guatemala and guacamole

Hi there! If you’re here to Introduce Yourself to your Fellow Radical Read-Along Participants, click here.

My head hurts. I’m writing this post at 11:11 pm on Tuesday, and my head hurts. But it’s a good hurt. Because it’s a direct result of being completely and utterly overwhelmed by your comments on the Radical Read-Along Intro Post.

I mean, I was pretty sure God was going to amaze me over the next few weeks, but HELLO. God, you do know this was just the INTRO POST, right?? We haven’t even STARTED THE BOOK.

Are you SURE you want to move so mightily so quickly?!

I think he just said YES.

I’m going to go through some read-along house-keeping details at the end of this post, but my MAIN POINT today is a super-special trip that my dear friend Amanda is taking with some other wonderful people to GUATEMALA with Compassion International. I’m not sure of their exact itinerary, but I think they’re all landing in Guatemala sometime around RIGHT NOW.

Amanda and the rest of the gang will be blogging from Guatemala, and I’m so excited to follow their journey and pray for them. I’ll be honest. At first, I was thinking, “Oh, I’ll just follow Amanda’s blog since I don’t know the other people.” Then I popped over to a few of their blogs today, and oh my word. Love.

Here’s Ann. And Lisa-Jo (she had me at her header). And Lindsey. And you can get to the trip leaders’ blogs from here.

Is this overwhelming you? I get that. I had high hopes of hopping over (blog, facebook, wherever) to say hi to all of the Read-Along Participants at some point through out the day today.

Yeah, maybe, if I had SUPER POWERS.

But if you feel led, I think it would be awesome to pray for these gals (and 1 guy) as they share God’s love in Guatemala and spread the word about what we can do to help these sweet kiddos in desperate need.

And ALSO? I think it would be really, really cool if you would click back to yesterday’s post and randomly (or not) choose TWO Read-Along Folks to pray for today. I think that would just be awesome.

Several of you have asked if I can fix my blog settings so that you can reply to people in the comments section. I’m working on it, I promise. Gabe tells me that my template uses an old version of WordPress that makes that impossible BUT because he DOES have super powers, he will work on getting it fixed for me ASAP. When he’s not at work or coaching two of his daughters’ soccer team or watching the 3rd one play or helping various and sundry people with computer problems and web site stuff. Or photographing Blue Angels.

I told myself I would NOT blog about Radical, Etc. on any day but Tuesday, but oh my word. I have more thoughts and ideas and hopes and fears and CRAZINESS swirling around in my head than I know what to do with. While this isn’t totally uncommon for me (understatement), this is a pretty extreme case.

I have a lot to say. And I’m pretty sure you do too. For now, share what you’d like in the comments (I promise to try to get the reply feature up and running soon!). I’ll welcome any and all thoughts, ideas, prayer requests, suggestions, whatever. And if you’re Reading Along and haven’t introduced yourself yet, please do that here (so we can keep all the intros in the same place). It’s not too late!

I just need to say ALL GLORY TO GOD. Wow.

Oh, and the guacamole? Kept me company while I was writing this post. Dee-licious.

14 thoughts on “guatemala and guacamole

  1. Nancy

    Just had to comment on your mention of the time (11:11). We were visiting friends this past weekend and at about 11:09 one of our friends’ kids announced that it would soon be 11:11 pm. I thought it was kind of funny she mentioned it … she didn’t know it, but I’ve claimed 11:11 as my “favorite time” (doesn’t everyone have one?) and I often point it out to my family on the digital clock in the car, on the microwave and on the alarm clock. We returned from our trip Monday night and I took notice of the time as we entered our town….11:11. I don’t know why I felt compelled to tell you this…guess I’m just weird like that 🙂

  2. Claudia Porpiglia

    Love the pray for each other idea…more specifically, picking 2 people a day. Also love the idea that Gabe may be able to make it so we can contact other participants.

  3. Sabrina Reinhart

    As you know, this book is addictive. I’ve read through Chapter 7 and I feel I’m getting punched in the face with reality (in a good way, of course). I can’t wait to finish, though I’m a little scared of the ending because I know there’s going to be a call to action. I so want to be able to put everything I’m learning into practice. Trusting in the Holy Spirit for power is a totally new thing for me. I pray to God and thank Jesus, but not a lot of love going to the HS. I often refer to the HS as “it”, when it’s definitely a “HE” – God. Amazing what I’m learning, thank you and thank you David Platt for making it all about God.
    Sabrina

  4. valerie

    So excited about all the comments yesterday. I am awe-struck at the number of people who said that God has been moving them this direction for a while – pulling them out of their comfort zones – speaking to their hearts about stepping up – getting them prepared for this…. God is on the move, people! And I feel like I’m on pins and needles with anxiousness waiting to see what He is up to. I can’t wait!

    Marla, I love the idea of all of us praying for each other. Someone yesterday commented that we will need to put on the full armor of God and be prepared to stand, as certainly attacks will come when we determine to step up and step out for God.

    I am praying for ALL of us to be strong and very courageous (Josh 1:9), and to not be terrified (as we all confessed our fears yesterday), for the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go, as we follow His leading.

    1 Chron. 28:20 “Be strong and courageous, and DO THE WORK. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”

    Jen B – I loved your intro yesterday. 🙂 I have SOOO struggled with the same thing – hearing God – or at least knowing it’s Him if by chance I do hear something. But you and I are going to hear Him this time, sister! Praying for you (us)!

    Stand firm, brothers and sisters, and hang on! God is doing a work, and we don’t want to be the ones who miss it! Praying for you all!

  5. Rachelle

    I was really touched by the comments yesterday. So much so that I was wondering what in the WORLD else could Marla talk about on her blog other than Radical?

    I love the idea of praying for one another; already have prayed for some whom my heart felt led. So know-if you commented yesterday you are being prayed for and that you are loved. My other goal today for me is to be still and listen. Thanks Joyce for the ‘quiet’ link-I needed that!

  6. Becca

    Praying today! 🙂 And also, so excited about the radical read-along, and the compassion bloggers pretty much kick my butt every time I read about one their trips. . .

  7. Marla Taviano

    Ashley, the Worlds Apart thing was wearing me out. E-mail me (contact button up there on top right), and I’ll e-mail you the whole thing. 🙂

    Jen, I love you too. And I really, really, really love that you’re praying for me.

    Ali, you had no idea what you were getting into when you devised this whole mentor scheme. Deal with it.

    Alicia, that’s a great idea. HOWEVER, there are lots of times when people are commenting simultaneously, so I think it could get confusing. I’m so sorry!!

  8. joyce

    I love the click and pray idea. I’ll be doing that today.

    I’m following along with the Compassion bloggers…I love Ann VosKamps blog…if you need a dose of peace and quiet and calm amidst the loud clanging noise that the internet world sometimes is then visit her blog.

    http://www.aholyexperience.com/

  9. Alicia

    I have a totally random “hmm.. we need to make the comments easier to get through” suggestion. When we leave a comment, could we number them? I know that I probably won’t get through all the comments in one sitting, so this way I would know that I last time I checked the blog I had read up to comment #34, instead of trying to reread everything to figure out where I left off. Just an idea.
    God continues to amaze me with His ridiculous awesomeness. I’m thankful that He led me to get involved with an online community of other believers who are seeking him. 🙂

  10. Ali

    I’m starting to be mad at you. A little bit. Too many thoughts, feelings, emotions, and gosh-darnit, that book and you and your emails are kicking my butt. I guess I’m not really mad at you. Just like I can’t be mad at David Platt for what he wrote. I suppose it’s the realization that I’m mad at myself. For what I’ve become and how things need to change but I’m too stinking scared.
    So because it’s only Wednesday and you told me to pray for some peeps, I’m going to do that instead of sitting here at 7:23am with this frustration brewing inside of me. Pray, Ali, pray. Pray.

  11. Jen B

    Deep breaths. And good idea about picking 2 random people. And I am convinced that Gabe does have super powers. I am more than happy to work around no reply button until he can fit it in to freelancing, working, coaching, being a dad, and saving cats stuck in trees. I think I’ll pick 4 people to pray for today. You two for protection and peace + 2 more. I love you!

  12. Ashley

    I have an unrelated question – will you be posting any more chapters for the “World’s Apart” project? I enjoyed what you had posted previously but wasn’t sure if the rest would be posted in the future.

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