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Posts by Amy

Look Ahead

There are moments when the answers seem so obvious, yet we choose to do the opposite. We often choose to follow our feelings versus the direction in which we’re being led.

Every day we have a choice to be ruled by our feelings or taking charge over them. We may have a momentary breakdown, a “pity party” if you must, but we cannot stay there. For our own health, for our future despite our current situations, we mustn’t waller in what’s lost.

Stop thinking about what you do have or what is gone and turn your focus to what is here, what is true and what you can make of the situation you have right now. It isn’t about what is no longer present in your life, it’s about what you have to give with right where you’re at. You have the chance to give your all no matter how difficult the circumstances.

You can’t lay low and let the world go on without you — you’re too important! You DO make a difference. Don’t be a product of your circumstance but rise above, take hold of your feelings so that they no longer dictate your days.

This is your chance to do what you do best. You are at this point, now what you do next determines where you’ll go from here. Don’t worry so much about the difficulty of the journey, just know that you will be able to handle it. The hard times will pass and you will come out ahead but only if you put first things first. One step at a time. You are stronger than you let yourself believe sometimes.

Whoever this is speaking to this morning, I pray that your every breathe today and moving forward is filled with warmth, confidence and the ability to decipher between what’s real and what is simply a “feeling” that you can choose to get past. Don’t reflect at this moment, only look forward because it is the direction you are to go.

About Your Future…

So I got to thinking about you this morning…

I know there’s something bothering you and you wish it would all go away. I know you want these moments to end and this situation to just be over.
I know that your heart longs for more but your head tells you the time isn’t right.

But are you interested in finding out what else I know?

I know that “this too shall pass”.
I know that at this very moment, Jeremiah 29:11 is screaming loudly in my head AND…
I know that you need to hear it right at this very moment.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

But what if you read a little further…

Jeremiah 29: 12-13 “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

jeremiah-29-v11-13God’s response isn’t simply that He knows what’s best for us, it goes much further than that. In the next two verses, He tells us that we must come to Him in order to see it all come to fruition. It isn’t just about knowing He has plans and being just “ok” with the fact that someday it will all come together. Nope, it’s about fully putting your trust in Him. Knowing that once you go to Him and truly rely on Him that you will start to see things a little differently each day. The answers will become more clear. The direction you are to go will begin to show like never before. Things will unfold, unravel and open up right before your eyes. Believe it and you will see it!

It WILL come together in His time. He has plans. Just be sure you understand this, take it all in and continue to believe in a future that is brighter because of this very belief.

Hope this helps whoever it was for today!


Inadequate? I think not!

Have you ever been in a position where you felt inadequate? When you felt as if, even though everyone else thinks your the right person for the job, you question it? How come, in the times when everyone else sees it, we deny it the most? We question the very implications that prove we are it. We are the chosen ones for whatever task it may be.

Friends, I encourage you today to not be afraid to be different. In an instance like this, where others see your potential, it may be that you just aren’t ready to make a move. But ask yourself this question – how long must you wait before you take a step? How long will the door remain open before someone else walks in?

I don’t want you to act too quickly but let’s also remember not to drag our feet. You are good enough, you are smart enough and gosh darnit, people like you! Stop concerning yourself with all of the things that could go wrong, all of the things you may not like and all of the moments that may or may not happen. Focus on the abilities you’ve been given – the very ones that are making you stand out in the crowd.

Today isn’t just about the opportunities in our lives, it’s about what we’re going to do with those opportunities. Are we going to choose to ignore the signs, let our fears outweigh the possibilities or are we going to move forward and pray that where we’ve been led is where we are to be? Don’t be afraid if today isn’t your day but certainly don’t turn away the chance if it is. You never know if it will come again.


Tackling the puddles…

Last night, the 3 of us went on a long bike ride and it got me thinking…

At one point, about 3 miles into our ride, we came to a puddle. We went through it. Then, we came to an even bigger, longer and deeper puddle that went about 1/4 of the way up the bike tires of the man before us. My husband, of course, no hesitation, laughing at how wet his butt, back and everything was after.

I, on the other hand, was a little nervous and thought about veering off into the grass. It only took me a second to realize that, if Jared was ok, I would be too. So, I peddled a little, and put my feet up on the last 15ft. of the 25ft. puddle. I made it out with soaked shoes and feet, laughing like a kid coming off a roller coaster.

Aubrey was a little more apprehensive than I was, almost coming to a complete stop before the puddle. Then she floored it, coming out laughing and saying, “Uh, mom, my shoes are SOAKED!”

With wet feet and smiling faces, we all went on the rest of what now seemed like more of an adventure. I’ll admit, it was a little uncomfortable and my toes were shriveling as we road further, but we kept going because it wasn’t the end of the trail. Once we turned around, we knew we had 2 choices – to go through the puddle again, or avoid it by going another way.

Jared found larger puddles in the parking lot beside the trail to tackle. Aubrey and I went straight for it, this time, keeping our feet down the whole time. What a rush! I know, doesn’t seem that adventurous, but we still had 3 miles to get back to the car so we were in for a wet ride back.

The point of my story is this…

In life there are going to be times we need to face some things or find a way around them. We can either take the path that might get us soaked, find an alternate route or turn around and head back. However, even though it seems a bit difficult, uncomfortable and we won’t know the outcome, the path less traveled might just be the one that brings the biggest smile to our face. You know what helps when you get to that point? Having people with you to encourage you, be willing to go ahead to test the waters and show you that everything is going to be ok.

If you’re at a point in your life where the next step might be a little rocky and the outcome unsure, it’s ok to hesitate a little. It’s normal to worry what will happen once you start peddling into the puddle. Let me assure you, you might get wet but you most certainly won’t drown.

God brought you to this point, not as a test but simply as a part of your journey. He knew you’d come to a point in your life where you’d need a challenge and you’d need to trust someone. Now you have to decide what you’re going to do – move forward or fall back. I think you know what you should do, but you’re a little nervous. Ok, maybe even alot nervous!

God’s got you. He’s led you here and He’ll see you through to the other side. He may have even placed people in your life to encourage you through this; lean on them as well.

We are all going to face puddles of different sizes at different points in our lives. But remember, they’re only as difficult as we allow them to be. It may not be easy at times, but it’s certainly not impossible. You’re not the first nor the last that will ever go through this. Others have made it through and you will too!

Isaiah 43.2

The Facebook Post

I posted this on Facebook about 4 am.  I thought it would be a good idea to post it on my blog too.  Not everyone is on Facebook 🙂

I want to tell you something this morning. It may sound like bragging but I assure you that it is simply publicly professing my love for an amazing man.

1742 days ago, my life was forever changed. God brought Jared and I together for the first time. Yes, I know exactly how many days ago we met. Ever since that day, I’ve been writing in a journal the reasons that I love him. So far, I have 1742. I’m never amazed that the next day, I find more. I’m on the 4th journal now. The day I stop is the day I die.

God had a plan for us that day. He had a plan for us all along. Even through the rough times in our lives, He was working for our good; molding us into what would prove to be “perfection” for each other. No, I didn’t say either of us is perfect – far from it – but we are truly perfect for each other.

I gave this man my heart the day he walked into my life. I knew he was a gift. He is passionate, hardworking, loving, trusting, full of faith, honest, humble, talented, intelligent, playful and I could go on. He works so hard, getting up incredibly early for work, coming home to work on and around our home, and always makes sure he takes time to tell me he loves me and kiss me when he leaves the room. Some people have to hire a “handyman” to do certain things in their home…God made him one. If it’s broke, 99.9% of the time, he can fix it. It amazes me what knowledge he has but also what he learns when trying to figure out how to do something.

Our lives are not without sacrifice. However, the sacrifice isn’t in giving up the things that we need, it’s giving to God our desires so that He can place what’s good and true in our hearts and lives. We always want someone that makes us happy but that is the wrong quality to look for in a significant other. No one person will ever “make” you happy. What you should look for is that person who helps you to be the best you, who encourages you, helps you strive for more, all while letting you be who you are. You can be tired, stressed, frustrated, feeling ugly, unmotivated, off balance or just plain stupid any day of the week but in the presence that one person, you will feel loved. When my motivation is lacking, when something is wrong and I just don’t know what it is, when I can’t seem to get people to understand, Jared is there. He gets me – every single time. I’m a female. My emotions sometimes control me. I do my best to keep them in check, but sometimes i just don’t get it. My husband is patient. Very patient. Some people who know him don’t believe that but he really and truly is the most patient person I know. He teaches me to slow down, to enjoy things, to take it all in, to learn and most of all, to love.

So after 1742 days you’d think I’d have something bad to say. I don’t. I would never trade any part of what makes my husband who he is. I am so thankful for him, each and every day.

I don’t have a point to this other than I was just feeling grateful. He’s not on facebook and later on, I’ll probably forget to show him this. But he knows. God knows to.

If you have an incredible significant other in your life, don’t take them for granted. Find reasons you love them each and every day. Strive to be your best for them.

If you’ve yet to find that certain someone, don’t be discouraged. That just means God is working that much harder on you both to prepare you for “perfection” together. Stop being hard headed. You will need to do some adjusting. You will have to make some sacrifices to get to the prize. But trust me, it will be worth it. Work on you and when it’s time, you’ll know.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

What is Your Challenge?

There’s something bothering you.  I can tell.  You want to know how?  Because you’re still reading.  You saw my question and you continued on.

Believe it or not, I do know your challenge.  It’s like mine – grabbing your attention at the most inopportune times, taking you away from things you need to get done, and often times changing your mood from good to so-so or even, not-so.

Some challenges are difficult to face, others only are because we allow them to be.  There is an image to uphold in these situations.  It’s all up to you.  What do you want people to see in you through this challenge?  Do you want them to learn what to do or what not to do?

Is your challenge physical? Mental? Emotional? Situational?

Can you change the outcome by simply making a few distinct moves in a different direction?

We can’t always change the challenges we’re facing but we can change our outlook on them.  In our difficult times, we can choose to be a blessing.  That’s not to say that we shouldn’t have moments of sorrow or madness, however, moments of clarity should quickly take over.  Dwelling on something you can’t change or something you can change but aren’t willing to is one of the hardest parts of dealing with a challenge.

I have wonderful friends going through horrible things.  I don’t think anyone will ever understand that concept – bad things happening to good people.  But you know something?  Each friend is choosing the outlook that everything’s going to be ok.  

Life may have thrown a curve ball, but they’re going to hit it right to the outfielder.  In fact, they may even hit a home run.  Why not?!?  You’re given this situation, why not show the world what you can do with this pitch? I mean in all honesty, what most of us deal with day in and day out that we think is “difficult” is far from it.

Traffic? Come on!

Ignorant, careless people? Who needs them!

What about the real problems we face?  In times like that, don’t those “difficult” times we’ve faced before seem so distant?  We need to learn to be strong in the times where we can make a change so that when the REAL challenges come, we are prepared; so we don’t break.

I write to inspire but only because I feel inspired.  I am in awe of those of you who are facing difficult times and are choosing to stay positive.  One day, I hope to write a book to help people see that it doesn’t matter what the challenge as long as you have the right outlook.

Life will continue to throw things your way.  Will you hit a home run?  Will you send it off into left field?  Will you catch it and throw it back?  Or will you sit there and let them keep coming while they continue to pile up.

Doing nothing will lead you nowhere.  It’s time that you face this thing head on.  No matter how big or how small your challenge is, it is yours to take on.  Today is one step closer to meeting it with less fear.  Take a hold of yourself and don’t let go.  Even on those days where you feel like a puppet, make sure that you are your own puppet master.  Guide the strings, take the steps, measure the progress and face the facts.

You will not be without challenges.

You will not be without struggle.

You will not be without bad days.

But you can be strong.

You can trust that this too shall pass.

You can be a blessing, even in your difficult times.

You will come out a better person and others will see that.  You will inspire them, just as you are inspiring me.


Love you all!

Written for a friend

We never know what’s in store for us until it arrives. It may arrive as a tiny, little package wrapped in a bow or a shoebox full of cards. We may open a door only to find what we hoped for was lost or what we had, now gone. Happy or sad, trial or triumph, we must remember it’s all for our good.

We’ll never understand the reason behind everything, but someone will. Someday all of the reasons we’ve gone through tribulation in our lives will make sense. For out of our troubles often come blessings for others. In our weakness, somehow others find strength.

Life isn’t going to be easy every single day, but it can be a blessing. It’s all in how you look at each situation, each moment, each battle. Your reaction to them all is what others will see. It is through your strength that others will begin to see light in the darkness.

I am blessed to have some amazing people in my life who truly believe in taking ahold of what life has handed them, regardless of what it is. They take it, deal with it and eventually, move on. Enjoying the journey along the way is what makes the hard times less difficult. When they arrive, it’s almost as if we feel prepared.

I am thankful for my life; for both the difficult moments as well as the easy times. Both are equally as beautiful in the eyes of another. When one moment passes, another comes along, day in and day out. I often wonder what the breeze will blow in next, then it comes. I don’t think I’m ready. Then I pray. I’ve been preparing, not knowing what I was in preparation for. It’s here and I’m not frightened. He brought me to it, now He’ll see me through it. All the moments seem to collide now. A fresh wound on my skin. But it doesn’t hurt. I feel confident it will heal. It’s just a bruise, it will go away. Oh how I never thought this would be me, but there’s no one else it could be. I’m strong. I’m confident. I have faith. I have hope. I have love. God, l may not have asked for this; I do not wish for this, but I accept this. My strength and Your power will shine through this. Why me God? Because You know I can handle this. You are my strength, my light, my hope. All the moments, they come together. I smile. Oh the moments. I smile again. How can I help but smile? You know me so well. I’m here. I’ve got this. I’ll show this world who’s boss.

What mistakes?

We make mistakes; some of us more than we’d like to admit. If you were to take everything you’ve learned from these mistakes and put them in a box, how large would it be? Could you fill a suitcase? A house? A museum? That many huh?

Let’s think about that for a second.

Mistakes = lessons learned

If you’re making mistakes, you’re learning. If you’re learning, you’re growing and if your growing you’re still making progress. Feeling better about you’re museum of mistakes yet? Would you really be where you are now if you had made the “right” choice in the very beginning? I know I wouldn’t. If I would have done everything the way I was “supposed to” I would be no where near where I am today. Guess what? I’m pretty happy with where I am today!

So how about focusing less on what you’ve done wrong and think about what you’ve learned from making the less favorable decision. We mustn’t judge our choices by everyone else’s standards. Look at what you have and feel blessed. Learn lessons along the way. And always, always always know that what is most important is that you continue striving to be your best self.

The little (or big) things you learn along the way are what change all the “mistakes” into lessons. Don’t beat yourself up and certainly don’t judge others in their journey. Simply know that our paths can lead us somewhere amazing, even if we don’t make the popular choice, the right choice, the decision everyone else thinks we should make. For out of our lessons will come blessings.

There is a reason…

Do you ever wonder why certain relationships come to be? We meet people day in and day out, sometimes not making a connection as to why they crossed our paths until years later. When we come to the realization that the connection was meant to be, it’s a rewarding, comforting and sometimes, very emotional experience.

I have been fortunate in my life, to be introduced to some amazing people. Each are uniquely different and special in their own way. Our lives intertwine on some occasions, later in life, while others simmer for years, only to deliver strength during in difficult times.

I wake up this morning feeling so totally blessed to have had the opportunity to see so many new faces, hear many new voices and share so many great experiences with wonderful people in my 34 years.

Every morning I pray that I can be a blessing to others. I think that’s my purpose. But then again, isn’t it everyone’s purpose?

Today I want you to think about those relationships, however significant or insignificant they seem. Be thankful. We were brought to one another for a reason. Maybe you don’t see it but that just means the other person will.

Remember as you cross paths with both old and new faces, that these moments matter.

These people matter.

You matter.

Friendship: Quality vs. Quantity

It isn’t about how many friends you have, it’s about the quality of the relationships that matter. If you can go months without seeing someone, pick up right where you left off and know that when you need them they’ll be there…you know you have found a friend for life.

We all get busy, wrapped up in everyday things. Challenges arise and our focus remains on the situation. Those who are true friends will need no explanation, no apology, no forgiveness.

Understanding, trusting, believing and loving are qualities of these types of friends. You may have one, you may have a dozen but remember this…each one is worth their weight in gold. If you are blessed with these friendships then go out and be a blessing.

We all need more time to catch up, to connect, to laugh together but it isn’t about the quantity of time either. It’s what you do with what little time you have. Don’t forget to reach out from time to time, nurture your relationships and say I love you.

I am so very thankful for my friends.