Yesterday when I heard that 55-year-old fashion designer and creative, Kate Spade, committed suicide, my heart broke. Sadly, there are 123 suicides that take place each day and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. My heart broke for many reasons, but mainly because here is a highly successful woman with an amazing career and from the outside looking in, she has it all. But, the truth is something on the inside was terribly wrong. Unfortunately, the grave has robbed many unfulfilled dreams and hopes. I've been thinking about how important it is for us to be [...]
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Can you believe we are just days away from the halfway mark for 2018? Time is flying! In the beginning of this year, I released a blog post talking about dreaming big and how big vision requires big change in our lives. I always like to take a pause in the middle of the year to evaluate how I'm tracking against the goals I set for myself and recalibrate. I encourage you to take some time to do a mini-self evaluation and make some changes as needed to get your life back on track. Or, if you have been moving forward, take some time [...]
When I was 22 years old, the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night and spoke to my heart, "Ashley, what are you doing? You have a high calling over your life." In that moment, I had no clue what God was talking about, nor was I in a right relationship with Him. But, His words stuck with me and slowly I started discovering who He was. Back then, I was really hurting and couldn't imagine life without the pain. Years later, I see God's beautiful purposes unfolding and His goodness penetrates every area of my life. I think [...]
As we approach Easter Sunday, I thought I would share with you what Easter means to me and how it has impacted my life. Of course, I could tell you how I love the pastel colors showing up in all of my favorite boutiques or that I am ecstatic about the glimpses of warmer weather. But more than any of these reasons, I love Easter because I am reminded of how the resurrection of Jesus has completely taken over my life and the gospel has become real to me. The gospel of Easter means that my past does not define my [...]
I'm sure you all have a few friends in your life that constantly make bad relationship decisions. They go from bad relationship to bad relationship over and over again. I used to be that girl. Looking back, I can see the hand of God delivering me from those relationships and I realized that the rejection was actually God's protection because He had another plan for my life all along. He may have delivered me from every bad relationship, but how come I went back time and time again? The reason was that I was addicted to the unhealthy pattern and destructive cycle. The truth is [...]
How many of you know that when you surrender your life to Jesus, he will begin the transformation process? Maybe that's why many Christians choose not to surrender, because it reveals the messy, broken, "not so pretty" areas of our lives. Who actually likes to be exposed? But, choosing to be fully surrendered is where you will find the benefits of a relationships with Jesus. His sole goal is to make you more like Him and that includes perfect, total freedom. I was wrestling with God the other week and heard him tell me, "Ashley, you're struggling to find freedom because you're focusing on behavior modification." [...]
I was reading a business blog the other day and came across a quote that struck my attention --- "Too often You are afraid to do something big because that requires a change. And, in some cases, it requires BIG change. But what do you have to lose?" BIG vision requires BIG change. For most of us, the dream itself isn't actually scary, it's the change required that is. The issue is not a lack of vision or another brilliant idea -- most of us have the vision written deep in our hearts, but we pull back at the thought of what it might require [...]
Guess what? Today marks 1 year since launching the Purposeful Project & it's Valentine's Day! I hope you've been inspired to live the abundant life Jesus promises in Scripture, all things purposeful. I'm excited to roll out some new material this Spring so stay tuned! I want to share with you something God revealed to me last week --- the danger in comparing and the power of a grateful heart. Last Saturday, I had a great day. My family was in town. The sun was shining and we took a duffy out in Newport that afternoon. It was a perfect day, but something deep within [...]
"He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” [Revelation 21:5] Our God is a God of new things and new beginnings. His end plan is to make everything new not leaving a single thing untouched. He will one day make the heavens and earth new, but until then, He desires to make things new in our lives --- if we'd only let Him. I don't know about you, but I love when I have the opportunity to start over and have a fresh start. There [...]
"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." [John 16:24] Last Friday night, I went to our women's group at church and many of the women were asked to share their one Christmas wish this year and why. Their responses were powerful, and the one common factor between all of their answers was that they were wishing and praying for something that money couldn't buy. They weren't asking for new shoes and handbags, they were asking God for miracles and for God to do the supernatural in their [...]