Friday, April 11, 2014

1 cor 2:1-5 | she shares truth

I don't know a lot.

Yes, I have two college degrees, read or watch at least one national news outlet daily, love studying political history and can whip out a mean DIY of home d├ęcor when I have the chance. But with all that said, I still don't really know a lot.

And that's okay.

Because the little I do know is more than enough.

I know Christ.

Ashley Danielle

Monday, April 7, 2014

refocusing on contentment | april goals

Yes, I know April started last week, but I promise I had my new set of goals mapped out before the first "April Fools!" was uttered. But obviously sticking to my blog schedule wasn't on the list (and has since been added). I feel like I sort of strayed away from the verse that rocked my world at the beginning of the year and is fueling my thoughts and actions, which is "Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. (1 Timothy 6:6)". I want to make sure that I see the beauty in all God has blessed me with, and not get caught up in always wanting more.

Contentment may look different from person to person, but in my life in my life it means refocusing on the tasks our Father has given my to fulfill right now, and not trying to fast forward to step 12 before I complete step.

If you're new here and want to see my general guidelines for goal-setting each month, why I do it, and/or learn more about my word for the year, simply click here to play catch up. For my regular bloggity we go again!

                    MARCH GOALS UPDATE:
- Pray more with The Mr. Okay, so I didn't do this as much as I'd hoped to, but getting back into the swing of work after being on maternity leave for almost three months really threw a wrench in my usual morning routine. However, I've already started praying with him more this month, and he has been faithfully sending me little prayer text messages in the mornings so it's been making up for my slack. :-) 
- Meal prep for the week on Sundays This has been going quite well! Though I've tried a few recipes out that failed horribly and I will not be revisiting, for the most part, we haven't had to do any major cooking during the week and have had something to take to lunch every day.
- "Girl Time" with Felicity Grace every afternoon after daycare Yay! Having to place her in daycare last month was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I'd gotten so used to us spending so much time together, and missed seeing her look up at me with that angelic smile of hers after nursing (even though we still have those moments every evening). However, I understand that it's the best situation for our current season of life, and am just praying one day we can be in a position that I can spend more time with her. Going back to work has made the time we spend together when I pick her up in the afternoons, and even when I'm getting her ready in the morning, even more valuable.
- Vacuum, mop, and dust once a week But I'll do better. I do give myself two pats on the back for dusting twice in one month though! Grace over perfection, right? ;-)
- Finish reading EntreLeadership I've decided not to finish this book. I'm just really not enjoying it and it seems sort of repetitive in a lot of ways. It's helped a lot of people, but just isn't my cup of tea. This gets crossed off the list for April, not because I read it, but because I am truly finished with it.
- Research non-profit status for my mentoring program I actually had a wonderful business meeting with one of my mentors about how to reformat my mentoring program, and am hoping to make some major changes in the near future.
- Drink my green juice at least five times a week My system still hasn't readjusted to me drinking green juice since I had Felicity Grace. I used to be able to mix it with juice or in a smoothie with no problem, but now I can hardly stomach it. I've been just taking it in small shot-glass type cups to just get it over with but may have to find an alternative soon.
- Exercise at least five times a week I didn't do five times each week, but still went to the gym almost every morning before work! It helps that the daycare opens at 6 a.m., which means I can meet up with one of my besties so we can motivate each other to work out before heading to work. I've started doing Holy Yoga again and I am LOVING IT! I plan on posting more about it soon so stay tuned.
...and now, April!
________________APRIL GOALS.

- Read Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron-Bure
- Write five sections of my book
- Thoroughly familiarize myself with Excel
- Date night with The Mr. (Lord, please let this happen!)
- Vacuum, mop, and dust once a week (...let's try this again).
- Send application out to get a summer intern/assistant to help with Code Blue
- Write on lunch breaks during the week so I can spend more time with Felicity Grace on weekends
- Restart the contentment challenge for the months of April, May and June.
Keep me in your prayers, loves.
Ashley Danielle

Friday, April 4, 2014

joshua 1:8-9 | she shares truth

Today's She Shares Truth meditation has been on my heart all week.

Day and night.

My brain is usually going ten-thousand miles a minute throughout most of the day. When I'm working on tasks, I'm thinking about tomorrow's to-do list. When I'm done writing tomorrow's to-do list, I'm stressing over what didn't get done today. I know there's nothing healthy about succumbing to the "GO! GO! GO!" mentality of our society, but it's so easy to get pulled into.

But then there are days like today.

Days where I start slowly.

I wake up peaceful, rested. I'm not rushing to get things done, but giving myself a mental high five for getting my clothes together and lunch bag packed the night before. I pray with my husband before leaving the house, drop off the little one at daycare and join my bestie for our morning meetup at the gym.

While submerging the weight of the world into today's Holy Yoga practice, I felt at ease as I thought about the peace found in Joshua 1:8-9. I felt ready to take on whatever adventures (as hefty as they may be) that laid ahead of me as I reflected on God's promises to His people, and encouraged at my instructor's challenge from Romans 15:7 to love on other's with all of God's strength.

Sisters, I challenge you to do the same.

Rest in Him, walk in His grace and spread His love.

Share His truth.

Ashley Danielle

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#SheBuildsApps | part two

Hey y'all!
It has been such a blessing to see how the She Reads Truth family has come together to support the production of the new Bible and Devotional app! Watching the donations pour in over the past week did something remarkable to my heart and my faith in what God can do through us, His daughters, when we live a life of obedience and sacrifice.
I know the majority of the SRT fam are the types of women who most would call "faithful" Christians. Meaning we believe God's word wholeheartedly and rest in what He says. However, we also know that we serve a God who chooses to work through people, and people...well, people can be a little shaky. People let us down. People doubt themselves and by default doubt what God may have called them to do. So they procrastinate. They go back and forth and back and forth and up and down and left and right and around what they know in their heart is right for fear of failure.
The SRT ladies are my people.
I love each of you dearly, including the ones who will join in the future.
The funds for the iPhone and iPad apps have already been secured (whoop-whoop!), but we are still working towards the Android version. As of this morning, we stand at a little over $55,000 raised!
*Insert cartwheel and fist pumps here*
We are only about $10,000 away from funding the Android version so our Android sisters aren't left out.
Sisters, we CAN do this!
If you haven't already donated, even if it's just $1, please go donate now. If you already have, please consider on increasing your donation...even if it's just by $1.
And most importantly, KEEP PRAYING!
God can do this. He loves us, and knows we desire to know Him even more, to carry His word with us everywhere we go, to every nation.
He loves us. We love Him.  And together,WE build apps.
Ashley Danielle

Friday, March 28, 2014

advertise in april

Hey y'all!

Stepping out into the world of offering advertisement options on my little pieces of the Internet world has been amazing. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, and to those who have coached me on some of the best host options.

With the first day of April slowly creeping around the corner, I wanted to let you know I have made a few changes to the ads I offer, as well as added a new one just for individuals who are interested in having me review natural hair products on my YouTube channel!

As much I love being able to promote small businesses and other fabulous blogs, I would like to remind everyone that I only approve ads that speak to the heart of my blog/channel and my life. I examine each blog/business before approvals, and if I see vulgar images or the use of profane language your ad will not be approved. Please don't be offended, but I can't subject my subscribers to things like that, nor do I want to be exposed to it myself. I really want to support the ads, not just take the money and run!

$5 off all In-Post and General ads purchased by midnight on 3/31 with promo code "INPOST5" or "GENERAL5" at checkout.

Ashley Danielle