Blessings

Posted on August 11, 2013 by 1 | 19 Comments

Just a few days ago there was a birthday party in Heaven for two sweet four-year-olds. Cates is super into birthday parties at the moment.  We put candles in biscuits, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls...anything that will hold one and sing "happy birthday" to anyone she can think of over and over again.  So, on Thursday it was appropriate to legitimately sing "happy birthday" on a real birthday.  A very special birthday to me.  After all, I'm not sure I would cherish her precious little life or her brother's quite as much had it not been for their sisters.  Trying to explain to a two-and-a-half-year-old why Mommy cries sometimes or why we visit the cemetery is a challenge I never considered.  It isn't exactly an enjoyable experience, but it is a sweet one.  The reality of mortality has forever influenced my outlook on just about everything.  That has become a praise. cates bday candles For some reason that morning I woke up before everyone else and couldn't go back to sleep.  I am reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and I am loving it.  I have underlined and starred and made notes all through it.  Thursday morning, I began chapter 8.  It's so neat how every now and then God has just the right thing to say at the most appropriate time.  Since the day we lost the twins, I have often wondered why we didn't get the miracle and why it seemed like everywhere I looked there were miracles being passed around like candy.  I know that sounds totally self centered, but it is honest.  So as I am reading chapter 8, Mark references John the Baptist being in prison.  Jesus sends a messenger to John to tell him about all the amazing miracles he is performing and also says "Blessed is the one who is not offended by me."  I can imagine John the Baptist sitting in prison wondering why Jesus didn't let him in on the miracle train and let him go.  After all, John was one of his best followers and his cousin and he was left in prison to die.  "Blessed is the one who is not offended by me"...that hit home.  I needed that, especially on the twins' birthday. circle maker The Circle Maker is totally awesome.  My piddley little tid bit above doesn't do an ounce of justice as to how amazing this book is.  It really is a life changing book.  So, I'm thinking we will do a fun little give away.  Just comment on this post and let us know if you want one and we will contact you back and mail it out.  I wish I could give a million away, but let's start with about 10.
I didn't meant to preach today.  Hope it didn't come across that way.  Just want you guys to know how amazing this book is and how much I love it when God shows up at just the right time.  So, let us know if you would like a book and we will send one your way.  :)

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19 Responses

Kasey Sartin
Kasey Sartin

August 14, 2015

As I read your post I knew I needed to order a copy of this book. Was thrilled to read you are giving away a few copies! Love your spirit, thanks for sharing your heart.

Jessica Pittman
Jessica Pittman

August 14, 2015

Sweet Ashley,
Thank you for sharing this post. You are such a strong Mamma (and everything else!!). I know you miss those precious little twins. Thank you for sharing your perspective with us. It’s so important remember how much we have to cherish, as well as what we have to look forward to once we arrive at our Eternal Home.
Romans 8:28
Love,
J

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

August 14, 2015

What sweet and special words about such a hard time! God is good, all the time. Even when we don’t see it.

Paula
Paula

August 14, 2015

You are so real with sharing and your very words from the experiences you have had may reach someone for Christ. I know that God can and will use you in a mighty way to give comfort and hope to the brokenhearted.

Because of God’s great love for us, we are not consumed – His mercies are new every morning – Great is thy Faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Linda
Linda

August 14, 2015

What a beautiful blog. I admire your strength. Would love to have a copy of this book. I have someone I would like to share it with.

Blair Bennett
Blair Bennett

August 14, 2015

You are such a strong Momma! Both sadly and wonderfully Loss is such a teaching tool. It is wonderful that Cates (and Rett!) will grow up always being familiar with Heaven and what an amazing place it is, what all it has in store for us and what we have to look forward one day!

Allyson
Allyson

August 14, 2015

Thanks for sharing! I had lunch with a friend today and we discussed how God’s power is magnified in our weaknesses. Have you ever heard the song “Blessings” by Laura Story. My favorite line….what if the trials in this life are Your mercies in disguise?

Lee Goodwyn
Lee Goodwyn

August 14, 2015

Would LOVE this book! So glad I read this post today! Just what I needed to hear!

Jessica Garrisom
Jessica Garrisom

August 14, 2015

I can’t imagine losing one (much less two) of my children. I have had four children as well and I appreciate your candidness if not for me to see these little blessings as such every day.

Hilary
Hilary

August 14, 2015

Beautiful post…thank you for sharing your heart like that. That book sounds so inspiring! It’s amazing how God uses so many different books, people, places, and even losses to speak to us. Very glad you are being blessed!

Kris
Kris

August 14, 2015

Sweet words and a humble spirit. To God be the Glory.

Brittany
Brittany

August 14, 2015

Hi. I found your blog through a friend’s blog… My husband and I are currently dealing with loss due to miscarriages. I’ve been reading a lot about peace and God’s grace. I would love a copy of this book! Thank-you for being real and sharing your life.

Kate Mcdowell Blasingame on Facebook
Kate Mcdowell Blasingame on Facebook

August 14, 2015

wonderful and very sweet.

Carrie Bledsoe
Carrie Bledsoe

August 14, 2015

Praise God this world is not our home and we will one day be reunited with our sweet babies. I’ve heard you and several others recommend this book and would love to have a copy. Thanks for sharing!

Judy
Judy

August 14, 2015

Hello,
Just found this blog and this post hit home. Thanks for recommending the book.

Emi
Emi

August 14, 2015

We are glad you found the blog, Gina. Be looking for an email from Rebecca!

Gina
Gina

August 14, 2015

The Holy Spirit led me to your page today. If you have any copies left, I could use one right now.

Sue Zimmerman
Sue Zimmerman

August 14, 2015

Just seeing this Ashley. God bless you for being such a faithful disciple:). I will have to read the circle maker… Sounds really good. Tks for sharing your heart.
Hugs, Ms. Sue

ashley chancellor
ashley chancellor

August 14, 2015

Ash—I get on your blog to read your posts often, and I had no idea of your loss a few years ago. I am thinking of you! I lost a sister between me and my baby sister, Alley. Her name was Heather. I know my mom feels your pain better than I can, and she has struggled at times too. I saw that book yesterday and almost bought it, but settled for a few Beth Moore studies to read with my bible study group. If you have a copy leftover, pass it on… id love to read it! Many thoughts and prayers being sent your way. xoxo Ashley

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