Thursday, May 15, 2014

This is Where I Ask For Your Help

 Love Does is officially overdue at the Goshen Public Library by 8 days. I read the notice they sent via snail mail, and all I could do was sniff with the stubborn air of the unmoved and toss it in the trash.

I didn't expect this book to nick a groove in my heart.

And now, I'm having trouble letting it go. I feel like it's mine, but we all know it's not. What I'm trying to say delicately is, I've given thoughtful consideration to hijacking the library's copy.

At the end of the day, I feel like Bob wouldn't support such behaviour, (and not just because I accidentally type with a British accent.)

That's the way the chemistry of God's love and our creativity work together when combined. No reservoir can hold it, no disappointment can stop it, and no impediment can contain it. It can't be waved off, put of, or shut down. It doesn't take no for an answer. Instead it assumes yes is the answer even when it sounds an awful lot like a no to everyone else. - Love Does by Bob Goff

I finished it two nights ago, and left my book-mark on page 212 because those words, they did something to me. And I wanted to share them with you.

That's all I knew.

Yesterday, I found out about the Style For Justice trip Noonday is doing with the International Justice Mission. They're taking a group to Rwanda this July, and they're accepting submissions for one more person to join the team.

I'm throwing my name in the hat.

Here's where it gets dicey for me - I have to ask you guys to vote for me. I'm so allergic to this sort of thing. But I believe I'm supposed to apply, and I didn't make the rules.

The good news is, God has already decided which girl will join them. The odds are stacked against me, and I'm okay with that.

No matter who tags along, this trip will be one to watch. You may have noticed, but I've become an enthusiastic advocate for Noonday and its relentless pursuit of global justice. I'm in love with the work they do for the cause of Christ. I'm so excited to see the way hearts are changed through their willing obedience to go where they've been sent.


I'd love for you to vote. To have the privilege to use my creativity and combine it with the chemistry of God's love would be such a gift. I'm learning all the time, this is what love does. It goes to the hard places. It uses its voice for justice and for good.

I've only read two other submissions so far, and I honestly felt this way after both of them, "Yes, you should totally be the one who goes." So, maybe you'll want to vote for me, or maybe you'll get over there and find your finger hovering over another lady.

I guess all I'm really asking is that you click here and vote. 
Each person is allowed one vote per day from now through May 28th. (It's not necessary to sign up for the Noonday emails, though I get them and enjoy reading what they're up to.)

I may remind you a few more times over the next couple of weeks but I'll try to tamp my obnoxiousness down to a dull roar.

I hope you're not tired of hearing it, but I'm quite fond of you guys. You push me to be courageously foolish for Jesus, and I love you for it.

Flower Patch Shannangirl

ps - One more thing, since I'm in an asky mood: read Love Does so we can discuss!

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