Patience

Do you remember a few months ago when I asked if God ever whispered important truths to you?

I then told you of how the Lord sometimes does this for me… He knows my heart well.

 

Patience is a big thing for me…

I occasionally lack patience with people, in traffic, for food to cook, for my plans to work out, and honestly, sometimes with God.

The other night I was praying for patience… praying for the Lord’s hand in a situation… praying that He would hear me… and praying for Him to work.

Quite frankly, I often pray like God is on my timeline, like He has no idea what is going on in my life, and that I have future vision allowing me to see the best thing for myself. I’m learning day after day that nothing could be farther from the truth.

While praying that night, I heard the Lord say, “Ash, I am patient with you, so be patient on me”,

WOW, that blew my mind.

How many times have I wandered away from the cross or the truth and how many times has the Lord been right there calling my name to come back….

I PRAY that my faith in God would be shown by the amount of patience I have in His way and timing.

 

Patience is something I need to grow in but I am sure thankful I have the best teacher out there.

 

Life through my iphone

Life has been so joyous and refreshing lately… don’t you love seasons like that?

I am thankful for the many doors the Lord is opening, the new friends in my life, and for His constant provision over me.

Navy football game with new friends + a fun time in Knoxville, TN with my great friend Ahna

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A tribute for the women who fought for the right to vote:) + Downtown Knoxville, TN

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New York sunset+ a Syracuse game with my parents (go cuse!)

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My mamma+ and one of my very best friends Shelly, and I taking advantage of a great photo moment:)

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Praising God for the life I am living, the lessons I’m learning, and the great people that make it even more enjoyable.

Something I know

Can I share a little bit of my heart with you?

A little bit of what I am being challenged/reminded of constantly?

It’s something that I know.

But it’s a truth that I should tattoo under my eyelids.

God is FAITHFUL

There is a song that stirs my heart every time I hear it…

It makes me feel an overwhelming sense of love and that my hands cannot reach high enough in praise.

“Standing on this mountaintop. Looking just how far we’ve come. Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground. Seeing just how much You’ve done. Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us.

Scars and struggles on the way. But with joy our hearts can say. Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone. Never once did You leave us on our own. You are faithful, God, You are faithful….”
-Matt Redman
Let me leave you with this.
Our lives don’t always give us what we want. There are longings in my heart that I don’t understand and times I wonder if the Lord really knows them. What about you?
But in all this, I know God’s heart for me. I know His love for me. I know that He knows me (and the craziest thoughts of my heart).
Most importantly, in this moment, I know of His faithfulness in the past. THAT is reason to praise Him!

Life caught on iphone

If you were my camera… you would probably tell me to find my charger so I can stop capturing life through my iphone.

Let’s just say that I have a little problem with misplacing things.

Even though these moments weren’t caught by a fancy camera, I am thankful for them.

They show the place where I met a dear friend before she left for New Zealand +  a family about to run a race for freedom.

The simple pleasure of having your name spelled right on a coffee cup:) + the road traveled many times on
the way to school.

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Shout it

This past Saturday was the annual Run For Their Lives race.

Freedom 4/24 works to end sex slavery, bring awareness to it, and work with the girls impacted. They host this race each year to raise money for the cause. 

I am not a big runner… I don’t necessarily enjoy it and I can always come up with at least one excuse why not to do it.

Regardless of how I felt about running on Saturday, the truth is that there are way too many girls held captive in the sex industry for me not to.

These girls, are told lie after lie, mistreated emotionally and physically, and taken away from the life the Lord has created them for. My heart aches for these girls…

Be thankful for your freedom but NEVER stop fighting for justice.

Run. Walk. Preach. Write. Sing. Inspire. Create.

Do whatever you do with passion and with purpose. Shout it from the rooftops.

Check it out: http://www.freedom424.org/

 

Whisper

Does the Lord ever whisper in your ear?

There have been times that I desperately searched for His voice but didn’t hear it. Or maybe I just didn’t want to hear what He had to say…

But there have also been times when I have been at the end of myself and He has spoken so clear, as if right in front of me.

I cannot tell you how much I cherish these things the Lord has whispered to me.

I want to remember them every day.

A year ago, I was a little broken and to be quite honest, just wanting to be loved (this is so hard for me to admit).

Driving down the road, the Lord took my face (this is the way I picture it) and He said, “Ash, I am jealous for you. I don’t want to share you with anyone else right now.”

How beautiful. I always want to remember that time I had with the Lord. 

I want to remember how He fought for me and loved me with His overwhelming love. 

I can’t wait to tell that story to my husband one day. I want to tell him how the Lord held me so close until only He was ready to let me go and be the one that brought us together.

I want to remember God’s faithfulness and His incredible love and jealously for my heart.

Listen friend.

God is so good. He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

Take me home country roads

I have been meaning to post some of these pictures from the little trip to West Virginia my family took. We go to WV every year for a family reunion but it’s always fun to see my family explore this small country town.

This is the sign for the motel my great-grandparents would stay in whenever they would come to WV. It’s a little run down and not the cleanest but it has become one of our traditions to say here too.

This is not the best of pictures but here we are making the trek over to Dollar Tree. Why drive when the town is less than two miles long? Love this picture of my Mom and Granddaddy.

You can see the pure joy in her face. So happy and having so much fun!My favorite picture in the chain is this one… it’s hilarious to me but I love the faces of my family as they support Sophia on one of her very small adventures.

Here is another one.So thankful for my family and the fun we can have.

Thankful for how we cheer each other on in the big things and the small.

Even if you don’t have a big or even great family in your life… who is your support system? If you have one, be thankful. If you don’t, try to build a group of people you can grow with and care for in the good times and the bad.

It’s so valuable.