An Update about Amber

AmberUpdate

Many of you know my beautiful wife Amber. She is my best friend. She is my greatest encourager. She daily reflects the love and grace of Jesus to myself and to those she comes in contact with. About 10 years ago Amber noticed some changes in her ability to speak over noise in different settings. Over the past year and a half it has become more and more difficult. We have seen specialists, gone through testing and yet there is still not clarity on what is happening with her vocal strength.

As you can imagine this is a difficult thing to face, especially when most of what we do is a family centers around speaking and meeting with other people. We were talking the other day about sharing it with people beyond our family and co-workers so people could be aware and join us in prayer.

Here is a letter that Amber wrote for everyone:

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April 30, 2014

Pastors and Friends,

I want to personally write you a letter and let you know how grateful, humbled, and blessed I am to be able to serve alongside Tyler in our current position as Northwest Ministry Network Youth Directors. When we began this season over a year and a half ago, I remember feeling a little bit like Gideon, “Lord, who am I to serve in this position?”

The past year and a half we have been surrounded by such encouragement, support, and grace by you all, and I am forever grateful. I feel like I now need to share about a struggle with my voice that I’m walking through, especially in the past year.

About ten years ago, I first noticed that I had a hard time in really loud settings, speaking or praying over background noise (eg: camp altar times). Over the years, I’ve mentioned this to my doctor on different occasions and first had my throat scoped six years ago. Every scope that I’ve had, has never provided any answers. I don’t have vocal cord damage, nodules, or anything out of the ordinary. This difficulty to speak however, has gradually gotten worse, and I really hit my low point this past summer. I no longer was able to sustain a phone conversation (which means even scheduling doctor & dental appointments for our kids), and just normal conversations have become very difficult for me. I shared with some of you at summer camp that I was starting speech therapy to try to strengthen my voice, went on medication for acid reflux, and had more advanced scoping done. I’ve not had improvement with these treatments and am now pursuing more doctoral opinions and treatments.

I share all of this to ask that you would pray for me and our family that God would bring divine healing or healing through medical treatment. This journey has really shaken my everyday world. It’s been a dark and lonely season. I am confident that God is using this season, and in the future I will look back and thank Him for bringing me through it, and for the growth that has resulted from it. As I walk through it though, it is incredibly challenging.

I want you all to know, especially ladies, that I love you, pray for you, cheer for your victories and my heart hurts with you when I hear of your own challenges. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can be praying for you in a specific way, and I thank you for praying for me.

Lots of love,

Amber Sollie

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Thanks for keeping Amber in your prayers. We are confident that God has us in the midst of this season! We are constantly reminded of His faithfulness and goodness. His ability to sustain is greater than the challenges that we face in this life. Thanks for your friendship and journeying with us!

16 comments
  1. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you because of the nature of your role being one where engagement with others through conversation is required not to mention all the other daily ways we use our voices. I’m praying for you and standing with you, Amber (and family). We love you guys!!!

  2. Amber,
    I am so glad to know this so I can be praying! I can’t imagine how hard this must be and yet I have gone through challenging times when I felt scared and alone! I don’t want you to feel scared or alone! Please know we are standing beside you and let us know how we can be a support! You are right when you say God is using this…what a woman of courage you are!
    I pray you will know His nearness as you walk through this season!
    Michelle

  3. We will definitely be praying for Amber and your family. Thank you for sharing and we stand with you believing God for a miracle.

  4. Thank you for opening your heart and allowing us to support you in your own struggle. I know I have come to you asking for advice/wisdom in various areas and you have been incredibly encouraging and supportive. I believe your influence is great, not just in your ability to speak, but also in how you live, your character and your written word. What is remarkable is that in the midst of your own season of hardship, you still desire to pray for and help others. I will be in prayer for you, for your family. God bless and love you!!!

  5. We are praying with and for Amber and your family! We are always here for you and love you all so much! Believing for God’s healing power.

  6. Thank you for sharing your hearts. Oh Amber, we’ll be praying for you.

    “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. …” Is 30:15 The scriptural context is different than what you’re going through, but that verse came to mind as I was praying for you.

    So blessed as we looked across the room at conference and saw Tyler from afar. You’re right where God wants you – as you are, enough by His grace, his hands extended to others.

    Really appreciate you two. And we know God is able by a mere breath or word to restore and heal. Love and prayers. The Kowalskis

  7. Oh how I felt a pang of righteous indignation that any weapon formed against you could prosper. I feel so strongly about interceding for you, and to pray for complete healing of your voice. God bless you with absolute peace, without fear of any kind, and I pray you see yourself standing in the place of shouting to the Lord with a voice of triumph. We all love you @ our home and I am going to print your picture as a prayer reminder in my kitchen.

  8. Tyler and Amber, your transparency is a model to follow. Your spiritual voice is loud and clear. Thanks for who you are and how you represent Christ and relationships as they are designed to be lived out. Proverbs 11:25 he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

  9. Amber, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know this. I’ll be praying now. Love u sweet friend. You are a person who Jesus shines through in such a gentle and kind way. I think of you and picture u with your morning coffee in hand. 🙂 peaceful and calm. Hugs…

  10. Carey and I will continue to be in prayer for you and Tyler during the season. Believing God for the complete healing and restoration of your voice. Love you and your family dearly. xx

  11. Amber and Tyler,
    Praying God’s healing and sustaining grace over you. You are such a treasure,and as we have seen over the years God has much in store for you. You are mighty in the kingdom, and God is mighty in you. His faithfulness will be with you each step of this journey. Love you both.

  12. Tyler & Amber,
    We’ll be praying for you guys through this season. We’re confident in Gods power to heal and the sufficient grace of Jesus that will continue to sustain and grow you during this time. Psalm 121 is a text that has carried us through seasons of trial in recent years- we’re praying that word for you as you travel this path-
    Andrew & Carissa

  13. My wife Judith and I would like to have an e-mail address we could write to you and share some prayers etc. with you.

    Could you contact us with a good email or texting number we could reach you at. God Bless with lots of love and prayers

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