Ashley J. Tuesday Talks: On Being Still

I’ll be the first to admit that I place a high priority on having a busy schedule. My mind is constantly running through a to-do list that never ends. I used to buy into the lie that a packed schedule is a good thing and the more you accomplish you will truly be happier. Time and time again, God has moved in my heart, urging me to slow down. Finding a quiet place of stillness is now something that I place high priority on in my day to day life.

Slowing down doesn’t come easy for me. I used to pour all my energy into whatever is at hand. As a result, God, my husband, family, and friends would just get whatever was left over. I’ve come such a long way, but still have progress to make.

My favorite moments come in the morning. No matter how late I overslept for work or what I have on my “must-do” list, I find a moment of true happiness when I spend time with God. I bring Him my hurts, worries, fears, and also thank Him for abundantly blessing me in this life. I will read a devotional (mine is currently Savor by Shauna Niequist– a must read!) or simply spend time reading my Bible or writing.

Writing is like a therapy for me. I love turning to a fresh page, pen in hand and the sweet aroma of coffee brewing filling the air. This brings me to the place where I write whatever God puts on my heart for the day. Some of those pages will make their way into my Tuesday talks, and others may not.

Being still doesn’t come easily, but I’ve come to love the quiet places. I now look forward to my morning routine, and even find myself craving to find stillness throughout my day. Life is so much fuller when you depend less on filling your schedule to the brim, and more on what truly fills your soul.

Love Always,

Ashley J.

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8 Responses to Ashley J. Tuesday Talks: On Being Still

  1. hhardydawson says:

    I’ve got to be better about having quiet time. Since I’ve moved, I’ve been traveling and I just haven’t made it a priority when I’m home. I like to do my quiet time/devotional at night right before I go to bed. I like to end my day on a good note whereas others like to start out that way. I know no matter what kind of day I’ve had, I end it on high note. I look forward to your Tuesday Talks. You have a way of saying just what I need to hear.

    • lovealwaysashleyj says:

      Amen sister! Trying to settle in to a new place is so challenging. With everything going on, some days it feels almost impossible to even get a few minutes of quiet! I’m so excited about the Tuesday Talks & I’m so thankful you will be following along! I appreciate it so much my friend! 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    I love this Ashley! Quiet time is an area I really struggle with and would like to incorporate more. I always feel like it doesn’t come natural to me … But I think it’s because I won’t let go of my schedule sometimes. Thanks for sharing !

    • lovealwaysashleyj says:

      I’m so glad you loved reading this Gina! It definitely doesn’t come natural to me either, and some days I’m so scatterbrained that I just have to write down all of my thoughts and be done for the day. Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    This is very sweetly put Ashley and I love time spent in the morning with God if I can get up before my two littles!
    xo, Nicole

    • lovealwaysashleyj says:

      Thank you so much Nicole! Yes little ones definitely love to wake up early so that would be challenging for me too! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading!

  4. Heartshrooms says:

    Very inspiring! We all need to do more of this, I’m going to start making use of those blank note pages in my planner now 🙂

    • lovealwaysashleyj says:

      Yes for sure! Jotting down your thoughts for the day is such a great way to start your morning 🙂

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