Category Archives: personal

Back-to-School Blogathon at Faithoncampus.com

For the last several years, Guy Chmieleski, over at Faith on Campus has been organizing a Back-to-School blogathon.  He solicits a dozen campus ministers, writers, thinkers, and pastors to write articles that can get you thinking about ministry with young … Continue reading

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My Birthday Psalm (A reading of Ps. 37)

On my 29th birthday, I started a practice that I have celebrated each year since on my birthday.  I was struggling with turning 29 and thus, decided to embrace the number just a little bit by reading the Psalm that … Continue reading

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Can I Trust God?

My church is spending the next six weeks “Rebooting” and asking some pretty basic questions about our faith. We’re also having a variety of people share a testimony that responds to our question for the week. I got to share … Continue reading

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What to Leave Behind in 2009: The idol of Efficiency

I have said before that my middle name is Efficiency. Ashlee E. Alley. Well…that’s a bit of an untruth…the E. stands for Elaine instead of Efficiency, but, close enough. I really, really like to get things done in an efficient … Continue reading

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My Rule in Life: Stop to Smell the Roses

Each spring/early summer I am greeted with a nice surprise–blooming roses! The previous owner must have liked roses, as they were the only living plants in my yard when I bought the house–2 full sized rose bushes and 3 miniature … Continue reading

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A Call to Prayer

I have always been a strong believer that prayer “works.” I remember as a child, praying nightly the same memorized prayer that my sister and I “developed,” including a prayer for all of our family and friends by name and … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone…

In mid October, I attended a women’s retreat led by women from my church. One of the speakers, Lisa, a woman that I’ve known for over 10 years, was sharing an experience about how God reminded her of his love … Continue reading

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