What are you chasing?
Jennie Allen asks that loaded question in her Bible study Chase.
When her publicist contacted and asked me to review this study, I never hesitated. I already knew I loved Jennie and her raw, honest writing, the way she shares her life, both the good and bad things, with her readers.
Jennie says, “One of the greatest fears of my life is that I would get to the end of my life and realize I lived for the wrong things.”
She goes on to say that sometimes “we are so busy doing things for Him and for everyone else we altogether miss Him. He wants us.”
This Bible study gets to heart of why we, as believers, do what we do. Do we live our lives to please those around us, or do we serve God out of a heart of love, because we’ve heard His voice and want nothing more than to obey.
It seems so simple, basic Christianity 101 and yet it is so far from how we live most days.
Do you realize we can live our lives, having done all the “right” things, and in the end, still not please God?
Obedience is so much more than checking off a list of thou shalls and thou shall nots. It is a state of your heart.
This study is all about David, a man after God’s own heart. He wasn’t perfect, and he wasn’t chosen to be king because of all the good things he had done. He was chosen because of God’s goodness.
This study holds you by the hand as you realize your identity in Christ.
Then it walks you into living a life of courage.
Jennie says that too often, “we don’t live seeing God, we live seeing worst-case scenarios.”
I was raising my hand right there. That’s me! I am queen of the worst-case scenario. It’s my default, but “fear is stopping us from the things we are meant to be doing, the things God means for us to accomplish.”
Chase is comprised of eight lessons with just enough work to make you think, but not so much work that you are overwhelmed. Each lesson also has a short video, approximately ten minutes in length, where Jennie talks right to you and me.
This study is designed for a whole group of women to complete together, but I am meeting with one other woman weekly and we are able to sit and discuss the lessons, watch the video together, and talk about all the ways God is working on us through this study. I can imagine it being just as wonderful when done with a whole group of women.
Chase: eight lesson topics are as follows:
- chased down
Here’s why I am loving this study.
Each week’s focus is on one topic. I can read the Scripture, do the work and then meditate on one idea for the entire week. Sometimes it’s difficult to digest a large spiritual meal in one day and then move on to a new topic the very next day. I appreciate being able to slow down and take the time to feel conviction, allow the Lord to plant these spiritual truths deep in my soul, and walk away changed.
In each week’s ‘homework’, Jennie gives you a Psalm and then asks you to break it down into two categories – Who are you Lord? and What do you want for me? I know this is nerdy, but I’ve never done this before and it makes me want to sit down with every single Psalm and break it down so I know exactly who God is and what He wants from me. I love it!
The lessons get to the heart of the matter. They go deep. It’s not simply read this verse, answer this question, and move on. If you do the study, you need to apply each lesson to your life. It causes you to grow closer to the Lord and doesn’t simply make you more knowledgeable about Scripture.
It all about living honestly before God and man. I like that. We need that. There’s freedom in truth.
Go get the study. Find some women, because it is geared towards women, to do it with them.
Then get busy chasing God.
If you’d like, you can order your copy of Chase by following the link provided.
I didn’t receive any compensation for this review, but I did get the study for free. These are all my own thoughts and opinions. I wouldn’t say I liked it if I didn’t. Honesty – it’s a good thing.