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Hey there, world changer!
Isn’t it amazing that we are not just ending another year, but an entire decade?! I couldn’t help but write down some of the decade’s biggest milestones and all of the big things that have happened in my life over the last 10 years.
As I wrote down everything that happened, there was one year in particular that stood out to me. It was one heck of a year, a year where I experienced so many answered prayers it was truly miraculous. It was like in that one year, my whole life came together in the best way possible. I had to stop and think about what the key ingredient was…and, without a doubt, the key ingredient was sacrifice. It was the year that I let go of everything — my fashion career to pursue ministry, my car, my comfortable living situation, a church community I loved, and my vision for what my future should look like — all because I was convinced God was calling me to let go of everything to make space for the new.
The world feeds off of this idea that we go from success to success in life, but can I tell you that real success is built on sacrifice. Matthew 10:39 says, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” The truth is that when you sacrifice and lay things down, you find everything you were ever looking for. When we try to control our lives and make it happen on our own, it never works.
As we approach not only a new year in 2020, but a new DECADE, what do you need to sacrifice or lay down? Maybe there are relationships you need to sever or old ways of thinking or baggage from the past that need to go. Whatever it is, there is something much better on the other side of your sacrifice.
Someone once told me, “Ashley, you are so much stronger than you think! And, you are more than capable.” I’m here to tell you the same thing. You are so much stronger than you think and you are capable of making the hard calls in your life so that you can walk in the incredible, abundant life Jesus is calling you to. My prayer for you in this decade is that you would live, really live, like you’ve never lived before.
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