Random Goodness.

Hello everyone! {AKA, the few who stick around even though I’m the most unpredictable blogger on planet Earth. Thank you.}

I hope your Christmas and New Year’s season was beautiful and that wherever you are you are enjoying the “recovery” period. January is typically a slow month for writers and artists so Todd and I are loving being at home. He’s in the studio this week recording for a new Selah project (YAY!) and I’ve been trying to catch up on the odds and ends of life that remain from the insane Fall we had. There has been a lot of writing and planning for talks I have coming up next month, but a majority of the time I’ve had off has just been spent focused on the kiddos. We had gotten behind in schooling, so we’re playing “catch-up,” which will be the pattern that likely continues until they graduate. It has been something that has really stressed me out in the past but the Lord has given me a peace about it, reminding me that as long as I’m keeping my focus where it should be, the rest will fall into place.

When I say “fall into place,” what I mean is, “their hearts are stronger than their long division skills.”

Any homeschool tips or encouragement from those of you who are farther down the road is always appreciated. Please feel free to share in the comments section so everyone can see them-I get a lot of questions about homeschooling and know any thoughts you have are helpful!

I’ve really needed this time to breathe a little and let the Lord speak to me. There have been some significant developments that have come as a result of it-mostly just revelations about what I need to be doing better and where I need to simply accept the grace that the Lord is offering and be grateful instead of being a control freak. I’m praying He will continue to speak as I write-the book I’m working on is taking more out of me than I anticipated. I chose a topic I was interested in and committed to it before I fully realized that it was an area that God needed to do some work on in me. Oh, pruning…you’re as scary as you are beautiful.

And because I am taking major liberties on the “randomness” of this post (are we calling it that?), let me add a few things I am loving right this moment.

1. The fact that I have a desk at home now. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen it…I love her so much it’s unhealthy.

2. I have become obsessed with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. I’ve painted everything in my house that stood still long enough.

3. Speaking of paint, we finally got around to painting our Master Bedroom (we have been wanting to since we moved  in. A few years ago. Whoops.) I chose a gray color that I will heretofore refer to as “perfection.” As Todd and I sat in the middle of the room last night at 3 a.m. watching it dry, I told him I would like to paint my entire life this color. Oh, you want to know what color it was? I can’t remember….darn. HA! Just kidding. I spent enough time doing research to know that you need a community of friends before you choose the right gray. It’s called “Revere Pewter” by Benjamin Moore. I’ll try to instagram a photo of it if I ever get to making my bed.

4. The book “Sparkly Green Earrings” by Melanie Shankle (aka Bigmama). You really should consider ordering it. Actually you shouldn’t consider anything. Just click right here and make your day happier. I will give you your money back if you don’t love it and laugh/ tear up the entire way through.*

5. The fact that God really is faithful, and He really cares about the details. More on this soon, but it’s just been a joy to watch Him work in ways we could never orchestrate to show us that He’s involved and that He is trustworthy.

6. The music of “All Sons and Daughters.” Lately, my favorite song is “Reason to Sing,” but that changes every half hour.

7. Joining Jess for our 10th book(!!!) for our Bloom book club over at (in)courage. Here’s the announcement of the book we chose! We sure would love for you to join us, and know that even if it’s a topic you’re intimidated by, you are in good company. The best part is doing it together and learning from each other. In answer to your question, no. I don’t have any idea how my hair is 10 feet long. I sure do need an appointment to fix that, since it’s been about 6 months since I did (yikes).

Winter Bloom Book Club Introduction from Bloom (in)courage on Vimeo.

 

I think that’s all for today, but I’ll be back over soon to say hey. I have been trying to write a post for a few weeks about #5, but it’s been harder than I thought it would be, and I’m working through it. Hopefully I can be an encouragement to you all through it, but it’s been a rough road. No need to worry-all is well. Just processing some parts of my faith walk that I’ve been ignoring and now I feel like the wound is (finally) being stitched up a little.

Love to all of you in the meantime~

A

*=This statement is a lie, but don’t let that stop you from ordering.

Thank You.

Well I cried myself to sleep last night and I’ll probably do the same tonight.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled at the {genuinely unexpected} response that my new book has gotten on B&N’s website.

I just wanted to take a minute to thank each one of you who has helped to do this…because it’s been hanging out here since yesterday:)

I don’t know any of the in’s and out’s of what this means as far as sales and all the behind the scenes stuff, but I told Todd that at the very least it made a pretty remarkable screenshot to show the grandkids one day :)

I believe in the message of the book and I have been praying constantly about those who will read it and see pieces of themselves in it. To all of you who have expressed excitement, shared about, purchased, or prayed about my book…thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you would like to purchase it, please click here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

And OF COURSE I couldn’t go the whole day without reminding you that TODAY is the release day for Selah’s new CD “Hope of the Broken World.” I cannot tell you how much I love the music they have made on this project, but I promise it isn’t because I’m biased. It’s PHENOMENAL.

Todd and I are perpetually in awe that we get to do what we love and that we feel supported and loved. I just wanted you to know we don’t take a second of it for granted…

 

With love,

{A}

 

Selah

Call me a proud wife. The boy can SAAANNNNGGG.

Call me a proud friend…Amy has lost almost 100 pounds. Does she not look UH-mazing?!?!?! And I for one can’t tell you HOW excited I am that she’s going to be putting a few of those back on in the coming months….

I love all three of these precious people and what they do for the Lord. They have a new CD coming out in August and I just saw this…their first single, “Hope of the Broken World” is gorgeous. If you are interested in hearing more about the backstory to it, click here.

In the meantime, take a few minutes and listen…you’ll be so glad you did :)

Click on the Youtube thing to watch it full screen (I think. I’m trying to figure out technology and it’s pitiful…)

Winners and a Great Song :)

Click on over to my other site to see if you won!!! And if you didn’t, you can still use the code “markedbylove” to get 15% off your order until the 26th…here’s the link :)

I just mentioned on Twitter that Selah was nominated for some Dove Awards today…so proud. I thought I would post this video on here in case you haven’t seen it. It is definitely one of my favorite Selah songs ever. They should be playing it on the radio now…if you haven’t heard it it’s probably just not added yet (and hopefully will be!!!). I have gotten SO many emails about this song…the lyrics have helped me through more rough nights than I can count. I hope it ministers to you today…

Many of you have written me about this song and how the words have spoken to you. Please know if there is something in your life that feels “unredeemed,” I am praying for you now and would love to know your story. Feel free to leave it in the comments so we can all pray together for you, or, email me if you don’t feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Love, appreciation and prayers,
Ang

Music and Love

***updated to say that if you would like a copy of Crazy Love, please email me your request instead of leaving it in the comments because I would hate to miss it on accident…and be sure to include your address!!!! ALSO, we are planning on starting our first session will be on Sunday, September 6th…we bumped it back to make sure everyone could get their books in time!!!***
So the new Selah CD was released today, and I am pumped about it :)
I am ridiculously proud of my Toddy, and honestly think this is one of the best CD’s they have ever made. 
Here’s the link…it will take you to itunes, where you can search for “selah you deliver me” and purchase the cd right there. Any local store (Lifeway, Family Christian, Target, Walmart etc.) will also have it…
I love you Todd…and I am so proud to be married to a man who loves the Lord fully and with complete dedication. Your Father is honored by your offering and your heart. All your girls are praying for you today as you share your gift…
So friends, consider this an offer to be blessed through amazing music that will bring you right to the feet of the cross.
I’ll meet you there.
Much love and thanks!
*And for those of you who wrote and couldn’t afford it, the first round is going out tomorrow and we are waiting on the next shipment to come. Because of some very generous donations from people who asked to remain anonymous, we are able to send every single one requested. Praise the Lord!!!!
*If you have requested the book “Crazy Love,” just know that ALL of those are also covered as well. Feel free to email me and ask if you still need a copy!!! We have enough room financially to give several more and would love to do that. Please don’t miss a great study because if money…we would love to have you with us, and the Lord has provided a way to do that…
***
I also feel this pressed into my heart, and please feel free to ignore it if it doesn’t speak to you. You know I would never ask for your money if I was going to keep it myself. I have tried very hard to make it known that I am a good steward of what I have been given, and to make sure you know I am not out to make money with all of this. With that said, I would love to ask you to prayerfully consider helping “C” financially. We are making tremendous progress, and the Lord is showing up in amazing ways (you are absolutely not going to believe her story, which she is going to share here on a very special day).
Please hear my heart on this…I really want to help her, and she is about to lose her van and some other things which would really impact her life. We are actively a part of the process, but it just isn’t enough. Satan has thrown so many roadblocks in our path as she desperately seeks His will, and we know it is because the Lord is blessed by her decisions and her love for Him.
If this is something that the Lord pricks your heart about, could you please make a donation to my paypal account on her behalf (please specify that this is what it is for so I know…angelac519@gmail.com will take you to my account on paypal.com) or send me an email? 
I don’t like to ask these kinds of things, and am really sensitive about what I do, but I know that this is what the body of Christ is all about, and I want her to experience it the way I have. 
If you aren’t able or don’t feel led to give, would you please commit to praying for her? She and her family could really use those prayers…
The Lord is at work.
All praise to Him for everything we have, and praise even for what we do not…
With so much love and thanks,
Angie

You Have GOT to see this.

Seriously.
Could this kid be cuter?!?!?! I have seen it before, but I realized I had never put it on the blog, and OH MY WORD.
Selah has never sounded better.
:)
If you know Zoe or her family, could you have her contact me? We would love to send this angel a little gift of love.
ENJOY!!!!! And have a great weekend… (don’t forget to mute the music at the bottom of the blog before you start!)
Love,
Angie

I agree. This is cryptic.

Well thank you to all of my precious blog-land friends who check in on me when I disappear…I just had to stop in and let you know that while I am not in a position to go into great detail, my time has been very occupied lately. I am hoping that at some point in the near future when things have settled down a bit, I will get back on a more regular writing schedule.
And the book.
They have decided to bump up the release date by about three months, which means I believe the release date will now be in April. No worries-I don’t have to turn it in sooner, but it shifts things a bit. I do want to just take a brief moment to let you all know that there have very rarely been times in my life when from dawn until dusk, I feel in the very presence of what the Lord has called me to do. I would love to ask you to continue to pray for me as well as my editor Jennifer, who has become a dear friend and kindred sprit. I feel so protected by the Lord, and awoke this morning for the providence of a God Who revels in being known in the details. His mercies are always new…what a treasure to all of us.
On another note, we have received many, many requests for the Selah CD, and if you are one of the people that has already written me, you will be receiving the CD as a gift from us (and when I say us, you must know that we are just the hands and feet, so please know there are no thanks needed). Could you please send your address if you are one of those people? We have budgeted as much as we are able at this time (I do wish we could get a bit more discount on the CD’s so we could send a million!!!!), but if you are still interested and just don’t have the means right now, please write anyway and I will keep your name on a list, having faith that the Lord will provide a way for us to get those to you. We wholeheartedly believe that what Todd does is a ministry, and are grateful to be able to share with you all…in addition to the CD, know that I have appreciated reading every single email and being able to hear your stories. It is a time of difficulty for many people, and I feel honored that you feel safe enough with me to share where you are. We need to be a family, and I consider you one :)
So, this is the post written in 5 minutes, and I know it’s all over the place, but I really would love your prayers. Without going into too much detail, we have a situation at our house that we are honored to be a part of, and the Lord has asked me to be focused on it and unplug a little. There is a family involved, and they need your prayers. So, I know this sounds vague, but would you pray for what we are walking, with the full knowledge that the Lord knows where to direct your prayers? Thank you, friends.
And in the meantime, there are two sites that I have discovered through you all, and I would love to share them here because I have just fallen in love with both. If you want to add a little beauty and a lot of Jesus to your reading life, click HERE and HERE. Absolutely incredible women with hearts that seek the Lord in powerful, creative, inspiring ways.
I will be back soon…I guess you could say I have been hibernating in prayer:) If you have prayer requests, please leave them here. The beauty of the commenting system is that others can respond directly to you and you will be able to develop community with others who are where you are.
OK, again, this is all over the place and I apologize :) Thanks for being who you are and allowing me a place to come and sit with you for a while. I will check in a bit later and see if there are any prayer requests from you all…
MUCH love.
Angie

So Proud of Him…

First of all, I am so glad to see that you all agree with me about Kate and my dad’s sister. I laughed so hard at how many of you thought the twins look like my dad!!!! He will get a kick out of that!!!
I’m also glad you all accept my random ramblings :)
SO, tonight’s 2 minute post is about my sweet hubby…I have been getting emails about Selah’s new CD, and I wanted to let you all know that the release date is August 25th, but you can pre-order it now through Family Christian Bookstores. If you pre-order, you get a CD with 4 of the songs from the CD sent to you now so you don’t have to wait :)
I have to say, I listened to it while I was out driving today, and it is amazing. I know I’m biased, but it really is unbelievable. I also have the tremendous blessing of watching the three of them live life, and I can tell you that they are the real deal. They are so honored to do what they do, and they don’t take a minute if it for granted. The result is music that truly honors the Lord and comes from the heart, and I am so moved to even be a small part of it.
“I Will Carry You” turned out incredibly well thanks to all of the people who put their hearts and souls into it (wait until you hear John Catchings on the cello!), and I am so honored that the CD includes pictures of Audrey and tells her story. The “boy” version will be available on ITunes when the CD is released. 
One last thing…if this is a CD that you would really like to have, but don’t have the money to buy it, please email me at angelac519@gmail.com. 
Much love,
Angie

Unredeemed

***Update*** For those of you who were having problems hearing it before with Internet Explorer, you should be able to now!!! Enjoy…the countdown has begun… :)


“Oh that my words were recorded,

that they were written on a scroll,
that they were inscribed with an iron
tool on lead,
or engraved in rock forever!
I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth…
Job 19:23-25
It is so hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since we held our Audrey. I have so many thoughts going through my head, and I am praying that God will give me some cohesive way to share them with you all. I have mornings where I can’t get out of bed and then moments that feel normal. Then I have moments that feel normal but then I feel guilty for them. I’m all over the place. If you have lost a child, you probably understand the roller coaster that ensues in the year(s) following.
I was in my car listening to the CD that Selah will be releasing in August, and there is a song that makes me cry every time I hear it. I think it best says what I am feeling deeply and not explaining well, and I want you all to hear it. Unfortunately, playing music from an unreleased CD is apparently a “no-no” in the music business. Who knew? Oh, everyone? Really? Well then.
I talked to Todd about it and I was explaining how much the song ministered to me, and the short version of the story is that some strings were pulled (thank you, Brian Stewart) and Curb is allowing me to have the song on the blog, but just for 3 DAYS!!!!!! So listen to it now, because it will disappear shortly…and no, you can’t download it. But in just a few short months you can get it for 99 cents on ITunes!!! Oh, and I am also supposed to tell you that this is not the finalized version…but I think you’ll get the gist:)
So I hope you all are blessed by it the way I have been, and are brought hope by the meaning of it. But, unfortunamundo (yes red squiggles, I see you, but unfortunamundo SHOULD be a word), I will have to take it down in three days, so listen quickly!
ALSO, if you are thinking of sponsoring a Compassion child through the link on my blog, wait until Tuesday, because thanks to a very special friend, I am ecstatic to be able to offer you something amazing in honor of Audrey’s Birthday. God had allowed some beautiful things to happen because of her, and He is constantly reminding me of a few simple words I need to hear, and I am willing to bet that you do too.
None of this will be left unredeemed.
Not one bit.
(remember to mute the music at the bottom and give this a few seconds to load…)



***
Unredeemed
(Written by Chad Cates, Tony Wood, Brian Petak)
Produced by Bernie Herms
And had the FIRE sung out of it by Amy Perry and my Toddy.

The cruelest words
The coldest heart
The deepest wounds
The endless dark
The lonely ache
The burning tears
The bitter night
The wasted years
Life breaks and falls apart
But we know these are…
Places
Where grace is
Soon to be so amazing
They may unfulfilled
They may unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered
Is laid before the Lord
Just watch and see
It will not be
Unredeemed
For every choice
That led to shame
And all the love
That never came
For every vow
That someone broke
And every life
That gave up hope
We live in the shadow of the fall
But the cross says these are all – just
Places
Where grace is
Soon to be so amazing
They may unfulfilled
They may unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered
Is laid before the Lord
Just watch and see
It will not be
Unredeemed
They may unfulfilled
They may unrestored
You never know the miracles
The father has in store
Just watch and see
It will not be
Unredeemed
***
Keep praying for MckMama; I consider myself blessed to be one of many who is praying for her sweet son…and if she and I don’t talk in some form at least 15 times a day now, I start to twitch. The Lord has provided me with a kindred spirit…love you, friend.
She is going to have a hard time getting rid of me after this whole ordeal.
And trust me, there will be an AFTER. Stellan may have a long journey, but he’s a fighter, and we all continue to believe that it’s just a matter of time until he is well. I am just begging the Lord to make it soon…it is so tiring to be where they are. Let’s continue to rally around them and pray specifically for wisdom, discernment and peace.
I will write again on Tuesday, and do hope you will join me on what would have been Audrey’s first birthday. It is a milestone I didn’t anticipate sneaking up so quickly, and yet the Lord has graced me with assurance that she is celebrating in a way we can’t quite understand yet…

Blessings and love to all of you, and may you be in the constant presence of our Lord this Easter week, as we prepare to celebrate our glorious redemption, bought by a Man Who the tomb could not contain…
Angie

Oh Holy Night

I like this popping in thing. Hello:)
This really moved me today (I’m married to him, so yes, a little biased). It was recorded before Nicol left Selah to go into full time ministry with her husband. This is from the Christmas CD released a few weeks before Abby and Ellie were born.
Who could have known what this Christmas would look like…only the Lord Himself…
(remember to pause the music first:))

I don’t know the person who put this video together, but it is beautiful. Thank you~
Blessings,
Angie