Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Mile in Ruth's Shoes!

What is about the book of Ruth that we love? Is it the love story? Is it her faithfulness to her mother in law? Is the fact that she was an outsider accepted into the family? There are so many reasons to love and study this book. As I read through it today I thought about a post I did forever ago. It was called “A Mile In Her Shoes.” I had done the writing as part of our ladies meeting. We did it as a skit, but it was very powerful for me. As I studied each woman and thought over what kind of shoe they would represent, I learned a lot about God. I learned a lot about each of these women. I tried for a while to figure out what kind of shoe Ruth would represent. I prayed about what God wanted me to learn from this woman so many have studied.
I think Ruth wore hiking boots. She was ready to follow anywhere Naomi went. She had a choice you know. The Bible tells us that Naomi tried to get Ruth to turn around. I am so glad, however, that Ruth put on her hiking boots and followed Naomi. I am sure it was a difficult journey. There were dangers and fears as she traveled. Would she even be accepted once there? But she knew the right way to go and followed behind. What kind of woman Naomi must have been in her faith that Ruth would desire a strange place with this woman to her own family.
Ruth is one of the special people in the Bible that I can see loved shoes. She didn’t just have one pair that represented her. Once she got to Bethlehem she put on her work boots. She also wore slippers as she lay at Boaz’s feet. And finally she wore wedding shoes. Dazzling ones I am sure! After all she is in the line of Christ. Even though each of these shoes were important in her life, it was her hiking boots that spoke to me.
I have been hiking. Some places I have hiked were easy paths that I could walk beside the person I was hiking with, and other places I had to follow closely behind the person so that I could be sure to stay on the right path. I heard a story about a man that was hiking in Jamaica. While there he had the opportunity to go up a very steep path to the top of a mountain. The person he hiked with had been up the path many times and knew the way. As he began to climb he noticed how dangerous the path was. At times the mountain seemed to just fall off beside him. His guide told him, “Just step where I step.” As he did that he didn’t notice the dangers as much. As he concentrated on following the leader he wasn’t as nervous. When he got to the top he had the best reward. The cool breeze and beautiful view was there to greet him. He said it was the best view on the island, but if he hadn’t followed the guide, he would not have made it. You see, if Ruth hadn’t followed Naomi to a strange land and a strange people she wouldn’t be listed in the linage of Christ. She wouldn’t be an example for us to follow. We probably wouldn’t know about her. And she would not have received the blessings she had. Just like that man had to follow his guide, and Ruth followed Naomi, I am going to follow Christ. Forgetting about the dangers on each side, I keep hiking along behind Him.
Am I willing to follow Christ over any kind of terrain? I am willing to slip on my hiking boots and go? One of the most famous verses in the book of Ruth is when Ruth says, “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; they people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Can I say that to my Savior? I am I willing to go where He leads, stay where he stays? Do I show others each day who I am hiking after? What about you? Are your hiking boots laced up and ready to follow?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Tune in for a Commercial Break!

I hate commercials, especially if I am really enjoying a show. The characters have developed and you really want to know what is going to happen. You are engrossed in the events on the TV when all the sudden they are stopped to show 90 seconds of advertisement. Although 90 seconds is such a short amount of time, it feels like forever when you want to know what is going to happen next.
My life is sometimes like that. I feel like events are happening and then it is as if God puts in a commercial break. Sometimes it is a short one that goes right to the next events in life, and other times it seems to be such a long break. I am in a break right now. God has called my husband to the ministry, and we know that will mean changes for us. As we pray for God to lead us, we realize that we are on a commercial break. We are waiting to see what happens next.

I wonder if those forty years in the wilderness were like that for Joshua. He knew that he was going to go into the promise land, but it was as if they were on a commercial break. It was not a pause, because things were still happening. Life does not get put on pause, it keeps going. There were still things to do, battles to fight, and laws to learn. Life keeps going. What a long commercial break for him.
It’s like that for me. Although I know God has something awesome for our family, we wait. The best part of these commercial breaks is that God is teaching us, not selling us something we don’t need or want! He is teaching me to depend on Him. I am sure Joshua learned this while wandering in the wilderness. He saw God’s hand work as the fought and won battles and he learned how faithful God was. Although my battles are not physical battles of weapons and warfare, they are battles to keep my family in line with God’s word, and to protect them from worldly influence. They are battles to keep my heart focused on God, and spread His word to others.
I guess as I sit here during the commercial break of life, I can keep on praising! Keep on working to glorify my Father that has a bigger plan for me than I can even imagine!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Andy's new song!

I don't know about you, but I am continually learning something. It could be a simple trick in the kitchen, to a new way to deal with my very different children. Today I learned how important it is to take time to let your three year old teach you a song even if you are busy. I was busy cleaning the house, getting dinner ready, and keeping Lyla happy. All the while Andy was helping me make pumpkin bread to enjoy after dinner. He asked if we could sing a song he would teach me. At first, I wanted to just finish with all the things I had going on and didn't want to bother with singing. Then I paused and realized I needed to take time for my little guy. I said, "Why don't you sing it to me." He then asked if we were going to eat all the pumpkin bread. I said, "I don't know. Why?" He said, "Because of the song I want to sing." He then began to sing a song he had made up. "Be kind to your neighbors and friends. Jesus likes it. Be kind to your neighbors and your friends." I was so proud of him. I learned that he has a big huge heart and wanted to take some bread to one of our neighbors. So we poured some of the mixture into a small loaf pan for one of our neighbors down the street. My heart was bursting with pride at my adorable little man. I am glad I let him teach me that little song and didn't just hush him so that I could keep working and get things done. Jesus loves the little children of the world, and with their tender little hearts we can teach them just how much he does.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Numbers!

Honestly, I struggle reading through the book of Numbers. My devotional plan takes one book and goes all the way through it a few chapters a day, and just recently I came to the book of Numbers. It doesn't help that I am not a fan of math. I mean, I am so very thankful for the calculator on my phone! The book of Numbers is a lot of math. And a lot of repetition. Also, another thing I am not hugely fond of.  So I started praying and asking the Lord to help me learn something about Him while reading it. And of course, as the Lord always does, He answered my prayer.

I began to find it interesting how meticulous Moses was in the record keeping. Right down to the very smallest of numbers. I realized God was interested in each one. If not, why would He have had Moses write them down. It showed me that God is interested in even the smallest number. He desires our best for service, for giving, for EVERYTHING and it does not matter what the number is exactly as long as it is our best number. It can be the amount we give in an offering, the amount of time we give to serving Him, even the amount of times we think about Him during the day. As long as it is our best amount or number God is pleased with it.  In the book of Numbers Moses lists what a person should bring for different offerings to God and in each one God had him write that if a person couldn't bring this one, then they could bring this. God allows for the poor to bring them their best and doesn't demand they bring the same as those that are more well off. Not just in money.

I am so thankful that God loves even the smallest gift we bring Him as long as it is the best one we have. I am so thankful he doesn't demand more than we can give Him. And I am also thankful that He listens when I pray and shows me how amazing He is.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Andy was Here!



So, the other day I decided it was time to get out the magic eraser, Mr. Clean, and some elbow grease to clean my windows, baseboards, and walls in the eat in kitchen area. I put all the chairs in the living room and pulled the table to one side. First, I mopped and dried the floor, because even though it was done the other day, I didn't want to kneel on it until I knew it was really clean. I have four kids after all. As I was getting the stuff ready to clean I glanced at the window sill behind where Andy's seat is. To my annoyance there was Andrew's colorful drawings on the sill. Of course, I knew with the magic eraser and then a once over with Mr. Clean it would be gone, but it was the idea. Even though we chant at the table before crayons are passed out, "We color on paper, not on tables, walls, or chairs!" my laws were not obeyed. Why is a simple rule like, no art on the window sill, so difficult to understand. I knew I should have made him clean it, I had done that before, but it was so much faster to just do it myself. Besides, I was going to clean it anyway.

Isn't that so much like us. God has a place for us. A design He works on in our life, and we come along with our own box of crayons and try to help out.  Of course it doesn't work out. It is normally a huge blemish along the way. God comes along beside us, once we realize what has happened, and blots out the spot and begins work again. I can think of numerous times this week my crayons were busy making a mess of things, and thankful each time I prayed to ask God to forgive me He got out His "magic eraser" and blotted out the spots. I can so relate to Paul in Romans 7:15,
"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."
 I mean seriously, most of the time I realize before I do it that I shouldn't.  I don't always obey God's laws.  My guess is Andrew's drawings were covert. He probably watched until my back was turned to commence drawing. Knowing full well it was wrong. Other times we think that our helping is wonderful. A real work of art that even da Vinci would be proud. But then we look back and realize it is more like Harold with his purple crayon and even Harold does a better job. After all, "all our works are as filthy rags." Even the good things I try to do without God, end up being horrible blemishes. I am so thankful that God is a master. That His design for us is better than da Vinci could even dream up. I am thankful that when I realize my mistakes, God is quick to forgive and cast it into the sea. He even puts up a sign that says, "no fishing." (I stole that from a book I read called, Beautiful in God's Eyes.

Needless to say, I will be a little more observant the next art time we have here with the kids. And next time I see little drawings on the walls, tables, or chairs (or floors, windows, or refrigerators ..cause I have found the there, too!) I will be reminded that God is always willing to blot out my "art work," and He continues to love me despite my little box of crayons.






Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Realizing Who is REALLY In Control.


I thought I would get up at a earlier time today. I would get up, and get the house back into order. I had a busy couple days and let some things go. Like the dishes. I had kept the dishwasher going, but those pots that you have to do by hand are sitting waiting patiently by the sink. And at 12:04 today they are still there. So is the pile of movies that I planned to organize. But I have three older kids playing with bubbles and giggling in the back yard. (For the first time all day they are not fighting.) And I finally was able to finish my coffee, so as for today, it is still going.
I am coming to realize that, much as I don't always like it, my day may not always go as planned. It may not be what I hoped it was going to be. Some days, like today, I will spend most of the morning playing referee
and keeping the littlest Knight happy. And other days, like, well I can't think of the last time, but some days will go smoothly. Either way, I can depend on God to be there when I feel overwhelmed with life. The little things that seem to knock the wind out of my small sails, may just be God's way of reminding me I am not in control. He is. I am so glad that He forgives me when I "loose it." And that he still loves me when I take the reigns away and try to navigate on my own. (I don't know about you, but I am forever crashing!) So, as soon as I get off here I am going to get those dishes finished and I may even have time during nap time to get the movies sorted. Then there's all the other things on my long list of "things to accomplish."
I hope that as you travel here on this earth you will be forever reminded that God is in control. That He has a plan to bless you, if you put your life in His hands.


On a side note: when looking for the picture at the top I realized that my kitchen is really NOT that messy. WOW, what people post on the internet without embarrassment.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Praying!

God is always teaching me to trust in Him. He has been working on my heart lately about praying instead worrying! It is so awesome that the more I just talk to Him through out the day, the easier it is to pray. I am thankful today for the ability to talk to my loving Savior.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Little Encouragment!

Isn't is so amazing how God gives us just what we need when we need it. Sometimes we don't even know we need it! God uses everything around us to supply those needs. From His word, to people around us, and even things can capture our attention and get us to focus on Him.
Today a dear cousin of mine came to visit with three of her children. Her words of encouragement to this, worn out mom of four young kids, were so needed. She has six children. Two in college, one graduated this year, one next year, and two younger. (The youngest is in fifth grade I believe.) She remembers what it is like to be up at night nursing a baby, to feel like you are chasing small children all day, and to have your house in a constant state of needing a good cleaning!! (Do any of you feel that way right now, cause I do!) She reminded me that God was with me and would help me through it. And even more important she took my focus off those things and onto God. We sat and talked about teaching our children to love God and want a relationship with Him. About focusing more on becoming what Jesus wants us to be, and less on us ourselves.
Another encouraging moment was the ability to sit and talk to her. Her three younger children came, too. They played with my kiddos. Her daughter held and played with Lyla (until Lyla's nap time!), and her youngest played with the boys. He even helped Andy wash his hands after he went potty!! (LOVE!!!) They sat with the kids at lunch and helped them there, so she and I could sit on the couch and talk. Something the rarely happens!
After she left a though occurred to me. I have had that thought before, but this time I decided to do something about it. I realize that we go through "seasons" in our lives. For moms like me it feels like before kids, the start of kids, the kids growing up, the kids moving out, the kids moving back in, and after kids. (The latter part is purely observation.) I realize that some things I would like to do, I can't. And that is okay, but I am making a list now of things I want to do during a different season. For example, I want to be an encouragement some day to another mom in the thick of young kids. I want to bring her a gift of a book about Jesus to read. I want to sit and talk with her and make her day a little brighter. I want to bring lunch so she doesn't have to cook...(who doesn't want that at any season!!!). I also, have thought of other things that I could do now and at different times to minister to those around me.
Isn't that what Jesus did. He was constantly doing things for other people. He thought of others before he took care of himself. Isn't that what He did at the well when the Bible says he was tired so he sat down at the well, and a Samaritan woman came. He thought of her needs. He could have sat there and said nothing. I know there are times when I am tired that I don't want to do anything! But he ministered to her. So now I am making a list. I am checking off things that I can do now, in this season, and waiting on those things that will be in another season. I am thinking of the many blessings God has given to me, and how I can share those with other people.
God uses everything around me to encourage and bless me, so I need to follow His example. How can I be a blessing to someone today, tomorrow, and even in another season of life. Maybe I need to get off the computer and be a blessing to my hubby!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Sprinkler!

Ever had one of those days where you find the coolest thing. Yup, that was me at Walmart the other day. I rarely ever go there, but I needed a new sprinkler for our Summer party. Our old one had died a terrible death. So I found this neat little rainbow sprinkler. I brought it home and yes, I read the directions. However, this thing had a mind of it's own!! No matter how we twisted it or turned it it would not stay standing! So, I decided to "jimmy rig" it! And even then it kept falling down. Until finally, we decided it would be better laying down and squirting into the air. I never got a picture of it's final resting place. Needless to say, the kids didn't care how it was pointing, but I finally just stopped looking over at it and I felt much better.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring Pictures!

Knowing that we can't have any more children has been a huge blessing for me. It is a peace that our little family is complete, and God had his hand on it. My best friend has been taking pictures of my family for a long time. She started when Teddy was little and Danenn was just walking.


Then she took Andy's announcement pictures.
Then she took our family of five pictures.

A little while later, she took the kids pictures. All three of them!
Then she took our pictures this fall when I was pregnant with Lyla!

Then there were six~ My favorite pictures that Hope has taken have to be these. Knowing that this our family completed. Knowing that no one is missing from the pictures! All the pictures she took are special. All of the other pictures show our growing family, but there is something very special about knowing that we are now making memories and no one is missing. Lyla may not remember all the memories, but we'll have pictures to remind her. I am so grateful for Hope and her camera that has captured some of my favorite pictures of our family ever.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Slobery Kisses

Despite how many times I tell him, Andy is determined to climb over Lyla and kiss her every time I set her in reach.  If I set her down so I can get dressed, change her diaper, change her clothes, pick something up...if she is in reach he is kissing her! It is pretty funny at times, but I do worry about her well being. For example, I have a travel swing that Lyla sits in to join us while I am doing things around the house. I turned to get the chicken tenders out of the oven and when I turned back there was Andy, practically in the swing trying to kiss Lyla. He is so in love with his baby sister he can't keep his hands off her and wants to be right in her face every chance he gets. He wants to be snuggled beside her when we watch a movie, he wants to hold her hands if we are in the store, it never ends.


Although this really isn't the same it made me think of how I relate to God. I should love Him so much that I want to be right next to Him. That I want to hold his hands, and snuggle up to His word. I should want to get those kisses from the Bible that make me know more about Him and make me closer to Him. I should want to be right in God's "face" all the time. I was quite convicted by my little three year old's love for his little sister.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Good morning!

So last night I was too tired to really post much. But I want to tell about our family goings and try to update my blog a little. First our little bundle of joy has really been a joy. Lyla has been a very content little baby. She really has only been fussy a little in the evening, nothing like Andy that cried all afternoon and evening for seven months. She has finally gotten the hang of nursing, which is a blessing. She had to have her tongue clipped and that has made a huge difference in her nursing. She is starting to smile and look around and stay awake much longer. It is fun to get to know each little personality. She loves her brothers and sister. Specially Teddy! He just needs to start talking near her and she smiles and stares at him. She is definitely studying Andy. She keeps him in her vision when she can. He is the most protective of her. He tells people, "She is my baby Lyla." I am very thankful we haven't had any real issues with jealousy. There has been some need for attention to the three older ones, each at different times, but other than that things have gone well.
I am adjusting to life with four children. Not as hard as I anticipated! Actually it has been fun. One of the greatest blessings has been the peace I have with our family. I think I always knew we would have four children. Even though after having Andy I wasn't sure I would ever be able to handle another child. I have an overwhelming feeling that God has blessed us so much and our family is complete for now.
My beautiful blessing! Such a miracle!
I think it is amazing how God gives us the desire to have children, and He also takes that away and replaces it with contentment. Even if we were not sure we were done, He gave the doctor the peace...LOL! I am laughing, but it is very serious in reality. My body could not handle carrying another baby, and have another c-section. So in other words, our quiver is full now! What I find so amazing about that is that every time we go to do something, even a trip to the mall, I fill like we are making memories with our complete family. It makes it really special. We went to a trip to tour the local newspaper a few weekends ago with Teddy for a scouts thing. I wore Lyla in the moby wrap, held Danenn's hand and walked beside Teddy and Tommy who held Andy and felt so overwhelmed with our family. Maybe this doesn't make sense, but it is a really wonderful feeling for me!
Anyway, that is the quick update on our new addition and now that we have internet...more will come!!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lyla Jayne Alma Knight

 Lyla Jayne Alma Knight
January 15, 2013
6lbs 4oz and 19inches
Just started smiling!

It is super late. I should be snoring away in bed next to my love, but instead I am up... Probably because I am not used to not nursing right now. Lyla has just started sleeping longer at night. Anyway...I wanted to post a picture of our beautiful little addition...and then I really need to SLEEP! I just got our internet back after a few months of saving money, so maybe I will start posting again. I missed it! Night night for now!