Angela speaks to us about her podcast, her life and God having our back.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: When I came into this world, my mom was just shy of her 18th birthday and had just lost her husband 3 months prior. So my mom and I grew up together. I spent a lot of time with my Mamaw as my mom went to college and worked hard to provide for me. We didn’t have much, and I remember, when it came to things I wanted, I had to wait and save and wait some more and save and then by some miracle, my mom would surprise me with something great. I loved cheerleading, dance and roller skating. Also, growing up we didn’t go to church often but I always had this yearning in my heart for something and just didn’t know what it was and thankfully encountered a relationship with Jesus when I was 26 yrs old.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Considering the current state of the world, I would have to say Psalm 91 and Jeremiah 1:6. But on most days I cling to Jeremiah 29:11 (it was the first verse I memorized) and Ephesians 3:20 in the MSG Bible.
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My current spiritual growth focus is fully stepping into confident faith and trusting God at His word. To stop going through the motions and to no longer have complacent faith! This is something God challenged me with back in November and He pressed upon me to get “ready”. Now more than ever, I am finding my faith is most important and I am still learning to trust God at His word, especially right now.
Profession: Currently, I work for an incredible organization, Convoy of Hope. I am the manager of conference partnerships as well as church engagement. I also work with our Convoy: Women program and run the marketing for that side of Convoy. In addition to that, I speak, I am working on a book and I am the host of the YOU ARE ENOUGH Podcast.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? The title would be Everything Will Be OK!
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? All throughout my life I feel as if I encountered God so many times, I just didn’t know what it was. He was definitely chasing after me, but I didn’t come to know Him and enter into a relationship with Him until I was 26 yrs old. I was living a very “colorful” life and I had hit rock bottom. One morning after a night of partying, the Holy Spirit woke me up, and I knew I had to get to a church service. I went to the biggest church I could find, to be hidden, and I sat up in the balcony. I am sure I smelled like a bar and was still wearing the same makeup from the night before. But I remember during the service, I was so antsy and I was crying all throughout. And the next thing I knew, the altar call was happening, and I couldn’t make my way down fast enough. It was almost like an out of body experience. I hardly remember anything that was said to me, but I will never forget the feeling I had about myself after accepting Jesus. It was obviously life changing.
“I hardly remember anything that was said to me, but I will never forget the feeling I had about myself after accepting Jesus.”
How has your relationship with Him changed you? Oh my goodness…. where do I even start. There are so many things that having a relationship with Jesus has done in my life. I have an incredible husband whom I met just 2 weeks after being saved. I have two amazing daughters and some incredible friends. But most importantly, my relationship with Jesus has allowed me to believe for things I never thought would be possible in my life. It has given me more confidence than ever before and that stems from the fact that I know someone more mighty and powerful than I is guiding and directing my steps. I have someone to lean on during the good times and bad, and I know Jesus always has my back. This takes so much pressure off of me as I am continuing learning and growing in the navigation of life.
“My relationship with Jesus has allowed me to believe for things I never thought would be possible in my life.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Paying attention to God working no matter how big or small the victory. This has expanded my faith in a great way and caused me to deeper in trusting God at His word.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Find Your Way by Carly Fiorina. I have learned so far that you can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to the situation. And depending on how you respond, [you] can unlock things inside of you that you never knew were there.
Top three essentials: My Bible, phone and water and if I could add a fourth it would be my makeup.
How did God speak to you recently? Today, as a matter fact. He reminded me that He has got this, and He has got my back.
Hobby: My hobby right now is working on my podcast and ministering to others. Helping people to believe for the impossible and because of there mere fact they are here on this earth, they are enough. It is one of my favorite things to do.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Surrounding myself with others that are solid spiritually, worship music (it always changes my mood and mindset), reading the Bible, listening to podcasts or other sermons, and doing some sort of a devotional daily.
Favorite person in scripture? Deborah, love her story.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That His grace is sufficient, that He really does have a plan and purpose for your life, and that you have what it takes to do incredible things for the kingdom of God.
How do you engage with your community? I have a lot of opportunity to engage with community through my church and my job through community outreaches and meeting the needs of the poor and suffering nationally and globally. But in addition to that, I try to make an effort to engage with my SM community as well to encourage them and let them know I believe in them.
Favorite holiday? Christmas.
A goal you have? I have a few. To get in the best shape of my life physically and mentally this year. And to finally get a book proposal done for a book I have had on my heart to write for the last 5 years.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We always plan a cool family vacation with lots of activities.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Why does He choose to heal some people on earth and some in heaven.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: The epidemic we are currently living in where people are lacking in self-worth. Which is leading to more depression and suicide than ever before.
What does your morning routine consist of? Morning routine: shower, make coffee, make-up, wake up youngest for school, dry hair, make youngest breakfast and lunch, curl hair, get dressed, make bed, make my lunch and to-go coffee, load up car and head out the door.
What is on your nightstand? A stack of different Bibles, glasses, pen and my current book I am reading
Define Christianity in a sentence: The extension of hope, love and kindness to those in our own community and around the world.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!