Why Do I Do This?

This has certainly been a question I have asked myself in the last month while taking some time off from writing here on the blog. I don’t feel so out of place because I have heard several of my blogging friends asking the same questions.

    Did I miss the calling? Am I still in the season of learning to write? And not mess it up enough when I step {strongly} on people’s toes? Does anyone really want to read about these thoughts I am learning?

I wish I had a dime for every time these thoughts go through my head. It would be like winning the lottery!

This week God took me back to a memory that brought encouragement to me.

About 9 years ago, after an intense illness that God radically healed me from, God got my attention using a total stranger at a random Christian conference that a friend strongly encouraged me to attend with her one Saturday.

We had a break-out-group time that came later in the morning. It was made of up complete strangers. There was a dear sweet woman in my group, that I was praying with. As she began to pray for me she told me that God wanted me to write. Specifically she had a vision all kinds of books, papers and pens all sitting around me.

She looked me square in the eye and said in her south Georgia drawl, “Sweetie, did you have some BIG EVENT happen in your life that God desires you to share about?”

I smiled and a rather large tear began to fall down my cheek.

I knew it was Him.

The ever so gentle touch of a Father’s love telling me not to be shy with my words or thoughts that He has shared with me.

So there began this journey. I later attended my first writer’s conference with She Speaks in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had no idea what I was walking into. {I am sweating just thinking about that day now!}

I took my cute little story all typed up and printed out and even sat down with a couple of publishers.

They said very quickly …”Start a blog.”

During my 3rd appointment time, I met the tenderest woman publisher. She also said… “Start a blog.” The tears began to flow. The task seemed so HUGE.

“I don’t know all that technical stuff.” She gave me some suggestions…which I have now no clue what they were. But I will never forget the next moment when she grabbed my hand across the table and prayed for me.

She prayed for me.

I was humbled.

Oh, the discussions I have had with the Lord over this journey. Questions of self-doubt.

Some days, I am not sure where our destination really is.

I heard that tender voice of my heavenly Father this week – that it was time to set my heart in motion and begin organizing my thoughts again here in this quaint little place called Strong Tower. I ran across a picture that helped me find the reason I continue to share.

So here it is…the reason I do this blog…not for the traffic…and not for the comments…but because there are little ladies waiting in the valances to hear the Word of God. You got it…3 generations of women. One precious mother, 3 daughters, and 9 grand daughters that LOVE JESUS!

3 generations of women...no boys!

I am incredibly blessed beyond words to have an awesome family! We seriously do not have any boys besides my wonderful Father and our incredible husbands!

Seeing these girls grow up and learn about Jesus is the most rewarding thing I know. And doing it among the wisdom and gifts of my mother and sisters is powerful! We aren’t perfect by any means and many days there is some kind of drama that goes along with all of our “female stuff”. But we are all serving an incredible God that gives grace and mercy every morning.

He desires us to share to the ends of the Earth the Love of Jesus Christ.

Timothy tells us in his second letter 4:2-3

    Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
    For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

Kari Jobe has a song (called “We Are”) that I have recently been listening to and it speaks so much truth to me. Some of her lyrics give a simple message that so many times I want to shout from the rooftops.

“We are a city on a hill, we are the light to the world…we got to let our light shine.”

“We are called to the spread the news
Tell the world the simple truth
Jesus came to save, there’s freedom in His Name
So let it all break through”

You can view this song on YouTube here.

My grandmother, who unfortunately isn’t in the picture…she was such an encourager! Incredible woman of God. I have to look at this picture and tear up because she taught us so much that we will never forget.

One Biblical lesson in particular that she often spoke about was “With God all things are possible.” (Mark 9:23)

So Corrie… I am not giving up on this writing thing just yet. God is teaching me with His guiding and gentle hand. He just hands over the pen and says…”Write what I tell you to write about.”


Linked up with Tune in Tuesday’s


  1. I am glad you aren’t giving up yet because your blog is such an encouragement to me every time you post. Prayers of encouragement are being spoken over you today….

  2. Precious Amy,
    Thank you for being obedient! I don’t comment often, but your blog is always a blessing.

    I know the Lord will continue to encourage you as He develops you into the writer He wants you to be. Blessings my friend!

    BTW, Dr. Johnson used to tell my mama “The boys will come later.” She thought next baby, he meant later down the road. I pray the men God is preparing for all 9 girls are as godly and precious as the men He brought their mamas:-)

    • I believe in the prayers of a MAMA! I know God heard those prayers my sending my hubby but also all of them! And they understand the calling that God has for them with their daughters and the responsibility that brings! Bless you my friend!

  3. Amy… I am SO glad that you linked up with Tune-In Tuesday! To read your story and to see how God is using you was an incredible encouragement to me. I struggle with the “what is my calling” question a lot too. This past year at She Speaks was my first time and I originally planned to meet with a publisher. Then near the end of preparation time, I sensed Him telling me to wait. So for now, I work on the blog, and continue asking Him to show me the next step along the way. I’ve considered eBooks and going the traditional publishing route. Who knows? What’s really cool is that He has called us to write. Any time you need some encouragement, feel free to get in touch! 🙂 Glad to have connected with you. May God continue to bless you as you seek Him and share His light.

    • Thank you so much Paula! I have been following your blog since last year’s conference! You have such an amazing gift! I know God is using that for His Glory. I adore music and figured your blog was a perfect place for me to share those tunes that keep me going each and every day. I might be contacted you about WordPress questions. That has been my biggest hurdle…technology type questions. 😦 Blessings to you as well! Look forward to stopping by your area more!

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