Have you heard the term “sistering?” It’s used by carpenters and construction workers to describe the process of a weaker floor joist being joined by two stronger joists. And it depicts the way Amy Grant’s sisters have related to each other all their lives. (I say it backwards when I’m fumbling through my explanation to her in the interview.)
Amy has a very tight bond with her 3 siblings, which you’ll hear in her voice as she gets choked up about even the idea of one of them being taken. She realizes the reality that all 4 of them will most likely not pass from life to LIFE at the same time….. and it makes her tear up a bit.
She talks about unity and in hard times especially, the importance of asking the question; “Am I for her or against her?”
We discuss the importance of finding your voice, having constructive conflict, expressing needs, hurts, not walking away from hard, pursuing resolution, using the term, “we” instead of “you” or “i.”
We also discuss her childhood chum, her love of the outdoors, how she played with baby dolls way too late in life to be cool and how her mom took something painful in her own past and turned it into something beautiful for her daughters.
She also mentions having to deal with a tick borne illness. I had my own bout with one of those, but her attitude about the effects of it is much more mature than mine ever was…. Amy talks about grace being an ongoing thing throughout her life and how relationship with Jesus has brought more adventure than any other..You’ll be struck by how committed she is to the memorization of scripture.
Also in this episode, I extend my hope that you have a safe person you can lean when you’re feeling anxious or as Amy says, “your wheels are spinning in sand.” This may sound cheesy, but Blair is an anchor for my soul; convincing, tangible evidence that God must love me. As I’ve told you before, I was in a bad mood for the first twenty years of our marriage- the fact that Blair has stayed with me is nothing short of Grace.
At one point during our interview, I offer Amy my protein bar bc her stomach kept growling. In the outtakes, I make reference to a mutual friend, Dina, whose extremely efficient digestive system starts breaking down food immediately after she took even a bite of food, so basically her stomach growled when she was hungry, when she was full; so pretty much it growled all the time!
Here are some Live out Love links;
Amy’s Charity of Choice https://barefootrepublic.org/
Blog post will be up later tonight. Gotta get to Bible study! :-0)
Till next time,