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My name is Aminata Coote, my friends call me Ami. I live in Montego Bay, Jamaica with my husband and son.
After consuming thousands of novels over a number of years, I started thinking, "Hmmm, you know I could be a writer?" Yet for years I put it off for fear that I would be no good at it. If I'm really honest, there was also a fear that I would be good at it - fear of success.
Added to that, whenever I shared my dream, I was told how "impractical" it was. I needed to get into a field that would "make me money". I denied my desire to write and experimented with other areas hoping to "find myself".
In the meantime, I would scribble ideas on any surface I could find, building my portfolio for that day when I would finally be brave enough to complete something and send it to a publishing house.
The writing dream just would not go away. I dreamed of being the next Nora Roberts.
But God had a different plan. He began converting my heart. If I had to pinpoint when the change began, I would have to say it began while I was pregnant with my son. I started turning to God and depending on Him instead of trying to run from Him.
In 2014, I made a commitment to (finally!) finish the Bible year. I was going to seek Him while He could still be found. Before the year was through I had fallen in love with Jesus and committed my life to Him.
The dream of being a writer remained but now my ideas were different. Instead of romance and mystery plots, I was imagining ways of getting the gospel out.
How could I get other people as excited about digging into God's word as I was? Would I even find anyone else who was excited about Bible study?
God introduced me to a whole world of men and women who were not only studying the Bible, but sharing what they've learnt. I was intrigued. I wanted to be one of them.
But a half a lifetime of fear still kept me paralyzed. I didn't believe I could do it. I was still a prisoner of fear. So much so that I did a number of studies on fear. That's when I realized:
"God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7
I became convinced within myself that I needed to start a blog. I needed to get into a habit of writing. If God wanted me to write a book: that would come in time. Still I hesitated.
Until two managers in my office got laid off... it was an unwelcome reminder that change can sometimes come in dramatic unfriendly ways. but you know, those layoffs had me thinking, "I could be next."
One of the managers that had been laid off had a successful website so I wasn't worried about him. I knew he had all the tools for success and that he and his family would be taken care of. Instead I decided to follow his example and advice and pay for a Solo Build It subscription.
While I worked my way through their Action Guide, I hesitated some more until I read a post that said: "If God told you to do something and you haven't done it, if He didn't rescind those orders, those are standing orders."
So here I am. Writing about the God I serve, who sent His Son to save the whole world from sin.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I hope you'll be back to visit to see how this site grows as I grow in Christ.