Activity: Reading and Watching Sports
Sport: Hockey and Baseball (Chicago Blackhawks and Cubbies all the way!)
Scripture: Ezekial 36:26 - I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Book: Asking me to pick a favorite book, is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child
Place in Delray: The beach!
Quote: “May I never forget, on my best day, the I still need God as desperately as I did on my worst day.”
Fun Stuff About Myself: I love spending time in bookstores, I have an artistic side; I dabble in drawing, but I actually enjoy painting shoes (mostly sports related themes), I love going to sporting events (hockey is my all time favorite), I love music and going to concerts
My Story: I’m Danielle White, I was born and raised in a small town an hour outside of Chicago. I grew up going to a Lutheran church, where my family was involved for many years, up until I was 14 (about 2006). I went through my church’s communion and confirmation classes mostly as a tribute to my grandpa that passed away in 2001, he was a big part of the reason I went to church throughout my childhood. My teenage years were when I felt so far from Christ; My parents separated, and my mom was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I let anger and resentment build up in me that instead of turning to Christ for comfort and guidance, kept me far away from Him.
My family went through some struggles, that caused that same anger to keep growing; It was becoming apparent to those around me that I wasn't this joyful kindhearted girl I had always been. One Sunday in 2013, I found myself at The Chapel, in Grayslake, IL. I left feeling as if the pastor was speaking right to me. I knew I could no longer put blame to the anger I was feeling, but I could turn to Christ for comfort from it.
A year later, I found myself moving to Florida; and my very first Sunday in Florida I was at The Avenue Church. I will say attending church in Illinois was a seed being planted, but it wasn't until I started attending the AC that I really started to understand and grow in my faith and in the word. Fast forward 4 years, I'm still here. I walked into The Avenue Church a very quiet, sad, anxiety ridden girl; I am very happy of the joyful, and a bit less quiet, woman that now walks into church. The anxiety is something that will always be a part of me, but I now have a better way of dealing with it. I thank God and my AC family for being a major part of that transformation. I have gotten to help with greeting, the connection table, city events, groups and studies, Ave Kids, baptized, and even gone on mission trips; all things I would have never thought I would ever be a part of.
I am so very grateful and happy to be working for The Avenue Church, and can't wait to see God's further plans.