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.

So.

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.

xo,
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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45 comments:

  1. Shannan, I will vote for you, because I can't wait to read what you have to say on your trip! Promise (if elected, haha) you will write a lot!!

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  2. My husband and I read Love Does together, out loud after dinner! It was one of the ways we kicked off the new found freedom of our "empty nest". LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! We had lots of good laughs because my man is an engineer and would never just up and take a trip without proper preparation! :-) It moved us and helped mold our perspective a bit more!

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  3. I'd love to go, but I'm expecting grandbaby number two to arrive right in the middle of the trip -- SO - you get my vote! Also - Love Does? So great! Can we just go hang out at Disneyland with him sometime?

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  4. Becky Strahle sent me Love Does last year. I'm still reading it because I always get sidetracked with a good fiction novel. But I need to finish it. Also, I'd never vote for anyone but you. I feel like this trip was made for you.

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  5. voted. have read "Love Does" 3 times. am reading it, one chapter a night, to my husband right now. couldn't love it more. let's discuss!

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  6. voted. read Love Does last fall and am ready to read it again.

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  7. Voted for you! I read about the contest yesterday and then when I read your blog today, I thought YES! I would loooove to see Rwanda through your words.

    {Is it too bold to say, 'I think you've got this?!' I don't know, but it just feels right.}

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  8. Gotcha!

    Oh, and I already have "Love Does" on my amazon wish list!

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  9. voted. i've read Love Does. what do you want to discuss? feel free to email me, fellow Hoosier (i was born and raised in the Fort, aka Fort Wayne, and went to Taylor U). i love book discussions.

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  10. When I was a freshman in college, I read an old, rebound, library copy of Madeleine L'Engle's The Other Side of the Sun. It changed my life and got me through that year. I marked it up even though it was mine. I returned it that time... but I later checked it out and kept it. and kept it. and kept it. Until they billed me. And then I said, "Oh, I was billed for this book and I would like to pay for it." And that is how and why I kept the very copy of the book that changed my life.

    In other words, no judgment here if you keep it.

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  11. voted. "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 have been working up a post on this very subject. love your heart. still.

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  12. Voted for you! And yes, Love Does was/is incredible! :)

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  13. voted for you. just got my grubby mitts on LOVE DOES. so I guess i'll add it to the stack of...
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Eric Metaxas
    and Bill Bryson
    wow that sounds like a horrible mix of reading. HA!

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  14. I voted. I haven't commented much before, but I've been reading your blog daily. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  15. We love "Love Does!" I sure hope you get to go on the trip. I considered {for a brief second} entering the contest but for lots of reasons it wasn't right for me right now. I wondered if you might enter -- just seemed like a perfect fit for you. I will be voting every day -- well, every day that I remember. Could you maybe just tweet a reminder each day for us forgetful ones? I know you hate the thought of asking for votes, but your constituents are asking for reminders, you can't let the people down!

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  16. About library books. When I receive my warning notices (This book is due back in 3 days...This book is 3 days overdue..)I carefully weigh the fine (10 cents a day) against the book's importance to my life at the moment. I usually run a fine at the library.

    I just saw this trip on another blog. I'm so glad you are called to go. I will go vote for you now. Prayers!

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  17. Bob read it to me himself last year and often rereads favorite parts like Loose the Cape LOVE this part, I have a two hour commute to work so I have books on my IPhone!! Oh yeah I voted for you!

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  18. I love it when you give book recommendations. I just wait for them cuz they always turn out to be the BEST reads.

    You have my vote. You have my vote every single day until May 28. (I know you'll win!!!) xo

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  19. Done! In fact the first time I scanned the photos, I surely expected to see your face with those girls! Can't wait to read all about it.

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  20. Done!! I'll have to put Love Does on my reading list!!

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  21. Voted! You are a natural to go - you will make the experience come alive for all of us with your way with words.

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  22. You have my vote! Please do remind us frequently to vote, because I'll forget if you don't!

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  23. I think I voted for you. Was the vote button right above your picture? Remind us/me again to keep voting!

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    1. Yep! That's the button.
      I'm trying to find the balance between reminding/being obnoxious. ha.
      I'll keep reminding but maybe not every day??? Oy. :)

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  24. Be Bold! Remind us EACH day by sending the link for voting!
    Bob Goff spoke at Willowcreek's Global Leadership Summit last summer - you would have the right words to describe his enthusiastic and winsome personality (sort of like a gangly, happy puppy dog who couldn't wait to tell you his story - if that is possible).

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    1. SO JEALOUS that you saw him in person!!
      Love the way you describe him. :)

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  25. Voted for you and in return can you please try and get noonday to ship to Australia ... pretty please

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    1. They won't ship to you? Criminal!!
      Thanks for the vote, mate.
      (I'm so cultural and hilarious.)

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    2. It is criminal isn't it .... when I wrote to them to express my dismay at the outrageous state of affairs I didnt use that term but maybe now I will ...after all we might have started out as a penal colony but surely we get outta the woods at some point and mail will come!!! I voted again today ... you seriously have to remind us every day ... I thought it was one vote only ever!

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  26. I'll vote every. single. day. for you! Hope you win :)

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  27. Voted! And will vote again and again. Would be so excited to see you on this team!

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  28. I just voted!! And because you ARE my homepage, it'll be easy to remember to vote every day! And, vote I will, my friend!

    Will pray about it, too!!

    I SO hope you get to go - know the LORD has got it, but I just want it to be you!

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  29. Voted! And yes, Love Does is an amazing book. I just recently finished it. I can understand having a difficult time returning it to the library. Blessings to you.

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  30. Ok I voted for you, but it may have been with a little bit of burning jealousy. IJM is a company I have wanted to work with for years!
    ;)
    But really, I hope you get to go, I bet it is going to be a really awesome trip!
    Kelsey

    Kelsey

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  31. I am clearly missing something because I cannot for the life of me figure out how to vote for you! There are 285 pages of applicants and I haven't a clue where you are - they're not listed by name. HELP.

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    1. Hey, Diana! Up in the post where it says "click here" (the word here is in blue), if you click on that word, it will take you directly to my submission! A box will pop up asking if you want to sign up for updates, but you can just click out of that if you'd like. Then scroll down and you'll see my face and my submission, along with a blue button that says "VOTE". Let me know if this doesn't help. Thanks!!

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    2. thanks, Shannan. I had to scroll a long ways down, but I got there! It took me to the top of the page - and you were at the bottom. Silly me.

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  32. I just picked up Love Does at an Ollie's Discount store for $3.99, SCORE!!!!!!!

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