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7:09 PM

hello lovelies! 
i'm currently sitting at my desk with a box of tissues to aid the flu that has been haunting me for the past week. 
but, despite the dreadful coughing, sneezing, wheezing and all the other wonders that come with illness, i'd love to share a few things from my heart to yours. 
it's been a little while since i shared about my personal life with y'all, but with this new school year approaching, there's just so much newness and change surrounding me!
and as i've written before, i'm not much of a 'change person'. i often view change as necessary and inevitable, but rarely would i describe it as something desirable, pleasant, or comfortable.

however, as september 26th approaches, i realize that i am no longer just a little girl, occupying myself with frivolous activities, waiting for the day when i'll magically 'grow up'.

i am a college student.
i am making decisions that will affect the rest of my life.
i have the potential to change the world.             for better. or for worse.

i am a student. a teacher. a daughter. a sister. a friend. a leader.
every step that i make counts for something.
nothing is random
nothing is 'just because'.

this-  beyond anything else- frightens me.
it paralyzes me in my steps.

because the course of every day shapes the eternity of my future.
i can use a second. or i can lose it.
i can say a word to inspire. or a word to crush a spirit.
i can exemplify Christ. or diminish the name of God.

we all can.
let us not pretend that our young ages lessen the impact we have on this world.
let us not hide our hearts from the reality that we are watched- by the eyes of heaven and of man.
let us not forget that we will be held accountable for every last minute spent on the face of this earth.

because every breath- every single heartbeat- is lived for a reason.
in a country that is scripting its own downfall-
in a world that is crumbling even as i type my next word-
in a race that is rejecting the presence of its Creator-

we. are. needed.

sisters. brothers. we were commissioned for times as these.
let us use our colleges and universities, our work places, our platforms in sports, music, art...for the proclamation of our faith.
let our voices not be muffled by their cries of hatred.
let our testimonies not be silenced by threats.

we are His chosen people.
we are His royal priesthood.
His holy nation.
His prized possession.                               why?

so that we may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light!

we are because of Him.
we have been because of Him.
we will be because of Him.
and we can because of Him.

// but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. // ~1 Peter 2: 9-10

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  1. I always hate getting the flu. I hope you get better, it's never much fun.

    I always do giggle when people wonder why nobody has ever "cured" the flu. It's because thousands of "known" types of the flu exists.

    The reason why that's so is Influenza is made up of RNA which is like DNA but not connected into a nice cool swirly looking ladder shape. RNA beings are not considered life while anything made up of DNA is. But just like DNA, RNA mutates meaning the letters (which are building blocks that make up its "blueprint") change randomly. One mutation might not do much but a good number of mutations over a considerable amount of "generations' can alter them greatly.

    So just like in the computer world, one strand can totally devastate something while being immune in another.

    One of the issues in the healthcare field of pharmaceuticals is when someone creates a vaccine or anti-biotic, etc. and this kind of generates a selection of these mutations. Meaning if any of these flu strands (or any kind of sickness example) have mutated to be unaffected by the "cure" then they'll survive and reproduce and this leads to countless "generations" of new ones that will be resistant to the "cure" until it's no longer a cure. Instead of all strands of the same batch surviving at random levels and giving back genes that are for the most part not going to help them survive a "cure".

    Which is one of the reasons some doctors try not to resort to antibiotics if the condition is not that bad. Before the 20th century, mankind was almost hit by some kind of awful disease in some part of the world every blue moon. When penicillin first came out it was something that seemed to be a super-miracle. But imagine a world where there is one, two, or even handfuls of diseases that antibiotics or vaccines can't touch? That's a very scary thought.

    So in short, we'll never be rid of the flu, but at least society seems to be able to avoid massive epidemics that were once common-place even in the richest nations of their respected times.

  2. Amen! How wonderful to know that we are the Lord's.

  3. Very encouraging and challenging post! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. you always write with such passion and authenticity and beauty...it's such a joy to read, every time!

  5. i enjoyed this entry as it was my first visit here and it told me a lot about who you are. i like personal entries, getting to know someone a little better through their words!!

    your words are passionate, heartfelt, i like that!! many thanks for visiting me, i hope you are feeling better soon!!!

  6. I love, I love, I love to read all your posts, my beautiful soul! May God protect you and bless you each day! Liuba x

  7. Great reminder, Ashley! I recall the quote, "Don't kill time. It's killing you."
    Never wasting a moment is an important lesson. I'm still working on it.

  8. This also reminds me of something Aunt Esther always said, "Do all the good you can while you can, because you never know how soon it will be too late."

    This summer I've been realizing how soon too late comes. Picasso said, "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." And death isn't the only thing that makes it too late...situations change, people move, the unexpected happens.

    Lord, help me to do your will each day. Help me to do all the good I can while I can, so I can leave this life without regrets.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post Ashley!


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