Dancing With the Stars

Last Friday afternoon I had just landed in Minneapolis and my friend, Candace Cameron Bure, texted to ask if I would fly to Los Angeles to shoot a segment with her for Dancing With the Stars. Monday was going to be icon night on the show. The five semi-finalists were inviting icons/influencers to come and give them encouragement.

My very first thought was, I need to send Candace a list of really great people she can invite to do this. Big name people. I’ll call people who know people. I love this girl and I want her to have the right icon for her semi-final night.

My second thought was,
I need to call my husband.

Scott didn’t think Candace sent a whole long text to me by mistake. “It happens,” I told him. “I could just text her back – Hey girl. Oops, I think this text was meant for someone else. Ha! Crazy! I’ll be praying for your icon! #dwts #mirrorball #gogirl #djcandyball.”

Scott told me to stop it.

Then he told me to go.

Only the good Lord knows why I chose last weekend for my own personal travel challenge:

Go speak in Minneapolis with only the bare necessities. Leave everything you won’t need for one night/two days at home.

So after an amazing Saturday with Kathy Troccoli and Kelly Minter, I boarded my new flight to Hollywood with two already worn outfits, a bag of make-up, one pair of shoes and flip-flops. Woo. I had won my one-night, luggage-packing challenge. Note to self:

You never know when Dancing With the Stars is going to call.

Overpack.

On the plane, I finally let myself think about what I was going to Los Angeles to do. And the whole thing was completely ridiculous. And incredibly humbling. Candace could have invited anybody, anybody in this world to come and be her “icon.” It was her one shot to bring more star power. Besides, there are 2o million viewers and ratings and big things to consider. Like the VOTES. For goodness sake, there are people who might have gotten her more votes. I don’t know who exactly. TV people know these things. But surely they would be headliner kind of people. Maybe Taylor Swift or Condelezza Rice or Roma Downey or Maya Angelou. Like I said, I have no idea who you’re supposed to invite for icon night.

What I do know is that Candace and I both know I am not her icon. Jesus is the icon. I am just walking beside her toward Him.

But the whole crazy thing happened anyway and ABC flew a North Carolina Bible teacher with two outfits to tape a segment for Dancing With the Stars. For. Goodness. Sake.

Candace and I sat down Sunday afternoon to film our interview. She was exhausted, but still beautiful and strong. I had on the clothes I had spoken in Friday night, but by that time, I had finally caught on to God’s instructions for me:

Angela, stop thinking about yourself. This is about Me. This is about Candace. Be filled with My grace and My peace. You are the messenger and you are her friend. 

Whew, I was off the hook. I had been sent to love my friend with the love of God. Easiest thing I’d done all week.

I prayed and asked God how to best encourage her. These were the two passages I took to our interview:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy.  – Psalm 16:11a

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in you.  – Isaiah 26:3

We taped a lot of footage  that afternoon, with no idea what would end up on the show. I guess I thought the two Bible girls would surely get buried somewhere in the middle of the program, but last Monday night, Dancing With the Stars led with the God story.

It was just a tiny, little thing. Talking with my friend about our faith on a dancing show. But God has been so faithful and good to me, I pray those moments were a beautiful reflection of His love. Not enough people know about His love and it would be so cool if they knew this one main thing: the God who knows you truly, loves you still.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  – John 3:16

You can watch our interview here.

By the way, Candace dances in the finale this Monday night. The other three finale dancers are all beautiful, hard-working people, each one of them artistic, athletic and a joy to watch. But Candace is my friend. I know her heart. She has given this competition her all. Dancing With the Stars is one part dance scores and one part applause by phone. Will you join me in celebrating Candace’s hard work with your votes this Monday night.

Candace Cameron Bure & me - It had been a very long day and she was beautiful as ever.

Candace Cameron Bure & me – It had been a very long day on Dancing With the Stars and she was beautiful as ever.

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18 Comments

  1. Patricia Hall August 18, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    My mom just met Jesus August first, and it’s all so fresh and open. Why, for heavens sake does it feel better to cry, Angela? Your writing “Life lessons from mama” was very sweet and meaningful for me. And it made me cry. I feel better.
    Patricia Hall, a new friend

  2. kimmy michele August 9, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I read this story awhile back and had to come back to it, as Angela is so encouraging! and funny and I can laugh and cry in the same prayer..as a single divorced mama of 3 I am walking the journey no one wants to be on, and every day the Lord is showing up ..I was blessed to find your books a few years ago when we moved to NC and they have been a road map, pointing Jesus Himself and to a brighter day, no matter what it looks like now. Bless you and your heart for women everywhere.

  3. Sherry June 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Absolutely – I would love for her to step out to the women of today and be our National Ambassador for Jesus Christ. This is her and your time to shine in a dark world…especially since she made a name for herself in DWTS…increase your stance at this time- please. Love The Lord out loud and share your darling self. (My 3 girls and I grew up on your show). You have got attention – now share the Love of Christ

  4. Joy Pedrow June 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Hi! I love this. Thank you for going on DWTS and shining a light for Jesus. I’m also so proud of Candace. I wrote a blog post about a comment that Candace made during your interview. How she performs for an audience of one. That line really hit home for me.

    Here is a link to the post: Thanks again for being you!

    http://joypedrow.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/approval-addiction/

  5. Kelly May 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    This is so wonderful!! I just finished your “Stronger” study and it’s so crazy to see you (whom I feel like I “know”, just a little, from the teaching videos) on my favorite show!!! I am ever so thankful for the way that you and Candace both point people to the One who makes all of this amazing stuff happen!

  6. Melody Christensen May 19, 2014 at 2:59 am - Reply

    The interview was so beautiful and relaxed. I pray that it resonates with all who saw it! I just love your heart for the Lord and for blessing others!

  7. […] Candace had with Angela Thomas (Angela’s thoughts on taping the segment can be found here) who is a Bible teacher and author. I was thrilled when I heard them discussing the joy that is […]

  8. Jennie Lathrop May 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Angela, I have done a few of your Bible studies and even had the chance to briefly meet you when you spoke at First Baptist Church in Edmond, OK a few years ago. I love your heart, your love for God, and your humor. I am a fanatic fan of DWTS and I have SO loved watching Candace as she has improved dramatically as a dancer, learned to have fun in the process, AND, most importantly, the way she has honored God with her words, her choices in costume and dance moves, and her attitude. It as fun to see your interview with her last week and to know that she has wonderful people like you pulling for her!

  9. Leigh May 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Praise the Lord…..I have watched every season and that night was the best of them all…thanks to both of you for bringing glory to our Lord!!!!!!!

  10. Julie Klingforth May 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Amazing! I’m blessed to read this and to hear the interview… bravo to the station for uncommon courage in broadcasting.

  11. Nancy Hendrix May 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    to influence: the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc of others.

    Angela, if you are not an influencer I don’t know who is… I half expected to see your face along side this definition! 🙂 I am on week 18 of leading an online Facebook study of young moms in “Choosing Joy” and as is often the case when I am obedient to His nudges, when I agreed to lead this group it was because I thought that I could be an encouragement to others, however it was God’s way of getting to me and showing me the immense lack of daily joy in my own life! You and your devotional have completely changed how I embrace each day… You are a gift to more than you will ever know! What a beautiful example you both were on DWTS this week of what strong, grace filled women of God look like, touching one heart at a time!

    We should all be so lucky to have someone to walk toward God with!

  12. Kim Lopez May 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful watching God use you both to bring glory to His name!! Xoxo

  13. Susan Stilwell May 18, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

    You’re the best, Angela. I can’t think of a better person for Candace to have invited.

    Walking toward Him with you both!

  14. Cyndi Johnson May 18, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    You have no idea how anointed you are do you? If I could chose an “icon” to spend the day with it would be you! You walk so humbly and sweetly with Jesus and your desire for others to know him is deep. Those two traits come across as you speak. And the fact that you are in love with Jesus!

    I was so excited to see you were going to be on DWTS! It is so refreshing to have you and Candice there! God bless you and may HE get legions of glory for this!

  15. Lisa Herbstreit May 18, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Wiping tears from my eyes, I wanted to share how blessed I was to see you as Candace’s icon…her journey has glorified God right through to the finale. As a godly woman-dancing enthusiast-fellow exhorter of God’s great love for us, my soul sings tears of joy that indeed DWTS producers led with the God story…that had not registered with me even though I have been rooting for Candance all season. Appreciate you humble heart…makes you a formidable American icon, Angela Thomas!

  16. Becky Kaisler May 18, 2014 at 7:49 am - Reply

    When we do what we do to serve our Lord as our #1 priority, we always win, no matter what the score is

  17. Joy Pedrow May 18, 2014 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I am so thankful you went on the show! I’m so proud of Candace and how she has been glorifying God in everything she does on the show. I wrote a blog post about how she mentioned that she dances for an audience of one. My favorite quote of the night. Here it is if you want to read it 🙂
    http://joypedrow.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/approval-addiction/

  18. Denise Griffin May 18, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    You know what I think? When I think of Angela Thomas I think “God, please use me and the brokeness of my marriage like you’ve used Angela Thomas!” So, you may not be be Oprah, or Miss Angelou and that’s more than ok with me because you are a daughter of the KING! Xoxoxoxo (PS-Scott is a wise man. Hoping my “Scott” comes along some day)

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