Friday, January 28, 2011

A stroll down memory lane

Last night, I had the opportunity to speak at the BCM at Southeastern La. University. It was an amazing opportunity. The BCM played such a huge part of my life in college and in my story of who I am today. Before the service, I had dinner with two of my close friends from BCM. Great mexican food and great time of catching up and talking about old times. The campus has changed so much. The building looks the same, the couches are different, the BCM house is now green (you would have to see it to believe it!)

When we were worshipping last night, I was reminded of the many Thursday nights that I spent at the BCM. It was like I had traveled back in time. Even the band reminded me of our band! I shared about how much the BCM influenced my life, my ministry and my summer missions experience. Words cannot adequately express how much God used the BCM in my life. While I was speaking, in my mind I was thinking, "Have I really been out of college for 8 years? Am I really here?"

A few things that I learned during my time:
  • The importance of community
  • A heart for true worship
  • Servant leadership
  • My faith became my own- I experienced God for myself
  • Ministry as a lifestyle
  • A love for missions

I'm so thankful for my time at the BCM and the amazing ways that God used my experiences there in my life. I can't say enough. Thank you God, for you are good.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Show us your Life

I love reading Kelly's blog, Kelly's Korner. It was one of the first blogs I read. She does a series of posts called "Show Us Your Life". This week is "Show us your Singles." This is very out of the box for me, but I figured why not! You never how God will work. This isn't the clearest picture but the most recent. I was MOH at my close friend's wedding this past summer.

My name is Ashley and I'm 29. I'm originally from South Louisiana but have called Northeast Louisiana home for nearly 7 years. I work for a faith based non profit as a social worker, working with foster care and adoption. I love what I do (most days!) because it's not a job to me but a ministry. I love being able to be Christ's hands and feet to hurting children and families.

I graduated from LSU and love all LSU sports (Geaux tigers!) I purchased my first house almost two years ago and have loved decorating it. I'm very close to my family and try to see them as much as I can. I've not only been blessed with a great family but also friends who are like family. I love traveling, bargain shopping, reading, writing, spending time with friends,exercising, coffee shops and crafting.

I love the Lord with all my heart- what a journey He has brought me on, but I'm so thankful. I'm very involved in my church with women's ministry and music-I love to sing, especially worshiping God. I have a heart for missions and will be going to Rwanda in May ( 3 days after turning 30!)

God has been so faithful during this time of singleness. The top two things I'm looking for in a guy/future husband: that he love God more than he loves me and realizes that God loves me more than he ever will. I have a few other things that I'm looking for, but these are the top two.

If you're interested or know someone to introduce me to, leave a comment!