Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amy Wallis

A year ago, my husband of 19 years, Keith, and I moved to Pearland. We have no children of our own but blessed by 4 beautiful godchildren.Sean 23(married to Maegan), his sister Rebekah 17,. Brenna 7, and little brother Zeke 3. They come from 2 different families who are our close friends.

Before coming here we lived in the Bryan/College Station area for over 15 years. Pretty much lived in that area all my life. Never thought I would leave. Thankfully, God had another plan. I've been a hairstylist for 25 years. God has blessed me greatly! Since moving, I've been able to retire from doing hair on a daily basis. In doing this, it gives me the opportunity to volunteer and serve.

A Jesus follower since the age of 8, most of my dark days came after becoming a believer. At the age of 25, I started having panic attacks and depression. Depression came earlier in my life from being molested by a neighbor and living with a terminally ill parent. Roller coaster life events... I've had a few. Through them all, Christ was near as my next breath. He carried me all the way. Now he's asking me to step out on faith to serve in ways and in areas I've never known. I know I shouldn't be afraid but, at times, I am. Oceans by Hillsong United is one of my favorite songs that reminds me to stay focused on Christ. No matter what my circumstances are, he is there leading me.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, and You are mine.

Even as an adult, I tried to equate my Father in heaven's love with what was love from my earthly father. Yep, now it's clear which is perfect. My earthly father loved as much as he could through lots of his own pain, which wasn't very loving. So, that's what I expected God's love to be like. Wrong on so many levels. I finally surrendered to stop labeling God. He opened the door of my heart to show me his love. He healed my brokenness.

“And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt." (Hosea 2:14, 15 MSG)

This passage showed me how much God loved Israel and loved me.

Crosspoint Church was like coming home. I only visited one other church but,  CPC was clearly where God led me. I started coming by myself last May or June. My husband and I grew up in church and both had bad experiences. So, when I asked Keith to come, the answer was no. We did join a Life Group. He loved it, but still no going to church with me. Then Tom was starting the I Want A New Marriage series. I asked again. This time he said yes. Did I mention that several folks were praying for him? Yeah, prayer works!  Now, Keith comes regularly. Tall bald guy, holding a door greeting, driving a cart or just being that guy who helps. Love that man! God has transformed our marriage. We pray together! That didn't happen before! Over meals, before bed, for each other and for many folks. We date again! Yes, no phones, just the two of us. Gave our finances over to God's direction. Working on getting out of debt and being good stewards of The Lord's money. Thank you God, Dave Ramsey, and Financial Peace University! This is an exciting season in our lives!

So here's the stepping out on faith part... I joined Love146 Taskforce to help stop child sex trafficking and exploitation. WOW!!! God's growing a love in my heart for these girls and boys! Freedom for them is attainable! Abolition can and will happen! I've been asked to liaise between Love146 and the women's ministry here at Crosspoint Church. When mission opportunities come  through Love146 that may be a good fit for women, I'll make sure they are presented to Susan Allen our Director of CPWM and Becki McAuley our Leader of Women on Mission.

What legacy do I want to leave? Just this... Love God, Love People, Do it!!

 Ladies of CPC, may what we do for women point them to Christ. May he receive all glory, honor and praise, for he alone is worthy.

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