Tips For “Being Still” When Moving Is What You Do Best

being still

I have a confession: I’m a bit of a busy body. I like things done when I want them done, how I want them done, and I’m prepared to do it all on my own. This trait has been really useful in this age of digital DIY but let’s be honest, it hasn’t always been the best when God has needed for me to just stand still. I’ve faced it— I am a mover and sometimes standing still and trusting that God will come through in the timeline that I’ve envisioned is just downright hard. It wasn’t until my husband and I went to our pre-marital counseling that I learned the reasoning behind some of my behavior. Beneath all of the planning, the hyper-organization, and the desperate need to take initiative was a very real fear of failure. Even though I didn’t realize it, taking control was my way of […]

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Guest Post | “Dear Fear, You’re Not Welcome Here!”

Dear Fear, You're Not Welcome Here

I have been given the great pleasure and honor to feature the thoughts of my best friend (sister, really) of more than 10 years on Far More Precious than Rubies! Sharrell Vorece is passionate about elementary education, her friends and family, and embracing overall ‘queendom’. She has been an inspiration to me for so many years and I have watched her overcome so much. Who better to talk about fear than one of the bravest women I have ever met? I love her and I know you will too. Enjoy! XO Ashley C. ‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower More valuable than a diamond You are powerful like a fire You can heal the world with your mind There is nothing in the world that you cannot do When you believe in you, who are beautiful Yeah you, who are brilliant Yeah you, who are powerful Yeah you, who are […]

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The Time That I Almost Gave Up On God

Gave Up God

I don’t know who this is for but God really laid it on my heart to share my story. I hope that it blesses you. About 7 years ago, I made the conscious decision that I would never enter into deep relationship with God again. I never spoke about it to anyone but I had my mind made up. I still tithed, I still went to church every Sunday and I still fit the description of a ‘Christian’ but my heart was no longer in it. Here’s what happened: When I was 19, I became really overwhelmed with life and I felt like it was no longer worth living. Never told my roommates, never told my parents, but the enemy had taken control of my thoughts and I began questioning things and considering suicide. Around that time, I took a trip back home to be with my family for the […]

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How I Won The Battle Between Living A Life For God And Staying Relevant

Living for Christ

I asked around a bit to find out what other young Christians were struggling with and this topic hit so close to home that I absolutely had to tell you guys my thoughts. As Christians, particularly young ones, there always seems to be a constant battle between staying cool or trendy and living a lifestyle that’s completely honorable before God. And for so long, I struggled with it. One of the biggest things that I felt kept me from completely renouncing my life of sin was the unrealistic expectations of ‘religion’. There were so many rules (mostly made up by fellow religious folks): Don’t listen to this music, don’t wear that, don’t speak that way, don’t watch that show. I would constantly feel as though I was living in bondage, trying to live up to a standard that was appeasing to other Christians and not necessarily to God himself. In […]

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