It’s funny how much things can change in just one year! My family has always been very close. My parents are amazing examples of commitment and love and my sister and I have been blessed to find husbands that love us like our daddy loves our mom. So this time last year, it was just the six of us. Now, there are eight! I had a little girl (Addyson) in February and my sister Alyse had a little boy (Jude) in September!
Where once, we could all ride together to go somewhere now we require 3 SUV’s, 2 strollers, 2 diaper bags, 10 pacifiers, plenty of bottles, 2 car seats, bibs, burp cloths, and of course- cameras! Our lives have changed so much but it’s hard to imagine life before the babies. I can’t imagine what it will be like when more little ones come along!
Becoming a mom has changed me in ways I could have never predicted! Where once I was very put together at all times, now I hardly brush my teeth before 5:00! Where once I would’ve gagged at the thought of a booger, now I gladly pull one out of her tiny nose! More importantly, where once I thought my heart was full with just Jesus and my sweet husband, I feel like it is going to explode with the love I have found in my precious little girl.
My whole perspective has changed on just about everything. I want to protect her from everything. I think differently about where I’m going, what I’m watching, and what I want for the future. It is the most unbelievable experience to know that a little life is fully dependant on me. What a responsibility God has entrusted us with!
Last week, Kory and I were in a small group discussion at church and the teaching was something I had never heard before and it blew my mind. It was that the family is actually complete with just a husband and a wife. The children are simply additions to an already complete family. WOAH! If that’s true, then why do I feel like my baby has completed me?
The truth is, I am wrong to think this way and although it is un-natural for a mother, God wants us to find completion in the union of a Godly marriage. Our husband must remain first in our hearts but it’s so hard! The Lord has gently corrected me on the principal this year so that I will clearly see that what my little girl really needs most is for me to put her daddy first.
For all you mama’s out there today I encourage you to assess who is first in your heart after the Lord- your kids or your man?
Ashley Hicks is a relevant inspiring speaker with a desire to encourage women in their daily lives and in their personal walk with Christ. Ashley founded PINC Ministries (Purity & Identity in Christ) in 2003 with a mission to reach the younger generation of girls with biblical truths on modern day issues they are facing, such as: purity, modesty, dating, friendship, and self-esteem. Since then, she has been traveling the country and speaking to thousands of girls and women each year. Now that Ashley is a wife and a mother, she has a new passion for speaking to other women through solid Biblical principles and challenge and inspire them to be who they were created to be- beautiful, strong, victorious women of God.
Ashley has a Bachelor’s and a Masters Degree in Counseling. Recently, Ashley released THINK PINC! a six week bible study series for teen girls based on the original message of PINC Ministries. She has also had the privilege of writing for numerous Lifeway resources and has appeared as a guest on The Joni Show and Friends & Neighbors. She and her husband Kory live in Texas with their daughter Addyson Grace. Ashley’s favorite things to do are: (aside from hanging out with her family) shopping, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, cooking, taking naps, and eating at tea rooms!
It’s funny how much things can change in just one year! My family has always been very close. My parents are amazing examples of commitment and love and my sister and I have been blessed to find husbands that love us like our daddy loves our mom. So this time last year, it was just
Ashley is a great fit for most any women’s event and is happy to be your key-note speaker for your church, community, or school event.
“The Perfect Outfit” – Can easily be a one or two-part message based on Colossians 3:12-14. Ashley takes a creative approach to the importance of wearing love and the commitment to posses the qualities of Christ-likeness in the routine of our day to day lives. This is a charming yet challenging message that is sure to make an impact on your ladies.
“The Power of Pearls” – Perfect for an evening or a daytime brunch, lunch or tea with the ladies, The Power of Pearls is a 40 minute heartfelt message that every woman can relate to. Ashley uses the illustration of a pearl to bring insight to the beauty of our uniqueness and the value in our individuality. Your ladies will be stirred with a renewed sense of self-worth and challenged to trust God with a whole heart.
“PINC Events” – Ashley would love to come and minister to your teen girls with the message of PINC (Purity & Identity in Christ). Please visit the PINC website for more information on teen girl events. www.pincministries.com
Being in the same room with Ashley is a treat all by itself. But when she gets onstage and speaks—well, that girl definitely has a gift! Her energy and enthusiasm for her ministry of empowering women is infectious and so incredibly needed. I just wish someone like her had been around when I was young—I wouldn’t have grown up to write a book called Left at the Altar!
~Kimberley Kennedy, author of the book Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection.
Pearls will always hold a special place in my heart after hearing Ashley speak about the special, powerful uniqueness of each beautiful pearl. The quiet strength and beauty that women carry are truly a gift from God.
Ashley is so open and honest . Her message to our women spoke not only to my heart, but to many others too. I realized that as women we often get so caught up in what people think of us and how we should act that we are not always real. Ashley’s challenge to be the real person God created was just want I needed to hear. I’m so thankful that Ashley was willing to share of herself for God’s purpose.
This past Spring I had the opportunity to attend a Power of Pearls session with my daughter-in-law. What a beautiful time it was to meet with women from all walks of life and to hear the message of our uniqueness, beauty and worth in Christ. When I left that day, my heart was so encouraged. Ashley’s message was one filled with passion, humor and directly from the heart of God for women today.
Think PINC is a 6-part Bible Study for teen girls that covers the full message of Purity and Identity in Christ.
Included in the study is a leader’s guide with suggestions for activities, bonus teaching opportunities, and clear instructions for the leader as well as the DVD’s of Ashley teaching the messages. For a limited time, we are including a 4-pack of student workbooks for FREE!
-Session 1 – Modest is Hottest! *Includes the PINC Yes & No Fashion Show!
-Session 2 – Practical Purity (Part1) Purity of the Heart, Mind, and Mouth
-Session 3 – Practical Purity (Part 2) The Influence of the Media
-Session 4 – Sexual Purity (Part 1) Guidelines for Dating as a Christian Teen
-Session 5 – Sexual Purity (Part 2) The Emotional Repercussions of Sexual Impurity
-Session 6 – Finding Your Identity in Christ
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