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8/26/2011

Change Me

Almost exactly a month ago, our very dear friend Amanda left Boise to embark on a new and exciting journey in her life.

First of all, if you know me very well, then you know that I am an incredibly HUGE fan of Matthew Kelly (writer, speaker). His books have inspired both Johnny and I in so many ways and have challenged us to strive to become the best versions of ourselves.

In July, Amanda was given the extraordinary opportunity to move to Cincinnati to work for the Matthew Kelly "Dynamic Catholic Foundation" and our excitement for her has been that crazy, freaking out, God is so good kind of excitement! And yet, four weeks ago, when she was preparing to leave, my heart was heavy. So heavy, that it's taken me this long to compose my words for this post.

The day before she left, she blessed our family with an extraordinary gift.....her piano. It was the piano that she grew up playing and I felt so humbled that she would pass this beautiful instrument on to our family for our own children to learn on. My prayer is that our children will have a love for music, and that someday beautiful songs will ring forth from this piano, as it did when it was in Amanda's home. (right now, my children have about a 3 minute window of "playing" it before they hear this "Okay Kids....that's ENOUGH!!!") We really need to start the piano lessons!

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I have known Amanda for over 10 years now. I have watched her grow from being in junior high, through high school, then college, then as a FOCUS missionary, then a youth minister to now this new endeavor working for an organization that is helping to inspire Catholics around the world. She has gone from being a teen in my youth program, to becoming a great friend, and now she is like a sister to me and I am so thankful for the gift that she is in my life.


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The night before she left, Amanda gave us a mini concert in our home, and yes, of course I cried. I cried because her songs and her voice are so incredibly beautiful but mostly I cried because I am going to miss her. However, in the midst of tears, was the laughter (because of the silliness of tears) and the peace of knowing that God is taking her right where He wants her.

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And for know, I have the memory of her playing my favorite "Amanda Anderson" song, Change Me, in my living room on our new piano. I love praying this song. It is a beautiful reminder that the deepest desires of our hearts are always leading us to be changed by Him in order to become more like Him. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Change Me, by Amanda Anderson

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