I Can’t Believe It (and an announcement!)

Ok, for any of you who have kept up with me in the last several years, you know that I am quite a fan of Beth Moore. Fan is a gentle word, which conjures images of someone who appreciates another person’s gifting. It is a better choice than stalker, which sounds, well, weirder.

I got to hear her teach this weekend in Birmingham, and you will NEVER believe what I also got to experience.

Beth. In her jammies. With giant rollers and barely any makeup. In her hotel room.

Lest you have an image of me knocking out the room service lady, dressing up in her clothes, and sneaking up to Beth’s room, that is not what happened. That scenario was a not-so-distant plan B to actually being invited to meet her.

A few small points I would like to make here.

I did not throw up nor pass out when I met her ( which may have been directly related to the fact that it is hard to pass out in front of someone in pajamas) and also, she is exactly who I hoped she would be. I cannot tell you what it meant to me to stand with the woman who first introduced me to the Lord.

I’m pretty sure I said absolutely nothing of substance, but I am proud of the fact that I didn’t kick off my shoes and ask if all the girls could stick their feet in the tub together (that was part of the food delivery plan, which, in retrospect may have been flawed. And also, illegal).

I left the room after being encouraged in a way I never expected, and I cried when I got to the elevator. To the other 37 women who shared that elevator with me, I apologize and take full responsibility for making that the most awkward 54 seconds of your life.

I recovered enough to listen to Kay Arthur preach, and marveled at the way the Lord has used her testimony and her love for the Lord to inspire so many women. I respect her immensely and pray that one day when I am 77 years old I will be able to quote Scripture and rock skinny jeans and knee high boots the same way she does.

The next morning, Kelly Minter led a devotional and I decided to add her to my list of stalkees. Lucky you, Kelly. Lucky you.

Priscilla Shirer spoke next and I will not try to recreate the lesson for you. Sufficed to say, the hair on my arms stood up for an hour and a half and I took notes like I was in college again. But not biology, which I never took notes in because my professor wore holiday sweaters that played music and I couldn’t bring myself to look away long enough to do anything but imagine his closet. And also, did they ever start playing in the middle of the night? Creepy. Although it does have potential as a Lifetime movie mystery.

I digress.

Priscilla is one of the most phenomenal Bible teachers I have ever had the privilege of hearing. I cannot recommend her highly enough, and if you have never done one of her studies, you really should. One word of caution though. If you ever see her in person, do not sit directly behind her husband unless there is stadium seating. Noted.

Worship was fantastic. It was the first time I have ever heard Travis Cottrell sing live and he is honestly phenomenal in person. Being married to a singer I feel like I am always wondering if people can really sing as well as they do on CD because there is so much that happens in the studio. He is FANTASTIC, and so were all of the others who led worship.

I had a book signing and met some amazing women who I am still praying for, and I never cease to be amazed at how many women have similar stories or know someone who does.

Then, it was time for Beth.

It goes without saying that she looked fabulous (in a jacket she got at Steinmart, no less. Or, “Steinmarts” as Sophie has quoted..she was also there and I was so excited I kind of attack-hugged her :) .

She brought the house down as she always does, and if memory serves me correctly, she may have talked about me while she was teaching. Like, said my actual name that my parents gave me. I have a birth certificate to prove it. And also, she looked at me.

But I can’t give you any more details about that because I blacked out and concentrated on getting the feeling in my body to come back.

From what I recall, it was very kind.

Kay, Priscilla, Beth, and Kelly did a Q&A at the end and I think it was my favorite part of the whole weekend (minus Beth in rollers saying, “I know it’s hard to take me seriously this way, Angie…”). I laughed until I had tears in my eyes and walked out of there so grateful for a group of women who had all gathered together to meet with the same God.

I wanted to stay for the Compassion dinner and see all of my sweet friends (ones I have met and others I hadn’t yet) but the kids and Todd were with me and we felt like we needed to get home and put them in their own beds. So, we did.

I am so grateful to Todd, who spent the weekend taking the girls swimming and to Claire’s for earrings so that I could be there. I hate traveling without them, and it is a very rare man who can take care of 4 kids in another city to support his wife. He is incredible…I am so grateful for him and his heart.

So, if you have made it this far in the post, I want to share a little news with you (Why did you think I was going to say I was pregnant?!?!?! Because I am totally NOT :) )

A few weeks ago I alluded to a little secret I had and I can officially share it with you now…I think you will understand why I asked for prayer, and why I will continue to do so. This is not something that is in my comfort zone (as in, I would rather teach biology with a singing snowman sweater on), but I am blessed beyond words to have this opportunity.

I can’t tell you how much I hope I get to meet some of you ladies who I haven’t been able to yet…so when you get a chance, check out the info and see if you can join us :)

And please, please pray for me.

I want to serve Him well in this life, and don’t think I’m taking a minute of it for granted. January 17th will mark my tenth anniversary as a Christian and I am in constant awe of the One Who loves me so relentlessly…

Love to all…

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  • Kara

    I have never wrote to you before, but I just wanted to let you know that the Holy Spirit told me that God loves you. (yes, it’s real)

  • Gail

    Oh my gosh, I have goosebumps !! I am going to WOF in Sacramento, CA Oct 2011 and Selah is playing. I’m the nut that left a message on your blog in the middle of November. Right after I attended WOF Nov 12th & 13th, and registered for WOF 2011. I looked at the lineup and saw Selah. I was so excited, and left a message on your blog.

    Wow, God is Good !!

    Gail (Sonoma, CA)

  • Teri322

    Not even one. bit. surprised. I would totally pay, travel and camp out to see you speak. And have a chance to see you in your rollers, with no makeup on. God’s in your house, girl!! ROCK IT!!

  • Ginny Bass

    I cannot believe that I am the first person to comment on this but anyway….I am so stressed that I missed Beth this year…I cannot imagine sitting in a hotel room with her…I am a faithful “stalker” of your blog and get great inspiration from it…my blog is not nearly as in depth as yours….but anyway…i will be in Atlanta in August of next year to see you….Praise God for all His blessings….

  • meghan

    How great! The only problem is that you won’t be coming to my city :( Would have loved to hear you speak, I heard you on our local Christian station a few weeks ago and it was a blessing!

  • Amanda

    love it… I can’t wait to see ya and maybe one day I”ll have a beth in the rollers moment but it will be with you lol!

  • Karenjr

    What a great post, Angie! Sounds like a great weekend….what a way to celebrate Advent! I’m very excited about the Women of Faith events…have never been to anything like it, so am eager to learn more. I live in Washington State and was looking at the Seattle event. Are you only going to be at some locations? Your name wasn’t listed as a speaker, but Selah was slated as musical worship. Just curious….it would be such an honor to hear you speak in a live event.

  • http://theinspiredroom.net melissa @ the inspired room

    Congrats! I hope you are coming to Seattle because I’ll be there for sure. :-)

  • meagan

    oh my goodness, you must post more often! [really, it's not like you have 4 beautiful little faces beckoning you away from the computer or anything... :) ]
    but, seriously, you are such an inspiring woman of God!! I owe part of who I am to you and to this blog! I eagerly await your next entry :)

  • Dot

    Wohoo!! See ya in Columbus!

  • http://lifewithdandh.blogspot.com Heather

    Angie, that sounds like an amazing weekend! What a blessing! I will be praying for you on your new venture for speaking at Women of Faith!

  • http://www.steeletheday.com Candy

    I can’t think of a more perfect addition to WoF than you. Congratulations! I can’t wait to attend my next one.

    Just finished Pricilla’s “Discerning the Voice of God.” I agree with you – she’s fabulous.

  • Ellen Goebel

    Angie! This is so exciting!!! Wooo hoooo!!!

  • Anonymous

    ANGIE!!!! i have been WAITING for you to be a speaker at WOF! i am SO ecstatic! i hope you come to Hartford! if you don’t… i will “follow” (read: stalk) you at another WOF event. ;) praying!!

  • Niki

    Angie!!! That is great! I love Women of Faith and think that you will do an amazing job! You help me in my walk more than you will ever know! I will continue to pray, but you really will be wonderful.

  • http://www.stegallsscoop.blogspot.com/ Jastegall

    I’ve been following you for months. I too had a baby that God called to His presence instead of my arms. I was also at the Deeper Still event….1 word…AMAZING! When Beth said that you were there I wanted to scream and find you and wrap my arms around you. Know I’ll be praying and I’m so thankful that you share your life story with people like me.

  • Martha Stanley

    Wow, you & Selah at the same conference, my heart might expode! Making plans to attend. When you posted the pic of Beth speaking at the conference I thought how amazing it would be to be used of God the way He has used you and Beth. Then I realized that it is out of extreme heartache He has used you to touch so many. Thank you for your willingness. Even though we are complete strangers I feel like I love you and your family for the way you have ministered to my heart.

  • Amy Eudy

    SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is the best news EVER! oh my word, this thrills me to know end. Make no mistake… He’s totally prepared you for this. He will walk with you and use you to continue to speak truth and love into people’s lives and bring glory to Himself. aaaaaaah, praise God!

  • Jan

    I actually squealed out loud when I clicked on your link! So incredibly excited for you, but also can’t imagine how incredibly difficult too! Thank you for sharing your life and story with us! I know God is blessing and will continue to bless your obedience and willingness to shine your light for Him! To God be the glory!

  • Jakesmommie04

    YIPEEEEEE! I will be at the one in Shreveport!!!!! I am so EXCITED!! I have followed you since a little before Audrey was born. I so wish I could meet you! You have truly been an inspiration and your strength is beyond amazing. Cant wait until April.

  • Amy christopher

    Sweet girl, I was there this weekend too and sat just a few rows behind you ( and I agree with the Priscillas husband comment). I had no idea how I would come out of this. I was excited to get there and read you would be there. We attempted to get your book and head your way, but it was too much like Black Friday and we turned around.. My friends and I prayed for you as we just read the sweet article about your blog in our last Bible Study (faithful, abundant and true). How I wish I could have hugged you!!!!!

  • Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    Angie, I really wanted to meet you & kept looking over where Beth was talking to you to actually spot you, but now I know why I couldn’t see you. :) What an amazing time at the conference. God blessed my socks off too, just what I needed this weekend. You are the only person that I didn’t get to meet that I wished I had. You will no doubt have so many opportunities for speaking yourself & many will be blessed from your story. Blessings!

  • http://www.thepilotswifeblog.com thepilotswife

    Now you know how I felt in YOUR hotel room ironing your shirt. ;) I’m so inspired by YOU, Ang. And you are going to be amazing.

  • Soni Henry

    so excited…. what an opportunity to serve the Lord!

  • http://jezamama.blogspot.com Jezamama

    January 17 is my birthday… no lie. I’m trying to imagine Beth in curlers…not working.

  • Kelley

    Great news! I was at DS this weekend as well. With two of the greatest sojourners EVER…two great friends that God has placed in my life.! It was a fabulous weekend. My sweet friend, Leigh, who knows how much I love your blog…and your book…and you….encouraged me to come and say Hello. (She also fussed at me for not saying hello when I saw you and your girls at Target a few weeks ago….talk about stalking). I was so proud when I heard Beth acknowledge you….it was a great moment. I look forward to attending a WOF event in 2011.

  • Olivia

    How awesome! Now I have to figure out how to get to one of these events! Just finished a book by Lisa Welchel as well. So excited for you and praying for all the people who will be touched by your story!

  • Amy

    Sounds like a wonderful experience you had! Now I am online searching for my tickets to the WOF event closest to me that you will be at. Looks like I will be traveling three hours to Columbus, OH. I am just sad that Selah won’t be there with you! I have followed this blog and read your book and would love love love to hear you in person! What an opportunity!

  • Jennifer

    Yeah!!!! It looks like you will be in St. Paul, MN!! See you there!!! :)

  • http://www.thegypsymama.com thegypsymama

    Love you, your zanax, your height and your sense of humor like a LOT!


  • Siebertmf

    Congratulations, Although I do confess to the fact I would be more excited if you were coming up to Canada and I could hear you.
    I’m sure you’ll do an incredible job!!

  • http://www.furrfamilyjourney.blogspot.com Angela

    I enjoyed every single moment of this weekend, and getting to meet you was so much fun! Thank you for being so gracious to stalkers such as myself. So excited for this new opportunity for you, and I’m looking foward to the .Mom event in September!

  • Taemittel

    Exciting! You will be rather close to my area, how exciting is that! Ha! I can’t afford to go, but still kinda cool just knowing you and so many amazing women of God will be in my area! Will be praying for you and the women of faith!!!
    Chantae (Gage’s mom)

  • Anonymous

    Oh Angie…..you are just the most beautiful woman inside and out and I’m thrilled I was able to see that in real life for those moments in the hotel lobby!!! ;) Keep after Him sister! So very proud to call you a sister in Christ and someone who deeply blesses me!So much love,Fran

  • http://twitter.com/kottmar kottmar

    I love this story.. I am soooooo beyond excited you will be with WoF for a year. What a great ministry. I would so stalk you there. hahahahahahahah you know in the nicest way

  • Kristie

    This is so exciting Angie!!! I wasn’t able to go to Women of Faith this year but am SURELY going to next year. I will go to Hartford, CT…This brought tears to my eyes when I clicked on the link to the Women of Faith page. It would be so great to meet you in person!!! Will be praying for you Friend!!!!

  • Lauren

    I was there at Deeper Still this weekend, too! I was the stalkerish one at the front of your book signing line. :) I really enjoyed getting to meet you….and I think I’m going to tell my Mom that “all I want for my 21st birthday” is to go to the Women of Faith conference in Atlanta! I really enjoyed my first women’s conference (Deeper Still), and they have some amazing *ahem* speakers at WOF. :)

  • Jen

    Angie… I’m not seeing an australian date there… ;) rectify?

    I will definately pray for you… how exciting and terrifying all at the same time! You will be fabulous though, i know it.

    Loving you fiercely :)

  • http://www.compassioncan.blogspot.com JD

    I can totally believe it, girl!

    I will make it a point to attend one of these events. Angie, you’re the girl that everyone wants to knock out the housekeeping lady in order to meet you in your jammies… you’re our Beth.

    You are loved…

  • http://aliciamarysworld.blogspot.com Alicia

    Wow that is SO exciting! I wish I lived in one of those places so I could come see you “live” :)
    But alas, I live in Australia- maybe one day there will be a world Tour?!

    Can’t wait for your next book to be released- I Will Carry You sits on my bookshelf next to my bed and I always smile when I see the spine of it standing out amongst all the other books.

    You are such a blessing to all of us. I’m pretty sure if I ever saw you in person I’d stalk you just as you would want to stalk Beth Moore! Knocking out room service ladies, dressing in their clothes and all! :)

  • Allison@Slice of Heaven

    Congratulations! I hope to make it to one in Lousiana as I live in TX. I have read your book…I bought it the day it came out and I am truly inspired by your faith and dedication to our Lord and Savior.

  • Heididh33

    Oh I’d love to go to the one in DesMoines! How exciting!!!

  • Whittakerwoman

    Loved getting to meet you and excited to get together soon!

  • Megan Camp

    How exciting that you’ll be part of Women of Faith. I’m sure you’ll touch many more lives through that ministry! May God bless you.

  • Melissa Irwin

    You are gonna pass out. Beth just mentioned you on her blog. ;-)

  • http://www.jmparris.blogspot.com Jenifer

    Angie, I met you at your book signing….where I left my book at home….ACK!!! Great to meet you! So thankful again for your willingness to listen to God’s calling in your life and the way that it ministers to all of us other moms out there. Tell Todd you want some Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel for Christmas! ; -)


  • http://pinkepost.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Awesome that you met Beth! I’m doing the Deeper Still Bible study right now and would love to hear all of those fabulous women speak. WOMEN OF FAITH though I am so there….either it’s 500 miles to Billings or 400 miles to St. Paul but one of them Angie I am coming to see and hear you. And if I run into you in a hotel elevator and we get to hang out that would be awesome too. Blessings from North Dakota.

  • http://ohpickelsmommy.bogspoy.com caroline

    Oh my gosh I am in Kansas, but I have family in Atlanta and Shreveport, so I might just plan a visit! Yeah!!!

  • Erikaballison

    OK–I feel about you the way you feel about Beth Moore! I probably have never read one of your posts without crying! You are just amazing! My best friend was in Birmingham this weekend and took a picture of you with her phone and sent it to me to make me jealous!! Anyway–I thought she said you were going to be in BHam next Sept for the Women of Faith event–I finally convinced myself we should come (it was only even a decicion because Ive never left my twins over night–theyre only alomst 4–ha! ) Anyway–Im so bummed—finally decided to go and went to the website and it didnt show it in Bham! Why did we think it would be? Do you know if by chance it will be there? Keep up being such an example for us all! Love–Erika erikaballison@yahoo.com

  • Nancy

    Angie, it is sooo exciting to see it in print!!! Love you. Mom Smith

  • Bkost3

    Congrats!! Deeper Still sounds amazing. And YAY! I’ll see you in Billings, MT! {in a non stalker way} And if your kiddos & hub want to experience MT cowboy-style, head on out to our ranch :) You’re officially invited! {also, non creepy}.

    love and hugs,


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-Maxwell-Rasmussen/1130964562 Sue Maxwell Rasmussen

    I have only recently been visiting your blog, but I read back through the entire story. I am so excited that the Lord has given you this opportunity, and I am SO jealous (righteously so, LOL) that you got to personally meet Beth Moore. I have seen two of her video studies and so thoroughly enjoyed them. She is an amazing and gifted Bible teacher. I would love to meet her some day, and of course I will, in heaven if not on the earth. God bless you are you minister to others.

  • Coby

    What an amazing opportunity! I would love to pray for you!

    I know you don’t know this, but I’ve decided that if ever you’re in the Albuquerque area, you and I are going to have coffee! ;-) Thanks so much being such an encouragement and inspiration!

  • http://twitter.com/ImLaurenxo Lauren

    Come to Arizona!!! :] January 17th is my Birthday as well. You light up my life, and bring me back to Jesus, and earth, so many times when I desperately need it. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Angie. God bless your soul!

  • http://twitter.com/ImLaurenxo Lauren

    Come to Phoenix!!!!!! :] And Jan. 17th is my Birthday! :] As in I will be 21, but also my Christian, Believer Birth-Day. :] You inspire me and bring me back to Jesus and this ground so many times when I have about stopped listening and going towards God’s words and plan for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Wiley-Crowley/546822365 Angela ‘Wiley’ Crowley

    What a wonderful opportunity! So sad you won’t be coming to CA!

  • http://julesmpg.blogspot.com Julesmpg

    So cool! I am very happy for you Angie! I know God is going to use you to minister to other women!!! We are hoping to move to Georgia next year as soon as Marty gets his transplant. I just yelled out and told him, ” I hope we are there by August because Angie Smith is speaking then” and that prompted, ” Who is Angie Smith?” I am so happy for you and will be praying!

  • Aimee

    All of that is just AWESOME and am so happy for you!
    However, the part that wasn’t AWESOME was where I was one of the ones that thought the ‘announcement’ was actually baby news! I was so excited and thrilled and then saw where you said, “yeah, not quite.” oh well! the main news is great enough I guess. ;) I guess there is more to blogs than baby news. :) anywho. thrilled for you! hope to maybe get to attend at some point???

  • Deidre

    Congratulations, Angie! I know you will use this platform to bring glory to the Father. I am praying, praying, praying.

  • http://www.foltzsaphoto.blogspot.com/ Mrs. G 101808

    WOOOOOOO – HOOOOOOOOO!!!! I am SOOOOOOOO exctied to see you in Columbus!!! You totally just made my week :o )

  • http://captivatedjourney.blogspot.com/ Gmarshall

    Considering I am a huge fan of all those ladies! I am currently working on Priscilla Shirer’s discerning the Voice of God and I am being blown away. All that said LOL, I appreciate how big your experience was for you! WOW! What an opportunity is a head for you!!! I love how God is opening doors for you to share your story, your testimony! Awesome!!!

  • Linda

    So glad you got to meet Beth and the others. I am sure many women were also blessed by meeting you. I was glad that my daughter, Lynnette Kraft got to meet you at the Relevant conference. Both you and she have a ministry and testimony born from grief. But praise be to God for His faithfulness and love…and that He has brought you both back to a place of joy! I know both your book and her books will help many women who have also suffered loss. Please pray with me that her new book will be published…it is even better than the first, as it tells of how God used her story to bring the 911 dispatch operator to Christ.

    In His Love,
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  • Babyrn28

    That is Fantastic!!! You are such a blessing, and a prime example of how God turns circumstances of ashes and gives beauty instead. Thank you for being obedient, even when times were tough. Many prayers for you!!!

  • http://iwasbroughtonbylove.blogspot.com Southern Gal

    So excited and happy for you! I can’t wait to see the blessings poured out on you and those who hear you. I only hope you’ll be close to my hometown so I can experience it firsthand. Love.

  • http://www.houseofhudspeth.blogspot.com Nlbh77

    I saw a beautiful picture of you on Kelly’s Korner blog.
    All of you girls just amaze me & I love all of your blogs!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XS6D7BD7I7QLUBEGWPKLHYOYTU S

    that is awesome but you aren’t coming to my city!! we did get to see you and selah as a surprise last year in Omaha! I actually suspected that was the surprise at the end!

  • Sarahruch

    Oooh, you are coming to MN!!!! I’m so excited!

  • http://simplysimonsisters.blogspot.com desiree

    oh my gosh I am so excited! I am totally going to women of faith this year. A group of ladies from my church went last year and I could not make it. I heard it was amazing & its already on my calendar – I am so glad you will be there!

  • Stacy D

    WOW, Angie!!! How incredible… on all accounts!!!

  • http://garcias2chile.blogspot.com Stephanie (in Chile)

    What a wonderful privilege! I so appreciate observing from afar the unexpected yet beautiful plans God continues to have for your life. We are missionaries to Chile and sometimes I miss these many opportunities for women’s ministries, conferences, etc. that are available in the States. I know your testimony will be a blessing to those who have the chance to attend! God bless!

  • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com womenlivingwell

    AWESOME wooooohooooo! I am soooo happy for you!!! You will be the perfect addition – they are blessed to have you!!! Keep walking with the King!!!
    Much Love,

  • http://www.itcouldabeenworse.blogspot.com Bellasaid32

    Somewhere in heaven there is a tiny sweet reheaded angel smiling and clapping and saying “That’s MY mommy!!!”.

    She is so proud, as we all are.

    God is just awesome.


  • http://www.dominicandkristin.blogspot.com kasmith03

    Angie – when I first started following you several years ago I KNEW you would be perfect for the WOF porch! And you are coming to St Paul so I am there! WOF has been a tradition my mom started with me probably 12-15 years ago. And it is something that I always hoped I could do with my daughter…if I ever had one. That daughter is due to arrive within the next 22 days and I can’t wait until she is old enough to share that experience with me. So if I show up with room service at the hotel in MN just know that you planted the seed! :) haha!! So very proud of you and can’t wait to hear you speak in person!!
    Many blessings, Kristin

  • Jaclynhatcher77

    You make me smile. :) And laugh. Hard. So excited for you~ love that you got to meet Beth (and honestly, a little jealous) ;) AND thrilled that you will be speaking at Women of Faith. Will see you in Atlanta~ can’t wait to see you in person!!


  • http://www.facebook.com/susanfowler Susan Pressley Fowler


    Oh, and yes, Travis Cottrell is AMAZING. My husband and I got to know him early in our marriage and it was such a blessing, as he guided my husband with his music career, and it has been great advice!

  • http://sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.com Kelly_SufficientGrace

    Angie…..I am soooo excited! I love Women of Faith and Sufficient Grace will be taking several ladies to the Columbus event in 2011. I would love to meet you in person there. I have also considered asking the Women of Faith organization if Sufficient Grace could have a table at the event…sharing pamphlets and information about our ministry. They often feature local ministries. I hope I get to hug you in person, my dear friend. You have blessed and encouraged me and so many others with your journey. Our God is an awesome God. So excited for you!!!!!

  • http://holycamp09.wordpress.com/ Deborah Boutwell

    I’ve been seeing your name connected with some events with LifeWay too and am very excited for you! What a treat and you do know that Beth has blogged about meeting you too?!

  • http://www.gerwick.blogspot.com Tanni

    It is beautiful to see God transform your fear of public speaking—-and turn it into Woman of Faith—-I mean, really—that is so how our God works!!! Wish you were coming to Texas—thank you for allowing others to join in your walk with the Lord. :)

  • Kghart

    I had a feeling you might end up with WOF!! I was about to jump out of my seat when I saw that!!! But now I’m bummed because you aren’t coming to the WOF I go to :-( Maybe one day :-)

    Be blessed!


  • Flamingo Mama

    i would cry in the elevator after meeting beth too! but you do realize that you are someone that someone would cry in the elevator after meeting…actually, you may even cause someone to get the whole room service plot going:)P i realize after reading my words that it makes it sound like you would make someone cry. let me clarify…not the sad tears, but the happy tears:)

    congrats on this wonderful opportunity!!

  • http://www.darkchocolateisbest.blogspot.com Scubagirl

    Shreveport, LA! That’s me!!!!! Yay!!!!! Can I volunteer to be your assigned stalker? (I mean that in the most Christian way possible)

  • http://bakerbunch-life.blogspot.com/ amber

    UGH! You are not coming to IN :0(
    I attended the EWomen conference this year…I typically go to WOF…and saw your husband perform *for the first time* as I sat in my seat, it was slightly awkward how close I felt to him. ;0) I was also dying to yell out…”where’s Angie???”…but didn’t. I did however…share with my friends how well I know you…and how I’ve walked with you through some of your darkest moments…let me mention here, they are NOT bloggers and thought I had LOST MY MIND. ANYWAY…I have been thinking to myself…why is Angie not on one of these line ups??? SO glad to see that you are! *even if I will not get the opportunity to see you :0(* I realize that IN to OH is doable…however, I’m a momma of 5…two of which are medically fragile…so unless God works out a huge miracle there…I will just have to be grateful for all the other women who get to squeeze you this side of heaven. :0)
    P.S. totally with you on the Beth thing! Awesome and great visuals!

  • Jennifer Perkins

    You live in Nashville… I am a bit East of Memphis… wish you were speaking in Tennessee! :o )

    Don’t forget to HAVE A BLAST!!! Everyone who has read your words pretty much already loves you!

    Jennifer :o )

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Faith-Risher-Hill/1195861936 Faith Risher Hill

    Super pumped about meeting you at the book signing on Saturday! And excited about your WOF appearance and seeing you at the dotmom event next Fall. God has certainly placed grief and loss in your life so you can bless others. :) And don’t worry, Beth did say nice things about you. And you nodded and smiled appropriately!

  • http://www.thekrawiecwindow.blogspot.com Kasey

    I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WILL BE WITH WOMEN OF FAITH NEXT YEAR!!!! The group was just here in Hartford, CT a few weeks ago and I loved it. I just looked at the site and you will be with the section of speakers that will be coming to Hartford next year – which happens to be on my 31st birthday. I am so pumped!! God will use you in great ways and I for one am very much looking forward to it! Hugs from Connecticut!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714321679 Janelle Hosey Lott

    I was reading the list of cities where you will be speaking . . . saw Columbus, OH . . . thought “OK, that’s not too far (3 hours). I can do that.” THEN, I kept reading and saw you’d be in Pittsburgh 45 minutes away!! Totally putting this on my 2011 calendar! Praying it works out I can come. Will be praying for you as I can’t image how nervous you must be. You have been GREATLY used of God and I’m sure you will continue to do so.

  • http://therodriguez4.blogspot.com Nicole Rodriguez

    I about burst into tears when I clicked on to see who you were speaking with. OMG. I have been to several Women of Faith conferences in Houston, TX and have LOVED them all. My first one I went to was in 2006 just a short few weeks after I had lost my son, and it was somewhere I really needed to be. It was hard, but it was needed. I have dying to hear you speak and this is such an amazing thing for you to be apart of. I will definitely be going to see you in Shreveport, LA…I have already gotten a group of my best girlfriends together! You don’t know what you mean to me. Your words regarding your feelings while going thru your pregnancy with Audrey are my same words during my pregnancy. You spoke my feelings and my hurt and my pain and my anger and my sadness and my despair. I am forever grateful to you. The Lord speaks thru you to me in ways that are incredible. Thank you for just being you. I cannot wait until April 2011 to see you! And I swear I won’t run up and stalk you like a raving lunatic…OK I will try not to… :)

  • Jean M

    I love all of this! I saw on twitter (from Amanda) that you had met Beth. That is just so neat! :) And what an awesome thing for you to be speaking at the WOF conferences. Wish you were speaking in NC – maybe in 2012.

  • Sara Bell

    I don’t know where to start and you may not even get to read this post for all the other comments before mine, but I am here to say God is so real and without going into detail he has proven himself to me here lately and more so in the past 24 hours. I have been moved by your blog for, well, a long time. I am blown away by the woman God has created you to be. I have read your book, I keep your blog on my blog list, I listen to your husband sing in my car(I might add I sing along with him very loudly (yes I am that person at the stop light that people laugh at because I look absolutely ridiculous!) and my 15 month old daughter has been listening to him since she has been born) and last but not least, I have prayed for your sweet babies. I even can say through you God spoke to me in a way I have never experienced. I live in a small town about an hour east of Little Rock, AR against my will. God is showing me that his plan is ultimately the best! Struggling with fitting in and so on and so forth, I just opened up to my husband about my desperate want to go on a woman retreat. He (the sweet man he is) said just find a group of women in Little Rock and go with them. Ok I am shy and I don’t see that happening… I get an email this morning from a girl I met through blogging. She lives in Little Rock and asked me if I would be interested in going to a WOF conference in Atlanta. I think my heart jumped right out of my chest. Then she gave me the link to the conference and you were on the line up. Ok my heart is now beating on the floor while I am dancing in my pj’s! I am also a fan of Natalie Grant so I was on cloud nine today! God is just so amazing! I long to meet you one day but if I never get the chance I want you to know I enjoy reading about your journey and how amazing our God is to his children. I have shared your book to several women here in this town and several have read your book and to some they have experienced a journey similar to yours. You are such an inspiration and may God bless you OH AND I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE IN PERSON!!! Have a great day!

  • Anonymous

    Ang…there are no words to tell you how proud I am of you. You’re a part of Imagine 2011! Who’s better than you? :) Much love always…Amy

  • Thebroadusbunch

    You and Shelia Walsh!? My life would be complete. Look for a stalker mom in Shreveport!

  • http://www.journeywiththelord.blogspot.com Chris Engman

    Wow! Congratulations! What a blessing you will be to others!

  • Bausherk

    I can’t believe I finally get to meet you!!! I will see you in Philly in September!

  • http://bootsandfeet.blogspot.com HannahBG

    What a wonderful opportunity for you! :~)

  • Anonymous

    I am so happy your are scheduled to speak in Columbus, Ohio. It will be a privilege to hear you speak and I know God will continue to bless your family as your serve him.

  • Lori

    I was there…at Deeper Still. Saw u behind Priscillas hubby. I tried to get a book signed but way too many people…and sooo hot with all those women Loving Jesus! And then when Beth said your name…I knew that u were DYING! I dont even know you but I knew how you must have felt! Got tickets to the Dot Mom Conference! Cant wait!

  • Anita

    I’m SOOOOOOO glad that no one else was home when I read your announcement because I actually screamed “YYYYYEEEEEEESSSS”! And I don’t scream outloud EVER – at least not like that!! I will be in Hartford in 2011 and CAN’T WAIT to hear you.
    I actually got to sing “Esengo” on stage with Todd and Amy last summer when they were in Maine. It was one of the highlights of 2010 that even included my daughter’s wedding (so it was a good year). I think we rocked the house – wink, wink! I’m sure seeing you at WOF will be a highlight of 2011.

  • Jan

    How exciting for you–to be part of the Women of Faith speaker platform! I’ll be seeing you at the Pittsburgh conference. And I knew about your encounter with Beth because she posted about it on her blog! (I’m sure you’ve already seen it.) Congratulations—I look forward to seeing you in person!

  • Shope31

    How much fun you had this past weekend!!! And to be a part of Women of Faith!!!! WOW!!! I went last year in Shreveport and LOVED it….I kept daydreaming……”I wanna be on that stage and be that close to such wonderful women”!!! And look at you!! What an amazing blessing for you! I wish I could go back again to Shreveport in April but my baby girl is due April 24th!! Cutting it a little close….but to know you will be there I might buy and sell if I go into labor early!! HaHa! But no seriously!!!!! You are such an inspriation!!!

  • http://brandycormier.com Brandy

    Hey, ANYTIME ANY woman I know online says they have an announcement, my baby-obsessed brain automatically thinks “she’s pregnant” … so I’m not shy in admitting that I was definitely one that wondered if you were LOL

    Women of Faith? WOW!! I WISH I could go (there’ll be 2 near us), but we’ve got so much in the unknown next year (possible this, possible that, probably move, etc) that I just really can’t plan anything. Oh gosh I wish I could though …. that’s an AWESOME lineup. And I just might be a blubbering mess to meet you and Lisa Whelchel … and others LOL

  • Jenni R.

    Hi Angie! So excited that you are going to be in Minneapolis’ WOF gathering. Will be so wonderful to hear you speak! I saw you 2 years ago at the MOPS convention with Jessica. I came over and told you and Jessica how much I was blessed by both of your blogs. Said goodbye to you and thanks for talking to me- and then realized that I didn’t even introduce myself to you ladies! :)

    What I told you a couple of years ago at the MOPS convention is really true. This blog has pointed me to so many truths, made me smile, giggle and cry. Thank you for sharing your life and faith; you have been a true blessing. God Bless.
    Jenni R from Minneapolis, MN

  • Michelleallen0

    I was there as well and knew you were dying when she was totally talking straight to you!!! Have you seen that she also gave you a shout out on the Living Proof blog!?!

  • Jenna

    Oh my gosh! This is so awesome! I hope I get to go!

  • Shana Olson-Laake

    WHEE! ANGIE – I am SO excited! I went to my first Women of Faith last month in Hartford, Connecticut and thought that you should DEFINITELY be up there. HOW AWESOME! I guess I am definitely going next year! :) You will be so blessed by these women.

  • Amberharrison21

    i’ve read your blog off and on for a while, and wanted to share something with you!! one of my very best friends lost their little girl, elliana, back in august only 5 hours after birth. God has done amazing things in their lives and the have started something called “elliana’s heart of promise” to reach moms who have lost their babies or children. you can check it out at http://www.heartofpromise.com. thanks! amber

  • Learningfourlife

    OH MY GOODNESS! Congratulations! That is absolutely incredible! I am an avid Women of Faither and I hope I will be able to be there to hear you and all the other incredible people on the “line up”.

  • KimN

    Oh my goodness Angie!!! Now I know why I wasn’t able to go this year…because then I wouldn’t havae been able to go this year and hear you in person!! I will start saving now!!

  • http://www.noahmahalak.blogspot.com Kelly

    I ad to let you know that Beth wrote about you in her own blog today! I thought you would be so excited! I know I would freak if she wrote about me. Loving your blog as an angel mommy myself. You bring me such joy Angie. Love you

  • http://www.itsgrace.com Erin

    I KNEW it!! I just had a premonition about it. You are going to be an incredible asset to this team, Angie. Remember at Relevant how many women raised their hands in response to your question “how many have lost a child”? Now you are speaking and preaching to the masses. Angie, God is going to use you in such a mighty way.

    Hoping to see you in Birmingham in September at the dotmom conference.

    Blessings and prayers,

  • Crawfordhouse6

    I have never commented on your blog before. Although I have read every post, prayed and begged God on your behalf, laughed and even…starting sewing! HA! :)
    I am on staff with Women of Faith, I am the event rep for the Kansas City and Denver(2011) events! I am thrilled to know that you will be on the WoF stage and my heart is beyond thrilled just thinking about the blessings that WoF attendees will have!
    Blessings and Prayers,
    Stephanie Crawford

  • Jen

    Wow, Angie. That is AMAZING that you will be speaking at Women of Faith. I think I may have to find a way to come to the Milwaukee, WI dates. My son will be a year old by then so I may actually feel comfortable being away from him by that time! haha. Plus, it’s only an hour drive, so I technically wouldn’t even have to stay in Milwaukee overnight. We’ll see. Pray that something will happen to make it work out. I’d love to come to something as awesome as Women of Faith! -Jen

  • http://www.thewonderwomandiaries.blogspot.com Rachel Sweerin

    You’re going to be in Des Moines where I live!!! I’ve loved your blog for years and can’t wait to be in the same room as you!

  • Allysonbrown07

    Hi, I just stumbled across your blog (when I am suppose to be studying for Finals!) I am 20 years old, a junior in college. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with something called PCOSD. It means that I am infertile. I was crushed. My dreams were shattered. I am one of those girls that when it was career day in school I dressed up like a “mom” because that’s what I wanted to be. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I have been struggling with this idea for the past couple years. I believe it was in Gods plan to have me stumble upon your blog. God has taught me lots of things in the past couple weeks about worry, and His faithfulness. I watched a video of you and your husband and Audreys story and you are such an inspiration to me. The way you walked through this with such grace. The way you were so real with saying it was hard but God is still the same God. I can’t tell you how much your story has impacted me in how to trust God through hard times and to be faithful to him even when its hard, so thank you!

  • Mnewell0293

    Angie, that is awesome. Congrats and fully worthy! I would love to make it to the Phili conference if I can. I enjoyed you are Relevant 10! blessings

  • Hailey

    Just now getting to read this and I’m SO jealous you got to meet Beth Moore. How awesome! Sounds like a blast! Praying for you!

  • Lizreeves2

    I think I may hyperventilate. I’m going to be at the WOF in Shreveport…and if I’m reading the website right, you will be there!! Oh my gosh Angie, you are my Beth Moore. Promise to meet me in the hotel hallway in your curlers, ok? :)

  • amy

    Congrats, Angie! I wish I could hear you speak, but it looks like you won’t be in CA. I also understand what you are saying about Beth Moore. I feel “stalkerish” when it comes to her as well. What a blessing she has been to me, both through her books, and through multiple times of hearing her speak. Kay and Priscilla are marvelous, too.

    I would be interested to hear what happened with your book club. I emailed you a while back with some concerns, but don’t know how it all turned out.

    Blessings to you!

  • Allison

    Congratulations! what an amazing opportunity. You are so blessed and I wish I could make it to one of the concerts. I’d love to hear your testimony in person..

    Love, Allison

  • Heidi R.

    Congratulations!!! What an incredible opportunity! I was stoked to see your name on the list, then slightly depressed that you won’t be speaking in Sacramento, but the other ladies that will are fabulous, and your wonderful husband’s band will be there, so it’ll be great, just not as great as it would be with you! Praying blessings to you all! Proud of you!

  • Kelly

    Oh, ANGIE!! I’m so happy for you! What a terrific opportunity.

    I’m not sure you’ll be able to read through all of these messages, but just in case I want to tell you how awesome this is. When you said you’d be doing Women of Faith, I looked up to see where you would be speaking. I was saddened to see you were not coming here to Kansas City, but then I saw you were going to be in Atlanta and a light bulb went on! You see, I have a friend I met on Babycenter.com while we were pregnant at the same time and due the same date. We found out we had a lot in common besides that we were both Christian women with 4 kids. Our friendship has continued and blossomed over the past 3 1/2 years since the kids were born, and we have never even met! We have joked and dreamed about maybe meeting in person one day, but we never knew when it would be. When I noticed you were going to Atlanta, the thought popped into my head that she lives an hour from there and I decided right then-and-there to start saving for a plane ticket and 2 W.O.F. tickets. I will get to see ANGIE SMITH SPEAK and meet my bestest-friend-I’ve-never-met. :) I cannot wait.

    Until then, I’ll be praying for you!!
    Kelly from Kansas City

  • Amy

    Congrats Angie! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I can’t wait to hear you speak. When I saw that you were listed in the line-up for Columbus, OH I literally shouted out loud!! You are my Beth Moore!

  • Bookworm Pryor

    I am new to your blog. But, I have a feeling there is a reason I am supposed to know you. I have recently begun writing a novel and I have no qualms about telling you that God has instrumentally used Selah’s CD, Press On, to inspire me creatively. After reading a blog post I had written about a particular Selah song, a friend told me that you were Todd’s wife and had written a book and that she was a fan of your blog. I kind of tucked it away in the back of my mind for future reference. THEN, I subscribe to Beth Moore’s blog and she talked about reading your blog and how she had wanted to meet you and did . . I thought, “Hmmm, there is that name again . . .” Any way, I am not a believer in coincidence. I will start reading and see if God has something to say to me through your ministry! :o ) Juanita Pryor

  • Hayley22478

    So excited for your amazing weekend and awesome new ministry opportunity! SO wishing your schedule included the WOF events in Texas!! :)

  • Myriamf73

    Congrats to you Angie and praise to God. Just might stop to see in Connecticut.

  • http://www.4tunate.net/ QuatroMama

    You are staying with me when you’re in Indy right? Cuz you know it’s kid-friendly and PJ attire. Love this announcement and how God is shining through your walk with Him.

    Also loved your comment about Todd being one of the few to be able to handle 4 kids while traveling. Understood. Ditto. So blessed. =)

  • http://callmemare.blogspot.com Mare

    Angie~what a wonderful experience!!! I am so excited that you will be joining the WOF group next year. I so wanted to attend this year, but it was the same time as my Church’s Women’s retreat. I chose the retreat, my first…which was AMAZING! I will be able to atttend the WOF conference in April. Of course I would love to sit and chat with you in curlers :) ) Just having the opportunity to hear you and the other women speak would be a huge blessing. This will be my first WOF confernce, so excited to attend…Love how God makes ALL things posible. Have a blessed Christmas!

  • Laray

    How neat that you got to meet Beth. I am sure you know but you made her blog post. I read and loved your book and I will be praying for you and your family this holiday season.

  • http://lovestrand.blogspot.com Lisa

    Shut the front door! I have attended WOF for 5 years and when I started following your blog a couple years ago I was thinking “why doesn’t she be a guest speaker at WOF” and lo and behold I will be seeing you in St. Paul in 2011, can’t wait! And if you have any inkling to invite any fans to your room for jammies and curlers let me know :)

  • Racheloburns

    Woohooo! Love me some WOF…your testimony and life will bring an amazing piece to WOF…I actually think they are all wonderful but often thought they needed someone “our age”..hahaha~ I have followed you for years and pray for your family.

  • Tracy Newton

    I was at the Deeper Still event and heard Beth mention your name..I wanted to run over and meet you..it was SO amazing and to be there with 14,000 Women who love Jesus like I do was such a blessing!!! I am really going to try and make the Even in September..you maynot want to stay at that Hotel though so that you can have a nice hot shower..LOL!!!!!
    God bless you Angie..you are a blessing to SO many!!!

  • MHK

    Hi Angie!!
    YAY!!! I am so glad that you will be part of WOF! I have been going to the Columbus WOF (live here) for the last 4 years. I know you will do such a fantastic job and will make WOF even better (is that possible?!). I can’t wait to see you in April 2011!!! :-)
    Love and prayers!

  • http://callmemare.blogspot.com Mare

    Oh No…Just realized you won’t be in Vegas. :(
    I’m gonna have to try to change my plans!

  • Sharon

    OH.MY.WORD!!! I cannot believe you will be doing Women of Faith conferences! I am totally going to the one in Ohio so I can meet you! Angie I have written to you many times before about what a blessing you truly TRULY have been to me in my life journey of infertility and loosing a baby. I never wanted “I will carry you” to end, for I LOVE your heart, your writing style, your love for the Lord and your transparency! I am so excited to go and I told my two closest friends they are coming with me so we can go and see you! :) I didn’t give them much of a choice :) And if I get all crazy looking like I’m going to faint it will probably be because I’m nervous just like you are with Beth Moore. :) :)

  • http://twitter.com/GodsDreamsForMe Jeri Taira

    I would have lost composure at meeting Beth. You must have had such a fulfilling time. Congratulations on your speaking opportunity. You have much of God’s love and faithfulness to share.

    Lord, bless her words, bless her travel, bless her connections and conversations. Be with their family in all the ways you need to be. Thank you for all of this and more Jesus. Amen.

  • Shannon

    I am coordinating a group from pittsburgh for WOF and saw you in the line up…..there was an audible celebration!!!!:) I’ve felt you’d be an amazing addition for years….so amazing to see how you have walked through these past years and let your struggles and victories shine the light of Jesus…..He will use your testimony in amazing ways….looking forward to hearing you! and I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in that elevator!!!!!

  • Kathryn

    Angie, I was at Deeper Still last weekend too and have to tell you like several others who have commented that I feel like you are my Beth Moore! Although I share (and maybe almost equal) your admiration for Beth, I feel that way about you as well. I didn’t know that you were there until I heard the announcement that you were going to be signing your book during lunch. From that point on, I was antsy for the lunch break just to get a chance to see you (and was super-disappointed that I’d left my copy at home. I mean, I should’ve known to carry it with me on the off chance you would be there to sign it!) I’ve been a Sunday since June of your first year and have cried, laughed, and prayed along with you. I feel like we are friends and that if I walked up and said “hi” that you would totally know me. Well, since I didn’t have my book with me, I felt it would be a little silly to stand in your line to wait to talk to you and take up time from others who actually had their books, so I have to confess that I dragged my mom over to the dotmom booth just to look at you. I was like, “Mom, there she is! That’s Angie!” You are just more precious in person than you even are on your blog (which is hard to do) and you looked awfully stylish as well!! When Beth mentioned that she had met you, I was so excited for you because I knew how much that meant to you and then to have her talk to you personally from the stage…I was DYING for you! Please know that you are such an encouragement to all Christian women. I wish I was a mom because I live in Birmingham and would love to see you when you come to speak at the dotmom conference, but I guess I’ll have to wait and go to Atlanta for WOF. Thanks so much for being such a godly inspiration to me and for being my “Beth”!!

  • Sheryl White

    You’ll be a great addition to WOF but bummer you’re not on the Phoenix line up. Sheryl White

  • Corey Hutchins

    Hi Angie – I’ve followed your blog from the beginning so when you started making appearances, I was hoping I’d someday get to see you. Well, you’ll be at my WOF in May (Des Moines). I went onto the WOF site to check available seats so I could order my ticket. I’m already excited to finally see Selah, but as I scrolled down the page I nearly screamed! I was practically shaking over seeing your picture – and I was at work! So after I calmed down (sorta), I got thru the day & went home to order my ticket asap. I’ll be behind the “porch” on the floor & you’ll be right there, like a few feet away. And yes, I’ll be stalking you totally, like a dork-fan (my own ‘nice’ description of the word). So if you hear screaming, that’ll be me! I can’t wait to see you!!!

  • http://www.steveandanna.blogspot.com Anna

    I have wept with you and felt God’s love in amazing ways since before Audrey was born. I have tickets for Women of Faith in St. Paul already for next year. I just might have to stalk you and shake your hand. It is so wonderful that God uses a blog to share His story with others through you. Thank you for letting him work in your life in this way…it is truly a blessing to read and be a part of.

  • Anonymous

    Angie-I am beyond excited for you. Very cool all around and I hope I will be able to see you at WOF :) cause I am fan(def not a stalker-you are right fan is more gentle) and Relevant was just not enough for me….bring on more Angie :) xoxoxoxoxo

  • Kristen

    Way to go! I’m excited for you, and praying for you!

  • Curly2880

    WOW! Amazing Girl! Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  • Angie

    I’m so happy for you! What a great opportunity! Wish you were coming to DC, though. :(

    I saw Selah was going to be musical guests too. What fun!

  • http://sewmanyjoys.com/ Niki

    Angie – I have been following your blog for a while and haven’t been as active in reading during this last minute Christmas fun and I had for some reason in my heart known it was something that involved having the opportunity to hear you speak-and it was true!!! I am very excited to be already registered for a WOF conference in which you’ll be speaking!! God is so Good. I continue to hold you and your family in my prayers and look forward to how God uses you to minister to us women! Many blessings to you this Christmas—

  • Stacey

    WOF! That is so exciting. I wish you would be at the Oklahoma City conference. I’m a bit bummed. Maybe in 2012.

  • Sarah Addison

    Thank you for sharing your amazing account of the retreat. It’s so great to hear about Kelly too, I grew up going to Reston Bible where her dad was the pastor and remember her singing for the congregation when she was in high school. Such a talented woman, and it’s great that she’s turning her talents towards devotions as well. Your family has experienced such heartache, but it’s through God’s grace that you’re able to be so positive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=102400045 Kathi Clements

    I am so excited to finally hear you and see you in person at Women of Faith in Atlanta in August!! I didn’t start following your blog until September and I started at the beginning with sweet Audrey’s story and got caught up to date within 2 weeks!! I just couldn’t quit reading and crying and really feeling God’s presence in every word! I have you to thank for really getting me back into God’s Word again. I grew up in church and have 2 amazing Christian parents (My mom introduced me to your blog), but I had been away a long time. I found myself looking up your verses and praying more and listening to Selah and really just having a desire to have a relationship with God like you do. I am happy to say that I found my new church home in October and I LOVE IT! I have been so blessed by my family there and really feel that God led me there…and I even lead Praise and Worship there!! I feel like I have been born again…AGAIN! =) I want to thank you for that, and your story, and your amazingness!! I got invited by a friend of mine to go to my FIRST Women of Faith a few weeks ago, and THAT was exciting enough, but now I find out that you are going to be there, it makes it so much better!! See you in August!! God Bless you, Todd, Abby, Ellie, Kate and Charlotte!!

  • Shannon Roberts

    So I’m pretty late commenting on this, I know. I love, love, love reading your blog. I just don’t get to very often. For some reason my employers actually expects me to work instead of reading fabulous blogs all day. :(

    I just wanted to say that I think you’re amazing. I love that you’re so real. Do you know how inspiring that is for us ladies out here? Obviously you do because you look at Beth the way we look at you. (And I’m right there with you in the fact that I would have been shell-shocked had I met her in her hotel room in jammies!) But you, Sister, rock the Word just like her. Do not forget, not for one minute, that you minister to us all the time…through your blog, your music, your book, your testimony as you walk it out so beautifully for all to see.

    I’m excited for you in your speaking opportunity that is JUST AROUND THE CORNER! The Word will accomplish all it sets out to do…just drop your jaw…the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Keep us posted!

  • Stacia


    I started reading your blog not too long after you began writing it and continue to do so today. I was not able to go to Birmingham but low and behold my girlfriend Kelly sent me a text with a picture of the two of you…I was so excited! She also bought your book for me and YOU SIGNED IT! I was very excited about that too. Thank you! Everything was so busy during Christmas and I didn’t past chapter 2 but Monday I started it again and can’t put it down. I have thoroughly enjoyed each word so far and am looking forward to the words to come. I appreciate you telling your story. I believe He is who He says He is! Thank you, Angie! God bless you and your family.

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