Reminder, Conviction & A Book Giveaway!

In the last 18 hours, I’ve been reminded two times that love doesn’t feel interrupted or inconvenienced.

The first time, was while reading the opening chapter of Love Does by Bob Goff. He shares an incredible memory from his past that convicted me. I don’t think I would have I know I wouldn’t have responded the same way as Bob’s friend Randy did.  (You will have to read the book if you want to know more.)

The second time I was reminded of this truth about love was while I was reading a portion of Acts 16. Verse 40 caught my eye and penetrated my heart this morning.

When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers and encouraged them once more. Then they left town.

Proceeding these verses is the story of when Paul and Silas had been beaten, thrown into prison, and shackled so they couldn’t escape.   Despite their circumstances, Paul and Silas continue to praise God.  They continued to be a light for the people around them.  Then, an earthquake occurs and they are given the chance to escape.  But they don’t. They choose to stay and seize the opportunity to tell the jailor and his family about Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I think I would have felt more than ready to get the heck out of Dodge after all of that.  I think I would have felt as if I’d done my good “Jesus deed” for the year and felt completely “justified” to move on.  But, then I read verse 40.

When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers and encouraged them once more. Then they left town.

Did you catch it?   They went back to encourage the other believers first.  They didn’t choose to leave hastily. Why?

Because love doesn’t feel interrupted or inconvenienced.

Love knows what is important.  Love takes precedent over everything else.

What are you tempted to put in front of love today?

What on your agenda is battling to take front row seat over love?

I haven’t finished my copy of Love Does yet but I know I am going to thoroughly enjoy this one.  I received a free copy of this book from Tammy over at her blog just last week. And my friend, Caroline, assured  me I would love it. She was right.

With that said, it’s time pay it forward!

I’m giving away a free copy of Love Does.  Just leave a comment to enter the contest. Contest will end July 1st and I will announce the winner on July 2nd.

Happy Loving!

24 thoughts on “Reminder, Conviction & A Book Giveaway!

  1. Mike Gothard

    Just saw this book in Barnes & Noble last night. Started to pick it up and glance through it but got distracted with another one beside it…my world in micocosm. Enjoying your blog these days. Keep writing.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Mike. I understand. Way too many choices in B & N…kind of like the Volcano’s menu. 😉

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  2. Jessie Miller

    As always, Eileen, your writing stirs my heart and starts my day with a good message to think about. This one particularly convicted me because Jon has been working a lot and away from home frequently lately, which means Laura and I spend a lot of time together. Which means I get interrupted – a lot. 😉 Thanks for reminding me that I should not see that as an inconvenience, but that showing her love is far more important than anything on my to-do list.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      So true, Jessie. I think so many parents will be able to relate to your struggle. I know I can. Even while I was writing this post my son interrupted me several times. And, this time, I stopped what I was doing and gave him my attention. I don’t do that nearly enough.

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  3. bill (cycleguy)

    Excellent book Eileen! Just finished it last week. Plan to buy a copy of it for both of my girls. I like the short chapters and really liked that non-technical way he approached things. it is one I will be recommending on my blog, probably next week. I am even thinking of doing a series of posts based on it. Maybe like a week of them. I would enter my name but it would take away someone else’s chance of winning. 🙂

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  4. Loren Pinilis

    It’s amazing how love can change the way we live. I’ve always thought the jail story was remarkable, too. I’d be like “SEE YA!” and bolt out the door.
    Paul was such an example of love. Reading his words – you can just FEEL the burden he has for those that he’s led to Christ.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Haha, I know, Loren. I would have bolted too! And, I agree, Paul followed Jesus…The Example, beautifully.

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  5. Steven Hartung

    Wow! Eileen, last Friday someone talked about this book at church, and it seemed very important to read, but then was somewhat forgotten about. Thank you for reinstalling the urgency to read it!

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  6. Karen Sue

    I would “love” to win this book. Love is so important in ones life. I note the other comments are mostly from men. I find this interesting. I follow quite a few blogs and don’t see too many men commenting.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Well, I am loving the book! Interesting observation, Karen. I tend to get a mixture of men and women comments. But, I also follow as many men blogs as I do women blogs. Thanks so much, for coming by!

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  7. anne

    Eileen, Your words today were enough to make me take the leap with my daughter that I’d been trying to get up the nerve for since forever. I’m praying that I get a positive response.

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      1. anne

        I had completely forgotten that I wrote the post above until I just read it again. That’s why I acted “dazed & confused” when you asked me about it this morning. I did write and send a card that very day pouring out my feelings. Haven’t heard back “yet.”

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  8. Samantha Compton

    Something spoke to me as I stumbled across your blog to enter the give away for this book. Maybe if I dont win it’s a sign that I must read it no matter what.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Samantha, it’s a must read! So glad you stumbled here and thanks for adding your name to the hat!

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  9. Eileen Post author

    Alright, the names were written down, the names were cut out, the names were placed in my son’s Georgia Bulldog baseball cap. And he picked the winner!
    Drum Roll……
    Mike Gothard… YOU have won yourself a copy of Love Does. Email me and let me know best address to ship it too.

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