Author Archives: Deb Ashley

About Deb Ashley

At home, Deb is the wife of Mark and mom of three adult children. She enjoys cooking, taking care of a small but somewhat productive garden, feeding the local community of birds and other assorted critters, and taking naps with her dog Mandy. Her passions include teaching, writing and music. In the community, Deb enjoys working alongside her husband in his role as a pastor. She is involved in teaching and encouraging women from all walks of life through book studies, counseling, and speaking opportunities.

Captain Sully, A Crisis, and the Church

Last evening was a rainy Friday night, perfect for an in-home movie and popcorn. Our movie choice for the evening was “Sully”, the story of the miracle landing by Captain Chesley Sullenberger of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson … Continue reading

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A Profound Simplicity

A journey. A random sighting. Questions. Spit. Mud. Water. Sight. So much had happened so fast. He had been sitting near the roadside when a Man saw him. Most people didn’t see him. Or if they did, they pretended he … Continue reading

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A First-day-of-school Meditation

School started without me today. For the first time in 26 years, I did not pack a school lunch and send someone off with a kiss and a prayer.  There were no bookbags to check, no last minute questions like, … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf: The Little Book of Hygge

In recent months, though I have enjoyed the writing process for years, it seems I lost my writing voice. I missed making a blank page come to life with words yet found words did not come freely or frequently. Finally, … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Boeing 737

The tragic news of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 this past Sunday left us all wondering again about the safety of flight.  We routinely purchase plane tickets, pack our suitcases and plod through airport security lines,  thankful we … Continue reading

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Where Were You When–

Several years ago, as a young pastor’s wife, I sat around a breakfast table with several of the older ladies in our church. They gathered once a month for a time of prayer and I enjoyed getting to know them … Continue reading

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Minimalism: Painting 101

As I shared in a previous post, I have been on a journey toward finding minimalism in my life. While minimalism often brings with it some challenging concepts – such as reducing possessions and evaluating priorities – I believe we … Continue reading

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The Perfect Purse

For most of my girl-and-woman life, I have been searching for the perfect purse. Not too big, not too small. Some pockets, but not too many. Deep enough that my wallet sits in there securely, but not so deep that … Continue reading

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Finding Minimalism

“Minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”  — Joshua Becker My journey toward minimalism began – quite by accident – on a spring day nine years ago. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Cities

On Saturday, April 28th, in Washington, DC, the White House correspondents’ dinner became the talk of the town after comedian Michelle Wolf’s jaw-dropping diatribe left even the most desensitized media members in the room squirming in their seats. In attendance … Continue reading

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