An Evening with John Bates

Amanda seymour and John batesJohn Bates, CEO of Executive Speaking Success, is one of the most inspiring speakers I have heard in a long time. I recently attended his lecture, “Excited About Your Story? Tell It Like A Ted Pro” at Johnson and Johnson labs (JLABS) at the Texas Medical Center. He gave great advice on being a better storyteller. He culminated the evening talking about the difference between Luke Skywalker and Yoda when it comes to inspiring others. He wanted to inspire our inner Jedi, so he even brought light swords!

The world of executive consulting is full of informative experts. John is one of today’s best. But there is something different about him. He doesn’t just believe in what he is teaching. He genuinely believes without a doubt that his audience is made to do what he is teaching them how to do and then he helps them do it better. I have always believed the same about my clients.

I recently applied some of his training an techniques in my own presenting. And they made a world of difference for me and my audience!

Thanks, John! You truly are best of the best!

Find out more about John Bates here.

Book Signing At Church On The Rock

 

Rev. Jorge Cardenas and Rev. Amanda J. Seymour Church on the Rock
Pastor Jorge Cardenas (Church on the Rock) and Amanda J. Seymour (Deeper Love)

On February 19, 2017, I visited Church on The Rock, Katy Texas.  Pastor Jorge Cardenas introduced my book The Gift and ministry to the congregation.  I spoke on love and the importance of being able to discern true love from false love and that God’s love is meant to be our love and a thorough study of 1 Corinthians 13 leads us to a deeper understanding of God’s love which is what we need.

Church on The Rock is a multi-ethnic congregation in Katy, Texas which reaches the world with the unfailing truth and love of Jesus Christ.  Church on The Rock founded and supports many churches and ministries in Latin America and reaches the world with powerful messages of practical theology based on God’s unfailing word.  Join in their live streaming Teologia Practica service and teaching on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. here.  Church on The Rock is a sponsoring partner for Amanda J. Seymour ministries.  Find out more at www.rocakaty.com.

Here are some photos from our visit.

For Immediate Release: The Gift

The Gift by Amanda J SeymourFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amanda J. Seymour
Phone: (832) 856-5173
Email: amanda@amandajseymour.com
Website: AmandaJSeymour.com

AMANDA J. SEYMOUR REVEALS THE SECRET TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE IN NEW BOOK, THE GIFT

HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 17, 2017: Author Amanda J. Seymour gives readers a deeper understanding of love in her inspiring book, The Gift. Based on an expert theological investigation coupled with her personal quest to find the answer to what true love really is and what will make it last, The Gift details a new understanding of an age-old desire to find love that will last.

Readers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of love and how to apply it to their daily lives will benefit greatly from this book.

The Gift by Amanda J. Seymour, Th. M is to be published February 17, 2017, from Radiant Press. It is available on Amazon in print an Kindle versions, and wherever her books are sold. To learn more about Amanda J. Seymour and her new, fascinating title, visit amandajseymour.com.

If you would like more information about The Gift or to schedule an interview with Ms. Seymour, please call the author direct at (832) 856-5173 or email amanda@amandajseymour.com.

Amanda J. Seymour
Amanda J. Seymour,  The Gift

 

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness LSC Feb 14 2017

What does it take to be truly happy?  Many people think if I just had more time I would be happy. If I just had more money, time, energy, better relationships… I would be happy.

But what we need most of all to be happy is focus. Find your focus and you’ll find your happiness.  Contrary to the misleading word itself, happiness does not just happen. It is not a matter of luck or chance only.  Rather, it is a beautiful treasure that we can seek and find.  But happiness is something that we must pursue.

When you pursue happiness, you will find it.

Yet how?

Often times we find ourselves engaging in activitieswe think make us happy.  Spending time on our electronics and with our tech toys – Smart phones, HD TV, gaming systems, Snapchat, Instagram, i’ll kinds of social media apps…

But after all the time you spend on those do you ever find that you walk away from your time spent saying to yourself, I don’t feel much happier after spending all that time on virtual social reality.

Here’s why:

We were made to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. We were made to experience life and enjoy life through our senses.  We were made to feel.  

But we’re often so busy doing that we do not take time to pay attention to what we are feeling.  And that is where mindfulness comes in.  

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to one’s thoughts and feelings.  To be mindful is to focus and be attentive to what you are thinking and what you’re feeling.   The key here is to pay attention to what’s going on in your mind, and to try to still and quiet it. And to do so you use your senses.

Many forms of meditation exist and various religions and cultures.  But what all meditation has in common is that it focuses on getting a person in touch with their physical self and their inner self.  When you stop, look, and listen – within – amazing things happen.  

Instead of feeling tossed to and fro by every responsibility and demand in your world, you feel peaceful and an inner gravity. Some have described this feeling as centered, rooted, focused, and grounded.

No matter how you describe it, let’s talk about how to get to it.  The first way to get into a calmer and more focused state, you must believe that you can.  

Meditation is not something meant for only highly spiritual or highly religious people practice. Rather, it’s a A gift of love and kindness and peace which is waiting to be given to anyone who seeks it.

Want to be even happier?  Smile!

The world’s expert on smiling, Paul Ekman, studied the psychology of and facial muscles used in smiling.  He came up with a comprehensive list of all the different kinds of smiles people give. 

These include:

The felt smile, which radiates contentment, is long and intense, and vase amusement

The flirtatious smile: during which the person averts their gaze in slight embarrassment

The pursed smile: during which the person  purses their lips to indicate shyness

And many more

The bottom line about smiling is that smiling makes us happy!  So if you want to be happier, smile

Amanda J. Seymour is an adjunct professor at Lone Star College and author of The Gift: A Deeper Understanding of Love.

The Gift

The Gift by Amanda J Seymour

My new book on love has just been published. It would make a great Valentine’s gift. It is already starting to make a significant impact in people’s lives. So exciting!

“In Amanda J. Seymour’s book, The Gift, she expertly investigates the meaning of love as described in the Scriptures and provides ample directions for giving and receiving the most powerful gift in the world. I recommend you take the lessons contained in this book seriously and commit yourself to developing the same traits in your own life. It is the most important endeavor you will ever undertake.”

Joan Hunter, Author/Evangelist

Founder and President of Joan Hunter Ministries

The Gift is a book which teaches people how to grow in deeper love with victims of abuse and human trafficking especially in mind.

Order your copy today!

Find it here on Amazon.com.

 

The Double-Heart Necklace

Double Heart Necklace Deeper LoveBy Amanda J. Seymour

People ask me, “Why do you wear a necklace with a heart inside a heart?”  My necklace serves as a reminder that when we seek God with all our hearts, we will find Him.  And He longs for us to care in our hearts about what He cares about.

One day as I was reading the Bible, I noticed a verse which says, “He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14)  When we seek the Lord, our hearts become more like His.  We seek to be more loving, kinder, and to do good, not harm.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5

Made To Love

Amanda J SeymourAmanda J. Seymour, Th. M. Deeper Love

You were made to love. If anyone tells you otherwise, don’t listen to them. You were made to know the joy of being loved and loving others.

Most people encounter rejection in their lifetimes, starting with childhood. Whether the incident is big or small, each rejection wounds our soul just a little more each time.

After awhile, we come to expect rejection. But we were not made for rejection. We were made for love.

We were made to love and be loved. So if someone in your life is telling you otherwise, whether someone you’re close to or anyone else, don’t listen to them. Listen to the truth – that you were made to love.

Then imagine what your life would look like if you were walking in the fullness of love and rejecting rejection. Doing so brings a freedom of peace, joy and greater love than most people have ever known.

Enjoy the truth today: You were made to love!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” – God (Jeremiah 31:3)

Who Are The Lost?

cropped-image-12-2.jpeg“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10. Who are the lost?

The Greek Word for lost used in this sentence is apoloomi. It means those who are being destroyed. It also means those who are perishing and those who will die. Often times, theologians focus on the idea of lost the lost as those who are perishing and will spend eternity apart from God if they do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. While it is true that Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost from being separated from Him eternally it is also true that He came to seek and save those who are being destroyed in the here and now in their daily lives. And that includes both Christians and non-Christians.

Consider this truth:

Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10

The thief refers to Satan, the enemy of our souls, our lives, and our intimacy with God. He is a thief who wants to steal, kill, and destroy our hope, joy, peace, faith and love. what many people don’t realize is that all you have to do to get him to stop is to tell him “no” and resist him.

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you”, scripture says in James 4:7. In fact, The entire verse says, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” To submit is to yield to one’s admonition or advice. It is a voluntary attitude of assuming responsibility, cooperating, and helping to carry a burden.

Without realizing it, sometimes we submit to the devil’s wicked schemes and carry the wrong burden. We carry the burden of worry, anxiousness, strife, discord, and distrust. These are not the nutritious and delicious spiritual fruit that God wants to give us. They are the fruits of darkness which the enemy is handing us. We don’t have to take them. We can say no!

Resist the devil and he will flee from you!

The mystery of submitting to God is that when we submit to Him, we discover we do not become constrained and constructed, but we become free! Free to love, free to walk in the fullness of joy, free to trust Him instead of worry, to know that no matter what the future holds, He holds the future.

So do not be shaken. Do not let the destroyer destroy you or wreak have it on your mind, heart, soul, or hope.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

JesusThe Christ came to seek and save those who are being destroyed, both Christians and non-Christians. Is your lack of hope or trust destroying you? Is worry or anxiety destroying you? Is your sin destroying you?

All you have to do is turn to Jesus. Pray and ask, “Jesus help me! Jesus save me!” And He will. And as he does, he will invite you to entrust yourself into His loving care for you every moment of every day and cooperate with Him and His will for good in your life as you walk together wth The One who saves you from the thief and his attempts to destroy you.

References: Lost -Strongs 622 Submit – Strongs 5293

Next article: Who Are The Saved?

Spiritual Growth: Who Are The Saved?

cropped-image-12-2.jpegLuke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” What does it mean that the Son of Man came to seek and save?

To seek is to pursue and to be overly concerned. Jesus seeks us. He truly cares for us. He pursues us with His everlasting love.

To save is to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, heal and restore to health, and to preserve one who is in danger of destruction.

Many people, both Christians and non-Christians, face challenges which threaten to destroy us – and not necessarily physically, but emotionally and spiritually. They threaten to destroy our hope, trust, peace, security, and persevering spirit. Don’t let them!

Jesus came to seek and save those who are being destroyed. While this is often said of unbelievers whom Jesus desires would know him and spend eternity in heaven with him, it is also refers to Jesus’ sought role for both Christians and non-Christians in their daily lives.

Jesus already knows where you are. He knows what you are going through. He is all-knowing. He is pursuing you because He want you to come to Him and let Him save you from your distress.

He wants to keep you safe and sound, to rescue you from danger or distraction, to make you well, to heal and restore you to emotional, spiritual, and physical health. He wants you to partner with Him in this.

References: Seek -Strongs 2212. Save – Strongs 4982

Next Article: Who Are The Lost?

Human Trafficking in Houston: Magazine Crews

cropped-image-12-2.jpegAmanda J. Seymour, Th.M. Deeper Love

My Story

Through the years, young adults have approached me in a grocery store parking lot and asked me to buy a magazine subscription.  Something did not feel right, so I always said no.  One afternoon, a young adult came to my door and asked me to purchase a magazine subscription. I noticed he was on-foot.  I wondered where his car was and why he was walking around our off-the-beaten-path neighborhood.

I asked him where he lived.  He said his grandma lived on the main road and he was visiting her.  I asked her name.  When he told me, I knew we did not have anyone in our neighborhood by that name.  I kept wondering what he was really up to.  I felt like something was wrong.  I couldn’t put my finger on it.

When he asked me to purchase a magazine subscription, I told him no thank you, I was not interested, and asked him to not come by again.  He asked again.  He seemed desperate to make a sale.

After he left, I still had a feeling something was not right.  That evening, I went to dinner with a friend.  When my friend dropped me off at home, I had an ominous feeling.  I didn’t know why.  I went to my room and got ready for bed.

All of a sudden, a white car drove very slowly down my driveway.  A cold chill went up my spine.  “Who is here?” I wondered.

The car blocked my car in the driveway.  A young adult girl got out and stonily walked to the front door.  I saw her through the glass.  Her eyes were wide and glazed.  “Is Dameon there?” she asked.

She was wearing a fur coat and mini skirt.  Yet it was 80 degrees outside.  I told her, “No one named Dameon lives here.  You need to go now.  I have called the police.  They are on their way.  And I am going to get my gun!  You better leave NOW!”

Very mechanically with wide eyes, she said, “But I have a baby in the car.”  I didn’t believe her.  She was very stiff.  Her body language was not convincing.  She turned around and stiffly walked to her car, almost robotically.

I watched her walk to the car.  As the car drove away, I saw another person driving the car.  It was the silhouette of the magazine crew guy who came to my house earlier that day.  Had he come to case my house?  Was he coming back to rob me?  I wondered.

I wanted to make sense of what was happening.   So I prayed and then sat down to the computer and started researching.  I found the following articles which are included below.

They shed light on what magazine crews are about and how they work.  I was surprised to learn they are another form of human trafficking, labor trafficking, and the recruiters lure vulnerable young adults into mag crews by giving them promises of an exciting career with travel, fun and good pay.

A Typical Ad

A typical ad looks like this:

All-Star Promotions Recruiting Ad

ADVENTURE TRAVEL: New York, Philly, Florida. Are you: 18 years of age or older? Free to travel to exciting cities and resort areas? Motivated, outgoing & witty? Exciting US firm has 10 immediate openings for sharp guys and gals to work in a fun co-ed environment! We offer 2 two week paid training. Transportation furnished, return guaranteed! For an interview for this great opportunity don’t delay – call Miss Jenkins toll free today: 1-866-686-0037 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

http://edumacation.com/AllStarPromotions

This ad was taken from All-Star Promotions, a magazine crew sales organization that recruited lots of young adults to sell magazines door-to-door across the nation but did not fulfill the subscriptions.

Mag crews target young adults who are looking for a job with good pay, adventure, and fun.  They often target young adults working at McDonalds or other fast food restaurants and students.

Once they recruit the young people, they lure them into being trafficked by giving them drugs, alcohol and treating them harshly with violence and threats.  They drive sales people from state to state.  And they do not pay them well.  In fact, they hardly pay them at all.  And the young people become desperate and sometimes try to commit robberies.  I saw all of these symptoms the night the magazine crew came to my house.  And once I learned the truth about “Mag Crews”, I was deeply saddened to know these schemes are out there.  If someone is trying to recruit you for door-to-door sales and you feel like something isn’t quite right, don’t fall for it!

Articles

To learn more, read these articles:

“Human Trafficking; Mag Crew Kid At Your Door Could Be Victim” Al Jazeera http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/24/human-trafficking-victim-mag-crew-kid-at-door.html

“Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door” – The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/trapped-into-selling-magazines-door-to-door/388601/

“Sales Crews, Peddling & Begging Rings” – National Human Trafficking Resource Center https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/labor-trafficking-venuesindustries/sales-crews-peddling-begging-rings

“For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews” – The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/21/us/21magcrew.html?_r=0

MagCrew Movie

http://www.magcrew.com/