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The Days Were Accomplished…

Reading the passages in Luke gives us a peek into the heart of God. (Luke 2:6-7)

When time accomplished the necessary…

We were delivered from sin.

Maybe there are things in your life you are waiting for…

Patiently?  Impatiently?

Will you stop today and ask Him to wrap you up in His clothes…He has room for each of us.

I would like to encourage you today, open your Bible, read Luke 2.  Allow Jesus to rest in your heart.  Give Him room.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


Be…

Our house was full this past weekend…I don’t think I mentioned that before.

Tiff helped me get the house in order–then we set about putting up the tree.

Last year, April helped.  I have realized how much more fun it is “with” someone.  Jeff usually handles the outside…and I tackle the inside.

This year, he had some GREAT help.  inCharacter (or some of that great bunch) helped him.  Whew!  Thanks guys.  You saved ME!  Sorry to whoever did the stickery tree.  It’s a painful job.

After the kids returned from playing, the tree was up, fully lit, and one of the decorations caught the eye of my “questioning” boy.

“What’s the “B” for Nana?

I suppose he thought it odd to have a big blue B on the tree when my name obviously started with a “N” (Nana).

I was glad he asked.  I’m a word person.  My friend, “B” is too.  Or rather, my friends “B”.  The BB’s. 🙂

B-kind.  There are those who never get a kind word from others.  There are those who rarely GIVE a kind word.  I have noticed–we all have two voices.  Well, probably more than that, but what I have seen is the kind voice is used for others.  Strangers perhaps.  Friends.  But often the one we love the MOST gets the voice that is often laced with the weariness of our day. (or life).  Why not give that “kind voice” to the one we love the MOST and give the other voice the boot.

B-gentle.  This is a lot like “b-kind”.  But, I’m talking about our nature.  Sometimes our nature is far from gentle.  Many times the nature (or flesh) of us is like what I observed at lunch today, impatient.  Gentleness deals the hand that is soft rather than the eye-rolling grimace.  Yes, I observed that too.  You would be surprised at what you can see when your eyes are open… 😉

B-forgiving.  This is something that you either learn early on in life growing up with siblings–or you don’t learn it at all.  I have known adults holding grudges long past the lifetime of the person.  I observed this as a young person.  Sadly, the grudge was against a neighbor. 😦  People…others are watching…and children are impressionable.  Forgive.  Let it go.  Give it up.  To God be the glory when you do!

B-faithful. No matter what.  No matter who’s looking.  Be faithful.  Whether your team wins or loses.  Faithful is our God.  He set the example of faithfulness. Don’t let your eyes wander.  If your eyes wander, your heart is right behind.  You might not think so, but pay attention to yourself next time.  What thoughts run through your head when your eyes wander?  Right.  That’s what I’m talking about.  Just follow Him.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says:  Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.


B-courageous. In this world of an economic decline (fast) it seems like it is getting harder and harder to face each day with courage…each week seems to bring a new test.  Sometimes it seems each DAY brings a new test…but face the tests with courage.  We are on the home stretch.   I feel like I’ve been tested more in new areas in the past few years…then I remember the tests of previous years…and I see how HE brought me through…each and every one.  He won’t stop until we’re home.

B-loving.  Seems easy enough.  But let me tell you that the enemy is out to make us act in every way BUT loving.  I’ve seen the contrary.  I’ve been the opposite.  But every time I pick up His Word, I am hit with the realization that love is IT.  Everything.  For God so loved…. SO loved.  Paul picked it up with this:

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;<sup value="[a]”>but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT)


B-tender.  More than a song sung by Elvis Presley, tenderness is an attitude of heart as much as it is an action.  Tenderness is something you feel gazing at your newborn.  Tenderness is something I feel in the arms of my sweet man.  Tender.  Cared for.  Loved.  Show tenderness.  I watched tenderness in action when our son-in-law David was in an accident in August of this year.  Our daughter, April, who was born to be a nurse, tenderly took care of him.  The nurses didn’t have to lift a finger–April cared for the man who she gave her heart to–tenderly.  With tenderness in her voice and touch, she soothed.  I teared up watching–wondering how it was for others…  B-tender.  The hearts you deal with are fragile.

B-aware.  You have this moment.  Not a promise of the next breath.  No claims on tomorrow.  You can’t run to the counter and put some on lay-away.  Be aware that every thought, every action, and even the non-actions are recorded.  Just a few weeks ago death claimed over a thousand lives in the Philippines…and most were possibly making plans for tomorrow.  Just like you and me.  When planning…don’t forget to B.  B-aware that life passes just this fast.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


13 Blessings –2013

The blessings that have been added to our heart and home still amaze me when I look into their eyes…

Only God could do all this.

Jeff and I are blessed with 2 daughters, their husbands and a sweet collection of children that make me smile…and sometimes cry.

The lessons we’ve all learned on this journey–the things we’ve heard from their lips, the insight into the heart of God…


Amazing blessings.

In thinking of 2013, I counted these blessings.
Sometimes I may have forgotten that these are blessings, as sometimes life gets a bit overwhelming…and sometimes people tend to not see a blessing ..instead they see a bother…

I recently looked back at the incredible joys of years past, and I saw such evidence of God—and yes, even in the trials and  heartaches, the hand of God was there….keeping us through every situation.

Added to the family this year was “Bubbie” the lamb.  We teasingly said we were giving him to April and David’s boys as a start on the Live Nativity for church next year…so you never know 😉

He’s a cute little lamb…and even though “Mary” didn’t come by the other morning, the little lamb did wander off … (hopefully not to follow anyone to school).

I’ve thought about those missing from our Christmas gatherings this year.  My dear friend Connie Haile spent her first Christmas in heaven, and through her passing, as we went to the house to support Courtney, Mike, Sunny and Jeremy, I met her spiritual mom, Mildred, and met her sister Becky and mother for the second time…and friendships were formed with other “Connie” girls.  Karen and Delores are other girls I’ve added to my “texting” buddy list. (HUGE BLESSINGS)

So even in her passing, she was doing the work of the LORD….bringing hearts with like faith together for strengthening!  As I looked back at the effects of Connie’s life on others–and how she pointed lives to Christ…I realized–that is exactly what I want to do–

Point hearts home.  To Jesus.  To the cross.

Without being able to do that…what would be our purpose?

So, with much prayer in the next few days I am seeking God for the changes and things He desires for 2013…how can I better serve Him?…

As I gear up to be more diligent at blogging…and shouting out to the world about Jesus Christ–through the world-wide-web, I would like to ask you to pray with us.

We desire to seek Him more, serve Him fully and follow Him wherever He leads.

If you don’t mind me asking….

Is God calling you to a specific change for 2013?  A specific place?  A new challenge?

Care to share?

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


And This Shall Be A Sign Unto You…

IMG_1817You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger…. (Luke 2:12)

If you know me well at all, you know I read road signs.  I read bumper stickers.  I read car tags.  I read billboards.  I read almost everything…

Sometimes, in reading signs, I have felt a nudge—sometimes, a billboard sign puts a period onto my morning devotion.

Like the morning I first noticed the United States Marines sign on I-10.

“Devoted to a Life of Honor”…..then on down the road, “Devoted to a Life of Courage”…. and “Devoted to a Life of Service”.

Those were signs not only for me—but for all. 

Not that we are called to a life in the U.S. Marine Corp, although that is an incredible privilege for those who are called and chosen for that life’s walk…but those signs were signs for us.  For Christians everywhere to remember exactly what we are called to do and be.

Devoted.

Honorable.

Courageous.

Servants.

On this Christmas Day, let us remember that HE, as King of Kings,  made a decision to be devoted to us….insomuch that HE chose…HE DELIBERATELY CHOSE to become ONE OF US. 

A servant to all. 

All who would RECEIVE HIM.

When you receive HIM, fully and without any reservations or hesitations…will find yourself changing daily—your walk will become one of honor, courage, servitude, and full devotion.  Your outward manner will reflect what is inside your heart.

My prayer for you today is that you will find yourself searching for HIM in all the dailyness of living.

I am so thankful for having been a part of your life in 2012.  I hope to continue to share and show Christ via clicked out words on this keyboard in 2013. 

If you would like to know more about receiving Christ into your heart and life, click on the button at the top of my page, “First Steps” and find out how you can know Jesus….fully.

 

© Angie Knight 2012.  The Knightly News.  All rights reserved.


And the Shepherds Were Watching…

The night was dark and cold as we stepped out of the truck in my mother’s neighbors yard.  Our breath hung in the air like a morning fog.

The sky was filled with stars as I looked up and  out across the fence in search of the little guy we came to claim.

Memories of many childhood rides home at Christmas time from Central Florida rushed back in a flash as I stood gazing at the stars–head thrown back–tears came.

It was a sky like this that I saw as a 6 or 7 year old child, looking out the car window.  Back then I wondered at the stars.

Which one was the announcing star?

Which bright light had the privilege of shouting to the world that the KING had come to earth?

I wondered at the life of that star.  Was it his special assignment?

I believe just like you and I were created to bring the message to the world–and bring God glory–so was that star created.

I believe that star may have started off a not-so-bright light.  And as time passed it began to change…until the night it was called upon to shine it’s BRIGHTEST!  The night HE was born.  The King of Kings….and LORD Of Lords.

With the shepherds watching…

Their normal–low pay grade job…. they did the same thing every night.  A quiet…almost routine night…except for that light in the sky that  began to shine brighter…and brighter…

A few “baa-aa’s” were heard throughout the little valley they were nestled in, then as the sheep began to sense the coming of the angel long before the shepherds saw him, the nightly harmonious sound of bleating picked up as the volume turned up.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  Luke 2:8-12

As I stood there at the fence a few nights ago, watching the sheep, I wondered at that night afresh.

I always imagine the Shepherds to be star gazers and dreamers.  Fully expecting to see a shooting star–or rainbow tucked in among the clouds on a rainy sheep-watching day.

They were watching….

Let me pose this question to you….as we draw nearer to the curtain close of 2012, and the dawning of 2013…are we watching with expectancy?

What if we did?

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


2011 Gifts

100_3876If I had all night, I could not begin to share with you all the gifts God laid over into our lives this year.  You might be thinking gifts as in “$$”.  But I’m not.  I’m thinking “delights”. 

Things that really get me excited, the hand clapping, giggly sort.

 

I will share through a few pictures. I think it will explain it best.around the corner

While we were in Ohio at a conference, the LORD brought me a present.  Amazing gift God gave me—just because I love snow.  (It was not predicted to snow…but I asked—and He gave.)

 

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This praying group of men put a roof on our house.  Just because they LOVE THE LORD.  And they love to serve Him by blessing others.  They blessed us that day.

 

 

100_3721There were so many spectacular sunsets that took my breath away.  But this one looked as if you could “touch” the land on the other side of the setting sun.  That is totally untouched photo.

 

 

 

There were birds that flew and came close.  There was the sighting of a turtle crossing the road and it reminded me of my friend, “B” The Turtle Girl.

2011-07-24 She Speaks 2011 010There was a wonderful meeting of girl friends who love Jesus more than anything else in this whole wide world…and there was the meeting with my friend from Canada (she has many who call her friend), Ann Voskamp the author of “One Thousand Gifts”.

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There were meals throughout the year with dear friends—most I claim as family. Those were special times of fellowship and most always growing in the Lord. 

One special morning—God paid us a visit in March at our daughter, Tiffany’s house when our youngest daughter, April and I went to spend some “daughter-sister” time—and special prayer time. 

100_3246Common Grounds.  What God started in January of this year still makes me ask Him, “why me?”  I am thankful for Vanessa and Angela—the 2/3 of this team that saw the need and had a vision from God to do “all we can” with all we have—for the rest of our days.

Common Grounds is a blessing and gift.  God has met us there in that place of surrender to Him—as we come to seek HIM and pray and read His word.  There’s no time for “food”—even though it has been provided each time—no one eats.  Except to partake of what Christ Jesus brings us through His word.

 

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There was bird watching from my dear friend, Connie’s porch…and sharing God’s Word—and His heart for each believer…

Thank you Connie—for being that “persuader” for many that causes us to study God’s Word for ourselves—and then BELIEVE what His Word says!

 

 

2011-07-14 Youth Camp 2nd week 004There was my learning experience as a Camp Cook (helper to the awesome Camp Chef Donece—who taught me TONS in the kitchen this  year!)  That was QUITE a good experience!

 

 

 

These are ALL blessings—GIFTS that God laid over into my lap and heart—and many that I even may have missed—simply because I was “too busy”.

Family is the sweetest blessing…and I count my darling husband, Jeff—as my number one blessing from God.

100_3165Jeff lead an amazing group of people to Bolivia where we were able to do many things for Jesus.  I was blessed to witness first hand God at work in and through my sweet husband.

Jeff also lead two teams to north Alabama on Disaster Relief Missions.  I was unable to go on this trip—but heard countless testimonies of all that God did through the individuals while they were there as the “hands and feet of Christ”.

I am forever changed by the experiences of this year….and you only have seen a grain of what has happened in our lives.

I am forever grateful for God for all that He performed, all that He allowed—because through the hard things that was allowed—I saw His love and mercy extended—and I grew.

One delight—that completely amazed and stunned me—was the duck. IMG-20110503-103 There is a story about her, which I have shared in person—with bits and pieces on the blog—but that was a “God visit” day.  All over the place—and even thinking of the duck now, makes me shake my head in amazement and hot tears burn my throat.

We would be here all night if I kept going through the year.  I saw—and experienced some amazing things in my journey of my 49th year.  I can hardly imagine how God plans to top this coming year—

What have you seen—or experienced in 2011?  I hope you kept a journal.  Or some pictures to track your tracks….as you follow Christ until He comes.

I started to just list the section of Scripture that I wanted to share—but instead, I’m sharing the whole of it.  2 Corinthians 4.  The Lord used this passage to speak a special message to me in 2007…and He is still speaking.

2 Corinthians 4  1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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All I can say….what’s next Lord?

I join countless others and say—I’m Yours.  Do what is best—and may You alone be glorified.

Giving HIM all.

Angie


Laced With Grace–Tuesday

Good morning!
Tuesday you can find me at Laced with Grace…all day long! ;)

I hope your week is going great!!  There are so many things going on right now–it is crazy busy for everyone!  Thank you for taking the time out to read! 😉  “A Party For A King”

Have a blessed week—MORE TO COME.

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