Over comers By Our Testimonies
I think one of the most amazing things about God is His reminders. He places testimonies in people’s lives, who lives them out which not only makes THEM stronger, but strengthens the people that hear them. If I can think of one testimonies walking on the Earth that would inspire someone, it would have to be Amanda Alexander. I got a chance to sit and talk with her about her life which helped shaped her into the W.A.V.E that she is today. Her story is truly a testimony for the ages.
“Girl, I wasn’t even suppose to be here! Nobody even knew that I was coming, but my mom and God.” She says. Not showing up on sonograms until her sixth month of development, would you know she was coming???? “Nobody believed my mom when she said that she was pregnant. People just thought it was all in her mind, so she was not getting any prenatal care for me. It was not until my mom was walking down the street, and decided to stop at this doctor’s office, that she found out that she was pregnant with me for real.” Amanda was born a month early, and for those who don’t know, the eighth month of development is very important. Amanda’s challenges came along with her development as a kid. “I had speech problems, I was put in special classes, I was partial deaf if one ear, which probably explained the speech problems, and my first teeth were rotten. It was just a lot, I was always very sickly.”
As a kid, Amanda loved animals, comedy, her hometown and especially her neighborhood. She was very affectionate and sweet. Once she got to the first grade, Amanda was diagnosed with A.D.H.D., but unlike most children who are then placed on medication, Amanda never was. “My mom just chose to not put me on medicine. She just took time with me to help me get what I needed. She was very patient with me.” Amanda struggled academically, even so far as almost not passing 3rd grade. With the help of her mom and teachers, she was able to pass 3rd grade, and continue school.
Throughout that time, Amanda still tried her best for do well in school, while battling with different pressures. “Middle school were my worse years because I had friends turn their backs on me, I was giving into peer pressure, I was a cutting myself and in 7th grade I even contemplated suicide.” Thankfully, for the awesome God that we serve, who never leaves us or forsakes us, placed someone in her live who could remind her of His undying love for her. That person for Amanda was Veronica Reeves, her longtime friend from pre-k. With tears in her eyes, Amanda recalls the unforgettable love Veronica showed toward her at a time when she really needed it. “She would be like Amanda you can walk with me to class or come hang with me. She just never followed the crowd, she was STILL my friend through everything.”
The Development of the W.A.V.E
After completing high school and becoming a wife to her life-long friend, Marquez Alexander, Amanda took a position as Teen Coordinator at Girls Incorporated of Bay County in 1999. “I felt like this position was good for me because I could really relate to the teens, because some of the stuff they’re experiencing right now, I did already.”Being bubble, creative and imaginative, Amanda easily built trust and close relationships with her teens and the other young girls at the center. She further her participation in girls’ lives by become the choir director, which gave girls the opportunity to express themselves through music and the arts.
Singing for Amanda is nothing new, considering the fact that she takes the youth at her church to God directly every youth Sunday by leading some of the gospel hits songs like, “Stomp by Kirk Franklin” and “Heaven by Mary Mary.” Being the first lady of her church, Victory Temple, Amanda made sure not to leave the youth out, especially on their Sunday of the month. Her husband who pastor’s the church has nothing but great things to say about his elect lady and wife. “She just has a big heart for people, she sees the good in them. You know that scripture were it talks about extinguishing others above yourself? (Philippians 2:3) Yeah, that’s her.”
How are you a W.A.V.E?
The finally thing I asked Amanda before we wrapped up our interview was the big question: After all of these things that had happened to you, what makes you a W.A.V.E?
“I think I’m a W.A.V.E because I am determined. I face fear. Sometimes I am afraid to fail, but God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, you know? So, I face fear and I am trying to be the best I can be and to strive to be more like Christ.”