Category Archives: personal

Back-to-School Blogathon at

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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The Good Old Days!

This weekend was my 10 year class reunion from college. Once I was able to get beyond the fact that I’ve been out of college for an entire decade, I decided that I was going to have fun with it! … Continue reading

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Changing Gears

It seems that this is the time of year when I feel a little torn between the quiet “dog days” of summer and the busy “Fall Frenzy” of a new year. I’ve had quite a bit going on this summer … Continue reading

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Our Father

One of my spiritual practices this summer has been to pray through the “Divine Hours,” as Phyllis Tickle calls them in her manual of the same name. It’s “praying the hours,” founded on readings from the Book of Common Prayer. … Continue reading

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