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A Lesson in Humility January 29, 2009

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Uncategorized.
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“Keep your mouth shut.  Just watch… and see what I’m going to do.”

That’s what I felt like God spoke into my heart last Friday night.  Now, let me explain to you why He said that.

Basketball is my favorite sport, yet I never got to play.  It was one of the heartbreaking moments of my life, when I finally got up the courage to go to the coach and ask him about playing for my high school team, and he told me that I would never have the chance to get on the court… that he just had too many other girls that were just too good.  That was truly one of the most spirit-crushing moments of my life.  But life goes on… (more…)

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“Play Ball!” January 19, 2009

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Prayers.
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There is a movie that came out a long time ago, about a young boy who plays Little League baseball — not very well, but plays none the less — and one day he gets injured on the school grounds.  He breaks his arm, and as it heals, one of the tendons becomes tighter than it should be.  This results in him having a great pitching arm, and one day while attending a Major League baseball game, the boy’s “magical arm” is discovered. 

Then comes the evaluation by the manager of the Chicago Cubs, and the all-famous question:

“Hey, kid!  How would you like to play for the Chicago Cubs?” (more…)

So Do You Know About JellyTelly Yet? January 16, 2009

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I know there are links in the sidebar to my page about JellyTelly, but word just isn’t getting out to the public like it needs to.  So I’m going to make A BIG DEAL about JellyTelly this month, because you all need to know about this!

The best way to know about this, though, is to watch this video:

 

You’ll be glad you did! And if you want to see more of this great programming, please go to www.jellytelly.com!  And tell all your friends about it too!

Welcome to “Bumper-to-Bumper-ville”! January 6, 2009

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals, Holidays.
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Christmas this year was… different.

And I must confess, I wasn’t looking forward to it. At least, not at first.

There are two reasons why I was dreading Christmas this year.  One, during the month of October, I suddenly had this overwhelming feeling that Christmas was going to be sad and full of grief.  And I couldn’t shake this feeling at all.  I’m not a superstitious person, but this… grief… I just couldn’t shake it! So that was troubling, to say the least.  Two, my mom is losing her memory.  And I kept wondering during October and November if she was even going to make it through Christmas before she lost her memory completely.  So instead of looking forward to the Christmas holidays, I found myself dreading them.

Since my mom is battling with memory loss, she really can’t Christmas shop on her own any more.  She can still take care of herself, and go to the grocery store, and do the usual things.  But anything out of the normal routine?  It’s just not going to happen.  So I planned on helping her shop and clean the house, and do whatever else she wanted to do, to prepare for the holidays.  I wasn’t looking forward to the task at all, because I knew she would be asking me the same questions over and over again, and she wouldn’t even remember most of what we did or what I told her.  Still, I wanted her to enjoy the season as much as possible, so I made the 6-hour trip to her house.  There was such a mixture of emotions swirling inside of me: happiness from being on the road (I enjoy travelling), willingness to help my mom out, love for my mom, heaviness and sadness over my mom’s condition, dread over the Christmas season, and this grief I couldn’t shake.  It was just a little… too much to bear.  But I was determined to help Mom out, and make things easier on her, so I hit the road. (more…)