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Sacrificing Normal

Exactly one month ago today, our lives changed.   If you had told me I would have experienced some of the emotions I have felt, I might have stared at you in slight disbelief.  No one prepared me for this feeling, the deluge of emotions that have encompassed my days.

I was talking with one of our girls last night and expressing some “slight mama worry”….and she said, “mama, give me back to Jesus and stop worrying”.

That’s the first thing you have to do when you step away from the altar of surrender, you must let go.  Let go of the “thought” that you have any control whatsoever of anything that happens at home.  Because you don’t.  Of course, I never had control anyway, but it sure is a nice thought to tuck around myself at bedtime.

This has been an especially difficult week simply because of that old enemy, “discouragement” when I don’t get it right.  On the upside, I was able to carry on a half decent short conversation with one of our uber drivers this week.  Surprised myself.

We have the absolute BEST profesoras here at Cincel.  They are patient and kind.  Correcting with a heart that wants you to “get it”.  I love that.  That’s just like the Lord.  He corrects us with a heart that wants us to “get it”….and release it to HIM.  This gift of being able to learn the language that will enable us to minister when we get to Bolivia is just that, a gift.  Not one to put up in a closet, but one to use daily…and I so bad want to get it and use it.

That’s our biggest prayer needs:  Strength to overcome the discouragement, and the ability to comprehend, hear the sounds, form the words, and get it right.  There have been several fighting various illnesses, from allergies, to viral issues, etc.  We need to all stay well!  Add that to the prayer list. 🙂

We’ve had a few friends contact us this week to encourage us and let us know they are praying–you have no idea how much that is appreciated!  That makes us not feel so separated from you.  YOU are so important to us.  YOU are part of this team–this mission team headed to Bolivia.  We thank you every time we go to the fresh market on Saturday’s.  It’s because of your support that we can get the things we do, and because of your support, God will enable us to GET THIS language and share His love with those who have yet to hear about His great love.

Jeff and I thank you.  Words cannot express it enough.  I had a friend contact me this week and said that the Lord had prompted her to double their giving.  Then her husband’s job situation changed somewhat.  But she continued to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit…friends, that message came to me on a day when my body was tired, my mind was aching from the discouragement of not getting “it” again in class that day and I was simply full of “what is HE doing with us…two old[er] folks in this place surrounded by young people and young families…. But HE called….and we raised our hands and said “yes”.

We felt a compelling with every single missionary message we heard.  We knew one day God was going to do something with us, but actually moving and serving ON the field never entered our minds.  Our work first started by giving.  We support several missionaries, and we are thankful to be a part of a mission work that we can’t actually “go see”, but we can help keep them on the field…reaching the lost.  And that is exactly what YOU are doing with each donation.

So thank you.  I cried the day we left and hugged our dear brother (from another mother), Floyd Aycock as he left us at the airport.  I felt like the last thread of my normalcy was leaving on that red truck.  But this is a new normal.  And the “normal” seems to change as it become necessary.

I suppose I didn’t pick up on the fact there would be so many “different” sacrifices.  I told a friend just tonight that one thing I missed (when she asked me what I missed) was the ability to hop in my car and go anywhere, anytime.  Independence.  I never heard a missionary talk about the sacrifice of their independence.  I heard them talk about lack of water, electricity, I heard them talk about parasites, and sickness, but not independence.  That one struck me.  I loved to get in my car and GO.

This week I looked up the word, Sacrifice.

Sacrifice:  the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

It hit me like a brick; the lost.  We must surrender the desired independence to learn the language to reach the lost.  Granted, I won’t have any more independence when we get to the field… but I will be able to converse with the people.

I want God to so fill us with the passion to learn this language that our thought processes are “on fire”, as one of my teachers said this week (when I got three in a row correct–blind miracle!).

Thank you all for praying–for keeping up with us, for sending us notes via email, instagram, linkedIn and facebook.  It has helped me so much.  I have read every one and read them to Jeff.  We are encouraged by your love and care.

Tomorrow is market day (Farmer’s Market) and I hope you will join us via instagram or facebook when we get to post our pictures!  We love you all!

 

© Angie Knight 2017.  All rights reserved.

sacrifice. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sacrifice (accessed: May 27, 2017).


Band Of Brothers On A Mission

I have said several times—either here online—or when speaking –100_3523

“You are one of two things—IF you are a believer in Christ….”

According to Matthew 28:19-20, “You are either a Missionary—or a Mission Project.” 

I now know what it feels like to be both.  Being a missionary is incredible.  To share the love and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ with others is a feeling like no other!  Jesus said to the eleven disciples standing with Him, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”   He gave them their marching orders. 

Question for you:  If  you are going to leave your job—and it is your job to train your replacement—don’t you want them to know everything in order to succeed at the work ahead?  And if they leave after you—won’t they do the same?  And the next person the same?

That’s what Jesus did.  HE gave the instructions for EACH OF US…to be handed down through time until HE RETURNS.  So—what are you doing?

Let me tell you how we became a mission project.

We moved to a cute little house on the camp grounds…and it rained on the day we were moving in…which was really a blessing…because we discovered the roof leaked.  And a few days later it rained again.  And it leaked again.

HOWEVER, there is a “Band of Brothers” that Jeff has been BLESSED to be a part of ever since God laid it on the heart of Guy Tatum to begin a “men’s prayer group” at church.  (Marianna First AG). 

The prayer group is open to any man—of any age who wants to band together with other men and pray and grow in God.  I have witnessed the changes in the men of this prayer group as they “truly” band together and form a team of awesome encouragers in their faith and love for the LORD!

They showed up at our house this morning before the sun had set the trees on fire with it’s brilliance!  It was a gorgeous day—windy for being on a roof, but these guys didn’t mind –and there was not one complaint about the chill in the air! (Not that I heard anyway!)

Click on the pictures and see all that the LORD did through the giving hearts and working hands of these awesome guys!

Thank you Guy for following the call of God to lead this “Band of Brothers” into a higher place in Christ—and into the “Mission Field” of life!

Not a hammer was picked up until they gathered in prayer.

At break time—I stepped outside to snap a few pictures of them and heard them discussing their morning’s Bible reading.  Guy challenges them to each read the Bible through –and he supplied them all with the NLT Version of the “Bible in a Year”.

We are not the first mission project these guys have taken on—and I’m sure we won’t be the last! 

The West Florida District is extremely grateful for their hearts of love and labor today as they roofed not only our house, but a storage building as well!

Guys—, we could never thank you enough!  What a blessing you have been to us and the District!  We love you all!

 

© Angie Knight—The Knightly News-Giving Him All.  All rights reserved.


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! 
WHAT ABOUT THANKSGIVING???

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)
  • SAVATION AND HOPE
  • HEAVEN
  • Answers to prayers
  • GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 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



HE DID IT!!!!

WOW!! Can I just tell you that when you called on God for me…HE ANSWERED!!!

I have to say, last night was the MOST fun! I was only the teensiest bit nervous!

I arrived early, took lots of pictures and did much visiting with precious friends that are more like family. My sister Aimee surprised me, because she told me she couldn’t come to the service. When she came in I was headed to meet her and hug her sweet neck and I noticed she had on a shirt just like one I have! I told her so! Then I looked down at her feet. My shoes. She grinned and said, everything I have on is yours. She had left work and went straight to my house and changed clothes and hurried on over (about an hour drive)! I was thrilled!! God is good.

When my dear sister/friends, Susan and Kathy (a.k.a. my Pastor’s wife) walked in —it was like a visit from Wanda! I just cried! So, up to that point I was doing fine…(really it was okay)…but the LORD was so good to keep me calm!

THANK you dear friends. I had prayed so long about this and had so much stuff to share, but told the LORD that He needed to weed out what wasn’t necessary (I called it hogwash) and just help me deliver what was needed for the hour and for the almost 400 women who were there. AND He DID! We laughed and we cried—God is good. All the time.

I love you all. You are one incredible bunch of friends. If you read here—you are my friend. I appreciate you!

By the way, 24 Sisters of Faith shirts left for Africa this morning! HOW ABOUT THAT GOD WE SERVE!!! Isn’t He just amazing! Girls, if you allow Him full control….and are obedient….HE will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

The slide show is of the “Tea” from last night! Enjoy!

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf


Friends-in-life….Sisters-in-Christ

I have been blessed…incredibly by the Lord…by family in my life. AND friends. Friends who “feel” like family.

Some of these precious friends are even like sisters. Some of these sisters, I have never laid eyes on in person, but still, they are near and dear to my heart. Since I can’t run out and buy everyone a present…although I would LOVE to!—-Instead I give you a little “award”. Even though I don’t display awards on my blog (because it’s all about HIM and not me) I do enjoy giving them.

So without further ado….the “Sisters-of-Faith” award goes to:

Denise of Shortybears Place. Have you ever posted anything that Denise didn’t visit and make a kind comment on? I don’t think so. She takes time to visit EVERYONE and showers them with the love of Christ. I have been the blessed recipient of those blessings.

Lynn of Spiritually Unequal Marriage. I can’t tell you how much I have pestered her with woes and crisis. She has prayed and loved. The blessing of that is indescribable. A call to her location has picked my weary heart up on more than one occasion. The best one…was on my drive home. I am so glad you were home that day.

Iris of Sting my Heart. Without Thankful Thursday where would we be? We would certainly not be thinking of as many Thankful thoughts. She was the first one who befriended me here in blogland. She made me feel right at home with her heart for Christ. I have poured a few problems into her lap as well.

Laurel of Laurel Wreath Reflections. She has been there. She has listened. Encouraged. Prayed. And Loved. We have been like kids—passing notes in class—she sends me just the right “funny” on just the day I need it! (I try to make her laugh too—hopefully I spread some of that joy back!)

Chris of Chris Kerr Jewelry. I bought a pair of precious earrings. The blessing went further. They had a cross stamped on them–I soon got a necklace to match. I wore these everyday while we were praying for Wanda. While we were in the hospital, at home, at church, at work. I think people began to believe I only had one pair of earrings and one necklace. But there was a message in the set. There was a lot of love that went into the creation process. AND there was prayers behind each movement of the making. I have almost rubbed the word “pray” from the necklace. It was something tangible when my heart was needing a shoulder so bad. I felt the connection I so desperately needed those days.

Vicki of Windows to my Soul. Vicki is a born encourager. A lifter of heart. Her words embrace me when I visit. I have never left there the same. Always a fresh new thought or outlook. She has taught me so much. I felt the connection the first time I “walked through” and saw the breeze blowing the curtains back.

Lori of All You Have to Give. A sister-at-heart. Someone who I have never met…yet we have much in common. From needing kleenex—(thank you) to cleaning bathtubs…girl–you are a great source of help in this child’s need. I outnumber you in years…but you have wisdom beyond your own. You have no idea what you mean to me.

Elaine of Peace for the Journey. Elaine is a blessed new friend. Although I am just getting to know her, and she, me (probably very bad grammar—but I am not concerned today! ;), I have found much encouragment in her words—faith abounding from her heart—and a wealth of wisdom on her blog.

There are so many others that bless me, Jennifer, Marsha, Robin, Darnelle, Sarah, Tiffany, and Linda….girls, you are awesome to me. Each one of you picked up my crushed heart when Wanda left this life for the “real life”. You have prayed for me, loved on me, and visited me in many different ways. Thank you. Each visit to your site gives me such a lift of my head—you have all stepped in —and in your unique ways have filled a gap in my life. You have become sisters-in-my-heart. This child is grateful. I love you all.

Each of you are talented—sweet of spirit—and a blessing to every soul that lands on your bloggity doorstep. Keep the faith. Keep the message going. So that others will know Him.

This little award is actually the design from the T-Shirts that I had made to benefit BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge) in Wanda’s memory. So this award has a bit of her as well. Her favorite verse, her favorite color and our Sisters of Faith logo.

Keep going for Him sisters!


You’ve Made My Day!

First…I must thank Chelle` over at “The World of Chelle`”—girl—you brought tears to my eyes! I deserve no awards….all awards go directly to My FATHER! He has done great things—in my life—and I am nothing. But He is EVERYTHING!

When I saw this award—I new instantly who I would love to give this to.

This year has been filled with emotional ups and downs. From finding out we were going to be grandparents again (Yipee!), to losing one of my two best friends—my sister, Wanda. My daily calls with my baby sister, Aimee fills me with much joy among the tears that we share. Thank you Lord…for this blessed gift of a sister/best friend/confidante.

Now, to the award. This special friend has blessed me every.single.day. with an e-mail of encouragement and kindness. On weekends I don’t usually get on the computer at all…but when Monday rolls around, I have a full inbox of sweet surprises from this sweet soul. I have many sweet friends to give this to—but Denise—you are constantly amazing me with your goodness to others. In every difficult thing that has come your way, you choose to be a victor—and not a victim. You choose to become better—instead of bitter. You choose Christ—and girl —He shines forth from your heart in everything you do like the noon-day sun! I love you sweet Denise–you amaze me. You are a blessing to HIM. And every life you touch.

So, without further ado….Denise—I applaud you—-for being the light for the lost….the reaching arm for those of us that have felt in pain. You have brought comfort to my heart and and much joy to my soul! God bless you Denise! Thank you sweet friend!