Congratulations to Laurie Dadiomoff-– you are the winner of a Armura bracelet and your two favorite beads! We’ll be getting in touch soon with more details. Thanks to everyone who shared with us in the comments!
It’s our goal here on (in)courage to highlight and connect you with amazing Artists in the online space who have a passion and are in pursuit of their God-given talent and dreams. Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy—the artist behind the Jewelry line, Armura!
After facing a difficult childhood, Armura was spoken into Amy’s heart in the ways in which were undeniably leading to a specific “task” reserved just for her. As the direction became clearer, Amy began working on a line of jewelry with biblical verses as the focus–a line of jewelry with a deep and personal meaning that couldn’t be found in the marketplace and one that was inspired by her first steps from death to life.
Armura signifies change through the power and strength found in Christ. For some it may represent where they were in life; for some, where they are or where they feel called to be. Amy’s deepest desire for her beautiful line of jewelry is that it will uniquely inspire and encourage everyone who wears it. She believes strongly that the impact it makes will be achieved through the power of the Word of God.
Let me start by saying that what I find incredible about my life has little to do with me at all, but rather how my life exemplifies the power found in the Word of God and that amazing things happen when we connect through prayer. He often chooses to speak with us directly through our willingness to be open. And, in one life changing moment, He can change the course of a story like mine. It used to embarrass me to claim these words as “my story”, because it’s not about me, per se. It’s about God working in my life. And I am privileged to share it with you.
As a young student, my fellow peers would find creative ways to socially tease and torment me, sometimes inventing things and spreading the word, or actually creating reasons for people to want to fight me and rallying around and cheering for my new enemy.
Through these formative years, my character was taking shape. I didn’t trust anyone. I couldn’t communicate effectively. I felt displaced everywhere and I believed I wasn’t wanted anywhere, or by anyone. Ever.
At this point in my life, I met a friend. His name was John. He nurtured when he found the opportunity and encouraged me when he knew he could. He cared for me in ways I’d never experienced before and it was through his love and under his caring friendship that I had been introduced to the “idea” of a Heavenly Father who loves me. I outright refused to believe it and blatantly mocked the idea. Until one defining day.
My depressive state had become urgent. I didn’t care to notice the urgency, but John did. The deeper I sank, the more he would speak to me about God. At the end of the darkest period of my life, I asked the most important question I had ever asked anyone: how to pray.
I opened his car door, mocked him for these prayerful words I’d just asked for, went into my lonely apartment and collapsed in tears on my bedroom floor, sputtering the words I’d just been given by my dear friend. What I experienced next was nothing short of metaphysical. Until that very moment I had never felt “peace”. I had always felt attacked by everyone and everything. In that very moment, I had a sense of peace and calm come over me like a warm blanket on a cold damp day. And I felt the sentiment, “It’s time to rest”. The tears slowed, and I slept deeply and peacefully.
It was a very long and slow process, but God slowly rehabilitated me and drew me nearer. The more I prayed, the more I asked, the more open I became, the more I would see my life change. Shortly after that special day, John had given me a Study Bible inscribed by a few new Christian friends, and I began to study. I had a prayer for myself at this stage in my faith, and it was: “God, thank you for reaching me. Thank you for rescuing me and for forgiving me. Please use this desire I have in my heart to reach others.” I began to feel an answer to that prayer and it was “wait”. Without understanding why, I waited.
I prayed wholeheartedly one night, and in a similar experience to my very first answer to prayer, I was filled with answers to my questions. I saw a direction, I felt the inspiration and I knew what had been waiting for me. After countless prayers asking for clarification as to this direction I received only one instruction, I began my work on Armura’s first jewelry line drawing from the inspirational events of my own faith and transition.
Armura signifies change through the power and strength found in Christ. For some of you it may represent where you were in life; for some, where you are or where you feel called to be. My deepest desire for this line of jewelry is that it will uniquely inspire and encourage everyone who wears it, and that you refocus on the Word as a source of strength, peace, courage and hope.
May God continue to bless all of you.
Amy Corbin, President- Armura
Amy is generously offering free shipping on orders over $98 through Armura! No coupon needed- just click over here to make your purchase and shipping will be discounted at checkout.
Amy is also giving away one Bracelet and two Beads to one lucky winner today! Just leave a comment below with your two favorite beads and what those particular Books of the Bible mean to you. We’ll update this post with a winner next week!
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