Articles by Amy Young

Amy Young

Amy Young is readjusting to messy middle of life in the US after more than twenty years in China and the recent death of her dad. When she first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. Often the only words really needed in life. She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at and tweets as @amyinbj and is the most unbeautiful pinner Pinterest has ever seen (but she's having fun!).


The Sounds of Silence {Silence}

Silence isn’t like going to a vending machine and knowing what you’re going to get if you put in your time and press D3 or B5 and out pops the candy bar or soda you selected. One day God talked with me about the trinity. Another I had a picture of taller stick figure walking with a shorter one and knew it was God and me.

It wasn’t all theologically deep and rich. One day I said, “I’m listening” and God said, “That’s good.” And we sat there.

IMG_0069 (1)

ONE WORD: Practice Celebration

All I know is this: I don’t want to move ahead, forgetting where I’ve been. Nor do I want to become useless because I won’t move forward. Practicing celebration is one way to create space for both and lean into the tensions of this life.

Why Choose

ONE WORD: Why Choose One Word

Three years ago I heard about choosing a word for the year and it seemed all the “cool kids” (AKA “cool bloggers”) were doing it. So I didn’t pick a word. Fast forward two months and I was asked what I was hearing from God. In that moment I faced a choice and knew I had to chose whether to put on a mask or not. With trepidation I took the mask off and God chose a phrase for the year: Renewed Joy. “Renewed Joy” was the deepest longing of my soul as I had been drifting from myself. Deeper than resolutions or goals, it anchored me and gave me hope.


Living A Three Strand Life

What if three-stranded lives are not quickly broken? What if part of the good news of the gospel is that we don’t have to be all things to all people? But we do need to be a few things? I know I’m invigorated when part of what I’m doing is purposeful.rope

What if a three-stranded life consists of these strands: the macro, the micro, and the daily details.

When We Listen to the Whispers

When We Listen to the Whispers

Many whispers my heart can roll her eyes at, as if to say, “Please, child, quit pulling my leg.” You need to be a size six. Whatever, not even tempting, I enjoy food and fellowship around food too much and I’m not overweight. You’re not as good as she is, or he is, or they are. Hello, of course I’m not, and so what? I’m good at other things. If people knew X or Y about you, they’d be so disappointed.


How to Live in the Messy Middle

When I named my blog The Messy Middle I had one meaning in mind. I had not foreseen other interpretations that have surfaced. If only I was so clever! So no, I am not the middle child (I’m the oldest). No, my blog has nothing to do with being mid-life or middle aged. Though, I am middle-age-ish, that is not the point of the blog. And the final no is to The Messy Middle being a reference to China, The Middle Kingdom, as her name is in Chinese and where I spent nearly 20 years.


A Woman’s Greatest Calling

Well done, good and faithful servants!

The words we all long to hear :) You made it! Congratulations to you on being here – your high school graduation. If there’s ever a time where young girls question their relevance, purpose, and position in Christianity, it usually comes when they are about to embark on this brand new journey, outside of the comforts of their own homes, on their way to the unknowns of college.

Copyright © 2014 Self Talk the Gospel. All Rights Reserved.