Happy 2018 to you! I absolutely love celebrating a new year! January 1st is like cracking open a book only to find a blank page and realizing that you have the chance to pen your very own story. A new year is a fresh beginning and it brings with it eagerness, anticipation, and hope. I can’t wait to see who the pages of 2018 will be written!
I’m praying that you feel that, too! I trust that when you opened your eyes this morning to this untouched year, it was with great expectation at the things that God has in store for you!
In this new year, I’m excited to be able to connect you to a new friend from Build A Sister Up. Amy Elaine Martinez has been a joy to get to know. She has a heart for encouraging women to become Victory Girls who can boldly fight their battles as Daughters of the King. She inspires me to step out in faith and be the warrior that God is calling me to be. I’m sure she will be an inspiration to you, as well!
Let me introduce you to my friend, Amy Elaine Martinez.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a Colorado girl with a little southern twang. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, but have now spent more than half my life in Colorado. I’d like to think I’m a devoted wife after being married to the love of my life for 24 years. I’m a boy-mom to two grown young men, Sidney and Gabriel. And I finally got my girl, my daughter-in-love, Riley. I have a passion for Jesus, coffee and women’s ministry. I’m the Founder of BeLoved Lumière Devotional, a Bible teacher, writer. I recently became an author, publishing my first book, Becoming a Victory Girl.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, most definitely. We’ve had a commercial grade espresso machine in our home since 2004 and keep adding new gadgets and the latest coffee trends to our kitchen. My oldest son is a Developer of Coffee at a small, local coffee shop in the Phoenix area…we are a coffee family.
Exercise or nap?
I want my answer to be exercise, but it’s not. I don’t really take naps, but if I could, I would!
Cake or pie?
Cake, chocolate cake or lemon cake, NO icing/frosting…well maybe a little, but only a tiny bit. I usually scrap off all the icing.
High heels or sneakers?
Neither. I’m a cowboy boots or flip flops girl! I only wear sneakers if I’m actually working out. I can’t wear high heels anymore. I’ve had bad feet since 2005 and haven’t put on a pair of heels since, but if I could I would. They are gorgeous! I have a pair in my closet that I keep wishing I could wear…but, no.
Vacation or staycation?
Vacation! My husband has worked from our home since 2004. While I love being at home on our 2.5 acre slice of heaven in Colorado, when it comes to vacation, I want to get out of the office and go somewhere warm!
Early riser or sleep in?
Early riser! I can’t help it. My husband and I get up around 5-ish every day and almond milk lattes together. One is never enough. We’ve been doing this for years and it has proved to be a vital part of keeping our marriage healthy and strong. We celebrate 24 years this year and I never dreamed I would be capable of that!
Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs. We have an adorable Australian Shepherd named Maverick. We call him “Mav.” When my oldest son got married at 19, we got our first pet ever!
Introvert or extrovert?
Absolutely, undeniably an introvert. I worked in sales and I’ve been a ministry leader for over 10 years, so I know how to extrovert when needed, but I have to have my alone time everyday. I think I could actually go days without picking up the phone or going anywhere…no make-up, quiet, and comfy clothes.
Country living or city girl?
Country girl for living, but city girl for outings. I love the urban, downtown feel with small coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques to shop in.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’m not much of a hobby kind of girl. I’m not crafty at all. I love to cook and plan events. So, planning small gatherings around the table could be my hobby, I guess.
What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now?
I’ve been listening to Kim Walker-Smith’s- On My Side since May of last year. I’m also loving me some Blanca lately. Love her song, “Surrender,” and “Not Backing Down,” and “Real Love.” I love my new Bible, it’s new The Passion Translation Bible with all of the New Testament, Proverbs, Psalms, and Song of Songs included. It’s purple and it’s my favorite translation right now. I love how it reads making the Word come alive in fresh ways for me.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping heart-shattered women who feel like they just can’t change learn how to walk in wholeness and live in victory. The transforming power of the Holy Spirit took this broken girl and changed me from the inside out. I love sharing my story and journey to wholeness with women. I truly believe that if He could do it in me, He will do it for them too!
I’m passionate about learning to “Be Loved in The Light.” I’m also passionate about family, food, and fearless living.
What/where are you writing?
I just released my first self-published book, Becoming a Victory Girl: Staking Your Claim in the Kingdom. I write weekly for BeLoved Lumière Devotional on my website at amyelaine.com. And, monthly for the DevotableApp. I’m currently working on a book about brokenness and what it means to be made whole again in Christ.
Here’s the link to my new book: Becoming A Victory Girl: Staking Your Claim in The Kingdom
Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on/with?
I serve as Women’s Ministry Director at a small church plant in Castle Rock, CO. We hosted a local women’s retreat in August and may do another one in the future. I work with a non-profit called the Chrysalis House of Colorado. Our hope is to build a house in Douglas County, Colorado, that will empower women recently released from incarceration to join a home community where they are offered a fresh start. Through our program we will provide a safe place for these ladies to learn their true identity in Christ through healing, ministry, counseling, encouragement, and learning the life skills they need to set themselves up for long term success and live the life God created them to live.
What is an area that you’d like to grow in?
This year I’m concentrating on growing in my writing skills, but more importantly I’m working on staying focused on the ministry part of writing. Without being hands-on, out in the world, my writing is just words on a page. I’m looking forward to connecting with women at speaking events where I can look them in the eye and hug their neck instead of online. Though I am a self-professed introvert, I want to be the hands and feet of God working in women’s ministry…that’s what He made us for, to be the body of Christ.
How can we build you up?
What a sweet question. I just love our BASU community because the heart behind it is to truly lift up another as needed. We don’t just say it; we really do it. I would be so encouraged by the gift of your prayers and friendship. This is a whole new world for me and I’m often overwhelmed by it all. Prayers to face my fears and walk in every bit of what God has called me to do would be so very appreciated.
Is there a parting thought you would like to share?
I don’t really do the “Word for the Year” thing, but today, I found a scripture that I’m going to use as my theme this year. My theme is going to be Choosing Beautiful based on Ephesians 5:10 in TPT
Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you—goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord. – Ephesians 5:8-10 (TPT)