Believest Thou Are Comforted

Friday, March 28, 2014

For the Month of March, we’re embarking on a Midweek Push Interview Series and we’re taking a look at comfort in God during our seasons of grief and loss. We had another interview come in that we would be remissed if we didn't share it! We’re discussing comfort on the couch today with Aundie Knight.

Aundie is a woman of God made in His image who cares for her family, both biological and spiritual.

Aundie enjoys singing with Eternal Praise, fellowshipping with the Saints, being a mother to her blessed son, & encouraging anyone to seek after God.

Aundie hopes that her life will show God in everything she does! She says that it's not about her, its about the Kingdom of God!

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SWAP: How have you experienced loss or grief? 

Aundie: The biggest experiences of loss and grief were being abandoned and abused as a child, dealing with it as an adult, and the loss of my mother who was also my sister in Christ. Dealing with those experiences have truly turned my world upside down...so I thought.

SWAP: C.S. Lewis stated “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” ― Can you relate? 

Aundie: Yes, when someone or something has been pulled from your comfort zone, from your life, your heart, your very being, then fear can set in. The definition of fear is "horror, alarm, dread, or dismay" and grief carries those same characteristics.

SWAP: What inspires you to show up even when you are fearful and/or uncertain?

Aundie: God and my son. I know that God has not called me to be fearful any longer and I have a son who is looking at me to be his spiritual example.

SWAP: Your spirituality is clearly an important part of your journey. In what ways, have your spiritual beliefs helped you cope with loss?

Aundie: Because of my faith in Christ, he has sent me comfort through the Holy Spirit. It has also made me see God for myself and not through the eyes of anyone else. It has also made me trust him instead of what I see in front of me physically or through my own understanding.

SWAP: How would you describe comfort?

Aundie: Comfort is rest, healing, knowing, and experiencing God's love over and over again. Without discomfort, stress, hurt, grief, etc., we would not know what comfort is.

SWAP: What Bible verses are helpful for you as you seek God's comfort? 

Aundie:  Ps. 30:5= "Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning."
Ps. 46:1= "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble."
Ps. 55:22= "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."
Is. 43:19= "For I am about to do a new thing! See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness! I will create rivers in the dry wasteland!"

SWAP: Any closing statements of advice that you want to offer to those who have/are experiencing loss or grieving?

Aundie: My advice would be to not hold it in. Get it out. Cry when you need to cry. Praise your way through this grieving process. Find a person who will allow you to be whatever you are at that very moment. Also, do not allow other people to tell you how to grieve.

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Aundie, we’ve really appreciated this interview! We feel like you’ve gone beyond the superficial and answered some really helpful questions for our readers. Thank you for yielding your time for our Believest Thou Are Comforted series!


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10 comments

  1. Awe thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Comforted Series! It was truly a blessing in healing to do this. Love you both!

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  2. How do you forgive after been abused? Have you forgiven your abuser? I am struggling with this daily. Please help.

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  3. Ok...This may be long...but I had to make sure that I answered your question in depth. Hope this helps you.
    I seriously had to get counseling, both spiritually and professionally. Once I began counseling, I started to get it out. When I say "get it out", I mean I had to allow myself to be upset, mad, and sad about it. I allowed it to consume me because I had never been in control of me and what happened to me. Once I allowed myself to be upset about the situations and got all of it out, I looked at it for what it was, and dealt with it head on. I started seeking scriptures that pertained to every feeling that I was having from revenge, anger, doubt, low self--esteem, etc...and I started to apply and speaking healing over my life for me! I have to make a choice to forgive EVERYDAY to forgive those abusers and "abandors". I am not going to lie to you...IT IS NOT EASY! IT IS HARD WORK BUT IT IS WORTH THE PEACE AND TESTIMONY THAT YOU WILL BE TO SOMEONE ELSE!!! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! I AM IN MUCH PRAYER AND SPEAKING HEALING OVER YOU AND YOUR "JOURNEY"!

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    1. WOW Aundie, Thank you! You are speaking healing! You are saying to this mountain...MOVE!!

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  4. This has been very helpful. Thank you for being honest. I am encouraged to know that I am not alone in what I went through. I can get through this storm and learn to forgive. Please continue to pray for me. I am embarrassed that this has happened to me but I will not have low self-esteem any more.

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    1. Please do NOT be embarassed...that's what Satan wants you to be as of it were your fault AND ITS NOT! Satan get thee behind and shut your mouth!

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  5. Hi, we want to chime in and say THANK you Aundie and thank you our unknown friend. We may not know your name but God does and that is what matters. We agree with Aundie, please don't be embarrassed, God will turn your past into purpose. satan just wants you to feel less than your best because he sees you making strides towards healing. Don't give in to his tactics, schemes, and lies. You are LOVED by GOD and that won't change. It's been said that every time you tell your story, you break any chains that kept you bound. When God reveals those who are worthy to hear your testimony, don't be afraid to share it because you can help someone! Please Please don't lose hope or do not give up! We will continue to pray for you!

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  6. thank you ladies. I just got out of an abusive relationship. I only knew false love and gave myself to numerous men and women just for sex. I have felt god would never forgive me. It started when I was molested by my cousin and I never went to counseling. The church banned me because I was pregnant. That was 20 years ago and I am still dealing with it. I will start counseling based off your recommendation. I am a sinner. My name is monica.

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    1. Monica, 1st I want to commend you for stepping out on faith and confronting Satan head on. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. You are not a sinner, you are a child of the Most High King. I am inspired by you going to counseling!! Also #2, we have parallel lives. My molestor was my cousin also and the person who abandoned me was my childs father so I know what you feel like. I have walked in your shoes as far as giving myself away to men who did not deserve me but I did not love myself. But thank God for His grace and mercy he has taught me who I am in him and how to love myself enough to not allow someone to use and abuse me any longer. love you my sister and I will be in prayer with you on this journey.

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  7. I can not believe that I not alone. Thank you for helping me. I will tell everyone I meet about this site. I found it through a google search on forgiveness and it led me here. I do have something smile about. I don't have to be ashamed anymore. Thank you everyone.

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