dreaming an absurd dream

i don’t think i’m a great direct sales person. i’m not. it’s not my personality. it’s not…..well, it’s not me.  honestly, as far as a noonday ambassador goes, i’m certain i fail on many of the ways i should host a party & encourage sales. i do. the last several parties i’ve hosted i’ve decided to get way out of my comfort zone a little bit.  i round up all the ladies. they usually are all having a blast chatting & catching up with their friends, enjoying champagne or a wonderful glass of wine. i hate to bother them and stop the flow of conversation.  my comfort zone is chatting & sipping bubbly for sure. so, i finally get everyone ( many of whom have no idea what noonday is all about) and i begin to share. i give my quick “i hate to interrupt ya’ll but give me just 5 minutes to share my heart & my passion about noonday & then we can all go back to visiting”. i press play and share a very short video about noonday. then every single time sweet ana’s face comes across the screen i feel the huge lump in my throat once again. and i think , oh goodness paige, are you really going to cry in front of all these strangers. again?

here’s the deal. i met ana in guatemala last summer. she fed our team & gave us gracious hospitality. she introduced us to the team she works with & gifted us beautiful woven scarves. they thanked us through tears & a plethora of hugs. and now those beautiful faces and that joyfilled ana, they are forever in my heart.

salesperson? not really. passionate about lifting others & sharing stories. passionate that our little really does make a difference? you better believe it!

friday. as in THREE sleeps i’ll hop on a plane with a team of amazing women ( who i feel completely humbled to travel along side)  and we’ll land ( many hours later) in rwanda. we’ll meet with rwandan government & the international justice mission. we’ll meet women who have overcome and survived the genocide that i can barely wrap my mind around. we’ll meet our smallest artisan group, a beautiful group of women who will undoubtedly leave a mark forever in my heart…just like ana in guatemala.

years ago i began to ask jesus if i could please go to africa. ludicrous right?. ridiculous yes. absurd  of course. yet, HE tucked this dream in my heart. i know he did. i prayed that he block any door if my heart was all about me. know what i mean? humble me. strip my heart of any pride. refine me. & yet please send me. i don’t  know what my role will be, but please send me.one day.

well one day is friday. and friday hardly seems real. regardless of me & my insecurities & my failures as a salesperson and everything else. despite …well, me….the 10 days ahead will forever change how i view many things. i can’t even begin to imagine. we will be building relationships with these women. linking arms with, holding the sweet face or the tender hand of a sister in christ in my hand– i just pray that i won’t cry the ENTIRE time.

my sweet savannah created this beautiful chalkboard for me & i may never erase it….

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and our very special,{ made with love} rwandan tote, the betsie bag!made by the very seamstresses we’re headed to meet!!

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let me tell you a few ways you can join us~~

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first of all, i totally covet your prayers personally & for our entire team. we’ve been group texting for months & i can assure you we each feel ( maybe  a tad overwhelmed) with full schedules & many loose ends that need to be tied up before we go.

you can follow along easily & there is a pretty sweet giveaway if you sign up to follow along here.

and~~

noonday is doing our first ever nationwide trunk show on august 7th!!! so, c’mon & join us and host a show! we’ll be revealing an exclusive sneak peek at our trip! we’ll be creating a new line while we’re in rwanda &  trunk show attendees will be able to vote on pieces that will go into production for our #styleforjustice collection!! (i’ll be in bean station that evening! wink!)

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selfishly, i feel unqualified for this trip. with my words, my camera, my heart, my ignorance…all of it. but i serve a mighty God who knows all my junk and still loves me and still is sending me. HE loves to exceed our wildest dreams–He loves to give us absurd longings of our heart. He loves to show up daily right where we are and give us grace each morning in the regular simple days, when extraordinary isn’t really on the agenda. He exceeded any dream we could have, for all of us through the grace & love of jesus. answering ludicrous dreams are not such a big deal for Him! dream BIG my friends. that little seed He planted in your heart, whatever it is, keep praying for it!

for those of you who have followed along in this noonday journey with me for the last few years, thank you!! for those of you new here, welcome along! and thank you!!

see you in rwanda!!!

#STYLEFORJUSTICE!!!

 

July 8, 2014 - 7:37 am

Amy Avery - Tears stream down my face as I type this response to you my dear friend in Christ. As I read your words this morning, I had an immediate answer to a prayer I had prayed just minutes before out in my garden. These words of yours, “yet, HE tucked this dream in my heart. i know he did. i prayed that he block any door if my heart was all about me. know what i mean? humble me. strip my heart of any pride. refine me. & yet please send me. i don’t know what my role will be, but please send me.one day.” were also my own words this morning. I have had a longing to go out and serve, but I have felt perhaps that this longing was prideful so I asked exactly what you said above, that if this longing was not from HIS heart that he close off the path and put my heart at rest. Those words of yours affirmed in me that my own longing is straight from HIS own heart!
Here’s the other thing I want to share with you, when I had the privilege of being one of those ladies enjoying conversation and yummy treats at a Noonday party that you represented, I was truly moved by your gentle way in which you shared about the story of the artisans as well as how you came to be an ambassador for Noonday. Love and truth poured from your heart and you offered each in the room a way to partner with all of the artisans and ambassadors of Noonday to help bring God’s kingdom here on earth in a very tangible and accessible way. So many really do want to help, but they don’t know how. Noonday shines that light into the homes of those who can help and gives them that opportunity to be the true hands and feet of Christ. That is what you do! You allow others to join you in becoming living hands, feet and heart of Christ.
I will be praying for you and your entire team as you make your way to Africa for your safety and most importantly for the ways in which God will reveal himself to you in the people that you meet. God chose you dear friend and he is doing wonderful things through your very own gifts and talents. I am inspired by your simple and humble response to him of, “here I am, Lord!”

July 8, 2014 - 10:50 am

Jill - Paige,

You and all your travel companions will be in my heart and prayers over the coming weeks – what an adventure you have in store! I can’t wait to see it all through your eyes.

I just scheduled a Noonday show at my home in September – when the girls go back to school and I have an opportunity to gather all my friends! I can’t wait!

xo~Jill

July 8, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Kristin - Praying your trip to be everything you hope it to be and more beautiful than you could ever imagine, in every way. I know you will shine God’s light brightly and touch lives. Excited for what God has planned for you. Be safe. Be light. God speed. Hugs.

July 8, 2014 - 12:38 pm

chrissi - i love big dreams. loving that noonday is giving us a glimpse of so many dreams becoming a reality. the Lord does that so well. i am always amazed how these life-puzzles come together. travel well and
enjoy every moment♥

July 8, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Valerie - Paige,
What a beautiful piece you’ve written about the glorious dream God whispered to your heart! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Praying for your trip — can’t wait to follow along!!

July 8, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Christy - Paige, I’m praying today and every day til you come home for you, the team, your family and for God to be in the details every step of the way! Thanks for sharing your heart with us!
Much love to you!

July 9, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Jen Pighini - Paige, I feel so honored to be just a little part of your story with Noonday. It has been amazing to watch your journey unfold over the past couple of years! Have been praying for your trip and will be asking my little circle of friends to join me in covering you and the team in prayer over the next week and a half. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do!

July 11, 2014 - 8:50 pm

LeeAnn Garrett - This is so awesome Paige that you are going on this trip and getting to hug some of the women who Noonday is helping. I will be following along and also saying some prayers for you all. Cannot wait to hear about all of the blessings.

July 12, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Brooke Ackley - WOO HOO Paige!!! I am so excited for yall and praying for each of you! I loved reading your heart and I can not wait to read and see how you share these stories! Thank you for saying yes and dreaming and then graciously going and being an advocate! Lots of prayers, hugs, and love friend!!!! Brooke

July 13, 2014 - 7:51 am

Kerri - Good Morning Paige,
As I am sitting here on Sunday morning about to get ready for church, you and your amazing group of ladies have already arrived and are experiencing so many amazing things! I can not wait to hear and read about your trip! God works in so many ways! Just this week my husband’s aunt was given the Last Rites because she had bleeding in her brain. Two days later she was eating and talking to her family! It was the power of prayer!
XOXO, Kerri

January 13, 2015 - 2:18 pm

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