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Fearless Passion: Leah James

img_9292What comes to mind for you in your own life regarding Eve Within? In other words, what would you like to share about the progress you’ve made as a woman of God over the past few years?

The progress I have made as a woman of God over these past few years has been mind blowing. I never imagined being the woman I am today. I remember always questioning and searching for my identity in Christ, now I know who I am and how loved I am by our creator more than I ever have in my life.

How important to you are your dreams? How do you tie your pursuit of dreams into your daily life?

My dreams are extremely important to me. I am my dreams and my dreams are me. I have no life without the pursuit of my dreams. Too often women put their dreams on the back burner instead of sacrificing whatever they have to accomplish their goals and see their dreams come to fruition.

Can you share one revelation you’ve learned as it relates to not losing your passion? (Perhaps, particularly in the face of disappointment.)

I have realized that when I lost my passion I lose sight of my purpose. I feel like I am no longer living. Passion is what flows through us, it is the driving force to our existence. When you realize you can’t live without passion, you do whatever you can to keep it alive within you.

What’s a little bit of your background? How’d you get to be here doing what you’re now doing in 2017?

I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, I have lived in the east coast since I was 13. Between the ages of 13-26 I have suffered through and overcame SO MUCH, what tried to destroy me has only solidified my foundation and created in my a purpose that won’t die. I have lost my mother, been kicked out more than once, lived with other people, been heart broken by everyone I loved, suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke that caused me to lose my short term memory for years and much more. Without going through these things I never would have started to write poetry and I never would have had the desire to memorize my poems. From suffering such loss I have developed an immense love for people who have experienced any kind of pain in life. This is the reason I choose to keep speaking when everything around me is telling me to not speak. I have become a full time public speaker because I have decided to use what I have survived to help others learn how to survive as well.

What is a common fear you believe women have? How can they overcome this?

I believe a common fear women have is fear of failure and fear of judgment. We are constantly under a microscope as women in a western society already. When a woman decides to follow her purpose relentlessly it causes commotion and stirs up jealousy and envy in the hearts of people. It can be scary, but overcoming this fear will make you unstoppable.

Please share a scripture that has motivated you. What did God reveal to you about himself? What did He reveal to you about yourself?

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Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you.

This scripture has kept me on multiple occasions; it shows the nature of God and how much he loves his creation. His plans are never there to destroy you. No matter how painful the circumstances in your life may have been our creator has a purpose to benefit you through it all. Pain often leads to growth; there is beauty and development to be found in pain. I realized this when I realized Gods plans for my life are amazing beyond my understanding.

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What is your takeaway message to the woman reading this blog who feels like:

Their dream is for someone much older (with “real” life experience)

They lack resources

They lack supportive community

They feel discouraged

I would tell the woman reading this who feels any of these things to remember that you already have EVERYTHING you need within you to be successful. You were created to create and give life. God has designed you in such a way that you have no other choice but to succeed when you truly give your all to your purpose and to your God. I have come from nothing; I have often been alone in life. I grew up without parents. I had no guidance or financial stability, I still struggle with certain things as an adult but I can honestly say that none of these things have crippled me. I know that if I can reach deep within and pull out what God has put in me, ANY WOMAN can. Be patient with yourself, there is always a solution and never think you can do anything without God.

Note from Eve Within Founder, Imani Coles:
  •  If you are interested in participating in an Eve Within Interview, simply email evewithin@gmail.com.
  • I’ve written books that cover the topics listed above, building your faith, biblical womanhood, and more. You can find out more information via evewithin.com/books
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