A day that felt dark and lonely was turned around by an answered prayer.
November 29, 2015
November 25, 2015
I can't believe it is here again. Thanksgiving. I love bringing the family together. I love all the wonderful food, but mostly I love hearing the ones I love talk about what they are thankful for.
I always thought, years ago, that blessings were found in perfection. I didn't realize blessings could be found through heart ache, or happiness could be felt after fears. I am starting to realize that one thing I am the most thankful for is joy. Joy cannot be taken away by heart ache, or cried out through tears. Joy is still possible even after we feel broken. Joy has the ability to come, even after the hardest days. So this year, I am thankful for joy. It is not one of those emotions that can always be felt, but when it lightens my heart there is nothing better.
Those moments give me strength to keep looking for the good.
Even through the tears and the smiles, life is full of amazing blessings.
November 18, 2015
We are all in mourning. We have mourned the loss of those who have fallen, we have mourned for their families, and we are mourning the loss of the safety we once thought was ours. In our every day activities we have been given cause to doubt and fear.
I grabbed my bible off the nightstand. I flipped it open and began to read.
Tytus ran off to try again, while I sat on my bed staring down at the word fear. It knew me well, but how come I hadn't even seen it sneak in? Fear had surround me, and I had been too blind to see it for what it was.
Perfect love, casteth out all fear. I had to find that kind of love. I didn't want to spend another minute stuck in this state of fear.
(I had her sing it again tonight before bed so I could record it!)
I stopped in my tracks outside of her room. For the first time in a while, I was overcome with peace. I stood in the hall for a minute as her beautiful voice echoed through its walls. The love that surrounded me was almost tangible as I thought about the words to the song. I am a child of God. We are all children of God. These six children, who I get to raise on earth . . . are His. In each room, where my little ones peacefully sleep each night, I sang that song to them. With the power of the words in a simple children's song I testified to my babies that they were children of a God who loved them.
During this troubled time, and with so much heart ache in the world, I have had many people turn to me asking for advise on how to combat fears—fears of the unknown, fear of guns, fears of the future, and fear in moving forward. I have felt inadequate to answer—as I must confess these recent events have tried to shatter my faith in humanity as well.
When a gun sounds it shatters dreams. It cripples hopes. It has the power to end a life, and its anger can change other lives forever. Too many of us know that reality . . . and most of the time those triggers were pulled in hate, and leave an impact forever . . . settling inside of us a fear not easy to shake. Living in fear is debilitating; it makes life seem unbearable.
WE are NOT alone.
Posted by Ashlee and Shawn at 9:36 PM
November 17, 2015
Some things come at just the right moment. So grateful for this little video lifting my spirit this week.
Posted by Ashlee and Shawn at 10:19 PM
November 12, 2015
I was walking around Target the other day shopping for Jordyn's birthday and they were setting up their stack of a new released movie. This movie is near to my heart. First of all, the day we went as a family to watch it was one of my favorite days we have ever had. We went on a hike and we looked like homeless people, but on our way home we decided to go to the movie. And sitting on the row with my six children and my sweet husband my heart was full with love for them. Then the movie started and it was so powerful. The messages that are lined in this sweet kids movie are moving. The thoughts that came to my mind as I pondered about what my core memories would be, what emotions I have overcome from the past, and what emotions I am still dealing with now filled my heart. I also couldn't stop thinking about each person in my family and the memories, good and bad, that they carry . . . made me want to make the most of every one.
So that day was one of my core memories. One I will never forget. So since this little baby is finally out on DVD I wanted to give one copy away, along with my books, to show thanks for the inspiration so many of you are to me.
Hop onto Instagram to enter to win. If you don't have instagram, please leave a comment below to enter yourself in the raffle. Just tell me what you are thankful for today!
https://www.instagram.com/themomentswestand/ Winner will be chosen Saturday.
Posted by Ashlee and Shawn at 11:43 AM
November 8, 2015
Posted by Ashlee and Shawn at 5:19 PM
October 28, 2015
As I was about to stand up to speak last Friday at A Reason to Stand I was praying for a
miracle. For weeks, every time I had gone to prepare what I was going to say my
mind had drawn a blank. Even on the drive to Ogden I had little come to me—as I
usually do—on what I was supposed to say.