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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Starting something new explained

Here's the short list of big things God has been doing:

God lead us to a church home and an awesome home group

My baby's getting baptized

I'm back to writing again and LOVING it

We have a full calendar~ not of "stuff" to get through, but of things we're LOOKING FORWARD to doing with people we care about

I have an idea for my next series that I'm EXCITED about

My family is developing friendships like we've prayed to have for a long time

I can wear T-shirts again (Just imagine an elephant sitting on your shoulder roasting marshmallows any time you lift your arm and then you'll understand why this is a huge praise!)

I've seen God do miracles

We're undergoing some iron sharpening iron stuff in the Wallace home again

All of the items on this list, some great and some challenging, are all things I'm praising God for~ especially after the very difficult last four months of life.

But you know what? Without these last painful months, these awesome things might not have seemed quite as amazing.

Funny how pain makes you even more thankful when the trial is over. Even more open to seeing the everyday miracles that God showers on us.

I didn't look for everyday miracles when life hurt so much. But looking back, I see so many of them. Days when I made the deadlines despite the intense pain. Moments when my kids and hubby stepped in and did something special to encourage me.

Times when I know it was God's presence alone that gave me my next breath.

So I guess I will add this to the above list....

I'm thankful for trials and the rainbows God reveals when the showers begin to fade.

And I'm thankful to have some perspective on this past year. It's been a tough one. But God never left. He never gave up. And He allowed the trials to stay only long enough to reveal His hand in it all.

God is good all the time. In trials and pain. In moments of calm. In the sunshine and the tears.

Thanks, Daddy. You knew what You were doing all along.

4 comments:

Mary said...

Glad to hear this testimony, Amy. Seems we've been going through a similar time of trial at our house the past few weeks. Nothing compared to your surgery and recovery, and I'm so thankful I'm not under any deadlines...but life's pressures have come bearing down hard in many ways and God has certainly been there answering my prayers, taking care of us. I have found it harder this time around to find joy in it though. Guess I still have a long way to go.

God bless, I'm so glad you found a great church home/family. That is so important.

Mary from HSH

Amy said...

I think I won a book.

Amy Goettsch
830 Woodside Avenue
Ripon, WI 54971

Amy Wallace said...

Mary,

Thanks so much for your transparent honesty. It's good to know I'm not the only one struggling, but sad too.

I will pray God returns to you much joy. I think losing my sense of His presence was one of the hardest parts of the recent trials.

Hang onto the fact that He is with you and is so very faithful. Even when we're not, He is.

Amy Wallace said...

Hey, Amy!

You did win! Thanks for sending your address. We'll get your book in the mail this week.

 
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