Progress, Not Perfection

Good Day Everyone!

Wow, it feels great to write again. I had to take a break in order to concentrate on the things that are truly important, my family.  I know what you’re thinking…Ashley, you’ve sung this same song before in Goodbye For Now and then came back a week later…But this time was different. 🙂 When I would take breaks, I would come back prematurely. This last time, I had to really focus on my family. They needed me and I needed them.

This past winter, my primary goal was to become healthier, physically and mentally. During that journey, I become selfish (which was much needed). I had to concentrate on my health so I could take care of my family and with Gods help, that is exactly what happened.

I feel so much better than I did earlier this year. Please read some of my stories to understand some of the emotional and physical hurt I was going through.

I’ve continued to seek God and as he promised, he has taken care of me. I no longer think about suicide or hurting myself as an option when I experience extreme stress. With the help of Jesus, medication, and family support, I can officially say I am doing great.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days that are really hard. There are days that I wake up extremely sad and unable to explain why. There are days that the Evil One tries to penetrate my thoughts with past guilt, shame, and worthlessness, but then I remember the promises of God.

  • I am LOVED – John 14:23
  • I am WORTHY – Psalm 139:13-15
  • I am FORGIVEN – Ephesians 4:32
  • I am HIS – 1 John 4:4

And guess what?

YOU ARE, TOO!

My kids started school today and it hit me, life is really happening. They are at a tender age where they see and understand everything that I do. They have started to ask “why” questions. Why are you crying, mom? Why can’t you leave the bed, mom? Why does your body hurt? And with help, those questions have been less frequent thanks to our Abba Faher. Plus, Jesus is so wonderful.

So, my new goal is to get back to the goals that I had before I became ill.

  • Grow my blog
  • Serve my family
  • Serve Gods people

Thank you all for reading my thoughts and continuing my journey with me. It is so important to me that you guys see the growth that happens when one commits themselves to become healthy by any means necessary; God, medication (optional) and support. Remember, progress is important, not perfection.

I pray you all are having a wonderful start to your week. I cannot wait to share with you the things that I have learned during my hiatus. Until then, love you all and remember to pray for one another.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. -1 John 4:4

 

 

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25 Comments Add yours

    1. Hey Timelesssssssss!!!!! xoxo Love you

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  1. Thank you for the update; I find all of those things help me as well. Writing, my faith in god, my friends and medication have helped me recovery. Like you my days aren’t perfect but I look back and am proud I have made so much progress in a year. Keep up the good work; great post

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    1. Im so glad you are doing better as well. God is sooo good. Thank you for reading and commenting. I pray your day is going well. xoxo

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  2. It’s good to see you feeling better 😁 never feel guilty about the time that you spend with family. ❤

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    1. Thank you my good friend! I know that is the trick of the enemy, and I working to learn more of Gods promises and less of the enemies lies. God bless you

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  3. Glad to see you doing better, Ashley! And a wonderful thing that you got to spend time with your family!
    Great title! Our patient Lord understands that progress is good and that perfection won’t come till He takes us to be with Him in glory.

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    1. Amen. thank you for your kind words. I thank God everyday for revealing to me how important that time is before it was too late. I am still a work in progress, but you are right. Our Lord is patient. Thank you again, and God bless.

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  4. Abdul Gani says:

    Progress.. It is worth moving..!

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    1. Absolutely, thank you for stopping by.

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  5. Good to see you back. You have done well, by focusing on familial duties- as ” a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home”, to each focus on building the new home.

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    1. Thank you, friend! Writing is a passion, but my family is my duty. 🙂 xoxo

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  6. ashleyleia says:

    I’m glad things are going better. Good to have you back!

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    1. Thank you dear! It feels good 🙂

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  7. It’s so great to hear that you’re doing well Alicia and I’m praying that it gets even better… Good days and bad. Thanks for allowing us to share this journey with you. Wishing you all the best… Grace and Strength. God bless 😊

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    1. Sorry, it’s Ashley… I don’t know why I said Alicia 😂

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      1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate the prayers and for sharing this journey with me. And it’s ok! I’ve been called worse. LOL. Hugs and Love!

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  8. txjessy says:

    Congratulations 🎊!! I have nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award, check out the link! https://faithandbookscom.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/the-bloggers-recognition-award/

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  9. Hey !!
    I have nominated you for ‘The Awesome Impact Award’.
    Check it out
    http://dfloatingthoughts.com/2018/08/29/the-awesome-impact-award-nomination/
    Best wishes & respect,
    Dee Kay

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    1. Thank you my wonderful friend! I am truly honored

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