Category Archives: Dusty Women

Interviews of women who follow Jesus, clinging to the hem of his garment.

Dusty Women~~Amanda

Months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want model so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5 I wanted a catchy title other than God's Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we're from but where we're going? I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd.  So you could call us Dusty Women. I caught up with Amanda earlier this summer drinking lattes' with great conversation. She returned last December from a two year commitment with SIM and I wanted to hear all about it. We didn't get around to my Dusty Women questions because I wanted to hear her back story of her faith walk and how she ended up in Kenya. One question I did ask which she didn't hesitate in answering. "What would you say to your 16 year old self? to which she replied... "You're not getting married tomorrow, so boys don't matter." 131589_896087441639_305754934_o  

Describe yourself in 5-7 words.

Christ-following, loyal, compassionate, silly, baker, photographer, dreamer     

Amanda, briefly describe your walk of faith.

I grew up in a Christian home and placed my trust in Jesus when I was just four years old. Unfortunately, as passionate as I was in the beginning, my faith soon wavered under the stress of trying to fit in. I tried to live both worlds, the good little Christian girl at home and at church, and the "cool" kid at school. It didn't work so well. Because of these problems at school, I was home-schooled for a few years in high school. Best decision ever. God really met me at my low point, and re-dedicating my life to Him, I found the strength I needed to face the every day, to realize that I cannot live for both God and man (Galatians 1:10). Although I have since had many moments of people-pleasing, God has shown me time and again that He is all-sufficient, and all-surpassing in worth. And because of the great love that He has shown me, even in all my sin, I now have the opportunity to serve Him and testify to His goodness in Kenya.

What does God's Word mean to you?

God's Word is life: it is the very breath in me, my daily bread, strength for my weary soul, water in a dry and thirsty land, an ever-present help in times of trouble, joy and peace in the midst of chaos, the greatest Love Story ever written.

Briefly explain your work as a short-term missionary.

Since my job was to capture and tell the stories in Kenya, it is hard to pick just one. One of my favorites, though, is the time we had the opportunity to interview a woman who had taken in over eighty IDPs (Internally Displace Peoples from the conflict near the coast of Kenya). She and her family provided shelter, food, clothes and school fees at the expense of their own comfort, their own bills to pay, trusting that God would provide. I was so encouraged by her, her faith and willingness to give it all away for the sake of the gospel. After recounting how they had completely depleted their savings and watched God provide for their needs, she said it reminded her that “If I take care of God’s business, he takes care of mine.” And then she said “I will never get tired of serving Jesus, even when it hurts.” What a great reminder! No matter what we face, God is in control, and since “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17), everything we have is God’s anyway, so why not give it back to Him willingly. Besides, if we are more valuable than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, whom God has fed and clothed, how much more will He do so for us! (Matthew 6) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)                                  10259930_10100270084410689_3013502010234561415_n

Judy & Cody

What's this, no Sanctity of Human Life posts? as I perused past January blog posts
Not a one. They have to be somewhere, because I've been pro-life since my senior year in high school when my English teacher gave me an unfair grade on my term paper because she disagreed with my findings on abortion. None to be found, probably in a different category, but you deserve something fresh!!  🙂

I'm pro-life!! How's that!!

Roe v. Wade is 41 years old and has seen better days as this Christianity Today article explains. It is lengthy, but well worth the time as we stand up to take the challenge of making murder of the unborn illegal. Why we need to stop saying 'As Long as It's Healthy'. How about saying instead 'as long as he or she gets here?' Ok, so  I found a post that originally was written with the names changed. A shining example of sanctity of human life. In honor of my sister-in-law Judy and my nephew Cody. Joy,(ficticious name)Judy is my sister-in-law and the mother of Cody with Down's Syndrome. You don't see many children or adults around anymore with that particular disability because our culture decided they would be of no benefit to they are aborted thanks to early detection with ultrasound to see if my baby will be perfect. A recent statistic is 90% of Down's babies are aborted. If it has a defect of ANY kind I can then decide I don't want to deal with a disability my child may have and get rid of it. Can you tell I feel very strongly about this subject...I hate abortion. If there was ever a mother I wanted to emulate it is Joy Judy. I haven't been able to spend as much time with her as I would like, but nine years ago JoyJudy  and Cody and myself and Lauren spent several days together at Disneyland in California. Joy Judy never skipped a beat in her care and love for her son Charlie(fictious na Cody. She was the epitome of peace, patience, kindness, long-suffering...ALL the fruit of the Spirit and more. I know that without Christ she would not have the strength to care for her son, who is now a fun-loving teenager and ready to graduate from high school. She has sought out the best help, education, nutrition and care for Charlie Cody always making sure his needs are met. She is an example to me of what it truly means to die to self. Joy Judy is an authentic and transparent friend and dear sister-in-law, who I am privileged to know and love. I never have to look far when I want to see what Jesus looks like. One of my heroes. I have been to a lot of funerals, hearing how wonderful the deceased person was. Hearing their service to Jesus, and their love of family and friends. I've often wondered why we wait until our loved ones are gone to express to them what they mean to us? I do not write this heroes series to elevate them, but to encourage them to press on in what they are doing and to say thank you for being an example to me and everyone else.

Lovely Ladies of Lafayette Alliance

  These pictures are priceless. Images of followers of Jesus I am honored to know. IMG_1968   Fall Refocus is our Great Commission Women's fall retreat that I usually attend, but it fell on the weekend of our week long missions conference...and Lauren and Rob's birthday.IMG_1978   This one needs no explanation!!IMG_1976   The next two were taken at our Second Saturday meetings, held...well every second Saturday of the month. IMG_2112   IMG_2117 her...she's having 3 cups of coffee!!IMG_2229   Becky, fearless leader of Great Commission Women. I'm sure she would appreciate our continued prayers as she recovers from a freak accident. She is God's woman for the job of leading the women of Lafayette Alliance. IMG_2108   And finally, a copy of the workbook we are using in our women's Bible studies, held during Sunday School, Wednesday morning and Thursday night. Studying Sweeter than Chocolate--Psalm 119. One of our attendees is writing the hebrew alphabet, part of the (2)