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Introducing the Founder of My Sun & Shade Ministries

Hello

I'm Angie, the founder of My Sun & Shade Ministries. However, more importantly, I am a devoted wife to Aaron, my beloved husband of 28 years! In addition to my ministry work, I wear many hats. I am a pastor's wife, mom to two grown children (plus a son-in-law), and a proud grandma to Levi and River.

Grandkids are the Best!

Having fun with grandkids
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About

My professional life is just as diverse, as I am an administrative assistant for a local contractor, managing two separate offices.

When I'm not working at my full-time job as an administrative assistant or ministering at the church, I enjoy many hobbies including writing songs, creating art, and writing blog posts. I also love watching Masterpiece Theater, reading the Bible, and taking long walks. One of my favorite pastimes is searching for hidden treasures at garage sales and thrift stores.

While my dad loves to buy and resell vehicles and equipment, I stick to smaller items that I can flip online. During garage sale season, you won't find me sitting around on weekends. Instead, I'm out hunting for the perfect items to add to my collection or resell. I'm always on the lookout for the next hidden gem, whether it's a beautiful Bible for $1 or marked as free. It's exciting when I come across these items, and I love the thrill of the hunt!

My Weekend Rituals ☺

On beautiful weekends, you can catch me lounging on my porch swing or relaxing on the backyard deck. I also enjoy tending to my flower beds or taking a leisurely walk with my dachshund, Brody. Follow me on Instagram to stay connected!

However, on colder days, you'll find me cozied up on the couch with a piping hot cup of coffee, binging my favorite shows like Blue Bloods, Monk, Psych, or NCIS. Alternatively, I'll be lost in a good book, whether it's a mystery, drama, suspense novel, or Christian self-help book.

But, on the rare occasion that I have a few uninterrupted hours to myself (sheer heaven!), you'll find me in my tropical-themed office. This is where I truly come alive, either playing my keyboard, crafting art, or penning blog posts. My office is my source of inspiration, and you can read all about the remodel HERE.

Our Journey From Michigan to New York

My life's journey began in the flatlands of Michigan where Aaron and I grew up, fell in love, got married, and raised our two kids! Now our journey continues in the hills of Western New York where we live on a 50'x100' city lot with our 7 year-old fun-loving dachshund, Brody.



 

Answering the Call

One day, our pastor presented an opportunity for my husband to pastor a small church in another state, and after months of prayer, we said, "Yes, we will go!" 

 

My husband left his woodworking business of 25+ years, I resigned from a township clerk's position where I had been elected for a four-year term, and our children gave up their college scholarships to join us in following this call!


 

God Has Been Good to Us

We have been blessed beyond measure since moving to Western New York. The Lord has been faithful to us every step of the way. (You can follow my spiritual journey each month! Sign up HERE!) Our children gave up college scholarships in Michigan to join us in our spiritual journey and the Lord blessed them abundantly for their sacrifice! Both of our children were able to graduate from Liberty University with Bachelor degrees using funds the Lord provided for them miraculously!

 

Since then, our daughter has married and given us two beautiful grandsons. Both of our adult children have bought houses near us and are following the Lord wholeheartedly. We appreciate their faithfulness to our church and fellowship. They have been great support!

Moving Into a New Church Building

After four years of pastoring in a small church, we felt it was time to move locations, but the idea seemed beyond our financial ability. Then one day, a couple from our church presented to us a building that was for sale on the edge of town. It was set on a hill with a beautiful view of the western and southern sky. My heart sang! I knew the Lord was going to give this building to us!

Well, to make a long beautiful story short, the Lord miraculously provided everything necessary to purchase this church on a hill. After my husband signed the paperwork, it became ours within nine months time. Since then, we've had baby dedications, church picnics, a baptism, and even a wedding! The Lord is so good!

Starting this Website to Bless Christian Women

The READ-PRAY-SING Blog was created to inspire Christian women with everyday experiences showcasing faith in action. My goal is to offer inspirationally, power-packed, monthly blog posts to boost inner strength for your Christian journey! Read the introduction to this website here, About My Sun & Shade Ministries.


 

Writing Anointed Prayers for Women

Writing prayers is one of my most treasured activities. I've collected many prayers, cries of the heart, and heartfelt pleas in various-sized notebooks throughout the years. Now, I've gotten into the habit of typing my prayers instead of using pen and paper, and I feel His anointing flow through my fingertips and onto the computer screen while my heart is lifted towards the Lord. Check out many of these prayers here, Anointed Daily Prayers.

Praying for My Adult Children

As mothers, we have raised our children in God's ways, and then we watch them struggle to find their way as adults. Whether their struggle is internal or an outside influence, such as peer pressure or negative friends, we need to lift these young people up to the Lord. Read Prayers for Adult Children for further spiritual support.

Prayer Prompts for Women-on-the-Go!

These prayer prompts templates were created for busy moms, wives, and for women who are hurting inside from wounds of the heart and need fresh ideas and inspiration in their prayer life. The prayer prompts can be printed and tucked away in a Bible, in a purse, or kept in a car for easy access. Find balance and stay focused on what is important during busy days and upsetting times. Read "Prayer Prompts for Women."
 

Improving Myself through Christ: A Personal Journey


My ultimate goal is to become the best version of myself with the help of Christ, who strengthens me. I constantly explore new methods to overcome my weaknesses, and I love to share these triumphs on The READ-PRAY-SING Blog.

One of the most significant lessons I've learned is that my confidence, courage, and sense of purpose stem from my relationship with Jesus. Inviting Him into my daily life has been transformative. If you haven't yet encountered Him, I encourage you to consider making Him your Savior. Personally, I cannot fathom what my life would be like without the guidance and wisdom from above. Read "God Loves Youfor more information and spiritual support.

 

Using Blog Posts to Spread God's Love

I find that writing blog posts is an excellent way to express the love of God that fills me up with enthusiasm. My website ministry reflects my desire to shine brightly and become a better person both at home and in different aspects of life, including in the community and the workplace. My ultimate goal is to inspire you to cultivate good spiritual habits that will ultimately help you in all areas of life.

As a Christian woman, I strive to be the best I can be in all aspects of my life, including being a wife, mother, grammie, pastor's wife, and friend. My mission is to motivate you to discover your purpose in life and grow in your Christian walk. Together, let's strive for God's very best for our lives! To start, check out my article, "11 Tips to Becoming Your Best Self in Christ." Remember, it all begins with loving and accepting yourself, then committing your life to the Lord!

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Personal Projects In the Works:
 

Coloring Books

Just recently I was able to complete a coloring book combining digital illustrations with Scripture pictures and publish it on Amazon. It was a dream come true. You can view it here: Christian ABC Bible Verse Coloring Pages.
 

One of my favorite pastimes as a kid was coloring in coloring books with a new set of Crayola crayons. I must've spend hours upon hours coloring one page after another. Now, I'm enjoying creating coloring pages other kids can color! Be on the look out for "Kitty's Birthday Coloring Book" which is coming soon!
 

Praise and Worship Songs

The Lord has given me many praise and worship songs during times of personal devotion and prayer and my heart's desire is to share them with others. When time allows, I hope to record the songs and share them with my followers. Become a member and get notified of any developments.

First Published Book: A Memoir

One day the Lord prompted me to starting writing a memoir of my early years, so I did, and within 15 months time it was completed. In this book, I share how I became a Christian and how I met my husband. A publishing company would like to publish my book - but, I've decided to go the self-publishing route. I'm looking at a release of January 2024. If you would like to be notified of any developments with my book, or when a song is shared on this website, subscribe HERE and you will be alerted by email.

My Collection of Self-help Books for Women of Faith

As a Christian woman, I find solace in reading self-help books that offer guidance on various topics. In addition to my daily Bible reading, you'll often find me diving into books on marriage, family, public speaking, writing, and interpersonal relationships. Over time, I've amassed a sizable collection of Christian self-help books that hold a special place in my heart. Nowadays, I proudly display this collection in my tropical-themed office, serving as a reminder of their impact on me. In fact, I love these books so much that I even wrote a blog post about them, which you can check out HERE.

A Life Recipe For Success

The true source of my spiritual inspiration is definitely my Bible. Using Scripture as my compass for everything I do in life has given me a tremendous amount of peace. Whenever I'm facing a crisis, am in need, or need heavenly guidance on any issue I'm facing, I go to my Bible. God's word holds the answers and keys to each situation I face, AND the Lord wants to help me put my best foot forward in all I do.

When I add Scripture, prayer, and rejoicing into my day, the results I experience is amazing. Somehow, the Lord meets with divine grace and power to help me tackle all my tasks and more! People ask me, "How do you do everything you accomplish?" Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work within me. That's how!

 

The self-help books and "how-to" books I've collected over the years make a nice display on my shelves in my office, but ultimately they don't bring me life, grace, peace, and joy. Other books are fun to read and add a splash of color to my life here and there, but their words do not give light and direction like Scripture does.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, Psalm 119:105 KJV)

 

Not a day goes by that I don't read a passage of Scripture, pray, or sing to the Lord. In fact, I keep Gideon Bibles around my house for easy reads. I also keep my heart open to prayer, and I sing throughout my day. ​​From time to time I will add a devotional book to my Bible reading in the mornings. The two devotionals I tend to read a lot are Streams in the Desert and Daily with the King.

Zion Christian Publishers

Other Christian reading material and books that aid my devotional time and spiritual growth can be found at Zion Christian Publishers, based in Waverly, NY. Many pastors, teachers, and pastor's wives have written material that have helped me become the pastor's wife I am today. I'm truly thankful for all the godly men and women that have crossed my path in this lifetime, I pray they will be rewarded greatly for their spiritual investment into spreading and teaching God's word for the enrichment of all mankind.

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