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Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You...

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  1. This was so beautiful–such worship, Angie! When we take what we’ve learned, give thanks for it, and share it. You did that with this truth–this Bread that nourishes and sustains. What beauty!

    I noticed a few things…one, church isn’t perfect either–we are to go and share our stories, a place of safety–like a net. And the second, our stories are important–necessary pieces of His Story (and I so much love that it isn’t coincidence that we’re a part of history).

    I so much appreciate this network!!! You all have so much impacted my life, helped me to See my worth, and been such an encouraging part of my heart. (I so much hope I’ll be able to *go* wherever it is this big reveal will be!!!–I actually dream of conversations with y’all!)

    Rich blessings, Angie, as you learn and share and bless and worship…

  2. Great words for me this Tuesday morning. Such wisdom embedded throughout this post. Thank you for sharing your heart. I will move on today with the thought that God needs me to just be me, no more and no less, just me.

  3. I can’t put into words how your words spoke to me this morning..thank you for allowing God to use you to help me. I so enjoy each morning reading all the posts and blogs..what a true blessing to me. Thank you and all the fellow writers for sharing God in a true and liveable way all the time.

  4. If we could truly wrap our minds (by “our minds”, I mean “my mind”) around the love of Christ, all our (my) insecurities would fade in light of the intensity of His love. Thank you, Angie!

  5. To share our story with others, whether that is written or spoken or witnessed. . To do that with the transparency that we are flawed, broken but loved and redeemed through Him. . . I know nothing else that draws the lost to Christ more than this. We see His strength shine in all of our weakest areas. There would be no shining without flaws.
    Beautiful. I want to order this book too. And today I will “just” be Danelle, precisely who He designed me to be. Light shining best in my broken places.

  6. I think I have struggled not with “Why aren’t you Moses” but “Why did Moses get that gig?”

    God has whispered to me recently, “that one – that one – was not YOUR gig”. “Yours are coming, and they are perfect for YOU. Not for ‘Moses'”.

    Funny thing, I’m a slow hearer. So He has had to repeat Himself a lot lately!

  7. What a powerful statement, Angie! “He needs you to be you.” How freeing that is. Now if we can only resist the doubt that creeps in! Thank you for this message.

  8. “…someone trying to figure out how to follow the Lord Jesus in the joy and wreckage of life.”

    WOW!
    If he needs me to be me, what happens if I’m not a very good me?

  9. Thank you for this post. In ministry my husband and I have been dealing with a lot of wreckage lately. This was nice reminder that we are indeed not Moses, and that we have been called this day to this special place to do HIS special work. God Bless you.

  10. The Rabbi Zusya story is one of my favorite Hasidic stories and your interpretation of it and how we all need to be ourselves in our faith and lives is spot on. Beautiful!

  11. Oh, I absolutely LOVE this book too (Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron) – it is SO inspiring on very many levels – so much to get out of it. Thanks for your ‘add on’ thoughts! Reminds me of John Ortberg’s premise of becoming ‘youier’ – more ‘you’ – in his book ‘The Me I’m Meant to Be’.

  12. When I was much younger and a seminary wife….I fell into comparing myself to all the other wives. Because of that, I felt terribly inadequate and very intimidated. I was sure EVERYONE had all the answers and could quote the Bible word for word.
    It really messed me up! Until finally, I met other wives and they opened up about how they felt as well.
    I learned more than how to be a good pastor’s wife back then. I learned that God needs me to BE ME!!! No one else can do that. I’m the only me there is.
    Great post!

  13. Angie,
    I, too, like so many of these mamas today, needed to hear this. I had stopped blogging because of doubts and fears and most importantly: lies…that I had been hearing. I’m not enough.

    Isn’t God amazing that He uses us – little ole us – to extend His healing balm? Thank you.
    j

  14. WOW!! I was profoundly moved by this post. I even stopped my husband and kids and read it to them, although I don’t think they were as impressed as I was. I spend so much time in this lane of life, when I just need to move over into the left lane and pass it by. So much freedom to be had, and I let myself get stuck in traffic. This is going in my journal today. And in my heart forever. Thank you for posting. I am blessed to be a part of this community.

  15. ‘Tell your story with all of its shadows and fog, so people can understand their own.’

    Thanks for this. I’m in the process of learning how to tell my story, and focusing on the purpose makes the telling so much easier.

    And I, for one, would fail completely and embarrassingly at a verse off;)

  16. Angie, all I can say is thank you for those sweet, life-giving words. They fell afresh on this parched soul as though a gift from the Creator Himself. Amen sister, amen!

  17. I will add my thanks Angie. This has been a life-long struggle (I’m a grandmother now) – this longing to be something I think I ought to be. For some time now the Father has been gently teaching me the fallacy of such thinking. Your gentle, beautiful words are a confirmation of what He has been whispering to my heart. Thank you.

  18. Wow. Your post today was incredibly powerful. I struggle with accepting myself and my life for what they are, my god-given gifts. I strive and strive trying to do a little more, to be a little more, a little better and I never “get to” the person or the place that I think I should be. Somewhere inside I know that I must be good enough right now, but thusfar, I am not able to live beliving that.

    The sad thing is that by not accepting myself as I am, I have not been accepting my husband and children as they are and it is hurting all of us terribly.

    Thank you for the reminder to be myself, exactly as God planned!

  19. I love how God is always on time with giving me the answers and the words of comfort to what I am facing. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  20. Love the ridiculousness of the “verse-off” in heaven … that is so true! No need to jostle our way into heaven. Thanks for the reminder that I am who He made me to be.

  21. Angie – I love your thoughts – I remember as a kid saying to my dad, “How will I ever measure up to Billy Graham?” and he said “God has a calling for Billy Graham and he is doing it. God will have a calling for you and you have to do that.” I remember the breath I took after that – such a release of pressure!

    But there is still so much to learn – those little comparisons I make all the time – I need to get that book you were reading.

  22. Oh, I just LOVE this. Thank you, Angie, for the invitation and reminder to see myself as God sees me rather than seeing myself as compared to others. (Also, thanks for my next book club idea!)

  23. Thank you, Angie.

    I’m looking for work right now and feeling so unqualified for everything I want to do. But no one else can do what I can do. I am exactly who I need to be for the job that God is providing.

    These words were an encouragement to me today.

  24. Thank you so much, Angie. I have been struggling with my own competitive nature, with the tendency to compare, with always feeling threatened by other women. I’m so grateful for you and for the sisterhood here.

    Heidi

  25. Our daughter sent this and it couldn’t have come at a better time. What a powerful message. I plan to use this when we train Stephen Ministers.

  26. Our pastor was very transparent and authentic this past Sunday. Many connected with him in the audience and walked away still talking about the sermon. Since coming to this church, there hasn’t been a sermon I didn’t leave talking about.