Getting Ready for Declare 2017

In a couple of weeks, I will be going to a conference called Declare in Dallas, TX. I’m really excited about going to this conference because it is all about how to be a Christian, female communicator whether that be via blog, book, podcast, etc. I learned about Declare last year as the event was happening and knew that I had to try to go the next year. If you are going to Declare, I can’t wait to meet you!

Here are just a few facts about me:

  1. I had the desire to begin blogging at the end of 2015 but began blogging seriously in February of 2016. Since then, my blog has been a fun space to write about things I am passionate about, as well as discuss some serious, real-life issues.
  2. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:1, which says–
    “But now says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel’ Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    And another scripture that always gives me purpose and direction, in any season of life, is Jeremiah 29:11-14 which says–
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.”
  3. My passions are my family and friends, traveling, working full-time as a social worker, creating my own content for my blog, reading, and coffee–always.
  4. My favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids (I know, I’m a 12-year-old) and my favorite kind of food is Asian and/or Mexican.
  5. My happy place happens when I have the opportunity to take life at a slower pace, when I am with people I love, savoring and capturing memories, or just being anywhere on a beach.
  6. I am not currently working on any major projects, but I am always coming up with future ideas for blog posts and I hope to make some of them happen soon.
  7. My prayer for Declare is that my heart will be open to whatever God has planned for that week, that I would learn, that I would meet like-minded women, and that it will encourage my walk with the Lord.

See you at Declare 2017!! Learn more about the conference by following this link—Declare Conference.

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For the Waiting Heart

As I have become older I have realized that there is always going to be a season of life when you are waiting for something. Waiting for a goal to be accomplished, a major life change, a relationship, a child, good health, a job or promotion, an answer to prayer, difficulties to be over, good things to happen, etc., the list goes on and on of things we are waiting for. During these times of waiting, it can become very easy to think that you are alone, that life is out-of-order, or that God has left you alone. Be encouraged that God has not left you–He will never leave you. I know I have written similar encouragement in similar blog posts but I think that this is some of the most helpful encouragement that I have received from others. God always has a plan for things and for them to happen in His, PERFECT, timing. He has not forgotten you and He is not punishing you. I used to think those things if God didn’t answer a prayer in the way that I wanted Him to, but those thoughts are lies and they are not true. So if you are waiting for something, I hope these verses can give you some peace and settle your heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Psalm 27: 13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.

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5 Tips to Make Yourself Feel Better

Life is a constant ebb and flow of highs and lows, victories and losses, good days and bad days. Sometimes you just go through a difficult season of life or a series of difficult times. I’ve dealt with some rough days off and on for the last couple of weeks but, thankfully, I know myself and I know what I need to help myself cope. Today I’m going to share with you my 5 tips for how to make yourself feel better when you’ve had a bad day. If you have had a rough time, I hope you have much better days ahead! Let me know if I can pray for you, I would love to do that.

1. Take a step back from the situation. Sometimes you just need to physically remove yourself from whatever you are dealing with. I’m not saying that you should just run away or leave, but take a step back for a short time. Maybe go outside, go for a walk, go get a coffee, go some place that makes you happy. Take a breather and then come back to deal with the situation. As much as I would love to just run away, from something that’s stressful, in the real world you just can’t do that.

2. Talk to someone you trust. This is SO important. I’m so thankful that I have the parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers that I do because I know I can talk to them about anything and everything. Even though your person may not know exactly how to relate to your situation, or not completely understand what you’re going through, they might be able to offer valuable advice from their life experience or just offer much-needed support. Talk to someone, don’t keep it all bottled up.

3. Get your rest. Sometimes the body needs relaxation and sleep and you may feel so much better after a rest period. When you’re tired, everything can seem so much worse in your head and your perspective can be altered from seeing what’s going on and what’s really important. Nighttime can also make everything seem WAY worse than it actually is and so don’t dwell on your day or situation while you’re trying to go to bed. Get your rest and start over the next day.

4. Make some comfort food. While food isn’t something that should be abused as a coping mechanism, sometimes there’s just nothing better than mac & cheese and/or chicken noodle soup. I tried a new recipe for “Chicken Zoodle Soup” the other day and it was really yummy. I’ll link the recipe here. I find cooking to also be very therapeutic.


5. Meditate on scripture. I know that I can always turn to the Bible and the Lord for my peace and strength during hard times. I love to read the Psalms when I need peace because God says so many times that He is a refuge, He gives strength, He wants His children to come to Him at anytime, and He is praised for all He has done and will do.

What are some things that make you feel better after a bad day?

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For the Joyful Heart

How are you doing this evening? I hope life is going well and that you have had a good week. I hope that life is full of joy and that you can think of many things to be grateful for. Life is hard sometimes, and you might be going through something really difficult right now,  but there are always, always things to be joyful about, if you choose to. I have written some blog posts before about love, grief, worry, and suffering (I’ll link those below), but today I want to talk about joy and it’s Giver! I’m also sharing some Bible verses that give praise to the Lord for His goodness and I hope they will encourage you.

1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Joy can be found in Christ when we commit ourselves to Him and follow Him. There is no one or nothing else in this world that can fill our lives the way that Christ can, and that’s amazing.

Psalm 47:1 Clap you hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy!
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:22 So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Even though life is complex and uncertain, we can be certain that one day we will have eternal joy that cannot be taken away!

Psalm 30:11 You turned my mourning into joyful dancing; You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.
Psalm 34:5 Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy, no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Joy is produced when we trust in the Lord and surrender completely to Him!

It’s so cool that the Word of God is still alive and active today, and relevant to any life situation (Hebrews 4:12) and these words can be a guide through life. What are some verses that encourage you and bring you joy?

For the Grieving Heart

For the Fearful Heart

For the Beloved Heart

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25 Random Facts About Me

Happy Friday, my friends! In case you are new to Love From Amy, I thought I would share some random, fun acts about me on the blog today! Have a great weekend!

  1. I took piano lessons for about 10 years and can barely remember anything.
  2. I love the ocean, it’s my happy place.
  3. I could eat carbs all day long.
  4. My favorite movies to watch on a rainy day are Doris Day movies, Little Women, any Jane Austen movie, or any of the Lord of the Rings.
  5. I love to read.
  6. I hate clowns, the circus terrified me as a child.
  7. In high school I thought I wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design and I even took classes for a few semesters. However, I learned that I might be interested in Social Work more because all of my designs were counseling offices or social work agencies.
  8. I have been to over 30 states in the US.
  9. My favorite color is gray/grey.
  10. I’m a little bit obsessed with the British Royals.
  11. I’m a little bit obsessed with anything British, to be honest.
  12. I hate mushrooms.
  13. I have an extreme anxiety response every time I see a snake.
  14. I used to think that Shamu was my best friend.
  15. I actually really enjoyed college.
  16. Iced coffee is one of my favorite things about summer.
  17. I’m a self-proclaimed meme nerd.
  18. I have been consistently blogging since January 2016.
  19. One of my favorite places that I’ve been to is Portugal.
  20. I really want to visit Greece at some point in my life.
  21. My favorite episode of The Office is the one with the Rabies Awareness 5k.
  22. I have never broken any bones but I have had one surgery.
  23. I really love coffee.
  24. I’m obsessed with my nieces and nephew and will talk about them to anyone.
  25. I wanted to be a ballerina when I was younger, and still kind of do but I might be too old to learn new tricks, haha!