Why Blog?

I have always admired those who take time to offer thoughts and advice through blogging. And I have learned so much through their words and have often been encouraged. With three girls, working on the family dairy farm, a passion for youth ministry, I find it difficult to find something just for me. I have had a journal for all of my adult life, and find writing very therapeutic, so why not. I don't know if my words will have an impact on anyone, or teach anyone anything. But I will be satisfied knowing that I am taking some time out for me. This is my great escape.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Make a difference...

Do you ever wonder if what you do in a child/youths life makes a difference? I have a huge passion for Youth ministry and I can tell that my interest for childrens ministry is also growing and how they all work together. And one question that keeps coming to mind is, "Am I really making a difference?" Am I the only one who thinks this....um...probably not.

When thinking of an answer, it made me reflect on my own experience raising my own kids. Sure we laugh and play and read and run and sing and dance and eat and snuggle (the list could go on and on) But am I making a real difference in their life? Am I teaching them things that will stick with them through the day, week, year...until they are adults? Am I teaching them things that will last all eternity? It seems that just when I feel like I am not doing enough I am reminded by my dear children, that I, Me, Amy, am indeed making a difference. For example, when it is Easter Lily reminds ME what it is all about, Jesus coming. Jesus Living. Jesus Dying. Jesus RISING. Same as when it is Chirstmas, the info that both her and Savannah have taken in they reteach me what Christmas is all about and the ultimate gift that was given. (however, sometimes, when they are talking about their "wishlist" with their friends, they say often with a big sigh that "Christmas isn't all about presents anyway, it's about Jesus' Birthday. I guess they are kids afterall... :) ) They remind me when the radio is on and they sing along or dance freely to the worship songs that they are familiar with from church and at home. My favorite is when the song comes on "Oh no you never let go, through the calm or through the storm....oh you never let go of me..." and Lily says, "Mommy, that song means the Jesus and God never let go of us." Oh how right she is. Most often then not, they remind me when I need it the most.

So let me encourage you. Whether you work with kids, are in children/youth ministry, have kids of your own, what you are doing IS making a difference. What you are teaching them IS going to stick with them.You just never know when God is going to refresh their memory on the things they have been taught. But a good question to ask yourself is, am I fully helping them prepare for their day, week, life.....eternity?

"Our chiildren will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done." Psalm 22:30-31


  1. Margaret ThompsonMarch 9, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Amy, I have been reading your blog. You are a wonderful daughter, mother and wife. Your love of life and positive attitude are so refreshing! You have no idea how many times I listened (and cried) to this song by Matt Redman after Arthur died. What encouragement and reaffirmation it gave me, and what comfort...to know that God does not let go of me during the most difficult times. Even after the boys left home, I still feel I need to be a good example for them as I live for my Lord and Savior. You never stop being a Mom! It is my greatest calling, well, other than being an Oma. That calling is just pure pleasure!

  2. Good Morning

    Just thought I'd let you know that I have been reading your enteries :) and enjoy hearing your thoughts.

    Have a great day!!!
    Tamara Bodechon

  3. I can tell you, you make a difference in my son's life and I thank God for you everyday :)

  4. I love reading your blog...even if most times it makes me cry!!

    Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
    (2Sam 7:18)

    Blessings that's what it is for me.
    Love you