Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The name is Ashley, but you can call me Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I feel honored to have been invited to contribute here and hope I can share some thoughts that will uplift-- or at least, get you thinking.

Trish (may I call you Trish?) suggested that I use today's post to introduce myself, so... here it goes.

I got here (to this blog, not the world) through Amber (Wednesday), my best friend/cousin-in-law. We met when we were 13, and were nearly inseparable all through high school and college, until she married my cousin after our sophomore year at BYU. Now we're linked for eternity!

Right now, I'm a SAHM to a beautiful, blue-eyed, little girl who will be 1 later this month. While my husband is in chiropractic school, we are living in St. Louis, Missouri, about 20 minutes from where I grew up.

My passions include being a wife & mother, reading, baking and crafting (though I don't pretend to be an expert in any of those things). Other things I love include fireworks, french fries, lemonade, new socks and the St. Louis Cardinals. I'm working on improving (as in, saying) my morning prayers, not complaining, and letting things go (I can be a bit of a perfectionist).

That all being said, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite quotes.
"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do what's best for us; we are wondering how painful that will turn out to be."
--C.S. Lewis
Having faith is knowing that God is in control. But there is a part of me (since I'm human and averse to pain), that thinks, "I know God has a plan for me, but what exactly does that plan entail? How many fires am I going to have to walk through?"

I trust in Heavenly Father and follow Him to the best of my ability, but I'm sometimes nervous! There is a caveat in the phrase, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." The path He has set for us is strait (not straight), narrow (see 3 Nephi 14:14), and, I would imagine, winding. Strait, in this case, actually means difficult or stressful. That does not sound like a trail I would choose for myself, yet I did, in the premortal life!

To summarize, God's plan for us as individuals is going to be difficult, stressful, and occasionally painful, but our loving Heavenly Father is in control. How comforting that is. He knows all, including our abilities and what's best for us. He knows that a difficult path will test us and mold us into the people He needs us to be. The people that we want to be!

I put one foot in front of the other every day with Him guiding me, step by step. There are no promises of ease or comfort, but there are promises of eternal life and a place in His sight. Ultimately, the rewards outweigh the price. And as long as I put my trust and faith in Him who leads me, I know I'll gain mine.

2 comments:

  1. Yay for being linked for eternity; Welcome Tuesday!

    Knowing Heavenly Father is in control is a huge source of comfort for me---especially the days when I struggle to get by. All it takes is one thought of, 'Heavenly Father knows me and knows I can do this' and most of my worries seems to disappear.

    I think it would be a good idea if all of us introduced ourselves since I only know the rest of the ladies because of this wonderful blog---now I've got to think of something to say....

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  2. Yeah, great to know you Ashley! And thanks for being willing to fill the empty slot! I guess we should have introductions since I'm the only one who knows everyone- well except Ashley the newcomer. So feel free to talk about yourself on your day this week and then end with a spiritual thought everyone!
    Oh, and Ashley- I love the spiritual thought from you. It is so powerful to think that, sometimes we have a hard time trusting God. I don't think I can add much to what you said, it was perfect!

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