A New Adventure
I happen to know by personal experience that after a disaster; there is life again, an abundant life.
Last year when my marriage fell apart abruptly a friend told me that God can take my pile of ashes and turn it into beauty. At the time I had no idea how. It took me months to say anything to my boss…6 months to even tell you about it…I was afraid you might not allow me to do this with you every morning, but I was so wrong.
All I have ever wanted to do is be an encouragement. That’s what I have felt my purpose is. I learned all you have to do to accomplish that, is to be honest about your life. The minute I started talking about what was really going on in my life, and how I was trying to balance work and 3 children under 6 as a single parent, you encouraged me. You didn’t cast me away, you loved me through this past year. You sent me cards and emails, phone calls, and facebook posts, you made me feel like I was not alone. Thank you.
A friend sent me this quote: Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, she became a butterfly. The thing is though that butterfly has to go through the struggle…she has to wiggle herself out of that cocoon inch by inch on her own in order to survive outside of it. That’s what I’ve been doing this past year, and now it’s time for me to fly. This is my last day on the air at WGTS. I have accepted a new position at a national Christian radio network in California.
This is the hardest part; saying goodbye to the people that have held me up over this past year.
So…Thank you. Thank you for waking up with me in the morning…sipping coffee with me in your car while you drop your kids off at the babysitter or at school and head to work. Thank you for laughing with me (or at me), and for crying with me, and loving me through this past year of my life.
You are why I do this every day. My prayer has been that God speak through me to encourage you and to inspire you, but it turns out you did that for me. You are the reason I got through this past year. You gave me a reason to wake up and go to work. You gave me purpose. You encouraged me.
To my Co-Host Brennan, Producer Spencer, Eric our board op, and Becca our intern…you have been my confidants every morning, and I can’t tell you how much your friendship has meant to me. This is a very special group of people at WGTS…they are my family.
My favorite poet, Maya Angelou wrote: “Life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that we are able to treat life as art.”
So here’s to a new adventure in California…and to here’s to a blank canvas…that God, and my 3 little sunshines; Emily, Andy, and Zoe…are ready to paint lots of bright colors on…
It might be messy, but God will make it beautiful.
Amanda and the 3 little sunshines Emily, Andy, and Zoe