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From a Coma to Preaching the Gospel, Meet Judy James

If the word “overcomer”, had a physical muse; it would be through the life of the brilliant leadership, found in Judy Ambrose James. 

Judy Ambrose James is the host of Activate Your Faith TV show, #1 International Bestselling Author, speaker, people enthusiast, and the CEO of Judy’s Smiles & Gifts; a retail business, inspired by the compassionate journey of Judy’s survival. Withstanding the effects of a massive stroke in 2007, leaving her impaired; both mentally and physically, Judy promised God that she would use her life-changing experience, in order to change others’ lives, for the better.  Becoming an ambassador for the cause, Judy created her own t-shirt, that read: “If You Can’t Find a Reason to Smile, Borrow Mine”; a testament of God’s power in her story. Leaving an unshakable impression on passers-by; Judy began selling her inspirational t-shirts and books at the local park, every weekend. When people witnessed her audacity to smile, despite being wheelchair-bound, they supported Judy at once; a sentiment that continues, even today. 

Judy’s mantra is simple: She was set in place, to convince survivors burdened by disabling conditions, that being a speaker and an author is possible, through God’s Power.                                   

Judy has a history of proven leadership and education. As a manager in commercialized retail, she has won countless awards for her charismatic personality, and her keen ability to connect with people; an attribute that won over nationally respected business gurus, Che Brown, Dawn Lieck, and Kearn Cherry. Taking her under their professional wings, Judy confesses that it is because of their consistent support and encouragement, she has been able to accomplish what seemed impossible; in the realms of business, authorship, and public speaking. 

Amidst all of Judy’s growing accomplishments, she is most inspired by those who have endured the unimaginable; in order to allow faith to change their lives, beyond the impossible. 

When she is not out gaining smiles from the local community, Judy is a beloved member of her family and a cherished asset to her friendship circles.

Get better acquainted with her below. 

Fancy: Looking back, do you think there were any warning signs before you had your stroke? 


Judy: There were those warning signs. For instance, the extreme tiredness and occasional dizziness; the white flickers around my eyes followed by fainting; the much higher blood pressure than usual for longer periods of time. These warnings signs did not become apparent to me until after having a massive stroke. 


Fancy: What was it like waking up from a coma? 


Judy: When I was in the coma, I was running. And above my head was a bright light that I believed belonged to a helicopter hovering above. I was crawling in and out of potholes, trying to hide from someone. I referred to him as The Trickster. When I woke up, I was really tired, but in my mind, I had lost no time.


Fancy: How has your life changed being in a wheelchair?


Judy: For years after the stroke, I solely depended on my wheelchair. I felt blessed to be able to be involved in family times. I did miss driving to the beach, getting out of the car, and walking through the white sand. I eventually graduated to a quad cane but use my wheelchair for long outings.


Fancy: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything or would you keep things the same?


Judy: If I could do it all over again, I would change my need to be all things to all people. That’s a position only God Almighty, Jehovah Jireh, and Jehovah Rapha can fill. Instead, I have learned to love myself as God so loves the world. Therefore, being more attentive to my needs. 


Fancy: Tell us a little about your tv show.


Judy: The name is “Activate Your Faith” Show.


The Lord said, Write the Vision and Make IT Plain.

I also want to make it clear that:

“God is calling on everyone to come together and take part in a Movement, in an “Activate Your Faith” Movement that is Solely Fueled by Love.” My show features guests who are over-comers and who have been through physical, mental, or emotional challenges. Some of them have battled all three. They are from every walk of life and tell it like it is! Real Talk! They wholeheartedly spread the same message, “Activate Your Faith.”   


Fancy: How can people shop and support your T-shirt Brand?


Judy: My brand is called “Activate Your Faith” collection. My company also features other unique designs for the whole family. When customers purchase my designs, they make it possible for me to speak on various platforms. God saved me after a massive stroke, two craniotomies and woke me up from a coma. For such a time as this, I am being obedient by spreading the word to the masses. One of the reasons I sell my designs is so that I can continue to finance my “Activate Your Faith” movement. My unique designs can be purchased on my website at: 

Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.

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