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Have you ever had that feeling of panic that hits you when it seems nothing is going right?  When the noise level in your space elevates to such a decibel that your heart begins to pound and the temperature in your body rises and you begin to sweat…


By noise. By clutter, space, time constraints, people, winding up in exhaustion.

By chaos is what the enemy of your soul wants you to think.  How do I know?

Walk with me.  That is exactly what I’ve felt for the past few weeks.  The noise level had nothing to do with the grandkids being here.  The noise level was coming from everywhere and no where at the same time. 

Guess what I have found.  We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.  Peering over the portals, if you will allow me to paraphrase into my ideas of what it means. 

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV

Friend, today I held my Bible to look up something to share with my mother,  and the very feeling of peace that seemed to wash over my soul was amazing.  Just for my eyes to gaze upon the Word surprised my tired heart.

That’s what an encounter with Jesus will do every time.  Instead of trudging through the day without Him—why not give the day to Him?  For me, it’s the only way I can have true soul peace.  True heart peace.  Pure peace of mind.

That great cloud of witnesses are standing at a point seeing what we do not see.  The nearness of the end.  No, they don’t know the “day and hour” the Son of Man comes, for know one knows that—but I believe they can turn and see the table being readied.  They can see the chairs being lined up just so.  They can see Gabriel adding the last polish to the trumpet.  They can see far more than we can.  I also believe they are cheering us on.

“Don’t give up brother!  Take heart sister!  Though the trials you have suffered have been hard, there is such a joy set aside just for you ahead! Keep the faith!  Lay aside all that would hinder you—whether it would be relationships, objects, or ideas of what you’ve heard that is contrary to God’s Word.  Let nothing hinder you.  Let nothing get in your way to your heavenly home—let nothing stand between you and doing what God would have you do.  Keep your focus on HIM.

He focused on YOU and ME as He endured the cross.  He knew that without His fulfilling what He came to do—we would be eternally lost.  His focus was on us—so our focus could be Him.

You are surrounded.  Pull up the blanket of peace.  Tuck it in secure.  Shout out His Words! Claim them as your own!  (That’s what we have the Word for!)  Find your Victory Statement this weekend—and pursue peace and joy with all your might!


The AFTER Thanksgiving Day Parade

Well, I didn’t catch the parade on Thanksgiving Day.  Maybe you were able to.

 If you didn’t I will share our parade with you…

There is still a trail of laundry between the bedroom and the laundry room.

 If your family does not have a clown…I feel sorry for you.

We are full to running over with clowns.

AND they were in rare form.

Little Jake is gathering speed to make his mark…and he will make it with a huge force! He is a quiet sweetie…. 🙂

Cy is the blue eyed delight.

You should hear these little ones pray.

Okay. So here is what went down.  We had little visitors. 

 And we did some visiting! 😉

Great FUN was had….also great tiredness is happening now.

Tiff cooked her first big family Thanksgiving meal.  We missed her bunch.

Jeff and I took a troop to his mom’s then to mine.

We ALL ate way too much. We were all blessed.

Ended the evening with a fun game of “bananagrams” or something like that.  It was Aimee’s game–but it was FUN.  Gotta get us one of those games!

Mother and I had a hotflash contest.  I still think I won. 

On second thought, she may have won this round.

 From my mother’s kitchen, to yours, we hope and pray that your Thanksgiving meal filled you up–and that your heart and soul also experienced some joy amidst all the flurry of activity that more than likely surrounded your bunch.

I don’t do the Friday shopping after Thanksgiving.  Instead we decided to just rest here.

Mother and I talked on the phone today about all that we are thankful for.  She read me her passage of Scripture that she was standing on from Romans, and I read her mine:

Ephesians 6:10-17.  All the praise for all things goes to HIM.

May your weekend and next week be filled with blessings.

From our hearts and home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

© The Knightly News 2007-2010

YOU are MoRe than JUST a PrEtTy FaCe

“Next please.”
“Take a number please.”
“Have a seat please.”
Do you ever feel like life is just one big waiting line?

Sometimes I do.  There are days I’m content to wait…yet others when it stings to be told, “It might be about 30 minutes.’



This week, as I’ve been suffering in the full blown throes of non-medicated hormonal hot-flashes and heat waves and post Thanksgiving shopping; I’ve thought about the waiting game.

We are MORE than just next in line to God. As a matter of fact, there are no lines.  You are always up next!  Whenever you bring your need to Him–He’s right there–waiting on you to release the struggle.

We are the hold up. . . .


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God is on a Mission

Monday I woke up with 3 things on my mind.

At 2:37 a.m.

Three phrases–rolled over and over in my heart.  As I lay there, I said them out loud…in my mind.  (Didn’t want to wake Jeff.)

Jehovah Shammah (one reading)

Jehovah Nissi (one reading)

Jehovah Jireh (one reading)

Then I realized, I’m not going back to sleep–besides, I was sweating. (if you laugh, it will be worse for you!)

As I pulled out a bottle of water from the refrigerator, unscrewed the top and drank in it’s coldness, my mind was going a hundred miles an hour.

“What does God want to tell me?  Couldn’t You have waited until my mind was awake?–Oh wait, it was awake…You woke me up!”

 I think I remember grinning as I headed to the couch.  What is God telling me?

I have learned long ago, to sit and listen.  Sometimes I actually practice the things I have learned!

I sat down, waiting.

Jehovah Shammah—Jehovah Nissi—Jehovah Jireh.

There’s a message there for sure.  I thought of the sermon my brother-in-law, Juno Douglas preached on Sunday, as they kicked off their Missions Convention.  “Pray for Israel”.

The Lord was reminding me—He is always “there” at my point of need.  Whenever–or wherever the battle rages, He will stake His claim, fight my battle–and raise His banner over me—and always….HE is my provider.  Yours too.

These little kids continually come to my heart and mind.  Pray for them.  The children of Mission of Mercy Center, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  They live in the village called “The Pines”.  We’ve been home for months…they are still there.  Running up and down the clay packed hills.  Everyday.

The little girl that washed her clothes then, still washes those same clothes today.

The little boys that got into scrapes and ran in and out of the center, as well as those who were not allowed in for the meals….because they are not yet sponsored…they are still there.  Feeling the same way they felt.

Left out.  Is God there?  Yes.  Most definitely.  I felt Him all around us as we worked.  He sees everything–He expects us to use what we’ve been given to help those near and far.

What have you been given?  Are you using it all for Him? 

Friend, God is on a mission, seeking those hearts who are willing to do all they can with every breath of their lives for Him.  He is seeking those who desire to bring glory to His Son, Jesus Christ–who GAVE everything for us.  Everything.

What are we holding back? 

I am examining everything in my life with a magnifying glass….because God does everyday.  I’m asking Him today--“reveal to me the changes that need to be made….I’m ready.”

I would just like to remind you that on this Thanksgiving, while you are enjoying time with your family and dear friends, there are still those who have no idea what it is like to sit at a table filled with faces of love.  A table full to the brim with food of the most delectable.  Will you remember them?  Will you pray for them?

Will you consider putting actions behind your prayers?  You can make a difference in the life of a child today.  You are one “click” away from being used of God.  Say yes to Him!  Make a change–all it takes is a “little change” every day.  I hope you see these little faces in your dreams as I have mine.

They are just as sweet and loving as your own children and grandchildren.  When the little boy who is front and center jumped up in my arms and kissed me for giving him a gift (I’m not his sponsor), I could not keep the tears from spilling.  They are even more precious to God. 

Make a difference for one of God’s little children You will never be the same.

Giving Him All,



© The Knightly News 2007-2010

Janet Paschal in Marianna, Florida!

We had the BEST time at the Women’s Ministry Celebrate L.I.F.E. Retreat!

Thank you Rese Moore for pulling this all together and praying fervently–for all the lives that have been touched at this event.

Great classes, new faces, new friends and God was center of it all!

What a blessing! Janet Paschal was absolutely wonderful–singing with such pure devotion to Jesus Christ! She sang some old favorites, well known by the dear voices of our ladies!

Precious. If you look up Janet Paschal in the North West Florida Dictionary (if there was one) you’d find the one word that describes her totally—“precious”.

She even had Pastor Tommy come up and sing with her! (Bless his heart–he was the sound man-the go-to man-the runner–the fixer–just everything needed for his dear wife–Rese! Thank you Pastor Tom!

Sheila Sloan, her traveling pianist, is the sweetest heart you would ever want to meet! Thank you Sheila for your love for Jesus–your willingness to serve Him and others! It shows in everything you do!  I am blessed to know you!

More will be shared later!  YOU REALLY need to see “Greasy Rese and the Flop-Earred Three” (how in the WORLD did they come up with that name!!!)

Anyway, they had everyone almost rolling in the floor laughing….too funny! I hope with all the phones raised high–at least someone “youtubed” it! PLEASE tell me you did!

I pray you all have a super blessed Sunday–worship Jesus! He is my all! My everything!

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NIV

© The Knightly News 2007-2010

Having a bit of fun…

This was some fun at Mother and Grandbuddy’s on Monday Night

In case you don’t know….we like to have fun.

Don’t you?

We have some fun/neat stuff going on this weekend!  Janet Paschal will be with us singing and sharing what God has done in her life tomorrow night.  Then on Saturday, we will have workshops on just about every thing during the morning–and then, a lunchtime Tea!

MANY have been busy getting ready for this event (West Florida District Women’s Ministry Retreat) and the workshops, a HUGE thank you to the District Women’s Director, Rese Moore for all her hard work and love and PRAYER that she puts into each event!

I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!  (Click on the links to find out MORE)

© The Knightly News 2007-2010

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Okay, Maybe They Fixed It.

Or, maybe I just didn’t watch long enough.

What am I talking about?  Sorry, I thought you were here for my rant yesterday.

I’m talking about Hallmark skipping out on Thanksgiving.  But they MUST have read my post–because today–as pretty as you please, The “16 DaYs until ThanksGiving” notice popped up!  That’s good…’cuz my next step was to write a letter.

(Kidding–I’m not a letter writer [any more]–unless it’s to encourage a down-hearted friend) 

(This was while I was ironing….just in case you wondered—and YES…I am an ironer…of pillowcases, top sheets, and tablecloths–but no, I don’t want to iron your tablecloths.)

Now–on to the REASON for this post.  I have to tell you about a little boy I saw a couple Sundays ago.  I don’t remember his name, since I didn’t get to meet him–but God knows his name–and the precious heart of his!

The picture is not as clear as I wish–but his heart for Jesus rang out clear and strong!

He attends my daughter, April’s church and she said he is a light and delight!  His smile is so contagious!  I just wanted to run over there and squeeze him, but since I was a perfect stranger, I didn’t want to scare him–so I refrained the “Nana” instincts rising up in me!
That Sunday, God filled that place with His mighty presence–and this little fellow felt it as the children sang a powerful song about F-A-I-T-H!

The blurriness of the photo is due to his movements–he was moving his little arms and head with the music! 

Can I ask you a question?  Do we do that?  Are we that excited about serving and KNOWING Jesus Christ?

Amie C. is our worship leader—Holy Spirit lead and Spirit filled.  It is obvious too!  Under the anointing of the LORD, singing His praises, the hands go up and the Spirit fills the house–and the believers who open their hearts to HIM.  However, if you don’t open your heart and mind to Him—He is not going to invade the land.  YOU must desire HIM —Jesus Christ—above ALL ELSE!  THEN—the blessings and anointing fall.  Case in point:  This past Sunday.  Thank YOU JESUS for that powerful move of YOUR Presence.

I have come to realize more and more as the days and weeks pass me by—I want Jesus—MORE than anything else in this world.  I want His presence, His anointing, His power to flow through me than ever before.  There are things to be done–lives to reach for Him–as time is running out.  There are those my path has crossed recently that are DOING all they can for Jesus.  I want to be in that number of “doers”. 

So–I leave you with this today:  Do you like football?  Do you get excited when your team scores?  IF you answered yes–I just have to ask one more —do you get that excited about seeing God changing hearts and lives?  Do you get excited about singing HIS praises and worship?

Friends, we have A LOT to be THANKFUL for and to get excited about!  We are running the last lap of the race!

© The Knightly News 2007-2010

I Have a SERIOUS Bone to Pick

My Mother’s Table -2008

What happened to Thanksgiving?
Can someone tell me?
Case in point–I landed on a blog quite by accident of leaving a friend’s spot—and the blogger was saying goodby to halloween and hello to Christmas.
Sorry.  But that’s not the way it is kiddo.  (I can say kiddo—I am older.)
There is a wonderful holiday tucked in the middle.  It begins with a thankful heart.
I also noticed yesterday —on the Hallmark Channel—they will begin the Christmas countdown on Monday.  Uhmmm–do you see what I see?

The Desserts!

They counted down the days (of all the crazy things) to halloween—and are planning their countdown to Christmas—but hey! 

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:  That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:6-7

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  Psalm 95:2

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name. Psalm 100:4  (all KJV)

Okay.  I am trying to calm the severe hot flash that just overtook me.  It just happens when I realize people are leaving OUT Thanksgiving. 

There are so MANY things I have to be thankful for!

  • A wonderful husband
  • Precious children and grandchildren
  • Incredible family
  • The whispers of God in my heart
  • Food in my pantry
  • Dirty clothes to wash
  • Shoes without holes
  • Running water at the touch of a faucet
  • Drinkable running water at the touch of a faucet (read the mission trip to Honduras)
  • FRIENDS (past-present and future)
  • SISTERS (in-laws included)
  • BROTHERS (in-laws included)
  • MUSIC–Worship songs–Praise songs–and jumpin’ up house cleaning songs! (those would be UP-BEAT)
  • THE WORD (and the ability to read my Bible anytime-anywhere–not possible in many foreign Countries)
  • Answers to prayers
  • YOU the faithful reader–even though I’ve not written faithfully!

What are YOU thankful for?

© The Knightly News 2007-2010

A New Day–A New Friend!

Hey folks!

I just have to stop my house cleaning long enough to tell you a story.

I met the most incredible hearted woman on Wednesday!  Her name is Rene (rhymes with dream).  She is one lady who absolutely puts action behind her words–and the blessings follow!  She has a few blogs–but the one I want you to read is the one about her mission and heart today.  “The Faith Diva Society”.
I know your heart will be blessed when you get to know this incredible “sister of faith”.  We had a mini-retreat in her home on Wednesday night, after hearing an amazing story of how God brought unexpected lives together“Same Kind of Different As Me”, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  They tell an inspiring story of two unlikely friends.  But God. . . .

As Connie, Rene and I sat in the living room around the fire place, we shared our hearts and Christ’s story in our lives.  How amazing is our God!  A sweet retreat!

Thank you Rene for opening your heart and home to me–I am forever changed by meeting you–a heart that is continuously seeking “what” you can do for others.  You don’t just talk about it or dream about it–you “do” it. Without regard to yourself and what it might cost you.  God smiles every time He sees you step into action, and says, “Okay people, watch out! Here comes My Rene!”

I won’t include all the pictures because Connie and I get a bit carried away, but I will share a few! 

Thank you Connie girl for an amazing trip–complete with mentoring time!

My purple hat from Rene!

 One of Rene’s many blue butterflies…there is a story in the blue butterflies.  Click on her name at the top of this post to read about them.
Looking at the back porch of Rene’s house.  Donetta, you would LOVE this place!

Little Miss Luckey.  And that is exactly what she is.  Deaf now, and almost 16 years old, she keeps Rene company and loves her dearly.  A treasure from heaven!

 Sitting by the fire, sharing Jesus, laughs and a tear or two.

One last thing….if you have a dream…or a vision of what God wants to do in your life, or through you….             you must first……

© The Knightly News 2007-2010