Editor’s Note: It is Day 3 in our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series. Today we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Ashlee Proffitt! She has a beautiful business and an even more beautiful heart for Jesus (you’ll see what I mean as you read her post below). Her design company and shop is full of gorgeous products that any girl would love. Today, you’ll get the chance to WIN one of these items…keep reading for all the details!
My heart is restless and my thoughts are often too scattered to sort through.
Most mornings I wake up before my alarm. And even before I can gather my first thought into something coherent I am already panicking.
Too much to do. Too much to manage. Too much to make sense of, sort through, and accomplish.
Almost every single morning my heart is beating for something other than my Savior. In the few hours I spent sleeping I have already forgotten that I am His.
I have forgotten that He has redeemed me and made me new; that He has brought me to a place where I am free to not perform; that I do not have to be owned by the never ending list of tasks; that I can be an imperfect mother because He is my children’s perfect Savior; that I can fail my husband because He is my husband’s perfect Rescuer; that my business can fall into the ground because I am no longer defined by my measures of success rather I am defined by Him who counted it as joy to die for me.
So I remind myself.
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
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I set my alarm every morning so I can spend time with a Savior who loves me, who knows me and who wants to be near me. Not for the sake of accomplishing a task or earning favor. But for the sake of being near Him who loves me so.
See, there is nothing I could ever do to make Him love me any more than He already does right now. My spending time in the Word or in prayer is not an act of obligation. It is an act of love.
Of course it is not always perfect and there are many days where my motives are off but mostly my heart’s desire is to just be near Him. To know and love Him more every day.
My days are full. Full of beautiful gifts, abundant blessings and opportunities. But no matter how amazing those blessings are they still add up to very full days without much room for margin. I am a pastor’s wife, mama to 4 little ones (one waiting for me with Jesus), a business owner, children’s ministry director, small group leader and on and on the list goes. My days must start with a reminder of my Savior. A reminder that I have been justified, redeemed, and reconciled to Him. That I have nothing to prove, nothing to earn.
I wake up while it’s still dark. I enjoy a cup of black coffee. And I open the Bible. And I read. And I pray. And sometimes it isn’t pretty and a lot of times it is messy but I’m there, in His presence seeking to know and love Him more.
My days are too full to not start with Him. Otherwise I will just keep forgetting.
A few of my favorite Bible resources:
Gospel Transformation Bible
She Reads Truth
Morning & Evening by Charles Spurgeon
A few of my favorite books (currently reading)
Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Good News for Weary Women by Elyse Fitzpatrick
My favorite tip (for pushing aside distractions)
I keep my planner and a blank piece of paper by me while spending time with Jesus. For whatever reason the enemy likes to taunt me with outlandish things that feel super urgent during that time. So one trick is to just write that thing down and you can get to it later, or not. But for sure, cleaning the garage is not necessary at 6:00 o’clock on a Tuesday morning.
About the Author
I am a driven and passionate women who believes in the grace of Jesus. I am a pastor’s wife to a man who desperately loves Jesus and points me to Him daily. I am a mama to 4 little ones, one of whom is in heaven and I can’t wait to be reunited with one day. I own and operate a business that exists to come alongside creative entrepreneurs to build strong, authentic brands as well as creating goods that inspire women with Truth in their everyday lives. Lastly, I am a sucker for anything in a shade of white and accept Starbucks as a form of payment.
Ashlee has graciously donated one of her Joy coffee mugs (see below) to give away to one winner. Click here for more details about this gorgeous product. We are pretty sure sipping from this coffee mug would make anyone’s day brighter from the start! Wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s a tidbit from Ashlee about her business:
I fell madly in love with the art of design while studying at James Madison University and subsequently received my degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. I was raised with art all around me, a mama and granny who loved experimenting with different mediums and I never remember a time where I wasn’t doing the same. But college is where I became perpetually obsessed with thoughtful typography and to this day I am still head over heels for all things paper and ink.
Today, I have the pleasure and honor of owning a business that serves those passions. I work with the most amazing business owners as we strive to build strong, genuine brands. And I have the joy of creating goods that inspire women with Truth in their everyday lives.
To learn more about Ashlee, her business, or to do a little Christmas shopping click here. Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram – she’s full of encouragement and her posts are beyond eye-catching.
TO ENTER the giveaway: Go to the GLOW Instagram page (@glowliveaslight) and follow @glowliveaslight AND @ashleeproffitt. Then, tag three friends in the comments under the photo that looks like this:
For a BONUS ENTRY (you must enter via Instagram to be qualified for the bonus entry), answer the following question in the comments of this post (be sure leave your Instagram name):
What does your morning routine look like?
Feel free to give thoughts on Ashlee’s post as well in the comments. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning through our Instagram account. Good luck!