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So….here we are.
Angie and Aimee. The oldest girl and the baby girl.
Our picture is forever altered. For there was a face that fit right in the middle. Wanda’s.
We carry on.
Always believing….in Him.
After all, we do have a job to do.
Share His truth.
With everyone we can.
All who will recieve.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
We will be her voice. We will share the love of Christ with others. We will carry on.
I feel that both Aimee and myself have a new found determination to do more. Go further. Carry more. Tell more. Be more for Christ, Who was all for us.
We began with the T-Shirts. They speak a message.
Sisters we are….faith we have…Christ we share.
And the verse? “Wait on the Lord. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
I can’t tell you what she saw when she took His hand and entered in….but I can tell you what I felt. I felt the glory of God as I have never experienced it before.
I felt—more than saw….a glimmer of His Presence as the heavens parted for her to make her entrance as He extended His hand. As a conductor lifts his arm and completes an emotionally riviting piece of music….sweeping His arm upward, reaching higher for the highest note to be heard…I felt her move in spirit to the “higher places” with the Father. The beginning of the most beautiful song heard imaginable.
Sisters of faith…and sisters that have not yet decided to accept His love….Accept Him. Accept His love. Accept His Gift. Christ Jesus’ life. His sacrifice. Accept Him today!
I intend to hear that song for myself. Her song as well as mine. For we each have one you know. At least it’s what I believe. Whatever I need to change in my life…I will change. Whatever He chooses for me….I accept. He is my all. My Savior. My Father and soon coming King.
If Wanda could tell us something today…it might be:
“Sisters, the cross will be heavy at times, but you will never have to carry it alone. The Lord will be your guide…as He was mine. Remember the past victories and rejoice! Remember the countless blessings and take heart! There truly is joy in the morning!
Within myself, I had no strength, but through the power and strength of trusting in God—He gave me what I needed. Everytime. You can make it to the end! You can finish the race!”
Keeping the faith and following Him,
The porch swing at my mother’s is a favorite place of reflecting. Yo-Yo, the spoiled cat, likes to attend his daily regimen of grooming while bathed in the light filtering through the screen.
There has been many pouring of heart and soul on this porch for more years than I can count. I have been prayed over and read to, prayed for in the quiet dawn, and as the hush of dusk fell on the grounds. The Light was present.
I have felt the power behind the prayers prayed from this porch. God heard. AND He answered. There are days, I need to sit on that porch of prayer and peace. I need to feel the Light.
Today, I have felt the strength that comes from prayer—the power and anointing is ours when He reaches down, through and into our lives and meets the need.
The need? There have been times I couldn’t put a name to it. Have you ever been in that place? Where the prayers you pray seem to stop at the ceiling? The urgent need of your life remains nameless to you, all the while He knows the need of your heart.
I’ve been there more than once. There have been times recently when I have needed to sit in that place. That place in the Light. Even though I can’t get to that porch today, I can get to the cross. Unload and unwind. Allow the fingers of the Holy Spirit to kneed away the frustrations of life and apply the balm that soothes and strengthens.
Strength is gathered. Soldier boots are pulled on and laces tightened. With the renewed strength for the journey, we carry on in a run now—headed for the finish line. Doing all we can for the cause of Jesus Christ!
“You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.” 2 Samuel 22:28-30 NIV
Keep running the race—I believe I see the Flagman waving us in just up ahead!
When these two were growing up life was unpredictable! From an all out girl scrap (notice I did not say fight–although to some it might have appeared as such), to the almost stepped on snake at the pond (by the two pictured above), a broken nose, severed tendon in the hand, car wreck, just to name a few that come to mind tonight. This ever so tired mind. Unpredictable.
The girls pictured next are special too.
Now, when these three girls were growing up, there were not NEAR as many “issues” as the two girls in the first picture. I wonder why? Perhaps it is the better mothering that my mother did…perhaps it is the generation.
Unpredictable life. That’s what we have.
One thing is always predictable though, God’s love and mercy and grace.
Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
God’s Word is our GREATEST treasure. In it we will find His love notes to us. Our instructions for living productive, fruitful and faithful lives. Our instructions for helping others, and for making it to the end.
Our mother, Valeria, taught each of us girls, Aimee the baby, Wanda, the middle, and me the oldest (if you must know), how to give. She taught by example. (Of course the baby brother is not pictured, probably because since he began serving his country in the Air Force right out of college, he has rarely been home for any length of time. Pictures with all of us are scarce as hens teeth.)
In all the days of our lives (not the soap opera), we’ve seen God faithful. Even when we lacked in faith. We’ve seen Him make a mole hill out of a mountain. We’ve seen Him heal, restore, forgive, and lavish us with His love and mercy.
My prayer for my own daughters is that one day, they can look back, dig in their own treasure boxes and see how they were loved—and what God has done in their lives.
What’s in your treasure box?
© The Knightly News 2007-2009
Long remembered…and treasured, as are so many sweet surprises.
Hugging each neck was like a present for me. A big surprise gift tucked in the holding of a dear friend from miles away…close to heart.
I give God the glory for all the blessings He POURED into my life from the hearts of these dear friends…
And we have 3 little friends who think you can talk into a banana….
Can you hear me now???
I know I’ve bombarded you already with a slide show…
But this one goes beyond the cute.
This one shares the heart of the retreat.
I have to say God has a great variety of girls. From all walks of life. All colors of skin. All with the same heart condition before we met Him.
And then…we meet HIM. The One who gave all, IS all, and loves us all! I have a few favorite pictures…I bet you can guess which ones when you see them. Get your kleenex. If you were here with us, these sweet reminders will cause the flood to begin …. AGAIN. (That’s for my sister, Lisa)
I have lots of emotion that surfaces when I watch this slide show. Every single time. While I didn’t know what to expect, God did. He knew WHO was coming because He selected them.
There is a message in one of the messages from Joanne Kraft. I hope to share it before she does (*wink*).
If you get a chance, visit everyone you can that was blessed at the retreat. I know that I came to pour out on others…but I must say…it was poured out on me.
My dear sweet Marsha, Susan and Aimee are the best team to work with! God placed our lives together in such a way, each with our own gifting (still working on figuring mine out), but if you enjoyed the food, it was because Aimee and Mother are the best cooks!
On Saturday, we catered lunch in from a marvelous pair of Sisters, Gail and Linda. Thank you girls for that sumptuous meal!
The “Shopping District” was filled with goodies of almost all kinds. AND it was CHEAP!
Susan is Ms. Jewelry Creator Extraordinaire. Marsha had the BEST information on babies . . . growth . . . physical and spiritual! (Marsha, I have ENJOYED my book! I looked up stuff last night! Very good!!) Joy Lord has some of the most beautiful photography cards of the local sights, sunsets, beach scenes, animals, etc. You might even be lucky enough to one day find one in your mailbox!
I cannot express how grateful I am for all that God did. There are many stories that will come out of this…one important thing I want you to know today.
If God whispers something in your heart, something that seems impossible, or perhaps might even seem ridiculous to the average person, but you KNOW in your heart, if obeyed could change someone’s life, especially yours, Do it. (Sorry, Tiff-I know that was a way too long sentence!)
Do whatever it takes on your part to fulfill what God has called you to do. No matter what it costs you, I promise, you will not be sorry. You will bubble over with the unexpected joy that will pour forth! Your tired bones will be REVIVED!
Well, for now, I’d better close. I am out of kleenex.
I will write more later—I have a special message to share.
I love you all.
© The Knightly News 2007-2009
A few weeks ago, I was BLESSED beyond words to hear Connie share her testimony and speak such an awesome Word of Truth to the women at Grace Assembly of God Church! Connie is a dear precious friend, and you will be so blessed to have the opportunity to hear her. Please forgive the “shaky” camera! That was my fault :). You can hear a snippet of her message—she has so much to tell us at the retreat!
Connie is an inspiration to anyone who meets her! The challenges we each face must be met head on with the Word of God! There is no other way! I’ve tried other ways…they don’t work! Avoiding them won’t make them disappear. Stopping up our ears and heart will not make them go away. Challenges are faced and conquered when we meet with the Father and hand them over to HIM! He will give us the strength to go through them, or sister, He will deliver you out of them! Either way, you win —through the power of Jesus Christ!
Connie will be with us in October for the 2009 Bloggers Retreat!
July 1, 2009 at midnight ends the early bird registration. Get over to the retreat and sign up. You can pay with “paypal” using your credit card—or send us a check. But get signed up! Hurry!
Yes, I know it is in October! Yes, I realize it is only July right now….but do you realize it seemed like almost yesterday that we celebrated New Years Day??
See how fast the time is going!