Monday, January 19, 2009

Deeper....

My one word for this year is Deeper....My desire for this new year is to go deeper in my walk with the Lord. I have been asking the Lord to show me what this looks like for me and to give me wisdom in how to begin this process.  

Crosswinds is beginning to take shape and we are getting closer to the launch date of March 29th.  Reality has begun to set in that we are in new roles and I am no longer just a youth pastor's wife but a lead pastor's wife and I am trying to figure out what that looks like for me.  Praying daily for His wisdom and guidance as I strive to become the woman He would have me be. I am daily praying for more joy, discipline, faith, love, mercy, grace, and patience so that I can be used by Him.  Dying to self....less of me and MORE of Him.
 
I am truly humbled to be on this journey and I am amazed at times that we are here doing this what seems to be such an insurmountable task.  Our desire is to be used by Him.  Simple us...with our faults and weaknesses...for others to see HIM not us...God IS going to do BIG things here in the Leland area.  I am so excited to see what He is going to do in the days ahead. I am continually amazed and SO thankful for the team He has assembled around us to help with launching Crosswinds. I was reading through my journal over the past year and as I saw all the many answers to prayers He reminded me that HE IS GOD and that HE IS AT WORK among us...God is so good!  I needed the reminder to Be STILL and KNOW that HE IS GOD!  He has gone before us and He daily goes before us to accomplish His will.  I pray that I never lose sight of why we are here and that I continually thank Him and praise Him for the MANY blessings and answers to prayers He is giving to us.  This has been a journey filled with ups and downs but one thing is for sure.... God IS who He says He is and HE IS FAITHFUL!  For that I am SO thankful!

Trusting Him,
Ashley

Monday, January 5, 2009

My One Word...

Sunday at Port City Community Church the pastor talked about "my one word" and challenging us to pick a word for the year of 2009 that would describe what we need the Lord to help us on throughout this new year. We have thought ALOT about this idea over the past 24 hours and the Lord is stirring ALOT within us as a family. I am praying for him to reveal to me my one word. (I will blog it when I know for sure what it will be.) There are several that come to my mind and I want the Lord to make it very clear to me what it should be. Check out the website at www.myoneword.org It is a great idea. We as a family are picking our words. Our kids have come up with their word and writing it on cards to post in their rooms to remind them. It has been a great thing for our family.

This new year that lies ahead of us is one that will be filled with lots of adventure for us personally as well as for our new church. God has been drawing me closer to himself and I am excited to see what He is going to do in the days ahead. My one desire is to deepen my knowledge of His Word...to dig in and become more disciplined in my studies. So much lies ahead of us....I desperately NEED Him to direct my every step and give me much wisdom and guidance for the days ahead....

Happy New Year and may your new year be filled with many blessings and challenges to know God more.

Trusting Him,
Ashley

BIG God using little us.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20

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