Friday, April 11, 2014

A New Door


 
 
We're here in Ohio, where the living's easy.
2 days of the usual: food, rest, and salsa.

Tomorrow I'll be speaking to a group of local ladies about some of what happened when God flipped our world like a hotcake. This will be my third "gig" since March, with another one still on the docket. It's a real head-scratcher, the way this has fallen together. It's a high and sacred honor to share our road with others. I never saw this coming.

There's a certain tension that exists in me when I share. It's hard to stand up front and pretend to know anything about anything, so hard to leave space enough for the simple truth that none of this was our idea. I've gone kicking and screaming, in places. I've clawed to stay put when I was supposed to be moving. 

Isn't that the sparkly wonder of it all? That God writes a story for us, nudges and pulls us across miles where we stand like stubborn children, all crossed arms and pursed lips. And not so differently than the way we coax anxious Littles to do what we know is best for them, we are loved enough to not be left pouting on the curb. He moves us, moves us, and we keep learning to trust.

It's becoming a bit easier to walk through the doors as they open. We've come to a strange place of belief that it's well within God's power to barricade as he chooses. We've had seasons where long corridors intersect with one another, almost comically door- and window-less. And when we least expect it, the hinges swing wide and the world suddenly looks new. 

Far more often than not, we point our feet toward the patch of daylight and walk its way. 

As of last week, I'm officially a member of the (in)courage crew, along with 35 other women, many of whom have heavily influenced my faith. In my wildest dreams, I couldn't have imagined this. It's the best kind of shock, the dreamiest kind of surprise.

Every 5 weeks or so, I'll pour some of my heart out on the (in)courage page. I hope you'll meet us over there.

I can't thank you enough for walking beside me, linking arms through quiet seasons and rowdy patches. You're my people; my sisters. You hold your love out to me like a banner and I pray you see mine unfurled for you.

Ever Yours, 
Shannan

24 comments:

  1. Our life "flipped" about six years ago, and it's been the greatest thing ever! Flowing in God's grace is a wondrous adventure. Congratulations on your "gig" Shannon. Getting to share your journey is a real blessing.

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  2. SO happy about this! I hope that one day you'll be in a "city near me"! Will be praying over tomorrow as you share HIS journey!

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  3. What a blessing for others to hear your story and congratulations on the (In)courage gig. Well deserved.

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    1. p.s. enjoy ohio, salsa and rest sounds great.

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  5. Dear Shannan,

    I often see men and women trying to push their stories, their gifts, their talents through closed doors. They often become impatient (even a bit obnoxious, if I may), but I love the verse in Proverbs (18:16) that says: "A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men." Of course we know that goes for a woman, as well.

    When you have a gift, a story, or a talent, and a door suddenly opens, I believe that's your gift making room for you. Now, go let it shine for all the world to see.

    Kind regards,
    Dayle

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  6. God's continued blessings on you and your family as you share all that He has done and is doing in your life.

    FlowerLady

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  7. Shannan, I'll look forward to reading your posts at (in)courage. I'd love to know if you get down this way (I'm in Joy's state.). Hearing you speak would be an honor. Hugs, girl.

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    1. I would LOVE to come see you and Joy! xo

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    2. Me TOO! I'm in Joy's state, too!

      So thankful for your words and the challenges they hold!

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  8. Thank you so for sharing this with you and it is really amazing what He can do! Places we go and people we meet along the way. Have a great weekend. :-)

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  9. Congrats on (in)courage. No surprise here. I'm watching for you in the WOF line-up. Or maybe we could just meet in Chicago for salsa. You'll be in my path one day.
    Xo farmgirlgardens aka Sandy

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  10. You have a gift. Your writing always moves me and I am sure it moves others. Keep on keeping on girl!

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  11. ooh a new door! how fun! cant wait to watch you step through into the next place your being lead to! thank you for taking us along on your journey. life is better when we journey together;)

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    1. What YOU said!!! :)
      Yes, yes, yes. Let's journey together.

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  12. God is so good!! Your obedience is key. That pic of the kids is hilarious. It reminds me of the Office right before they beat up that printer in the field. Don't know why...

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  13. He moves us…He moves us…and we keep learning to trust.
    yep. that's his way.

    happy for you to walk through these doors he's opening. :)

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  14. Yep! It sounds about how things go when God is really working alot in our lives. I completely get how that kicking and screaming part goes. lol. Why do we do that? We know He is always right but yet again we find ourselves trying to go our own way. Love reading your blog. It is so encouraging. It has been a while since I stopped by and thought I better stop by. Keep rocking your blog girl and especially keep rocking the Kingdom.

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  15. Friend I'm so proud of you for being at (in)courage! :-) you deserve it though, seriously.
    And I need you to know that I am also very tall. Seriously, I also surprise people with my height all the time.

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  16. I love that you will be a part of the (in)courage team!!!!

    I am Tiffany by the way - I love your blog - been reading for couple years now!! You inspire and make me smile!!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for saying Hey, Tiffany!
      Pleased to meetcha. :)

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  17. Hun I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned your post in my blog post today regarding (in)Courage. :-)

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