Hello I’m April and welcome to ACOG as we call it or A Cupful Of Grateful.
This section has to be the hardest part of all to write. There is so much to say about this site, how it came to be and the purpose that it serves. Let me tell you a little about myself and ACOG.
I am a proud wife to my husband Michael and this year we celebrate 10 years of marriage. Together we have been blessed with 3 children Eleanor (Ella 7) Michael Jr. (Mikey 5) Johnathan (JJ 28 months) and at the end of June we are expecting the arrival of our 4th, Baby Girl Ward. To say we are grateful for all that God has given us in the past 10 years is an understatement.
My interest in blogging, web design , and the science of social media came about when we married and moved from Florida to my home region of Western New York more or Buffalo. With Michael’s family across the country and so much going on as we stepped into serving in full time ministry. The knowledge of connecting with others using these tools was not for just fun but needed for the growth of what we did.
I am a proud PK. Together with Michael we serve in many ways to our home church New Creation Fellowship. NCFwny was founded by my father Stephen and mom Alice over 35 years ago on the West Side of Buffalo. I watched them together follow the call of God on their lives and as a team take Sunday services that were held in hotel meeting rooms in the early 80’s to now all that NCFwny encompasses. To say that everything we are blessed to have today is truly God’s faithfulness is fact. He took nothing and turned it into so very much. Together with the amazing congregation that has grown sine their start 1981 we are all able to serve and do so much. It is beyond an honor and privilege to have the joy of serving God, the community, my church family and my parents as they continue without stop to build the ministry in greater ways constantly keeping up with the best ways to reach this world.
With a purpose to connect with people and reach those who need to hear of all that God has for them I gladly took on the role of developing the best methods and ways to utilize social media. Ever evolving I am always learning something new. Image creation, SEO, strategic social campaigns ,logo creation and branding, Web design and now development are the things I focus on. My love for it has reached over from ministry and placed me in a position where I have the fun of working with all different types of people for many reasons. I love the constant variety and challenge of being multi faceted in those I serve.
Personally ACOG has a special place and purpose in my life. Yes I am planner fanatic , cosmetic product obsessed, trend watching, style loving, gadget geek and DIY diva. A Cupful Of Grateful is here to connect with viewers on those fun things. The foundation of it all though has always been my faith, and the sharing of all that God has done for me. I am a miracle in motion. Through my posts you will read much of what God has done for me and the struggles I have overcome through his goodness and never failing grace. To share it all here would be hard.
Often people look at me and assume that I have lived a life filled with no hardship or setback. They could not be further from the truth. God has faithfully carried me through the valleys that I should have never come out of. At 19 I ignored the warnings of , well, everyone and married someone I hardly knew who was considerably older than me and from a totally different background than me. Being the sheltered PK that I was for 4 years I learned some hard lessons. I suffered greatly because of my choice. The results were 4 years of mental, and physical abuse that took its toll. I developed many issues to which I was able to overcome but not without suffering. For 7 years following that marriage I fought an addiction to prescription pills. Going through 3 rapid detox procedures as well as other failed methods of rehab. The abuse of those drugs created physical conditions and mental sufferings I should have never had to face. After a purposeful overdose in 2008 that left me in a coma and without vitals for 14 recorded minutes – it was said that I was dead, then most certain to be a vegetable and when I did come through I was guaranteed children would never be.
(Connected you can read my testimony which was featured in Faith For Life Magazine).
You can also follow the link to a feature that I was honored to be a part of through Lauren Gaige the founder of Restored 316 Design . Lauren and her team create amazing themes and products for the ultimate in beautiful web design. My site is a customized version of one of their WordPress themes and I am a proud affiliate for 316. Personally I have grown so much through getting to know them the gratitude I have for them and thankfulness for all they have done and do is HUGE. If you are reading this and beginning a journey in blogging or web design I encourage you to see what they are all about. You will not be disappointed.
So that is far from it, hopefully you will be certain to subscribe to ACOG we do these amazing Gratitude Giftaways ( you can read more about them and enter on the side bars) – as a subscriber you are always in the running for any promotions that we might be gifting ( We giveaway some REALLY cool things too ). Plus as you read through the site , listen to our podcast , or watch the videos, even connect with me on social media I am hopeful that you will learn and discover more about me and the things that I love to share with others.
I end every post, video, pod cast, event, letter with these words KNOW YOU ARE LOVED, and below a link to my favorite scriptures. Why? Well it is simple 1.) I know that sometimes you may just need to hear or read those words to remember that you are in fact loved. It may not seem like it you may feel far from it but know this no matter what God almighty LOVES YOU and has such amazing things a head for you – I say that regardless of what may be going on. God is able to take any situation and flip it around I am living proof of that. 2.) God has for you greater than you can ever hope dream or imagine planned for your life. I know again it may seem hopeless. When you see nothing but impossible as our Bishop says it means one thing you are steps away from your miracle. So keep that in mind.
April Andzel- Ward
Ephesians 3:16-20 ( direct link to what I know is in store as you look unto Jesus)
PS. I Invite you again to click on the image below and read about what God has done for me.
One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new friends. I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me any time! If you are looking to contibute or looking for contribution to your site or feed I would love to help.
You can contact me anytime I am always here for you I encourage you to simply drop me a line or leave a comment. I love to connect with others and I am always here to help with ANYTHING you might need – and we love contributors so shoot us a line and lets collaborate . ACOG has BIG things ahead and we want to work with anyone who is looking to share their message story ,project or journey.