Shoot like a Girl | Say Yes (#31days)

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Day 20: Susani, Romania.

She became my constantly smiling photography assistant for four days. We dodged soccer balls at sports camp and ate sarmali and mici (cabbage rolls and sausages made of lamb and pork) at a Sunday dinner that filled a 40-foot table in a village community center. She was staying the summer in Cliciova with her grandparents – the fall would find her in Lugoj, a much larger city hours away where most children in rural areas journey by themselves to attend school.

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I’ve been traveling now for years, and I wonder if there will be a day when my heart won’t ache at the thought of leaving the places that are added to the “feels like home” list in my soul. But with every trip, God shatters and mends my heart again to hold more beautiful and painful love. And so it was with Timea and the summer in Romania.

And so it is now, as I sit quietly and think about the past month. Kenya. Guatemala. Jamaica. I am aching. Aching. Aching.

And then, there hope is – popping up on Facebook Messenger like an epistle.

“Hello.” It’s my little assistant, sending a note for the very first time.

“Cum se numeste muzica ce am ascultato in microbuz cu fratele ovidiu?” (What is the name of the song we listened to in the van?)

“Am cântat “Spune Da.” Michelle Williams cântă.” (It is “Say Yes.” Michelle Williams sings it.) We must have sung it fifty times as we drove from village to village. Loudly. With the windows rolled down so all could hear.

Four days ago, I sang the same song in Jamaica. Miss Hyacinth joined us on stage to dance as the rest of the church joined in.

And now we both listen to the song – Timea in Lugoj and me in Austin. And all the places that feel like home feel a whole lot closer.

Join us in the singing today.

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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9 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Say Yes (#31days)”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how a song can bring us back to a time and bring it near once again. So glad to visit you this morning from the 31 Dayers FB site! Nice to “meet” you too 🙂

  2. This song rocks! I hadn’t heard it before. I’m going to share it with my kids. I think they will all love it (ages 18 to 6 years old). I love how your blog writing brings me into your experience. Our unity in Christ truly brings us together as brothers and sisters in Jesus. It gives me chills to consider.

  3. Wow!!! Today’s blog readings have all hit it out of the park!!!! Amazingly sweet post and I absolutely love the video you shared!!!!! When Jesus say YES!!!!!!!! Amen, amen, amen!!!

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