It’s Not About Me

Faith, Freedom, Hope, Movement

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That’s where it began…

It all started at a desk with a computer screen in the summer of 2008. At a job that was fulfilling but extremely draining, a calling for me, one to grow up, to mature in but also to show His love to a population that was riddled with confusion, sin, darkness, & ridiculed by society.

There was no privacy at this desk, conversations swarmed the area. Conversations swarmed my head. It was the battleground and many different spirits came and went.

I prayed daily for this space, for my work, for the people I came in contact with. I studied the word daily, this was my strength and peace and weapon when I was confronted with people, with the demands and with my own self.

I needed more, I needed simplicity, I needed Him. He wanted me there.

I found that acronyms worked in the midst of this chaos. First it was ….INOMB= it’s none of my business. Which worked for a while and people would pass by asking what INOMB meant. And I’d tell them.

But then I needed more! I needed to realize that each moment whether in that space or the space of my car, or later on my seat on the local bus, my home, my seat at church, or at a meeting. It’s not about me!

Which birthed INAM, it’s not about me….I wrote this on a green small sticky note under my computer screen. And stared at it frequently, day in and day out. I continued to pray, go to work, do the best I could according to His will for my life.

Then a year later He revealed to me, “Amanda you’re right, it’s not about you, it’s not about what you think you are not, what you think you should do or should know or should measure up to. It’s all about me. Yahweh. I died for you and every single person to know me. So place the cross that Jesus died on for you over what is NOT and KNOW that all you do, all you say is all about I AM. I gave Moses the words…the direction. I AM who I say I AM.

Therefore INAM with the cross over the N was birthed to bring glory to Him, Yahweh and all that He is. Period.

This was the beginning.

God said to Moses, ‘I AM who I AM.’ And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

Exodus 3:14 ESV

http://bible.com/59/exo.3.14.esv

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It’s Not About Me is a nonprofit ministry to strengthen His body and to glorify His name Christ Jesus. We partner with organizations who also agree in this vision and are attempting to bring freedom to those who are still held captive. As it is stated ….

“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty-VICTORY to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion-

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise ; instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-4, 7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/isa.61.1-4,7.esv

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Seema’s Story

Freedom

“I’m 35-years old and a mother of two, a 16-year old daughter and 14-year old son. They are my world. I started working at Freeset in the printing department and now I’m the printing supervisor.

Having a job allows me to save money for my children’s future. In my culture, we pass down gold jewelry to our children so that if there are any problems, they can be protected by our family inheritance. With my savings, I was able to buy these gold earrings for my daughter. I was so proud to be able to do this for her.”

– Seema, Freeset Kolkata employee

During this season let’s take a moment or two or three and really think about all that we have been blessed with just as Seema has shown us.

What are we working hard for? What type of inheritance are we planning to leave?

My heart is to leave an inheritance of heaven!

May His presence encompass you through and through. May His heart be what you are after and not the hurried-ness, possession-ness, or burdensome of the world. He has come for us to taste and see that He is good!

Praying for each of us to continue to know that it’s not about self, that it IS about Jesus!

In His Love ~ Amanda

Manufa’s Story

Freedom

Please welcome Manufa’s story on how Freeset has helped her transform her life…

“I have my mother, father, my two daughters, a young sister and my niece at home.

I have been working at Freeset Sherpur for almost two years. From 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon are my working hours. I love working here. At Freeset I have also made friends and I love weaving.

Our lives have been full of trouble but now it feels like the trouble is behind us.

Working at Freeset Sherpur I have rented a plot of land, installed a water tap at home, bought a cow, purchased jewellery for my sister.

I love that they respect me this encourages me to work even harder. I feel transformed and more included in a good society.”

– Manufa, Freeset Sherpur employee

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Freedom

This is the day the LORD has made, let US rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

Good morning,

We have a white blanket of cold outside this morning and I have a attitude that needs to be changed. But God shows up in egg cartons and sends along this message from an author that is gifted with the craft of words. She is an instrument of peace to my perspective and a gentle communicator which my soul needs.

I pray that we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear when He speaks to us and loves on us just for today!

Joy is always a function of gratitude – and gratitude

is always a function of perspective.” – Ann Voskamp

In His Love,

Amanda