Friday, February 11, 2011

Bringing It Home

"... a wildfire of love and support..."
-Lisa


Once again, my words have simply vaporized. I can't find them. They escaped sometime early yesterday morning, sitting right here in this squeaky old chair. I think they snuck out with my tears. Or that's my best guess.

Tell me something: Did you feel it, yesterday? Do you feel it still?

I read the comments that came in and my eyes would fill. I was goose-bumped a hundred times over. I was grinning from here to there.


My day wasn't really a stellar one, per se. The nit and the grit walked right through my back door in muddy boots. It had its tough moments, and mostly, it felt ordinary, at least at first glance.

But then I would find myself coming back to YOU.

I saw a wide map of outstretched hearts.

This is the real deal.

I have loved every single minute of blogging. I have enjoyed every post.

Nothing has compared to this.

During the kids' Quiet Time (ha) I contemplated making good on my earlier initiative to pretty myself up a little. In the end, I was pulled back here - back to you. I prayed for every single one of you - every girl hoping for a cuff bracelet, along with some late-comers, by name. And I smiled the whole way down the list. It felt really important to me to know for sure that not a single girl was skipped over. They prayers weren't long, but they were specific.

Did you feel them?

Did your spine feel straighter yesterday, for the knowing?

Did you feel the purple petals of hope rising up from frozen soil? Did you see the bloom of life against the drear?

I'd love to hear about it.


And one more thing - Thank you.

31 comments:

  1. You ever have one of those days? You say the words they vaporized? Ever have one where they just just overflow almost to the point where you feel like they are vomiting?
    ARRRGHHHH!!!!
    I will leave at this tonight...I came in hopes of some peace and you brought that to me AGAIN!!! So thank you for that! I will leave with this...when you fall to your knee and knead in the soil, and plant something. You tend to it. You water, and nuture it....when you say that you are loving yourself into his heart....I believe that the better way to see it is that you were born into a world where you were lost and found your way to find that you were meant to find his heart to love yourself and him that much more!!!
    I have found myself loving myself into many a child/young person's heart. My dear sweet daught Jessica....how lost I would be without my precious daughter who has brought so much to me and my family....how dear she is to us and how different our lives would be without her. I sit and dwell many a nights on how if I would have just given up how sad I would be now....brave you say....no, absolutely amazing you are!!!! Shannan THANK YOU and I just do not even think it begins to cover it!!!

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  2. Shannan...this is good. and big. and a gift. I don't know the ins & outs, but it must continue...thank you. What a treasure this was...and is...and Lord willing, will continue to be.

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  3. I most definitely felt it! I received support that I never could have imagined. At a tine when I needed it most! So grateful that I was able to be a part of the brave sisterhood! Xo

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  4. I thought it was a powerful day...filled with lots of ordinaries...but purposing to pray for and encourage a 'stranger'...it felt right and holy...not so ordinary.

    somehow my comment wouldn't post...but it was okay...because the Lord has sent a few 'random' messages my way lately to let me know that the Holy Spirit is doing His thing...prompting hearts on the other side of the world to pray for...me.

    He makes us brave...He surrounds us with strength. He knows what we need before we can even ask it. praise Him.

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  5. Good Lord girl you know how to bring me to tears! I'm not much of a cryer, and yet twice in 2 days I'm verklempt. THANK YOU for doing this, your love warms and melts my icy winter heart.

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  6. I missed it! :( But it sounds completely wonderful.

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  7. i had a buzzy feeling zipping through me...i think that was IT...so nice to hear from Layla...it was like a little miracle. thanks Shannan xoxo

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  8. i have wanted to write about how meaningful it was yesterday and i don't have the words.

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  9. I'm recovering from the flu so I didn't get to participate yesterday...forgot. But I have been in contact with the blogger who commented above me in the giveaway post. And I prayed for her. Thanks.

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  10. do feel like sometimes prayer swooshes in with steady arms and bouys you up? and sometimes it ushers you in to the very thing you feel so weak about? to make room for Victory?

    i was ushered in. my need for bravery is in loving others. community. and those who i want to hold back from. on thursday and friday, i was entertaining one of those harder to loves in my life. right there in the midst of His strength made perfect in my weakness.

    so it wasn't so much a lifting of my spirits as it was a I will walk with you through this hard thing.

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  11. It was beyond a blessing to get an email from a stranger... sharing scripture from her heart and praying for me to be brave. God is touching lives, Shannan. And He is using you to be his vessel. Thank you for being sensitive to his call and helping us reach out and be the true definition of the "church."

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  12. You've such a kindred spirt. I'm so happy I stumbled upon your blog:)

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  13. The pictures are beautiful..thank you!

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  14. It wasn't easy for me - I set my phone alarm to ring hourly and stopped and prayed. The words and the feelings didn't flow like they sometimes do. I had to reach down deep and pull them out of myself and push them off toward heaven. But that's OK, and maybe God thinks more of those prayers that are harder.
    Thank you for doing this. Can we do it again soon?

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  15. Oh, I was blessed by you all day long, in more ways than one you lifted me up. Just saying Thanks doesn't feel like enough. You are such a gem.
    xoxox
    CS

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  16. I'm a little short on words myself today, it's been a pretty amazing couple of days. What you didn't know is that this all coincided with the anniversary of my brothers death, and you know, I was braver this time, thanks a million. Hugs and Donuts.

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  17. This was a beautiful post. And you have great people who comment. What a blessing and a gift.

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  18. you move me friend. even when you think you don't have anything to say you do. love you. happy saturday.

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  19. Thank you so much for praying for me....I am in awe! What a blessing you + your lovely blog are.

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  20. I just LOVE your blog!! :) Wish I had something more profound to say but that just sums it up in a nutshell.

    Beth

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  21. Oh how I love a community praying for each other! While I never responded to how I am being brave, I have been praying for another...and for you.

    And, how have I been brave today? I am choosing to love my dad, who has never been my dad by example, through words, actions, prayer, and response. I am being brave because I have a Heavenly Father who loves me enough to show His love in me and through me...even when it's tough.
    ...Oh, and I'm being brave by trusting He will provide as we choose to adopt.

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  22. Your words are beautiful! Thanks you for the constant inspiration!!

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  23. I most definitely did! THank you so much, from the bottom of my heart! I felt very brave yesterday as we found out I will have to have chemo when our previous doctor's visit he said I probably won't. I know I can do this, I'll get through it. I pray for you too. I just love your blog and the inspiration I get from it, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  24. Actually, I think it's YOU that deserve the thanks in this situation. I can't tell you what it opened up inside of me to truly think about what it means to be brave--to know that someone else thought I was brave--and to really get to know that place in myself. I cried when I read this post, knowing that you were thinking of and praying for each of us. That means so much. Thank you for taking such a simple concept to a new level.

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  25. So after wandering onto your blog, I want to be your friend!! I want to hang out and sip tea, let our children run around and cause chaos. Your spirit is PROPELLED off the page. What a blessing.

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  26. Thank you so much! It was such a blessing to know that I was being prayed for and to know that I might in a small way be touching someone else. So again - Thank you!!!

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  27. Your posts are really beautiful and you seem like the loveliest person. I've never commented before, but want you to know someone is sending thoughts of joy & goodness for you like you are sending to so many. Thank you for being a bright spot in a world that can be rather grey.

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  28. Love what you encouraged out of the commentary. And yes, I felt it. Doors are opening that I didn't expect. Will know more for sure in a few days, but a huge weight could have been removed in more ways than one. I sent out my own prayer requests yesterday as well, specifically about one particular part of our transition......and there was most definitely response. Thank you for your sweet manner, kindness, beauty, and continual generosity. You are a blessing 100% in your own right.

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  29. Thanks for the love! And prayers. We all can use them, and it means a lot!

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  30. I finally got a second to sit down and blog about the National Day of Bravery. Hope it's okay that I quoted some of your blog on the post.

    www.sealbark.blogspot.com

    xo

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  31. I know this has nothing to do with the importance of this post but I have that same succulent plant in my front yard...I just noticed it looking quite similar to yours this weekend! Spring is in the air...and yes I do feel the tingle!

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