Hi there, I’m Angela. I am a Canadian living in Maryland, but there is so much more to my story than that. Sometimes I find it difficult to answer questions like, “What’s your story?” because the pattern of my life is full of turns and twists that have led to unexpected, yet necessary, destinations. Have you ever started to read a book and tried to figure out the ending of the story? You feel as though you understand the characters and can already see what is going to happen. Then, all of a sudden there’s a twist! It’s monumental and unexpected! You think to yourself, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.” This is how life happens; there are chapters that change stories.
Presently, I’m attending Grad School pursuing a Master’s of Theology Degree. A few weeks ago, after completing my last final exam for the semester, I closed my textbooks. Warm liquid filled my eyes as I began to feel a surprising sense of loss. I have one class left, plus an 80-page thesis to write in my degree program. I anticipated to feel relieved, but I experienced anxiety.
Grad School has been my identity for three years. Every spare minute I have is devoted toward pursuing the goal of receiving my Master’s Degree. I felt empty. I felt lost. I asked, “What am I going to do with my life now?” My husband, Michael, not understanding my lament, looked me in the eyes and with gentleness and authority said, “You will do what you have been called to do. You will write.”
YOU WILL WRITE. These three words encapsulate the purpose of this blog. My goal is to share my life’s experiences with you, to support and encourage you, to help you discover what your calling and ministry is, and to do what I love to do; write.
The past few weeks have been transformative. God gently nudged me in prayer one morning and reminded me that my identity is not based on what I do; instead, it is based on who I am – that is hard to remember at times. What I would like to do is encourage you and remind you that your identity is more than what you accomplish from sunup to sundown, you have a story, and you have a purpose.
There will be things in your life that you didn’t plan and it will change your life’s course. God is the author and finisher of our faith. Every day we live, every word we say, and everything we do is adding to our life’s narrative. Please join me on this journey as we encourage one another to pursue our God-given dreams. I look forward to having authentic conversations with you and hearing about the chapters that have changed your story!