Women of Faith

From Blah to Awe

First off, let me say that it’s unusual for me to have so many review/giveaway/fun posts in a row, but I am loving it! For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, you might not know that I’ve been a little under the weather. Turns out I have mono 🙁 I am trying to rest and do all the things they tell you to, but with 4 kids and everything else I have on my plate, staying in bed isn’t really an option. It’s really not awful but I do feel tired a lot and I have a headache ALL THE TIME. Any suggestions? Ideas?

Ugh. I think I have been living with exhaustion so long that when I kick this thing I’m going to feel like a million bucks 🙂 In the meantime, thank you for enjoying all the laid-back fun stuff on my blog lately. It’s been so good for me to read comments and enjoy you all.

With that said, I want to encourage you to pick up a book for the teenage girls in your life. It’s called “From Blah to Awe” and it’s by Max Lucado’s daughter Jenna. She is a great writer, and this book just came out this month. Although my girls aren’t quite teenagers yet (Oh, mercy. I cannot imagine), I think this will be a fantastic choice when they are a little older. It’s very conversational, but also truth-filled. She includes a bunch of other people’s stories as well as her own testimony and the general idea is shaking up your faith and really seeking relationship with Christ. I also really like that it’s very interactive, and has sections where they can journal a little and really flesh out the ideas. One of the chapters talks about how a lot of people who read the Bible think it’s boring because they don’t understand it as a story, and she does a great job of bringing ideas like this home in a very age-appropriate, encouraging way.

These are the most brutal years for holding onto faith, and the more I hear stories of kids going to conferences like Passion and Revolve (WOF-Jenna is a speaker for Revolve :)), the more I’m encouraged that this generation is doing things that are going to change the world. I’m also keenly aware that so many of them are choosing to walk away from their faith, in small ways and in big ones. I think that any of us who have teenagers in our lives can see the tension that society is putting on them, and the more “Jenna Lucado’s” we can put in their lives, the better. Let’s inspire our girls to chase after the Lord and seek a life with Him that goes past static and moves into a life-long love relationship.

And if I might ask for a little prayer as well? This weekend will be my first event in Dallas for the WOF One-Day events, and I’m pretty nervous. I have been working on my talk but for whatever reason I feel like I haven’t quite got it down. Please just pray that I will connect with the people there and that they will be blessed by whatever I manage to get out 🙂 And also, please pray for smooth flights and for my kiddos to have a great night while I’m out.

Much love to you all!!! And if you will be at the Dallas event and you haven’t sent me an email, please do!



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  • Reply Kristin Smith February 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Praying you continue to recover and that you have the energy you need for the Dallas event. I know that God will use your words…whatever they turn out to be 😉 for amazing things!!

  • Reply Lyn Hallewell February 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I’m sorry you have Mono. I had that a few years back so I know how you feel. The only thing I can suggest is rest, which, I know is not easy with kids. I felt exhausted for months. All I can say, is that eventually it got better. Praying for healing and that the Lord brings a refreshing season to you. May you have peace about your talk, and may God give tou any finishing touches you may need for it. I heard you in CT in November, you are a great communicator 🙂 Blessings to you!

  • Reply Blair Williams February 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

    So sorry about having Mono! Real bummer! So wish I could see you speak in Dallas this weekend! I live about 20 minutes away! Praying for all!

  • Reply Blair Williams February 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

    So sorry about having Mono! Real bummer! So wish I could see you speak in Dallas this weekend! I live about 20 minutes away! Praying for all!

  • Reply Naomi February 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I was blessed to meet your husband last year at a concert for Pastor Appreciation here in Tyler.  Oh, how I would love to hear you speak!  Unfortunately, I already have plans with the ladies in our church to attend Feminar.  I’m sure I will be equally blessed there as I would to hear you, I just wish it wasn’t the same weekend!

  • Reply Mary in Idaho February 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I had mono at about your age and stage.  I didn’t take any of the doctor’s advice and paid a heavy price.  Rest, rest and then rest some more.  Drink LOTS of water and NO sugar.  Then rest and rest some more.  Enlist help wherever and from whoever. You are #1 right now. (Humanly speaking.)  We are praying in Idaho for your One Day Event this weekend.  I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) that “rehearsed words” don’t necessarily mean Spirit lead/inspired/directed words.  Pray, praise and then allow the Holy Spirit to speak through your heart. Praying……….

  • Reply Bailesfamily February 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Physical therapy!  It was tremendous help to get rid of a headache that lasted for about 5 months.

  • Reply Krista Wilbur February 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Praying for your One Day event. I am SO looking forward to the one in Long Beach. God is with you, and I will be praying for your health as well!

  • Reply Sarah February 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Will be praying for you as you go to the event in Dallas! ♥

    My husband had mono probably 10 years ago.  He did not rest like he should have and it wrecked him.  PLEASE rest, rest, rest, and rest.  I’m a mom to four little ones, so I completely know and understand that telling another mom “rest!” is kind of like a joke.  However, I’ve also seen the flip side of my husband not resting as he should with the mono.  Not resting like he needed to produced years of side effects related to fatigue and his immune system for him.

    btw – Watched session 6 of James last night at Bible study and smiled when they showed your face in the video. ☺

  • Reply Ellen_jcksn February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    research coconut oil and mono….natuaral remedy!

  • Reply Melanie Cantelmo February 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I hope you feel better! We have been sick too and I completely understand trying to manage everything. I’m working right now, pregnant with three little ones….very little time for rest! I agree when we have energy we will feel like a million bucks. I’m researching b-12 shots….has anyone done those before?
    Thank you for sharing the book by Jenna. I really love Max’s and I’m sure this book will be a great resource. I am on the board of a non profit that is for teens and I think this may be a great book for me to read!!!

    • Reply Pamela February 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

      oh take a look at my response above!

  • Reply Anonymous February 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I will be there Saturday and can’t wait.  

  • Reply Melody Johnson February 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Hey Angie, 

    So sorry to hear that you have mono.  It’s icky.  I had it the summer after my senior year of high school, just weeks before I was supposed to start college.  I was playing Glinda the Good Witch in a summer theater production of the Wizard of Oz and had to miss the first weekend of shows because my throat was so swollen and all I could do was sleep most of the day.  My understudy had to step in for that first weekend, and then I was able to somehow muster up strength to do the next weekend!  I was quite determined I guess. 🙂  My mono was combined with streap throat, which doesn’t always happen, but perhaps that’s why it was worse.  It took me a few months to get back to normal which made starting college challenging, but I got through it.  The best thing for me was lots and lots of rest and staying hydrated.  As you said, so challenging with kiddos in the picture…but if you could get some help and just sleep as much as you need to that would probably be great for you.  I’ll pray that God helps you to heal up quickly and that you are able to get through this weekend in Dallas as well.  Oh, and if your glands are really swollen and it’s hard to swallow, your dr. may offer you some steroids (Prednisone) to help.  That really helped me to be able to breathe and swallow and I only took them for a very brief time.   

    Hang in there!
    Melody in MN

  • Reply Nicole Rodriguez February 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I live in Waco (about 2 hrs-ish from Dallas) and I wanted to go Saturday SOOOOOOO badly, but it just wasn’t/isn’t in the cards for me financially 🙁  I stopped working a year and a half ago to finish my degree in education and our little family of 5 is living just off my husband’s income – so needless to say – money is a tad tight :/  Anyhoo – I hope y’all have such a great time and I know that all the women there will be so blessed to hear you speak!!!  I share a similar story as you with your losing Audrey – we lost our 2nd son, Alex, under similar circumstances.  You have been such a witness to me and a major part of my healing.  Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Terry Pitzer February 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Praying you’ll feel better soon! Unfortunately, rest really is about the only thing that helps. But as a mom of five, I know just how impossible that is.

  • Reply Luana February 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I had mono when i had an at-home daycare center plus my twin babies at the time so i couldn’t rest…what saved me.. vitamine B complex ..it comes in liquid form ,taste awful but within a month of taking it i was back to my old self! good luck and God bless

  • Reply AshleyB February 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I love seeing that there are books like this out there.  If I’m completely honest, I am fearful of what teenage years with three girls in the house will hold!  And I’m excited to see Jenna’s name on it.  One of my very favorite people in the world and really good friend, Courtney, hosts Revolve with Jenna.  I’m hoping Revolve or something like ti will be around when my girls are old enough to be in the target audience.  
    And hoping and praying for easy travel and good health for you this weekend!  

  • Reply Pamela February 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi Angie, Two things:  I’d like to suggest you ask your doctor for weekly b12 shots.  They also have b12 prescription nasal spray that just came out that you can take in lieu of the shots (I actually find it works better and it’s one less appt. to fit into life).  After the weekly spray, I suggest purchasing sublingual drops from your local drug or health food store.  You hold them under your tongue and it just keeps your b12 levels high.  Two doctors have told me that b12 tablets aren’t as reliable as the drops. You can research the wonderful benefits of b12.  I call it HOUSEWIFE CRACK and it’s been a game changer for me.  Secondly, I hope you will listen to your body and clear off your schedule.  I really appreciate your book recommendations and if you know of any good ones about women’s friendship I’d love to hear. 

  • Reply 4givn1 February 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I battled mono this time last year.  I have four kids too and oh my word…I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.  I felt like I was a ballon floating on half of my needed air.  If you can sneak in some vitamins and maintain a good diet that helps some.   I also realize how impossible it can be to get the needed rest. But if you can find time each day to just collapse for a while…do it.  It will help you get through.  I am a type A personality and hate letting anything slide…but I had to.  For my own health and sanity. 
    I will pray He inspires you talk this week and gives you the endurance to run the race before you. 
    Much hugs!

  • Reply Donna Metz February 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I had mono/Epstein-Barr several years back. I would suggest adding 425mg of Magnesium…you can get it at wal-mart. But the real life changer I found is an alkaline diet. I really don’t believe in “diets” but just a healthy way of living. Add as many high alkaline foods to your diet as possible…like avocado, spinach, broccoli, tomato, squash. Try to keep your diet at 70% alkaline and drink plenty of alkalinized water (7.2 pH or greater). Blessings, Donna

  • Reply Wick Anderson February 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’ll have to get a copy of this for our youth library, thanks!  Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

  • Reply Ltzk February 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I was at the Dallas event and u truly spoke to my heart! Thanks for being open to share! Sorry we didn’t get to see ur happy dance!

  • Reply Michelle Bentham February 26, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Hi Angie!

  • Reply heatherwalker February 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Angie, I read your book 5 months ago when I found out my baby would be born with anencephaly, a fatal neural tube defect.  My husband and I went through alot these past months.  A week ago I delivered Grayson James Walker on Feb. 15.  We held him for 8 wonderful hours then Jesus took him home.  Your journey encouraged me and inspired me during our journey.  I started writing a blog and want to write a book.  I was wondering if you help me out on how to accomplish this.  God has used our story to help others and am really inspired to write a book.  Thank you for your openess and obedience to God during your hard times. 

  • Reply heatherwalker February 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I wanted to add that you can read my blog if you have time.  graysonjameswalker@blogspot.com

  • Reply CassandraLouise February 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

     I am looking forward to hearing you speak, at the Devoted Hearts Conference in Rochester MN:)  I have never commented, but you have been a great blessing and encouragement to my heart! Be blessed and a blessing to others!

  • Reply JennyH February 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Oh Ang, I know exactly how you feel. I was diagnosed with Mono in January too.  It is awful. The best advice I have is 800mg Ibuprofen as soon as your feet hit the floor with something in your tummy. (As long as your not prego you can have the ibuprofen)  Also try to sleep as much as possible, if that means letting Todd tuck the girls in for one night then do it. Also if you develop a sore throat or fever like I did, a prednisone dose pack was the only thing that helped. I hate taking meds and that was my last resort. I didn’t feel like I was being a good mommy in the state I was in. So I took 2 dose packs over a 8 week period mainly because I use the phone a lot to do my job… I’m the after hours nurse that calls ya back when you or your kiddos are sick 😉 (Not u personally, but you know what I mean)  I would have waves of a fever around 102 and sore throat. Deary, I hope yours doesn’t get to that point. I’m pretty sure mine did because of the lack of sleep/rest and dehydration. So take my advice and bring in back up for the girls and get your sleep. I know you think it’s not an option, but an extra hour added on to your normal nightly hours will make you feel like a new women! 

    I also wanted you to know that I have a group of ladies from House On 31 Main that will be joining in for an Online Bible Study of your What Women Fear this Thursday March 1st.   We are so excited and I love my sneak peak into the first few chapters!  Thank you for following God when you penned this one. It is already changing lives for the Kingdom. Spread the word if you want about the study starting up. Send them my way. We would love to have anyone join us.  We are at http://www.31main.blogspot.com

    Blessings and a prayer for a quick recovery and a day tomorrow without a headache!
    In Jesus Name!

    Jenny H

  • Reply Rosanna February 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    When my now 20 yo was 12 she got mono too. The doctor told us to give her 2,000mg of Vitamin C & 2,0000 mg of Vitamin D3 each day for the next 3 or 4 months. Seems it boosts the immune system especially during cold and flu seasons. Can’t overdo the C but don’t go over 2, ooo with the D3:) Hope it helps. Praying for you girlie!!

    • Reply Rosanna February 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      oops thats 2,ooo of D, not 20,000:)

  • Reply Jana February 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Angie,
    I just wanted to say thank you to you and Selah for writing the amazing song “I will Carry You”. I have listened to it about 30 times today. I had identical twin boys in June at 25 weeks due to complications with the pregnancy. Our son Carter, born at 2 lbs, was with us for 20 minutes before he went to be with Jesus. Our other son, born at 1 lb 8 oz, spent 4 months in the NICU and is now 8 months old.  My heart is broken that we don’t have our son, and that our baby doesn’t have his twin here on earth with him. But, we celebrate that he has been made whole and is in the arms of Jesus. I remember reading your blog when you lost your Audrey and thinking how much pain you must be in, but how gracefully you handled it all. I also read your book which was wonderful as well. Thank you for sharing Audrey’s story, it has helped me on my journey, which I know is far from over.

  • Reply Diana Markland March 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Bless your heart, Angie.  Our oldest son has had mono twice in the last year and a half.  The first time, he had terrible headaches and sore throat.  Next time it was mostly fatigue.  Get as much rest as you can and keep those liquids and ibuprofen going.  Hope your Dallas event went well and you are feeling much better now.

  • Reply Alyson March 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Hi Ang,

    It’s been a little bit since I have checked in with you. Sorry to hear about the mono. Yuck for you! I hope you are over that by now and I’m sure you did great in Dallas.
    I have an 11 year old daughter and was so excited to see the book you listed in your post. I am going to head to my local Christian book store as soon as possible and get that for her. She is a good girl with a good head on her shoulders and is a Christ follower. I pray that she never loses sight that she is a daughter of the King.

    • Reply Alyson March 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

      OH my, I feel horrible. I forgot my daughter’s age. She is 12. I’m going to chalk my memory lapse up to the fact that she just turned 12. Well, on the 5th of February………

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