Let me introduce myself! I am Emily Anne Adams, wife to Jake and momma to Luke (6) and Nathan (3). I graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a degree in Education and from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. I LOVE to learn! Seriously, when I graduated from A&M I asked my sweet husband if I could go to seminary next. If being a professional student was a thing, I know I would be first in line to sign up! When I realized seminary was a no-go (for now haha), I took the same approach to studying God's Word as I did any other textbook. I began to really dig in deep and I loved every minute of it.
I am also an artist (I guess?). I love to paint and create pretty things! For years I did painting and hand lettering as just a simple act of worship! The Lord has blessed Faith Prints tremendously over the last few years. I think that is one of the reasons I knew that when I felt the nudge to take my writing to the next step, all would be fine.
I spent the last two years in absolute turmoil. I felt like as I pressed into the Lord, the devil attempted to press into me. As I reflect back I can see the mistakes that I made, but also the great healing that took place in my life. I can be so stubborn and really like to think I can handle things on my own. I am quick to take a task and run with it and not always slow to stop and listen. The Lord convicted me of these things and when that didn't work, he used circumstances to refine me. It hurt. I wouldn't want to do it again. BUT, I am thankful for it. One thing I learned was how to be more sensitive to the Spirit. How to sit and wait for the Lord rather than work really hard for Him to notice me.
Almost a year ago I purchased emilyanneadams.com. I sat on the address for a few months before I finally built a website. It was so unlike me to do so much waiting and have so much patience. But I knew that I needed to wait for the Lord's timing (I was tired of learning this lesson the hard way). It finally came time to build my site. A prayer that I had been and still pray is for the Lord to convict my heart when I am not in step with his way and to alert me when to move. It was time to move. I was scared. Fearful of what people might say about me. Some of the thoughts that people might have about me that came to my mind were this:
Why on earth is she doing this?
Who wants to hear what she has to say?
She just like to hear herself talk.
Emily is so annoying.
There are so many women writing about Bible stuff right now that are way better than she is.
Who will even read what she has to say?
But here is the thing, I feel like I have spent most of my adolescent and adult life in fear. Fear of rejection, failure, stupidity, not fitting in, not being wanted, not being loved.
Due to circumstances in my past, I lived in fear of all those things because I allowed the enemy to make tiny little holes into parts of my life and whisper these thoughts into so many aspects of my daily walk. And the wonderful thing about what the Lord is calling me to, is that He is my only audience. His view of me and what I am doing is the ONLY one that matters. Not the people I’m seeing in my head, saying the things I “think” they might be saying. Nope, Jesus is my audience and my aim is to glorify Him and Him alone. My prayer has been that when I begin to fret and worry about all the people, that He puts me in check real fast. The verse on my website says this,
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
You can’t hear me from your screen, but I’m shouting AMEN! My goal is that the Lord will be glorified. I do not have all the right answers and I’m not even going to pretend that I have it all together, but I do know that the Lord is teaching me. He is teaching me things in His Word and I want to share those things with you. And who knows, I could write all the blogs and all the studies and all the books and not a single individual will read them. I will have to be okay with that because at the end of the day this is not about me. This is about a Father who has been all too good to me and is asking that I obey His one simple request: tell them about Me.
2 Timothy 4 says this:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
This is a passage of Scripture that is typically focused towards young pastors as that is what Timothy was and that is to whom Paul was writing. I am by no means claiming to be a preacher or wanting to be one! I am however, a teacher. Preach translated in Greek means to proclaim openly, and that is what I am here to do. Proclaim openly my love for Jesus. Proclaim openly what He is teaching me. Proclaim openly how He has saved me and how I do not deserve it. I vow to hold fast to God’s Word. The passage in 2 Timothy is a passage that continued to come up when I was on the fence with whether or not I should move forward with my personal ministry (it’s weird to call it that!). It found its way into my quiet time and prayer time. Like I said before, I’m not claiming to have it all together or to know all the things, but I am claiming to unashamedly and whole heartedly chase after my God. I really always thought my love for teaching would stay in a classroom full of teenagers, but God…
EmilyAnneAdams.com is where you will find transparency and authenticity. I have made so many mistakes and I cannot wait to share with you how God has, like the children of Israel, redeemed me over and over again. Am I still nervous about hitting publish on this post? Absolutely, but I am even more nervous not to? Yes, because what I have learned is that it is better to do hard and scary things for the Lord than to be out of step with his will for my life.
I give this over to you. I pray that if I so much as go an inch in the wrong direction of your will for my life that you force me back onto your path. Thank you for your Word and for the comfort that it brings me in times of difficulty, the joy that is bring always, and the closeness that it gives until the day you bring me home. It is with no hesitation but also with a little caution that I give this over to you. I pray that women may come to know the goodness of your judgement as it concerns the value of their lives. I pray that they might truly be able to accept the grace you give so freely. I pray for refinement, for holiness, and for sanctification. Lord Jesus, thank you for what you have done and will do in my life. I love you Lord.
While you're here, take a minute to look around! I have a few other blog posts in this section and some resources here. You can also check out my art by clicking here. Thank you again for taking time to read my words. Please let me know if I can pray for you!