Spreading Joy and Faith: Abbi Neal

By Leslie Moore

Spreading Joy  and Faith: Abbi Neal

If you’ve watched Not the News or Carolina AM on WFXB FoxTV, you’ve seen the bubbly and adorable Abbi Neal, co-host of both shows with Greg Rowles. Behind the scenes, Abbi is just as friendly and fun, and her strong faith inspires her to give back to her community, spreading joy and love to all who know her.

Abbi and her husband Deric have four children, Avery, 9, Gavin, 7, Coltn, 4 and Izabell, 2. Both work full time, demanding jobs that they juggle with the many demands of parenting. Deric and Abbi also manage to make time for a date night at least twice a month. For most people, that would be enough – but not for Abbi.

I asked Abbi about her schedule – I just could not imagine how she found the time to volunteer. “Actually, my work hours are great,” she began. “I drop the kids off at school, head to the gym for my workout and get to work about 8:50 am. After I do my hair and makeup, we work on Not the News and Carolina AM. Afterward, I do any other shoots or commercials that are scheduled and pick up the kids by 2:30 pm.”

What you don’t see in that schedule is that Abbi gets up at 4:30 am every morning to pray and read her Bible. She then writes a faith-based devotion that she sends to 60 people, mostly family and friends, brightening their day with her positive words and loving faith. This kind of schedule leaves her with very little sleep. “I was called to do these devotions for a while, about three months actually, before I started doing them,” Abbi laughed. “None of my kids sleep well, so I’m lucky if I get four hours a night. It’s really by the grace of God that I get it all done. But, I do love coffee!” She is quick to add that her husband is very supportive of her work. “He is my rock. I couldn’t do it without him.”

Abbi gives back to others to spread her joy in her faith and to set an example for her children. “I want them to know that it isn’t always about them – serving others is important.” For the past two years, on Fridays, Abbi goes to Magnolias Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach for visits and crafts with residents. “I love sharing the Gospel and talking with these people. They’ve become like family to us – and that’s important because we don’t have any family here. It’s been an awesome journey.” At least twice a month Abbi takes her children with her – they love spending time with their adopted family. “The residents of Magnolias help me more than I help them. Volunteering has taught me that everyone has an amazing story to tell.”

Before Abbi volunteered at Magnolias, she gave her time to New Directions, then called Street Reach, helping the homeless. “Just because someone is homeless doesn’t mean that they are a drug addict. They might have made just one bad decision. Maybe they just need to be told they are loved and not alone.” Abbi went on to tell me that many stories of redemption came out of the years she volunteered at Street Reach. “People did get back on their feet. There is hope and strength in Christ.”

“The brokenness in people is one of the hardest things to see,” Abbi told me when I asked her if she ever became discouraged. “People are lonely.” Remembering people’s names is one of the things Abbi believes can make a difference. “Names are important, and some people never hear anyone say their name. Just hearing their name makes people feel better about themselves.”

“For me, all of this comes from God. It’s not by my power that everything gets done. I couldn’t do it any other way. It’s so easy for life to become all about us. I want to share the love of God and stay focused on His calling for my life.”

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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One Response to “Spreading Joy and Faith: Abbi Neal”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    What an inspiration Abbi is for so many. This was certainly motivational.

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