Like millions of other Americans, I watched the Super Bowl Sunday night. But unlike many other times I've celebrated this much anticipated football game, I was emotionally invested. As in, I actually cared who won.
I laughed with friends, ate yummy snacks, and cheered for my winged warriors.
And through a heartbreaking turn of events, they lost.
Much love Falcons. Maybe next year.
I, again like millions of other Americans, also watched the much anticipated commercials and yes, the halftime show.
Cringing, and peeking through one eye, I breathed deeply. What would she do? What would she say? Oh gosh, is social media going to blow up in my hand? Will the news be filled with rewinds of this tomorrow? However, by the end, I realized I actually enjoyed parts of the extravaganza.
One lyric played over and over again in my mind . . .
You've given me a million reasons
I tried to get it out of my head, but couldn't. Don't you hate it when that happens? This morning I realized why. God was trying to tell me something.
As I was making my bed, I stopped and thought about the lyrics, but this time as if God Himself was saying in an eyelash to eyelash moment, "I've given you a million reasons to trust Me, Amanda."
The image of the valley has danced through my mind as of late.
A valley is characterized by its location between two mountains or hills, usually with a river or body of water flowing through it.
You know what else is interesting about valleys?
Valleys, because of their location, are typically protected during the harsh winds and storms.
Through the peaks and valleys on my timeline, God has given me at least a million reasons to trust Him.
Every beat of my heart, every breath from my lungs, every step that I take—a precious gift from my Creator who loves me. Even through the valleys—especially through the valleys, God is my strength and refuge from the storm.
He's given me a million reasons . . .
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.