It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
Amy was raised in a loving family in central Minnesota. She grew up regularly attending church and saying her prayers. She remembers her home life as a constant source of stability and laughter. From an early age, Amy was fascinated by the unseen world and even named her guardian angel, considering her a secret friend.
Spiritual things were buried beneath the busy years of high school as she strove for popularity and success. Amy had the impression God would ask her to move to a remote place in Africa if she surrendered her heart to Him, and she wasn’t ready for that kind of sacrifice. Instead, she pursued the glittery, golden things the world seemed to offer.
College brought an unplanned pregnancy, and Amy quickly married. Not many years later, she found herself single-parenting a daughter with disabilities and a young son. It seemed her greatest fears were realized, and the promised golden life was difficult and empty.
While alone and divorced, trembling at the responsibilities and challenges of navigating the handicapped world, Amy rediscovered the faithful love of her heavenly Father. She called; He answered. And so began the beautiful journey home with Jesus by her side.
Through seemingly miraculous means, Amy completed college and simultaneously was given what she considers her greatest earthly gift; her husband Bill. They were married in 1990 and over the years have welcomed 4 additional children into their home, including an adventure with adoption. Several years into their marriage, they chose to be baptized as adults together. Amy believes it was during this time that God gave her the gift of a deep love for His Word. She has read the Bible cover to cover and can’t seem to get enough of it.
Amy is passionate about the community of people with disabilities, and together she and Bill lead a weekly Bible study ministry for adults with intellectual challenges. It’s her belief that she would receive very few phone calls and texts if it weren’t for her friends from this beautiful network.
God has certainly made life new. Amy has discovered a joy and hope only Jesus can give. Though life has been filled with many highs and lows, she considers the constant presence and love of God to be her Rock, knowing nothing can separate her from Him.
The ministry of Ruby Buckle aligns with Amy's heart because following Jesus and sharing His truth and love is her greatest passion. She is so grateful for the mercy and grace God has poured into and over her life, and she wants every woman to experience it!
Amy lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota. After 35-plus years of raising children, she is enjoying the empty nest and discovering new activities like pickleball with her husband Bill.
Her childhood career dream was to be a housewife and mother to 6 children, and that dream came true! She also wanted to be a psychologist and got plenty of practice being the mom to a whole houseful.
Amy’s sweetest clothing item from childhood was an emerald green velvet skirt she wore for Christmas, with black patent leather shoes! Oh love!
Top on her “bucket list” is working for a ministry with her husband someday.
Three of Amy’s favorites:
Bible Verse: The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
Acronym: RGFNF: Real Gold Fears No Fire
Sweet: Homemade Key Lime Pie
I am looking forward to seeing God’s promises continue to unfold in Amy’s life and family and the ministry of Ruby Buckle as we follow hard after God together. Her desire to be brave and her heart’s longing to be “real gold” inspire me greatly!
And let me not neglect to mention that we have a date on the calendar to eat Key Lime Pie together, in Arkansas, on May Day! Deo volente! (Lord willing!) I usually like to share a half-slice with a friend when going out for pie and coffee. I think I’ll eat a whole slice that day, and afterwards, we’ll take an extra-long walk together recounting God’s faithfulness to us all.