Six-and-a-half years ago my dad unexpectedly died. A month before he passed my parents had just celebrated their milestone 30th wedding anniversary. To celebrate, they planned to take a trip to Hawaii, but… Well obviously, that didn’t happen. Last week my mom turned 60-years-old. So, in true Winder Sister form and fashion, Bridget and I decided… Continue reading A Promise is A Promise
"You talk about God too much." It's a statement I've heard a lot lately. And... If I'm 100% honest, it doesn't bother me. Why? Well because He's very much a part of my life and my world... He's sewn very deeply into the fabric of who I am. So... So why wouldn't I talk about… Continue reading Look for Him!
You might oppose me when saying this... But there's something so thrilling about darkness. Yes, it's uncomfortable and intolerable. Of course it can feel like a constant circus of chaos and a cave of deep despair. However, in the midst of the darkness, I've learned that it is COMPLETELY possible to be fixated on peace… Continue reading The Thrill of Peace
What’s real? What’s true? What’s eternally lovely and ever-growing? That... That is love. However... It’s not human love. For human love is too faulty. Too futile. It’s too fatal. You see this love, this love is pure. This love is whole and complete because it’s structured for one place and one place only. What’s that… Continue reading Ever-Growing
How can I confidently stand firm on God and His words and His promises when I have days like yesterday? Moments where I feel impatient and start to flip flop about the promises. And what about the “bloom?!” God promised I’d see a bloom in my life, but now I feel like He meant the… Continue reading What Gives God?
"Fit in... just fit in Amanda. Figure out how to fit in and then you'll be happy and confident and secure and complete!!" This has been a narrative I constantly play out in my head. It's been a narrative that's taken possession of every season and chapter of life I've ever entered and lived through...… Continue reading Square Peg, Round Hole
I've been coming to my grandmother's house on Cane River my entire life. It's a place that is 100% country, yet southern. While sitting on her porch yesterday I found myself very confused about a patch of trees. "Where did they come from? Did they grow over night? Why was I just now noticing them?"… Continue reading Timing of the Trees
Over the past week or so something has been troubling my heart. Nothing bad has happened, but all of a sudden I feel very distant from God... You see for almost a decade I feel as though I've been climbing this very, very tall, but bumpy mountain range. Now when I began my journey I… Continue reading Sky’s the Limit… Right?
From the window of mom's new house I sit in my bed and watch the river flow as the sun rises every morning. Some days it flows left. Other days it flows right. But then there are days when it's peaceful and still, reflecting the life around it. Now, I'm not sure what the river… Continue reading Year Four
If you've ever hiked a mountain before then you know the feeling that comes when you finally reach the top. In an instant all of the work it took to get there means nothing because you feel like you're on top of the world. And, in a lot of cases, you can see for miles… Continue reading Going Down