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Finding Freedom: Journeying with Jennie Allen

Updated: Jan 12, 2020

Charlotte, NC was crazy fortunate to be one of the stops on Jennie Allen and Christy Nockels’s Freedom Project Tour (hosted by Ember CLT)!

It was so, so special to see Jennie Allen in person for a second time (she led a retreat for Forest Hill Church a couple years back!) AND get to meet her in person. She signed my tattered up, highlighted, written-all-over copy of her book Restless: Because You Were Made for More. And it was awesome.

When we met, I explained how Restless was part of my journey towards becoming a life coach for Christian women (so surreal to share that with her in person!). And in response, Jennie shared how much Christian life coaches are needed in this day and age- which as you can imagine, was incredibly encouraging and life giving. She even shared how she had experienced working with a life coach. SO amazing.

Ok, so let’s get to it! Here are the highlights Jennie shared on the tour.

We have got to be free to pour our guts out and run for heaven.

Yes ma’am! Ok, so there are two things that stick out to me here. First, we have to be free. That means we have to lay our insecurities, fears, doubts, and distractions aside. And Y’ALL. That is not easy. (But with God, is completely possible).

And then… we have to run for heaven. We must set our eyes on Jesus, instead of earthly goals or desires.

We can combat injustice in a few different ways- through the power of prayer, influence, and money.

So grateful for Jennie’s direct instruction here. I know personally, when I hear of I big need, I sometimes feel unsure of where to start. I appreciated her suggestion (a reminder, really!) that there are three main ways to overcome injustice. We may not be able to create change all at once, but what we can do is start small. Consider whether you are compelled to start with prayer or using your influence or finances to elicit change. Start somewhere, stay committed, and see God work.

Get rid of your junk so that you can run faster for Jesus.

Um, yep. So this one connects strongly to the first point, for me at least. We hold on to SO MUCH that He doesn’t call us to carry. Let’s cling to our mighty Lord & savior first and foremost. This likely means we need to loosen the grip on things that don’t align with our faith and service to God. We must instead open our palms, surrender, and cling to God- who is unchanging and can always be trusted.

Stop being numb to God.

Yeah.. It can be frightening how easy it is to compartmentalize sometimes. Go to church? Check. Donate money? Check. Incorporate God into your life throughout your day? Be concerned with He thinks about you more than what others think about you? Yeah, that’s much harder. Let’s commit to being more in tune with Him.

He requires nothing of us except for belief and trust.

Wow. The Bible even says it in Hebrews 11:6… “without faith it is impossible to believe God.” What is one area of your life in which you could exercise greater faith? How might things change when you give it over to God? How will you feel?


Okay and one more thing-- check out Christy Nockels’s beautiful River of Grace song and listen closely to the lyrics. Such a comfort.

Were you also at the Freedom Project tour (in Charlotte or elsewhere!?) Loved hearing from those of you who went and what you thought <3

Let me know which of Jennie’s words above most impacted you!

So much love,


P.S. Want someone to walk alongside you for additional insight, accountability, and encouragement? Christian life coaching may be a great fit! Let’s meet over a complimentary clarity call to see if it’s a good fit for you : )

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