Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, y'all!  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend, and made it out to celebrate our Savior's resurrection.  After great worship and sermon, our church ended the service with cardboard testimonies from many members in our church. {Cardboard testimonies are when people write their hardship on one side of a piece of cardboard and then flip it over to reveal how God intervened. So cool!  Google it to see many examples on YouTube.}

There were so many amazing testimonies, and it was so inspiring to see so many respected people publically display their insecurities, trials, inadequacies, and disappointments and then reveal that through their faith they were redeemed through Him.  I. Was. Crying.  Especially when my parents took the stage {my sisters and I had no idea they were doing this}. 

My mom's is the top and my dad's is the bottom.


{Backstory #1: The summer after my sophomore year of college, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was a scary time for us all, but my mom battled it with chemo and radiation, and by the grace of God, came out a survivor.  We have a very strong history of breast cancer in my family on my mom's side - great grandma, great aunt, grandma, and 2 of my mom's sisters.  I told B when we got married not to get too attached, if you know what I mean ;)  But in all seriousness, my mom is about *12 kinds* of amazing and I had no doubt she'd triumph.  Above all, though, it's amazing what He can do.}

{Backstory #2: My dad, a successful VP for a large coorporation, lost his job right before Christmas 2009.  They waited until after the holidays to tell me and my sisters, not wanting to the situation to put a damper on the celebrating.  Though none of us lived at home anymore, we're all very close and felt just awful for both of my parents.  My mom had been a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years, and my dad wasn't near ready to retire.  The insecurity was fear of the unknown was the worst part.  But, fortunately, after months and months of praying for guidance, direction, and a job - stop the world - my dad is now successfully self-employed.  A huge blessing.}

I hope y'all had a great day of rejoicing!  He lives!

12 comments:

Team Carroll said...

Girlfriend...we serve an AWESOME GOD!!! LOVE these stories! It's amazing what HE can do for us!!! SO happy to hear you had a great Easter, sweet friend!!! XOXO

Kirby and Anna said...

What great inspiring stories! You have me crying as I eat my breakfast ;)

AbbyS. said...

I'll bet that service was AMAZING! What a wonderful GOD we serve!
Hope you had a great weekend.

Tanya Solano said...

The power of prayer and the strength that a family generates IS amazing! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Wristbridge said...

I have heard of these cardboard testimonies, but have never seen these. How amazing!

cassandra said...

Thanks for sharing. I recently found out I will be losing my job at the end of the school. I've had a hard time and feel like I'm on my own. Seeing your story reminds me that i'm not the only going through this and that He will be right there with me. Thanks again.

Mandy's Memories said...

I have seen these before~ AMAZING! Praise the Lord, He lives!

Mommy Webb said...

What a cool example of how God takes care of us. I can only imagine how powerful it must have been to see your parents up there. Praise God for all He has done for the Knight family!!!

Erica said...

That is a wonderful idea for an Easter service. Your parents' signs are amazing too.

Blair said...

What wonderful testimonies, Abby! I still remember praying for your sweet momma when you told us she was diagnosed with cancer. So glad she's doing well these days. And I bet your dad is loving being self-employed and the benefits that come with that. Praise God for His will for our lives!

Witty Whit said...

Thanks for sharing Abs! What a great testimony to God working in your family's life :)

Emily said...

Hi! I go to Watermark Church in Dallas and we do the same thing for our Christmas Eve service. We also made a video called "Who Will Write your Name" about people who write names on cardboard of those who led them to Christ. It's such an inspiring video and reminds me how powerful our God is. Here is the video that our church did a few months ago: http://vimeo.com/15539288 Thanks!