She Challenges Me28
I hate to tell you this, but this is day 5 already. Birthday giveaways are winding down, and even though it’s Friday, I’m not going to do a 10 Things Post. Don’t worry, though. That’s coming Sunday!!
I could probably go back through my blog over the last year and pinpoint the time that I started reading Jamie The Very Worst Missionary. And when I say reading, I mean really reading. There’s a difference. I promise. You know, kind of like the difference between hearing and listening. When I started really reading this blog, my eyes were opened and my heart challenged in a way I never expected. And it made me want to be a better blogger…oh, and a better person.
She says things that I probably wouldn’t ever dream of verbalizing…or writing down. Yes. I would have thought them, but she just puts it out there. I love it. Jamie The Very Worst Missionary isn’t just reaching me when she’s talking about crack whores and dog piles. Check out her blog followers on the right sidebar of her page. Lots of people are into reading her thoughts. Also, I think my following Jamie on Twitter has helped me link up with all these other bloggers that have been featured during this birthday week. Thanks, Jamie.
What I like about her blog is that is normal everyday stuff she writes about. Things I can relate to. Obviously I can’t relate to a mango larger than my head because I live in Illinois, but a centerpiece, a place where all your friends gather to talk about life? Yeah. I connect with that. I get feeling like crap when you screw up but being thankful for God’s grace all at the same time. I love it that she puts it out there. And even when she calls the church a social club, I feel that old familiar ache to fit in just subside. Why? Her words say it better than I ever could, so, Jamie, I hope you don’t mind me sharing them.
“Long before I ever posted a single word to this stupid blog, and way before I became a missionary, I stopped trying to be what the church wants and started trying to be who God wants – one who worships in spirit and in truth. Sometimes the club doesn’t like it. Sometimes a few members protest because they think I’m dangerous.
And I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me because, when I look at my life, it’s like I can hear His voice….and I hope you can, too, ever since so long ago when God nudged me and said…Speak up.”
It might have been that post. I can’t say for sure. And maybe it’s just me feeling like I’m more free to express what I’m really thinking, but maybe when I read that I felt God calling me to speak up. You have something to say. Speak up. Don’t hold back. I love it because it’s you. Speak up.
So really, I just want to say, Thank you, Jamie. I don’t know if you’ll even read this, but thank you anyway. Your humor makes me laugh and your spirit of love and grace and brokenness inspires me to be…well, me.
Jamie’s recommendation for our giveaway today is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Here is what she wrote: “My recommendation is Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible”. It’s one of only a few books that I’ve read more than once. I think Kingsolver does a masterful job taking us through the story (of a missionary family in the Congo) using several different, super-unique perspectives. The story itself is interesting and beautiful and human, and so well told. And, of course, there’s that whole missionary connection. 😉 If you haven’t already read it, you MUST!”
Added another book to my Kindle library this week…
So in order to have a chance to win The Poisonwood Bible, you have to do a few things for me. You have until June 16 at 11:59 p.m. to comment and enter for the giveaway. I will announce the winner on June 17 at noon CST!
First you have to answer the question below here in the comment section. You can give me a serious answer or be a total smarty-pants. I don’t really care. It just has to be in the comment section here on the blog and not a comment on my Facebook page. Answer it already.
Secondly, see those little buttons at the bottom of the post? If you have Facebook or Twitter or any of the others, I’m asking you to share a link to this post. Also make sure you put that I’m giving away stuff so your friends can get in on the action, too!!
Thirdly, you need to go “Like” my page on Facebook. Okay. That’s not a requirement, but I’d really like it if you did!
That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and see what the new giveaway will be!! So answer the question below! Like right now!
Ever wanted to be a missionary? Are you a missionary? Where have you been or where would you want to go?
You can still enter the previous days’ giveaways!!