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  • mjdaniel
    June 12, 2008 by mjdaniel Reply

    Welcome to the blogosphere! It’s time to start linking and designing!

    mjd

  • Mason Embry
    August 18, 2008 by Mason Embry Reply

    Totally true. I loved it.

  • Tausha
    August 18, 2008 by Tausha Reply

    Yep Yep!!!! I have been listening to Driscoll’s sermons for a couple years. He is straight up to the point.

  • shaun
    August 20, 2008 by shaun Reply

    Good point, as long as they are coming in and becoming more like Christ.
    Not us becoming more like “The World” to entice them.

  • jimkastkeat
    August 22, 2008 by jimkastkeat Reply

    any thoughts as to why commandments 1 + 2 are in first person and 3-10 are in third person?

  • Ashley Jensen
    August 22, 2008 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    great question! i haven’t thought about it much… help me out.

  • The Tattooed Preacher
    August 28, 2008 by The Tattooed Preacher Reply

    yup! Can totally relate! oh to have been a fly on the wall, to watch the bee bomb the three…Yeah, feelin a bit metaphorically poetic… You know an abstract question I have that I probably would not have been able to have resisted asking is whether or not those ladies had honey in their coffee…

    Maybe, just MAYBE it was just the bee’s way of messin up their day like the honey farmer did his…You know it takes a lot of bee labor to get that honey built up in those combs…I’d be mad too if they were stealing the spoils of my labor and using them to sweeten their lil’ soccer mom latte’ experience at my expense…If i were a bee that is…Makes sense right?…bygones…

  • Aaron Davis
    October 27, 2008 by Aaron Davis Reply

    This is Good bro! the last video has been deleted but I really dug it!

  • Angela
    February 10, 2009 by Angela Reply

    Dude I totally had an experience like that as well. I work with a few atheists and have had a discussion on Christianity with one of them. So wanted to defend myself and what I believed in but totally felt that God was telling me basically he wasn’t ready yet. That I needed to just listen and not be judgmental. At that moment God reminded me that four years ago I was an atheist and how I reacted to those who preached to me and judged me on my lifestyle. (It’s funny how God can you remind you of so much in one moment) Anyways, since then that guy totally sees me differently and I love it! I totally believe that he sees Jesus in a new light. Sorry I wrote a little mini blog. So I guess all I’m saying is that I can relate to your conversation with muscles. lol muscles!

  • Ashley Jensen
    February 10, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Angela, nice job… it is pretty amazing those quick reminders God does.

  • forthelifeofme
    February 10, 2009 by forthelifeofme Reply

    I am an atheist, just sort of came across your post when tag surfing.

    My best friend is very religious. Southern Baptist of all choices :). Despite our different religious beliefs, we are best friends and would go to any lengths to help the other. She used to try to convert me- at one point I was “on the fence”. I decided she had some valid points and decided to read the bible which was my undoing. Had I not read the bible, I might still be undecided. Since reading, I’ve rejected it and have been quite happy. I have also given up trying to convert her ;).

    It seems that people think athiests are without morals, tatoo’d, peirced, and crazy. I’m none of the above (unless I make it to 100, then I’m getting a tatoo). Most people assume I’m Catholic because of my views.

    As an athiest in the United States I feel quite like a minority. It’s not “easy” being an athiest. Not that I’m tempted to believe, not in that way, but in the way that most people who find that out try to tell you that you’ll go to hell or try to point out numerous ways that I’m wrong about what I believe. I don’t typically bring it up because people do get quite upset about it and I never understand that.

    I don’t get upset if people are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or even voodoo practitioners. But yet they get upset that I don’t believe.

    I think your attitude toward the conversation was probably something very rare for an athiest to experience. Myself, I very rarely come across people who accept me the way I accept them. I rarely tell people I’m an athiest IRL unless asked. In fact a friend I once had said after about a year of knowing her that she would not be friends with an athiest. I had not brought up my religious veiws prior to that but felt she should know that I was an athiest so she could decide if our friendship would overcome that. It didn’t.

    Anyway, just saying Thanks :). Even if you never convert muscles, you might end up with a great friend.

  • Ashley Jensen
    February 10, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    @forthelifeofme what a great comment! Thanks for reading… I just want to love people and if they build a relationship with God through Jesus, that’s awesome. But for me, (and should be for all Christians) it’s about loving God and loving people. It’s impossible to say you love God and not love people. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andy Depuy
    February 10, 2009 by Andy Depuy Reply

    Yesterday you showed everyone that reads this what Oasis is all about,no judging others but loving them,& just being a friend sometimes means more than anything caused you listen, Ashley thanks for sharing

  • Amy Jane
    February 10, 2009 by Amy Jane Reply

    You did well, it is hard when pride gets in the way. I pray That got opens the door for you to minister to him one day. Or opens it for some one else to.

  • arudd
    April 13, 2009 by arudd Reply

    Gradient glasses are all the rage.

  • Ashley Jensen
    April 13, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    these are great… cracking me up!

  • sarh
    April 13, 2009 by sarh Reply

    she calles it my facial love jungle

  • Aaron
    April 13, 2009 by Aaron Reply

    DUDE!!! Did you smell my fart!!!…Yeah, that was me!

  • chrissy
    April 30, 2009 by chrissy Reply

    I call it…Santa Claus meets Blues Brothers

  • Beth Linville
    April 30, 2009 by Beth Linville Reply

    This is manna, Pastor Ashley! This is good even for us “older” folks. Thank you for sharing your life and wisdom.

  • Bassma Phillips
    April 30, 2009 by Bassma Phillips Reply

    Very Encouraging. Thank you PA. 😀

    Too many times I get intimidated by “HAVING A QUIET TIME” (making it a have-to) thinking you have to read a whole bunch of chapters and pray really hard and be totally serious and not enjoy it. It’s good to remember to chill and enjoy His presence (that it’s a get-to) and not put so much pressure on myself to hear His voice or be totally spiritual. Whatever He wants me to get out of it.

  • Jimmy Goebel
    May 13, 2009 by Jimmy Goebel Reply

    “EGON: We’ll cross the streams
    PETER: ‘Scuse me Egon? You said crossing the streams was bad!”
    From Ghostbusters

  • Jimmy Goebel
    May 14, 2009 by Jimmy Goebel Reply

    The new “We-r-nals”

  • Chase
    May 15, 2009 by Chase Reply

    You go this way, I’ll go that way. Hopefully we wont meet in the middle.

  • mjdaniel
    June 19, 2009 by mjdaniel Reply

    Celebration of Discipline is one of the books I hate/love most in the world. The disciplines of solitude and silence come hard for me. I took our young adult ministry through it a few years ago, but reading your post reminds me that it’s time to read it again….

    Thanks…

  • rkblue
    June 19, 2009 by rkblue Reply

    Timeless Brother…made me think of quote from Myles Munroe – “Purpose protects you from being busy but not effective” .

    Peace

  • Pete Wilson
    November 9, 2009 by Pete Wilson Reply

    Wow. Love this!

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 9, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yeah Pete… pretty awesome video… I so need to get surfing! lol!

  • Dave Rose
    November 27, 2009 by Dave Rose Reply

    Finally a bathroom for siamese twins….

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  • Shannon Hughes
    December 5, 2009 by Shannon Hughes Reply

    The new tatt looks awesome & I love the meaning behind it. Thanks for some newly recommended reading material also. It appears that I’ll be heading to Barnes & Noble tomorrow..lol.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 5, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yay! for books! ha ha ha Thanks Shannon!

  • lezlee
    December 5, 2009 by lezlee Reply

    dude….LOVE the new tattoo and the meaning! I’ve been thinking about getting one that has special meaning to me too but haven’t known where to go! Thank you for sharing your lessons and your thoughts with us. I need to know that other people are going “through” the journey as well. It just helps a lot to know your not the only one struggling. Sometimes it looks like everyone but you has it all together…I’m glad to know that’s not the case! Keep sharing always, its an inspiration. ~Lezlee

  • Ashley Jensen
    December 5, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Thanks Lezlee! Glad it helped… Steve @ Black13tattoo.com is the man! Appreciate your thoughts!

  • Ashley Jensen
    December 5, 2009 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Thanks PD! Appreciate that very much!

  • AmyJane
    February 3, 2011 by AmyJane Reply

    Wise words and thoughts. It is important to guard ourselves from evil, but sometimes we let things slide with out noticing. So we have to work on being on guard and focusing more on the Goal. On the LIGHT. And becoming what God wants us to be so we can help others. I hope you keep writing, I really enjoy reading your posts. And I pray you have the self discipline and words that you’ll need to write those books! God bless you and your family today and always!

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 3, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks for your thoughts Amy! Appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  • josh cagwin
    February 25, 2011 by josh cagwin Reply

    Good stuff dude. Refreshing.

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 25, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks bro! Appreciate it.

  • Shannon Ketchun
    February 25, 2011 by Shannon Ketchun Reply

    Wow…good stuff, thanks for sharing this.

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 25, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      You’re welcome Shannon! Glad you liked it.

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  • Josiah
    April 19, 2011 by Josiah Reply

    hi there, excellent blog, and an amazing understand! one for my book marks.

  • Kevin Adams
    May 2, 2011 by Kevin Adams Reply

    Thanks Ashley for reminding me of what truly matters – eternal mindset. Blessings to you friend!

    • Ashley Jensen
      May 7, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Kevin,
      Thanks for comment! I checked out your blog… lots of good stuff there, keep it coming!

  • tattoodesigns
    May 11, 2011 by tattoodesigns Reply

    I love ashleyjensen.net , i see a lot of interestig posts here
    Tattoo designs

  • toasty redhead
    May 14, 2011 by toasty redhead Reply

    Keep up the good work on this blog!

  • dustin
    May 17, 2011 by dustin Reply

    Sun Stand Still is on my “to read” list!

    Currently reading The Ragamuffin Gospel–have heard really good things. So far, so good!

    • Ashley Jensen
      May 17, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks for the comment Dustin! I’ve not read that book but I’ve also heard great things about it. I’ll check it out.

      Sun Stand Still was awesome. It really grew my faith to believe for the impossible again. Good stuff, I highly recommend it!

  • Bobby Minor
    May 19, 2011 by Bobby Minor Reply

    I’ve read several of those and would definitely say to pick up and read (if you haven’t already) Radical by David Platt and The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Great post…like they say “leaders are readers!”

    • Ashley Jensen
      May 22, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Bobby! I watched David Platt during the Elephant Room. He’s a ridiculous theologian, super smart. I’ve heard good things about his book. I’ll check it out.

  • Jason Vana
    July 24, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    I love how you addressed the idea of struggling with sin. You are right – most times we don’t struggle with it, we willfully give in.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 24, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks for the comment Jason. That’s been my experience and thanks for reading!

      • Jason Vana
        July 24, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

        You’re welcome man – and it has been my experience, too. I’ve recognized in myself that I sometimes use the phrase “struggled with sin” because it makes it sound like it was just too hard to overcome. Puts the blame on something (or someone) else and not on me. I’m learning to take more ownership of what I do and call sin what it is – sin.

      • On the Bus
        August 7, 2011 by On the Bus Reply

        I have been seriously praying about this issue

        and this blog and Jason’s post is an answer to it….you know I have been learning a lot about how overcoming sin and I honestly I have gotten lazy ..I learned some different things…but I know God wanted me to “press in” and chase my name…
        and had not been really doing that as I should( with all effort)

        like really putting all effort to enter that rest…
        anyway I have been thinking I know God doesn’t want us to sins but I don’t want to do it in vain by trying to overcome sin in through the flesh ,fleshly efforts , but by his Holy Spirit
        Romans 8:12-13

        so pretty much that is my question how to resist sin though his spirit not not through the flesh

        there is a verse in one of the letter so Peter where he says to resist Him,standing in the faith so that’s an answer..

        Do you understand what I mean?

        For me it Hebrews 4:11

        any way Thanks so much for the blog and thanks Jason Vang for you honesty which encourages me to be honest with myself …it can be hard but a necessary step to be able to make a step in the right direct

      • Ashley Jensen
        August 8, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

        Great question! My thoughts on that… regardless of “how” you resist temptation, its done through and by the Spirit. The bible is clear that there is no good thing in us except Jesus ( http://bible.us/Jer17.9.NIV )…. without the Spirit of God it’s all flesh. There’s no way the flesh would resist the flesh. If there is resistance against sin, it’s by the Spirit. Hope that helps.

  • On the Bus
    August 7, 2011 by On the Bus Reply

    interesting….

  • Lorena Féliz
    August 8, 2011 by Lorena Féliz Reply

    I was reading this post, and for a moment there I thought that the Oasis church you mention is my own church. I live in the Dominican Republic, sharing the island with Haiti. And I attend Iglesia Cristiana Oasis (Oasis Christian Church) in Santo Domingo.

    I relate to what you express in this post, especially because Haiti is right next to us, and yet, we forget that there are so many people in terrible need RIGHT NEXT TO US! I don’t even have to go that far, because there are Haitian children and beggars in our streets. But our hearts are hardened. And this is something we have to fight against constantly.

    I know that this was a terrible thing that happened, but I’m glad that the Lord allowed it to be used for good. I know that my own church has been working with Haiti so much more because of this, and even supporting pastors and their families. I just hope that we might not forget about them later, that our love and service to them might continue always.

    Blessings!

    • Ashley Jensen
      August 8, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks for the post Lorena!

  • Jason Vana
    August 8, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    I tell my college students all the time that we are never tempted with something we don’t like. The areas we sin in are the things that, some way or another, we want. The enemy can’t tempt me with getting drunk. I’ve never liked that drunk feeling. But he knows the things I like, and is able to tempt me in that way.

    • Ashley Jensen
      August 8, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Absolutely Jason. Thanks for the post!

  • Dorothy Rountree
    October 3, 2011 by Dorothy Rountree Reply

    I should not be held accountable for what happens to me, but how I respond to the situation.

  • Jason Vana
    October 4, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    Great challenge, Ashley. It can be too easy sometimes to blame everyone else or our circumstance for what happens to us and while we might not always be responsible for the circumstances, we are responsible for how we respond.

  • Jason Vana
    October 10, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    It definitely is very humbling to admit when I screw up, but something I try to do nonetheless. When a leader is able to show that they aren’t perfect, and is humble enough to admit his faults, it does open the door for not only respect, but also for true community to develop – and for others to follow suit and realize that hiding your faults isn’t the right way to go.

  • Ashley Jensen
    October 10, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Great insight Jason, we can always grow in community.

  • Jason Vana
    October 17, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    “God knows our heart but people will not see it until we live it.”

    Such an important truth! We can say all we want that we have been changed and follow Christ, but unless it is lived out in our actions, people won’t really see the difference.

    • Ashley Jensen
      October 17, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yep. I’ve had my share of broken promises and breaking promises. Thanks for the comment Jason!

  • Dan Black on Leadership
    October 22, 2011 by Dan Black on Leadership Reply

    People can see our hearts (inward life) by our actions and behaviors. Great post man. Looking forward to checking out the book.

    • Ashley Jensen
      October 22, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks for the comment Dan!

  • Jason Vana
    October 24, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    Forgiveness is key to moving forward. I actually already wrote a post that will be published tomorrow on the Psalm 103:12 verse.

    • Ashley Jensen
      October 24, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome. I look forward to reading it Jason!

  • Dan Black on Leadership
    October 25, 2011 by Dan Black on Leadership Reply

    If you really want to live then you need to be able to forgive and let go.

  • Jason Vana
    November 1, 2011 by Jason Vana Reply

    I love to journal, so whenever I feel like my dream is dying or that I’m not as passionate anymore, I flip through my journals and remind myself of all the promises God gave me, and all the “warnings” I felt he mentioned. They always stir me back up to passionately pursue my dream.

    Looking forward to the release of your book, Ashley!

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 1, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Jason. That’s a good idea… I’ll have to go back and check out some old entries now that you said that!

      Yep, I pretty excited about finally getting it out there! Thanks for your support bro!

  • Faith T
    November 2, 2011 by Faith T Reply

    I surround myself with the dream makers that got me where I am… It doesn’t hurt to remind myself of who it was that got me to where I am today!

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 2, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Absolutely! Having the right voices encouraging us is an essential ingredient to seeing a dream fulfilled.

  • cassidy humphrey
    November 12, 2011 by cassidy humphrey Reply

    I would love to get a hold of a copy. I myself have been in the parallels of addiction and would love to here what you have to say and the promises God has fulfilled in your life!

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 12, 2011 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Hey Cassidy! Check it out http://ajnet.us/BuyGettingUp …I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling but glad to see you are taking steps towards freedom! Go for it!

      • cassidy humphrey
        November 13, 2011 by cassidy humphrey Reply

        Thank you Ashley! Yes I am Two years sober. Glory to God!

  • Chae
    February 19, 2012 by Chae Reply

    “God allows rejection in our lives to deepen our trust in Him.”

    yepppo!!!!!!!!

  • shanketchum
    August 25, 2012 by shanketchum Reply

    Very good view on rejection. Especially about it deepening our trust in Him & that if He was rejected we most certainly will be. If that can sink in, then when rejection comes I can be comforted by the Comforter; we all can. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ibukun
    March 22, 2013 by Ibukun Reply

    I particulary like this post because I am writing my first book and I’m hoping and praying I get to publish with Crossbooks. Just a few days ago, I came across the verse on disciples leaving Jesus and it struck a chord in my heart. Jesus experienced rejection too. I haven’t been rejected but I feel that verse of scripture holds somethings extra for me in this season. I just don’t know what yet. Thanks for sharing

  • Sharon Jensen
    October 11, 2013 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Hi Ashley … I’ve been waiting for Part II of your Rejection series and you did not disappoint … you are a gifted writer and your insight is filled with grace, humility and forgiveness. Thank you so much for speaking straight to not just a mother’s heart but a fellow Christian. I love you and I thank God for you. Can’t wait for the second book.

  • Clayton
    October 17, 2013 by Clayton Reply

    Great stuff on the Part 2.Rejection is a huge thing.I’m glad I learnt that’s part of life.Moving forwards,like it 🙂

  • R
    February 13, 2014 by R Reply

    Your web video indicates Camelback HS, yet our mailer
    says Sunnyslope HS ?? for your Sunday Service on feb 16

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 14, 2014 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Hi there! Yes, we had to make a change from Camelback up to Sunnyslope for scheduling reasons. So it is Sunnyslope for sure at 10am! We hope to see you there!

  • Nehal Agolji
    November 17, 2014 by Nehal Agolji Reply

    Well, Its so good, and It was double good to I read all that ~ Amazing words!!!

    Everything wrote here make different ~ I do believe something very lovely-magical can happen when anyone read a good-words inspiring & would heal » souls…!!!

    Thank You!

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  • Damon Walker
    January 28, 2015 by Damon Walker Reply

    Ashley,it is a dark time for us christians that continue to be deceived against those who claim to be the leaders for Gods kingdom,but are untruthful,not living it inside and out.Hebrews 13:4.Ephesians 5:25

  • Tonia
    February 11, 2015 by Tonia Reply

    ” Awesome Message “

  • rebecca
    February 21, 2015 by rebecca Reply

    Good reminder….I needed this tonight as I am dealing with the frustrations of travel plans being completely revamped due to the snow in Philly

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 21, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Well remember not to give away your peace either!

  • rosemary muthama
    March 1, 2015 by rosemary muthama Reply

    Oh waiting is the most hardest thing but when we remember that His grace is sufficient, peace rules. Thanks for the post it’s timely. God bless!

  • rosemary muthama
    March 1, 2015 by rosemary muthama Reply

    Thanks for reminding me.

  • Leshe Smith
    March 3, 2015 by Leshe Smith Reply

    Amen!! I totally agree!! GOD IS AWESOME! I am greateful that our thoughts are completely opposite!!

  • Keri Krake
    March 6, 2015 by Keri Krake Reply

    Your teaching really brings me peace. Thank you for being a blessing!

  • Pat Mingarelli
    March 15, 2015 by Pat Mingarelli Reply

    Great thoughts! How true. We always need to focus on Christ and not our situation or the world around us. How much more could I accomplish for God If I always kept my focus on Him!

  • Billie
    March 16, 2015 by Billie Reply

    We are snared by the words of our mouth. What we say about others will come back on us. This has been the hardest lesson for me to learn in my christian walk. To watch my tongue. Great writing. Thank you and God bless you!

    • Ashley Jensen
      March 17, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Absolutely, continues to be a life-long lesson!

  • Steve Owens
    March 17, 2015 by Steve Owens Reply

    i wish I would have read this before making judgmental remarks about Creflo Dollar! I regret my words after reading this! I will try to be slow to judge. Thank you, you have no idea how ON TIME this has been!

    • Ashley Jensen
      March 17, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yeah man… Unfortunate situation but being in ministry I’ve made some dumb choices, so I empathize with him. Glad it helped!

  • dragoro
    March 17, 2015 by dragoro Reply

    I believe judgement means to assume things based on heresay or appearance that one knows nothing of concerning another person. The internet has made people so opinionated just because there is a comment section on every article such as this one, and their words betrays their very hearts. To the TRUE follower, he has no authority to judge people OTHER THAN the authority of scripture. Confronting people out of love about their sin is not worldy judgement but righteous judgement.

    • Ashley Jensen
      March 17, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Very true but to act as if your consequence is Gods consequence is bringing judgement on yourself. Thanks for the comment!

  • lora
    March 20, 2015 by lora Reply

    I agree with your article and it is such a hard lesson for all believers as we all have fallen victim. Yet i recently read a sermon series on apathy and the christian walk and one thing that struck me is the difference between being judgemental and making judgements based on anothers behavior. As cheistians we are called to use our intellect to make judgements and decisions based on actions and behaviors. If a fellow christian is acting outside their faith we are called to confront the action not the man. It is difficult and takes maturity but too often i see christians who turn a blind eye and say it is not for me to judge. Its a hard line to find the balance in truth and light. Just a thought. Great article though.

  • Kimberly FERGUSON
    March 20, 2015 by Kimberly FERGUSON Reply

    Great article.a hard lesson.Ministry is one of my gifts but decided two years ago not to go to college for it,my son is young,it is exhausting trying to reach people,especialy friends and family,being honest,telling people who I WAS FOR YEARS,A SINNER,A MESS,NOW IT IS MY MESSAGE,WRITE ABOUT IT,GET SHIRTS WITH MY STORY,BEEN JUDGED IN CHURCH,AND BY MY MOM,MY SON CHANGED MY LIFE AND LEAVING NEW ORLEANS TEN YEARS AGO,I HAVE TO WORK ON THIS AND GROW,ITS EASY FOR ME TO PASS JUDGMENT ON THINGS I NEVER STRUGGLED with like drugs or shopping addictions or marriage,when the church has divisions,and cant transition we are causing the opposition,we fight for a position,we get wounded and isolate,something i am good at,so growing daily,getting past scars,healing,keeping quiet,stop taking on trying to change the world,helping every where,posting advice,doing a job in my own strength,realizing people take time to come to the light and truth,I TOOK YEARS TO STOP BEING WITH MEN,MY FORMER PASTOR SAID GOD HAS GIVEN ALL PATIENCE,LOVE,COMPASSION,WE HAVE TO USE IT DAILY,LIKE PUTTING ON CLOTHES,I HAVE TO KEEP MY ATTITUDE IN CONSTANT GRATTITUDE,WRITING ABOUT IT AND MEMORIZING ABOUT JUDGING TAPING IT TO MY MIRROR,TAKING THIRTY MINUTES TO PRAY AND WARN ME,LIKE WHEN I WANT TO POST OR TWEET,I.ASK MYSELF IS THIS NECESSARY,NICE,USUALLY NOT,WHEN TIRED,HUNGRY,I WONT BE ANY GOOD TILL I REST A FEW HOURS AND EAT,AFTER 6:00 pm I CANT TWEET,OR FACEBOOK,SO HAVING A BREAK HELPS ME,NO CALLS SO I CAN TALK TO GOD AND I KNOW HE WANTS ME TO READ MY WORD,AND LISTEN TO GOSPEL MUSIC AND MEDITATE,AND REST,FOR A YEAR SINCE MY CAR WAS TOTALED,IT AFFECTS ME STILL,LEAVING BIBLE.STUDY I.WAS TEACHING,REALIZED SATANS PLAN TO KILL MY MISSION,IT HAS LIT A FIRE IN ME TO STAND,SPEAK,AND NOT REST,DO NOTHING FOR FUN,IF YOU WOULD PRAY FOR ME PLEASE,I HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF MANY PASTORS THINKING THEY SHOULD ADDRESS AND PREACH WHAT I DO,WRITTEN MANY POEMS ON IT,LOST A BIBLE STUDY SISTER OVER IT, SO I FELT THE STUDY IS NOT FOR ME ANYMORE THE WOMEN ARENT GOING IN MY DIRECTION,DIFFERENT SEASONS GOD HAS REASONS! Good night,my big problem writing essays,prayer!

  • Ashley Jensen
    March 23, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Absolutely! Authority is given for our use towards our enemy not people. Operating under it takes a ton of humility!

  • Keri
    March 28, 2015 by Keri Reply

    Thank you for sharing your words of I think this is excellent.

  • Clara Mitchell
    March 30, 2015 by Clara Mitchell Reply

    AJ, this is a timely word and very on spot! Thank you for sharing, and I agree!

  • Sharon Jensen
    March 30, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Thank you for a reminder that prospering does not neccesarily have anything to do with earthly riches but more often is directly related to drawing us ever closer to to the very heart of God so that we can prosper in His wealth of mercy,wisdom,spiritual healing and all with grace abounding … I love you .. Mom

    • Ashley Jensen
      March 30, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Lol! Thanks Mom!

  • CAROLINE FRYAR
    April 4, 2015 by CAROLINE FRYAR Reply

    VERY ENCOURAGING WORDS.
    Thank You

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  • John M. Burks
    April 14, 2015 by John M. Burks Reply

    Thank you for your words this morning. My day got of to a rough start and i was feeling sorry for myself. After reading your devotion I realized how selfish I am. It’s not about me…. it’s all about Him and His love. My wife bit my head off first thing this morning, really for no reason, and I wanted to fire back. Then I read your words and my whole attitude changed. She just called (she had a doctor’s appointment and made her insult as she was walking out the door.) and I was very calm, loving and patient with her. Love is much better than conflict. Thanks again. You helped to mold my heart for the day by sharing His word!!

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 14, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Good job John! It’s His love that helps shape us!

  • Cathy Weaver
    April 14, 2015 by Cathy Weaver Reply

    I am so grateful when I have a opportunity to witnesses love reveal itself. Not long ago, I was journaling along this same train of thought. In my stillness, I asked the question ; Lord how did I fail at real Love in my previous relationships?? The answer came to me saying it was because you did not understand, accept , and embrace the love I created you to be!!! Wow was the only response l could muster up. Moreover, the answer to your question today is ,I am not only what I think. I am what I was formed in,filled with and function out of. Likewise , I truly believe our inward condition is what determines our exterior exhibition. I must thank you for this share because it further demonstrates the world is our university and everything and everyone are our teachers. When we learn from our painful and frustrating experiences we become the light in the matters of the heart and journey back to our most purest form.( LOVE) Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them

  • Becky N.
    April 14, 2015 by Becky N. Reply

    GOOD STUFF!!!

  • Kimberly
    April 18, 2015 by Kimberly Reply

    Great post. It really gave me some perspective. Often times my motivations are sinful. Or if they are pure intentions fear sometime stops me in my tracks.

  • Ashley Jensen
    April 21, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Thanks babe! ❤️

  • Sharon Jensen
    April 22, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    As usual, and to my delight, your sensitivity and awareness of God’s tender mercies toward us comforts me and reminds me that He never fails. I fail, but He never does. Wonderful devotion full of insight and wisdom that only God can give. I love you and I thank God for you and your willingness to be transparent.

  • Felicia
    April 22, 2015 by Felicia Reply

    I was just thinking of my own ‘do-over’ yesterday. That actual phrase came to mind. So, when I ran across your tweet I I clicked on the link. I am glad that I did.

    I am moving to a new area soon and was feeling overwhelmed by it all. Your insight was helpful in putting it all in Godly perspective.

    Thanks,

    Felicia

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 22, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Glad it helped Felicia!

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  • Elizabeth Watson
    April 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    That’s a MOST insightful and AWESOME WORD! I am reminded of the Great Love of the Father to bring Beauty from ashes! Thank you God Bless you.

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth! God bless you!

  • Alyssa zbydniewski
    April 28, 2015 by Alyssa zbydniewski Reply

    I think that a lot of people struggle with this concept. I know I have for a majority of my life. People relive their past; things that have broken then, destroyed then, and impacted them in a negative way. Jesus forgives us and forgets! That’s his promise to us! If we believe his promise to us, why do we continue to live in the past? It’s satan’s way of trying to tear us down! If we are in God’s word daily, and use this weapon to fight off satan and his demons, then no one can be against us! No one can make us feel worthless or remind us of our past! We need to wake up people! Forgive yourself and shine for Jesus!

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Great word Alyssa!

  • Brandy B.
    April 28, 2015 by Brandy B. Reply

    Wow….I felt like this message was specifically for me. Thanks for sharing God’s word with me. I’ve struggled for some time trying to pick up the pieces from a life I never expected, trying to find clarity in it all. You have just reminded me of the love our Father has for me and how he’s in complete control. This is a reminder that I have to push forward and continue to trust he is in total control.

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      So good Brandy! Glad it helped!

  • Sharon Jensen
    April 28, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    It’s always such a blessing to see God working in your life and to watch His restoration at work in you. I hide these things in my heart and I rejoice with His angels over you. You call Him Father and He calls you son. Thank you for your willingness to be transparent in obedience to His call for humble honesty. As always, your Momma loves you.

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Mom!

  • Riva Wisdom
    April 30, 2015 by Riva Wisdom Reply

    Thank You So Much Sir for the Insight into the realities of life. Challenges that come are bread for a Son of God this is why we welcome them. John 16: 33- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • Samba Gwebe
    May 1, 2015 by Samba Gwebe Reply

    Thank you for sharing this.I’ve been going through a harrowing time spiritually but I thank God for His love.Often we focus so much on our failures that we begin to live like failures.Thank you for reminding us that we have a precious hope in Jesus:)

  • Pat Mingarelli
    May 6, 2015 by Pat Mingarelli Reply

    Amen. Our sense of security in who where are comes from Him. We are His and He is God. What more could we need? But yet, what makes that so hard to hang on to in the day-to-day? The things of these world so blind our eyes of the next.

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  • Dumisani Dlodlo
    May 10, 2015 by Dumisani Dlodlo Reply

    Insecurity has destroyed too many people and is like cancer eating away ones confidence and TRUST in God. Thank you for such a wonderful well written post i will definately share it with my friends, colleagues and family to reveal the poeer we already possess. Amen my brother

  • Frankie Masime
    May 12, 2015 by Frankie Masime Reply

    This is so true! I have become so confident in life because I know who I am. (1Peter 2:9). I no longer get bothered by things or negative comments from people as I know that I am Daddy’s girl & and the apple of His eye at that.
    Thank you for sharing and may God bless you Ashley!

  • Sunita Hines, Ph.D.
    May 12, 2015 by Sunita Hines, Ph.D. Reply

    This is a strong commentary. I definitely agree that our dreams, goals, and pursuits will perish without a vision and lack of knowledge. We need to understand and be fully aware of the plans God has in store for each and everyone of us. When we know what our meaning is in life (our gifts), then we are able to put that in perspective with how God wants us to release our gifts to help others. When we center our life around God’s plan for our life and understand our meaning, we are in a position to bless others!

  • afolabi Emmanuel tayo
    May 15, 2015 by afolabi Emmanuel tayo Reply

    thanks pastor for using this medium to expatiate on this invaluable topic about vision.there is one thing I love about the bible is that,God had a vision of creating the world and the things therein.he understand the benefits of vision particularly when he deliberated the creation of man.therefore let us set the vision of changing the situation in our generation

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  • víctor
    May 20, 2015 by víctor Reply

    hola ashley, estoy sorprendido he estado pensando en esto desde hace algún tiempo y me sorprende encontrarlo plasmado en tú artículo ,pase por momentos difíciles antes a causa de los obstaculos que describes y mientras mas entiendo este asunto soy mas libre y más disfruto la vida.
    God bless you.

    • Ashley Jensen
      May 20, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Absolutely Victor!

      • seven grace swer
        May 22, 2015 by seven grace swer Reply

        Yes,we know that heavenly blessing open to those who are pure in heart.Jesus when He was babtizing in the river of Jordan heaven opens to Him.

  • mel rose
    May 24, 2015 by mel rose Reply

    Thank u.that message was delivered to me Right when I needed it. thank u and God bless
    melrose♥

  • gerald
    May 25, 2015 by gerald Reply

    loved this messaged i was trully enlightened by it and shall apply it right away. its always the litte things that seem to weigh us down in experiencing Gods full glory.. keep up the good work… <3

  • Tammy C
    May 26, 2015 by Tammy C Reply

    Awesome truths here in this article!! I learned a lot more about His love for me just by reading this. Thank you for blessing me!!! God bless you!

  • Sunita Hines, Ph.D.
    May 26, 2015 by Sunita Hines, Ph.D. Reply

    My prayer is to be as scandalous as Jesus and cover those who need it most! Absolutely love this write up Ashley! Thanks for revealing truths and areas where I need God’s help. Take care and enjoy your day!

  • Elizabeth Watson
    May 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    Amazing Word… And perception of His Perfect Grace & the UNENDING gift His Grace is & that we are always able to give.
    God Bless you!

  • Tea Martin
    May 30, 2015 by Tea Martin Reply

    I have loved that song since its release and agree with what you so eloquently wrote. Keep writing and reaching the masses through it!

  • Nick Capilla
    May 31, 2015 by Nick Capilla Reply

    JSUS CHRIST. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THEY SACRIFICED ANIMALS A SHEDDING OF BLOOD. TO COVER THEIR PAST YEAR SIN. JESUS CHRIST SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD IS THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.FOR OUR PASTAND FUTURE SINS. THE BOOK OF ROMAN TEN TELLS US THAT IF WE CONFESS WITH OUR MOUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, AND WITH OUR HEART WE BELIEVE.WE WILL BE SAVED. THE BOOK OF GELATIONS SAYS WE ALL SIN. AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD . WE ARE ALL SINNERS. WHO EVER SAYS THEY DON’T SIN THEY ARE LIARS. WE LIVE BY FAITH ,NOT BY SITE. IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS TELLS US ABOUT THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT AND THE FRUITS FRUITS OF THE FLESH. THE BIBLE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, I CAN’T REMEMBER THE BOOK RIGHT NOW. YOUR FIRST HOMEWORK,. FAITH WITH OUT WORKS IS DEAD DEAD.THEIRS SOME RELIGION’S THAT SAY THEY HAVE TOO SACRIFICE OF THEIR TIME, AND OTHER THINGS. THE BIBLE. TELLS US CLEARLY THAT IF WE DO THIS THINGS AS A SACRIFICE. THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST IS OF NOAVAIL. SO THE WORKS ARE OF THE SPIRIT. WICH I WILL SAY. LOVE, LONG-SOFERING- PATIENC.DOES NOT BOAST, NOT QUITE TO ANGER, IS NOT JUDGMENTAL. I CAN’T REMEMBER THE REST .THESE ARE THE WORKS WE LIVE BY. I CAN GO ON .THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO STOP. EVERYBODY HAVE A FUN SAFE WONDERFUL BLESSED NIGHT.:-) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I PUT SEVEN SMILES, BECAUSE GOD USED NUMBER SEVEN THROUGH OUT THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND THE NEW TESTAMENT.

  • Elizabeth Watson
    June 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    Wow!! AMEN FANTASTIC Word!J JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! Celebrating in HIS RESTORATION IN & THRU US!! I’m INSPIRED, ENCOURAGED & EMPOWERED!!!

  • Ann Knotts
    June 2, 2015 by Ann Knotts Reply

    Interesting, refreshing perspective on restoration. When we go through (or choose to) difficult times, we tend to focus on what we lost, how can we get it back, place blame, develop a sense of bitterness, denial, and so forth. As you said…Jesus is the master fabricator that was sent to
    restore (bring life and bring it more abundantly). Once we get our focus
    on Jesus…we will live in the victory that he prepared for us!

  • Candace Soddu
    June 2, 2015 by Candace Soddu Reply

    I love this!

  • Gertrude R. Lozada
    June 2, 2015 by Gertrude R. Lozada Reply

    I’m so thankful for everything everyday!
    And reading blogs like this is a bonus! Thanks Ashleyjensen!!!

  • Shana
    June 4, 2015 by Shana Reply

    So true! Not only does this make me think about my own life but it increases my compassion for people that have been tossed aside as junk. If we are reflections of Christ, we will see what He sees. Those very people, abandoned and set aside for scraps, are His masterpiece waiting for restoration. I’m so thankful He makes all things new, including me!

  • Mibei Jacob
    June 5, 2015 by Mibei Jacob Reply

    Thanks Ashley…it’s great and worth sharing! It just reflect on the situation my life is right now, though I have much hope, it has strengthen it. Your posts had sometimes comforted me, strengthen and sometimes guided me…so thanks!

  • Charlotte
    June 6, 2015 by Charlotte Reply

    Fantastic word on restoration! When going through the process oneself, it’s hard to even imagine the good that can come from such brokenness and breaking down! I love that the Master Jesus has a great vision discerned by the Holy spirit which shall come to pass regardless of what is seen in the natural. Thanks for this and God bless you.

  • Yvette
    June 7, 2015 by Yvette Reply

    Amen! Love This . Not only will the Lord heal us, but restore us . This is exactly what I needed right now 🙂 thank you, God Bless you

  • Elizabeth Watson
    June 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    Great Word! I’m inspired and encouraged, the BEST is yet to come! This next season is OUR SEASON! AMEN!

  • Sharon Jensen
    June 9, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    …when people count us out, God counts on us … I love that and I love you for your sweet, forgiving, loving heart … Saint Paul said it best .. If God be for me, what can mere man do to me … Can’t wait to hear the sermon God has given you on allowing Him to count on us …

  • Ilona
    June 9, 2015 by Ilona Reply

    This really really helped me.. WOW.. .. hope you don’t mind if I share this… I .was saved aged 28 in 1999. I felt I had been robbed of a life with Christ since it had been such a battle and I had made so many mistakes I felt a lot of regret. Although my church is amazing all my friends were younger and even though they joked about God taking ten years off my age I felt really robbed for a long time I felt so sad and didn’t understand why God had left it so late for me. I got sick four years ago and hit rock bottom again and nearly lost my job due to not being able to work, i was bullied on my return and I was thinking what is going on??… then this amazing leader said to me..” its like no one ever told you you don’t have to fight anymore, let God fight for you, just rest in Him and be happy with who you are because Gods timing is perfect He makes NO mistakes” God gave me this verse “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans” I realised that its so vital to have a strong daily encounter with God and let Him take the battle, let Him put the right people in your life, who will encourage you and also He will restore ALL the years the locusts have eaten.. So thank you for this word it reminded me again.. God restores us beautifully,,

  • Pat
    June 13, 2015 by Pat Reply

    Wonderful Encouragement ! Yes we should never give up! We have no idea of the great plans God has in store for us. Keep up the good work!

  • Sharon Jensen
    June 16, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    I love this … Thank you for reminding me of the fact that I am created from dust and as such am a frail creature who will fail but I have faith in God and like the woman Jesus spoke to in Saint Luke’s ..”your faith has saved you; Go and sin no more.” You’re a wonderful writer who allows God’s Holy Spirit to lead you into sharing what He has inspired you to write … So good .. Can’t wait for the next one .. I love you.

  • Zinhle Beverly
    June 17, 2015 by Zinhle Beverly Reply

    So powerful, I’m encouraged

  • Karl Martinez
    June 22, 2015 by Karl Martinez Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I find the more I commit myself to God, the easier it becomes to do the right thing.

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  • Pat
    June 23, 2015 by Pat Reply

    Wonderful advice! I will pray and practice this! Thanks I want my mind and emotions in check badly!

  • pere feboke
    June 24, 2015 by pere feboke Reply

    I am so inspired by your words, may God bless you immeasurably, will be looking out for all yout posts, and would like to know how I can contact you, to share thoughts, thanks

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  • Robert Stevenson
    June 28, 2015 by Robert Stevenson Reply

    Well spoken! Yip! That’s what I’ve always maintained: we have to want what He wants. That’s the secret of peace of mind. Peace is a rare commodity in this world.

  • florence
    June 30, 2015 by florence Reply

    what you are saying is very true. Most of the time we Christians neglect our physical bodies.

  • Dorisina
    June 30, 2015 by Dorisina Reply

    Thank you for your article Ashley, it needed to be said.
    There are so many Christians out here doing more condemning and judging than satan himself.
    Whilst going around with very unhealthy bodies.

  • Tara
    July 1, 2015 by Tara Reply

    Hi Ashley. Powerful article!! Love the statement you made that we are all level at the foot of the cross. Makes so much sense. Blessings!

  • xai
    July 3, 2015 by xai Reply

    This very true, and needed. Thank you.

  • Ilona Albrecht
    July 6, 2015 by Ilona Albrecht Reply

    Oh my word its so true.. I really need to get back to my gym.. good kick for me… Joyce Meyers said a similar thing.. great minds think alike. . think i will share this with my cell too..

  • Dorisina
    July 7, 2015 by Dorisina Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experience.
    It’s very true, this is why my inner circle is so small.
    Be blessed

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yep!

  • Elizabeth Watson
    July 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    BLESSED by this message and God’s perfect work through you and this messages timing. God bless you….

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome!

  • Tara
    July 7, 2015 by Tara Reply

    Ashley, I have to honestly say my inner circle no longer exists mostly by choice. I am a great friend and embody many of the characteristics you described in your article how ever the norm of reciprocity, as we sociologists call it, has often been non-existent in my life. Will God re-establish this area of my life? Prayerfully! However in this season in my life I have a standard for those who wish to be a part of that deep inner area of my life: if you are not rowing in the same spiritual and relational direction then one of us must get out of the boat.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Agree!

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Agree 100%

  • Sunita Hines, Ph.D.
    July 7, 2015 by Sunita Hines, Ph.D. Reply

    Ashley,

    Thank you for being real and opening up about your experiences with friendship as it relates to the Bible. I can sincerely appreciate your authenticity. Through the years, I have learned that friendship and love in itself is a process and while I have learned many lessons about friendship, in the end, I would agree that love and best interest are concise ways to describe a true friend! Thank you – your write up about friendship is so real!

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Glad it helped!

  • Janice
    July 7, 2015 by Janice Reply

    Do not throw your pearls before swine. Guard your heart.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yep!

  • Chelsea
    July 9, 2015 by Chelsea Reply

    True friends are hard to come by now days. No wonder so many people shut people out and are alone and sometimes end up hurting themselves.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 9, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Its true by there is hope. God will provide the right relationships.

  • Monquie
    July 9, 2015 by Monquie Reply

    Thank you so on point! Thank you!! God Bless you!!

  • Rich
    July 11, 2015 by Rich Reply

    So true and sad I feel especially in Christian circles. This is so close to my heart and I pray God’s love is truly shown through us to others.

  • nina
    July 12, 2015 by nina Reply

    Very welcome said God I need ur grace and give me a spirit of discernment

  • nina
    July 12, 2015 by nina Reply

    Nice piece sung in tnx

  • nina
    July 12, 2015 by nina Reply

    Tnx for d word really lifted me God is d greatest there is no other

  • jia
    July 12, 2015 by jia Reply

    Thanks for this helpful and significant reminder, GOD BLESS.

  • Alex
    July 14, 2015 by Alex Reply

    Ashley

    I can relate to your experiences, I have also found that unbelievers can be more authentic friends than Christians, sad to say. My circle has become very small, after having been unjustly used by believers it takes a lot to trust again, seen as these are the ones that should be so easy to trust. But I am trusting in God to direct my paths to the right friends for to have those great relationships you mentioned.
    Love getting your words of wisdom.
    Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Watson
    July 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    Wow!! This message is perfectly timed for me personally. God Bless You for the power with in this Word & thank you for sharing such a moving Word. God Bless You & keep the annointed BLESSED Word coming. Thank You

  • Ologun Toluwalope
    July 14, 2015 by Ologun Toluwalope Reply

    Perfect timing. This is what I need. Been struggling, still struggling but this has motivated me. Thank you

  • Karen H.
    July 14, 2015 by Karen H. Reply

    Thank you!!! God seems to keep driving this point home to me the last few weeks…..over and over again!!! 😀 Thank you for sharing it and being part of a “God thing” in my life and heart on this subject.

  • Roshanda
    July 14, 2015 by Roshanda Reply

    This message is an on time word. Thank you so much for sharing. It speaks with much volume. God bless you!

  • Ann Knotts
    July 14, 2015 by Ann Knotts Reply

    Amen!

  • Stacey
    July 15, 2015 by Stacey Reply

    BEAUTIFULLY said! Love your perspective on the ITs and THEYs in our lives. I imagine that we are all THEYs at some time in our life.

  • Alex
    July 15, 2015 by Alex Reply

    Really great word that is so true. The thing is we often find that we allow ourselves to grow into these hurts and sins in what we condemn ourselves of. These usually we find grow into HABITS, in which we are blinded to and just seem like “the way of life”. The funny thing about the word Habit is that IT is also part of it. So to remove IT from our lives, renewing and transforming our mind is the key. So if we remove the H, we’re left with A.BIT, we remove the A, we’re left with B.I.T, remove the B and we’re left with IT, and the”I” (which is ourselves thinking we are stuck in our problems) can only be removed by the “t”(THE CROSS)
    Then when people find the truth in Christ, Liberty can truly be received and life can only move forward and up.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 15, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome! Good stuff Alex!

  • Liezl
    July 16, 2015 by Liezl Reply

    Luv’d your Alignment series. May u b blessed abundantly

  • DanC
    July 17, 2015 by DanC Reply

    Words to live by, i need IT and THEY to just leave me alone already.

  • Jennifer Bell
    July 18, 2015 by Jennifer Bell Reply

    Thanks for that message. It really touched my heart. God bless you.

  • Happy
    July 19, 2015 by Happy Reply

    Thank you so much for the article that is reality and to me as I have known of our bodies being the vehicles to our destiny… I pray I use it wisely to get there. Thanks

  • Maryam mason
    July 20, 2015 by Maryam mason Reply

    Thank u so much I needed to read this just now as I’m going thru the same thing. & tbh it is all very true. Thank u. May u con’t to be blessed.

  • Elizabeth
    July 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    God Bless You!! Powerful truth message! I accept and ask God to apply the LOVE thru me.

  • Tara
    July 21, 2015 by Tara Reply

    Powerful!

  • Adonness
    July 21, 2015 by Adonness Reply

    I was going to put the lid on:) only because I don’t feel the same Love in return that i’ve given my whole life I’m not in relationships with any of my family and so called friends I’m ok with it I sleep better I had to come to realize they only cared for me when I could be there for them are they needed my advise I’m glad I was remined of God’s love and how were suppose to love one another and stay in forgiveness

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 21, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Don’t put the lid on… There’s a difference between love and investment. Love everybody but be selective with your investment.

  • Carla
    July 21, 2015 by Carla Reply

    Thank you for this challenge! We have had to navigate through some very difficult relationships over these past few years. I continue to feel challenged to forgive and see these relationships through the lense of Jesus. It’s so hard and I can’t do it on my own strength ! I need to read this verse again and obey what Love calls me to do .

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 21, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      It’s tough but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can do it!

  • Mary Black
    July 22, 2015 by Mary Black Reply

    I’m learning a whole lot through your messages. Everything is like wow!!!

  • Kevin
    July 22, 2015 by Kevin Reply

    Great word! We love because he first loved us. The better we can understand HIS love, the better we will be able to love others in the same manner…

  • Christopher
    July 22, 2015 by Christopher Reply

    I agree with what you said in the context you said it but there are people you need to love from a distance. I actually use that phrase when I am counseling someone who is a believer but is being physically abused by a family member. They feel like they are supposed to stay because Jesus would want them to love them. I have zero problem telling them that they need to love “that” person from a distance. I only commented because that statement can’t be a blanket statement used across the board. But again, I agree with the context in which you used your example. But if someone is being abused, get out of that abusive situation. Jesus is ok with you loving that person from a distance. He doesn’t want you sticking around getting the heck beat out of you night after night.

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 22, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Absolutely, context is key. Having love for someone and actually Doug the act of loving someone are two different things. I believe we can have love for all people but for love to change people it has to be seen, felt, and displayed. It’s definitely an action. Thanks for the comment!

    • denise
      July 26, 2015 by denise Reply

      Ive been abused u r a good friend Christopher.

  • Portia
    July 24, 2015 by Portia Reply

    Very profound truth!

  • keri
    July 24, 2015 by keri Reply

    Great piece. Thanks!

  • Claudia
    July 25, 2015 by Claudia Reply

    Funny how God works! I have just started trying to my live my life by loving everyone and emptying out past hurts to focus on giving love. Thank you for this! I will try to change my words to be kinder and gentler. Pray I have patience with myself…..LOL!

  • kelly
    July 25, 2015 by kelly Reply

    AMAZING and something I need to read every single day. …thank you and God bless you

  • Elizabeth Watson
    July 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    Amen!

  • Sheila
    July 28, 2015 by Sheila Reply

    All very true especially on submitting to the process of God’s plan – I share in similar type of experiences and I have to say it doesn’t come easy, it takes dying to self more than once, but the fruits of it all are most rewarding. God’s yoke is always easy if we learn to trust and abide in the Vine. Thanks Ashley for sharing, it is very encouranging and to know that God is not finished with us yet. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

  • Douglas Taylor
    July 28, 2015 by Douglas Taylor Reply

    AMEN! The process is preparation for the promise!

  • Pat
    July 28, 2015 by Pat Reply

    Wonderful post! I’m in a season of waiting an it’s hard! But I know it’s working for my good and God’s Glory! It’s hard to see right now things seem to be crumbling all around me I don’t see anything working the way God promised me! But I know it’s coming please pray for me to wait with the right attitude it’s so important your post are such an encouragement!

    • Ashley Jensen
      July 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Glad it helped Pat! Check the online message called “Breaking the Dreamer” I share similar thoughts there! Hope it helps!

  • Christian Milstead
    July 28, 2015 by Christian Milstead Reply

    Amen. This message was right on time, as I am going through a time like this. I’ve been going through being overlooked for some time now, but reading this confirmed what I believed the overlooking to be. I’ve believed that God is just preparing me for greatness and preparing me for the ability to handle the favor he will shower over my life.

  • John
    July 28, 2015 by John Reply

    Amen

  • Happy
    August 1, 2015 by Happy Reply

    I am taking off the lid of the jar of love I have… Thanks I loved it and I am grateful you are leading us

  • Shavonne
    August 1, 2015 by Shavonne Reply

    I needed this but God already knew tht guess Thas t I stopped by to read it ☺️

  • Diana
    August 2, 2015 by Diana Reply

    Thank you for this message and being so transparent, I’m in that place now but I’m surrendering to God because he knows best and I know I’m being processed

  • Jacqueline
    August 4, 2015 by Jacqueline Reply

    Great post, words I needed to hear in this crossroad of my life. Thank you so much for the realness and encouragement in your message.

  • Elizabeth
    August 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    Great truthful insight! God bless You!

  • Claudia
    August 4, 2015 by Claudia Reply

    Thank you for this! Every day I read messages from Joel because they seem to strike home for me. I tell you what this one here hit a home run for me. I was very down and felt overlooked recently. My plans of my life are not where I hoped they would be by now.
    I am so thankful to have read your message!! It just woke me up and gave me a new perspective and I believe that I will read this everyday this week to remind me that God is in control and I need to keep the faith.

  • celeste
    August 8, 2015 by celeste Reply

    Thanks for the message. I ask for help and guidance from my Heavenly Father for everything in my life.

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  • Cynthia
    August 11, 2015 by Cynthia Reply

    Loved this. When I had to sell my car months ago…(and have yet to afford a new one)–I discovered how many friends I really had. (I had more than I thought!) When I had/have to get a ride to my church singles/social group–I found out I have some really great friends.

    And ya know…I get to know these friends better during “car conversations” on our ride there and back to my home. It’s really wonderful when we figure these things out in what we as humans assume are “bad times”; always then God is doing something we didn’t expect.

    • Ashley Jensen
      August 11, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      So good Cynthia! Friends are there when you need them. Your story speaks about the grace and sovereignty of God. Those car conversations may have gone farther than you think!

  • Thulani
    August 11, 2015 by Thulani Reply

    Yes I feel led well. I need a REALationship. Wonder how to get it. Realationships are slipping away fast.

  • Billie
    August 12, 2015 by Billie Reply

    Good word. My mom always said, if you get one true friend in your life, you’ve got something. The only thing you didn’t speak on… the Bible says love not only in word, but in deed. Love is an action word. It takes action to prove we love someone. God created us for love. To be loved and be love. Humans crave it. But you have to know how to love yourself before you can love others. God bless you Ashley!

  • Elizabeth
    August 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    WOW!! Amen!!

  • J Coleman
    August 25, 2015 by J Coleman Reply

    I truly needed to hear this! God’s timing is impeccable! Thank you, for being His vessel.

  • Elizabeth
    August 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    Amen FANTASTIC MESSAGE!! IM TRULY BLESSED and this has given me such insight as well as great direction!

  • Pat
    August 25, 2015 by Pat Reply

    Very good post! I need help in for real Dealing With Difficult People good help!Keep up the good work!

  • Carla
    August 25, 2015 by Carla Reply

    Thank you for this reminder.

  • Aundrea
    August 25, 2015 by Aundrea Reply

    Thank you for the reminder to be mindful of being graceful when dealing with difficult people. I also need to have this mindset when driving & someone pulls out in front of me or slams on their brakes, lol….

  • Dayo
    August 26, 2015 by Dayo Reply

    Seems as if you know what am going through…with this post I can control my anger…and I pray for more grace to control my temperament!

  • Mary
    August 28, 2015 by Mary Reply

    Good options. Thank you. Sometimes I must take the opportunity to say nothing dealing with difficult people.
    God bless you!

  • Trish
    August 29, 2015 by Trish Reply

    This is great, I love it. You just helped me.

  • Sharon Jensen
    August 30, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    “…what happens in our minds will happen in time …” And … “Our thoughts are the architects of our destiny.” … Beautiful examples of the wonderful insight God is bestowing on you. Thank for being obedient and continuing to share these truths … I love you, Mom

    • Ashley Jensen
      August 30, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Mom!

  • Joan
    September 1, 2015 by Joan Reply

    Very timely piece of advise. I am no saint and can be pretty difficult but recently, God’s been teaching me on forgiveness to the point of making me teach it to people who know my flaws! They issue now is I was hurt by family two days back and although I have forgiven, there is a nagging pain in the heart. Thanks for these words. I am going to work on restoring the relationship.

  • Donna-Luisa
    September 1, 2015 by Donna-Luisa Reply

    Great article.. Loved it.Totally relevant in my season. Thank you

  • Ken
    September 7, 2015 by Ken Reply

    well how do you deal with being a kid and not having (in your eyes) God answer your prayers. Seeing God as all powerful and a savior and dealing with abuse, I changed my expectations to not expecting at all….now I’m feeling entitlement for the pain of the past…now what?

    • Ashley Jensen
      September 7, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      I definitely think working out those issues with a pastor or counselor is helpful. Feeling entitlement because someone hurt you will always lead to more hurt and being let down. Praying for you!

  • Billie
    September 8, 2015 by Billie Reply

    Good study, however, I believe that patience comes thru love. The love of God. The fruit of love is patience. Well one of the fruits anyway. Thank you for this study Ashley! This is one of my favorite books.

  • Elizabeth
    September 8, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    Great & wise insight. Divine direction for me to ask of God to apply in& through me. God Bless you

  • Brandy
    September 9, 2015 by Brandy Reply

    Thank you Ashley….God just used you right now to send me this message. I’m in a time of trials and transition in which I believe God is asking me to be patient and have faith.

  • Elizabeth
    September 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AWESOME WISDOM! God Bless and MAY this INSIGHT reach the multitudes as it has me! God Bless You & Your ministry & the”seeds” you plant FLOURISH!
    Amen

  • Barbie
    September 16, 2015 by Barbie Reply

    Thank you!!!
    Your msg enlightened me to pride, anger, etc being a temptation as I haven’t looked at it that way before. Also, the reframe and refrain spoke to me, to really think about the consequences before I have that desire to react on anger pride whether I feel justified or not!
    Again, thank you for your msgs!!
    Keep em coming!
    Believing for God’s unprecedented favor for you!!!

  • Moses
    September 16, 2015 by Moses Reply

    The message is quite instructive. I got to know for real that anger and pride are temptation. Meanwhile understanding again that the temptation comes mostly from weak spots in us. To reframe and refrain is actually pointing for me to always think ahead by the Spirit to avert possible pitfalls.

    May the Lord strengthen and grant you great grace and power to fulfill your divine task in Jesus name amen.

  • Alina
    September 17, 2015 by Alina Reply

    I love this message. I have been struggling with temptation lately. This had helped me a lot, and you are so right how the temptation is always the same.

  • anna
    September 17, 2015 by anna Reply

    That topic was amazing, really needed 2 hear that at this point in my life

  • @liztegart
    September 19, 2015 by @liztegart Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Blessings,

  • Rikki
    September 20, 2015 by Rikki Reply

    This message was amazing! I needed this as I’ve recently given in to a temptation I’d given up for 2 years. I’ve thought about it every day since with much regret. Thank you for this encouraging message

    • anna
      September 20, 2015 by anna Reply

      At this time in my life i really needed to hear this message, it was an eye opener

  • Elizabeth
    September 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AMEN!

  • Sharon Jensen
    September 22, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Amen and Amen … Wonderful teaching … Insightful and inspiring .. Thank you .. I love you .. Mom

  • Yemisi
    September 24, 2015 by Yemisi Reply

    Awesome…

  • Keith
    September 25, 2015 by Keith Reply

    Words that penetrate the soul. Preach!

  • Annette Knight
    September 25, 2015 by Annette Knight Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks! Great work!

  • Cynthia Harris
    September 26, 2015 by Cynthia Harris Reply

    Love it. Amen!

  • Steve L
    September 27, 2015 by Steve L Reply

    Point 4 struck me. We enjoy a certain level of ignorance. Intelligent enough to know that if we read that book out go to that conference we will have no excuse but to change or live with our now opened eyes and bothered conscience.
    Better to stay blind ignorant but at least comfortable we think.
    Oh Father break the chains of our flesh, show us your glory, ravish is with your love and worth that we may see the treasure out weighs the cost. Let Jesus shine brighter.

  • Kristina
    September 27, 2015 by Kristina Reply

    I would always say to my husband, driving the family van to church is not being the spiritual leader of the family. To this day, three of my adult children are not walking with GOD. My other 5 have no earthly idea what a Godly man or father is, and this breaks me heart. They don’t know how to find one themselves. The older ones have followed their father’s lead, not their mother’s.

  • Alina
    September 28, 2015 by Alina Reply

    I like the part where you state that when we do something with the attitude of obligation, we don’t gain anything from the experience. I have a trip coming up and my attitude was “out of obligation. ” However, A Friend Just opened my eyes to how I should be looking at this trip as an exciting experience. I am so glad she did because I would make myself miss out on this experience. Thank you Jesus!

  • ALINA SMITH
    September 28, 2015 by ALINA SMITH Reply

    ” Our thoughts are the architects of our destiny.” This statement is deep. It’s like my mind exploded and I just want to keep reading more. Your blogs are insightful and are helpful for someone who is just learning to lean on God. As a person who has always known that God exist but didn’t know how to let God lead, these blogs are very helpful. Your knowledge helps so many people in so many way. Thank you!

    • Ashley Jensen
      September 28, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Glad it helped!

  • Elizabeth
    September 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    An AWESOME TRUTH!! This is my 2nd reading on this and a reminder of MY FIRST LOVE & what God says about us…. Thank you Father we are an OBJECT OF his Perfect Love! Amen!! God Bless you!

  • Anna
    October 6, 2015 by Anna Reply

    This topic was exactly what i wanted to hear, it was an eye opener, i am truly blessed through this topic

  • Elizabeth
    October 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AMEN!! And AMEN!!! Great Word!!! Our MOMENT IS EVER PRESENT CALLING IT FORTH TO FRUITION!! God Bless You!

  • denise
    October 6, 2015 by denise Reply

    very confirming to me thank you for writing this

  • Eyedee
    October 7, 2015 by Eyedee Reply

    Word in season… Thank you

  • Elizabeth Watson
    October 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Watson Reply

    AMEN!!! WOW….. ANOTHER GREAT MESSAGE, moving FORWARD into the Destiny He has for us! Nor letting the past keep hold of our BLESSED promise of a NEW DAY!! In Jesus Name Amen! God Bless You

  • Liz
    October 13, 2015 by Liz Reply

    Dude! This was so for me, exactly what I needed to hear. I’ll probably revisit this blog a few times over the next week or so.

  • Manyar Bukata
    October 14, 2015 by Manyar Bukata Reply

    Without knowing, I had been struggling with negative thoughts for a long time in my life … This isn’t a wonderful message . For more on how the quality of our thoughts affect the quality of our lives, Y’all can check out this post by Joyce Meyer as well. http://jmm.co/1K4QDCu

  • Bill Petrie, Jr.
    October 17, 2015 by Bill Petrie, Jr. Reply

    … For once this is something useful and relevant from a Church Pastor. Instead of criticism and division …

    Thank you

  • Mandy
    October 17, 2015 by Mandy Reply

    Excellent parallel! Amen! Gotta’ stay prayed up. Thank you!

  • james
    October 18, 2015 by james Reply

    i struggle with negative thought how do i over come them, my mind is always drifting away when i am trying to do something constractive, especially when its about my faith with God

    • Ashley Jensen
      October 18, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      It’s a matter of staying focused. Training your thoughts, you are in control of your thoughts and your focus. Sometimes it takes you saying out loud that you are going to focus on this task.

  • Renato
    October 18, 2015 by Renato Reply

    POWERFUL WORDS! THANKS GOD!

  • Elizabeth
    October 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AMEN!

  • Donna
    October 24, 2015 by Donna Reply

    I needed this now! Following my emotions for years has made me and my family suffer emotionally. I wished to God each time that I could follow my own advice I would give on my situation but each time a situation happened I didn’t want to give up on someone I loved. I guess some people will never change, I live with a lot of regret everyday. I pray I can stay strong this time around. Thank you!

  • Angelique
    October 26, 2015 by Angelique Reply

    Is very nice to have people like you ,sharing this things ,to us in always base my decision by emotions , but after I have my Lord and my heart I always take more time to decide , and the holly spirit always help to do ,the best I can ,thank you for sharing .God bless you .

  • Víctor
    October 26, 2015 by Víctor Reply

    He pensado en eso desde hace algún tiempo.
    God Bless You.

  • allysa
    October 29, 2015 by allysa Reply

    Thank you for the insights that you’ve shared to us. This past few days I really don’t know what, where to start my training. I feel confused where’s company that i am going to apply then I ask God to give me wisdom and guidance. And right now i am happy in my good decision that i chose. Praise God! God Bless 🙂

  • Mahle
    October 30, 2015 by Mahle Reply

    Thank you for a great teaching

  • Claudia
    November 3, 2015 by Claudia Reply

    I needed to hear this today! I struggled with in the meantime for six years waiting for my dreams and desires. Thank you for sharing! Today more than any other day I needed this! I will trust and I will pray and I wil partner with God! I too want to help others in the mean time! 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    November 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AWESOME! Thank you! God Bless You!

  • Stacey roan
    November 3, 2015 by Stacey roan Reply

    Truly a word on today and on time thanks for sharing and may God continue to bless n use u for his glory…amen

  • Nancy Sproul
    November 3, 2015 by Nancy Sproul Reply

    I was encouraged by your blog today because I have just completely partnered with Our God and started a business with GOD as the CEO. I want to run the business to demonstrate the Love of God through food friendship, Evangelism.
    GOD is A Great God and Im stepping out and living Our dream through the guidance of His Spirit. We want to be the Aroma of Christ to those whom we encounter.But in Spirit it Oh Wow this is Awesome but in the flesh its Oh God Im terrified but you know what God I love you and Im going to Stand on Your Word Rest in your arms of love and say Father if it be Your Will. So thank u for sharing this with me tonight. Bless u Nancy

  • anna
    November 3, 2015 by anna Reply

    Sometimes I get very impatient waiting for the right time n opportunity to do the the things I’ve always wanted 2 do but now i have a better understanding, thanks 2 u. God works things in his own time n his time is always the right time

  • Sharon Jensen
    November 3, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    This is so timely … My Pastor was just teaching about this very thing out of 1 Kings … Not by our own strength or our own might but by God’s power and in His perfect time … I love your amazing blogs and, of course, I love you … Mom

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 4, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Mom!!

  • Joe
    November 4, 2015 by Joe Reply

    Those are awesome encouraging words. They have inspired more by keeping My Trust and Faith unto The Lord. Thanks alot Ashley and Be Blessed.

  • Attoyette
    November 6, 2015 by Attoyette Reply

    Thanks for this message I have been in the mean time seams like all off life and have made a lot of hasty decisions I lithe lord and I Beleive that he knows and dose what’s best for me I need prayer for strength and endurance ‘

  • Abimbola
    November 10, 2015 by Abimbola Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. God bless you sire. It was timely.

    • Janean
      November 10, 2015 by Janean Reply

      Loved this topic on WAITING. Great insight and a perspective I had not considered before. Thanks for this one!

  • Elizabeth
    November 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    AMEN!!! Fantastic Word!! Worship while we “wait”… His Love ALWAYS covers us! In Jesus we HAVE ALL
    HIS PROMISES.

  • Nali
    November 12, 2015 by Nali Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful message, God bless you more Pastor.

  • Gichuhi Ndegwa
    November 14, 2015 by Gichuhi Ndegwa Reply

    This resonates so well with me. What matters most is what we do in the waiting room.Many are times when we say we are waiting on God but the truth of the matter is He is actually waiting for us.blessed is who understands what to do when waiting.

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  • Monquie
    November 16, 2015 by Monquie Reply

    Thank you so much! Been feeling this way lately! Thank you!

  • Douglas Taylor
    November 17, 2015 by Douglas Taylor Reply

    Great word

  • salome
    November 17, 2015 by salome Reply

    Thank you. God is faithful to fulfil His promise.

  • Elizabeth
    November 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    Amen!

  • Joe
    November 17, 2015 by Joe Reply

    OUTSTANDING!

  • Sharon Jensen
    November 17, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    You are so right and there is nothing more thrilling or fulfilling than to know that you know you have heard that sweet, sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit … And it happens often throughout my day and sometimes it wakes me up at night, and when it does I just start praying, and the Holy Spirit takes me right where He wants me to pray … Having spent a lot of “meantime” this year recovering from foot surgery and staying still while the healing took place was an unexpected time of drawing close to God while He drew near to me … In retrospect, I consider it one of the best years of my life and I have no regret … Love your blog and love you so much ..

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 17, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Love you Mom! Thanks for the comment!!

  • Luzalej
    November 17, 2015 by Luzalej Reply

    This is so timely. May I share this on my blog? I’m starting out a blog for single ladies who are approaching midlife and this topic would be of great interest to my peers. Thank you for such a blessing. 🙂 God bless you

    • Ashley Jensen
      November 17, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Feel free! If you wouldn’t mind linking it back here that’d be great!

  • Myrtle
    November 18, 2015 by Myrtle Reply

    Ashley thank God for giving you such wisdom, you have always added value God bless you

  • Barbie
    November 18, 2015 by Barbie Reply

    Awesome word!!! Thank you!!!

  • Madonna
    November 22, 2015 by Madonna Reply

    Super!!!! super!!!!! Great words….

  • Barbie
    November 23, 2015 by Barbie Reply

    I just reading this now. Really good. Speaks to me!!!
    Thank you!!!!!❤️

  • Barbie
    November 23, 2015 by Barbie Reply

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Mandy Ward
    November 23, 2015 by Mandy Ward Reply

    I receive this! Amen ty

  • Mandy
    November 30, 2015 by Mandy Reply

    Amen…ty ty..head on….

  • Stephanie A. Stepp
    November 30, 2015 by Stephanie A. Stepp Reply

    Thank you so much for that! I am thankful that GOD says YES in HIS time and not mine. I am forever grateful for HIS love and mercy. Thank you Ashley for inspiring me. Much love & prayers. Keep spreading GOD’s amazing word…GOD Bless You!!!

  • Elizabeth
    December 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Reply

    WOW!!! Amen!! This is DEAD ON for me! Great inspiration and simplicity in such a loving way that Jesus paid it all!
    Amen God Bless you!

  • Barbie
    December 1, 2015 by Barbie Reply

    Speaks to me! Confirmation that continues! God has really been working on me these last several yrs! God is so good!!! Thank you!!!

  • Gertrude
    December 3, 2015 by Gertrude Reply

    Pain produces many wonderful results if taken in the right perspective.No pain no gain.

  • Stacey roan
    December 5, 2015 by Stacey roan Reply

    Amen this hit home for me truly Every word u said n spoke is nothing but the absolute truth. I am certainly a witness I went through a painful situation in my life a few months ago and God used my pain to change me n to get the glory out of my life. I am not the same person totally different and I have totally surrendered my life to God theres no greater love than in him such a great feeling with god on our side nothing is impossible to those who believe, receive and have crazy faith. I’m truly grateful n thankful

  • Olive
    December 6, 2015 by Olive Reply

    Amen!!
    I am a living testimony. I went through a pain that was to cause me shame and probably make me give up on life but God had better plans, he loved me and he knew I will run to him at the end of the day and I did. God then, took me through a process of healing. It didn’t take days, it took months. At the end of it all, he healed me. I am stronger than anything and my faith growing stronger and stronger in him. Jesus is truly the answer to it all. He is an amazing God. I can’t wait to shout it out from the mountain top.

  • Kehilwe Choganetso
    December 8, 2015 by Kehilwe Choganetso Reply

    Ashley you are blessing this messages is directed to me,I’m 36 years old and 2016 I’ll be doing my first year at university towards my teaching degree.People have tried to discarage me saying am too old and four years of study is long,hahahaha,and I said:God doesn’t look at the calender and age.It’s never late,its my time now and God is on my side,its doestnt matter what you say.My neighbour got her first job at the age of 57 years,she never gave up.Thank You Ashley You are God’s send,May God Bless You.

  • Amber Buehler McGuire
    December 8, 2015 by Amber Buehler McGuire Reply

    THANK you, ever so much for this….. I am struggling waiting to be given a chance to fulfill what I feel he’s laid upon my heart!

  • Smoul
    December 8, 2015 by Smoul Reply

    Just in time… Thank you.

  • wendy timms
    December 9, 2015 by wendy timms Reply

    I believe my destiny is to be an encouraging force to my children and grandchildren. I am 58, I am on my third marriage, I have no relationship with my parents or my sister. I have survived breast cancer twice, and a very serious brain aneurysm that has left me with permanent disabilities. I can no longer work or drive and I have learned in the past 3 years of healing from this that God has me in the palm of his hand. I have 3 beautiful daughters who are happily married. I have 6 awesome grandchildren that I love more than life itself.
    I have an amazing husband who is exactly the person I need to be with at this point in my life. We all love the Lord.
    I may be tucked away from the world, but I can encourage them and love them and support them from my little place in life. I love the Internet which can connect me to all of you and my family everyday. I love being a prayer warrior. I have seen these physical issues push me into my personal destination. I can’t tell you every day is a picnic but I am not saying that I am glad I have allowed God to take control of my life.
    God is good!

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 9, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Wow!! So good Wendy!

  • Sharon Jensen
    December 9, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Hi Honey … Great message … Having been confined to home for this past year while my injury healed, I realize that all circumstances combine to keep us on the road toward our destiny … The injury wasn’t great, but I wouldn’t change a thing because I learned how to draw near to God and to let Him draw near to me thru the study of His word … And you’re right … He’s never faltered in honoring His that promise to keep the blessings coming … I love you …Mom

    • wendy timms
      December 9, 2015 by wendy timms Reply

      Thank you for sharing this too.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 11, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Mom!! Love you!

  • wendy timms
    December 9, 2015 by wendy timms Reply

    Correction… I am saying. The word not should not be there . Sorry.

  • Margie Curtis
    December 11, 2015 by Margie Curtis Reply

    Ashley, Keep on encouraging people. The world needs to know that God uses the least to get the most. I suffered abuse as a child, domestic violence by my ex husband who told me I was worthless, siblings who’ve turned their backs on me and enjoyed my suffering friends who cast me aside like garbage, I had a mental breakdown and almost lost my only child to gun violence at the hands of a stranger and then there was my own attempt to end my life.

    This is why I love a good God comeback testimony. He’s not done with me and I know I’m to share my own testimony. I follow you on twitter because God took the lesser, and now because of him, you are the greater!

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 11, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Wow Margie! Amazing what God will do with those whom everyone else has walked out on! Thank you for this comment!

  • Barbie Reiter
    December 12, 2015 by Barbie Reiter Reply

    AMEN!!! I was lost for many years and I too have had many experiences /challenges….fast forward these last 7 years I have sought God like never before and He has given me glimses of my future aka HOPE….so much has gone on but so excited and just believing that my son will understand at a young age that God is REAL, ALIVE & WORKING and by what God does in my life he will have a HEART for God at his early age and want God’s Will for his life…. God is so good!!!
    SECOND CHANCES that are impossible in this world!!!
    Thank You for this word!!!
    ❤️

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 12, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome!!

  • Steven T. Metz
    December 12, 2015 by Steven T. Metz Reply

    This is a much needed encouragement. Thank you and God bless your ministry.

  • Tiffany
    December 13, 2015 by Tiffany Reply

    Great word! I am in the waiting room of life praying that 2016 is the year the Lord’s promise on my life comes to pass. It’s been a 20 yr journey but like you I am on social media encouraging others. As you said, I am still here! God bless.

  • Barick
    December 16, 2015 by Barick Reply

    What a blessing message; it’s 02:14am God touched me through his spirit saying I have something to show you; then I picked up my phone and started scrolling on the tweets; unfortunately I came across this tweet and said I must go through this article; pulled off my bed and start reading. When I finished I felt like something has touched me deeply in my heart and a certain burden in my heart was easened. I feel like taking off again; I feel like going forward; I can see the real love of God in my life.
    GOD KEEP YOU ASHLEY

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 16, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Wow Barick! So good! Glad it helped!

  • Shelia J Clarke
    December 19, 2015 by Shelia J Clarke Reply

    Ashley thanks for your encouraging words based on the Word. I am in a tight place right now but I know that God is going to deliver me to the purpose he has for me. God Bless and keep the messages coming.

  • Sharon Jensen
    December 22, 2015 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Thanks Honey … I love that among the many gifts God has given you He chose to include “spiritual insight” , and this blog is proof of that … Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours during this blessed season of celebration for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ … Mom

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 22, 2015 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Mom!

  • Donna-Luisa
    December 29, 2015 by Donna-Luisa Reply

    Thank you. You have summed up my experiences this year, with the exception of forgiveness. I’ve had to learn to forgive for healing to take place. This is a keepsake post for me. I don’t have many. But this is real. God bless you and your family always!

  • Sheetal Kakda
    January 2, 2016 by Sheetal Kakda Reply

    Thanks a lot for sharing this Blog with your personal experiences. It’s really very Inspiring. I really liked 2nd point and very nicely said. We are living in the Era where people say one thing and do another. My Resolution is – I will do what i say.
    God Bless you, your Family and your Ministry always!

  • Sharon Jensen
    January 9, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    I love this very thought-provoking blog … As I get older, I oftentimes realize my frustration level increases as I am faced with what I am no longer able to do in my own strength, and then my Great and Mighty Father gently reminds me, just like you said, that “…you were created to fail, else why would I have formed you from dust…” So thank you for the reminder that God wants us fully dependent on Him, acting in faith, and believing in His promise that His plans are not to harm us, but to prosper our soul in Him … Love you, Mom

  • Inna
    January 12, 2016 by Inna Reply

    Praice to the Lord! Very useful lesson. It was nessesary to me. God is great!!!

  • Marqueeta M
    January 12, 2016 by Marqueeta M Reply

    your messages always bring light to my life Thank you .. Adonness

  • Sharon Jensen
    January 12, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    When Paul wrote to the Corinthians about being in chains, he said it was to his good because he had access to the whole pratorean guard; and when he wrote about other teachers preaching out of selfish ambition, it wasn’t important. He said that what WAS important was that the NAME of Jesus was going forth. I love the way God speaks to your heart, and I love you and your willingness to “rightly divide the Word of God” … Mom

  • Daron
    January 12, 2016 by Daron Reply

    Glory to God Thank You Jesus

  • Olive
    January 13, 2016 by Olive Reply

    A truly inspiring read! Let God be God and let’s leave how he decides to run his business with him. It’s not our place. Thank you!

  • Stacey roan
    January 13, 2016 by Stacey roan Reply

    Wow such an awesome word thanks for sharing… God bless u

  • Sam
    January 14, 2016 by Sam Reply

    I needed this message! It’s thinking that you’re never good enough that pulls you away from The Lord, what a terrible lie the enemy spews.

  • Elaine
    January 14, 2016 by Elaine Reply

    So the last will be first, and the first last. Matt 20:16 -last place with Him means sooo much more! #jesuslogic #okbeinglast

  • Sharon Jensen
    January 18, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Wonderful presentation Ashley … Love you, Mom

  • Bobby
    January 19, 2016 by Bobby Reply

    Don’t lose hope, don’t give up…

  • Tracie Gordon
    January 19, 2016 by Tracie Gordon Reply

    Thank you for the words to keep moving. I have started another Facebook page just for my writings. Words that will inspire and give us the courage to make it.

  • Oliveschronicles
    January 24, 2016 by Oliveschronicles Reply

    This is exactly what my next post is on which I just completed before I saw yours! It can’t be a coincidence. God needs us to use our creative minds to the glory of His name. Thank you for this.

  • Sharon Jensen
    January 25, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Dear sweet, Pastor Ashley … What a wonderfully written and inspiring message you’ve written … Keeping you and yours in my prayers today .. Mom

  • Stacey roan
    January 26, 2016 by Stacey roan Reply

    Thank u Pastor Ashley on time word for me to Never give up and God is greater than my circumstances.

  • Nik
    January 28, 2016 by Nik Reply

    Thank you for this. I needed those scriptures you used to support your article. My kids and I (I am a single mom of 4) are really going through a time so difficult, it seems like the straw that breaks the camel’s back every minute. Little by little, my God is restoring my strength. He really does give me (and my family/familly in Christ) everything.

  • Stacey roan
    February 2, 2016 by Stacey roan Reply

    Glory to God for confirming his word today as I meditated the God gave to me make ur visions plain and write them down then hours later I read this email

  • Jean Walker
    February 5, 2016 by Jean Walker Reply

    Super great, Ashley! Thank you.

  • Johnny
    February 9, 2016 by Johnny Reply

    Good stuff Ashley…appreciate your dedication to your journal blogs…many blessings to your work.

  • DS
    February 9, 2016 by DS Reply

    Great stuff. Thank you.

  • Sharon Jensen
    February 15, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Great post Pastor Ashley … Really, great post .. Love you, Mom

  • Stacey roan
    February 23, 2016 by Stacey roan Reply

    Amen certainly a word i needed to hear put my thoughts n life into perspective thanks for sharing this word….God bless!

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 23, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome! So glad it helped!

  • Sharon Jensen
    February 23, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    You jumped off the Hubert Humphrey Bridge ?!?!?!?!… Goodness, gracious Ashley … So glad I didn’t know … Love the message, but my heart is still racing … Mom

    • Ashley Jensen
      February 23, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      LOL! Mom! Well yeah… I made it 😉

  • Ashley Jensen
    February 24, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Thanks love!

  • Jack
    February 25, 2016 by Jack Reply

    This message is so good. It’s interesting that sometimes we want to put judgement on people who God called them for a specific purpose

  • Ashley Jensen
    March 29, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Thanks Mom! Glad it helped!

  • RhondaPatrice
    April 2, 2016 by RhondaPatrice Reply

    Very good tips! Thanks!

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 2, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Of course! Glad they helped!

  • Ashley Jensen
    April 4, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

    Love you!

  • Shaz
    April 6, 2016 by Shaz Reply

    I can identify!
    A timely message indeed, thank you!

  • Dekira Terry
    April 7, 2016 by Dekira Terry Reply

    This definitely was a right now word. Great revelation taken!

  • TJ
    April 7, 2016 by TJ Reply

    Just what I needed! Thank 35th ou#

  • Husam
    April 13, 2016 by Husam Reply

    I am at this stage and with every of your testimony, I learnt a lot again today, I thank God for this day. Thanks too for sharing it with us. I appreciate.

  • cherie
    April 13, 2016 by cherie Reply

    I needed this. I have two insecure supervisors & I’m caught in between them. I’m a valuable employee but somehow the one is threatened by me. I just want to do my 8 & go home.I believe this is a set up for a promotion, bigger than I could do for myself.I pray God sets them free.

    • Ashley Jensen
      April 13, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      It’s totally a set-up! Don’t give up! Gods promotion is on the way!

      • Husam
        April 14, 2016 by Husam Reply

        Amen

  • Barbie Reiter
    April 17, 2016 by Barbie Reiter Reply

    Love this word!!! So speaks to me and what I have been dealing with in my life. You have also encouraged me with this word!!! I have allowed my hurt and my emotions to get in the way, or to be my focus and I am determined to have a God focus as I so want to honor God!!! Thank you so much!!!
    Fyi, I was getting your e-mails until I changes my e-mail address…. Please add me to your list again… barbie70000@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!!!!
    Barbie Reiter

    My old e-mail is barbarahaydenfog@tx.rr.com

  • @kimbetgirl29
    April 17, 2016 by @kimbetgirl29 Reply

    Wow..thanks so much for this Ashley! I think I am at that point where I just need to try to surrender,instead of get defensive….we can only do that through Christ’s strength…cause my flesh can just kick up…lol …especially when your trying to love people,and do the best you can.In the physical realm..it just feels like they take pleasure in putting you at the back of the line…beit ,with always competing with you,seeing what you do wrong instead of right…or just underestimating you in front of other’s.And yes..it does hurt…but…if we are to love our enemies…than I guess we will be tested…till we shine that way.Sometimes…I have just let that new woman in Christ shine through…other times…my pride got the best in me…but I am a work in progress.Thanks for being real and relateable in your sharing…..Praise Jesus!

  • Sharon Jensen
    April 19, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Wonderfully “soul searching” blog … In our society today, being “RIGHT” seems to be an all consuming fire that can be so destructive because it leaves no room for mercy or grace or forgiveness … And sometimes it’s not just about being “right” but being “more” right … Very thought provoking, honey, … Thanks for sharing .. Mom

  • Barbie
    April 19, 2016 by Barbie Reply

    This speaks to me and I have wrestled with the fact the no one is without sin. In my experience it has been the other person talking to others at my work and at church, slandering me….u see others who have believed what has been said because the person has a certain position / status at work /church……so much I could share. A lot of hurt about situations over these last 4 years, however, I will continue I to seek God and give it to Him and thank Him for strengthening me, for what He has for my future. I most definitely want to release the pride of being right! Thank you for this word as it has helped me to see another perspective! I don’t want to walk in self-righteousness!!!
    Be blessed!!!!!

  • Rene
    April 24, 2016 by Rene Reply

    This was an awesome revelation into how we are to treat others with respect to sin, it says more about us than those we feel need rescuing. Power view of Jesus bringing us hit level to the cross & writing in the dirt, examining the sin of our high opinion of ourselves. Wow humbling, power WORD, MOG. I appreciated this so much. Thank you!

  • Alina Smith
    April 25, 2016 by Alina Smith Reply

    I definitely needed to hear this. I have been going through a rough time.

  • Kimberly Ferguson
    May 2, 2016 by Kimberly Ferguson Reply

    I love this because I can identify with some of these things, my life of obedience gave up men,five years ago, wrote three book’s to minister, giving, no car for 23 months, in college failed two classes walking and fighting with my five year old, school refused to reimburse my cabs,no parents helped,my mom lived further, I was angry because I am a advocate who fights and speaks for others and volunteer at the school and the other mom’s never do. I was angry, disappointed. God was not pleased with Huntsville. Many times I said I regret helping women giving out many free books. I had to see the big picture that God is faithful and he is my support and I have to rely. I had to cry But I will always try. I can’t stop obeying God because of people. I am learning to keeping my eyes on God and remember that He will give me the victory this was only a test. I don’t always pass but I take the class over until I do the same lessons will come to teach me. I can’t move on to the next level until I pass and the next test is ten times harder but get it I must trust God to carry me through when I get tired.

  • E. Watson
    May 3, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Thanking and praising Him for His Grace, Mercy, Loving kindness and HIS PROMISE of a NEW DAY every day. Amen
    Great Word!

  • Inna
    May 10, 2016 by Inna Reply

    God has given such a thoughts to you to learn me!!! It’s very useful for me!
    Glory to Jesus Christ, glory to God our Saviour!!!

  • E. Watson
    May 10, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    AMEN!!
    Great Word! The opportunity to love even when it’s difficult is ALWAYS THE RIGHT thing!
    In Jesus Name Amen

  • Louise
    May 10, 2016 by Louise Reply

    So true, speaking from experience, having to start over with 4 kids and not working, praying for a answer, God came thru for me after a lot of fear, fear for not knowing what to do and a couple of other fears, God blessed be with a study course I wanted to do but did not have the money to pay for, I’m almost 37 years old and basically starting over with my kids and God by my side, and I wouldn’t change it for any thing, He is faithful, loving and He will provide, we just need to be faithful to Him. Blessings

  • Sharon Jensen
    May 10, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Wonderful word and so thought provoking … Scientists all agree that we are born with only two forms of natural fear … Fear of falling and fear of loud noises … So you’re right, all other fear is learned … Love your good words and your God-given insights … Can’t wait for the next blog … Mom

  • Kirsta Fort
    May 12, 2016 by Kirsta Fort Reply

    Thank you. That was beautiful. We have a choice#choose love!

  • Kimberly Cleveland
    May 22, 2016 by Kimberly Cleveland Reply

    Thank you. I have wanted to be a practicing physician since I was nine years old. I became a doctor in 2006, but in 2002, I had a stroke due to sickle cell anemia. Now, my dream seems so far in the distance that I want to give up, but its all I ever wanted to do. Thank you for this word. I now know I need to get back active in my church because when I was active, you’re right, it did seem like God was always with me. Again thank you.

    • Ashley Jensen
      May 22, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Don’t give up! God has got great things for you.

  • Olu Mosuro
    May 23, 2016 by Olu Mosuro Reply

    Just being led to read this now. It’s very relevant this season for me. Thank you and Grace to you.

  • Sharon Jensen
    June 5, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Good culture isn’t one thing, it’s everything … Wonderful thoughts … Really insightful and so needed in today’s culture of work and worship … Good read .. Love you .. Mom

  • Sam Hinn
    June 5, 2016 by Sam Hinn Reply

    Excellent stuff bro. Love you much and can’t wait to connect soon. Miss you buddy.

    • Ashley Jensen
      June 5, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks Sam! See you soon!

  • Jackie
    June 6, 2016 by Jackie Reply

    Awesome post! I share your views….

  • Sunita Hines, Ph.D.
    June 6, 2016 by Sunita Hines, Ph.D. Reply

    Really like this post because you connect the importance of leadership who encourage and how that sets the tone for the culture…

  • Kirsta Fort
    June 9, 2016 by Kirsta Fort Reply

    Yes, a positive culture is everything, because the way things are at the top will trickle down either a negative or positive attitude and your business will either flourish or crumble.

  • Mura
    June 10, 2016 by Mura Reply

    Love this!

  • Sharon Jensen
    June 22, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Great word Ashley … Not created to be successful, but to be significant .. Thanks and love yo so much … Mom

  • Amanda
    June 24, 2016 by Amanda Reply

    Great stuff! Are you on the JMT?

    • Ashley Jensen
      June 24, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Thanks! What’s that?

  • Renee Mellencamp
    June 29, 2016 by Renee Mellencamp Reply

    Well put and cleared up some very skewed views of scriptures taken out of context.

  • Sharon Jensen
    July 4, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    I really loved this reminder that all things pass away eventually but the important thing to remember is to keep our “heart condition” blameless before the Lord .. Thanks for the “debunking” and the insight .. Love you, Mom

  • Jenn Couch
    July 6, 2016 by Jenn Couch Reply

    Yes!

  • Trish
    July 8, 2016 by Trish Reply

    Create in me a clean heart..Psalm 51, Lord Jesus…and bring healing in long time…relationships with my dad and ex husband..please bring healing Jesus. Please save them and all my family Jesus. Please heal me Jesus. Please restore what the enemy stole in my relationships.Thank You Jesus. In Your Precious Name Jesus.

  • Tebatso
    July 21, 2016 by Tebatso Reply

    When life doesn’t make sense anymore. When one loses everything at once while experiencing infliction after infliction ,one has learned to be patient and trust in the lord, for the lord knows everything. Glory to the almighty for his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than our thoughts .Today I choose to love and let go of fear.
    God bless.

  • Marie Gary
    July 22, 2016 by Marie Gary Reply

    Wow! Many times ppl say things that sound so spiritual and uplifting that we assume it may have biblical ties but it doesn’t. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Adria
    July 26, 2016 by Adria Reply

    Much needed encouraging Word in the season I’m currently in… Thank you! God bless you!

  • James
    July 31, 2016 by James Reply

    Amen. Great encouragement. God bless you

  • Jewel
    August 4, 2016 by Jewel Reply

    Amen to that! I rebuke every word spoken into my life that does not align with God’s Word.

  • Sharon Jensen
    August 16, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    As always, this series went straight to “the heart of the matter” and spoke to me on many different levels … Love your insight .. Love you .. Mom

  • Johnny
    August 16, 2016 by Johnny Reply

    Sincerely enjoyed…your scripture examples really help send the message to my heart…many blessings to you!

  • anna
    August 18, 2016 by anna Reply

    My God, i needed that it felt like God was speaking 2 me through you. These are all the things i needed to hear especially at this time in my life. Thank you.

  • Debra Abbott
    August 21, 2016 by Debra Abbott Reply

    Hello, good evening. I found some words of wisdom from your blog and I want to say thank you. Sometimes that’s all one needs are the right words sent from somewhere, from someone. When I needed guidance, your words helped. I will continue following you for further inspiritation. May God bless you and yours today and always.

  • E. Watson
    August 23, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Wow! Amen! Amazing Lord of Christ that we are so BLESSED to receive. Lord open the eyes of our Hearts to Love like You. Break our Hearts for what breaks Yours. Let us be Your Hands & Feet. We Thank You that You teach us o Love in Your likeness. In Jesus Name Amen

  • Barbie
    August 23, 2016 by Barbie Reply

    I 2nd that WOW’. Earlier I was talking with my twin sister about loving people whether they deserve it or not…..we are each in different circumstances
    In our lives, however, I see what God is trying to get us to get and this msg is another confirmation. Also a few minutes before I started reading this msg, I was on Twitter and my last tweet before reading this was AGAPE LOVE. Thank You, God!!!! I so LOVE it when I know that I know that I know God is speaking to me LOUD & CLEAR!
    Thank you for your msg!!!!
    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Kim
    August 24, 2016 by Kim Reply

    Hi there! How are you! Great article on love’s varied forms.I like what you said here: “To live in love,to live in the Spirit,we have to overcome our own emotions and forgive and love with no recourse.”Yes…that is the highest form of love….and we all ate not there…but I think he’s working on us…I know there are times…I totally miss it…and times I totally hit the mark of love..I think there are so many factors…When you feel like your being loved and accepted for your own person hood…by a core group of people in your life….it should be easier to love.I think its when we feel like God has forgotten us,or we don’t feel we have true blue friends in our life,or it seems like our needs are not being met….its not so easy to keep loving unconditionally.Yet love at its deepest core is a choice.It’s learning and choosing to walk in the spirit of love,of Christ,above our own nature.Selfishness vrs selflessness.I know I’ve totally blown it at times,yet I’ve hit the mark too.Words from my song..”Sometimes I am mess/sometimes masterpiece/I am at my best,when God’s love works through me….that sums it up….we are all at our best,when His love moves in us…..Thank God He doesn’t give up on us….He is working on us! Great article…Thanks!

  • Kim
    August 24, 2016 by Kim Reply

    Lol….I meant “aren’t” there yet..not ate,in the above comment…..my mistake…..Well have a nice day all!

  • Gloria
    August 24, 2016 by Gloria Reply

    Love this article I started practicing the fruit of the Spirit, I started with Love, Peace,and self control, Oh how I see a different in my life.

  • Sharon Jensen
    August 30, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Love this series .. Uplifting,informative and relevant .. You’re a great writer ..

  • Abimbola Omoyeni
    August 31, 2016 by Abimbola Omoyeni Reply

    God bless you sir for this. More anointing in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Suzanne
    August 31, 2016 by Suzanne Reply

  • Stanley Nyawera
    September 4, 2016 by Stanley Nyawera Reply

    St Paul experienced true
    Christian life whilst in prison.Let him be our role model

  • Rebecca
    September 5, 2016 by Rebecca Reply

    Joy is found when we finally realize God is in control, and we are here for His purpose. We have to truly know God.

  • Johnny
    September 13, 2016 by Johnny Reply

    Good stuff…something I NEED to work on daily…God bless your works!

  • Mary Skye
    September 13, 2016 by Mary Skye Reply

    So beautifully written and so meaningful! Thank you.

  • Tina
    September 17, 2016 by Tina Reply

    Great piece, I needed this

  • Linda Skinner
    September 19, 2016 by Linda Skinner Reply

    I agree, we have no clue. What others have been through, to be where they are……….Glory To God!♡

  • E. Watson
    September 20, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen!

  • Sharon Jensen
    September 21, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Thanks for this timely reminder … Love the blog this week .. Keep up the good work ..

  • Ron
    September 27, 2016 by Ron Reply

    Amen Brother…… 9-27-16

  • Anna
    September 27, 2016 by Anna Reply

    Being good to people who aren’t good to us is one of the hardest things to do. This is a beautiful message, hard to follow but if we do #blessing

  • Sharon Jensen
    September 28, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    I love this …” divine kindness ” … Great message .. Love you, Mom

  • Michael Lewis
    October 2, 2016 by Michael Lewis Reply

    Brilliant Message.

  • E. Watson
    October 4, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen!

  • Sharon Jensen
    October 4, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Very uplifting and encouraging .. Love you .. Mom

  • Chelsea
    October 7, 2016 by Chelsea Reply

    Lovely reminder. I needed to read this right now.

    Amen.

    Chelsea

  • Isaac McKay
    October 8, 2016 by Isaac McKay Reply

    This was refreshing to read

    Amen!!

    Isaac

  • E. Watson
    October 11, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen!

  • Sharon Jensen
    October 11, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Good word … Speaking the truth in love and gentleness, remembering we have all failed, and having someone come to us with a gentle and gracious word of comfort is key to restoration … Love the blog … Mom

  • Jewel
    October 15, 2016 by Jewel Reply

    Amen!!

  • E. Watson
    October 18, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen!

  • Nechele
    October 22, 2016 by Nechele Reply

    Powerful

  • Tamiko
    October 25, 2016 by Tamiko Reply

    Beautiful Word! Thank you and may God bless you

  • E. Watson
    October 25, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen! Thank You Lord!

  • Carla B
    October 25, 2016 by Carla B Reply

    Thank you for this word of encouragement.

  • Sharon Jensen
    October 25, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Wonderful word of encouragement, honey … Praying for you and yours everyday … Believing God for His bountiful blessings in your life .. Loving you always, Mom

  • Cora Martin
    October 26, 2016 by Cora Martin Reply

    I praise our Father God for making His Grace available for me during my “valley days”. He spoke to me and said,”My Grace is Sufficient for You.” I was delivered immediately. I shared my testimony in my book; “The Sufficiency of God’s Grace”.

  • Amanda Heal
    November 18, 2016 by Amanda Heal Reply

    This is great! It’s very similar to John C Maxwell’s Law of Process, which is one of my favourites. It can certainly be frustrating though that God doesn’t care about time!

  • E. Watson
    November 18, 2016 by E. Watson Reply

    Amen

  • Sharon Jensen
    November 18, 2016 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Great post Pastor Ashley .. Loved it and love you … Mom

  • Alisia Gaskins
    November 19, 2016 by Alisia Gaskins Reply

    Amen..thank you for this..

  • Trish
    November 20, 2016 by Trish Reply

    Amen, i have neen thinking about this lately myself. I’m sure i need to be asking God these questions.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Awesome!!

  • Tiffany
    November 26, 2016 by Tiffany Reply

    True and on point.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yes!

  • JD Minerella
    November 26, 2016 by JD Minerella Reply

    Good Word. I’m working on something similar to this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yeah man! Hope you’re well!

  • Johnny
    November 29, 2016 by Johnny Reply

    Awesome…I am grateful.

    • Barbie
      November 30, 2016 by Barbie Reply

      Thank you for this word! I believe & I receive that I am next, my time is here!!!!! Have been waiting for some things for what I think is a long time. 8 & 12 years….process with some distractions! God is my ROCK!!!❤️

      • Ashley Jensen
        December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

        Stay believing!

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yes!!

  • Gia
    December 1, 2016 by Gia Reply

    What an awesome word. I find myself in an odd place. I know I need to just step off this ledge and trust that I will not fall. I will fly. I will soar. I will thrive.

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 1, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yes!

  • Trish
    December 3, 2016 by Trish Reply

    Thank you for this positive reminder that our God does not forget about us. How we need to trust that He knows what we need and when we need it. I’m putting this “I’m next” on my mirror!

    • Ashley Jensen
      December 3, 2016 by Ashley Jensen Reply

      Yes!! So good!

  • Abena Kwayisi
    December 6, 2016 by Abena Kwayisi Reply

    I can’t wait to be next!

  • Wesley
    December 14, 2016 by Wesley Reply

    Thank you for those insightful words. Needed to hear it. Rom 5:5

  • Andrea Doyle
    January 3, 2017 by Andrea Doyle Reply

    Thank you for this, love it

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  • Rick
    March 18, 2017 by Rick Reply

    Amen. Nice message. God bless.

  • Sharon Jensen
    June 26, 2017 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Nice to see you’re writing again .. Loved this both for the content, and for the blessin it brought to my heart .. Love you .. Mom

  • Jess H
    June 27, 2017 by Jess H Reply

    It’s easy to have faith when everything is going good, but through major transitions it’s hard. My life is going through major transition in every area right now. That’s when I look back on other big things in my life that were huge and devastating at the time and didn’t know why they were happening but in them see how God brought me through it and I reflect on Romans 8:28. God will continue to show himself faithful even when we don’t know how things will play out. Ashley thanks for the word of encouragement! May God continue to bless you and show you is faithfulness and provision!

  • Ray E Billingslea Jr
    June 28, 2017 by Ray E Billingslea Jr Reply

    Hello, Mr. Jensen. I’m greatly inspired by your writing. I realize at the age of 52, that change is inevitable. Yet, I choose to progress and find myself being challenged. Change is difficult, but I know it is necessary for wholesome well being in the Lord. I’m celebrating 8 yrs. and 6 months of being free from crackcocaine, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. By the blood of Jesus Christ, I’ve been made free. God has me called to Teach the Gospel, and I Teach Sunday and Preach at my local church. Serving Jesus Christ is wonderful. But, I’m learning to rest in his finished works at the Cross. Thank you for your inspiration to me as a believer. I want to write a book someday

  • Richmond
    July 2, 2017 by Richmond Reply

    I am particularly blessed by this phrase : “change is inevitable but progress is an option”. Bless you for sharing.

  • Sharon Jensen
    July 4, 2017 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    A timely and thought provoking message on how blessed we are as a people of God, able to experience His love, mercy, and gracious tenderness … He died so that our spirits would one day be able to ascend freely to Him to live and reign for an eternity at the foot of His blessed throne .. I’ve quoted it before, but it bears repeating …”We were not created for a time, but we were created for an eternity …” Happy 4th Pastor Ashley ..

  • Ray E Billingslea Jr
    July 4, 2017 by Ray E Billingslea Jr Reply

    Happy 4th of July! I’m so grateful and excited about the Freedom I have through Jesus Christ. I totally agree with everything that you have written. You are a great inspiration to me. Thanks for helping me to walk in the liberty that Christ has given me, by writing. Please remember me in your thoughts and prayers. Stay Blessed and enjoy your day. Thanks! Mr. A. Jensen

  • Maaike
    July 29, 2017 by Maaike Reply

    What to do, when someone will not forgive you, when you made a mistake. It makes also the heart sick.

  • Jess H
    August 1, 2017 by Jess H Reply

    I’m there now myself, I have thought of fasting also. There’s different types of fasting you can do. Yes, jentzen franklin does have a lot of good info on fasting.

  • Sharon Jensen
    August 5, 2017 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Great teaching .. Especially the “however” part .. I love the way Jesus was so plain-spoken .. Love you .. Mom

    • Jwls
      August 10, 2017 by Jwls Reply

      Aww, I love that you responded.
      I am a huge fan of your son. I believe God uses him to speak to me a lot.
      Thank you for raising an amazing man of God.

  • Virginia
    August 5, 2017 by Virginia Reply

    I woke up this morning with the exact thought to break yokes in my life… thank God for confirmation.

  • Sharon Jensen
    August 9, 2017 by Sharon Jensen Reply

    Great devotional for me to start my day .. Love it .. Mom

  • Joy Mutungi Gunura
    August 10, 2017 by Joy Mutungi Gunura Reply

    Great message and wisdom yes I pray love and faith in God will drive me every day

  • Jess H
    August 15, 2017 by Jess H Reply

    Very well said!

  • Kristi Jensen
    August 17, 2017 by Kristi Jensen Reply

    ::standing ovation:: Amen Brother!

  • Ray E Billingslea Jr
    August 17, 2017 by Ray E Billingslea Jr Reply

    I appreciate your thoughts and recommendations on this subject. Unity, humility, and Love should be embraced. Thanks.

  • bobby freeman
    August 19, 2017 by bobby freeman Reply

    When I was 15 I knew a black drummer, he was good though. My dad though would not put up with this. I knew this was wrong.
    Later on in life, my son(6), and I were planning a camping trip he asked could he bring someone with him, I said sure! That boys momma brought his friend over, I discovered he was black, that’s ok… Thank You Lord!!

  • Joy Mutungi Gunura
    August 22, 2017 by Joy Mutungi Gunura Reply

    Wonderful message and truth.

  • Shally Joseph
    August 22, 2017 by Shally Joseph Reply

    Well said – great message! Blessed me – thanks!

  • Kirsta Fort
    August 25, 2017 by Kirsta Fort Reply

    I agree, we need to live on unity. However, we need to lead by example like you did. We should not just sit by and laugh at racist comments made by people who have never experienced racism,or sexism themselves, its just not right, and we all need to speak out against it.

  • Kirsta Fort
    September 5, 2017 by Kirsta Fort Reply

    The heart of God is for people to live in harmony, and respect our collective differences and learn how together alogandwalk in love ,peace, and humility. Well said Ashley. I vaslue my budding friendship with you even though we are of two different races.

  • Kirsta Fort
    September 6, 2017 by Kirsta Fort Reply

    When people dontinvite you to their parties and events, you can choose to not invite them to yours or do the Godlythi g and invite them to yours anyway!

  • Vanessa
    September 17, 2017 by Vanessa Reply

    I love this quote, to me it illustrates our human prejudices based on our own judgmental reflections.
    “The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.
    Jalaluddin Rumi

  • charles mike munhutu
    April 6, 2018 by charles mike munhutu Reply

    powerful Mr jensen
    i have been able to firmly fix my the primary purpose in my heart ….now at liberty of knowing the freedom from the things that control us…..this is truely a wonderful benefit to true disciple