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Author Angela Thomas delivers convocation message

April 11, 2011 : Allison Cundiff/Liberty University News Service

Bestselling author and speaker Angela Thomas shared with students how God can use “broken” people during Liberty University’s convocation on Monday.

Thomas reaches more than 70,000 people each year as she travels the country speaking at conferences and workshops, including the Extraordinary Women’s Conference. She has written several bestselling books, including “Do You Know Who I Am?”, “Do You Think I’m Beautiful?” and “My Single Mom Life.” She has also written and filmed video studies for LifeWay, including “Brave” and “When Wallflowers Dance.”

During her message, Thomas read the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar from Genesis 16, in which she said God makes it very clear He cares about abused women, unborn children and single mothers.

“God comes to the broken, He comes to the abused, He comes to the wounded … and I want you to know what God does with broken people -- He rescues them,” she said.

She encouraged students who were feeling broken, discouraged or lost as the end of the semester approaches to seek comfort from God and trust in Him. She said she was privileged to be able to stand in front of them as a real-life example of how God is able to use broken people.

Thomas shared her experience of divorce, after 14 years of marriage, and the struggles she faced raising four children.

“You see, what I’ve come to understand about the Lord is that when you follow hard after Him, no matter what this world brings to you … He comes to rescue. If you will just put your broken heart into His, the Lord is still on the throne and He is still able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask, imagine or hope,” she said.

Thomas last spoke at convocation in 2008, and said she was excited to be back on campus.

“I almost cry when I drive on the campus, truly, because there’s such a powerful God-work going on here,” she said after convocation. “It’s unlike anywhere else in the world. It just takes my breath away. Even as I was sitting preparing to speak I leaned over to [campus pastor] Johnnie Moore and I said, ‘Can you believe what you get to do? Where you get to be?’ This is phenomenal.”