103 || How God Uses the Things We Least Expect to Bless Us || Amy Wright

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Amy Wright and her grade-school-crush-turned-husband have an amazing love story. They have six kids from tween to toddler, as well as one long-term exchange student who is 16. Amy grew up as an only child of divorced parents. Her dad suffered from addiction, and her mom worked long hours to provide for her daughter. Though she lacked a model for how to be a good wife and care for a home, God is using those challenges for Amy’s good and has given her a passion to encourage other women in their journey of becoming the mother God made them to be.

IF GUILT OR SHAME HAS EVER KEPT YOU FROM THE PURSUIT OF YOUR DREAM, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.

In this episode, Amy talks openly about the shame she has battled in her dream to write and encourage other moms on their journey through her blog, The Big Family Home. Our conversation is a reminder that God doesn’t want us to live in shame or guilt. We are called, instead, to live in freedom; it is for freedom that Christ has set you free (Galatians 5:1).

Amy and I commiserate on how easily we fall into the belief that everyone else is “doing this better than me,” whether that’s motherhood or our dream. (By the way, this is a lie that’s intended to crush your spirit and your desire. Don’t let it!)

Hear why it’s so important to remember you’re not alone in the challenges related to your God-shaped dream and that the struggle itself doesn’t define you. God meets you there, frees you up, and if you’ll let us, we’ve got a tribe of listeners and dreamers over on Facebook who would love to cheer you on as you take scary step after scary step toward what the Lord has prepared in advance for you.

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CONNECT WITH AMY:

Website || Instagram

 

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:

The blog post Amy talked about:
Dear Mom, God is Not Mad at You About How the Holidays Went


BOOKS:

Restless by Jennie Allen

PODCASTS:

Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
The Influencer Podcast by Julie Solomon

 

SCRIPTURE:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
~ Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

 

MAIN TAKEAWAYS:

How I met Amy [2:40]
Katie Bulmer, episode 55 [2:50]
Amy’s blog, the Big Family Home [3:14]
How Amy describes her to have a big family [3:28]
The dream God’s given her more recently to blog about the challenges of motherhood and homemaking [4:25]
About the loneliness and discouragement of motherhood [6:08]
About feeling like she can’t figure out writing [6:55]
We all need to hear “you aren’t the only one” because we all struggle [7:08]
About shame she’s felt about starting and stopping her dream [7:54]
How God has been revealing the shame she’s held onto since childhood [9:38]
About our need to feel “productive” in motherhood [11:17]
More about The Big Family Blog [14:05]
How God used her son’s biting to shape their ministry early on [16:05]
Wanting to do more ministry with small groups of young couples [17:53]
Her story about the farm business that didn’t take off and the shame she feels about that [18:45]
A verse that’s been comforting her in this season – Ephesians 1:3 [22:00]
Her best advice: recover from the shame that keeps you hiding or in fear [23:15]
Resources she’s loved along the way [24:56]
Her blog post: Dear Mom, God is not mad at you about how the holidays went [27:06]
The freedom she’s found in telling her story and knowing she’s not the only one with difficult experiences [30:30]

  

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