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!



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