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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Testimony Tuesday - My Wonderful Sister-in-Law Amy!

When I married my husband, I was blessed with the BEST in-laws!  I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for his family.  One of those wonderful in-laws is his sister Amy that I am sharing today.  Amy is a real life Army wife who I have watched give and sacrifice over the years for her family.  She is super hard working and one of the most helpful people I know and  has become one of my very best friends over the years.. not to mention she is also an amazing mother to two super great kids as well!  The only bad thing I can say about her is that she cheers for the wrong team but I guess I can get over that little flaw :)  

 I was raised in church by two of the best parents in the world!  We were in church every time the doors were open and I have had Christian influences in my life from as far back as I can remember.  As I grew into my “tween” years, I started feeling like I was missing something.  I knew what it meant to be a Christian and that it would be the most important decision of my life. Our youth group went to a youth rally (or youth revival) at Athens High School and that night I made the decision to ask Jesus into my heart and was baptized shortly after.  In my high school years, I strayed a little but still spent a lot of time at church with great friends in our youth group.  We tried to stay out of trouble; but we may have gotten into a little mischief too. J  Nobody is perfect, right?!?  When I graduated high school, I moved to college and lost my way.  I still drove home for church on Sundays but during the week, I put God on the back burner.  After a couple of years, I moved back home, rededicated my life to Christ and got involved in serving in the children’s ministries in my church.  

Found my way again. 

In 2000, I met a handsome, brave soldier who swept me off my feet.  We were married and I moved to Ft. Polk, Louisiana where we lived for two years.  There, we visited a Baptist church on Sunday mornings but never got involved, just went thru the motions.  On September 11, 2001, my world changed forever.  Kevin went to work that morning and I didn’t know if I would ever see him again.  I sat in our small apartment in Leesville, Louisiana and prayed for God to be with Kevin and keep him safe.  I was so scared that our precious baby (whom I was carrying at the time) would never meet her daddy.  Thankfully,  he finally came home and I cried and thanked God for bringing him home.  I don’t think I realized before that day that God was truly in control and I just had to have faith in Him.  I let Christ in, I mean really into my heart, and I have never felt alone since.  In the aftermath of the days’ events, the only thing left to do was wonder “when” he would get the call to deploy. 
A few years down the road, it was time for another move.  We found out that we would be stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  We were super excited!  The excitement dwindled quickly.  That dreaded day that had been hovering in my head since September 11, 2001 had arrived.  He was told that immediately after reporting for duty, he would be deployed to Iraq.  My heart sank….There are no amount of words to describe the pyramid of emotions going through my head.  GOD IS GOOD, we DID make it through those years and in hindsight, I realize that this was the turning point of my spiritual life because one of the first things I did after finding out about the deployment was turn it over to God and ask Him to be with us during this time and to keep me strong for Kevin and Alli.  He comes through for you and will never leave you alone!   

Currently, I strive to be a good Christian influence on my kids and give them all of the experiences in church that I had as a child. One of the proudest days of my life was the day my daughter asked Jesus into her heart and it makes MY heart smile when I hear my son singing VBS songs in the car and tell us about his SS lessons. 

There are times when the devil throws a kink in my plans but God always prevails.  I know that I am a work in progress but I ask Him every day to guide and direct my path.  I hope I didn’t bore you to tears but that’s my story and I hope it will touch someone. 

There is nothing I love more than seeing God move through my own family!  Thank you Amy for sharing your story!  

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