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Meet Aminata Coote
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.
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.
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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