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Ashlee is a pastoral executive assistant in Tennessee, where she lives with her husband Mark and their dog Reb.

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  1. Ashlee,
    Wow, what a testimony of God’s grace, strength, and peace working in your life. I often wonder why some people seem to suffer more than others? I do know that He calls those who have suffered, but have come out of the darkness and into the light to proclaim His faithfulness to the world, and you are doing that. Exclamation points are not often used in the Bible, so when one is, I believe God really wants us to take note…Take heart! TAKE HEART! Christ has overcome this world. In this world filled with pain and suffering, Jesus has the last word. Thank you for sharing that so bravely here this morning…
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • I have a blog post on exclamation points in the bible! So funny. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Wow!! This is so powerful! Praise God that you are cancer free! When I first clicked on the post, the opening picture brought to mind a struggle that I’ve been going through – and then I quickly realized what a greater struggle that you have gone through. If God can be faithful and help you through that, He can help us through anything. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Ashlee,
    Thank-you for having the courage to speak of your battle and how with God’s grace you were able to overcome it.

    Blessings ,

    Penny

    • Courage isn’t tough for me as He has made me a little brazen! But I know that is all Him and none of me. Thank you for the kind words!

  4. I too was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer in June 2015. I have my last Herceptin infusion coming next month and am amazed by God’s grace and mercy. The verse I’ve clung to throughout my journey has been Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will FIGHT for you, you need only BE STILL”. He has surrounded me with praying family, friends, and medical staff who have helped me through and celebrated every victory of this journey. To God be the glory!
    Thank you Ashlee for sharing and thank you (en)courage for this timely devotion.

  5. Dear sister in Jesus! He is glorified in your life. How amazing the Peace that passes all understanding He has given you. The complete surrender which He showed us on His brief sojourn on this earth is where your young life has brought you to. He will reign!
    “He will not allow anything you have experienced to be lost.” “He who has started a good work in you will complete it.” These are His promises.
    Thank you for confirming what He has been showing me for about a week now. The much deeper meaning of His Name “I AM!” How merciful is my Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen!

  6. Ashlee, your story made me cry. So often life doesn’t turn out the way we expect or plan. When the really hard things come in, we can turn inward or focus upward. I love how God gave you verses to cling to and meditate on as you walked through your hard season. His faithfulness is truly amazing.

    Years ago they found a lump on one of my ovaries. We weren’t sure if it was cancer, but in the waiting time, God gave me a passage to hold onto. I love how His word is so powerful to bring us through those times. It turned out not to be cancer, thankfully. That season taught me so much about the peace that comes from leaning on and trusting in Jesus.

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story.

  7. Thank you for your bravery to share God’s story in your life! He is mighty. When we are in the darkness, it is easy to feel like the light will never return, but He is the light! Hallelujah! Thank you for this reminder!

  8. Girl! You have been through it!! It makes my heart physically hurt for you & your hubby.
    But as a fellow sister in Christ, let me just say that I am so proud of you. You did it! By the grace & mercy of God, you did it! You have survived so many things!! So therfore, I declare that YOU are the champion.
    And if you, by the strength of God Almighty, can survive & thrive through all of this, then how much more can I?
    May the devil give back everything he’s stolen from you 7 fold. May you never see another bad day. Ever.
    Big Time Blessings to you,
    -Rach

    • Goodness, Miss Rachel. You made me cry! Thank you so much for that declaration. And yes, may the devil give me what we owes me then get behind me! But it is truly amazing what we can get through when God goes before us. Thank you!

      • I definitely will!!
        And if it’s sharable, I will share it in a group I manage…
        There are many who need to hear your story!!

        • For sure. It has a password because it’s on my church’s Vimeo page, but you can share the link to my blog’s main page. It has the video link and password. 🙂

  9. Oh my, this brought tears to my eyes as I am currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV ovarian cancer. God knew that this message is just what I needed just when I needed it. And I now have another verse to add to the lifelines to which I cling.
    “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

    • Yes, ma’am. You cling to that verse and to His beautiful truths! I just lifted you up in prayer and I will continue to do so. I’m asking the Great Physician to give you strength, courage, peace, and rest during this season you’re walking through, and that He ultimately bring you healing. Thank you for sharing a bit of you with me.

  10. Ashlee, Oh how I praise the Lord for this beautiful testimony of His loving grace in your life. , How good is our God; who binds our wounds and heals our diseases, brings god out of loss. Thank you for sharing this word of hope. I’m so grateful for it, to see His redeeming work in your lives. How blessed we are to have such a tender and loving Father. May He continue His loving work and mercies in your live and each of our lives this day and all days to come 🙂

  11. Ashlee, Your timetable for breast cancer, treatment, surgery was almost identical to mine. I finished Chemo in April 2015, radiation in July of that year, and through it all God has been my comfort and strength. I am older than you, in fact a widow of 10 years and work with the Pastor of my church as an administrative assistant. I love how God shows us that no matter what, we are never alone! I will take heart! and hang on to Him, thanks for the reminder!

    • Wow, that is almost identical. And I don’t know if you noticed in the small biography line under my post, but I am an executive assistant to our church’s lead pastor and family life pastor. I love when He brings two of His daughters with similar stories into contact. I, too, will continue to take heart!

  12. Sowing that Word into any situation truly helps us overcome. Healing verses are always good to be familiar with. Peace and blessings to you, may God restore your health and marriage fully.

  13. Ashlee,

    I loved hearing your testimony on 05/14/16 at the Tea. It struck a chord with me! You are an amazing woman!!! God has strengthened you immensely! God is being glorified in your suffering and outcomes!!! Thank you for being willing to tell your story!!!

    “God, grant me peace, whatever the outcome may be.” Yes! I question why some people suffer more than others. It hit me that he wants us to draw closer to Him and abide in Him. He also wants us to have a peace that surpasses understanding. Then He uses the trials for us to help others and tell our story. It gives Him the glory!!
    Blessings 🙂

  14. Thank you for sharing your story and your walk from darkness into light!! This came in my mailbox today and I cannot tell you how “appropriate” it was. I am waiting to see an OBGYN oncologist as I have a cyst (probably on an ovary that it shouldn’t be there because I had a complete hysterectomy 4 years ago.) that is causing a lot of pain and it might be cancerous. So I will take heart as I await finals tests, results and course of action. Your prayers will be very much appreciated… For God’s will, peace and that I must trust Him with the process and outcome.

    • Then my prayers you have!

      I’m so delighted when God delivers encouragement right when we need it, not on our earthy schedules. He will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you – in His time and in His way. Take heart! He’s got you.

  15. Absolutely beautiful post. Thank you for your faith, your honesty, and your heart.

    So much love,
    Julie

  16. I went to your blog to see who you were and clicked on the testimony! WOW!! What an intense story of God’s goodness through the storms!!
    Blessings 🙂

  17. Ashlee, I am amazed by the depth of your faith. Faced with heartache, broken dreams, physical pain, betrayal, fear, tragedy, and loss, each one heaped on top of the other in rapid succession, I am awed at how you praise God for His faithfulness, you delight in His glory, and you find joy and good in others. I am honored to count you as my friend.

    • AmyLu, you’re so sweet. Thank you for the compliments, but I give Him the glory because He always takes care of me. I’m glad to have your friendship!