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Exciting News for 2fools4Christ

Our Lord has really been making things happen. He is always at work whether we see it or not. We can believe that He is perfecting all there is concerning us and take great peace in knowing that He is all He says He is! (Psalms 138:8 and Philippians 1:6)

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We have not given an update in quite a while. There have been a lot of things happening!

We were able to take in my great-nephew almost a year and a half, ago. He just turned 2 years old and is doing very well. His parents are also doing well, both are in long-term, residential recovery programs.

I have been doing a lot of volunteer work with various ministries and individuals with publications and marketing, as well as serving on a team with Kairos Outside of North Alabama. About a year ago, I began helping others to publish their books with KDP, where they could sell them on amazon.com and tons of other distributions as e-books and paperbacks. I self-published my own books, too. I felt led to start a business called PS95 PRESS to be able to help bring income into our house so we can be more of a blessing to others, get out of debt eventually, and get a bigger house. Everything has not come full circle just yet, but I am trusting in God’s timing and His love to lead us onward and upward for His glory.

Jerry has been self-employed for the past couple of years doing landscaping and working as a mobile mechanic. As his faith and confidence in the Lord are growing, he has been working more for himself as a mobile mechanic instead of being contracted as a landscape laborer. He does love to work outside and do landscaping, but he loves to work on cars and help other people more. He finally has been focused on the mobile mechanic business in the past few months and has seen a big increase in repeat and new customers. We both know that it is all because of our Lord and His hand on our lives. We could do nothing without Him but with Him we can do all He has called us to do. He sends customers and business just at the right times and He sends customers who need us as well as those who are a blessing to us. Sometimes Jerry gives people a big break just because he knows they need it. Other times, people pay him above what he asks, and you know that is God’s favor! I am also grateful to see that even though there have been a few that have tried to take advantage, that God reminds us that He rewards us for our labor, and we have been at peace and have been provided for, even when some have not paid. I am thankful to not speak ill of them or seek any revenge, but to have the Lord’s peace in these times and His heart of love is an indescribable joy that cannot be explained. Like I said, most of the time, we are blessed and are able to be a blessing and even when it may not seem like it every once in a while, we can go by what we know and not what we see in that moment.

Most of all, I want to tell you that God is faithful and He has been continually working in us to grow our faith and mold us more into His character. Of course we make mistakes every day, but I thank the Lord that instead of beating us down, He lifts us up by forgiving us, and teaching us. I have learned to seek His face early, every morning, over the past few years. He never fails to encourage me and to remind me of His love. He reminds me to tell the enemy to shut up and be silent because he has no power over me. The Lord gently reminds me to use soft words during the day and trust Him. When I blow it and yell at the kids or get frustrated, He is so sweet to remind me that He does not treat me that way and then He gives me another chance to learn and practice His will. He reminds me that I don’t have to be frustrated because I know that He is going to work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He reminds me of all the times that I messed up, but He made it right. He reminds me of the times when I thought all was lost, but He made a way and showed me the way. His faithfulness is on full display in my life. No, I am not always faithful even though I want to be and wish that I was with all that I am. But, His faithfulness can be seen because He is the one who sustains us. We would not be here, still today, married and happy with three beautiful, intelligent, smiling children if it were not for Jesus!

The books I have helped to publish are:

Mary Priddy, My Redeeming Mess

Dr. Louise Leigh, PhD, Heart Bridge

Lloyd Renaud, Renaud’s Kingdom of Reality

Angela Dingler, From Affliction and Refinement to Fulfillment: Inside My Process

and The Lost and Found Merry-Go-Round, Poems

A couple of the websites that I have helped and set up are: dazedandroastedcoffee.org

and projectamericanlife.com

I have also helped the Offender Alumni Organization with fundraising, print and promotional items, as well as social media graphics. Visit them on Facebook @OffenderAlumniAssociation

Always, to God our Father be all the glory through Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord and Savior and in the power of His Holy Spirit and Love!

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August 1, 2017 Update

Wow, it has been a while since we last updated you all about what’s happening with us!

This is Angela and I will share what is up with me! I really want to go ahead and share some news about Jerry, but I feel like his insight will be best to share what he has been up to, lately. I will say that we are seeing miracles and God has been answering prayers. There is a mountain moved that we have been praying to be moved for a long time. God is faithful. I count on my Lord because He who promised is faithful.

Some exciting news for me to share is that I just finished writing my first book and self-published it on Amazon as an e-book. The paperback is also available on Amazon and I used CreateSpace for it. The book has received two five star reviews and that is quite exciting to me. No, it has not sold a million copies, yet. But the people I have shared the free version with have said it is very helpful to anyone suffering from depression or who knows someone who has. The best comment I received about my book is that it does point people to the Word of God for encouragement. My purpose in writing the book was to point people to the same source of comfort and help that I have found and that is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. So, I am happy with the feedback, so far.

One thing going on with me is that my school closed and we are not sure yet if it is permanently closed or not. I pray that it re-opens but I am not sure how it will all work out. I do know that God is in control and has a great plan for each and everyone that this situation affects. I was going to continue my education at another college, but I have felt led to take at least a semester off to help my children with school, write another book, and help Jerry and his business partner with their new venture. We have a lot going on and we are trusting the Lord to continue to lead, guide, direct, uphold, and grow us.

Also, I am continuing to volunteer and serve with a couple of ministries and I have been invited to speak at a women’s conference this coming October. As always, I am available to speak to groups or share my testimony at anytime. You can contact me at angeladingler70@gmail.com if you would like more information. Also, I do have a Facebook page and the link is here.

May the Lord bless us all and keep all of us. May He turn His face towards us and shine His countenance upon us. May He be gracious to us and give us His peace.

Thank you for stopping by and we love you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can find the book here: Amazon “From Affliction and Refinement to Fulfillment”

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Update from Angela of 2Fools4Christ

Good afternoon to everyone who happens by our blog! And I know that it is God who has directed you here. This is just our meager attempt to give back to our Father who loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins and shortcomings and mistakes – knowing what they would be in advance, He came and gave His life for us so that we can know the Father. We are forever grateful.

Even having acknowledged our faith in Jesus, we admit that we are still imperfect in ourselves and of ourselves. But we also say that is the Good News of the gospel. We are nothing. We do not try to make ourselves out to be something that we are not or take any credit for any good that we do. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we stand, stumble, fall, get back up and continue every day to seek those new mercies offered by our Father in the name of Jesus. The Good News is that we all have fallen short of God’s perfection and He knew that we would, but loves us in spite of ourselves and sent Jesus to rescue and save us from ourselves, the world and the devil. We do have victory in Jesus! Victory is not us being perfect, it is that we are perfect in Christ even though we cannot be perfect – He gives us His perfection and perfects us.

We have to not be so hard on ourselves, but we must rest in the finished work of the cross of Christ. He cried, “It is finished!” for a reason. We need to stand on the promises of God even in the face of failure and dire looking circumstances and situations. Though we fall we must keep turning to the Lord for He is the One who picks us up and gives us more grace. I am like Paul who said: “Who can save me from the wretch that I am? But thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25). I am so thankful to know that my sins are not counted against me and that they are covered by the blood of the spotless Lamb. And so, I pray that they are not counted against you or anyone else. I pray that you are drawn by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ and the Word of God and that you come to know Him so that He may reveal to you the Father, who’s love is unfailing and does not depend on who you are, where you are, what you did, what you did not do, how rich or how poor you are or any other thing. The Father so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to reconcile those who believe on Jesus into a relationship with Him. That relationship is LOVE.

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I did not mean to say much more than that I am going to be posting some poems and writings from my teenage years and forward. These poems were written prior to being diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Some of them are very strange and some of them are miraculous. I hope that they speak to you about the journey that I have been on ever since I can remember. As I do post them, feel free to ask questions or comment and thank you for stopping by our blog!