and real fellowship. These women
    want to change the world in the name of Jesus.

    These women realize that God needs us gathered, mobilized and ready to be unleashed. He needs us working together…. He needs us focused on loving and serving right in our own neighborhoods and towns. He needs us going to the broken, starving, and hurting, not expecting them to come to us. He needs us meeting souls right where they are and loving them there with all that we have. He needs us sharing our stories and our resources as He leads…. for His glory!

    I’m done feeling restless….. I’m ready to be UNLEASHED!!! <3

  • Stephanie Sklba

    In a time of my life with many changes – sending the last child off to college, getting to know my husband again, figuring out the next place for ministry at my church and meeting many incredible new women in the community I grew up in! All very positive things but are certainly keeping me restless! Anxious and very excited to see what God has planned!

  • Chrissy Myal

    I’m in an intense season of restlessness. I am a women’s director who just got laid off. What is God doing? Why do I feel such a holy discontent. Why do I ache to see the Kingdom of God. I mean really see it-in me, in the church. I want, need, am begging for for the opportunity to do something- ANYTHING- that matters. To Jesus.

    • lindseyrnobles

      I’m sure He will use you Chrissy.

  • Moomzer

    When we stop feeling restless, we have stopped sensing the gentle nudges of our Lord. Funny that it is in quiet time that Christ’s followers gain the most momentum!

  • I am restless to settle into my life, establishing comfortable routines, making time and space for good family time, good spiritual time, writing, reading, being. My schedule is unpredictable and uncertain right now, and I long to settle into what God has for me.

  • Morgan

    I am restless by nature, a dreamer, a doer. I don’t rest. Sometimes I need rest, though, but fear that a brief pause to rest might put me at a disadvantage, might cause me to feel like I missed out on something. I crave a healthy restlessness. I want to learn how to better rely on God’s guidance and provision before making a commitment, before pursuing an ambition. I want to pray before volunteering to take on a project, before enrolling in another class, before making dinner plans with another couple. I want to learn to pray more in my daily, weekly and monthly planning process. I don’t do that enough…or at all. I need healthy restlessness–Iwant my ambitions to be God’s ambitions also.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yes. Me too.

  • Rachel

    I’m restless. I read Anything and wanted to find my “Anything” but haven’t yet. Would love to find the answer to my restlessness.

  • Jamie Fluken

    I often find myself feeling restless right before God does something big in my life. I feel like he created that restlessness so that we are always aware that we were made for more than this earth, this life, that feels so big but is actually so small in light of eternity.

  • Aarika Van Amburgh

    I can’t wait to read Restless!!! I lead a Bible Study group over the summer that read Anything and we LOVED it 🙂

  • Chelsia

    I’m restless. Oh so restless. For authentic community unmasked and willing to be raw and real with one another. It’s in that place that we grow, we mature, we meet Jesus in the deepest ways.
    Thanks for your giveaways! Awesome!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Think we all are a little restless for this ^^^

  • Cheryl

    What a beautiful person you are to have this giveaway. Thanks! Praying God will choose the ones who need this the most.

  • Paula

    I think I need this book! I’ve been feeling so restless and looking around me it seems as if everyone is feeling very secure and happy with where they are. I’m struggling to find my footing in a community that I don’t know if I belong in anymore. Feeling very strongly that I’ve been called to missional community, but there are none for miles around and no rumblings of any coming. Most days, I can say that I am believing God that my restlessness has purpose, that I have purpose, and that even though I feel alone, I am not. Thankful for the blog world where I can see God moving mightily around missional communities/work. I would be so grateful for an opportunity to go to the if gathering.

  • Misty Leigh Newsome

    I’m so excited to get my hands on this book! I loved STUCK!

  • Wesleigh Mellott

    I can’t wait to read Jennie’s new book!! I just read Anything and it really encouraged me to continue persuing missions!!

  • Emily

    I keep using this word “restless” lately as I’m talking with my closest friend. I just feel like church, the Christian life, is supposed to feel different than this. I want to step away from the “machine” church has become in America and really follow Christ where he is leading. More about people and relationships, not climbing some church ladder to “arrive” in ministry so to speak. At the same time staying planted in my local church where God has me but focusing on loving and living in a community and getting the gospel out together. Just so much, I could go on…but many of us here in the Bible belt are feeling it, God’s stirring.

  • Kathy Schwanke

    Oh my goodness, you still have that way-cool picture as your gravatar here that you used on Twitter when I first encountered you… how fun is that? 🙂

    • lindseyrnobles

      Haha. It’s old school.

  • Konnie

    Yes, feeling restless to connect with other women and begin the study as we dream together. I am also dawn to the IF gathering as women leave their agendas and masks at the door…so they can be authentic as God created each of us to be,…would love to be there.

  • Susan

    I have been feeling restless for a while. Because I have really been longing to draw nearer to him…. to walk more closely with Him, but I am resisting it…mostly due to FEAR of what He may be calling me to.

  • Natalie

    I would love to read this book! I’ve been feeling restless, and I want to get into all God has called me to do! I think this book would be a great help! 🙂

  • What a fabulous giveaway–thank you Lindsey! I feel restless to discern what God’s call is on my life and understand how to put it in to action.