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Excerpt Chapter 1 “You Are Built For Performance” From The Book – Faith At Full Speed, By Annamarie Strawhand

Excerpt Chapter 1 “You Are Built For Performance” From The Book – Faith At Full Speed, By Annamarie Strawhand



Reaching a major goal or achieving a dream is like a winning race strategy. God has set us up to WIN if we follow His strategies in complete faith, and fully use what He has gifted us with. We will come into our divine purpose with amazing success.  

Everything in your life is like the preparation and laps in a race – bringing you to the finish line and ultimate victory.  It’s up to you how much power you want to activate behind it to accelerate it. If you are anything like me – you want to live a victorious life, doing your true purpose and be able to have the tools, the funds, the resources and people you need around you to live your dream with great blessing that overflows for your family and loved ones.

Ask yourself this question: What were you born for? Do you have enough faith to get there? God sees your potential.  He designed it in you. It’s time to activate it!

I saw this quote on social media recently, “When you meet Jesus, He activates the destiny blueprint within your spirit.” – Lance Wallnau

That quote really spoke to me.  Jesus is our master builder. I believe that it’s no accident that God had His only son, born in the flesh on earth to save us,  to be raised in the house of a carpenter (Joseph). What does a carpenter do? He starts with a design, draws it up (blueprints it), and creates it.  A great carpenter or builder not only fulfills a need with his creations, it actually can be celebrated as a work of art, that stands the test of time and serves many people for many generations.  This is a design like no other.  

Many times when I pray, I pray these words;  “Jesus, You are my master builder, activate the great plans and blueprints you have designed for me and let’s build build build together!”

In the Bible, Jeremiah Chapter 29 verse 11, God tells Jeremiah this same thing: “I have great plans for you”.

That means me and YOU, too.

You are designed for superior performance.  Like a high powered racing engine. 

When I was a little girl, my earthly father, Carmen Malfitana was a champion drag racer.  He had a very fast winning race car, a ‘55 Chevy Bel Air that he modified for speed. This car was legendary around the Upstate NY drag strips. My dad, with this very special car, set many speed records in the 1960’s that stood for years!  The track promoters even set up a race with a jet powered car to see if it could break the record against my dad and his Chevy. My dad still won by a smidge and held his record! As a child, I spent countless hours on a little rolling stool in the garage watching my dad work on his car, handing him wrenches and asking him questions.  My mom says my bedtime story with my dad, was reading Hot Rod and National Speed Sport Magazine, pointing to the beautiful shiny race cars on my daddy’s lap! No wonder my passion for fast cars! It was instilled in me at avery early age.

But, my dad’s biggest pride and joy in that race car was the custom built high performance engine, a 327 small block that had been built by the best engine guy in town.  My dad had collaborated with this engine builder to create a powerplant with “secret” characteristics and components that nobody else was using or knew about. This was to give it that extra pull off the starting line and all the way down the track.  Now get this – this engine was so unique it was “blueprinted” by the engine builder. 

In the motorsports world, when an engine is blueprinted that’s a pretty major thing – it means you have something so custom that when the engine performs, the engine builder wants to be able to have a blueprint to be able to keep recreating that same super fast performance for you. Building upon the original and keeping the specs unique to you, his special customer.  When you win, he wins. Because more customers will come wanting a special engine designed for them, too. Blueprinting an engine is also a winning edge for the racer, because he or she can keep the blueprint as a document for safe keeping for their race engine that nobody else can copy.  

You are built for special performance like nobody else has!

God wants to collaborate with you to take what He put in you – your specialized divine gifts – and make amazing things happen through you in your life!  He wants to ADVANCE you, and advance those around you through you and your unique calling! When you succeed and give Him the Glory you inspire more people to turn in faith to God for their lives too!  When you win, He (God) wins!

“A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16

Here’s the deal.  A high performance engine is no good sitting on the engine stand in the garage.  It might look fast and powerful, but unless it’s “activated” with the rest of the things it needs to run and win – it’s just there collecting dust. 

Is your high performance purpose collecting dust?  Is your engine just sitting there waiting for you to start putting it to use?  

Maybe you have tried to put your gifts, purpose and calling to use but it never seems to get going or it needs to pick up some serious speed? 

That’s a question that we are going to answer right now!  Are you ready to rev up your purpose and activate your gifts so you can step off the starting line full speed into your divine calling? 

If the answer is YES then take a deep breath, close your eyes, hands on your heart and DECLARE this out loud:

“Father, I am ready to use the gifts you have put inside me and activate the divine purpose you have designed me for! I say YES to my calling right now in Jesus name, Amen!”

Did you feel it?  Did you feel your spirit power up inside you?  

Remember what Jesus said: “The Kingdom Lives Within You!” (Luke 17:21)

You just activated God’s unlimited Kingdom with its unlimited power in you with your words!  The power of life and death are in the tongue! You will learn as you go along in this book that the words that come out of your mouth are either added horsepower or dead weight to your purpose!  I want more horsepower, how about you? YES!



Now Available! Pongo The Rescue Horse Book

Now Available! Pongo The Rescue Horse Book

Very excited to announce my first Christian Children’s Book is now available. A special story of Faith, Friendship and Miracles. For Kids, Teens and a great Family story. Specially autographed by Pongo The Rescue Horse. Based on a true story.
Get the book, coloring sheet, and autographed picture here. Proceeds help our ministry and support horse rescue.

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“Pongo The Rescue Horse” Book is now available!  Order now get a  coloring page, a wristband and a collectable glossy photo ‘personally autographed’  hoofprint by Pongo himself!   Plus be entered to win a special personal video message of encouragement for your child or teen from Pongo and Leigh!  

Pongo The Rescue Horse, A Story of Faith, Friendship and Miracles! By Annamarie Strawhand, Illustrated by Nick Lewis
Pongo’s Glossy Photo (with his personal autographed hoofprint!)










A young abandoned horse rescued from the kill pen, adopted by a girl who needed to heal and rebuild confidence from being bullied in school. A story of faith, friendship and miracles!

If you are a young teen who is dealing with being bullied, struggling with your self-confidence and need to realize that God truly hears and answers your prayers – this will be a book that will speak to your hearts, and give encouragement!  This special story will inspire both kids and parents to work together in faith for a goal and instill hope and confidence in their dreams!

“You are not rejected, you are rescued.”

Based on a true story.

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All Proceeds go directly to Pongo’s care, growing his ministry and Supporting Horse Rescue

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of the Book: Pongo The Rescue Horse:

Leigh was a shy and quiet girl. She loved school, but there were some kids who would tease her. She tried to make friends, but was afraid to do group things in school because the mean kids would try to embarrass her.
They made fun of her clothes and her glasses, pushed her out of her seat on the bus and stole her cookies at lunch. She was trying to be kind to them, but they would not stop doing mean things. She was very lonely, sad and tired of being bullied.
Leigh just wanted a friend to accept her for who she was. She asked her mom to homeschool her for a while. Her mom said OK we will give it a try.
One thing Leigh knew for sure was she loved horses. Leigh was learning all she could about horses, because she wanted her very own horse to raise and care for. She just was not sure how it could ever be possible. Her parents told her they did not have the money to buy her a horse of her own.
So many times in her young life, she felt like God was passing her by, that maybe He did not really hear prayers. She had been rejected by kids that she was just trying to be friends with. Sometimes she prayed to God to bring her a best friend and it just never seemed to happen.
How could she really have faith and believe God could bring her a horse that loved her and accepted her? Was this even worth asking God for?

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Book Excerpt – Building and Equipping Your Team – Taking Authority Over Your Relationships

Book Excerpt – Building and Equipping Your Team – Taking Authority Over Your Relationships

Chapter 4 of my book, “Faith At Full Speed – Your High Horsepower Manual To Success” Here is an excerpt – I felt like somebody needs this today….

Building and Equipping Your Team – Taking Authority Over Your Relationships:

When it comes to building and equipping your team – you have to first look at your environment of the supporters (and non-supporters) you have around you. Is there anyone on your “crew’ right now that would send you out on the track with a loose wheel? Would they not care enough to double check your nuts and bolts to make sure all is safe and tight for you? (hypothetically speaking here) Would they keep your windshield dirty, maybe even throw more debris and mud on it when you come in for a pit stop of support? Who around you would not have enough respect and value in your relationship to make sure you are excelling, helping you keep a clear vision and pumping you up for the win? How are they influencing you – are they cheering you on or holding you back?

This may be one of the hardest strategies of your success plan – but truly one of the most important. We need to finish this race strong – and when your crew is not for your victory, guess what? There is no way you are going to make it to the finish line, let alone be victorious.

Listen my friend – I know it’s hard to separate yourself from certain people and relationships in your life – I have been there!

What we refuse to deal with now will create worse issues later, so lets rip off the band-aid quickly and get ‘er done. It might sting for a minute, but once you do it, you will be relieved. Then you can see things really start to move forward.

It’s time to disconnect yourself from negative, unsupportive and critical people. Pray for them, but stop putting the time and energy into them. Stop allowing them to walk all over you. Stop allowing them to discourage you. Stop sharing your God given dreams, ideas and goals with them when all they do is chew up and hold back what God wants you to do! Focus on Him and His assignment for your life and purpose – Jesus told us exactly what to do about this situation in Matthew 7:6

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

But, you might be thinking – “Jesus also said to love my neighbor… I am supposed to love all people.” Yes, that is exactly what He said. Never stop loving them. BUT don’t allow them to take advantage of you and treat you like a doormat. This is like tough love as a parent does with a child. You love them, but you show them the authority you have in Christ because you are actually teaching them something that will help them with their own walk with God. You are showing them how to have DISCIPLINE and OBEDIENCE to God. You are representing God’s kingdom on earth when you are following His word and purposes for your life. The word “Disciple” starts with “Discipline” for both you and them.

To be a winner, you must first be a leader. Leaders first become disciples of Christ, and lead like Christ would. Your crew is like your disciples. Jesus would have run an amazing race team!

So, HOW do you tell these people? How do you approach this without offending them? What if these negative people are actually family members?!

Let me share how the Holy Spirit led me to do this successfully in my own life. It’s a bit uncomfortable the first time, but when you see the blessing and immediate breakthroughs that come from doing this – for both you and them,  and WOW – it’s so worth it!


Learn more about this book and get it here.

Coming Soon! Pongo The Rescue Horse Book!

Coming Soon! Pongo The Rescue Horse Book!

Friends – we have a very special project we are working on with my daughter’s rescue horse @pongopicasso. We are doing a book for kids and pre-teens called “Pongo The Rescue Horse – A Story of Faith, Healing and Friendship.” If you have children who are dealing with being bullied or need to realize their self-worth in Christ, this will be a book that will help them tremendously! We will be announcing shortly – so please follow Pongo Picasso on Instagram for updates, or stay tuned right here! We will be doing an offer to pre-order the book! #pongopicasso #pongotherescuehorse

Don’t IGNORE the Tugging! Your Purpose Is Ready to Go To WORK

Don’t IGNORE the Tugging! Your Purpose Is Ready to Go To WORK

Faith At Full Speed:
By Annamarie Strawhand

EXCERPT from my soon to be released book “Faith At Full Speed”

Don’t IGNORE the Tugging!

Many people try to squelch down the tugging in their heart and soul because they don’t believe they can go after their calling. Or they put off working on their goals and dreams for years because they feel they need “special” things or situations to even get started, and use that as an excuse. That is a LIE from the enemy trying to hold you back from your divine purpose! Time to kick his butt to the curb! I did! You can too!

If you are reading this chapter right now, it’s because I finally got serious about writing this book, a huge goal and dream I had in my heart to do for three years! I took a few months of “garage time” to get it written and here it is in your hands! Whooo hoooo! Thank you Lord! I pray that every word you read inspires, equips and motivates you. But without taking my “garage time” this book would still be a bunch of post-it notes piled in a folder on my shelf. I am so grateful I asked the Holy Spirit to move me into action. What a waste it would have been for my daughter someday to find my notes after I am gone to Heaven and they were never activated into the book God had planned for me to write? It would have been tragic! The same with your purpose goals and dreams – they must be activated!

I believe that in the Bible where it says God will wipe away our tears when we come to Heaven, some of those tears could be from when God tells us what our purpose was and we never took the time to activate it on earth. We must not waste our gifts, our calling and our purpose. If we do waste them, I believe we break God’s heart. 

Here’s what the Holy Spirit has shown me to tell you: Start where you are now and use what you have currently available to you! All you need to start creating your dream or going after that goal is ALREADY within YOU and HE will give you everything you need to make it happen and PROSPER it! This is God’s promise for your life and His TRUTH! 

Remember, Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is WITHIN us. Heaven’s resources are UNLIMITED! We don’t need any more than that to start activating our purpose and calling – no fancy gadgets, no jackpot lottery wins, no marrying a rich prince or princess charming – you only need to seek ONE THING to kick this into HIGH gear now, and you already HAVE IT.

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 

Do you feel your calling or something bigger tugging in your heart and soul? Then you are ready to rock and roll on activating your purpose! The Holy Spirit has been waiting on you!

Let’s Get In The Garage and Get To Work!

Excerpt from Chapter Two  “Faith At Full Speed” Your High Horsepower Manual to Success – By Annamarie Strawhand

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