Favorite Finds Friday!

So, my friend Allison Allen is amazing! And not only because we share the same last name! But, she is amazing because she is funny, gracious, kind, passionate and a deep well of wisdom. She doesn’t just carelessly throw out words. She carefully crafts them and filters them through the lens of Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Also, she is a champion’s champion. She has been one of the greatest sources of love and encouragement in my life over the past year. I am beyond blessed to have her in my life!

You can have some of that encouragement in your life too! Allison has just released her first book, called Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For

From the website…

“Actors aren’t the only ones who play characters. Many of us do, much of the time. We walk into a room, figure out who we’re supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it’s some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic character is not what God wants for our lives—and it’s not what we want either.

With fascinating personal stories and sharp insight into human nature, former actor Allison Allen calls you to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime—being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics might say. She gives you permission to talk about, rather than around, the things you feel, freeing you to step out of the shadows and into the light of God’s true calling.”

 

Allison, through her incredibly winsome personality meets you where you are and leads you to a place of incredible freedom. She has opened the door for all of us to fully be who God created us to be and to fully walk out that identity in the world around us. It’s never too late to receive fresh vision or dream a new dream. It’s never too late to shine and step into the roles we were made for!

 

Visit her site, buy her book and connect with someone who passionately desires to see you fulfill the calling on your life!

allisonallen.net

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The Shalom of God

About a month ago, I started meeting with a random mix of people who had been studying Hebrew, the Torah, and Jewish culture. I have always been interested in Jewish traditions and have learned about it at a very surface level. I was so grateful that a few of my friends shared with me about this group. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

This year has been a little hard. It hasn’t been my normal hard where I have crazy natural, tangible circumstances to deal with. This year has been more of a spiritual fight. I tell people that I don’t normally attribute much to the enemy, but he for sure has come for me this year. Much of the time I feel as though he is winning.

This battle has been playing out in my thought life like never before. As my birthday approaches, I am feeling a shift coming. It’s interesting because it falls right before the beginning of the Jewish new year. This gathering together with believers who are digging into the depths of the Torah and how Jesus actually lived has definitely helped to usher in this shift I’ve been sensing.

Honestly, I have been wading in a lack of peace. I have felt such unrest and discontent and a bit doubtful in several areas of my life. It’s not a super fun space to be in.

At our basic definition of the word, peace is quiet or a lack of disturbance. In Hebrew, words have such deeper meanings than we have translated them to mean. Peace is the word Shalom, but it goes far beyond our idea of peace. Peace is actually only a small part of true Shalom.

 

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