I remember the early morning that we received the group message from Ami informing us all of the cancer news but how she was ready to fight. We rallied behind her and I’ve never seen a fight like the one she put up!! I thought Leigh put it perfectly, “When I reflect on the life of my sweet friend Ami the word that immediately comes to my mind is constant. She was always so constant. A strong, brave, steady friend who had an unwavering faith. She taught me so much through the way she lived her life. She was breathtakingly beautiful but her spirit and heart were just as beautiful.”
In June of this past year, the week of my birthday, a package arrived at my door full of some of my favorite things and the most precious card from her. Always remembering special moments in others lives despite the week she was having.
Then this past fall when my brother moved overseas to be a missionary, she typed letters of encouragement with prayers and Scripture to him.
In October, we held a 5K fundraiser in Wadley for the Pearson Family. Ami called me every week for at least 2 months wanting to know what she could do to help. Finally a couple days before the race after her asking me what she could bring, I put her in her place like she would have done to me and said “Ami this is for you, you are not making refreshments or bringing anything but you, TJ and your girls!”. It was a beautiful day full of love and The Holy Spirit thanks to many of you! Ami posted on Facebook the next day “Yesterday’s 5K was an amazing experience for our family. The money that was raised far exceeded our expectations and we are more than grateful for the love, prayers and support that each of you have provided. A special thanks to Samantha Fetner Baggett and every else involved in putting the event together. We love you and are thankful to have each of you in our lives.”
Through all she was going through. She wanted to freely help others with her God given skills and the degree that she had worked so very hard for at Auburn.
A few days later during another one of our text conversations Ami sent: “Also, wanted to share what happened yesterday. I had a rough start yesterday morning; I'm kinda in a slump and worn our physically and emotionally. I finally got ready and went to meet GiGi and her sister for lunch. This random lady came up to the table and proceeded to ask me if I was a Christian; I of course said yes. She told me that God sends her messages to tell people and He directed her to me. He told her to let me know that the fight isn't over, and it might get worse, but everything was gonna be ok in the end and He would see me through. I was floored.....after my pity party all morning long, God sent me a rainbow.”
I have much peace today knowing that Ami is no longer sick and that she knew Jesus Christ. I know she would tell you today that He is the best friend you will ever have and that knowing Him and following Him is the best decision you will ever make in this life because eternity with Him indescribably good.
I am thankful to have celebrated so many memories together! We never dreamed a piece of our crew would be called to Heaven so soon. I am so in love with the circle of friends in this room. I was able to stay with Ami her last weekend here. My breath was literally taken away as I watched the love flow through her home by visits or people sending food. I was able to hug, love on and text some people I have known my whole life, some over ten years and some only a few days but each just as sweet as the other! What a beautiful picture of Christ's love for us. He is there for us no matter the circumstance. He loves you no matter how many days you've known Him or maybe been away from Him. Don't waste another day. Talk and meet with the best friend you will ever have today-JESUS! Then take the time today to reach out and encourage those He has blessed you to do life with!!!
May we always live life to the fullest and brighten each other's days as Ami modeled! We will miss this girl like crazy but I'm overjoyed to know that she is worshiping Our Maker & Lover of Her Soul tonight!