🌿We heard a message today on closing one door and stepping into the next. Such a timely word, but one that honestly broke me just a little.
Idk about any of y’all, but change is not something that I like. I get used to something and I like for it to be THAT way.
This past year of my life has been a year of change. A year of “new” and super uncomfortable for me... When there’s change, you have to learn new patterns, new ways... which is sooooo hard for me.... but it’s inevitable and times are forever changing for good and for even for bad sometimes.
There have been friendships that have changed, there’s been the big change of me not being leading worship every week.... (so weird for me) Changes in mine and Jds relationships, changes in my kids, as they grow up and they become more independent. So.many. more.
Even changes internally as I discover the real Ashley, who I tried to bury for so long.
It hurts. pruning hurts... letting things and people go. hurts... knowing stuff just can’t be the same... hurts.. The definition of pruning is:
trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.
Ouch.... Cutting away the dead.... (we have to take off the grave clothes)
BUT the good side of that IS .... it increases fruitfulness and growth... Letting go is tough, I’m living it. I feel it... but we have the hope that growth is just on the other side... sometimes we’re called to let go of things that aren’t even necessarily bad or going wrong, but you know what God is calling you to.
As we let go, and close the doors behind us, close the chapter, we can NOW fully walk through the next door and be able to freely move forward into what God has as our next. •I’m ready for deeper
I’m ready for furious flood
I’m ready for glory
I’m ready for kingdom come•
•Your breathing new life
Into dry bones
I hear the echo
The sound of heaven song
Your spirits calling me
I know it’s time to go
I can’t stay here anymore•
We took our first loss today. It was a brutal game, but the Bengals can improve from this. Still at the top of the north as a 2-1 team. We'll most likely bounce back against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bengals will study this, and move on forward. Sad we didn't stay undefeated but this season is looking good for us.
Who Dey! Seize the dey! We'll bounce back. Congrats to the Panthers for beating an undefeated team.
I feel the heat of the sun
and hear the wind in the pines
as the water begins to boil ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I see the constantly moving sky
and our spiraling galaxy
in the spinning of steeping leaves ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I watch the energy of our souls
and the essence of life itself
in the rising steam on my bowl ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And I know for a fact
with the very first sip
that right here,
I am free ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m also home from Taiwan, and brought all kinds of magic home with me, so come sit with me and we’ll drink tea and watch the universe expand around us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So much love for you, my Wild Hearts
This is my second attempt writing this, so let's give it another go.
I've noticed a lot of times when people are afraid to ask for help or reach out then they are down because they don't want to bring them down as well. As I fully understand where they come from and I have been there before, but all these people that we are afraid to bring down with us, want to go through it with us and help bring us up instead of down. These people in our lives are our friends, our family, our partners, sometimes even a stranger. My reminder of this is that I would ask you to imagine if the roles were reversed. If a friend was down and needed me, I would be there in a heartbeat in some way. I feel it is human nature for people to want to help each other, help the tribe they are part of. Lots of them will do all these things without even blinking an eye or having a second thought. I do also understand that sometimes we just want to go through it alone, not because of being afraid of bringing someone else down, but just because it is what is best for us. Between the two though, having people to help and be there brings in whole new perspectives and love that is incredible.
The one thing that we need to do is reach out when we need it. Put our hand out and we will always be suprised at how many hands will reach back. 🤝
PC: One of those people who I can always reach a hand out towards, @savannahscotland ♥️
This is so true. Can relate to this so much it’s not even funny. These past couple of years have taught me a lot. I’ve realised people come in and out of your life all the time and I don’t regret having meet the ones who left but look at it as a lesson learnt. They say they will always be there then leave like nothing ever happened. Long story short we can’t change and make people stay in our lives no matter how much you’d want them to. But it’s the ones who stand and stay with you throughout they’re the ones that got you and they are the ones who you need to appreciate... ❤️#2019comeatme#life#doingme#imcomingback 😌 #thisisme#trueshit#change#movingforward#keepingmyselfhappy
We were just mocking the hot MBA vernacular, "Moving Forward."
It's the new, "I don't give a shit," phrase.
It sounds progressive, yeah.
As progressive as a kick in the kibbles and bits.
CONGTRATULATIONS to my beautiful, intelligent, ride-or-die sister on receiving her Master's degree in Public Administration!!! I can't lie: I teared up even before you walked across the stage because I remember when you doubted if you could do it! Well, today there is no question about that or anything else you put your mind to. I'm very proud of you! #education#TheWiseKids#MovingForward#proudsister
There's a popular saying that used to annoy me: "It's about the journey, not the destination". I was young and it was our high school graduation quote. I was so goal-oriented then. .
Fast forward many years into adulthood and I get what the saying is about and now I absolutely love it! 👌
The journey is the best part. It is where you grow as a person, trudge through struggles, play, laugh, and connect with people 😊 You can race through it or take your time, carving your own experience by your actions.
Even when it comes to health, I tell my clients to appreciate the journey, no matter their goal. This makes for long-term results, more self-love, and an infectious attitude of growing passion and appreciation. If results were handed to them tomorrow it just wouldn't be the same, and everyone's journey is different ❤
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On y est ! Elina-Rose a Passé autant de temps en dehors que dans mon ventre!
Update : Elle fait et maîtrise le quatre pattes, elle se met debout dès qu’elle trouve quelque chose sur lequel s’appuyer. Bref elle est prête à marcher ! Au niveau des dents elle aura bientôt atteint le chiffre six! Pour l’heure, les deux du bas sont là depuis un moment et les quatre du haut sont de sortie mais pas entièrement !
Ensuite niveau poids! Je me suis amusé à la prendre dans mes bras et me peser avec elle! Verdict : 73kg à deux! On fait un kilos de moins qu’en fin de grossesse hahahha! C’est fou ! .