January 1st of 2019 I made a resolution, it was the first resolution that I’ve ever followed through with and it changed my life.
This resolution helped me discover peace I didn’t know excited, find strength I didn’t know I had, and discover who I am, what I was created to be and most importantly; be totally confident with myself, right where I am.
To say this resolution was easy would be a total lie. It took daily dedication, determination and discipline.
It wasn’t a diet plan or a gym membership. I didn’t join one of those pyramid schemes or start doing yoga (seriously though, I should try out the yoga thing again)
Ok Ashley get to the point….
In 2019 I made a best friend his name is JESUS
I understand that might sound corny to some of you. And if it does sound that way it might be because you still view Him as the cliche or maybe you think the whole religion thing just isn’t for you. Whatever your thoughts just know it’s Ok. I too, still struggle with certain aspects, like why is there like a billion forms of religion? What’s up with all the different rules?
But here is what I do know. A little over a year ago I dedicated myself to getting to know Him better. We have been buddies for a long time now but I wanted more. I wanted to know why he created me. I longed to know my purpose.
I set out to spend time everyday in his word. This meant putting down the “self help” books that I love and picking up the bible. I would read a chapter everyday and when finished jot down the verses that stood out to me. Then I would write out a prayer. Some days this whole process took 10 minutes other days 30. And some days I really didn’t want too, after all the dishes needed to be done, the laundry folded or the Netflix show watched.
But if you have a gym membership and don’t actually go to the gym you’re never going to lose the weight or build the muscle.
The bible is my gym membership, if I didn’t pick it up and read it I was never going to find the answers I longed for.
So I did it; 5 days a week sometimes more. I knew that if I stopped I’d lose my progress, just like if you stop the gym you lose the muscle.
The gym will always be there; waiting for you to come sweat it out. And just like the gym’ Jesus will always be there, arms open waiting for you to come to him.
This is where dedication, determination and discipline come into play.
I was no longer satisfied being just buddies with Jesus. I didn’t want religion I wanted a relationship. And by sticking to my resolution that’s exactly what I got.
A best friend, my go to guy.
And holy crap has He shown me a new way of living!!!
In the process of getting to know Him deeper I found hope, comfort and peace. I learned to love deeper. I let go of things that have no importance in my life. I found simplicity, I found me.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” -Proverbs 18:17
I have SO much more to share with you all! It’s my greatest hope that someone somewhere will see my post follow my journey and be inspired to try out this whole Jesus thing too! I promise that you’ll forever be transformed.
until next time!
lots of love