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Welcome to my site, and thanks for visiting. My name is Amanda Hale, but I like to be called Mandy. I named my site "MandysMiracles," because in my lifetime, I have been fortunate enough to witness several miracles. They might not be the type of events that most people would call "miracles," but that's the beautiful part about it...the details, the smallest little glimmer of light in the darkness, the everyday occurances that most people take for granted...these are the things that make up my story of faith. I've learned that finding God in the ordinary is the only way to experience the extraordinary.

I was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1978...and what an entrance into the world I made! I wasn't due for about 3 more weeks, but I guess I decided my family needed a little something extra to give thanks for. I was nearly born in the car on the way to the hospital...but I held out, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I grew up in a huge, loving, amazing family with a rich history in southern gospel. My great-grandaddy and his brothers had a gospel group knows as "The Frost Brothers Quartet." Later on, my grandfather and his brothers formed "The Frost Brothers." And not to be left out of the spotlight...*my aunts, who were known for many years as "The Frost Sisters." My sister and my cousins and I would sit on wooden church pews for hours at gospel singings growing up, and while I'd like to say we experienced God in those humble little country churches, to be honest, the main thing we experienced was hours on end of the sheer joy of whispering behind our church programs and giggling when our mothers weren't looking. Looking back on that now, I picture the row of little girls with curls and bonnets and delighted peals of laughter...and I smile. Thank God for gospel singings!

When I was 12 years old, I was taken into the hospital for surgery to have my appendix removed. While the doctors were operating on me, they discovered a massive cyst wrapped all the way around my right ovary. For several days, they thought I had ovarian cancer. My precious parents couldn't bring themselves to tell me, so they worked overtime to make sure I was kept calm and happy...while they walked around like zombies when I wasn't looking. It wasn't until a couple of days after the surgery to remove my ovary that we were told the cyst was benign. We were also told that had I not suffered the appendicitis, they might have never found the cyst, and I could have died from gangrene. Looking back now, I remember the jubilance in my parents faces when they were told their little girl was going to be just fine...and I smile. Thank God for His angels that I call "Mom and Dad."

Growing up, I strayed from my spiritual heritage. I wanted to live my life my way and sought happiness in all the wrong places...friends, going out and partying, boyfriends...and I came up empty every time. The theme song for my life could have been "Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places." When I was 20-years-old, a sophomore in college, I reached a point where I was completely frustrated with my life. I was coming out of a bad relationship and just couldn't figure out why I was so unhappy. It was at that point that a friend of mine who was a Christian said to me, "You know you don't have to settle for these dead-end relationships and miserable circumstances. God has the perfect person already picked out for you! Why do you keep wasting time on the wrong ones?" That statement just blew me away. I had never even considered the fact that God cared about my love life...let alone my entire life! He wanted all of me, with no compromising, and would take me as I was. I could be me. I could bring both the good and the bad parts of me and lay them at His feet, and not only would He not judge me, He would rejoice! It was like someone had peeled away the blinders I was wearing and allowed me to see the light. I knew then my life would never be the same.

Around that same time, my mom had just started attending a new church and had been inviting me to go every Sunday. I finally accepted, and took another step of faith toward God. I remember getting down on my knees and praying one night..."God, if you are there and you love me, plant me in a church. Bring me new Christian friends to replace the ones I lost by no longer being willing to compromise." And He did just that! Before long, I had a new set of Christian friends just as passionate as I was about seeking God. To this day, nearly 6 years later, this group of friends is still who I consider my closest confidantes. We have managed to stick together through thick and thin...and although there have been periods of time when we grew apart, we always manage to find our way back to each other.

Two months after I started to church, I was baptized. What a beautiful experience it was. Surrounded by my family and friends, I washed away the old me and stepped out of the water as the brand new me. I truly feel as though that day, I was born again.

Two years ago, my precious niece, Emma, was born...and what a miracle she has been. Standing in the delivery room, watching her enter this world was the most miraculous experience I have ever witnessed, and that I will probably ever witness. How anyone could look at the face of a newborn child and doubt God's existence is beyond me. Emma brought my family together in a way that nothing else could. With her birth came a new season in my family. With merely her presence, that tiny little ray of light weaved a tapestry of love and hope into a family that had long ago stopped looking for miracles. It was as though God sent us our very own guardian angel, to show us the way back to love, and grace, and forgiveness.

My life changed forever when I was 20 years old. I left the path I had been walking on, full of disappointment and hopelessness and uncertainty, and started a new path...one I've been following for the past 6 years. Every day I walk with God is a new adventure. I am not where I want to be in my walk with Christ, but I know I'm on my way. I am flawed and imperfect and I stumble and fall sometimes, but He's always there to pick me back up, brush me off, and send me on my way again. I just recently went through a very difficult period in my life, a time of great soul-searching and reflection, and He was faithful to see me through to the end. He never left my side for a minute. His love is so awe-inspiring, so humbling. There have been moments in my life where the only place left for me to go was to my knees...and He's never failed to meet me there. I am finally at the place in my life where I know I am on the exact path He wants me on, and it's a great feeling. It's been a path that has been full of ups and downs, a path of everyday miracles, and a path that has sometimes been shadowed in darkness...but always, always with just enough light for the next step. And with God, that's really all you need. 

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omg we have the same name   / Amanda Hale (none)
i just came a crossed you web site and im like no way same name ....that really kool i never4 knew any one had the same name as me
friend  / Jamie Woodruff (friend)
Hey Mandy, I am so proud of you. We have experienced a lot together. It has all been worthwhile. I hope that you feel the same way.
Journey  / Dan Clark (Friend)
Sounds like to me that you are where you are supposed to be in life. Maybe you're not completely there yet, but I'd say you're well on your way. Trust that He will take your hand in the direction you are supposed to follow. With the wonderful attitud...  Continue >>
A Generosity of Spirit   / David Flanagan (a far away friend )
At a time when there seems so much to criticised about young people, how delightful, Mandy, to read your special journey.  It's a beautifully crafted, open and intimate account which humbles anyone lucky enough to read it.What you say and the wa...  Continue >>
Light  / Cherish King (sister)
So many times as a big sister I have led the way.  Yet where faith is concerned, you have often guided me.  Thank you for your light.  May the rest of the world see how brightly it shines!!
Beautiful / Terri Hale (Mom)    Read >>
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Interview with God  
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A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime  

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

"Because" - By: TD Jakes  
Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize what a gold mine you are...
Doesn't mean you shine any less.

Just because no one has been smart enough to figure out that you can't be topped...
doesn't stop you from being the best.

Just because no one has come along to share your life...
doesn't mean that day isn't coming.

Just because no one has made this race worthwhile...
doesn't give you permission to stop running.

Just because no one has realized how much of an awesome woman you are...
doesn't mean they can affect your femininity.

Just because no one has shown up who can love you on your level...
doesn't mean you have to sink to theirs.

Just because you deserve the very best there is...
doesn't mean that life is always fair.

Just because God is still preparing your king...
doesn't mean that you're not already a Queen.

Just because your situation doesn't seem to be progressing right now...
doesn't mean you need to change a thing.

Keep shining, keep running, keep hoping, and keep praying,
Keep being exactly what you are already...

COMPLETE!!

Let It Go For 2006! By: TD Jakes  

There are people who can walk away from you.

And hear me when I tell you this!  When people can walk away from you: let them walk. I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you.
And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them
stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over.  And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead.

You've got to know when it's dead.

You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me.


And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it. Stop begging people to stay.

Let them go!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains .....

LET IT GO!!!

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth.....

LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you ........

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents ....

LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're feeling depressed and stressed .......

LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things.
GOD is doing a new thing for 2006!!!

LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left...think about it, and then...

LET IT GO!!!

"The Battle is the Lord's!"
Poem I Want Read at My Wedding Someday  
Love's Coming
By: Ella Wheeler

She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle's call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm's strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.



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With my mom, sister, and friend, Laurie - The day of my baptism
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