I'm Doing Everything I Know to Do and It's Not Working!
I was sitting having coffee with a friend, Leila and she pushed a book across the table to me. The title of it caught my eye. Seriously God? I'm Doing Everything I Know to Do and It's Not Working. Now that my friends, is a title and tagline, wouldn't you say? Who hasn't felt this way?
My friend Lelia has all kinds of great connections and knows the author, Jen Smith, personally. As I was thumbing through the book, I said "Boy, I would love to read this and I think my readers would love it, too!" That is all I had to say and Leila was on her phone texting Jen. Before I knew it, I had my own copy of this beautiful book and was spending time in my favorite coffee shops with highlighter in hand, eagerly eating up every word Jen wrote.
This book was a huge encouragement to me. Jen takes you right to the Words of God. Right to the words that He uses to describe Himself! She talks about what it means to live life "in the name of Jesus" & in order to do that, she explains how we need to have a firm grasp on who He claims to be. She walks through 7 statements that Jesus made about Himself that start with the words "I Am." This intrigued me. I was intrigued that in order to acknowledge the "nothing's working" statement, Jen takes us directly to what and WHO makes all things work together.
She does not give pat answers, but takes us to these amazing statements and stories that God tells of himself, and also shares her own struggles and story, which gives the book a wonderful personal feel.
Below are the 7 "I Am" Statements. I added some of my own thoughts and highlights that I marked throughout the book to give you a glimpse of what I learned from this great read.