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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

New Supplies!

I got some new paper, stickers, and Cricut cartridges so I thought I'd share them with you.

I think that I'm ready for graduation season now... ;) ^^^^

These two cartridges have been pretty fun to use. The Creative Cards one has a lot of good ideas for cards so that's been really helpful for me. It's been pretty fun to test the cards out and see how they look. We'll get to see some of them in future posts. :D

On a separate note; I did survive my doula class! I still have some steps that I have to take in order to get certified, but it shouldn't take me too long to complete them all.

And for those of you who are wondering; no I haven't gotten a new laptop yet :/ BUT I'm hoping to order one off Amazon sometime next week. Because in order to finish my doula course I kinda need a laptop...

Anywho, it's been a busy week over here so sorry I haven't posted before now. What has your week looked like?

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Orange Happy Birthday

Hello friends,

March is here already (what?) and I'm sorry I haven't posted in like 2 weeks. I have a good excuse though, I promise. You see my laptop kinda broke... as in it's not working anymore. But I think I got a good life from it; I've had it for 4 years so that's pretty good. That being said, posts may be more infrequent until I can get a new one. (Cause sharing just doesn't work out very well... :P)

Well, I had two posts from last month that I thought were really good and I wanted to share them with you:

From the Rebelution:
The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done is Suffer Faithfully

From my friend Amanda @ Scattered Journal Pages:
Telling my Story: On Inadequacy, Shame, and Overwhelming Grace

Also I have some exiting news that I'd like to share with you all! Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be doing my doula workshop so that I can get certified to be a birth doula! This is really a big step for me so I'd be really appreciative if you all prayed for me. Hopefully I'll be able to do a post about it after it's over and let you all know how it went.

Well, happy March everyone! How was your February?

<3 ashley="" p="">

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brown Thank You

yo peeps,

I'm here again bringing you yet another thank you card. :P Thank you cards go so fast. I don't think I have any right now... (aka I should probably make some more).

Anywho, I wanted to share a little something that I've been thinking about recently.

In the Christian realm it seems quite common for us single girls (and guys too) to put together a list of some of the things we're looking for in a future spouse. It's basically our way of fantasizing about what our partner will be like.

Handsome/Beautiful? Check.
Committed? Check.
Honest? Check.
Godly? Without a doubt.

But as I've been thinking about this recently, I don't think it's very healthy. I mean there's nothing wrong with wanting our future spouse to be any of those things (Some of them are really good!) but I think that sometimes we can get a little over-obsessed with it.

Do we really need to have a written list of all the things we want our spouse to be? Probably not. Should we be concerned with who we consider marrying? Absolutely! But something that us single people have to remember is that our future spouse is going to be human too. And they're going to mess up sometimes, just like we will. (Shocker, right?)

The main thing I don't like about these "future spouse lists" as we'll call them, is that they set unreal expectations. It's almost like "well, if you're not all of these things then I'm not going to love you".

Girls, you're never going to find the perfect guy. And guys, it's the same for you. There's no perfect person out there.

Now, I'm not advocating that you just go and marry whomever. Marriage is something you should think long and hard about before diving in.

But don't get too focused on the other person. Instead examine yourself and enjoy this season of singleness without being obsessed with finding the right person.

<3 ashley="" p="">

Friday, February 17, 2017

Purple Happy Birthday

I haven't done a book review on here in a while so I thought it was time for one.

Last month I read the book Girl Defined by Bethany Baird and Kristen Clarke for the first time. I've read their blog now for quite a while but hadn't picked up the book yet. But once I read it, I really enjoyed it!

One of the main themes of the book was identity, which I really liked. Identity is something that I struggle with and this was a good book for me to read about it.

It also had a lot to do with the counterfeit women-hood of the world and tried to steer the readers toward Biblical women-hood.

I liked reading about their personal experiences and how vulnerable they are with their readers. (Vulnerability is big points in my book.)

I guess a good way to explain it would be to say it was very real. Real in how they presented the problem but also real with how they solved it.

It's definitely something I would recommend to teen girls who have open hearts to hear their message.

Also, did you know they're coming out with a second book?! So, this is quite exciting. Obviously it's still in the works so it probably won't be released til next year but it's something to look forward to.

Well, there's a short review for you all today :)

<3 ashley="" p="">
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cover Reveal! (and happy Valentines Day!)

Happy Valentines Day everyone! :P And today I have another cover reveal for you all! It seems to be the season for publishing... :D

My friend Rebekah Eddy is publishing her book The Princess and I and it should be available after March 3.

Okay so I know you all are ready to see what the cover will be...

Yes, isn't it pretty! I love the color scheme...

Here's a quick synopsis if you'd like to learn more about the book:

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm. 

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

About the author:

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating words on paper.

That's all I've got for today! Be sure to check out Rebekah's blog and her book when it comes out!

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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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