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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Make a Wish


Here I am again bringing you another birthday card. (Faithfully as usual :P)

I've been thinking about age a lot recently.

I'm 19 and will be turning 20 in December. So, I only have about 8 months left of being a teenager.

And I have mixed feelings about that. It's cool to be turning 20 and all but it's also kind of scary too. Like, where did all those years go? Am I really ready to be that old?

Most people guess me for younger. You see, I'm pretty small for my age and people often guess me around 4 or 5 years younger than I actually am.

And often times I find myself feeling like I'm younger as well. Most of my friends are younger than me and people just assume that I'm younger than I actually am.

And I've gotten used to it.

I'm not so sure that's a good thing though.

It's making me think of myself as younger, making me act younger.

It's making me lower my performance since the expectation is no longer as high.

So that's why I've been reminding myself that I am older. Not because I want to rush through life or because I'm trying to elevate myself to something I'm not.

Because if I want people to treat me like an adult, I've got to start acting like one.

That's why it's good to be in certain environments where the people look at me as an adult and expect me to act like one. It suddenly makes it easier to rise to the call.

But when I'm in environments where people just look at me like a kid, it's easier to just act like a kid.

So there's my post about adulting. :P
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Cor. 13:11 KJV)
<3 ashley

Monday, April 17, 2017

birthday girl


So, today I'm gonna share a little book spotlight with you all about a book that I am really really excited about. I'm calling it the book of the month (although it will probably be the book of the year for me :P).

Sidenote: I took this picture!
The book I'll be talking about today is called This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe. Here's from the back of the book:

My name is Jaquelle, and I'm a teenager.

I like football movies, sushi, and dark chocolate. But the biggest, most crucial, most significant thing about me is that my life's task is to follow Jesus. He is the One who changed my life.

That's what this book is about.

It's for teenagers eager to reject the status quo and low standards our culture sets for us. It's for those of us who don't want to spend the adolescent years slacking off, but rather standing out and digging deep into what Jesus says about following Him. This book will help you see how the truth about God changes everything - our relationships, our time, our sin, our habits, and more - freeing us to live joyful, obedient, and Christ-exalting lives, even while we're young.

Let me go ahead and tell you a little about the author.

Jaquelle Crowe is a young writer from Eastern Canada. She's a graduate of Thomas Edison State University and editor in chief of TheRebelution.com. This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years is her first book, which she wrote when she was eighteen. She's passionate about writing and speaking to her peers about redeeming their youth for the glory of God.

This Changes Everything just came out at the beginning of this month and the publishing company has already had to order a second printing!

If you'd like to order the book you can go here.

I've read the first two chapters of it and it's been fantastic so far!

So, how did you like this spotlight? Think I should do them more often?

<3 ashley

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Congrats


Already a congrats card?! I know, I know it's a little early but we had a graduation in March this year so that's why it's so early. :P Plus I'm getting ready early this year. So be prepared for the onslaught of graduation cards again this year. Although I don't think we have as much graduations this year as we did last year.

Well, today I wanted to show you all this video. Hopefully it will lighten your day a little bit. :)


Although it's funny, this is unfortunately the way most people look for a church. They want a church where their needs are going to be met. And there's not necessarily anything wrong with that.

But that shouldn't be a priority. When looking for a church body, you should be looking for a place you can serve. A place you can be an encouragement and get encouraged.

Your church body should be like family to you. Because they are.

Church Hunters actually put out their second episode in this installment and that one was pretty funny too if you'd like to watch it.

Well, hope you enjoyed that and I'll be seeing you all next time!

<3 ashley

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hope


Hey friends!

Can you believe it's April already?! Well, I thought I would share one post that I really liked from last month from one of my favorite people. :P

From Amanda @ Scattered Journal Pages
my story isn't over yet

I'll probably do my own post about the semicolon topic one day just because I so so love the idea of it. I first saw the idea on Pinterest about a year ago and it's kinda been a blog topic in the back of my mind for a while now. And since Amanda did one about it, it's brought the idea back to the front of my mind.

So, hopefully sometime in the neat future I'll actually get down to doing it! :P

Well, that's all I have for today. Did you all have a good March?

<3 ashley

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Flower Thanks


Welcome back, readers! We're on the last part of this little series about salvation - I hope you all have enjoyed it so far; I know I certainly have.

We've talked about the first two step to salvation: 1) understanding the gospel and 2) believing. Today we're going to talk about the third step: confessing.

In the verse we read last time (Romans 10:9) we learned how we need belief in order to be saved. But also in that verse it talks about confessing:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
In order to get saved, we've got to realize that we're wrong about certain things. We've got to come to the point where we no longer think that we know what is best for ourselves. We've got to let what God says be the indicator of truth, not what we feel.

We have to come to the understanding that we are sinners and that we can never do anything to earn the right to go to heaven one day.

So, after we believe, we confess. We confess that Jesus is Lord!

Let's remember that we have to have all three steps in order to get saved. We can't believe in the gospel if we don't understand it. We can't get saved if we don't believe what we're hearing. And we can't just confess our sins and think we're good.

Well, this has been a fun little series, don't you think? Right now on my other blog I'm doing a series about dealing with certain issues; you can check it out here.

See you all next time!

<3 ashley

Friday, March 24, 2017

Purple Butterflies


Hello friends,

Well, it's a new week and a great time to talk more about salvation!

Last week we talked about the first step to salvation: understanding the gospel.

This week we're going to dive into the second step: believing.

In Romans 10:9 it says:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead; thou shalt be saved." (KJV)
 So, after understanding the gospel, you've got to believe it! More specifically from the verse it says to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. This is important because there's plenty of people who believe that Jesus lived. But to believe that He really did rise from the grave would require faith - and without faith it's impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

And something else I wanted to mention here; it says to "believe in thine heart". Salvation is a heart decision, not a head decision. I'm not saying the head isn't involved or that we just have blind faith (because we certainly don't!). I'm saying that just having knowledge about God doesn't guarantee salvation. You've got to let the gospel transform you! (From the inside, out!)

Disclaimer: I'm not promoting Lordship salvation which says that there's no way you can be saved if you're not living a godly lifestyle or if you don't have God first in your life. We all mess up sometimes in this thing called life. There's definitely no way you can lose your salvation based on whether you're living a godly life or not. Once you're in, you're in for good!

So, belief is the second step. There's one more step that I can see from the above verse that we'll get to talk about next time! Stay tuned...

<3 ashley

P.S. this is completely unrelated but I thought I'd share this with you because it's kinda cool. This week is World Doula Week! And since I've recently become a doula it seems fitting that I would mention it :) #worlddoulaweek #doulasbenefiteveryone

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Lord Bless Thee


I was thinking that this could be used as a thank you card. And I used the new Creative Cards Cricut cartridge to make this one. :P Also, I got my new laptop! So, posts should be more regular now. :D

I've been thinking about salvation recently; as in how do people get saved? I know we've all heard "pray to accept Jesus into your heart" or "ask forgiveness for your sins" but these are incomplete, if not completely wrong, ways to explain salvation.

In order for someone to be truly saved; they must understand the gospel. Which can be found in 1 Corinthians 15 where it says:
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain." (vv. 1-2 KJV)
So, it looks like you can't be saved if you don't know the gospel. The next verses tell what the gospel is:
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." (vv. 3-4 KJV)
 This is the first step to getting saved: understanding the gospel.

Next post we'll talk about the second step to getting saved... so, until next time. ;)

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Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings into the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called tree of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

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