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I Am Strong

June 24, 2014

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This past weekend, I attended my church’s annual women’s retreat, and, (wo)man, was it an awesome, transformative experience. With the theme of “Brave: Empowered to Produce,” I truly do feel like I confronted some fears head on and left better equipped to endure this current season. It requires complete trust in God and total surrender of my plans for His will, even more so than I have in the past. This quote accurately encapsulates what I’m feeling at the moment. I may not have it all figured out, but I look forward to looking back at this post as a benchmark reminder of how much I’ve grown.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

DIY Time: (Count Your) Blessings Jar

May 22, 2013

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When I think back on all that God has brought me through and eagerly await all that He is going to do, I can’t help but remember that I’m blessed. Truly blessed. So I thought I’d start my own tradition of writing down all the instances of God’s favor and blessings on my life and stashing them away for safe keeping. On New Year’s Eve, I plan to open them up and count my blessings, if you will. (*Cues Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything”: “Momma always told me, [girl] count yo’ blessins’ (count ’em up!”)*)

This was a simple craft, which I found via a Buzzfeed DIY post. Basically, all I did was write the text on the jar using a dry erase marker first, to get a feel for the spacing and create an error-proof template. I then went over the dry erase marker a few times with a permanent marker. Next, I set my oven to 350 degrees and baked it for 30 minutes. The process permanently etched the words onto the container.

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By the way, I got this jar from The Salvation Army during its 40-percent-off sale. It originally was $5, but I walked out with this nice and sturdy ceramic piece for a measly $2. It had a few nicks, but I think they add character.

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I had some card stock lying around, so I just cut it into eighths and wrote down the myriads ways I’ve been blessed in 2013. I’ll keep adding to the pile a the year progresses. God has been so good!

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Speaking of blessings, this is my 100th post since launching Ashley ♥ Adores in February 2012!! Crazy, huh? To commemorate the occasion, I will be conducting a giveaway. Stay tuned for details, which will be revealed on Friday, May 24. Get excited about life.

Fancy Things Friday

April 12, 2013

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1. I’ve felt this for a while, but Melody Ehsani really knows what she’s doing. Case in point: the Mata Hari collab heart-shaped clutch. (melodyehsani.com)

2. Lately I’ve been focusing on strengthening my prayer life. Thankfully, the ladies over at She Reads Truth are leading an awesome 21-day-long devotional about prayer in the Bible. (shereadstruth.com)

3. I hope peplum never goes out of style. It’s just so perfect for my figure! Check out these flashy, black-and-white Trance Peplum Pants. (nastygal.com)

4. You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, I’m anticipating the rain, and in doing so I thought, “A rain coat would be pretty dope.” Then I found this darling yellow jacket. (etsy.com)

5. The new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, is out in theaters today, and I’m pretty juiced about it. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty good. (Warner Bros.)

God Is in Control

April 2, 2013

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With so much going on in our lives, we may feel like we are stretched at every side trying to make things work, trying to keep it together. All around me life is tough. I have friends losing relatives, from precious little nieces to wise, revered grandmothers. I have friends losing pets to cancer. The writing’s on the wall and someone’s job is on the line. Someone feels the pressure of passing their final semester of college, or writing their graduate school thesis. People find themselves between a rock and a hard place trying to make ends meet.

But the good news is, God is in control. He’s fighting every battle on your behalf. He hears every silent prayer. He’s collecting every tear in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). Right now God is devising a master plan that only he could orchestrate and execute so beautifully that you know that you know that you know that it was Him — and only Him — who came through for you. So to all those who are hurting, grieving, stressing or struggling, rest in the fact that you have a God who will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Oh, how He loves us. Pray hard. Trust. Believe. Keep the faith.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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Happy Lovers’ Day!

February 14, 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day, I’m remembering that God’s love trumps what any man could ever give, and reflecting on the true definition of love. XOXO.

Get Your Mind Right

February 6, 2013

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My thought life is all over the place these days. One second I’m concerned about financial burdens, the next I’m daydreaming about meeting the love of my life. One moment I’m reflecting on the countless blessings God’s bestowed upon me, the next I’m harping on that jerk who cut me off on the way to work. I’m a mess, but I’m only human. And, most importantly, I’m working on it.

I’ve been doing the “Soul Detox” Bible study through the You Version app, as facilitated by the women over at She Reads Truth, and it’s making me aware of all sorts of “toxic” thoughts. Knowing is half the battle, right? In addition to breaking down my mental walls, I’ve been meditating on a few Scriptures pertaining to our thinking:

‣ “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

‣ “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

‣ “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

‣ “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8

‣ “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4,5

I just know that as I begin to shift my thoughts, my world will shift in a more positive direction, as a result.

“Worrying Does Not Empty Tomorrow of Its Troubles.”

January 31, 2013

Worrying

Hi, my name is Ashley, and I’m a worrier.

I’m not proud of that fact. Why is it that when the most miniscule roadblock arises, I can get stressed out and start worrying? I wish I weren’t that way, that I was much stronger. Thankfully though, it doesn’t take long for God’s Word to rise up in me: God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). I mean, we’re talking about a God who can move mountains, birth life into a barren womb, provide harvest in a drought, send down manna from Heaven, make water flow from a rock, and even make a donkey speak. Nothing’s too difficult for Him. If he showed up then, why won’t he show up for me? Duh. I’m beyond grateful that I serve a God who has never let me down. Time and time again He has come through. What a blessing that He lovingly redirects my focus in the midst of a trial and reminds me that He is in control.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

“Take Every Chance, Drop Every Fear.”

January 9, 2013

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God is in control and will catch you when you fall, so you may as well do what this quote says. It reminds me of a line in B. Reith’s song, “Next Move,” that goes “Even if I crash and burn, I’ll wake up tomorrow with a lesson learned.” Or when he says “No excuses, I’m learning how to lose, ’cause that’s the only way to fine tune and make improvements” in “2 Steps Forward.” I’m learning that I’ve spent too much time in the safety of my comfort zone. I’m going into this new year with a fresh perspective and am beginning to see that it’s better to try and fail, than to not try at all. Be encouraged. Whether you’re stepping out on faith expecting a miracle or believing God for the most trivial thing, don’t let anything take your eyes off the prize.