Monthly Archives: April 2011

What He’s Done…is aMaZinG

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In some recent writing (not online), I was taken back quite a few years.

Over 30 years to be precise.  Hard to look back at life’s mountains—valleys, tunnels and yes, even dump sites.  That is where we throw all the trash right?  In the dumps of life?

I look back at the stinky—rotten attitude I had as a teenager.  I wonder sometimes why Mother didn’t just push my sassy-selfish self right out the door.

Do you know why?

Because she loved me.  Even though I was so unlovable at times.  Not all the time, but on those unlovable times, it was “very” unlovable.

You know who else loved me in those days of immense ugly?  Christ Jesus.

He loved me all the way to my soul.  Not my sin—my selfish ways—or my sassy heart.  But He loved the Angie He knew He would eventually see. 

When I stopped living for me and began living for Him.

He loves you too.  Did you know that?  With all the filth in your heart and head—and all the attitude that you sport—HE loves YOU. 

Not the junk you carry—He wants to relieve you of that.  He doesn’t love the habits that are destroying your body and soul…but friend, He loves the YOU that HE created.  The YOU He is wanting YOU to see… And be.

I don’t know you by name.  But He does.

I don’t know the ugly that you’ve been.

But He does.

I may not ever cross your path.

But He will.  Actually, you will cross His path.  One day very soon as a matter of fact.  You will stand before Him with all the stuff you’ve clung to in your heart—thinking that surely all the things you could accumulate would bring you great happiness and satisfaction.

Has it?  Brought you happiness I mean.

I didn’t think so.  It’s momentary—fleeting even.  Just like the Bible says our troubles are.  Momentary.  Our eternal joy far outweighs what we endure here on this earth.  Nothing that you yearn for here will bring you any amount of satisfaction like a relationship with Jesus Christ can—and will once you open your life and heart to Him.

Talk to Him and see for yourself.  Honestly.  Don’t hold back.

I’m telling you….His grace—It’s amazing.

 

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Revelation Song–Easter Weekend

You can’t–or at least I can’t–listen to this song….sing this song…without FEELING the power of God surge through your heart!

We sing about the KING OF KINGS….OUR EVERYTHING!!! I DO ADORE HIM!!! Praising Him with all that I have –all that I am…

My heart and life is FULL Of all that Jesus Christ IS and what He has done for me—what He has done for YOU friend?

Have you recognized the missing link in your life? Do you know about the God shaped hole in your heart?

As I watched this movie–I cried again–my soul and heart gripped in an anguish of all that I have done…and all that I should have done. Unworthy I am–yet He freely looked on us with love and came to this earth for each one of us–so that we might know HIM…and the power of His love. The depth of His love.

All For Love. (Hillsong music to abbreviated scenes from the Passion of the Christ.) In a conversation once with someone, I suggested the youth of today’s churches see this movie if they had not seen it–the question was “why”. My reason: They all need to know.

Hollywood paints pictures of all sorts of blood-guts-gore and scare tactics to feed the need for adrenaline rush that people have, teenagers especially. The real need in their lives is for Truth of what Jesus came to this earth for–and what He actually suffered. It was for all of humanity. Not just a few. You and me are included in that word, “ALL”.

For God so loved the world (us again) that He gave–HIS ONLY SON. That whosoever would believe in Him–would not perish–but would have eternal–everlasting life in heaven.

Only click “play” if you are willing to be reminded of His ultimate LOVE and sacrifice. (*Warning–graphic scenes)

Would you like to make a decision to allow Christ Jesus to be LORD of your life? Please click here–let us know how we can pray for you. Your prayer request will not be made public.

I encourage you, don’t wait another day. Seek HIM today.

Giving HIM All,

Jeff & Angie Knight


Does Life Seem To Loom Ahead?

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Life looming?

Way unsteady?

Bigger than YOU?

NOT bigger than HIM.

When life seems to boldly stretch out in front of our face, grabbing our hands—wanting to catapult us into the unknown, remember this:

Psalm 32:8—”I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go:  I will guide you with My eye.” NKJV

“For since the beginning of the world [Men] have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.”   Isaiah 64:4 NKJV

We are not alone.  If our hands are clinging tightly to His—He is choosing the path.  Not us.

Rest in the knowledge that He is the guide…and He will lead us all the way home.

 

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Happy Birthday April!

Love comes in small packages…On April 18, it came in a package weighing just over 8 lbs.

How blessed we were to finally be able to hold you!  (I used the picture of you with your two “packages of love”.

I kept thinking there MUST be something wrong…when you slept through the nights from the very beginning…but nothing was wrong…everything was right.

To be your mommy has been the biggest privilege imagined.  I cannot think of one single accomplishment that would or could top this!

Even when I felt a complete and utter failure–a smile from your face (just like Jake’s), would remind me that God was STILL on His throne and HE was ready and able to help me do THIS mothering thing RIGHT.  I gave it my best shot.

Thank you darling daughter for not reminding me of the many times I failed…but you always seem to remember the “good stuff”……Why can’t I remember like you?

You are a beautfiul young woman–who walks steadfastly in God’s grace–and who is blazing a trail for others to follow.  We are so proud of you!

Happy Birthday!

Love,
Mom

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Oh WOW!!

Y’all.  Oh. MY. GOODNESS!

I cannot TELL you how excited I am to share with you some AWESOME news!  (Not to mention, if I’m picked I get a coffee card to my favorite spot!!)  My precious friend (another one!!!) has written a BOOK!

Let me give you a BIT of history.  My baby sister, Aimee and I went to the She Speaks Conference in 2008.  GOD totally lined it up and blessed the way!

Aimee and I had arrived, full of excitement–and wonder of all that we were seeing and experiencing.  Can I tell you that butterflies took up residence in my belly!  It was indescribable.   As we finished up the last minute course that they offered and walked to the “already underway” Bloggers Reception, I saw quickly that there was hardly anyone left in the room. 

I had wanted to meet several that I had been “reading” (that was before the “follower button”)–and low and behold..in a sunny yellow shirt was my precious new found friend and sister, JoanneJoanne of Blessed to be precise.  I was so thrilled!  I had no clue the road that we would journey together.



Joanne, do YOU remember what ya’ll were laughing about?

 I can’t tell you have many times this girl made me laugh.  Especially when she CAME TO MY HOUSE!  What a blessed blast we had!  I think my sides HURT from laughing so hard…ask Tiffany Stuart–and Connie Haile…they would tell you the same!

Reading her book will be the highlight of your summer!  It comes out June 1–be the FIRST in line to get one—pre-order yours NOW! 😉  Go to her new site and congratulate her!!!! Sign up for her newsletter 😉

Let’s see….what else can I tell you to do—this bossy stuff is new to me…..(Yeah, Jeff says, if you believe that I’ve got a island I wanna sell ya!)

© The Knightly News 2007-2011


What Difference A Day Makes

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In just 24  hours the LORD changed the landscape.

In just 24 hours…

How many times has 24 hours made a difference in your life?

Sometimes when the prayer is prayed, and faith is full, 24 hours changes the landscape of our hearts.  24 hours can mean life or death.  In the blink of an eye, our lives can change.

When we walked through the woods at Heartland Conference and Retreat Center on Tuesday we encountered the beauty of the fallen leaves, naked trees, and cool blue skies.  It was an incredible sight.

Then in just 24 hours all changed.  As God opened the storehouse of snow and the beauty of white began to fill the land. 

Jeff and I walked back to the same spot from the day before and I took the 2nd look at God’s beauty.  The landscape had changed.  The sound underfoot had changed.  The trees were now dressed in white—decked out in glorious splendor, fit for any Christmas card…or just this note to you.

Today is Sunday.  Keep your eyes open wide.  God just may surprise you with something that wasn’t there yesterday—on the very same landscape of your heart and life.

For us it was true.  Of all the people at the conference, only Jeff and I chose to explore the wonder of God’s gift.  The others perhaps had grown quite accustomed to the splendor of white.  Don’t be afraid to be the only one exploring God’s gifts to you….perhaps you will lead a trail others will follow.

Father, once again I pause to thank You for the incredible gift to me!  I am so grateful that Your attention is on me even when I don’t necessarily feel it.  Thank You that I can “catch” a glimpse of You in my surroundings.  Thank You for the presence of the Holy Spirit that leads and guides our footsteps.  Don’t let me miss a step.  I don’t want to miss out on any surprise or gift that You might have planned for me today.  Help me show another who might not exactly be looking for You—the way.  You fill me with great delight—I hope I do the same for You.  Bless the readers who stop by here today, may they find You among the text here….may they find peace….and may they begin seeking You for themselves.  In the most holy name of Jesus~Amen.

Bless the LORD O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD O my soul; and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5 NIV


Home Sweet Home

Seeing new sights is great—meeting new people, fellow travelers on this journey toward home is wonderful, but friend, nothing compares (at least until we get to heaven) to walking in the door to your own house and kicking off your shoes and getting comfortable.

I prepared the house before we left for what I wanted to feel and see when I walked back in.  I cleaned it.  From top to bottom.  So that when we walked in, there was nothing to do but unload and unpack.  Jeff unloaded, I unpacked.  Then there was the trip laundry that needed to be done.  With more than 16 hours total on the way home (we had to detour to get the “baby”)—going as far as we could—then getting a fresh start yesterday morning.100_1918  I was glad I made the extra effort for clean sheets on the bed—not that it would have mattered at our point of exhaustion, but it sure felt good.

Scooter was as glad to see us as we were to see him.  And he felt the same way about home.  He explored the rooms, smelling, making sure nothing had changed—and then checked out his toy box, making sure nothing was missing—running—jumping, excited!


As I began my devotion this morning, sitting in my favorite spot felt like I sat down with an old friend.  I began my dialogue with Jesus.  Telling Him how thankful I was for the opportunity to be with precious friends.  Then the sights I saw—and the great conference we attended—added bonus gift from heaven, the snow.  My heart spilled forth my desire to follow His plan—not my own. 

I realized what I had prepared in advance of our return, was the benefit of what I experienced when I got home.  I’m not sure I said that clearly. (I leave you to figure out the message in that…no sense in me doing all the work.) 

What I mean is—all the effort I put into getting the house ready for our return—is what I enjoyed—and what brought me great pleasure when I walked in the door.  Clean.  Nothing to do but take care of what we brought in the house.

When you put all your effort into God’s plans-and-purpose here—no agenda of your own, just simply taking every opportunity to be a blessing and minister to others, you are preparing  your spiritual home.  Each day as we “give everything to God”, He takes us through the ropes of house cleaning.  Removing the clutter. 

100_3387Do you have some clutter?

I know I still do.  I’m opening every door for Him to see—and yet He reveals more. (By the way, He has x-ray vision—can see through doors and tall buildings are nothing to Him) 

He shows me what I tucked back and why.  He shines the light in every place—I thought had been long dealt with—yet there was something, some hurt or pain that I allowed to remain.  As long as it remains, there can’t be full healing as there needs to be.  Sometimes it’s painful.  But as necessary as dealing with an abscessed tooth.  If left untreated, it will cause a great deal of damage.

Let’s do some “spring” cleaning.  Heart and home.  Allow Christ access to all the old junk you are holding on to.  I can tell you from experience, it will do nothing but weigh you down, so much so—it may just keep you down when He calls for us to go UP!


Now, without further ado, via random number generator, the winner of the book, “Winning Him Without Words” by my friends, Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller is: Ang of the blog, “Angela’s Words of …” (please contact me with your mailing address).  I invite you to go over and congratulate her—and read her latest post—I just did—and it is amazing.

I ALSO encourage you that if you know someone who is struggling in a marriage of spiritual mismatch—get them a copy of this book—THEY will be blessed—but so will you.  (Sow a seed of kindness into the life of another.)


Thank You Jesus—for the sweetest gifts of life.  Friends and family.100_3386 

Thank You Lord that You care so much about us, that no detail is ever overlooked.  Thank You Lord for the family we have been blessed with from JFA.  Thank You Lord for hearing our prayers and bringing us closer to You.

 

 

 

100_3511Matt—you need to start a blog.  But I know with all the other things you do—church, family—pastoring—music—etc. WHERE in the world would you ever find the time! 🙂 

We were blessed BEYOND words at your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.  Your messages came straight from the throne room of God.  It was like we were sent just at this time, just for those messages.  Jeff and I both agreed, we felt like we’d had a spiritual bath and that God was pouring things into us that was necessary for our next steps.  Amazing services.  You have a GREAT church-filled with friendly and precious people—and Jeff and I laughed as we tried to figure out a way to bring it closer.


Thank you to our regular readers.  For hanging in there when the dust of the fields came flying…and for reading all the way down to the bottom of this lengthy post!  (Let me know if you fell asleep.)  Jeff didn’t get his blog post together—he apologized, but said their were other things to see and do.  I could do the writing for this week.  He’ll write later.

As a side note, what do you like best about blog writing?  Devotionals or life?  Or a combo of both.  Do you blog?  Journal?  Or just think a bunch of random thoughts….that’s where this blog started.  YEARS of random thoughts in the head…all spilled forth into blog form in 2007.

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I hope you all have a super blessed weekend! 🙂  (We’ll see what God has next……)

 

Do you see the heart?

 

 

 

 

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