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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. It interesting to me that we start so young trying to perform for and impress others by being something we’re not. I’m tired of the wig myself; my dress is stained. I think it may be time to sit back down at the table with the One who loves me just as He created me. Thanks, Angie!

  2. yeah. dancing away from him. morphing into something the world wants. bound. i have been these. fight against them daily.

    and i LOVE this line – made me smile, “I make a humming noise, which means I’m waiting for God to drop some knowledge into my mouth before I screw up my children forever. “

  3. What beautiful words Angie! And oh, so relevant in my life at the moment – Thankyou for, once again, making me think about what truly matters!!

  4. mine girl is only 4 and so far she hasn’t noticed boys or the need to impress those around her. i am already praying for god to give me grace and the right words to direct her gently “without screwing her up” as you said. but i must recognize this need for approval and how to harness it in my own life so that i can teach her!

    as always angie….i’m encouraged.
    thank you!

  5. Great Analogy! Love the thought that we all put on cosumes to dance for the world. I love the thought I had after reading your blog, of needing to dance as a child before my heavenly Poppy.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Di

  6. Thank you so much Angie. As I was reading this I thought, Angie wrote this! (Hearing another cute Kate story helped a bit too.) I have (again) been pondering my many physical imperfections – hair, wrinkles, shape, etc… and comparing myself with others. Thanks for the timely reminder of our Father’s loving whispers of truth.

  7. Amen! Truly, we do not see ourselves as the Lord sees us. (Isaiah 55:8-9). Your message is so insightful! But does this mean I should stop coloring my hair? 🙂

  8. Angie,
    I’m reading What Women Fear and already am buying a copy for my husband’s cousin. Thank you for pouring your true self out there for all to see … taking the risk and pushing past fears so that many would be blessed. And this post … so true! I too love the words “I make a humming noise, which means I’m waiting for God to drop some knowledge into my mouth before I screw up my children forever. ” That is actually self-control! Fruit … of His Spirit … alive in you. … mingled with fears, but alive and actually taking supremacy over the fear. It is such a perfect picture of how God works out sanctification IN US … and then somehow our children catch the sweet drippings of that transformation. WE are the ground which He tills so that they can gather up goodness. Our children and their foibles aren’t the focus of our parenting, our own walk with Him is the heart of it all. Thank you!

  9. Hi, this post touched me. Though I find this blog written by married women and I’m a single young adult, I am deeply encouraged with how you all give glory to God by being yourselves. This post reminded me that it doesn’t matter what you wear and how you look and who’s looking except the Heavenly Father. I’m now having a hard time dealing with my insecurities and how I wish I could change instantly. But I know it doesn’t and it will never work that way. But however I want to change for the better, if my motive isn’t to please God, I know I will never be satisfied. Thank you for this post. This reminded me that God loves me as I am and my purpose in life is to please and honor God. May He bless your heart!

  10. I read your pist with my head nodding up and down in agreement. Yes. Yes. Then He spoke straight to my heart with your words, “But I want to dance a little farther away Lord.” It was not my daughter I was nodding about it was me. How I constantly try to find the right hair, makeup, clothes… never comfortable in my own skin. But He loves me just as I am, how He made me. I am perfect in His eyes. Thanks, Angie! So needed!

  11. My how we all want to dance and be free. What a beautiful reflection of what it means to Be free in who we are. I have know doubt she’ll know the difference.