Grandma Opal


Grandma Opal

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Grandma Opal

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Author/s: Terri Knapp

My story is about my grandmother. I know it’s because of her and her prayers that I am who I am today. :)

My grandma Opal. She was my favorite! She wasn’t your typical grandmother. She couldn’t cook, sew or bake, but she sure knew how to make you feel loved.
When I was 5-years old, my grandma noticed that I was intrigued with my dad’s cigarette packages. She asked me if I wanted to smoke one. As she struck a match, she handed me the cigarette and told me to inhale as hard as I could. I think my throat was on fire! It’s not a lesson I would encourage today, but because of it – I never had a desire to smoke a cigarette the rest of my life. She taught me that sometimes learning a lesson can be painful.

She was a telephone operator, taxi cab driver, small grocery store owner, and then later delivered newspapers. When she owned the store, she would often let me spend the night so that I could help at the store the following day. My job was to greet customers and sweep the floor. My payment, if I did a good job, was a whole pickle out of the pickle jar. I loved pickles, so this was a good deal – especially since I was about ten.
I often sat beside her when she drove all over the countryside delivering newspapers. She had me roll the papers up and put a rubber band around them – then she would toss most of them out her car window or put them in roadside mailboxes. The funny thing was – our hands and faces would be black at the end of the day from the newsprint. Although I didn’t get paid for helping, I was blessed with hilarious and sometimes deep conversations with a woman I loved with all of my heart. How do you put a price on time?
The last 15 years of her life she lived in a tiny apartment, had an old car (named bumblebee) that wasn’t dependable – and pretty much depended on every single penny that she had. After working all of those years, she ended up losing everything.
She lost her husband and two children to cancer. She didn’t have a dime to spare, but I could see that the love she shared with the Lord and with her family made her feel like she had everything.
A short time after she passed away, I looked through her Bible. She had many pieces of paper tucked inside that were covered with her handwritten scripture references and also names of people she prayed for almost daily.
I remember seeing my name on that list – written in her shaky handwriting.
What a treasure.

Birthdate: January 19th

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Have you ever looked back at a decision or choice that you made, and you think….”WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING?!”

Me neither! Haha. JUST Kidding.

Of ALL the quotes that I have ever shared or seen, this one really made me stop and think. “Do not follow your heart. Follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit.” (unknown)

Thinking back about some decisions I have made in my life, I remember some that were simple and some that were – much more complicated. So many of those times, I was absolutely confident that following my heart was the sure way to go. Sometimes that worked, and sometimes – not. If you are married or are a parent, or if you are breathing…then you can relate.

How quickly we forget how those crazy emotions and feelings can persuade us into thinking “Surely this is what God would want! I KNOW that he wants me to be happy, so…..! I KNOW that he wants nothing but the best for ME and my family!” Way to go, self.

One thing that I’ve learned is this: A quick solution (decision) may give instant relief, but that peace that you feel may only be temporary. Who lives for temporary happiness?

I remember when my mother, who was an alcoholic, would want just ‘one more drink’ Only one. Maybe it was something that helped for the moment, but ‘that one’ only lead to more. She was a beautiful woman who was miserable. She loved life, yet she hated it…. and herself. Confusing, I know.

Unfortunately, she allowed alcohol to be her God. She went to it for peace, for comfort, for strength and for happiness. I’m not judging – I’m just sharing what I saw firsthand. I only share this information so that hopefully it will help someone else. I loved my mom, but I hated her addiction.

So, now I have to ask myself this question (and challenge you to search YOUR heart): What am I allowing to be on the throne of my heart?

Here are a few verses that explain exactly what He expects from us and how it is…..

“You shall have no other gods before me.” ~ Exodus 20:3

Jeremiah 17: 9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

So, WHAT do ya do?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing…”


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5

“Lord, help me to remember today that I am more than just a sum total of my feelings. I am Your child made to walk in Truth. Guide me as I process my feelings and reactions with the protective covering of Your absolute Truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

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A Change N Me

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A Change n Me

Why the name – A Change-N-Me? I took out the ‘I’ on purpose after going on my first mission trip. One thing that I learned was – it’s not about me. Chain, chain, c-h-a-n-g-e represents the chains of sin and past failures that have weighed me down. With Christ in my life, I now experience true freedom from ALL of that – a change that I love and I treasure. That is my hope for you – for everyone.

I’m a proud member of the 50’s club. I have been blessed with 3 sons and one daughter-in-law. I’m married to a man who loves the Lord more than anything in this world, and I’m the daughter of an incredible God.

I’m in the middle of a huge change in my life. Our youngest son just moved out on his own. I’m so happy for him, but have many questions swirling around in my mind such as – what is my purpose now? All I ever wanted out of life was to be happily married, to have children, and to provide a loving home. The one thing I know for sure is that as long as my heart continues to beat, I will continue to share the many blessings and lessons that God has given me.

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Carmel, Indiana