Numb: A New Study

January 27, 2015



I live and teach my projects before they end up on shelves.

In the craziness of the last few years the number one thing I have missed (besides my people) is teaching a study in my hometown. As much as I love speaking all over the map and meeting all of you incredible people- I have missed the routine of weekly bible study with my community here. So I pulled back on my travel schedule and this year I get to teach in Austin again!

And maybe, hopefully, as I see this project connect here in Austin- this will become a new tool for all of you as well.

Here is what I have been learning about lately…..

Like many people, I move through many days with no markers, no memories, I move through life a bit numb.

And I know the truth. I know this life is headed to a certain end and it is not going anywhere slowly. It is moving like a freight train to a predictable end with an immeasurable prize for those who know Jesus. My greatest fear is that the train has one great point and we would miss it. We would arrive well and safe, get off the train and realize we drove straight through without thought…

We would miss it.

So I propose a great experiment. What if together we woke up?

I have heard it said that the reason it feels like life is going faster and faster is that there are no longer new experiences to create new feelings to create new memories. We quit living as fully as when we were kids and seeing the beach the first time or making firefly rings.

We get numb.

Colossians 1:15 says that Jesus Christ “is the image of the invisible God.”

Jesus was fully man and fully God and he lived:
fully engaged with his whole heart, mind, body, emotions.
fully connected to the people around him.
fully present through the pain and the joy.
fully aware of the need around Him and the part He was to play to meet it.

He missed nothing. He was un-numb.

Who can attend:
Women of any age, denomination or even those simply exploring their faith.
Small groups will be assigned- request to be placed with anyone specifically.

An 8-week Bible Study based on the life of Jesus.

Invite your coworkers, neighbors, friends… this will be a deep safe place to consider God and His truth whether this is your 700th bible study or first one.

Here is more:

Location: Westlake Presbyterian Church (hosted by Austin Stone and Westlake Pres)
Dates: Tuesday Nights beginning February 24th-April 21st (We will break for Spring Break)
Time: 7-9pm
Cost $25 (Materials provided)
Space is limited

Are you in, Austin-area friends? Click the button below to sign up! 


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And for the rest of you… will you tell me if you ever feel numb? How does God wake up your soul?

62 Responses to “Numb: A New Study”

  1. Jenny Woodard

    Really wishing this was available now to use as a follow up Bible Study after IF:Gathering!! Looking for something that would be good to do with women that are interested in starting something the week or so after IF. We’ve already done Restless and your others that so many have suggested. Any thoughts on other bible studies that would be great to do following IF?

  2. Gina Fox

    I wish I lived in TX!!! I feel this way all the time! Sometimes I feel as though life is passing me by and I am just sitting and watching it. I would love to do this study with you and to learn how to stop and change my thinking so that I am not so numb. God started to wake me up from my numbness through a situation in November and He is still working on my mind and my heart with this and other issues! I love this idea!!

  3. Please expand this outside of Austin. I need this so badly. I experienced PTSD after the birth of my son 3 1/2 years ago and I have been numb (disconnected, detatched, etc.) from the world ever since. It is only in the last year or so, since seeing a therapist, that I have been able to move forward. Please share with those of us who need it.

  4. this is exactly what I’ve been praying for in my soul. To awake to the realness of jesus and the power he offers through the spirit instead of mundanely moving through my to do list and days with the kids. Can’t wait to dive in. I’ve loved chase and stuck! Let us out of staters know when the study is available!! Or stream us in to your meetings!!

  5. Being a mom/wife there are mornings that are rushed and crazy. I try desperately to be up before my son to have coffee and have time with God. I rush through that even to get ready for the day make lunches and get us out the door for carpool. I rush to prepare the Bible study I will teach in a few days. I rush my reading through scripture to check it off my list. I say hi, hello to friends in passing a keep walking. But there are moments, real, quiet moments that I look at my son from behind and see how long his legs have gotten. That my husband hugs me while making dinner. When a friend calls in a panic. When I have pain and I pray and GOD’S WORD are the very words that fall from my mouth. God stops me. Sometimes I try to keep rushing, sometimes I stop. In the moments I stop HE speaks. I remember the baby my son once was and the amazing miracle he is, I see the husband I said I DO to, I hear the friend and want to help. I feel the God that has never left! In my life I know I get NUMB. Thank you for opening the conversation to be present. To love, live and worship now, here and to a GOD that is amazing and constant.

    • It is just that the beginning of an important and long conversation- I need it too. Stay here and wrestle with me- I think this will go somewhere good.

  6. Kesler Monts


  7. I most certainly have/do feel numb! That’s the EXACT feeling I’ve been struggling with for a while. I’m not in Austin; but I REALLY want to be a part of this study…Please tell me you’re going to publish it someday! 😀 At least keep blogging about the topic. Thanks! You’ve stirred my heart today, Jennie!

    • I hope so! And it feel good to not be alone in the feeling. You know?!

  8. Is this something the rest of us can join if we aren’t in Austin!?

    • Hopefully soon (if it goes well) that we will make it available everywhere like the others!

  9. Girl! I’m hitching a ride your way to do this with you! 😉
    Bring it!


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