death

God Only Knows Where We’d Be

I was never a crier. I was the tough girl. I once went through an entire semester at college without crying.

And then I fell in love. With a soldier. And with Jesus.

At one point in my life, my heart was hardened. I was not compassionate and completely confident that I could make “it” on my own. Tears were not an issue. I had it together.

And then I feel in love. With a soldier. And with Jesus.

Today is Memorial Day. A day of tribute. A day of remembrance. I am forever thankful for our soldiers– and for Jesus.

Many people post tributes and touching pictures on Facebook in support of our troops. That’s great. But I have quite a different perspective. See, I am married to one of those soldiers. And not just married to him, but deeply in love with him.

My beloved has served overseas three times. He’s been shot at. He’s watched his battle buddies fall. All the while– he clung tight to Jesus. And led me into a relationship with Christ much deeper than I could have ever imagined.

As my relationship with my soldier and my Christ has deepened, my heart as been softened. I try to avoid “tearjerker” videos because I still don’t like to cry. But it is hard not to be overcome with emotion– primarily in the form of gratitude- when I stop to really consider what my beloved husband AND what Christ has done for us.

They both have willingly offered to DIE for me. Simply the thought of this type of love moves my heart.

The song “Soldiers and Jesus” by James Otto sums it up pretty well.

(If you couldn’t view the video in your email, click HERE to watch.)

Have you EVER really stopped to think about the sacrifice from Christ and our soldiers? How does it make you feel? How have you experienced life from another’s sacrificial love? Please don’t be shy… Share your comments below.

So today, lets take a moment to give thanks for those who have given us a hope and a future by laying down their lives. There’s only two people who have ever died for me… Soldiers and Jesus. Without them… God only knows where we’d be.

Thankful beyond measure,
SGK

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13

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It Is Well… With My Soul

Sometimes, I pray while I exercise. And no, I am not talking about praying like “Please Lord Jesus, help me to finish this last half mile running strong, without throwing up or tripping on my own feet.” (Although I do frequently pray  something similar.)

In this particular case, I mean praying for others. Specifically those of you on my iPad Prayer List app. Now before you think I am trying to cut corners and multi-task, please know that 1) I still have my quiet time with Jesus in addition to my exercise prayer time 2) I never read/pray while on the treadmill, only the stationary bike and/or elliptical should I risk breaking my face and 3) For some unknown reason, I can concentrate and focus exceptionally well during a challenging workout, just as  good if not better than when I am sitting in my chair in my living room.

Yesterday was one of those occasions that I decided to pray for the numerous folks on my prayer list while burning calories. As I started hopping around on the elliptical and opened up my iPad, I was suddenly overwhelmed with all of the new prayer requests that were laid on my heart in the last 12 hours.

My mind flashed to the news article about some of my friends/schoolmates at K-State that were in a car accident over the weekend which resulted in fatalities. I remembered the Facebook status of a family from back home that were grieving the loss of their 15-year-old cousin from a hunting accident. Monday was the two month anniversary of my miscarriage. And finally, yesterday I had to say “See you later” to my beloved Mama as I dropped her off at the airport after what seemed as too-short of a visit.

Ever have one of those days when your heart and soul just feel heavy? Yeah. That was the feeling. Right as I was debating on quitting my workout mid-gait and running to the car to burst into tears, the acoustic version of “It is Well with My Soul” came through on my iPod.

Immediately, peace flowed through my heart. God whispered “I am bigger than all of these things, my beloved child. Rely on me… and it shall be well with your soul.”

That beautiful song, a song full of God’s love and promise, echoed in my mind for the rest of the day. With each tear that fell,  I was comforted. Strengthened. Hopeful. Prayerful.

Is your heart heavy today? Are you in the midst of a trial or a life season that seems more powerful than an ocean wave? Please leave a comment below  or send an email to sharita{dot}knobloch{at}gmail{dot}com so I can pray for you.

In the meantime… Know that God is greater than ANYTHING you are going through. Sit back, take a deep breath, press play on the following video. Listen, feel, live the lyrics and melody. Say to yourself “I love you Jesus. And because of that love, it is well… with my soul.”

Soulfully living well,
SGK

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
 ~John 14:27

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Bad things. Good People. Great God.

I have heard this phrase in many conversations. I have witnessed it on Facebook statuses. I have even seen it on a billboard.

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

That is a good question. And a tough one at that. I’m not gonna get all theological on you today (my brain isn’t quite up for that level of discussion) but I think that “Bad things” happen to “Good people” due to sin.

I don’t mean those folks who experience the “bad thing” have sinned. I mean, they have sinned… Shoot, we all have… but God doesn’t PUNISH us for things we do. That is what the cross is for. “Bad things” happen because we live in a fallen world. I would like to think that if Adam and Eve hadn’t messed it up for the rest of us, we wouldn’t have to deal with things like pain, sickness, loss, death, betrayal.

But let’s be honest. If it wasn’t Adam and Eve, I’m sure somebody else would have come along 15 seconds later and jacked it up for us. Sigh. Isn’t human nature (and Satan) frustrating?!!

Anyways, bad things happen to good people in this life. I’m willing to bet you are sitting there nodding your head thinking “Tell me about it, sista.”

But here’s the good news… Even though bad things happen to good people, we have a great God. The other night during prayer week at church, we were briefly looking at Job chapter 38. God is reminding Job that HE is bigger. HE is the creator. He is THE ONE.

As I sat there and mediated, God gave me these words:

“Only when we start from the bottom of the valley can we truly appreciate the mountaintop. When we experience how bad it can be, we can know how great God IS. He is above it all.” 

In essence, we have to go through the crappy (pardon my French) parts of life to TRULY experience the fullness of God’s love. Otherwise, what kind of heaven would we have to look forward to??

When your path seems uncertain... Know that the God of Love and Peace is guiding your footsteps!

In the last few months, I have encountered several good people going through some pretty “bad things” in life. My beloved boss and mentor dealing with the loss of her husband’s grandmother while BOTH of her parents battle cancer. A soldier who lost his wife and daughter, now a single father to his 11-year-old son. A close friend struggling an illness. Another friend questioning her purpose in life.

We’ve all been there. I don’t know where you find yourself today. Are you in the midst of a “bad thing?” Or coming out of it? Or perhaps facing it soon? Take heart. We have SUCH an incredible promise of a future world with no pain or heartache. And while we walk through our current “bad things,” God is walking with us. Daily. Know that while bad things might happen to good people… we can rely on an incredibly GREAT God.

Thankful to worship a kind, loving, merciful God,
SGK

“I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets, singing your praises in town and country. The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness.” –Psalm 57:9 (MSG) 

Have you ever been through a “bad thing?” How did God see you through? (Or if you are going through a “bad thing” right now, leave a comment here and I will pray for you. Or you can email me via sharita{dot}knobloch{at}gmail{dot}com.)

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No Such Thing as Good-bye (Five-Minute Friday)

Oh what joy I have in my heart today! It’s Friday! (Insert happy dance here!)

One reason (among several) that I am joyous that it’s the end of the week? Because Five Minute Friday is here for us in the blogging world.

To catch you up: On Friday’s I link up with The Gypsy Mama. She gives us a prompt, then we write for five minutes flat. No over thinking. No editing. Just write.

I kind of think of it as a high intensity cardio-workout of the phalanges. (Phalanges= finger bones and personally one of the top five most hilarious words on the planet.)

So today’s prompt? Good-bye. 

Ready? Let’s do it. GO! 

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Bon Voyage. Adios. Sianera. Sayonara. Hasta Luego. Don’t let the door hitcha where the Good Lord Splitcha. Peace out.

GOOD-BYE.

However you say it, it can hurt. Or in some cases, it might be a relief. Either way, good-bye is not the most fun thing in the world.

Now, you would think as an army wife, I would be an expert with good-byes. But that’s not entirely true. Yes, while my beloved and I have been separated by calls of duty more than I care to brag about, we have a policy. Both of us despise good-byes. So we don’t do it.

Instead, we say “See you later.” Or “See you soon.” Or simply “I love you and I will be praying for you.” Because “good-bye” just sounds so… final.

And great news… nothing in this world is final. Because of the Cross, we have the promise of reunion in heaven.

So even when he deploys, we don’t say good-bye. No matter WHAT happens, we are CONFIDENT that we will see each other again, either on this side or the next. The same goes for all of those we have lost in our lives.

Praise the Lord that we NEVER have to say good-bye. We can rejoice that whether it is a trip to get milk at the grocery store, a few month separation by duty, a life-risking deployment or even that last journey to meet Jesus…

We WILL meet again.

So in our world– there is no such thing as good-bye.

STOP!

I don’t know about you, but that was kind of an emotional (yet encouraging and interesting) roller coaster ride. And on that note– it’s time for breakfast and to celebrate the day.

Thanks for stopping by… I would L-O-V-E your feedback. Go ahead… make my day and comment here. 🙂

Good-bye See you soon,
SGK

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”’ 1 Chronicles 16:31

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Six-word living

Today we are going to talk about dying. Death. Kicking the bucket. Pushing up daisies. Walking the golden streets with Jesus. The eternal nap.

You get my drift.

I know, I know, death can be a very dark, trying and sad subject, especially if it is unexpected or painful. But hey, life is short (pun intended) so why not look at this light-hearted. After all… I know where I am going and I hope you do too. (Gonna be knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door. Someday.)

But in order to die, a person typically lives some type of life before that point. So maybe today’s post isn’t about the actual dying process, but rather the LIVING process.

One of my favorite songs that got me through one of the roughest points of my life (when I didn’t know if I could keep going) was a song called How You Live by Point of Grace. (Watch the video and listen here.)

The best part of that song is part of the chorus when it says “Cause it’s not who you knew… it’s not what you did… it’s how you live.”

Can I get an AMEN?!?

Let’s take it a step even further. It’s not just how you live, but who you live FOR. Think about it. What or who are you living for right this moment?

For more information go to
http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

Earlier this week, I was introduced to the concept of Six-word Memoirs. I was surprised that I had never really heard about it, but I am hooked. I have been walking around all week thinking about different memoirs… and perhaps what mine would be. (To read the history of Six-Word Memoirs, check out this article.

Six word memoirs can be funny, sad, moving or somewhere in between. The basic concept is to be able to write your “life story” in six words. Here are some examples.

“Most creative when avoiding a deadline.”

“Would’ve, Could’ve, should’ve, didn’t, didn’t, didn’t.”

“Living the dream, don’t wake me up.”

“Born bald. Grew hair. Bald again.”

“Battled cancer, richly blessed with friends.”

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation.”

You get the picture. Hopefully, you are already thinking about what your six-word memoir might look like…

And I have started to think about mine. Fortunately/unfortunately, mine varies by the day. Some ideas might include:

Army wife. Supporter of chocolate industry.

Puppy mama who trains with sarcasm.

Woke up Monday. Back to bed.

Playing sports equals consistently broken face.

Great housekeeper when company is coming.

Professional pep-talker, even when not wanted.

(Hyphens count as one word, right?)

Oh look, that is another one.

Used AMERICA as random multipurpose expression.

Starts focused. Sees shiny. Epic fail.

I could go on… but I want to give you the chance to think of your OWN six-word memoir. How are you living your life? If you died today, what legacy would you leave behind? Please feel free to comment here and share one (or more) of your own six-word memoirs.

Think about this… mediate on it. What would GOD like your memoir to look like? Remember, it’s not who you knew or what you did but how you lived. And WHO you lived FOR.

Oh, and I have figured out my six-word memoir, at least for today:

Jesus called. Slowly followed. Richly rewarded!

Gettin’ creative with random blog topics,

SGK

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” –Romans 2:7

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Here’s to Kicking the Bucket… list (Part 1)

If you have ever been engaged in a conversation with me for more than 18 minutes, chances are I have mentioned my “Bucket list.”

I don’t talk about my Bucket List to say “Oooo looky at all the ‘cool’ things I have done.” Because honestly, most of them aren’t cool. They are probably borderline nerdy. But I’ve come to terms with this. My Bucket List is important to me a for a few reasons:

1. I love making lists.

2. God has designed me to be a person who enjoys working towards things and having goals– even if they are nerdy goals.

3. It makes a great conversation piece.

4. Gives me an excuse to do some pretty random stuff.

5. I can revel and thank God for all of the awesome little things in life that make me happy!

That being said, I didn’t start my list after the movie came out. I began writing it long before, back in December 2003… Which if my calculations are correct, that is two months shy of 8 years ago (Holy cheese and crackers!) Of course back then I didn’t call it a Bucket List.. Rather it was “Things to do before I die” list.

Obviously, many new things have been added over the years, (and a few things checked off) and some have become a little deeper/profound. But that’s the great thing about a bucket list– it doesn’t HAVE to be profound. I once was chatting with someone about starting their own bucket list… and they said they didn’t have anything “worthy” or “profound” to put on their list. After I scoffed (silently, I hope), I reminded them that it doesn’t have to change the world. Do they really think that me “Breaking glass with a hammer” is going to make a difference? It will to me, but that’s about it.

My Bucket list is in a small, simple black journal…. Today, I am going to share some of the random things I have done so far (I mark the date and place/event so I remember) Then tomorrow, if you are bold enough to tune in again, you will see things that I am still working on.

Brace yourself: This could get random.  (The ones in bold I count as especially hilarious and non-profound) 


CHECKED off the list…

(Note: This list is not exhaustive… but you get the picture) 

  • Go to college: K-state, 8/18/04
  • Fall in love: Brandon L. Knobloch, Summer 2009
  • Get married: Brandon, October 2, 2010!
  • Be on TV: Polar Bear Plunge, 2006
  • Travel Overseas: Spain/Portugal, Jan 2006; China, June 2009; Italy 2010
  • Meet someone “famous:” President George W. Bush, White House, July 2005
  • Go to a KSU game: Manhattan, KS September 4, 2004
  • Wear a tiara: Alpha of Clovia Crystal Ball, March 11, 2006
  • Get ears pierced: Manhattan, KS, Aug 2004
  • Go to a Clay Aiken Concert: Hutchinson, KS Sept 10, 2004 (Hey, don’t judge me…) 
  • Get a fantastic job: Heartland Works, Inc, July 2010
  • Learn to “really” dance: Salsa/Brandon, Sept 2010
  • Walk on a beach/boardwalk: New Jersey, Jan 2008
  • Be in a wedding: Nicole & Kyle Wainwright, Soloist, Aug 2008
  • Teach: Catalyst Class, Manhattan, KS 2008
  • Go to Auctioneering school & become Certified auctioneer: March 2009 (seriously… Have gavel, will travel) 
  • Go to church regularly: Eternity, Jefferson City, MO Nov 2009
  • Wear a Bikini– confidently: Summer 2010
  • Read the Bible daily: May 19, 2009
  • Run 1 mile w/out walking: Manhattan City Park, March 30, 2009
  • Eat Kobe Beef: Paducah, Kentucky, April 2, 2011
  • Take a self defense class: Boxing, Manhattan, KS Spring 2009 (Sr yr well spent!) 
  • Learn about wine: KSU, Spring 2009 (See– great semester!) 
  • Run a 5K: Herington, KS March 19, 2011
  • Go Skinny Dipping: Sorry, details will remain anonymous 🙂 
  • Police ride-a-long: Citizens Police Academy, March 2009 
  • Own a Pet: Sweet Justus, Fort Benning, GA May 17, 2011
  • Make a perfect omelet: Manhattan, KS February 19, 2011
  • Cut Hair for Locks of Love: Manhattan, KS March 19, 2011
  • Fill an ENTIRE Journal: Pink Bible journal, Jan 23, 2011
  • Learn to make sushi: Fort Benning, GA 2011
  • Successfully complete a Sudoku: Fort Benning, GA July 19, 2011. 

I thank God for helping me to experience some of these things– it is a reminder of the little opportunities that I can take some extra joy in… Do you have a bucket list? If not, I recommend making one– just let your little joys flow onto the page– you don’t have to show anyone! It’s between you and God.

To me, kicking the Bucket List (and the things on it) is one part of my life that I count as “More Precious than Rubies.”

Checking it off the list,

SGK

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:2-3

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