Amber Leech

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To The One Who Didn’t Get Away

I hesitate to write this post. My purpose is to show that good men are out there. Many times I hear women talking negatively about their husbands, how they are lazy, useless, or negative influences in the home. My husband is not perfect on any measures (though if you ask him he is “pure of heart”), and we don’t have the perfect marriage, but I can admit, I have a.. Read More

When Intentions Turn to Regret

    Today, I attended the celebration of life of a woman who left this world too soon. I never got by to tell her “bye.” I didn’t take the opportunity, even once I knew she was in hospice, to stop in. I felt I would be a nuisance. I thought she would have plenty of people around and it would be awkward for someone who thought themselves to be.. Read More

Learning How to be Fully Present

Image Source: by Carlie Jean Several weeks ago I took a day to myself. No internet, phone or connection to the outside world for 8 hours, and it was great. During this time, I thought about where I want my life to go in the future. I worked through creating a life plan to allow me to refocus my energies towards what I want to be doing, rather than.. Read More

What We Miss When We Judge

 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” Matt. 7:1-2 Don’t judge me. We have been in a month process of turning a farm house into an office building. This “we” consists of so many people I could not begin to list them all. One of.. Read More

Happy New Year {belatedly}: How To Do Hard Things

Happy New Year! What are your New Year’s resolutions? What about goals? I figure since everyone always asks I will too. As we look back on 2015 and figure what we want to be different in 2016, I wanted to list some of the realizations that I have had over the past year. Life is Hard. It is easy to survive, that takes merely not dying. But to truly LIVE,.. Read More

5 Reminders About Christmas

  I don’t get in the Christmas spirit. I’m not sure when it started, but Christmas is not my favorite season. My mother and sister love the decorations and gift giving, they love songs and family time. Quite simply, I don’t. I am the family Grinch. I revel in my mundane mood while lounging around in Grinch pajama pants and Grinch shirt drinking from a Grinch cup. I don’t necessarily.. Read More

When you feel like the Older Brother

  It’s an older brother kind of day…   The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who.. Read More

When God’s “No” Hurts

  I remember when the realization hit. It wasn’t a specific day or hour, but a gradual understanding: having biological children would be a miracle. Tests came in one by one saying what we didn’t want to hear. Doing our own research, we understood what the tests really meant. We didn’t need a doctor to tell us, the results were clear enough. Grief started immediately. Understanding that we would miss.. Read More

Chapter 4 Search for Significance: How to Find Freedom from the Performance Trap

“Neither success nor failure is the proper basis of our self-worth. Christ alone is the source of our forgiveness, freedom, joy, and purpose.” Robert McGee, Search for Significance, 45 This is a truth I as a Mom so desperately need to hear. So often the way I feel about myself is a reflection of how my house looks, my children behave, or my to-do list. If I’m firing on all.. Read More

It’s Not Just You

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. ~ Phil. 4:13 I am currently in St George, Romania. One thing I see is that all parents have struggles, and most are the same struggles. Around the world mothers are asking how to raise their children “right.” Around the world mothers are trying to balance responsibilities. Around the world mothers are asking themselves if they have what it.. Read More