Today, we are reading the Introduction to the Updated Edition from Jen.
A few things I want to point out:
– Jen mentions her book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. I actually read 7 before reading Interrupted. 7 is a phenomenal book that I HIGHLY recommend. If you see it on sale or decide you want to do more reading in the future, OR maybe you’re making a Christmas list…add this book! You will very much want to read 7 if you enjoy reading Interrupted.
Jen explains that Interrupted is the story before 7. Interrupted is Jen’s testimony about what God did in her family. 7 is more like a journal/blog that Jen kept for 7 months while she experimented with getting rid of the excess in her life (she does this in a very real and hilarious way that will keep you wanting to follow along on her journey and join in, I promise!).
7 has challenged me in ways I can’t explain. Interrupted is giving me more of the WHY behind what she did. I think they both go great together. Just wanted to clear that up for everyone, in case you were wondering. 🙂
– Today’s reading has soooo many incredible parts I want to point out. Seriously, these 4 pages – I was tempted to underline the ENTIRE THING (pgs xx – xxiii):
Let these pages – these words – soak in. Read them over and over again. Underline. Highlight. Make notes. This is the beginning of our journey and adventure about being interrupted.
If you are plagued with tension or discontent or a nagging sense that there must be more…then get down on your knees and thank your lucky stars. God has blessed you with this inner conflict. He isn’t leaving you in complacency and boredom to check boxes and do church. He has enlisted you in the cause of your generation and is calling you forward. You lucky thing. You will not be left and lost, wondering what all the fuss is about, wishing things would never change.
God is doing a new thing, as He has done in every generation. We stand in that tiny spot in history in which it is our turn to experience God’s fresh redemption in a new wave of believers through His supernatural ability.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all of the trees of the field will clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12).
This is it. We can follow our Jesus to every dark, scary, broken place He just insists on going, determined to heal and restore people, because he is a good Savior and we can trust Him. And as it turns out, as soon as we are willing to be last, we actually become first. When we admit we are least, we feel like the greatest. And when we lose our lives, we find it all…all the love, all the life, all the thrill, all the fulfillment.
I can’t believe it. Everything Jesus ever said was true.
(Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker – pgs xx – xxi)
And I could just keep going and going with these quotes (but I won’t because you have the book, HA!).
I hope that today’s reading excites you. I hope that you are ready to run this race. I pray that our eyes are opened. I pray that we have divine appointments. I pray that we recognize God all around us and the opportunities that He gives each day. I pray that you crave more of Him – above all else – I pray that He draws you closer than you’ve ever been.
What stuck out to you today? Join the conversation in the comments below.
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