What? Write a Book? Blog? Seriously!?

What? Write a Book? Blog? Seriously!?

Who am I to write a blog, much less a book? That’s the question I often ask myself. Then I hear, “Who are you not to?” So I write.

Pondering the story of the Samaritan woman I see many similarities between her and me. She, also, had a shady past filled with immorality and deceit but upon meeting Jesus at the well He didn’t seem to care about her past. In fact, He called her out on it but in a very loving and forgiving manner.  She thought he was a prophet, but Jesus revealed Himself to her and her life immediately changed.

With much excitement she went tell the other Samaritan’s about His love and how it had affected her life. Many believed in Jesus because of her story and, as a result, came to hear Him preach. Afterward, they believed not only because of her words but because they heard for themselves the wonderful news of God’s love and forgiveness.

That bible story sums up my hope and inspiration for writing. I may not be the best or the most polished writer but like the Samaritan woman, experiencing Christ’s loving forgiveness for myself, makes me want to shout from the mountain top that His love has altered my life forever. Who knows… maybe you to will hear and believe for yourself, too.

But wow, has it been scary and uncomfortable! Stepping out in faith and pursuing God’s purpose in my life has not been easy. Fear overwhelms me at times, and I ask, “Why me?”

In January of this year, I decided to act on God’s promptings to write a book about my experience as a living kidney donor. I had never written a book before and had no idea where to begin. I decided to take an online writing course, and learned the secret to writing well is – wait, hold on it’s amazing– is just to write. Interesting concept, I know!

So, I started writing the book and then one day my boss told me he had to lay me off– downsizing. On the positive side, however, I found myself with a lot more time to write my book.

Now, I’m told that to get a publisher I need to have a “following” which I’ve found out is a great thing for me, or at least that’s the way God sees it.

I’m not the type of person who likes to be in the front of the group with the spotlight shining down on me. Personally, I’m more comfortable on the sidelines cheering on other people. God, however, likes to push me outside of my comfort zone which is why you find yourself reading this blog. It’s God’s “gentle” nudging – love it!

But I share because God has asked me to, and I pray that those who need to hear will listen, and those who need to see will know.

Thank you for letting this Samaritan woman share my love for Jesus with you.

I pray that one day you will say, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42 (NIV)







What A Ride!!

What A Ride!!

Let’s admit it… at times life, can feel like an unpredictable roller coaster plummeting us into a death-defying drop or spiraling us into the next breathtaking loop. One thing is certain; life captivates us with not only devastating grief and sorrow but also extraordinary love and passion.

One constant that acts as our guardrail to hold onto, keeping us safe and secure, is the light of hope that lies in the power of God’s love. This gift not only keeps us on track while we navigate through life’s ups and downs, but it can also use us as a vessel in helping others, if we dare to believe.

This site has been created to share my experience as a living kidney donor. It’ll also serves a resource of hope to those who need inspiration in their life. I desire to share with the world what challenged me to believe in the presence of God, while doing it with dignity and grace, even when I didn’t feel I had it in me.

This journey has been one of incredible joy, laughter, sacrifice, heartache and grief. There were times when the only thing I had to rely on was God’s promises. I feel sharing my story continues to fulfill my faith, trust and belief in Him.

“But didn’t I tell you that you will see a wonderful miracle from God if you believed?” Jesus asked. – John 11:40 (The Living Bible)

My name is Amy Gray-Cunningham, and this is my story. It’s about daring to believe in a divine calling from God that resulted in me saving the life of a complete stranger.

On July 6, 2011, I donated a kidney to a man I didn’t know. What started out as a casual conversation with my husband about a Facebook page, created by a high school friend of his, ended up changing my life forever.  Jennifer Ensley Scoggins published a page–Looking for a Kidney for My Brother David. What a brave attempt to find a life-saving kidney for her brother?

David, in complete renal failure, needed a kidney transplant immediately, or he would die. I told my husband I hoped someone would step up to help him. He had a wife and two daughters. They needed their husband and daddy. My heart broke for this family.

Then in a clear, distinct voice I heard, “AMY THAT PERSON WILL BE YOU.”

My next thought was, “What??? How can this be?” Not only did I hear God speak directly to me for the first time but I instantly knew that person WAS me.

What I went through donating my kidney to David, God has given me back tenfold in blessings that are too many to count. David is alive and well and recently walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, which a few years ago wouldn’t have been possible. Those six little words… “Amy that person will be you,” not only gave David his life back, and it transformed mine forever.

As a result of this extraordinary experience, I’ve written a book, Daring to Believe–Amy’s Memoir as a Living Kidney Donor, and it’s scheduled to be released in 2016. This amazing reflection chronicles my journey throughout the entire donation process and depicts how even when I struggled to believe, God’s loving hand pulled me through.

By telling my story, I hope it will inspire others to listen to that calm, still voice inside them, regardless of where it might lead. As scary as it may seem at times, God’s desire is to bless us here on earth as He does in heaven.

While I continue to post the successes and trials of my life, I hope it inspires you to keep faith and continue believing, but overall, to build and strengthen your own relationship with God.

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