Social media influencer.
Jeez, Micah James truly is every bit of everything! And the best thing is that everything on that list is a tool she uses for Jesus Christ.
I first heard about Micah James from the Instagram page of Jamie Grace, a Christian artist I’ve loved for YEARS! Besides the fact that Jamie’s a great contemporary Christian musician, singer, and songwriter, she has the best personality and love for Jesus! (If you haven’t checked her out, do so RIGHT NOW! Seriously.) But anyway, one day, Jamie posted on her Instagram page about a girl named Micah James, and I thought, “Well, if Jamie Grace thinks this girl is cool, then I’m sure I will too!” Ever since then, I’ve been "stalking" Micah like a crazy person. I was amazed at the vast, nonstop ministry Micah, a teenager like me, was doing for Jesus Christ! She had various social media accounts (3 on Instagram!) where she discusses faith and encouragement, modest fashion, and just life. She blogs on her Christian website, dressedwithdignity. Every week she also blogs on Instagram with various other girls through Jamie Grace’s ministry, @everybitofeverything.
She is such an inspiration, which is why I was so grateful for the opportunity to interview her. We talked about her personal life, the inspiration behind many of her blog articles, and her passion for ministry. This article isn’t just about getting to know “every bit of everything” about Micah. It’s about seeing what God has done in her life and understanding that He wants to move through us as well!
Since Micah lives in Michigan, and I live in Texas, we conducted the interview over the phone and dove in right from the beginning!
Nia- Right now, what are some ways you do ministry?
Micah- I am currently involved in my youth ministry at my church, and there I have the opportunity to lead worship and play guitar and piano and mostly sing. So that’s one of my main ministries. I also do ministry on social media, so through Twitter and Instagram. Let’s see … I’m just involved in a lot of ministry at my church, like I’m involved in the children’s ministry, the youth ministry, and I’m involved in the praise in worship ministry for the whole church. So I’m kind of all over the place as far as where my ministry is, but the one I’m most involved in is music, and then social media for sure.
Nia- Yeah, Instagram is definitely where I found out the most about you. So, what about your blog, dressedindignity? What inspired you to start that?
Micah- Well, I like to write, and about a year and a half ago, I thought, ‘You know what, I think it might be kind of cool to blog.’ So I made a blog! I actually haven’t posted in awhile, because I’ve been so busy with graduation season, finishing school, and college orientation. So, I was really busy with that, but I started my blog because I thought, ‘You know, this is a form of ministry. I can reach people, I love to write, and I can pour my heart out.’ It was definitely right up my alley. I tried it out, I liked it, and that’s kind of where the blog came from.
Nia- You mentioned college, so what are your aspirations with that? Like, do you know where you’re going and do you have any plans?
Micah- Yes, so I attended orientation a week and a half ago for Oakland University in Michigan and my major is biology with a concentration in pre-med. So I’m very excited because I’m going to be involved in a campus ministry my church has. It’s actually like a different campus of my church. It’s called AC, which stands for Apostolic Church. I’ll be involved in that, so I’m really excited.
Nia- Yeah, I think that’s really cool how you can grow up and, in college and when you’re not right around the corner from your church anymore, still find ways to do ministry.
So, what about Jamie Grace? I saw that you partnered with her for weekly Instagram blogs @everybitofeverything, which is a great form of ministry. I’ve been a HUGE Jamie Grace fan, so I was really interested in your work with her.
Micah- (Laughing) OK, so in 2012, ( and I’ve been a huge fan of Jamie Grace since she came out. I thought she was amazing because she’s black like me and plays guitar like me and I was like ‘Oh my word, that’s so awesome!’) Anyway, I found out when she was coming to my area and I was like, ‘Mom, I have to go.’ It was an awesome concert. After that, I went to get something signed by Jamie, and her sister Morgan was there too. Since then I formed a friendship with Morgan. We became really good friends and I became involved with her ministry, Storytellers. And then through Morgan, I guess I became friends with Jamie. She followed me on Twitter and we became acquainted. And then after that, she dmed me on Twitter and was just like, “Hey, I’m doing this blog thing, do you want to help me out?” And I was like (emphatically) “Absolutely.” And so that’s kind of how that happened.
Nia- Yeah, I can definitely relate to Jamie Grace too, because she is one of the few black contemporary artists out there right now. And plus, I’m homeschooled and also I’m a pastor’s kid, like Jamie.
Micah- So you’re like Jamie race 2.0 essentially. (Laughing)
Nia- (Laughing) Yeah!
In your one of your blog articles, “True Beauty,” you talked about how society has changed the real meaning of beauty. So, how has society’s view on beauty impacted you? Was it something you had to overcome?
Micah- Ok, so in my preteen years, I was very insecure. Like, I literally hated myself. I would look in the my mirror, and say “Oh my gosh, I’m so ugly.” So I tried to look for beauty in places where it didn’t exist. I became really lost in depression and confusion because I was so insecure. I didn’t know where my beauty came from. And then, I don’t know when it happened, but I got a wake-up call.
I realized that my beauty does not come from me, but it comes from God, because He’s my creator. He makes beautiful things, and I’m one of His creations.
Before, I would look at people and things and say, “I want a body like hers, or I want hair like hers, or my face isn’t as clear as hers, or my teeth aren’t as straight as hers.” And I would just find more and more ways not to love myself. I was looking at society and their ascewed view of beauty. But then, I was reading the Bible and I realized, “No, my beauty, it comes from God. This beauty that the world is offering is finite and it will fade away.”
Nia- What’s one habit that you do that’s drawn you closer to God? Is it praying every night, or in a certain way, or anything like that?
Micah- (Pause) I don’t know. I always find myself praying. I just pray little prayers throughout the day, or have random worship sessions in my bedroom at night. I don’t know, I just do little prayers through the day. It keeps me connected to God. Sometimes, I’ll just thank Him for the beautiful day or offer a quick prayer for someone. I think that’s important. I also think it’s important to have little quiet times, for an hour or two. But it’s important for me to give constant prayers, because it reminds me of God’s goodness. That’s my little habit.
Nia- Yeah, that’s awesome! Speaking of worship sessions, I heard that you write music too. Have you released anything on YouTube or something like that?
Micah- No … well … no. Not any originals. I have a ton of originals. Like, literally I have a ton of originals stored everywhere. I have them in my notes, on little papers in my room, on my phone: it’s literally craziness.
But I did technically record something. The school that I graduated from goes to a competition every year called National Apostolic Christian School Competition. And there we compete in everything from singing, to songwriting, to sports, and writing and art and, basically anything you can think of, you get to compete in. And so, I’ve always done songwriting, and to submit your song, you have to record it, download it onto a cd, and send it to the people in Tennessee, which was where the competition was. So I recorded my song.
I really want to update it and make it cooler, I suppose. Originally, it was just me and my guitar, so it’s not like anything musically eccentric or anything like that. I’ll probably work on it some more, record it, and put it on iTunes - that’s one of my goals for the summer.
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