If we were having coffee I’d share with you about how since becoming a wife I have learned how therapeutic it is for me to make dinner at night. It’s just a great way for me to be able to serve my husband in a way that I really enjoy. Tonight I made chicken cutlets and mashed potatoes YUM.

If we were having coffee I’d be drinking this delicious stuff. We got a small pack from Tommy’s cousin in a pack of stuff for the wedding and it is absolutely the best coffee I’ve ever had. I wish coffee didn’t have so much caffeine because if that was the case I’d be drinking it all day long.

If we were having coffee I’d share that we just bought a new bed this weekend and it has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Hahah just kidding. But really. New beds are the greatest thing ever. I’ve never had one before so I am just on cloud 9.

If we were having coffee I’d confess that I feel like I’m going to be struggling with this rededication of my faith and bible reading. I am still going to try to commit to reading as much as possible but I just can’t seem to keep my desire up like I used to. It makes me sad because I know I need to stay close to my Father’s loving voice. I just wish it wasn’t such a struggle lately.

If we were having coffee I’d also confess that I’ve been struggling with anxiety lately. It may sound silly but I struggle with hypochondria sometimes and every ache and pain I get worried is cancer or something else that is going to kill me. I think this is partially because I have realized just how much God is in control and sometimes I struggle that He is really good. I’ve made some progress this weekend though and I’m hoping my rededication to reading my bible and staying close to God’s voice will help a lot.

If we were having coffee we’d probably end up talking about work because that seems to always come up when you hang out with someone that you care about. I would let you in on what is going on lately – that I am still working a temp job and haven’t worried about whether or not there will be a job for me come the end of the contract because I know that God has my back. I know that He will take care of me one way or another.

If were having coffee I’d love to know what’s new in your life, what your current fav drink is, and what your struggles are currently and where you’ve made progress because that’s what friends are for.

PS I have my wedding pictures back and I will be posting soon, can’t wait!!

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  • Erin Salmon

    Hi, Ashley — so glad to meet you here at the table. Thanks for your transparency here. Often, what helps me the most when I’m struggling in my time with God is just to ask him what he’s trying to teach me. I’m so thick headed that the lessons usually don’t stick very well the first time, so being intentional about asking him to show me what he wants me to learn through any given situation has made all the difference. Right now, for instance, I’m learning (the hard way, of course) to depend more on him and less on the people around me when it comes to my worth. I struggle a lot with anxiety and shame, so hearing his voice above the others is so crucial.

    Grace and peace,
    Erin

    • Hi Erin,
      Thank you so much for your comment!! Your advice actually is soo helpful. I love how you said you’re learning the hard way because that’s a exactly how I seem to learn things too! Especially when Gods trying to teach me lol. Im learning the same thing you are too actually. I feel like you described my situation exactly. Thank you for reaching out and letting me know I’m not alone in this.
      Ashley

  • Hey, Ashley! Nice to meet you. This post pretty much could have been written by me, which is kind of surreal. 😉 Except for the coffee drinking part… I don’t drink coffee! I have, however, been making dinner for my husband and I almost every night and really loving it. I didn’t think it would be my thing, but it really is therapeutic. There’s something about slowing down and just following instructions on a recipe at the end of the night that helps me to recharge. Eating the delicious food helps too. 🙂

    • Hi Leah 🙂 thanks for stopping by! Can I just first say that I love your blog?! But that’s so cool to hear you have the same experience with cooking. I didn’t expect to love it either. I had no idea it was so fun until I started but I feel like a huge part of it is because I’m sacrificing my time for my husband and to be able to see him enjoy the meal (and get to enjoy the meal too like you said haha!) is so rewarding. So cool to hear someone experience the same thing 🙂

  • Hello sweet friend! So thankful to be having coffee with youuuuu! 🙂

    I have struggled for years with what it means to be faithful as circumstances change… Rhythms are important and special, but realizing that seasons change and with it our routines was so, so life-giving for me. Marriage is so beloved and wonderful BUT you go from being your independent self to being with someone ALL the time and this makes routines ALL THE KINDS of hard to nail down. So, yes I hear you.

    I’ve started reading Luke really slowly. REALLLLLY slowly and it’s helped me to realize slowness in His presence is so vital for my faith right now. Removing the pressure of ALL THE READING to get done has made sitting down with my bible a thousand times more enjoyable. 🙂

    • Ah thank you so much for making me feel welcome on your page! I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and I’ve been searching for some genuine community! You just so unbelievably pin pointed to my exactly problem with this too haha creating a new routine when you’re with someone almost 24/7 makes routines so much harder. So helpful to be reminded of that so maybe I can give myself some grave while trying to learn this new routine. I’m definitely going to take your advice and trying reading slowly (my husband has the same advice too because that’s what he does). Can’t wait to link up again in a month!

  • Hello sweet friend! So thankful to be having coffee with youuuuu! 🙂

    I have struggled for years with what it means to be faithful as circumstances change… Rhythms are important and special, but realizing that seasons change and with it our routines was so, so life-giving for me. Marriage is so beloved and wonderful BUT you go from being your independent self to being with someone ALL the time and this makes routines ALL THE KINDS of hard to nail down. So, yes I hear you.

    I’ve started reading Luke really slowly. REALLLLLY slowly and it’s helped me to realize slowness in His presence is so vital for my faith right now. Removing the pressure of ALL THE READING to get done has made sitting down with my bible a thousand times more enjoyable. 🙂