Worth It All

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It was that moment I knew I would be standing alone, but I didn’t see where I had a choice if I wanted a deeper walk with the Lord, if I was to do the task He called me to do.  So with every ounce of strength He gave to me, I stepped out in faith and obeyed.  It was like jumping off a cliff, but when it was done, when it was finally done, I felt like I was able to breathe for the first time in a long time, and freedom came rushing in.

It didn’t matter if those around me understood what I was doing.  The only thing that mattered was doing what God wanted me to do, what He told me to do, and simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  It didn’t matter if the words I spoke would be received or not.  I simply had to let go and let God, and then I had to get out of the way in full surrender and say, “It’s all yours, God.  I did what you wanted.  You take care of the rest, and I’ll stay out of the way.”

…because at the end of the day the only thing that matters is GOD’S APPROVAL, not man’s …because when all has been said and done, it is knowing and understanding GOD’S GRACE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH to sustain us …because His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts …because of what Christ did on the cross and because of His resurrection, we are able to live a life of victory.


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” -Hebrews 12:1-2


You do NOT have to explain your relationship with God to anyone nor do you have to explain how God speaks to you.  Just keep following God, leaning on Him, and relying on Him alone for strength.  His grace is more than enough.

CHAIN 2Whatever God has told you to do, just obey.  Yes, it’s worth it all.  It may not be easy and the road may be rocky, but it’s worth it all.  What influences you?  What is stopping you from obeying God?  Who are you listening to?  What are you allowing your eyes to take in? What do you have to lay down in order to have a deeper walk with God, for Him to take you where He wants to take you?  What will you give up?  Do you care more about the approval of God or the approval of man?  Where does your heart lie?

Lay it all down before the Lord.

Nothing short of full surrender will do

Let Him break the chains.

Much love to all,

L.A. Knowles

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The Tigress

THE TIGRESS

Written By Linda A. Knowles

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The tigress was caged for several years,

When prior she was wildly roaming free,

Where others of her kind dared not tread.

She soon would once again be wild and free,

But for now caged-

Secluded, lonely, prohibited…

So much prohibition.

Soon the tigress would be free;

Though the cage door had been opened,

the tigress only neared the edge,

Just before her time to step out.

The tigress taking in all she could,

as far as her eyes could see-

To roam wherever she wished.

Peaceful Protest

FLAGLet me start by saying this:  I love the USA.  I live in the USA, and I’m a citizen.  I do NOT agree with anyone who protests by sitting during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance;  I’m also a firm believer if one does not like our laws, customs, and culture, that one or few should just pack up and leave.

With that being said…

PEOPLE

We’ve seen protests that have involved looting, rioting, blocking highways or main roads which caused problems for emergency vehicles and rescue workers, violent acts of murder, fighting, and the like.

We keep calling out and saying, “PEACEFUL PROTESTS!”  However, when Colin Kaepernick sits down during the national anthem we are outraged, and yet Colin did not riot, burn anything down, loot, or commit any act of violence. So he chose and did a peaceful protest, and then some of us even got more outraged when another athlete followed his example.

“Stand up for what you believe” as long as what? They do it our way? As long as they believe our way? We’re still not satisfied with their peaceful protest…  And by which list of standards are we measuring these “peaceful” protests? The athletes brought no physical harm to anyone by sitting down. Sure, they may have embarrassed their fellow teammates by sitting out, but the key phrase here is THEY PROTESTED PEACEFULLY.

What would we rather the athletes have done? Would we rather them steal, harm someone, burn something down in the name of whatever it is they believe? We wanted peaceful protests. We expected people do peaceful protests and not the kind of protest that breaks out violence, injuring others, and destroying community businesses and homes.

It may not have been ideal for any of you, including myself, but they chose what was best for them as individuals.  In this country, there’s the right to protest, and that is their freedom to do so.  They chose a peaceful demonstrative protest, and no one got hurt.

And we’re still not satisfied.

Damsel in Distress

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS

Written By Linda A. Knowles

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Peeled herself up off the floor,

Her world – Fallen apart,

Feeling hopeless.

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She is the damsel in distress.

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Everything she knew,

She now no longer knew;

And what she didn’t know,

She now knew.

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As she crumpled once again to the floor…

No place to call her own,

Except for her place in Heaven,

Longing for her eternal home,

And seeing things around her she needs to live for.

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She called out,

Though nothing came from her mouth,

And she shouted out,

Though no one could hear.

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The tears that streaked her face seemed never-ending,

And the tire tracks of nervousness,

Imprinted on her heart, mind, body, soul.

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She rode out her nights,

Imprisoned in her mind,

Woke up terrified by screaming,

To  find it was her own.

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She not knowing where to go,

Not knowing what to  do,

She could only look upward,

And in her cries of desperation,

Not heard by anyone,

Were heard by the Father above,

Who rapped His arms around her in love.

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The road has been long,

And weary she has been,

Still traveling this road,

That will soon come to an end.

Where Horses Run Free

WHERE HORSES RUN FREE

Written By Linda A. Knowles

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Lush green meadows

as far as the eye can see.

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Wild flowers springing up all about;

Fragrance filling the air,

after the wind-driven rain of the night,

where horses run free,

where they gather to graze.

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That I should run so so free,

With no fear of what is ahead,

Or what lies beyond the tomorrow.

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Wildly free,

Like the way horses run,

And then to rest;

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And enjoy places such as flower-filled meadows,

where horses run wild and free.

This Right Called “Freedom Of Speech”

I absolutely love my country, but the people in my country…  We hold to our Constitution.  We have rights that are given to us as citizens of the United States of America, and as citizens, we exercise those rights; however, we should exercise those rights responsibly.  While exercising those rights responsibly sounds like a great idea or something we should already be doing, many times we fail in the responsibly part.

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Write your little heart out.  Blog your little heart out.  Speak your mind, and freely speechify or grandstand as much as you want.  Don’t hold back.  Just remember  words uttered without thought to your fellow man or woman, in other words without an ounce of consideration or courtesy, will be held against you no matter whom you are addressing and by those who are merely spectators.

Freedom of speech does not allow for us to scream “FIRE!” in a crowded theater scaring the living daylights out of everyone to the point where they are stampeding out the door.  Freedom of speech does not allow for us to breathe death threats or threats of bodily harm to another.  In both those cases, consequences are sure to follow.  Admittedly though, people have the freedom to act as stupidly as they want because it’s a free country.  They should know they need to own the garbage they created and now have to pay the consequences.  Consequences are not something we choose.  Consequences happen.

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It’s always good to refresh your mind on what your rights are as a citizen.  So I got this quote from the site http://www.usconstitution.net:  “Amendment I FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND PETITION.  Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.  The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances…”

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…but Political rallies bring out the worst in people.  I get it.  All of us are passionate about what we so strongly believe as individuals, what we consider important and moral, concerned how whatever happens affects us and our families, the communities we live in.  The reality is though there will always be disagreements and lack of unity.  And there is only one race: the human race; but I digress.Hatred 1.jpg

People make choices as to what they say or how they’ll react.  <> I had a pastor who taught me never make decisions in the heat of emotion, and refrain from speaking in the heat of emotion.  He taught me to step back immediately, to wait until calmed down, and then THINK about what to say or what to do.  Yeah, admittedly, I have not always taken to that wise advice even though there are times I do.

Peaceful assembly?…  How can an assembly be peaceful when speeches (words spoken) incite violence?  I would like to believe the ones making the speeches would consider their words carefully before spouting them.  How is the crowd going to react?  But then again, those protesting also use words.  The responsibility of words falls upon anyone who speaks.  “If I say this, will it incite violence?”  “Do my words convey hope?”   “Am I going to regret these words later on?”  “Should I calm down before I say what I can’t take back?”  “If I say these words, is there a possibility I could end up in a full body cast or end up dead?”  “If what I say infuriates the person and that person responds with an attack, will I end up retaliating or do I just keep my mouth shut?”

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Lord, please let election time get here really fast

so the madness can end.

*Sighs*

Much love to all, Diamond In The Rough