I Agreed to this Life but Sometimes Can’t Remember Why

Five Minute Friday: AGREE

I agreed to this life — living overseas, church planting, and raising my kids in a foreign land. It has certainly come with a few surprises and plenty of challenges. While sometimes it may not be all I expected or dreamed it would be, it is what I wanted. When the reality of what this all really means hits me in the most disheartening ways, I have to remember that. I have to remember why I started if I want to keep moving forward.

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I agreed to serve Jesus because He gave His all for me, and I am compelled to do all I can to magnify His great love. 

I agreed to work alongside my husband as we cross-cultures to share Christ because I trust him completely and believe in him wholeheartedly.

I agreed to learn a language and culture because there are millions of people that haven’t heard the Gospel in their heart language, and I may have the opportunity to change that — even if only for a few.

I agreed to raise my children away from the comforts of our home and our family because Jesus is worthy, and I want them to know that more than any other lesson I could teach them.

Jesus is worthy. Because of that I will agree to keep serving Him every day He gives me, trusting one day that the impact of that decision will far exceed my expectations.

Linking up with Five Minute Friday


  1. Amber, first: I love the new look of your blog. It may not be that new, but sadly, I haven’t been reading many blogs at all in the last few months. (life). Anyway, yes and yes to everything you said. Your perspective always inspires me, especially how you involving your kids in the mission of Christ and teaching them that that is first and only in your life. Love you sister!

    • Christina, it’s a pleasure to hear from you as usual. I know all about “life” getting in the way of writing and reading so no worries there. I’m just glad you’re here! Thank you for reading and leaving such words of encouragement.

  2. Rosalind Morey

    No matter where God calls us to serve him there are always many challenges. I can remember a time I was so frustrated and I left home and went to the park. There I poured out my complaints to God. The scriptures where Jesus asked Peter will you leave me. And Peter answered to whom can we go. Things may be difficult but is wonderful to have Jesus to turn to, he always understands. Love and Prayers, Ros Morey

    • Wow! These words really spoke to me. Thank you so much for being vulnerable to share such a personal story with me. I have had moments like that myself, and God is always faithful to speak sweet encouragement to my soul. Where would I go? No one/nothing gives comfort and grace like Jesus. So thankful for this reminder, Ros.

  3. Cindy

    As I sit here in my comfort zone I am so humbled by your post! I cannot imagine being so brave! Your insight gives new meaning to the word “agree” for me. Thank you for sharing with me and those you are ministering to! Cindy Wilkins

    • Cindy, I would never consider myself brave (and I’m pretty sure I’ve written about that here before! ha!). God is always with me and faithfully working on me, and the times I maintain this perspective are the most joyous times of my life. Praying for you and for the time God calls you out of your comfort zone. His grace is sufficient. Thank you for taking the time to bless my heart.

  4. I am always encouraged when I stop by your blog…and always glad to see your link with the FMF group! There is much wisdom in reminding ourselves and rehearsing why we are doing what we do – and how God led us there – otherwise, our enemy is the master at stealing our joy and filling us with doubts. Remembering we are exactly where the Lord wants us is all the motivation for when the days get long!

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