Friday, September 18, 2009

Home again

Well, after two weeks in Uganda I find myself back home with my family. Snuggling my girls this morning was maybe the closest thing to heaven I've ever experienced. As I held them tightly this morning I made a commitment to never use the words "I am so blessed" lightly again. Because I AM so blessed - beyond belief actually. I couldn't help but think of the child headed households I encountered in Uganda. No one wakes up in the morning to give that oldest child a hug or a kiss...much less any kind of support. And there I sat with my children wrapped securely in my arms, in my comfortable home with food in my refrigerator while today I know that children in Uganda will be on a mission of survival...finding food, getting water, staying safe. Yes, I AM blessed.

I'm reminded of the scripture that says "To whom much is given, much is required". I know I take that scripture much more seriously today than I did even two weeks ago. I have been given SO much...not just materially, but spiritually, physically and emotionally.

So, I have gone and seen firsthand over the past few weeks the suffering and need of the people in Uganda (as well as many beautiful things which you'll hear more about later). I know that MUCH is expected of me and I embrace that responsibility fully. What that looks like exactly for me I don't know. I trust that God will continue to speak to my heart and lead me down the paths He has for me in that regard.

I have so much more to share, friends. Today is a day for my family though so perhaps you can expect to see a new post tomorrow about more of my experiences in Uganda. I unfortunately lost my journal on the plane yesterday which had all of my notes in it for posts I wanted to write. It's okay though, as most of what I really need to say is forever seared on my heart and will never be forgotten.

I can say that the last two weeks have been the most powerful so far in my life. I am left with much to process, embrace and share and I'm thankful for those of you who choose to walk this path with me. It's meant to be walked together - that I am sure of. Love to each of you who have prayed me through the past few weeks - to say those prayers were felt would be a gross understatement. I can't wait to tell you more about what I saw and what God did.

"Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done GREAT things. Who, O God, is like you?" - Psalm 71:19


  1. Dear, Sweet Amy! I am glad that you are home, and I cannot wait to talk to you about all that you have experienced. I love you and am honored to call you not only a friend, but my sister in Christ.

  2. Beautiful post...glad to hear you are home with your family. I think of Job and how he had such wealth, but he didn't consume it selfishly...he helped the fatherless and widow, etc. I also think about the corrective for stealing given in the NT...steal no longer, but rather labor so that you may have to give to him in need. I lived long enough with the unsatisfying heart that labors for my own want list...walking with God is SOOOO much better that there is no comparison. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. May God be pleased to use your stories to help others catch the Father's heart.

  3. I am so glad you are home, safe and forever changed. I am so excited to hear all about your trip and know your thoughts and shared experiences can also change me in some small way. Looking forward to hearing more as you have time and energy to share. Love you,
    Tammy Wong

  4. Welcome "home!" Praying for you as you continue to acclimate back to life in the US. It's hard, isn't it? I bet your girls missed you like crazy. Can't wait to hear how God continues to use your trip to teach and guide you. Thanks so much for sharing, my sweet Friend. Yes, we are blessed. SO blessed, and the responsibility therefore is HUGE. Big hug, Amy