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My Summer Of God — Part 1

In May I decided I needed a blogging break. I called my sabbatical my Summer of God. I asked God to refresh my spirit, replenish me with fresh ideas for devotionals, new references and new ways to blog about His Gospel. To show me what He wanted me to know about Him, and about myself. He answered my prayer in ways I didn’t expect. He did, as the Bible says do more than I could think or imagine.

Meeting A Fellow Blogger

One of my most memorable experiences during my Summer of God was meeting fellow blogger and writer AmandaBeth, her husband, Jay, her sister and Amanda and Jay’s four children (from  toddler to a pre-teen). They were driving through Atlanta on their way to Florida for a vacation after spending a night with Amanda’s sister who lives in Atlanta.

We all met at a Chick-Fil-A for lunch. They told me they had never had a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich. Next to an RC Cola and a Moon Pie, eatin’ a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is about as Southern a food as you can get. Jay said they didn’t have Chick-Fil-A up Nawth where he hails from. So eating their chicken sandwiches was a real treat for the whole family.

They’re a Genuine Godly Family

I don’t think I’ve ever met such a fun and godly couple. Jay has the patience of Job with his kids. He is one of the most mild-mannered, yet caring and loving dad I’ve ever met. His kids listen to him (except the little one sometimes) and he interacts with each of them in a personal loving way. I truly admire him and hope to get to know him better.

Amanda is a sweetheart and a very Godly women. She disciplines her kids with love and respect. All the kids (except the little one sometimes) respect and mind mom and dad.  And Amanda and Jay have one of the most loving considerate relationships I’ve seen in a young couple. It was easy for me to be around them and if we lived closer together I know we’d become lasting friends.

Amanda is a published author

Amanda’s first book, You Can Have A Happy Family is a well-written guide for any family at any juncture of their relationship. It’s not as much a “how to” book as it is the biography of a happy family. One that works day-in day-out. Amanda also maintains a website about her writing, and she writes a devotional blog as well called Sharing The Truths Behind The TRUTH.

Psychologists and PhD’s usually author marriage and family books. They base their information for their books on research and experience counseling clients.  Amanda wrote YOU CAN HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY from the trenches.  When Amanda writes about discipline or sacrifice or intimacy or marital relationships you can take her advice to the bank for two reasons: 1) she lives what she writes every day. As a thirty-something stay-at-home  mother of four (from a toddler to a pre-teen) she writes about her own experiences, her successes and her failures. Her transparent candid informal writing style puts readers in the midst of her life.  2) She writes from a deeply felt commitment to allow the Lord to show her and teach her what His will is for her marriage and family.

You can find her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Daily Resources and on her website. You can also watch Amanda’s video on YouTube about the book and about how she came to write it.

12 thoughts on “My Summer Of God — Part 1

    1. Thank you,
      It’s so good to be back. I look forward to reading some of your stuff again.
      I skipped every post while I was on my sabbatical. I missed reading you and every one very much.


  1. My wife and I have not had the pleasure of this couples company, yet can agree with all you say. I would much rather listen to the view of a trench habitant, than that of an analyst viewing from the sidelines. It is for this reason we use Amanda’s material in our marriage Church small group.

    Mark Mansfield


    1. She is such a spot on writer because she lives what she writes. As you say, in the trenches.
      They are an awesome couple. What I like about them is their candor about their relationship, and the more folks are around them the more they see the love they have for each other. They are delightful and rare. I love them. Thank you for writing. Her writing will always make good material for your marriage material.


  2. We are returning from our breaks at the same time. Thanks for all the kinds words. I especially like the mention about our little one in his terrible twos, LOL! He is definitely challenging us! We really enjoyed our trip. But we didn’t make it to Florida from Atlanta. We ended up going straight to South Carolina. But we are going to my sister’s wedding next year in Florida. Maybe we will swing by again:) Hopefully, this time we can meet your wife.
    Well, I’m glad to see you are back. Have a blessed Labor Day! 🙂


    1. Sounds good to me. Maybe she’ll be feeling better then. I think she had to go to her mom’s that day. Joyce has stage 4 cancer and Marie spends a lot of time over there.
      I’m glad we’re back on line together. I have missed reading your posts.


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