January 23, 2012

Interview with Amanda Jones:: Part Two:: Criticism & Pressure

Did you read Part One of my interview with Amanda Jones, a church planting wife in Houston? I love how she captured the thrill of being smack-dab in the middle of God's calling on our lives: "We {are} way out on a limb with God, but the view of His faithfulness {is} spectacular!" No matter our calling, that definitely sums up a life of faith.

Today, my interview with Amanda continues with questions concerning the intense pressures associated with church planting and her thoughts on growing up as the daughter of a popular Christian leader.

{Amanda's mom is author and Bible teacher, Beth Moore.} A lot of people have preconceived ideas about well-known Christian leaders. What do you wish people knew about your mom’s day-to-day life? What do you wish people knew about you and your family?
I think the hardest place to walk out your faith can be in your own home with your spouse and children. That’s where we let our guard down and show our most authentic selves. I don’t say this to defend my mother, because I feel no need to, but rather to honor her: she loves, believes and serves Jesus more than anyone I know. Jesus is her everything. I suppose a lot of ministry kids and spouses feel torn between what they see and hear from their loved ones on stage and what they see and hear from them at home. It’s so beautiful that my dad, sister and I have seen the ins and outs of my mom’s life and ministry from up close and we are absolutely her biggest cheerleaders.

Read the rest of Amanda's interview in my book, The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart.

Thank you, Amanda! We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in Houston and your insight concerning church planting. Readers, you can find Amanda on her blog, the blog she shares with her mom and sister, and on Twitter.