My Friend Lazarus

IMGP6506-2  I’m at a point in my life where I’m kinda stuck in a rut, a vicious cycle. I don’t have a job, I’m not going to school, and my driver’s license expired because I/we can’t afford to insure me at this time. In order to get to a job, you have to have a car, which requires insurance, and THAT requires an income. Like I said, stuck in a rut. I’ve put in tons of job apps and nothing has become of any of them.

What does this all have to do with Lazarus you ask? Well, last night while I was lying in bed I had a revelation. Jesus used Lazarus’ death to show the glory of God. Despite the doubts of those around Him, He had no problem raising Lazarus from the dead. All it took was a simple “Lazarus, come forth,” and out he came wrapped in grave clothes.

I, like Lazarus, am at a “dead” period in my life. Before Jesus rose Lazarus Martha said to Him “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days!” I feel like potential  employers are the “Martha” in the situation and they have doubts because I have little job experience and they’re afraid if they hire me I might “stink” at my job. (Haha… see what I did there?) I’m just waiting for Jesus to swoop in and say “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Or maybe it would be something like “Did I not say to you that if you would give her a chance, you would see that she won’t let you down?” I know that if I continue to wait patiently, there’s a job out there that’s perfect for me and when that time comes Jesus will let me know that it’s the one. “Mandi, come forth.” Maybe God is using my life, and my waiting patiently for His glory, just like He did with the death of Lazarus.

I thank everyone who has been praying for me and my employment status, I really appreciate it. There’s something out there for me, I just know it! Until them, “my soul will wait on the Lord.”

In His Image

Beautiful is what you are

putting yourself down,

you’ve got to stop this

God created you in His image

He makes no mistakes

this I can promise.

The hands that created the moon and stars

are surely gentle enough

to heal your scars

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,

each and every person

is beautiful in God’s eyes.

Beautiful is what God is,

listen to me princess,

YOU are His!

~Amanda N. Sams

February 17, 2013

The Ultimate Valentine


I know that for a lot of people Valentine’s Day is not a holiday to look forward to, (should we even call it a “holiday?”) especially for those of us who constantly find ourselves without someone to celebrate it with. I’ve always been indifferent about it, I’m in no hurry to find a man and take the next step in my life. I’ve found that it’s best to enjoy the season of singleness and live for me and those around me. I know that God has the right man tucked away for me and when the timing is right he’ll be put into my life. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to embrace the “love” theme and make the most out of it. Believe it or not, we ALL have the ultimate Valentine. Yes, He died on the cross for you, He wants to have a personal relationship with you. What about the roses? Chocolates? Fancy dinners? Nah, He’s more of an “eternal life” kind of guy. Ya know, that whole John 3:16 thing, He’s serious! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The love that God has for us, as His children is beyond what we can even begin to imagine! 1 John 4:16, So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. HE wants to love you, and wants you to love Him and those around you. He wants to shower you in love ALL YEAR ROUND, not just one day a year. Who elses Valentine died on the cross to save their life? Mine did, Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Valentine. God IS LOVE, it doesn’t get any better than eternal life through Jesus! Happy Valentine’s Day!

He Understands

When you find yourself in darkness
hang in there, don’t lose hope.
The Lord is always with you,
even at the end of your rope.

He understands your heart aches
and each and every tear,
don’t be afraid to call on Him
for He is always near.

He’ll gladly take on burdens
you cannot bear alone.
Just take the time to talk to Him
you don’t even have to pick up the phone.

He understands frustrations
and all of the stress of life.
When it seems He has forgotten us
is when He wants to hold us tight.

He’ll never make us fight alone,
He’s always by our side.
So even when you’re down and out
remember, in Him you can confide.

~Amanda N. Sams



Wonderful Grace


The wonderful Grace of Jesus
has washed me white as snow.
The merciful blood of Jesus
has saved me from Hell below.

Everyday I’m thankful
for the sacrifice He made,
He hung upon the Cross
for my sins, the price He paid.

The wonderful Grace of Jesus
has washed me white as snow.
The merciful blood of Jesus
through which my blessings flow.

The crown of thorns upon His head
nails through His hands and feet,
an act of love so powerful
it never can be beat.

The wonderful Grace of Jesus
that washed me white as snow,
the merciful blood of Jesus,
no greater Love will I ever know.

~Amanda N. Sams