Category: Ashlee

Be a Part of the Change

I could feel the frustration in the air. I’ve seen it many times: the disgruntled spirit of someone who has learned the Word of God. Their eyes, ears and heart have been awakened to Truth and they just can’t go back and un-know what they know now. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you have returned from more »

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5 Ways to Walk In Wisdom

No one wants to be a fool. At least most of us don’t. Ephesians 5:15-16 reminds us, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” But the question persists, how do I walk in wisdom? What does it look more »

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Kindness: Fueled By Christ

I hung my head as I watched another debate go down on Facebook. You have seen them right? They spring up over theological issues. People standing up for the “name of Christ” and “His Word.” Yet I wonder how their desire to be right with a lack of kindness shows anything about Christ. While technology more »

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drown

I stood in the foyer of my church and spotted a girl about my age weighted down with a back pack. Sweetly the Lord prompted me, “Go be her friend.”I don’t make friends easily. In my introverted state, I struggle to make the necessary small talk to even begin a friendship. Sometimes I can’t even more »

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The Answer to “How Do I Focus More On Jesus?” is…

The three of us sat down in the mall food court. It was just a typical day of shopping. To my right was a student I have discipled, across from me was her sister. As we talked about things in their lives and choices they were making, I began to share a simple truth about more »

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Anticipating Christmas

I love everything about Christmas: decorating the tree, singing Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate, looking at Christmas lights, baking treats to share with friends and family and moving the mouse on our family Christmas countdown. Every year there is anticipation at Christmas. For many we anticipate the traditions or the actual gifts under the tree. more »

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Who Is Your Father?

Jesus drew a line in the sand against the Pharisees in John 8:39-45. The Pharisees thought they were doing really well. They had every appearance of being righteous.  Look at what the text says: “39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of more »

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Hello, I’m a Pharisee

  I stood during the invitation and searched the crowd for my friend. These thoughts raced through my head “I sure hope her heart was open to that message and it convicted her. I wonder if she will go up front and pray. Goodness that message was just for her.” In Luke18, a Pharisee and more »

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Worship-What You Find Your Worth In

Do you ever wonder what went through Abraham’s head as he headed up the mountain to worship? 1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go more »

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Where Is God In My Suffering?

I paced up and down the sidewalk listening to my dad as he made small talk. “Is something wrong?” I wondered, “He knows I am at camp, what is he not telling me?” Then he uttered, with difficulty, words I will never forget; “Ashlee, there is something I need to tell you…Ashlee, mom has breast more »

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Blessed Are the Gentle: A Walk of Submission

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 Every time I read these words I remember the first time I read the definition. It is actually the first word study that really stuck with me. I was at Boot Camp studying the Sermon on the Mount.  I had my own view more »

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Boot Camp Guest Post: Ashlee

We got the privilege to talk to some past boot campers and ask them a few questions about their experience at Precept’s boot camps. We hope you will enjoy! Boot Camp Guest Post: Ashlee   Boot Camp   This month I am highlighting Precept Ministries International. Precept exists to establish people in God’s Word. They more »

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Forgiveness: The Key to Letting Go

Have you ever been wronged by someone and you just couldn’t let go what they did? As I write these words I am struggling to forgive. It’s not the first time I have been here and I know it won’t be the last. Forgiveness is often difficult to extend. Often I think if I hold more »

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When Tragedy Strikes…

 I hold her hand, tears streaming down her face as we walk across the street from our church to the local high school. Our destination is a student led prayer time on the football practice field. Overnight tragedy has struck and three young men are dead. I do not personally know these young men, but more »

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Do You Really Know HIM?

  As I look around my church I am reminded of a repeated phrase in judges “And there grew up a nation who did not know God.” Honestly? My heart breaks as I look across the room at students who do not know God. Many of them know of Him but they do not know more »

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Misguided Valentine

 We are in the midst of a month that focuses on love. Some people are eager to seek out love and some are ready to run from it. Some focus on having a valentine while others loathingly focus on the fact that they are single.    Unfortunately most of those I mentioned above are focusing more »

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Resolve to Be Accountable

  It’s time to come clean. I have fallen off track. I’ve allowed stuff to get in the way of my relationship with God. I’ve allowed tasks to consume my life. 2012 was a very stressful year.  As I sought the source of my stress, I realized my stress directly related to a lack of more »

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Walking Worthy

I spent much of my life thinking I was living okay. I was a “good” girl in the eyes of pretty much everyone. I didn’t do all of those things (drinking, drugs, sex, etc.) that many of my friends were doing. In college my life began to change. I started really studying the Bible on more »

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Never Be The Same

Last night I sat in the living room of my apartment with my husband and one of our friends. We were just talking about the Bible, specifically Isaiah 53. As we were talking, I started weaving connections from both the Old and New Testament to help explain everything that is happening in this chapter. Our more »

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When God Seems Silent

How did this happen? How did things get this way? Lord WHY? I must have asked those questions a million times that summer and the year following. There I was working for 10 weeks at a summer camp in Texas. I had just finished my junior year in college. My boyfriend had just asked my more »

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What are your thoughts toward the next generation?

I looked up from doing dishes with my mom to see three young men in their early 20‘s huddled around my dad and my pastor. I was curious what was going on that was so important. As I listened in it didn’t take me long to figure out what was happening. My dad and my more »

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Friendships Take Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships this month! This blog with its various posts about friendship has been what the Lord’s used to provoke me, causing me to think more deeply about how I view the relationships in my life. I don’t think it has always been easy for me to build friendships. I remember more »

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Sharp or Dull Friend

I’m not sure what kind of friend maker you are, but I am definitely interested in whether you are a sharpening or a dulling friend.  I know you think I’ve lost my mind.  Let’s check out two pieces of scripture:  Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us “Let us consider how to stimulate one another on to love more »

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I’m a Hostile

I have come to a conclusion. I am a hostile. You wouldn’t think it by meeting me. I’m your average person. I like to think of myself as warm and friendly and in a crowd full of people I don’t appear to be any different than you.  But you see I think that is the more »

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