How Do I Juggle Ministry and Family?

Today is the first video for the website in a series I’ve entitled Ask The Blogger. Several weeks ago, I asked those on our email list to shoot me some questions they would ask if the two of us were sitting down for a private chat! Wow! I received such a great response, I couldn’t figure out how to answer all of the questions!

So, I decided to do a little series called Ask The Blogger.

Our first video is answering two questions:

1. How do you juggle ministry and family?
2. What verse is your go-to verse in hard moments and why?

Ask The Blogger-2 from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

This series sparked an idea that I hope you’ll love. Some of the questions I received caused me to want to seek out an expert to answer it. So…why not?

Let’s Ask the Experts!!

Do you have some questions you’d like to ask some seasoned women in ministry? Send me your questions (keep them simple. i.e. What book has spoken to you most through a hard situation?)

I’ll take your questions and be in contact with some leaders in women’s ministry and find out what they have to say!!

Leave your questions in the comments or for more private questions shoot me an email on the contact page!

The Identity Project–Lesson 8

We’ve made it! Our final lesson and worked our way through the new identities we are given because of the grace work of Jesus in our lives.
Yesterday, I taught in Sunday School about the time when Jacob wrestled with God and then God changed His name–gave Jacob a new identity.
God’s been in the business of transformation since the beginning!
It has really been such a privilege learning alongside you! Continue to allow God to shape and change who you are for His Kingdom and glory.
Listening Guide and Homework

The Identity Project–Lesson 8 from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

The Identity Project–Lesson 7

We’re almost done and I’m feeling a little nostalgic even after only 7 weeks that we’re done next week! I love learning and growing alongside you, precious women.

In the video I mention a couple of books that I strongly encourage you to read as additional resources for this week’s lesson. They are easy reads and were both instrumental in my personal journey with God. I’m including the links in this post so you can check them out. I underlined most of both of these books so getting your own copy would be worth your while.


Listening Guide & Homework

The Identity Project–Lesson 7 from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

Identity Project–Lesson 6

You are a friend of God! Can you wrap your brain around being buddies with the Creator of the Universe?!? If you take a moment to really think about it, I think you’ll find yourself in awe. That’s our lesson this week…our identity as God’s Friend.

Listening Guide & Homework

The Identity Project–Lesson 6 from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

The Identity Project–Lesson 5

The video this week seems a little grainy…might be because I recorded it on such a dreary day.  Anyhow…I think it still works.  Hope you are really resonating with some of the real truths from Scripture regarding your identity.  Continue to press on as you allow God to uncover some areas He wants to change.

Listening Guide and Homework

The Identity Project–Lesson 5 from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

The Identity Project–Lesson 2

Here is our second lesson of our 8 week study on our true identity in Christ.

Dont Forget to Participate in Discussion…scroll down to the comments section to find it!!

Just some little details you might be interested in:
–I changed rooms. Since this is my first study in THIS house, I’m trying to figure out what room has the best lighting and sound. If you have thoughts from your experience I’d be happy to hear them.

Listening Guide & Homework

The Identity Project–Lesson 1

Welcome to the first lesson of our 8 week study on our true identity in Christ.
Just some little details you might be interested in:
1. The bandaids on my arms are from a flu shot and tetanus shot earlier in the morning I recorded this lesson. I tried to pull off the bandages but they were super-glued on and it just hurt too bad to pull it off.
2. If you notice the crockpot behind me, you might think I’m super-domestic girl…there is roast and potatoes in there and it’s the first meal I have cooked in a week.

Here are your documents for the todays’ lesson.

Listenting Guide with homework and reflection for after you watch the video.

Discussion in comment section below

Lesson 1–The Identity Project from Bobi Ann Allen on Vimeo.

Practicing The Presence of God–2.4

This is the final post in the series Practicing the Presence of God.  To read more from this series you can check out the category on the side bar called “Room To Move” or click on one of these previous posts:

Practicing the Presence of God 2.0

Practicing the Presence of God 2.1

Practicing the Presence of God 2.2

Practicing the Presence of God 2.3

We have been exploring Moses’ experiences with the presence of God.

We will finish with Expectation

Real Heroes

Do you see the amazing ways God showed up to the heroes in the Bible when they got alone?

We label them these men and women as “heroes” because we read their stories and we see their faith all these years later.  Yet, do you realize that they didn’t count themselves heroes at the time. They simply wanted more of God.

Do some of the biblical accounts of these heroes seem out of reach for someone like you?

You’re not alone.  I often feel the same way.  However, that’s not God’s intent.

The stories in the Bible are there to set an example for us, to show us men and women just like ourselves can experience God in a real way.

When we discount ourselves from experiencing God in such a way, we don’t expect anything to actually come from our time with God.

Yet, if you want the conscious presence of God, you must expect His presence.

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Exodus 34:4 tells us Moses took with him two tablets of stone when he went to meet with God. He didn’t just carve out two stone tablets and haul them up the mountain for fun. No, he fully expected God to give him something to put on them.

Not Disappointed

Expectations are tricky but unavoidable.  In every part aspect of our lives, we have expectations. I expect every time I go into my favorite pizza place that I’m going to leave satisfied. In fact, I try to prepare for it by wearing my stretchy pants. We have expectations about visiting family for the holidays, whether positive or negative and we prepare for it.

Depending on our frame of reference, we approach different experiences and relationships with different expectations.  Unfortunately, many times we approach God with little to no expectation.  We surmise if we don’t expect anything, we won’t be disappointed.

What do you expect from God? Has your experience in the past told you not to expect much? Have you imagined it was possible to experience the presence of God or do all the “right” things and you still felt empty?

Write It Down

When you meet with God, do you expect Him to give you something?

The example given by Moses coming into God’s presence with something to write on is an excellent one. We should open our Bibles with paper and pen right at hand.  Be prepared to record what God tells us. If you expect Him to give you something, be prepared to write it down.

It will come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of writing during my time with God. Amazing clarity comes as the pen touches the paper. As I write words on paper, God is writes His truths on my heart.

If you approach God, expecting Him to teach you something then be ready for God to teach you something.

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Set your mind and heart on experiencing God’s presence in your daily life. Prepare to meet with Him, get alone and then expect for Him to speak.

Checking The Boxes

If you are anything like me you are hoping to check off all the boxes we covered in this series with a guarantee to experience God in a more tangible way.

However, I must remind you there is no magic in checking the boxes!  Marking off your spiritual check-list will not produce intimacy with God. Intimacy comes through relationship.  This series is simply a way to help you approach God, to foster a healthy relationship and to get to know Him more intimately.

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Matthew West has a song called “Motions” that speaks to my heart each time I hear it. If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you watch this video and let God speak to your heart.