Everyday life, Faith, Family


We’ve been dreading this month for almost a year.

Looking at the calendar a few weeks ago we vowed we would never do it again. Too many commitments, too many airplanes, too many deadlines, too much time away from the kids.

I’m intent on refusing to let things pile up this way again.

When I got home last night, I chatted with the big girls and then took a shower while they fell asleep. Todd is at the Dove Awards (while I was typing, Selah won “Inspirational Album of the Year. Congrats, and WELL DESERVED:)) so the house felt quiet. So quiet that what seemed like it might just be a squeak as Charlotte shifted positions in her crib, I lurched out of bed and ran over to grab her. I lifted her sleepy little body out of bed and brought her across the hall to my room, where I may or may not have played with her until she woke up enough to have a hide and seek war with the covers and eat jellybeans with me.

I feel like maybe that makes me a bad mom, but actually I have had to adjust my standards a little. I’m loving them well, making sure they know this is obedience to a calling, and also, eating snacks in the middle of the night. Sue me.

So we had the little feast and she fell asleep in my arms with her blanket tucked around her. I let her sleep in my bed, which doesn’t usually work out well because she is what I like to refer to as a “night thrasher.” Ellie and Abby stay stick-still, and Kate will bruise your organs. Charlotte is somewhere in between.

I heard her stirring around at around 8 this morning and I was so tired that I pretended to be asleep. She physically tried to open my eyelid and said, “Hey Mommy.” I didn’t move. Because I am the ultimate mother, in case you haven’t picked up on that yet. She played with my hair for a minute and then laid back down with her hand resting on my stomach. After about ten minutes I started to wake up and decided to scare her, which she loves. I jerked in one super-fast motion and got my face right up next to her and shouted “ARRGHHH!!!!!” in a freaky growl noise (cue the sound of the mother of the year truck screeching into the distance). She jumped and then laughed herself red-faced.

Then she did what any sweet, lovable girl would do in that situation. She full-on grabbed her diaper and shouted, “Ew. Pider Ucky.”

“Your diaper’s dirty?” I asked. Because perfect mothers always ask the question when they know the answer because they are buying time.

“Ah needa chaange.” She continued to grab at her diaper through the jammies like she was just going to rip it right off. Delicate. Ladylike. Or not.

“You need your diaper changed.” Buying time, but disguising it as a reflective, mirroring response so it looks like I’m giving her words. I’m not. I’m just tired. As evidenced by my next sentence.

“Here baby. Mommy put you down. Can you go get a diaper?”

Don’t worry. I’ll write a book on all this stuff so you can make parenting decisions out of laziness too.

“Okay.” She reaches to me and I set her on the ground. As she ran out of the room she shouted, “Be wiiiiight back. Okay.”

I heard her feet hit the hardwood and then the carpet again as she ran into her room. There was some rustling and then her feet again.

“Here go.” She handed me one wipe, which she had taken out of the wipe case.

“Good job Char! But we need a diaper.” She threw the wipe and darted off toward her room again.

More rustling. More feet.

“Mama hep. Hep peese.” She had her shoes and wanted them on. Over her jammies. Which is not unusual. We sometimes fight her to take them off at bedtime and bathtime. What can I say? She’s a shoe girl.

“No, baby. We can’t put your shoes on unless you get your diaper.”

Fake crying.

More fake crying.

Feet. Floor. Rustling. Books hitting the ground. Laughter. Singing. Feet.

And another wipe.

This little routine went on for about 5 minutes, at which point I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me to parent from bed today. Ta-da! She can be taught, folks.

Charlotte sat at the foot of my bed on the floor and ripped wipes apart while I brushed my teeth and got my contacts in. I was almost done when she yelled, “AH NEEDA CHANGE!!!!!!” She was not evidencing a happy heart, let’s just say that. And there were six piles of ripped wipes that whispered, “the Proverbs 31 lady just rolled over in her grave.”

I got her diaper and took care of the diaper, but as it often does, the Gospel infiltrated my life.

If she wanted it so badly, why didn’t she just get the diaper?

Want to know the truth?

It’s the same reason my calendar looks like a football strategy thing. And yes. I am aware that this is not the actual term. I like to watch it but I don’t keep up. In fact, Pat Smith (Emmitt’s wife) and Brenda Warner (Kurt’s wife) were on the same Women of Faith retreat I was on this week and I love them. I love them so much that it makes me wish I did know more about football, because then I would possibly have know what team Kurt played for, if Emmitt still played (He doesn’t. I asked his wife. Which was awesome and not at all embarrassing) and what in the world the football map plan is called.


My calendar.

I had great intentions. I will seek the Lord. I will go single-mindedly toward that which I know is what I need and that which is good. And I will not get sidetracked. I won’t carry a hundred things back with me and whisper to the wind, “Why is this dirty thing still on me?”

I sat on my bed and I cried.

I long for Him so desperately that I complain, argue, debate anything that pulls me from Him. But when push comes to shove, I see the shoes, the wipe, the hallway…

The world.

I’m going to be brutally honest in a way that genuinely hurts. I haven’t been able to write the way I want to. I haven’t had it in me. The words get stuck in my throat and I decide to skip the tap-tap of the keyboard and go grab lunch with a friend instead.

No, it’s not a pair of white leather Keds, but it might as well be.

I sometimes lose sight of what I set out for.

I am a representative of the Gospel, and I take that job very, very seriously.

But I am also a daughter of the King. A daughter who needs to take responsibility and serve Him with my sole focus being on Him.

I haven’t been able to write because I haven’t been in His word the way I should be. I have been looking around me and shuffling my heart toward any shiny thing that takes off the glorious weight of Jesus.

And with Charlotte’s weight pressed on me in the night, I rested.

And when she ran, He spoke.

Seek Me. Focus your intentions and act on them.

The rest will come.

So today, after spending time with the Lord this morning, buried in His words, I found that the tap-tap came easily.

It was the overflow of a heart full of His presence, and the gratitude of a woman convicted by the error of her ways.

Are you lost somewhere between one bedroom and another? Have you reached for every little thing that you can wrap your hands around? Have you forgotten what you were intended to bring back?

It isn’t too late.

I have so much to be grateful for. My kids are healthy and seem absolutely unfazed by my schedule. They are thriving. I have a husband who desires the things that matter and loves me to the ends of this life, no matter where my feet have gotten tangled. I have a ministry that I couldn’t have dreamed of asking for because who in the WORLD am I to deserve it?

It’s a beautiful spring day in the city I love, and I have a friend (Hi Betsy!) who I am sharing a Starbucks table with and she is encouraging me to write. I just asked her how long I had been typing and she said 45 minutes.

I waited a month to update this silly blog in 45 minutes because I’ve been so busy gathering that which I didn’t need.

I have been to the wellspring, and I don’t know why I keep believing I need to be thirsty anymore.

Drink deep, friends. Clear your calendars if you need to. Take the long way home.

Soak up every bit of Him you can, and let the overflow be your offering.

It is true, you know.

I stand as a witness.




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  • Reply BrownSugarMeatloaf April 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    In this exact moment, I needed this exact thing. Thank you.

  • Reply katie_did April 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful, and true!  I needed this today!!

  • Reply amanda April 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Needed to hear this. Getting side tracked a lot lately and just need to focus my attention back to Him. Thank you for being so honest!

  • Reply Hope_05 April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I am in a new and glorious place with the Lord right now, but the other day He pulled me up short with a question whispered right into my heart.  “Don’t be so busy talking about Me that you forget to talk to Me.”  

  • Reply Jill Clem April 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I so needed to hear these words today. In fact, I  just got done having my prayer time with God, praying about this very same thing. God is so good and He is Everything!!! Thank you and God bless.

  • Reply Southern Gal April 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Singing Larnelle Harris’ “I Miss My Time With You” in my head right now.  Convicting.

  • Reply Lyli@3dLessons4Life April 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I hear ya, girl.  It’s amazing how more productive I am in EVERY way if I start my day off in the Word — and I mean really in the Word, not just a token open the Bible and read without really being present.  

  • Reply Jen April 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I heart you.

    I always read your blogs like I read books…. A mile a minute to get it all into my head, then go back over and meander through slowly, more able to pick up the little things, to hear the heart better.

    Thank you for this encouragement today. Adam and I are going through a very difficult time with our church which has left our hearts bruised and our faces stinging red from the preverbial slap. But God is using this as a time where we can’t do anything but look for Him (He must be in it somewhere… Right?) and to go deeper into a relationship with Him. He is our safe place, the One who will never fail us or turn on us.

    I bought a new bible the other day, and it has been such a sweet time, looking for the heart of the Father all over again, (I started in Liviticus to get it out of the way) on fresh pages that don’t have my past realisations on it to draw my attention away from the hidden little gems in the not so famous verses.

    So it’s nice that we’re sort of in the same little season with God together. Though I’m sure tht your away time has been considerably shorter than mine 🙂 You certainly handle your schedule better than i do 😉 Perhaps I need to buy a calendar.


  • Reply Jean Marie April 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I missed you so much. I prayed over you, and over that Disney photo, and I also prayed you would come back soon. 🙂 So glad you are back, encouraging us to go to the One who gives us the Hope to carry forward His joy in life. 

    I was wondering….. would you ever share Charlotte’s birth story with us? I know it’s late….but I know it would be incredible to hear, if you would honor us with it. 

    Love you, Miss. Angie.
    ~ Jean Marie 

  • Reply Kristin Smith April 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I so appreciate your wisdom and honesty. I can relate so much and I have known for a long time that my lack of meaningful blogging only has to do with my distance from time with Him. It isn’t that I don’t still trust Him with all of my life…but I am not spending time in communion with Him and it shows.

      I have been planning for months to attend the Abundance conference in MN. I am only a few hours away from where it is being held and, if I am honest, was going to be able to hear you speak again and possibly have the chance to meet you in person. I missed the chance at WOF St Paul and was so bummed.  But also months ago I signed up for the in(RL) conference as a host here in Marshall. For the longest time there wasn’t anyone signed up…and I didn’t realize the date conflict. Then a few weeks ago a new member signed up and we connected on FB. She and her family just moved here to MN this week and she was hoping to connect with a group here….and while I was sad the dates were the same and I would miss Abundance, I felt that staying here…and meeting a new and hopefully friend instead for some fellowship is where I was meant to be.

      And I tell you what she is going to get some awesome door prizes! 🙂 Being the only guest and all!

      Your posts are always an encouragement to me and I am sure that if we had met in person at Abundance I would have said something totally dorky and made myself out as a crazy person….maybe I am doing that right now? 🙂 But seriously – I appreciate your ministry and have been forever changed by your sweet Audrey. Many blessings on your trip to MN next weekend…I will be there in spirit and prayers!


  • Reply Angie Finlayson April 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I love your writing and I’m so glad you are back!  I was wondering if you are still homeschooling and if so, what curriculum you use.  Would you be willing to share?

  • Reply Tiffany April 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Angie, Just wanted to let you kow God used you even in your abscence from the blog for awhile. I first stumbled across your blog a few years ago when I was miscarrying our first child (after years of infertility). Your account of God’s prescence in Audrey Caroline’s story brought so much healing and hope in a time of deep hurt for me. Fast forward, we have one daughter (through adoption) and waiting to find out if we may be pregnant after fertility treatment. I awoke in the night a few nights feeling anxious. I began a conversation with God in which I was telling Him I was wrestling with how to hope, how to trust His plans for our family, and know His love is deep regardless of the outcome. Anyway, for whatever reason, your blog came to mind. I hadn’t read it in well over year. When I saw the title, The Audacity of Hope, it took my breath away. At 4 am, God used your words to sow peace in my heart, reminding me of our true eternal hope. I was telling my husband this story the next morning and  mentioned that your post was over a month old and had you posted anything since then,I would have probably overlooked that post. Anyway, I thought I’d check in again today, and when I read your post I just thought you’d be encouraged to know that even when you were feeling distant he was using you through His grace. 

  • Reply marcy April 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    You wrote exactly what I have experienced this week! I have not been having my time with the Lord each day for the past month, and I have been an absolute mess! My poor family! God is so merciful, and used my husband and a sweet mentor to point me back to the Cross and tell me hard things that I needed to hear. And I have peace today given only from the God who loves me so deeply. He is good. ALL the time. Thanks for writing so transparently!

  • Reply Emily Gallimore April 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Oh, wow. Seriously tearing up over here as I am more than a little convicted. My time in the Word has been brief and lacking and I, too, have been struggling to write without that consistent intake. My words just don’t mean anything if they have no foundation in HIS Word. Thank you for your honesty in sharing this and for the encouragement I desperately needed to hear!

  • Reply amy April 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

    i have a question…i was raised catholic and catholics don’t read the bible per se. i would consider myself a lapsed catholic. my children were baptized but honestly i think i did that to appease my mother. i’ve decided its time to get reacquainted with God and introduce Him to my children, so we are going to church. i’m going to join a womens bible study and my girls are going to go to sunday school and youth group. my hubs is luthern so we are going to a luthern (watered down catholics, less guilt ;))

    here’s my question. i need a bilbe that’s easy to understand/read… and i want one that has no affiliation with any religion. do those even exist? i know there is there is a catholic bible. i dont want a bible that pushes some agenda, if that makes sense. again, not sure if bibles push agendas but if they do, i dont want it.

    thanks for your help.

    • Reply Jen April 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Grab yourself an NIV, sweetie xx much love to you.

      • Reply amy April 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        thank you Jen!!

        • Reply Jen April 21, 2012 at 12:38 am

          Any time 🙂 Be blessed. No agendas in the bible, except to let you know how infinitely loved you are 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany Fortney April 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for the encouragement!  I needed to read this this morning!

  • Reply Amybunting April 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thank you sweet Angie for posting this! I needed it and am so encouraged. LOVE you,  my precious sister in Christ. 🙂

  • Reply stacey April 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wow!  I share a similar situation with another reader.  I read your blog almost daily probably a year maybe longer ago…and what a huge impact it had on my life…and then somehow I let life consume me.   Never more than this lat year I have felt more out of control and overwhelmed. I have tried to get in a habit of reading the bible but I always seem to let it go undone.  I do long for God thru the day but I fail to get into his word.   Just this past week someone I know mentioned reading your blog…and I thought to myself..”why have I not read this any in the last year…I always loved it”  So today, I did.  Wow!  Talk about a God moment….just yesterday you posted this and its exactly my situation.  God Please help me to soak up you and your words daily.  Thank you Angie for all that you share of yourself.  God Bless You and your precious family. 

  • Reply Raechel Myers April 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

    funny thing: I parented from the bed this morning while I read your post. Oliver and Hazel did not appreciate the investment in their Mommy’s soul the way I’d hoped they would. 🙂

    It’s strange. I keep clearing my plate wanting to cut out distractions, and somehow I allow the world to fill those newly emptied spaces before I truly carve them out for Christ. 

    Thank you for the reminder this morning to seek first His Kingdom, and then all the rest will be added and filled in and prioritized properly. I appreciate your writing. Thank you.

  • Reply Sarah April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Your writing is such a blessing! You write just as I’d imagine you would sound if we were chatting over coffee.

    I have been in this same place – unable to write, and it is so frustrating.  My hurdle is/was doubt – but being in that place where you feel lead to write but seem to do everything but is exhausting emotionally and spiritually.

    thank you for your honesty and for sharing your gift!

    • Reply Katie April 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I saw your post and thought of Jude 22 where Jude is calling the people to persevere and says “have mercy on those who doubt”  …I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful that God understands our doubt and responds with mercy. 

      Know that you are loved today and that your doubt may simply be the edges of your faith…and the invitation to go even deeper 🙂


  • Reply Coby April 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    And….AMEN!  I’ve been experiencing the same thing recently, finding a million and one reasons not to get in the Word or spend serious time in prayer.  Yesterday in a fit of desperation I just dove in and started reading my Bible and praying, and remembered that the more I spend time with Him, the more I WANT to spend time with Him, and all the stuff that doesn’t really matter falls by the wayside.  Why do I forget this? 

    Congratulations to Selah on their award!!!

  • Reply Adinda April 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful post! Thank you for this! I think we can all attest to feeling this way more then we would care to admit and I can say that I for sure do this too often and appreciate the reminder. 

  • Reply Mimi April 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Though my children are well past the diaper stage, I totally GOT it! Especially ” I had great intentions. I will seek the Lord. I will go single-mindedly
    toward that which I know is what I need and that which is good. And I
    will not get sidetracked. I won’t carry a hundred things back with me
    and whisper to the wind, “Why is this dirty thing still on me?””  Thank you for being open to sharing and making me not feel alone in my humanness.

  • Reply Kristin April 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks Angie – I so needed this today – it makes me feel more normal…..I have sooo been there done that with almost everything you had to say and love that you can be so open and honest.  I needed a good laugh today and you gave it to me – THANK YOU!!!!   I also needed a good reminder that I have a responsibility as a daughter of the King…….

  • Reply Tawnya April 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you.  Words I really needed to hear today.

  • Reply Taylor April 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Loved every single word of this. Every single one.

  • Reply Fibia April 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for the brutal awakening. I so needed the reminder.

  • Reply Dionna April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I understand.

  • Reply Alyson April 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    OK Ang,

    I’m going to be brutally honest as well. My prayer life used to be so “easy” for lack of a better word. It was constant. I would thank God and pray to HIMover everything that would come my way and I would do it with a humble, thankful, and grateful heart. Now, I might go days without praying. Isn’t that awful? Read the Bible? I have said over, and over, and over that I was going to get into HIS word EVERY day. Has that happened? No. I don’t know why I have “lost my way”. I so desperately want to feel that bond with HIM again. I chalk it up to being so busy and so tired, which is true, but I know if I can find time to do the things that I do make time for, then I can make and take the time for HIM. I know all of this in my head and my heart but it is so hard to do, to change, to be available. Thank you so much for your words, for this post. I definitely needed this.

  • Reply Sharon@HikingTowardHome April 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Oh it is so nice to know I am not the only one!!! I haven’t blogged much lately either. I just have not had much to say. Dried out.  Empty. What ever ya want ta call it! I haven’t written in so long I wonder if I posted would anyone read it?
    He is everything. Praise the Lord. His care of us is overwhelming. Just this week He blew me away with an unexpected blessing and after receiving the news of it I cried all. the. way. home.
    Oh and the diaper thing? Been there. done that. Right there with ya!
    Thanks for being open and honest. Love ya Ang!

  • Reply Susan April 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Beautifully said. Thank you.

  • Reply Thea April 21, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I haven’t read your blog in ages but I’ve been following since you were pregnant with Audrey…I needed this.  I’ve been so sidetracked….by everything and nothing.  Thanks for taking the time to share.

  • Reply Georgia April 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I so appreciate your transparency! Beautifully written…  And thank you, I needed the reminder. 

  • Reply Rachelmcrawford April 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    what a timely reminder-it spoke to my heart this morning.  thanks for being transparent.  And I am certain you are a wonderful mother…I put my 20 month old to bed for the night in his clothes last week.  We all survivied! 

    I am meeting with a sweet woman today who just lost her precious Jacob last month.  He had what Audrey had.  We are having tea together today and I am going to tell her about your story and your blog.  Thank you for writing it all down.  Truly, thank you.

  • Reply suzy.roberts4 April 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Love this. Beautiful written.

  • Reply Shera O'Neal April 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you so much for this.  I am in that stage right now….doing some really hard things to fully obey Christ and in the midst of all these “good things”, I lose sight.  Thank you for letting God use you!!

  • Reply Wick Anderson April 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Our kids can be blunt, for sure.  And God can sure be blunt as He speaks to us through our children. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Julie Sacramento April 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I laughed my way through the first part of this post- the diaper procrastination specifically- and then my heart was spoken to through the honesty in the next part. Thank you for sharing your very real struggle with maintaining your daily walk with the Lord. He truly is everything. We so desperately need Him. I’ve been trying to prioritize this for my kiddos with homeschooling this week too. I’ve been so bent on finishing our Math that I skip the Living Word!!! I think I’m now at a loss for words- thank you so much.

  • Reply Finding Hope April 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Amen to all of it. 🙂  From the diaper duties to the writer’s block.  I can only write things of worth when I’m plugged in to the Lord every single day.  Thanks for this post. 🙂  Love your words!

  • Reply jennifer ross April 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful post, full of truth… I chuckled out loud when I came across the Proverb 31 lady rolling over in her grave. lol That was great! Charlotte reminds me of my little Ezekiel. He’s 2.5 years old……Need I say more?

  • Reply Ann Voskamp April 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I love you.
    and every word here.
    *Thank you*
    I can never thank you enough.
    Home and smiling through tears… 

  • Reply Rachelle Huitink April 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Great Post!  Of course, divinely inspired!  🙂  I haven’t checked in in awhile, and this was perfect!

  • Reply Shayne Welch April 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

    This blog is not silly to me.

  • Reply Lis April 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Great to see a post from you and a beautiful one it is.

  • Reply Jennifer April 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    This was refreshing to my soul. One because it’s awesome to hear real-life stories of other moms who have “Mom of the Year” moments, too (and you’re probably giving them a big gift by being relaxed sometimes). Two, because I’ve been questioning my call and ability as a writer today and whether or not it’s worth it. And three, because I’ve been busy collecting shiny things and letting God get lost in the shuffle. He is placing in me a desire for holiness that I know can only come from relationship with him, so thanks for the reminder of how essential it is to keep rekindling that.

  • Reply KR April 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Oh my.  That was awesome.  I might read this a few more times…

  • Reply Laura Huene April 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Been thinking about you…praying for gentle memories and a calm heart…even now. 

  • Reply Melissa G Pickens April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I “stumbled” upon your blog today, and it was just what I needed. I didn’t even expect it-thought I was probably just chasing another shiny thing to lead me away from Jesus and the writing I’ve been avoiding for nearly a month, too. Turns out He was leading me this time. 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard to write our stories, which are really His stories, especially when their wrapped around the thorns of tragedy. Today I’m reminded it is worth it, and coming back to Jesus. Thank you!

  • Reply Nicevillegirl April 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

    LOVE this! I have been getting this message through various means lately! If you haven’t read the devotional “Jesus Calling” I think you would love it. Here is a little bit of yesterday’s devotion:
    “Rest in the stillness of my Presence while I prepare you for this day. Let the radiance of My Glory shine upon you as you WAIT on Me in confident trust. BE STILL and know that I am God.” I love this next part: “Your fear often manifests itself in excessive planning. Your mind is so accustomed to this pattern of thinking that you are only now becoming aware of how pervasive it is and how much it hinders your intimacy with Me. Repent and Resist this tendency. Return to Me!”Repent. Resist. Return. Repent. Resist. Return! I can do this!! It is amazing and wonderful what we can do after spending time in the Son! 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey April 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    He is everything. 

    At the end of it all, what else do we really need? Thank you for the reminder. 

  • Reply Jessica April 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you…thank you for the laughs, thank you for the realness, and thank you for the reminder that God makes it all worth it and all work.  I have often felt lately like I can’t get my act together but as soon as I give it to God and His word, it all seems to come together.  Thank you, my friend!

  • Reply Sheilarather April 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    thank you so much for your honesty. I fee like we as mommies can only benefit from other moms sharing their feelings and experiences. I have followed your blog for a long time and LOVE it! I wanted you to know that I have two friends who grew up as christians and are now turning against God all together. One has even started a blog about becoming an athiest and the other says she is “researching it.” One of their arguments is why do bad things happen to good people. While trying to minister to them I mentioned your blog and your story. Through your pain God has changed the lives of so many. I am so greatful for you allowing God to use you and your story to touch the lives of so many

  • Reply Handsfull May 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Yay!  You’re back!  I’ve missed you…  Thanks for keeping it real, and not trying to make life seem all perfect.

  • Reply Jessica May 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Angie, you are SO,SO AMAZING! I love to read what all you have to say, its SO true and to the point. Thank you for being so honest.
    I find that i have tears rolling down my face and get chills, through out my body when I follow your words.
    AMAZING, really!!!!



  • Reply Josh Sullins May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Angie…please, please, please never stop writing!  You are an amazing encouragement to me!!!

    And this is Amy Sullins! Sorry, I posted under my husband’s account! 🙂

  • Reply kaydeeb May 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Angie! I totally agree…NEVER stop writting! Your such an inspiration!!!

  • Reply Kristin May 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for your raw honesty. I am pretty sure I needed to stumble upon this tonight! 🙂
    Blessings, Kristin

  • Reply Natalie White May 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you. You will never know how this has awakened my heart. Truth is good. Thank you.

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    wow wow wow!  Loved this friend.  Oh… why do I keep that stinky diaper on me???? Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  • Reply michelle May 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Great encouragement!  I think I will go do my quiet time right now!

  • Reply M3sheehan May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Oh my! First you had me laughing and then you had me looking inside. Deep inside. Thank you for your honesty and candidness. I needed it. My soul needed it.

  • Reply Malory H May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Your honest words were just what I needed to hear!  Thank. You!  I really needed this bc lately I’ve been just as guilty.  Getting caught up in the here and now and not focusing on the encouraging, helping, and living it out too.  Thanks, Angie!

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