Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Letter from Ashleigh

It’s been three years now since Ashleigh graduated from the program, and she continues to amaze me with her growth and maturity. She asked me if she could share with you today, so here it is. I hope you enjoy!

Hey, my name is Ashleigh and I graduated from the Nashville home on September 26th of 2006. I wanted to take a moment to thank Nancy for pressing into the heart of the Lord and for sharing what she found in the eyes of her Creator.

For more than 20 years I focused on the ‘me’, ‘myself’, and ‘I’ of Ashleigh. I clothed ‘myself’ in labels that I picked up along my journey of life; labels of anger, anorexia, academia, self-hate and control. I defined ‘myself’ by beauty in the flesh, financial success and material possessions.

Amidst all of this, there was still a young girl within me that had a dream. My heavenly Father had graciously blessed me with a dream at the fragile age of three years. A fallen world and the sin of mankind clouded and then shattered my dream of marriage and motherhood. My heart’s desire had been shut out and redefined by the ways of the world as a means to cope instead of feeling pain. I was aware of this young girl’s child-like presence, but I was unable to acknowledge her.

God’s mercy is freedom and His grace is sufficient! Nancy’s heart and commitment to be a channel into experiencing His unconditional love has created an opportunity for that child in me to come back to life. I have traded my life in the flesh for abundant life in the presence of my King. He says, “I delight in her!” I am free to be as I focus fully into His eyes and hold His hand.

I no longer need labels. I have life!

Nancy, Thank you for making a way!



Ali Davis said...

THANK YOU for sharing this. i have dreams somewhere inside of me, and i hope to find them soon... i love you, nancy!