What a TREMENDOUS JOY!

What a great joy it was (I know I’ve talked about this already) to meet Barbara of The Ivy Path and Sue Combs of Who I am Instead! Along with Donna Sandhage, the director of the Pregnancy Care Center in Lake City and my dear sister, Lisa Shaw!

And y’all know what? I got to talk about blogging!!! What a treat! AND I talked about YOU! Did your ears burn??

God has given me the sweetest gift in all the world—sisters of like faith—from all over the world! What joy floods my heart at that very notion!

The verse that Iris has chosen today is PERFECT!

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” ~ John 15:15 (ESV)

In my Christian walk I have served in many areas for the LORD. But never felt like I was in the right place exactly. Teaching Sunday School to the 3rd and 4th grade girls was fun, but I felt there was something else. Cleaning toilets and cutting grass at the church was a service and although I communed constantly with the LORD while riding the lawn mower for hours cutting the mammoth size church yard, I still felt there was something else.

I talked to the Lord continually about my secret desire. Never, ever telling another soul. But secretly, in my heart I had a vision of it coming to pass one day….some how.

Through the ministry of blogging, it has! I am able to share the gospel of Christ, and write to my hearts content! (I really love writing!)

When my daddy’s mother (Granny) was in the nursing home, I enjoyed reading the Bible to her. I remember going and sitting—talking and sharing with her about God, our faith, His miracles and praying and believing with her for one. She had TREMENDOUS faith in Christ and was a constant prayer warrior for others. She testified of His goodness every chance she got. It didn’t cease when she was confined to the care of others.

In the busyness of life, with growing girls who needed so much attention and with so many heartaches and heartbreaks in our lives, I soon stopped doing anything “extra”. The devil had me convinced that the more I did for God, the more troubles I would have. I bought the lie. Until I woke up and realized that people all around me had problems. Christian and non-Christian. I was still having problems—but only did what I was required to do as far as service.

I had allowed myself to be cast into a pit of self-doubt and distress of life. Fatigue in service. I hurt. My heart and my life was hurting. During this time of our lives, we had undergone many “teenage” trials with our oldest daughter. While I didn’t blame God, I blamed myself and thought that surely I was being punished for all the sin in my past life. I think Jeff pretty much felt the same way. But that was another lie we bought.

In all this time I suffered physically—going through a hysterectomy in 2000, my hormones were way out of wack! I recognized the distance between me and God. And I was miserable. I fell on my face at the altar, joined there by a precious woman named Bobbi Seddon, who, when she saw me start toward the altar, she met me there.

I left my issues with life, my fear and pain right there. I had not sinned as in left the church and committed any of the 10 big ones, but I had wandered from the side of my Savior. The only breath I had felt was the hot breath of the enemy as he had tormented my heart with his foolish lies and deceit.

Finally, I was home. Where I belonged in my Father’s house and arms. As the next few years rocked on, trials and tests came to us in various forms, but my faith in God never waivered. He had seen me through the absolute worst place in my life and I knew He’d see me through to the end.

Y’all. I am thankful. So very thankful. I’m sorry this post was so long…but I had been needing to share this for some time now. Last Saturday gave me the opportunity to share some…and there is more. But I guess that’s for another day!

Go see Iris! For more thankful hearts!

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17 responses to “What a TREMENDOUS JOY!

  • eph2810

    Sometimes we just need to pour out our hearts — even if it is 'just' blogging about it. You know what I found – we do service in sharing the deepest things of our hearts — we help other women (men) that the walk is not easy…He helps us through the rough spots. I know if I would have had not my faith in Christ, I would have probably ended up on the streets somewhere…who knows.

    BTW – I had my hysterectomy one year later — in 2001 🙂

    Love you my sweet friend…

  • Lynn

    Oh Ang,

    She testified of His goodness every chance she got….

    Oh, Lord, let me be like Angie's Grandmother. It is my humble request for the rest of my life.

    Ang, you are a living legacy. I am richly blessed to call you my friend. Hugs.

  • Amy

    I'm so glad you spent that time with your granny, I bet she loved it!

  • BoufMom9

    Beautiful and truthful post. thank you for sharing your heart this blessed Thursday.

  • gengen

    It is really nice to read your post it's inspiring you have a good heart. Blessings…happy TT!

  • JesuLalaine

    You have a great testimony! even if your post may seem long to you, but I enjoyed reading every word of it. God bless!

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  • Debbie

    Angie, I too had a hysterectomy. Hormones season isn't fun.

    But I'm so glad you discovered blogging. I enjoy writing too and it is a ministry of love and friendship with others.

    I wish I had been there with you and Lisa Shaw. But one day …

  • Denise

    Thanks for sharing sweetie. May God pour His sweet blessings all over you. I had my hysterectomy in april of 2000. I love you.

  • Pia

    it's really a blessing to meet other blogger friends. i want to meet more. blogging has been an avenue for me to meet Godly man and woman. i'm grateful.

  • Marice

    thanks much for sharing 😉

  • Marsha

    Oh Angie, this spoke to my heart! Thank you for sharing this! And to see you bouncing back again after the stormy year you've had…oh my, you just bless my heart.

    When I think about how the Lord has knit our hearts and lives together, I stand amazed, dumbfounded.

    I love you dear friend and just counting the days until October 23 (Well, really the 22nd when I arrive!)

  • Linda

    I love your honest, open heart Angie. I think so many of us have similar stories. The details vary, but we all struggle in our walk.
    It encourages me to read about your trying to find what it is the Lord has for you. I sometimes feel like the only one wandering around wondering what in the world my gift is and what is it I'm supposed to be doing with my life. I think there may be some hope for me!!
    You always bless and encourage me. We, none of us, have arrived and it is so helpful to share the struggles, the hopes, the dreams.
    Thank you dear heart.

  • Serendipity

    Hi Angie, thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I feel so encouraged by reading it. Many blessings to you!

  • "Virtuous Wannabe"

    Angie, thank you for sharing this….our testimonies are almost identical. I have a name for Satan. I call him the “Punk”….I don't like to give him credit for anything but I do like to recognize what he is capable of so that I can stand guard. He is so good at making us feel defeated and unworthy. One thing that you said at the conference last weekend that made me laugh and cry on the inside was this, “Lord, why didn't you use me when I was younger and skinnier”. I can't tell you how many times I've said the same thing. I've said, “God, why didn't you use me before I had this samsonite luggage under my eyes?” I am so proud to call you a friend and sister in Christ and I am praying for this ministry God has placed on your heart. I so hope to be a part of your retreat next year so please keep us posted!

  • "Virtuous Wannabe"

    Angie, you are going to think I'm crazy (and I am, so let me rephrase this, you are going to know I'm crazy)….I just posted a long comment in reference to the blog but I think I forgot to type in the crazy word at the bottom before sending it (YOU KNOW, THE COMMENT MODERATION WORD), anyway….you may have two comments from me….I love this post and am so thankful to call you friend and sister-in-Christ. You said so many things at the conference last week that I will remember. I laughed on the inside when you said “Why didn't God use me when I was younger and thinner”….I can't tell you how many times I've asked God, “Why didn't you use me before I had this Samsonite luggage under my eyes”. I am so thankful for you and the ministry that God has placed on your heart and can't wait to see what God will do through this ministry in the future. Please keep me posted regarding future blog retreats.

  • LisaShaw

    As one who had the chance to hear you first hand and see GOD speaking through you, I was truly blessed!

    Hey, I love your new profile photo!!!

  • Karen

    I would have loved to have been in Lake City with you ladies! Your testimony is inspiring as are all your writings….

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