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It’s Time to be Radical

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Some people hate change.  They get nervous about rearranged furniture or unplanned travel.  Not me.   I need new seasons in life–new responsibilities, and challenges.   For about two months, I’ve been feeling the need to “shake things up”, but just couldn’t figure out where the “itch” was.  I realized it wasn’t just one area of life–it’s everywhere.  I’m ready for an Overhaul.  And you know what?  I’m excited!

Here are just a few things I’m doing that will Definitely challenge me in this next season:

I ordered Insanity. Yes, I am insane.  Let’s see if I’m still breathing the week after it arrives.  Clearly, the results will be immediate.

I’m reevaluating my work life. I love where I work and can’t imagine leaving. I know I have to be intentional-it’s not change just to have something new.  It’s change to see how I might positively impact the company in a new way.

I’m taking the next step on a business idea. I have strong entrepreneurial tendencies and know what I’m capable of when it’s my butt on the line.  The big win?  It’s something that will be successful while also allowing me to keep my career.  Can’t beat that.

I’m asking God for a radical assignment.  Call me crazy, but from the time I was a little girl, I’ve asked that God ask me to do something big.  And when I look at my life, all I see is a place where things have become comfortable.   For others, that’s likely the picture of perfection.  For me, it means I’ve really missed it somewhere.  I  don’t need to lose it all to think God has used me, but I do think big faith means change, and I don’t want to look back on a life that was just comfy.  I want to know I really made a difference.

Your turn.  Are you doing anything radical these days?  If so, do you love it or does it stress you out?

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19 Responses to “It’s Time to be Radical”

  1. Gary April 14, 2010 at 6:35 am #


    Thanks for writing this. I really needed to hear it. I feel like my life also is in a “comfortable” state and am in need of a shake up.

    Thanks again,


  2. JenDeshler April 14, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Gary,

    Hope you’re doing well. Glad this helped you too. Putting it on “paper” makes me accountable for it, and I like that. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for you.

  3. Lindsey Nobles April 14, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    You are brave. Very brave. Looking forward to the radical you….

    • JenDeshler April 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

      I have this friend named Lindsey who’s helped me think more radically. You’d love her :)

  4. Jen Jones April 14, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I loved this. Really loved this.

  5. Bryan Norman April 14, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Great post, Jennifer! I love your attitude and energy.

    • JenDeshler April 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

      Thanks, Bryan. You’ve got your own big dose of spunk.

  6. Jennifer Womble April 14, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Great post! Spring time is always a good time to restart life a little. I don’t know how radical it is, but I have a few summer goals…painting more, paying off debt, and learn a new “sport,” biking! Maybe I need to do a little blog of my own about my changes…may help them stick! :)

    • JenDeshler April 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      Hmm…I think there’s someone special who’s introduced biking? :)
      I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this–if I put it on paper, I’ve amped up the accountability. I kinda like it!

  7. Curt April 14, 2010 at 11:32 am #


    I am publishing the children’s book that has been in my computer for more than 3 years! A Tail of Two Kitties comes out next month. The key I believe to the success of this project coming together was doing it for the right reasons, one of which was to be radical; invest my own money; take a risk. It’s a God story that will help kids and it needed to be done. Great post. Thank you!

    • JenDeshler April 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm #


      Everything about you is radical. You shake things up wherever you are–it’s what makes you unique. I can’t wait to see the book–so proud of you!

  8. patricia April 14, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    first of all…i love your blog. saw your site thorugh @lindseynobles;s recommendation. hooray for new blog friends.

    now to answer you question: i am asking God to completely change my outlook of Him. to show me a whole new side of Him that i haven’t known before so that im never “too comfortable” with Him and His Word.

    i ask that every year and He’s taken me from having a roof over my head, having my family together, being homeless, being jobless, being a single parent, having a job, going through parents divorce, receiving miracles, etc. etc.

    He’s shown Himself to be the provider, shelter, comforter, father, lover, refuge, healer, redeemer…all that and more.

    it’s always a surprise every year. it helps reminds me that i cant ever ever put God in a box…. and it renews my love for Him everytime.

  9. Jennifer King April 14, 2010 at 11:48 am #


    I love that you write you’re not afraid of change and risk– I always think that’s the biggest step. Once you’ve committed and fear out of life’s equation, the hard part is then waiting for the right timing. And waiting. And waiting…

    But God always comes through with something that takes our breath away. I can’t wait to hear what that thing is for you.

    For me and my family, it’s the risk of having sold everything and moved around the world, for my husband’s job. Prague is great, but it’s also a huge leap of faith every single day. And today, we spent a while of our vacation along the Adriatic in Montenegro. And passed through Bosnia a few days ago. Huge stretchers, for all of us. Such an interesting place to be–stretched.

    And something to be grateful for, for sure.

    Blessings to you as you open yourself to the new and the risks and the possibility and opportunity to what lies just around the bend. It’s going to take your breath away…


  10. patriciazell April 15, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Overhaul–a wonderful word for a needed change. I also am in an overhaul mode as I work both on my English curriculum and on my blog (expanding the site to more than just my book). I love the unexpected places God leads us–this time last year, I had no idea my book would be written through my blog. I’m having fun and I hope you enjoy all the changes that are coming your way.

  11. Sandra Heska King April 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Oh my word! I watched that Insanity video. They all looked like they were going to die! :P You go!!

  12. Mitzi April 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Just found your blog! Going through a radical time myself. God moved me from my comfort zone at work and personally. For the first time in my life, I feel more liberated than scared or anxious. Experiencing God in a new and exciting way. Plus, we are attending a church that is radical ( and I love it!


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