Today, Angel speaks to us about letting go of the superwoman complex, food as a love language and a book teaching her about financial literacy.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I grew up in a two-parent home with an older sister and multiple four-legged siblings. I was a pretty good student and I was deemed the quiet, shy, introverted kid. I always say that although I went to church, I don’t feel like I “grew up” in church. It was more so something that I did on Sundays but I didn’t have an understanding of anything related to God, Jesus, salvation etc. until later on when I went to college.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I’ve been stuck on Psalm 27 for a while now! Specifically the 13th verse, “Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: God has really been breaking down the superwoman complex for me this year. He’s been reminding me of the need to relieve myself of the pressure and burden of carrying and attempting to fix things that were never my responsibility to do so.
“God has really been breaking down the superwoman complex for me this year.”
Profession: I am currently employed as a Pretrial Officer. People always look really confused when I say that! The best way to explain it is that it’s very similar to being a probation officer, except for I supervise people who are awaiting trial versus people who have already been sentenced.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? I’ve actually written my memoir, and it’s titled, Changed Heart. The reason I went with this title is because the name of my ministry is called Changed Hearts. When God gave me the vision for Changed Hearts, it was focused on helping women to fully surrender their lives to God and becoming whole in Him. I wanted my memoir to have the same name because what I was encouraging other women with, it first started with me. I wanted women to be able to hear my testimony and see that God doesn’t simply choose the people who are all perfect and put together. He chooses those who are willing to surrender and give Him a yes!
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I first encountered God when I was in college. I started attending a church accidentally my freshman year and from there the Lord really started to minister to my heart. I started to be convicted about my lifestyle, and I could feel this constant warring as God was drawing me closer to Him. It took me hitting rock bottom after a relationship to really come to a point of surrender and that’s where my relationship with Him really took off.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? I would definitely have to say faith. The last three years of my life have been an intense faith walk on steroids, but it helped to develop a strength and trust in the Lord like never before. Because my faith has been tested so much, I’ve been able to see what’s on the other side of believing and trusting God. That has truly helped me to grow spiritually in this season because now, when a test comes, I’m like, “God got me.”
“Now when a test comes, I’m like, ‘God got me.'”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I’m currently reading, Your Bible, Your Money, by Michael Pittman. It’s a quick and easy read about financial literacy and what the Bible says in regard to our finances. So far, it has reminded me to be a better steward of my money. It has also given me further insight on investing, as well as, tools for budgeting and saving more efficiently.
“It has also given me further insight on investing, as well as, tools for budgeting and saving more efficiently.”
Top three essentials: Chapstick, laptop, and water.
How did God speak to you recently? God recently stepped ALL over my toes, especially the pinky, with the realization that I have become comfortable in the place that was once uncomfortable. It’s like what was once so far out of my comfort zone has now become familiar to me, and He doesn’t want me to become complacent here. It’s been a good reminder that there’s so much more of Him to discover and to never stop pursuing the more.
Hobby: Writing, creating, traveling, and being a car karaoke enthusiast.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: First and the most important for sure is to stay connected to the Source. In order for us to stay spiritually strong, we have to be connected to the One who gives us that strength, and that is God. We stay connected to Him by praying, reading His word, fasting, and just having overall communication with Him.
Second, it’s important to be connected with other believers. We were not created to go through life alone and as believers we need the accountability and community that comes with being connected with other like minded people. Last, it’s so important to have a good church home where you can grow and that challenges you to truly learn/understand the Bible.
Favorite person in scripture? I love David because I feel like he is the epitome of what the gospel is about. When you read throughout David’s story, you’re able to see how deeply flawed he is. I love this because in spite of these flaws, God still referred to David as a man after His own heart. Although he sinned greatly and made some very questionable decisions, he had a heart for God and he was always willing to return to a posture of repentance. God always met David in that place and He didn’t condemn him; instead, He redeemed David.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want people to see that the same God who loves me beyond all the mess that is me, can absolutely do the same for them.
How do you leave your mark on your community? I would say by pouring into women through encouragement, mentorships, and ultimately pointing them to Christ.
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving, hands down! I have a petite frame, so people often think that I’m a picky eater or that I don’t eat much, but that’s the furthest from the truth. I have a very special relationship with food, and I truly believe that food is my love language.
“I truly believe that food is my love language.”
A goal you have? A goal that I recently wrote down is that I really want to take a risk this year. I honestly don’t know what all that entails yet, but I want to do something that I haven’t done before and that really pushes me out of my comfort zone.
“I really want to take a risk this year.”
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: My family and I don’t have any traditions as of right now, but my sister and I recently talked about doing an annual family vacation starting next year!
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Eve, sis, really?! In all seriousness, I think I’ll just be so excited to be there and to see Jesus that I would legit forget whatever question I could think of.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: I want people to know that it is okay to seek counseling. It doesn’t make you “crazy,” it doesn’t mean something is wrong with you, and it doesn’t make you weak. I want people to know that they can love God, pray, fast, do all the things, and have a therapist… and that’s okay.
What does your morning routine consist of? After I’ve hit snooze on my alarm about three or four times, I try to start my day with prayer/scripture. This does not happen every day, but I try to be intentional about starting my day with God. I usually have a plan that I try to read daily on the YouVersion app, and right now I’m doing The Bible Recap. After my quiet time, I let my mom’s peekapoo out, and we usually play ball or we dance for a little bit, and then I get ready for work.
What is on your nightstand? I have a diffuser that is usually filled with lavender and eucalyptus oil. There’s a white and gold large letter A (for my name) that was a birthday gift from one of my best friends. I have a pale pink and white nail polish because summer toes… enough said. I sadly have two small boxes, (from when I moved four months ago, don’t judge me!) filled with a bunch of randomness that I’ve convinced myself is organized chaos, minus the organized part.
Define Christianity in a sentence: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
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