About 9 months ago in Oct 2014, I felt God put on my heart to start a podcast / show. This vision was to encourage Women in their faith, as wives, as moms, in their career, etc. My response was, Me? really? I do not know how or what to do to start that. I didn’t share this with anyone. I just kept praying about it every time God brought it to my mind & heart. It wasn’t something I thought about everyday. Just from time to time. Then the whole story of Alley & I meeting at the beginning of March & becoming great friends is a God story in itself. We met & our friendship grew close quickly . She & I learned we had the same heartbeat, & a huge passion to encourage Women in their faith. One day mid April, I woke up with the podcast & Alley on my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I asked God ” Is Alley suppose to do this with me”? It was so strong of a feeling. I immediately shared my vision with Alley. She said she could envision it. I told her that this was either Crazy or God wanted to do something. We just prayed about it every time it came to our minds & hearts.
Meanwhile, we were helping prepare for The Orchard’s Women’s gathering for May. At the end of that women’s conference we were all challenged to write on a stone, our “step of faith” God was calling us to take. Alley & I were talking after the conference & we had both shared that we had both wrote “podcast” on our stones. We both did not want to write it down at the time, but knew God was calling us to take that step of Faith. The amazing thing has been for us to see the scripture Joshua 1:3 ( “I will give you a place for every step you set your foot, just as I did Moses”. ) literally be so alive in God guiding our steps ever since the moment we took our step of faith & said ” Yes” at the conference. We were saying “we do not know what to do, but Yes, we say yes to you Lord”.
The next day, God gave Alley the name ” Living Out Loud”. We knew he had given us the two words “Transparent & Encourage”. That week God opened more doors confirming that this was His will & literally gave us a platform. Then we shared with friends to pray for us direction for the show. God began to reveal that this show was to be a platform for women to be able to share their stories. That would be the way women would be encouraged on “Living Out Loud” with Alley & Amanda. We could go on & on, but the most important thing is that our story is a God story. There is no other explanation. We love that! I think God saw two women who had passions for Him & for women’s ministry. He heard our prayers & so sweetly brought our friendship & ministry together. The greatest thing about this, is we continue to be amazed of seeing God’s connections & orchestration of bringing us & this ministry together. We are excited to see how women will be encouraged by your story.