Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday...

He died for me.

Sometimes it's hard for me to fathom this. Why would Jesus, God's son, die for someone like me?
But God shows me. Daily. It's all worth it. 

So on this Good Friday...I pray that everyone sees how much God loves them...

That He sent his Son...His die for us.  And all of the sin in our lives. 
And it's so worth it.

    And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:50-54

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So hard...

Sometimes you forget how hard things can be.

I am an optimist, but I also am a worrier. Not the best combination.
I can take things that don't even really need to be worried about, and start worrying about them!
It's so easy to try and not let go...and to think we can fix whatever is going on.

But then, God reminds us, that He's got it. And he's in charge.
I think he sometimes has to beat me over the head with this. I don't always remember.
He could do it daily.

I have to repeat to myself this verse...often.
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Phil 4:8

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Miles and Years...

So, I started reading Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (I like to invert the words and someone thinks I am crazy), and I absolutely love it!
I love the way that he makes me remember, that God's been up there, writing our stories, preparing us for what is ahead.  I love thinking about what he has written next for me, and the exciting things I know he has written down.  And I want to make my story exciting. I don't want it to be me, sitting around, being boring. I want to be up, active, doing something that will bring Him joy and help those around me.  
So many thoughts pop into my head of what God has in store for me...and I am excited for the next chapters...

Oh Donald Miller. You have a way with the words.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Few Favorites...

So, this being here for the week wasn't what I had initially planned...but I will take it. And run with it!
I honestly can't believe that the week is pretty much over.  Wow!  But, I have done a few of my favorite things this I can't complain.

I have gotten to spend some great time in quiet time with God.  Getting up at 5:30, it doesn't always lend itself to a super awake, super functioning quiet time.  I have got to work on that!  Anyway, this week...I have gotten to spend some time reading, writing, and just praying more, and that's been a pretty great feeling.  If only I had a porch swing to do all this on!

Yesterday, I got to take maternity shots of a couple of my close friends.  They are due in May, and so it was just fun to get out in the beautiful morning sunshine and just shoot.  We had a great time, and we got some great shots.  At least I hope that we did! :)  I forget how much I love to take pictures, until I really get a chance to spend time doing that, editing, and just seeing what moments were captured.

I have gotten a chance to spend some time with some of my kids from downtown.  That has been a definite 'thank you God' moment!  We took a few of them to the park the other day...and what a great time we had!  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, soccer ball, bubbles, football, and kites...these were just a few of the things that we used to make our day pretty complete.

My lovely boyfriend and I have also gotten to spend some great times together this week.  That has been a blessing as well.  He's pretty without getting all 'girly', I have enjoyed all of our time together!! :)

So, while Spring Break may have not been what I thought it would be, it did let me enjoy some time with some of my favorite things!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I got this...

Sometimes, I don't listen.  I know, I know, a lot of times...we don't like to listen.
But then, I notice, that when I don't listen, it's because I don't want to hear what someone is telling me.
Or because, I think I have got this on my own.
That seems to be my biggest problem. I think it's a problem for a lot of people.
Why should I listen to (enter name here), I have got this!  I don't need their help!
And I say this with certainty, because, I say it often to myself.

And then God breaks me.

A few weeks ago, there was a lot on my plate.  I had feelings that I hadn't felt before because of a boy, I was busy with the yearbook at work, we had a big accreditation visit coming up that I had to be interviewed for, and I was just tired.  Throughout the week, I kept feeling these emotions bubbling inside of me, and I just pushed them down and said I was fine.  But I wasn't.
I was anxious.
I was nervous.
I was worried.
I was scared.

And then, I spent a weekend with some high school kids. And with God. And that's what I needed.
God broke me. He reminded me through His word, His songs, and just His love, that "Hey Ashley, I've got this".  And he reminded me of that all weekend long.  And then the next week. And the week after. And so on.  God continues to remind me that "He's got this" and I just need to lean back, relax, and enjoy the life that He has blessed me with.  Yes, there have been hiccups along the way, but why wouldn't there be? Life isn't easy...but with Him, He makes it pretty bearable.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekends, I prefer the weekends...

So this sinus infection has just been so much fun (sarcasm inserted here), but I have gotten a chance to do some things that I haven't had time, or made time to do this weekend.
I got to pick up 2 of my favorite boys from downtown, and we went to a local yogurt shop and hung out. My boyfriend brought his 'little brother', and the three boys and the two of us ate yogurt, went to the park, and just played.  Of course, I wasn't allowed to play basketball (there are only 2 on a team just stand over there and watch), but I of course was the 'prisoner' and had to be saved when they played on the playground.  Oh, the joys of being a girl. :)
And of course...a group of us got together to watch the UK game.  And even through the CATS cheers that one of my friends led a few times (even on the front porch!), we didn't win. But the company was great! :)
I also got to spend some time with someone who is quickly becoming one of my favorites...okay, he is one. :) And we had a great time, just hanging out this weekend.  I have been all 'sicky' pants this week, so to get outside and enjoy some time (amid my coughs and nose blowing), was a lot of fun.
Although part of my heart wishes I was in Haiti with my loves and my friends, the other part of my heart is full and happy from the time I got to spend with some great ones this weekend.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Things Aren't As They Seem...

Sometimes things aren't as they seem they should be.
Today, I should be at the airport, getting ready to board the plane to my beloved Haiti.
But here I sit, on my couch, surrounded by medicine and Kleenex.

Of course, I am the one who gets a bad sinus infection with some ear pain, and was told it would be better not to fly with all of this. And a fever to boot?? Of course! Sounds like a fun time to me.  Who wouldn't want to be sitting at home in cold KY rather than in Haiti seeing my kids and friends?

But, I have peace.
I know that God has a reason for this...even if its just to take some time to rest.
Thank goodness I can go and visit Haiti anytime. :)