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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where it all began

I'm part of a cool group of folks who write weekly devotionals. This group was started by a dear friend of mine from high school.

My friend Cindy, the devotions guru, asked the writers to share a little about themselves to start this year's devotionals.

I thought you all might get a kick out of seeing my first devotional. Here it is.... I'm pretty sure you'll learn something new about me in there! ;-)

Oh, by the way... can you guess which one is me in the picture?

Okay, on to the devotional...

When Cindy, who is one of my high school buddies and knows waaaayyy too much about my growing up years, asked the DT writers to share about themselves, I got a little nervous. Sort of envisioned being questioned by a cop in a cold, gray room with one bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling.

I mean, what would you all really want to know about me?

I could do the basics: I've been married to a great guy for almost 15 years. We have three children we've home schooled from the start. I'm a published author, teacher, and speaker. I love teaching kids and adults about writing, about God's infinite grace and patience, and how He is the Giver of Dreams and the One who called us with a holy calling according to His purpose and grace. (2 Timothy 1:8-9)

I suppose I should add some things about my faith journey that Cindy and Chris would probably rather forget. Did you know Chris and another DT member used to draw straws on who had to drive me home from youth group? It might have been because I talked everyone's ear off who would listen with all my God questions.

I didn't come from a Christian home, so at 15 when a school friend invited me to church, I went. But not before I'd backed out a ton of times. See, my only concept of God was a big guy with thunderbolts who probably didn't like me much. But what I found there was this huge, amazing God who knew everything about me and loved me. Me. And so I did what I've always done and continue to do~ I asked questions. I read books. I bugged everyone with everything I could think of regarding religion and Jesus and the church.

I heard a lot of great answers. But nothing stuck. Not until I sat out on a cold concrete step behind the church and looked up into the stars and asked, "Are You really there? Do You really want me?"

The answer was yes. And it's been a journey of wrestling, dancing, and questioning our very big God with all my very small questions. I know less now than I did twenty-four years ago. But I've never forgotten that God bent near a scared and alone 15 year old and said, "Come."

Still awed,


Susan said...

Beautiful, Amy. Thanks for sharing.

Rel said...

Hey Amy - love your heart! I haven't been around here much but I think of you and your family often :)

Love and hugs

Edna said...

I love the picture Amy and I believe you are the first one that we look at, Glad you are a Christian now and may God bless you


Amy Wallace said...

You guys are so awesome! Thanks for making blogging fun. And thank you for the encouragement you post here~ it matters. A lot!

Rel~ I've been thinking of you all a lot lately too. In fact, my oldest had something to ask you...but I can't remember what. ;-) I'll find out and email you.

Edna~ yep, the first one is me. ;-)Glad you liked the picture.

Jen said...

David thinks you're the one in the back with the mustache! I assured him you would have shaved before you let anyone take a picture... even 15 years ago!

Amy Wallace said...

Jen (and David),

So much smack to little time. LOL

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