Hi there! I’m Amy Wilson. Early in 2017, our family suffered the most devastating loss. My husband and daddy to our 3 kids went to heaven after enduring a horrible stroke. To say this has been difficult for us, would be a massive understatement.
Fear and overwhelming grief tests our faith. Sorrow fills our broken hearts and our lives are forever changed. Still…
Every day God is FAITHFUL.
Every day He showers us with NEW MERCIES.
Although the path we find ourselves on is filled with uncertainty, the Lord’s steadfast love remains.
If you have suffered loss – if you are in the depths of grief, I pray Almighty God would pour out His compassion upon you as He has so graciously done for us.
I know it is painful. Questions, doubt, and even anger tempt your heart to turn away from the Lord. I encourage you, as I have, to pour out those feelings daily before Him. Tell Him ALL THE THINGS that fill your heart so bitterness has no place to grow.
He already knows, yes. But, something happens in our own spirits when we pour it out– when we say it out loud. We release to Him our sorrow making room for healing. You are not meant to carry your grief alone.
The magnitude of our circumstances often skews the truth of who God really is. So, I encourage you to stay in His Word. Read the Bible. If you just can’t bring yourself to read (grief does that), listen to a sermon or audio Bible and ask the Lord to send those who would testify on His behalf.
If it were not for the many examples of His intervention in our lives and the lives of those around us, I would surely have lost heart.
Instead, I have gained a heart that is compassionate toward the struggles of the grieving. A heart passionate about helping others to see the sweet care of Jesus in the midst of the unthinkable.
NEVER FORGET! When you are in Christ Jesus, you are Beautifully Held by the righteous right hand of God.
Jesus came…to bind up the brokenhearted…to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…
Amy is an inspiration to others. The way she has lived out her faith since tragedy struck her family has been a true reflection of her reliance on her Heavenly Father and His promises. Her ability to trust God through this season of her life has been remarkable.
As difficult as it to leave restoration to Him, Amy does just that. She seeks wisdom and rests in His promises for her family’s future. She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to see God’s hand in every detail. When it’s often easy for us to overlook His presence in details, Amy finds it! She is one of the most dedicated followers of Christ I know and I feel blessed to know her.
“I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain, Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.” -Annie Hawks
Sometimes we don’t have a choice. Sometimes life doesn’t look the way we are told it will look for those who put their faith and trust in the Lord. Sometimes we witness a crushing blow to a dear sister, and there is no earthly explanation or comfort. But it’s in the darkness that we most often run towards the Light.
Amy’s life is a living testimony to this; an encouragement to lean further into our Lord’s Grace when circumstances don’t match what we think a “blessed” life should look like. When tragedy hits, when loneliness plagues us, when we feel our losses more than our gains, when daily burdens overwhelm us, these are the times when we can choose to lean into Him, and He will fill us to overflowing.
I have seen this in Amy’s life, and I stand in awe at the beautiful witness she is to truth that our Comforter abides with us through all things, bestowing us with “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61)
Grief is a very hard thing to deal with. So, many of us simply do not attempt it. People do not want to burden others with their grief. So, they don’t talk about it. Therefore, there are not a lot of people around to help us deal with our pain.
Amy has turned to God to allow Him not only see her broken heart, but begin to heal it. She has invested in her pain by asking hard questions such as: What can I learn from my pain? How can I use this journey to help others?
I have seen her cry, laugh and encourage others with what God has taught her. I am one of those people. Her willingness to share is a blessing.