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Into Me See Oh God!

As a Christian, sometimes it can be easy to get into an autopilot state when it comes to our relationship with God. We can perform all the “right tasks,” but with a daunting heart disconnection from God. It is possible for us to do “good things” as Christians, but it still be wrong. This happens when our feet become programmed into performing “Christian duties” but our hearts, while carrying out those “Christian duties” are far away from God. If we are not careful, after a while, our relationship with God can become artificial, superficial, and mundane. We foolishly place God as another person on our checklist to spend time with, not realizing the gravity and depth of what it means to really be in connection with the true and living God.

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29 Things I Learned by Age 29

Year 29 has been such a beloved teacher for me. I’m so grateful for every lesson, every joy, every sorrow, every tear, every laugh and every opportunity. God is forever faithful and I am so grateful!

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I am Allowed to be Angry BUT

I remember this exact photo. My emotions are almost palpable as a stare at this photo again. The immense grief that was within me as I stood on these steps could not be put into words. The deep historical and far existing pain for my ancestors flowed through every vein of my body. Immense anger, confusion, despair, and anguish plagued my heart this day. I didn’t crack one smile, I couldn’t. When I witnessed the murder of George Floyd, I remember feeling just like I felt when I first stepped foot on the grounds of Cape Coast Castle. I was ANGRY, confused, and numbed by such a sinful act. I was so angry I couldn’t speak. There were no audible words that could possibly articulate what I felt in the moment. But in the midst of my anger I was met with God’s truth and His love. His truth broke through my heart, like the sunrise bursting through the seams of a new day. Then my tears broke through my eyes and ran down my cheeks like waterfalls. The truth was this…”I am allowed to be angry..BUT..”

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Faith in the Midst of a Pandemic

            How should a Christian respond to this Coronavirus? The answer…. “IN FAITH.” So many people in this world are chasing after things that only God

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3 Reasons Why Every Nurse Should Practice Self Care

Are you a nurse and feeling burned out, tired, and starting to question why you became a nurse? Then this blog is for you. The joy of nursing is first found within yourself and taking care of yourself. Don’t believe me? Then just read and you will see.

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Trust Issues Rehab

I’ve had a couple of relapses since I first entered “Trust Issues Rehab.” But you know the amazing part about this whole journey? God’s faithful love. I just don’t understand why He’s so patient with me. Sometimes I think He’s so crazy for putting up with me. I’m like a stubborn little child, that touches the stove, even after He has told me a thousands times it’s hot and it’s going to hurt me. Lol But He is always there after I touch the stove. He lets me crawl into His lap, weep and wail, and then He cradles me in His arms, and tends to my wounds so gently and tenderly. Then He recites so patiently His Word to me. Then it never fails. His Word covers the wounds of my hurting heart like coconut balm. It purifies, soothes, and heals all at the same time. He literally keeps loving me back to life..EVERY..SINGLE..DAY! I’ve never experienced a love quite like this before. During my rehab journey God has loved me greatly and taught me greatly. Read this blog to find out more.

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Trust Issues

I wrote this blog a long time ago when I was in a really bad space in my life. I’m sharing this now in hopes that it may encourage someone else. Trust is something we all desire to have, but it’s one of the most vulnerable things you can do. My prayer is that your soul may be encouraged as you read this.

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Healthy Whole Healed

Sometimes the depth of our dysfunction and sin can be so great that when healthy/godly relationships or healthy/godly patterns try to enter our lives, we push them away. When we become so comfortable in dysfunction and sin, being ‘healthy” and “whole” becomes very uncomfortable and foreign to us. But who ever said the road to healing, the road to wholeness, the road to healthy, and the road to holiness would be easy? What if the discomfort we are avoiding can be the very path to our redemptive healing?

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Grown Wounded Child

Time does not heal all wounds. Sometimes time further reveals the wounds that haven’t been attended to or dealt with. Wounded children don’t grow up to be adults, they grow up to be still wounded children. No matter how old we get in earthly years, we will never out-grow being a child to God. Our healing is found in our Heavenly Father who created and made us. Don’t believe me? Read more to find out.

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Withdrawing to Your Lonely Place

Feeling burned out? Overwhelmed? Tired? This blog is for you. Withdrawing to your lonely place, is the key to revitalizing your soul and finding strength to make it through yet another day.

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When FAITH and FEELINGS DO NOT Match

Just being candor for a moment… I would consider myself a very emotional person. I’ve always been this way even as a little child. I feel emotions SO deeply. Happiness, sadness, empathy, whatever emotion it is, I’m ALL in. I’m thankful for God’s intricate design of creating me with a sensitive heart to be able to feel, express my feelings, and connect with others, but therein lies one of my greatest challenges. My emotions are the very thing I’ve had to learn to rear and discipline. That my friends is one of the hardest task of my life! I write this blog currently in one of my splew of “emotional battles” wondering, “Ok Lord, what’s going on in my life right now? Things are not making sense and my feelings say one thing, but my faith says another. What am I supposed to do?” Read more to find out the answer to this question.

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Looking into the Mirror

Have you looked into the mirror today? I’m not talking about just any ol’ mirror. I’m referring to the “true mirror.” Apart of growing in this life, is first having the ability, and the humble honesty to truly see ourselves..”the good, the bad, and the ugly.” In this blog, I discuss how we can truly see ourselves if we take the necessary time to look into the “true mirror” of life. Be encouraged!

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Gripped by Grief

Gripped by Grief Grief has a way of seizing your heart like a Sumo wrestler. It pounces on you and sends you falling to the

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The Truth About Family

The Truth About Family I recently went on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for my family’s 26th year reunion. Every two years my extended family

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Reality Check

Reality Check There can STILL be sadness on the mountain top. There can STILL be loneliness with status and popularity. There can STILL be emptiness

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God of Creation

I was reminded of God’s beauty of creation when I visited the radiant country of Ghana. While there, my family and I got a chance

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A LOOK INTO DEATH

It was just a few days into my amazing vacation. I had no idea that something life changing was awaiting me. I couldn’t have seen

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Bloom Gracefully

  “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are

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Limitless

One of the first stops of my vacation was the world renown city of Dubai. I was beyond excited to enter it’s terrains. I was

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When THE FACE Comes Off

There is a saying that is referred to as, “Putting ON FACE.” It’s a new millennial phrase that refers to the ability to pretend or

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Ladies Do Not Settle

No matter what, DO NOT SETTLE. I know, trust me I know, you’re tired. You’re tired of the wait, tired of hurting, tired of seeing

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The Reality of Death

I remember the night before she passed. I just sat in the room with her. I held her hand, caressed her hair, sang to her,

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The Beauty of Healing

The Beauty of Healing 2016 Reflection “Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”-Psalm 30:2 One word that keeps echoing

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Your Season is for a Reason

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”-Proverbs 19:21 To the girl scrolling through her Instagram, Facebook

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Moving to Maturity

  “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking or be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” -1 Cor 14:20 One statement

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Unexpected Grief

­ “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4 I was somewhat hesitant to write this, but the Holy Spirit kept

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Ladies Stop Looking

Writing this blog is very emotional for me. The reason I say this is because, my heart is so heavy for many single women in

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Choosing the Better

This morning I woke up with so much on my mind. My to-do-list started to flood every single one of my thoughts. “Ashley you need

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God is ENOUGH

God is enough. Life with it’s joys and hurts always has a way of reminding me of this simple truth. I know it sounds like

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Beauty In Brokenness

Beauty In Brokenness         “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those

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On Hiatus

  TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS, SUBSCRIBERS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS: It is with a heart full of love, that I inform you all that I will

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Overcoming People Pleasing

Overcoming People Pleasing (Forsaking The Approval of Men) Somehow we have equated seeking to please people with being a good Christian, when in fact true

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God Be My Distraction

Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the

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One Step At A Time

All we have is RIGHT NOW. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. God did not instruct us to live in the past or

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Flashback Friday of F3

Flashback Friday of Fearless Faithful Following (F3)    Wow it’s so crazy how time flies! This was the day that I was in the preparation

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FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a divine act that cannot be performed using worldly thinking. It is the incomprehensible nature of God. Therefore, we must have His mind

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FILL ME UP

FILL ME UP SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS One of the most disheartening states for a child of God is the moment they feel spiritual emptiness. It’s one of those

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FEELING INSECURE

GOD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATION You are God’s precious treasure and He loves you so much! You are one of God’s most beautiful creations. The devil

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Fearful and Faithless

FEARFUL AND FAITHLESS FEARFUL and FAITHLESS… two words that I am oh too familiar with. They used to be words that I kept near and

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU FEED

FEED THE SPIRIT STARVE THE FLESH “The secret to staying alive and experiencing the true essence of life is to feed the Spirit & starve the flesh!

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KEEP IT MOVING

“You’ll come to realize, that everything is not worth your time. Sometimes you have to keep it moving. You can’t let everything stress your mind. You have

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