3/14/2013

New life; New Beginnings

It's been a few weeks since I've last posted. I didn't plan on taking that break, though I realize how much I needed it. 

When we were last here, I told you about my doctor's appointment and the diagnosis that did not surprise me, but I didn't want to hear. The outpouring of support following that post was beyond my expectations. So, thank you all for your supportive and encouraging words.



Like these chicks that have hatched outside my front door, I feel like I have been given new life. For the first time I feel like I can see clearly, and breathe freely. I don't feel blanketed by my own lies or desire to hide. And this is just the beginning. 




Chickies need their food and my new life, still in it's infancy, is no different. 

Enter God. 

I think we've discussed before that I have always believe, but my walk with Jesus has been staggering. Shortly after leaving my doctor's appointment, I prayed to God. A real rarity in my life, because .. well, I just never knew how. But I did, alone, in my car. Just me asking for a little bit of help. 

And being that Prayer is such a rarity in my life, I wasn't all too certain that it would be heard. But I had no where else to go and it was worth a shot. 

There was no rolling thunder. No instant flashing of lighting or horrendous rains falling from the heavens. No rainbows or butterflies subtly landing on my hand. There was no immediate sign. Nothing.   

And then that week a friend of mine from Church asked us to join her community group. We recently became members of our church and since this whole church thing was fairly new to us, we had yet to be plugged into a community group - something I had been wanting to do. Perfect. 
I had no idea how truly perfect it was. 

My friend dropped of the workbook for the bible study they were doing and when I opened it later that night I was almost in shock. I flipped through the pages and was near tears.

God really heard me. 
And he really answered.

The bible study our community group was starting was "The Power of the Praying Woman" - all about overcoming past obstacles, traumatic events, anxiety, depression, learning to forgive, and trust in God.

Hello? The pages we're practically screaming at me! 

I'm only two weeks into the study and I feel a change happening in my life already.
 I know have a long long road ahead of me but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. 



Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;
 the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 
2 Corinthians 5:17





5 comments:

  1. Sweet friend, I am so glad that you understood that He heard you, that you could sense it. because this is how He speaks to us and sometimes it is a whisper and other times it is so much more of a shout. You're in my thoughts.

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  2. PRAISE THE LORD ASHLEE!!!!HOW BEAUTIFUL! SO BLESSED TO READ THIS!!! HE IS SO GOOD AND WILL SO MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE AND SPEAK TO YOUR HEART!! LOTS OF LOVE, HUGS AND REJOICING WITH YOU!!!

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  3. I am so glad that you are feeling encouraged and inspired! good for you!!

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    www.raising-reagan.com

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  4. Absolutely amazing Ashlee! My story is very similar. Five years later...I barely recognize myself and my life is a very good way. If you ever need to talk about this amazing transformation or need encouragement, please email me :)

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  5. Hi! I'm Janelle, and I found your blog while searching for military spouse blogs. I am marrying my Airman next year, and I'm really glad I found your blog! I can't wait to read more! Consider me your newest follower! :)

    Janelle ( http://janelle-and-dan.blogspot.com/ )

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