Monday, April 20, 2009

Great is my Joy!

Praise God! I have been delivered! After a season of darkness, loneliness and depression, my burden has been laid at the cross and my spirit restored! The pilot light of my faith has been ignited again to warm my heart and light my eyes! Thank you to all of the friends and companions who have prayed for me and struggled along with me as I have gone through this journey. Here are some of the things I have learned through my experienced these past months and even years.

1. I am loved. Deeply and truly loved by God.

2. No one and nothing can take that away from me.

3. I was created by God to be a unique creative tool for His use and purposes. I was not made to look, talk, walk or act like anyone else in this world.

4. I need to have compassion for people who have not yet realized these truths in their own lives and are still controlled by fear, anxiety and insecurity.

5. I will never have a genuine and rich relationship that didn't first require me to take a risk of being hurt. These genuine and rich relationships are worth the pain caused by the ones that aren't.

6. Those who are sold out for God and live out their love for others WILL be attacked spiritually. It is a compliment to our faith when Satan feels the need to knock us down over and over.
Certainly not last but enough for today...

7. God has been preparing me and patiently waiting for me to get back up on my feet again to take on an even bigger mountain. I have my armor on and a heart that is willing to follow... Lead on!

Uh Oh... Amy's back!!! I cannot even express to you the joy that is coursing through my veins as I type this... because it is true... all of it!!! Thank you for sticking with me on this one you guys. I wasn't sure I could get back up after that last knock out and in truth I couldn't. I needed God to pick me up and carry me for awhile before I even really wanted to. He used some of you to prop me up on and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to do so. I love you. Yes, I used the L word... now you know your in trouble! LOL


Mrs. Nikki Blockhan said...

Yay! Amy rocks!! I love you Amy!!!

Tam said...

"The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?

When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident...

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD."
Psalm 27:1-3,5-6

Excited for you as you come up out of the darkness and back into the light! You'll continue to be in my prayers.

MSB said...

From some one who has been there and back again... welcome back!

The Keevy Family said...

Oh! Such Good news! I am praising the Lord with you Amy!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

You are such an inspiration Amy! I hope you are all doing well.

:) Wendi

Olson Family said...

Been there, been there, been there... and I'm finally learning to be on high alert for those red flag warnings, the ones that flash red like the warning lights on a vehicle dashboard that tell me I'm headed there again. I'm finally learning to pay attention and get help before I slip on that dark, slippery slope where my hope is deferred and my heart is sick.

Thank you for being transparent. It means so much to me to know that I'm not the only one who goes through these seasons.

I know I keep saying it, but I truly love you Girl! Blessings to you!!!