BVN Member Interview: Meet Aminata Coote

We’re excited to share with you the next interview on the Blogger Voices Network! We hope you enjoy getting to know Aminata Coote from Hebrews12Endurance today!

Please start by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m married with one child – a son. We live in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I love reading and learning new things.

List approximately three favorites. My favorite:

  • My favorite color is red
  • season is spring because everything seems new and refreshed at that time of year
  • song right now is You Say (though I pretty much like anything by Lauren Daigle)

List one unique fact about you.

Sometimes when I’m having trouble working something out, I’ll go to bed and my subconscious mind starts working on it. I’m sleeping, but I’m aware that a part of my brain is alert and trying things out. Usually, once I’m awake I’ll have the solution or at least an idea of where to start.

ocean view by Aminata Coote

Aminata Coote’s Blog

Tell us about your blog/ministry?

My blog is Hebrews 12 Endurance. September 25, 2018 will be the third year since my accidental launch. There was a lot of brainstorming involved in choosing the name. My husband and I went through a bunch of names, but the concept of endurance kept coming up. The best biblical example of endurance for me is found in Hebrews 12:1-2. The name came out of that. It’s a reminder to myself and my readers that we can persevere. Things may get rough, but as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will endure.

The message of the blog is summed up in the tagline: Know God. Know yourself. Run your race.

Have you created a special gift for subscribers or written a book?

My book How to Find Your Gratitude Attitude is available on Amazon. It’s a 21-day devotional that’s geared at getting persons to dig beneath the ingratitude that rolls so easily off the tongue and access a more thankful attitude.

How to Find Your Gratitude Attitude mockup

What’s the best blogging/writing tip you have for your fellow bloggers?

Learn to write for an audience of One. It can get very discouraging when we look around at social media and see what everyone is doing. It gets even more confusing when you start listening to the various ways to create a “successful and profitable” blog… As a Christian blogger, it’s not always possible to walk in the path of bloggers who have gone before, we need to realize that we are working for and with God.

Aminata Coote’s Spiritual Growth

What is your most favorite verse/passage and why?

1 Samuel 1 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I love Hannah’s story. I love the way how when she was persecuted, she didn’t respond to her persecutors with harsh words or unkind actions. She didn’t get mad and say things that she would later regret. Instead, she sought God and spent time in His presence pouring her heart out to Him.

For a long time, I only saw Hannah’s pain. I thought Peninnah was a pill. But one day, God revealed to me that maybe Peninnah acted that way because she was hurting too. She was in love with a man who loved someone else. In that one story, we see two different ways we can respond to persecution – we can lash out and hurt others or we can draw closer to God and seek solace in Him.

Right now I’m closer to Peninnah, but I want to be like Hannah when I grow up.

Have you ever gone deep in your walk with God? How did He minister to you?

I had started an initiative to read one chapter of the Bible every day and we were reading Leviticus. This is a book I had struggled to read a number of times before – I eventually read it through at least once, but that time God used it to reveal His heart to me. He made the plan of salvation and His love for humanity so clear that I finished that book with a sense of awe and reverence.

Wisdom from Aminata Coote

What advice would you give a new convert?

Know God for yourself. To do that, spend time in prayer and reading His word. You may not understand everything you read at first, but the Holy Spirit is a great Teacher – He will reveal truth to you in exactly the right doses so that you can process and understand it.

Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share?

Don’t give fear a foothold. It will start in one little thing until it touches every area of your life. A good verse to meditate on is 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

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  1. kellyrbaker says:

    Oh, Ami, such great wisdom sprinkled throughout! And I wish I had a brain that would keep working while sleeping. My problem is waking up and wanting to solve the it keeps me up. So glad to feature you today!

    1. I’m glad to be featured, Kelly. A brain that works when you want to sleep does not always seem like a blessing.

  2. Ami, it’s good to learn more about you here! Your blog is excellent, and I didn’t know you live in Jamaica until now. Like Kelly said above, I am impressed that your brain works at night to process those thoughts. I have vivid dreams and sometimes God reveals truths to me through them–mostly I wish I would dream less and sleep more! Blessings on your blogging ministry.

    1. I’m glad to be featured, Kelly. A brain that works when you want to sleep does not always seem like a blessing.

    2. I know how you feel Sarah! Vivid dreams and working brains are not conducive to a good night’s sleep.

  3. Ami, I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you. I love that you said “As a Christian blogger, it’s not always possible to walk in the path of bloggers who have gone before, we need to realize that we are working for and with God.” Such good and wise advice. We need to remember this when we are tempted to compare our blogging and writing journeys to the success of others.

    1. Exactly Kelly. Trying to live up to what every blogger is doing will drive us crazy.

  4. A new friend!
    Thanks, Kelly, for the intro! I’ll be checking out your writing home, Ami!

  5. “Know God. Know yourself. Run your race.”
    “Learn to write for an audience of One.”
    AND the title of your book…

    You are so inspiring!
    So thankful to get to learn about you today.
    Your words are so refreshing!

  6. So good to read more about you! Run Your Race! Love it! So inspiring! Blessings

  7. I loved getting to know Ami! She does have a lot of wisdom and love for the Lord and people. Blessings to you, Kelly, and Ami!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      To you too, Gayl!

  8. Happy to know more about you, Aminata. You’ve been an encouragement. Blessings to you.

  9. Good advice, learn to write for an audience of One! Actually, everything we do should be for an audience of One …
    Nice to meet another blogger friend!

    1. That’s so true Jerralea. Everything we do should be done to give glory to God.

  10. Ami, it is a delight to learn about you! I love your inspirational tag line for your blog, based on Hebrews 12: “Know God. Know yourself. Run your race.” It is a great reminder that we are to focus on God, our relationship with Him, and as we grow in self-awareness we must keep running towards Him with endurance – rather than get distracted by horizontal things and how others are running their race.

    1. Aminata Coote says:

      Thanks, Anne.

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