Happy New Year!

Looking back at 2012, my heart is filled with all kinds of emotion and tenderness. My head is full of places, experiences, lessons and the faces of so many dear people. All day I have been searching for just the right words to describe a year so high and so low. But only one word will come. Grateful. For all of 2012, I am grateful.

I’m grateful to be the daughter of Novie Thomas. Grateful for her life. Her lessons to me. Her love for my daddy and our family. I’m grateful the last months of her life were spent here in our home. It was such an honor to serve her, to help daddy care for her, to cook for her, to put lotion on her hands and feet.

Mama and Daddy at our house, Thanksgiving 2011

Mama and Daddy at our house, Thanksgiving 2011

Downstairs on my stove there are collard greens cooking. I have never made collards in my life. Mama did that. But it’s the first day of the year, and mama taught this family there are certain things you’re supposed to eat on New Year’s Day. Humble food reminds us how to begin the new year. So for supper tonight: Novie’s collard greens, black-eyed peas, ham and cornbread. I have already tasted what’s cooking. It’s gonna be okay, but nothing like mama would have made. I miss her so much but I’m grateful she’s cooking for all of heaven tonight. Healed. Singing. No more suffering. No more pain.

This year I’m still filled with gratefulness for my beautiful husband, Scott and the four children who are the joy of our lives. We traveled the world together this year and God opened our eyes afresh to His wonders, His love and His grace. These people in our family are the easiest, funniest, most creative people I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful they are mine and I am theirs.

Our family somewhere near Cochabamba, Bolivia with World Vision - June 2012

Our family somewhere near Cochabamba, Bolivia with World Vision – June 2012

This past year of ministry has been profound and changing. The Bible is alive and vivid to me. I am captured anew by the riches of God’s word and it’s power to transform lives. Honored to meet beautiful women this world over, bonding over the sweetness of belonging to Christ. Seeing women give their lives to Christ. Every place. Every church. Every soul. I am, more than words can say, so very grateful for it all.

Beautiful Life 2012

Beautiful Life 2012

And oh, sweet Jesus, I am grateful for you. The more I learn about you, the more I am humbled by your greatness, your strength, your everlasting love. You forgave my sins and I will never, ever get over your sacrifice for me. In 2013, I will return each breath you give to me, with praise. My life is yours. My mind. My steps. My heart. Use it all for your glory.

So I turn with anticipation toward this year. Standing on tippy toes. Anxious to see Him.




  1. Aimee Dent January 3, 2013 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I am filled with joy from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has walked me through much of a trial this past year. 2013 started quiet, but I know there are battles before me that only God can take me through and be glorified in. Thank you for loving God so much to where His love is poured out to many through you. What a blessing. Thank you for being honest about your life, as it is a testimony and gives hope to moms like me who are in a fight for our own children. To God be the glory.

  2. Anna January 2, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Angela, Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us. I have been so blessed by you in 2012 and I thank you so very much for all you do for so many of us that you will never meet! I am going into 2013 with a whole different outlook and mindset because God has changed my heart and thinking after doing one of your studies last fall. May God bless you and your beautiful family.

  3. Diana January 2, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Good morning, Angela, & Happy, Grateful New Year to you! Grateful for new beginnings, new ministry, new service. New appreciation for family, friends, Who God is, & what He does – in/through/for my life. Making me more of His, less of the world’s! Welcome, 2013!

  4. Pam C January 2, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Hi Angela- Thank you for sharing your heart. My mom went to heaven in April and our lives haven’t been the same. I suppose being intentionally grateful for the blessings in our lives can help overcome grief and sadness. I, too, am stepping into 2013 with anticipation and gratitude! I pray your family and my family will have an amazing year seeking Him!

  5. Pam Moody January 2, 2013 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Angela-thank you for sharing this message-you are such an important person to me–you have opened my eyes and my feelings toward’s our awesome God and I thank you for that—Many blessings to you and your family in 2013.

  6. Michelle Pritchard January 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for writing — thank you for ‘ending’ your year here in Okeechobee, I look forward to the 2013 BEautiful Life conference, have placed the dates on my calendar!

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