The Bigger Picture

“So if the Son sets you free you will be FREE indeed.” John 8:36

 

We’ve all wanted something more. A bigger picture. An answer to all the questions we have in life. An answer to the deep emptiness we feel in our own souls. There has GOT to be more to life than this. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.

 

I know that through their emails, and other sources of communication, my fellow blogger, Ebony, and a few of my other close friends have wondered where I am as I have fled from Facebook. I decided the best way to explain would be through a blog post, since I feel that not only my friends, but strangers who happen upon this blog, or are subscribed to it need to read this too. Growing up into adulthood hasn’t been the easiest thing for me. All throughout my 20’s, I feel like I have faced more demons than any other age group, yet through all of this, I have come to know my God as a loving and faithful God.  This year has been a season of praying and literally crying out to God for certain people in my life, and for my life in general, and I know it sounds bad, but I really feel like Satan has used this moment in which I don’t know anything to attack me. The devil has used this moment in my life to make me flee from a world which desperately needs God’s love, and to not be the friend  I need to be. There are days when I feel so completely wrapped up  in Jesus’ love that nothing can touch me, and there are days when no matter how much I study the Bible and pray I still want a bigger picture. I want answers to  what I’ve been praying.  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, God gives us that bigger picture, because He gives us the story of redemption. He gives us the story of freedom through His Son, Jesus, as the verse above states. Friends, God also gives us a choice. We can either get to know God, and His life for us which is full of promises and dreams beyond our imagination, or we can choose to stick with this life. I feel like I kind of lost my purpose for writing, especially later this past summer, but I have decided I want to tell you my story of Freedom, and the story of Jesus in my life, and I’m not going to stop writing until He tells me to.  I’m about to be 27 in a couple of months, and I might not know everything right now, but I trust in my God to give me the bigger picture. His bigger picture. There’s something I read recently  off another blog that I loved, and want to leave you with: “God doesn’t just patch us up, but He HEALS us.”  As I wait and pray for His healing and plans in my life, I pray for the one reading this as well. Just remember, He loves you more than anyone ever could, and He has a life full of promises waiting for you no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to PROSPER you, and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE. Then you will call upon me, and come and PRAY to me, and I will LISTEN to you. You will seek me, and FIND me when you seek me with ALL OF YOUR HEART.”

 

In Christ’s FREEING Love,

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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Fearless and Confident

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

 

Hey guys, it’s Ash. If you read my latest solo blog post, you know I haven’t been myself. I have been hiding myself in Jesus and His Word, the only Friend I feel I can relate to right now. I’m just trying to figure out all my purposes He has for me, and the woman I will become in Him. I want so much to be His servant, but maybe I’ve been hiding myself in Him a little too much when He wants me to spread His Light into a dark world. I realize I might not know everything about writing, and I might not be the sharpest writer, but that’s OK. I am trying my best to learn, and if writing is His will for me, I know my God will help me. These last couple months, Jesus has changed me, and I’m starting to understand that I not only want to spread awareness about my disability, but I am even more passionate about spreading awareness about the God who gives me CONFIDENCE and PURPOSE in my disability. I can’t get the confidence I have from my family or anyone else. Friends, whether you have a disability or not, no matter who you are, Jesus DELIGHTS in you. John 10:10 in the Bible, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL.” That verse doesn’t just mean if you know Him as your Savior, you can have life in Heaven, but it means if you truly know Him as your Savior, you can have a FULL life NOW. He died a cruel death on a cross for you. LIVE for Jesus.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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Making Assumptions 

It’s funny when you have a disability others think it has to be a physical one. I recently read a story about a woman parking in handicap spot. A person had left a nasty note saying it was “unethical” for her to park in a space because she wasn’t handicapped. What does being handicapped mean? It’s more than a physical condition. Don’t assume you know what someone is going through. It really disgusted me that people could be so rude to this woman. She was a veteran who fought in Iraq. She may not be physically impaired, but the emotional scars we will never understand what she went through.
 My point is never assume you know someone’s situation. Next time you see someone who’s physically able in a handicapped parking spot remember that disabilities are not always physical.
-Ebony . Washington
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Ignorance Is NOT Bliss

Hey! It’s Eb and lately I’ve been really annoyed with people. Ignorance is definitely not bliss and assuming is not the way. In my experience adults seem to be the ones that are the most offensive. Most have nothing but good intentions and others are just blissfully ignorant. That’s not ok. I do my best to inform others about my disability. I think it’s a two way street. People should take the time to read and learn about others issues different from their own. This doesn’t just apply to the disabled community. Taking the time to learn about other cultures and attempting to see the world through others perspectives. People tend to make veiled assumptions about groups of people without getting to know them or their stories. And that can be dangerous it drives people apart rather than pulling them together. Now I don’t want to get all preachy, but something must be done we must come together. Especially in the climate we’re living in today. I just want to spread awareness. A lot of people may not read my blogs, but I write this in the hopes that I at least make a difference in one persons life. Ashley and I started this blog to raise awareness about disabilities. It’s so much more than that it’s about sharing our testimony and encouraging others to do the same. I definitely appreciate all the love and support we have received over this past year. I hope you continue reading our journey. Until next time….drop by our Facebook page Friends on Wheel(Cerebral Palsy)

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A Weight Lifted

“Come to Me, all you  who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

 

Lately, the world has been heavy on me. I honestly have had no idea why, there has been no reason for me to feel this way, but yesterday, I heard the message that I needed to hear. To be completely real, I have no idea what I’m passionate about anymore. Back in January,  I was in a wreck where my van was thrown off the road, into  some trees, and completely totaled. By the grace of God, and some miracle, I survived which obviously means that I still have work that my Heavenly Father wants me to do here, even if I have no idea what that is. I know I’m probably going to get a lot of argument from this statement, but I honestly have no idea how long I’m going to  keep writing, or if I’m going to become the disabilty advocate I thought I would become, but there are two things I know I’m passionate about: Honoring my grandmother, (Abuelita) and most  importantly, honoring God, so friends, I’m passing on the message I heard yesterday to you today: When the world is heavy, let God carry you.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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