Thursday, December 22, 2011


True, it's not snowing and I don't even own that particular spigot anymore, but it called to me from the archives. It was befitting the day, somehow.

We met the goal, friends. We exceeded the goal. Because we were willing to take a risk, make a sacrifice, an entire village will be given fresh, life-giving water. That is big.

I remember the night I dreamed this up. I set the goal at $4,000 and it seemed embarrassingly big and presumptuous. Then God made Himself clear to me - it was time to go all-in. $10k. I scarcely slept a wink that night. It was too much. I'd feel so dumb when no one came along. All the while, the loop played, "Ask for something big. Let God make Himself known in a big way."

I figured, okay, if it takes an entire year, it takes an entire year. One way or another, by hook or by crook, we'll raise the cash.

So here we are, three days before Christmas.

I woke up and saw the total and cried. And the money kept coming in, so I cried some more. This thing, it's not about me. Or you. God gave us an opportunity and we held our hands open, ready to receive, ready to be a part of the best gift of the season.

You prayed, you shared, you gave. You said yes. That's the voice. That voice that you heard, the one who prompted you to act, is the very same voice telling you about that other thing. You know the one. You're saying it's too big, too much. You're saying you're not enough. The good news is, you're really not. So there, the pressure's off. But haven't we seen today how incredible it is when our Creator shows up and saves? Don't we know by now that being used by Him is the best gift imaginable?

Say yes.

So we keep praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. - 2 Thessalonians 1:11

I love you. I really do. You show me that I'm not alone, that I'm not as crazy as I often feel. You help make sense of this heart of mine.

Thank you from the bottom up,

*There's still time to get in on the action. Why not start a second well? Why the heck not.


  1. I just came here tonight to tell ya, ya need to start a second well (and a third, fourth) oh ya girl - it's on. Well #2. As Helene would say 'Let's get on this'.


  2. God is great!

    people are pretty wonderful, too.


    and i want to help for that second well.


  3. you lead me on this path of serving something Bigger than ourselves. so THANK YOU! and i'm totally in tears with you. this morning when i read it, i was like, "whoa! God! you have done what you always do yet again." singing praises with ya!

  4. What a wonderful perspective finder on this Eve of Christmas. Our gifts given of excess are so small in comparison to the gift of hope this well provides. And on to number two...Many blessings sweet Shannan. Patty

  5. Why stop?? When there are beautiful people all over the world who still walk miles and miles for dirty water. Water is life, and putting action to our belief is LOVE. It is amazing what can be done when we act like we believe God is who He says He is.

  6. No dream is too big or too have given us a wonderful reminder of faith, faithfulness, and the power of God working through us.

    You are awesome.

  7. I am so excited! You are amazing and I was really hoping it would happen before Christmas! I don't think this will be the only well you help build. : ) congrats!

  8. i LOVE this. the perfect Christmas gift. have a merry merry one, FPFG. ;)

  9. Oh Shannan I love your heart. HE can do this thing and all others. Why do we ever doubt? Kiss the whole clan for me. Hugs and kisses! See ya in the New Year. I am bring Helene for a visit.

  10. This whole thing is absolutely flipping smashing!! Can feel that second well digging down! I'm with Janie, why do we ever doubt?? Happy Christmas lovely Shannan! xxx

  11. Thank you for being brave. There's a quote on the advertisement for the movie "We Bought a Zoo" that's I've been pondering: "Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage." I think that I'd add faith to that: courage and faith.
    The Lord's been calling us to something bigger, to pray with insane faith, and to let this powerful, sovereign, and *GOOD* God show up in a BIG way. Your blog post today was a sweet confirmation of that. And as if by coincidence (yeah right) the Scripture you chose was in my study this morning about the connection between His power and our surrender and weakness.

    Many, many blessings!

  12. Thanks Father for reminding us of your greatness, and allowing us a small change to join you in it. Here's to well #2!

  13. AWE-SOME. Full of Awe. Thank you for believing enough to let us share with you! Merry Christmas!

  14. this is just so inspiring. i hope you complete another well. and another. xoxo

  15. I feel emotional!

    That is SO great.

    It's not my blog, but I think: Why not keep a constant well charity up? What if we could all help to build 20 wells? All I know is it's amazing what you can do when your heart is open.

    I was showing my hubby the well stats the other night and I said "Isn't it amazing what women will do when they band together?" Seriously. I'm not saying that men do not do amazing things. But I did tell my hubby that I truly feel that if this were a man's blog, he might have a charitable link up for a beer and vodka birthday bash with a note "Goal: Please help us raise $800 for Jim's 40th!!" He laughed, I laughed. But I think it's true. should feel great, kid.

    You rock.

    Merry Christmas!



    PS: My hair looks worse than ever!

  16. Greetings! I just wanted to let you know that I looked up at our Christmas tree the other night, and thought, "Geraldine". Not that Geraldine necessarily decorated it, actually it just looked like that tree's name was Geraldine. Same thing? I had to laugh and share. Let's just say it's lookin' a little gawdy....Merry merry!

  17. awesome!!! that's what god is, he's just awesome!

  18. Forgot to say this earlier ~ perfect photo for the 'perfect' time. Could you ever have imagined back when you took that photo....we serve an AMAZING God. Love how you framed the silo with that pump handle. Hmm, ya have me thinking...what can I frame? :)

  19. I'm so glad you said you're starting a second well. I didn't get in on the first one but wanted to! I wanted to talk to the hubs about it and it kept slipping my mind. I'm very excited to be a part of something bigger. Thank you for making that possible.

    Merry Christmas Eve!!

    Angie from Ohio

  20. Dear Farmgirl,
    I'm back to wish you and your sweet and wonderful and entertaining and lovely family the very Merriest Christmas.
    Love ya tons,

  21. I do love me a good love story! Glad I stopped by for the happy news.

    Merry Christmas!

  22. and you help us make us make some sense out of these hearts of ours.
    Merry Christmas...

  23. Shannan, Honored to be a part of this. A real example that a drop in the bucket can make a difference. Water is a life line. Clean water. Thinking of the people who will benefit from this. Thank you for your leadership.
    xo, Cheryl (thank you for being a willing vessel.)

  24. So excited about the well! Now that's a good Christmas gift. To everyone. Merry Christmas!

  25. So sweet, Shannan! Love your posts and your heart and yes, God is bigger than all of our problems and our thinking. He has come through in HUGE ways for me this year and I'm so grateful. Merry Christmas to you & what a blessed thing to do on this well. So happy the goal was met. God is SO SO good!