Friday, December 30, 2011

{when God writes your love story}

I just bought this book two days ago, and I already love it.

Pastor at Ellerslie.

These two have profoundly affected my Christian walk, and I'm excited to say that I will be studying under them for 2 months this coming summer in Windsor, CO!

Eric is the teaching pastor at the Church at Ellerslie and the lead instructor in the Ellerslie Leadership Training.

Leslie serves as the executive director of Set-Apart Girl - an internationally-known organization that provides books, resources, conferences, and training for Christian young women.

From June 16 - August 19, I will be immersed in God - living and breathing His presence with ~50 other young men and women seeking to do the same.

I couldn't be more excited :)

As I prepare for this journey, I will be reading all of the Ludy's books, as well as some that were recommended to me, that will further help me to understand their mission. Here are a few of the titles:
  • George Muller of Bristol - Arthur Pierson
  • Rees Howells: Intercessor - Norman Grubb
  • Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
  • Hudson Taylor: A Retrospect - Hudson Taylor
  • Gold Cord - Amy Carmichael
  • They Found the Secret - V. Raymond Edman
  • No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green - Melody Green
  • Chasing the Dragon - Jackie Pullenger
  • Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy - Marie Chapian
  • Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman - Gladys Aylward and Christine Hunter
  • If I Perish - Esther Ahn Kim
  • The Pastor's Wife - Sabrina Wurmbrand
  • The Cross and the Switchblade - David Wilkerson
  • The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
  • Tramp for the Lord - Corrie ten Boom
  • The Shadow of the Almighty - Elisabeth Elliot
  • Through the Gates of Splendor - Elisabeth Elliot
xo, Aysha

Thursday, December 29, 2011

{dayspring and coffee mugs}

If any of you know me, you know that I have a weakness for tea, and teacups and coffee mugs..and mocha frappuchinos (I had to add that, of course). And that weakness is ten-fold when they're about Jesus!

Well over at Dayspring there is an after-Christmas sale going on.

(On the cups!) And lots more!

It's phenomenal.

$12.99 marked down to $6.49!

$6.99 marked down to $4.99!

$9.99 marked down to $2.49!

Yes, I'm already thinking about next Christmas, but these cups will be used all year round :)

Go take a look, and let me know what you find!

xo, Aysha

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{fire in my bones}

With the new year upon us, this is my new year's resolution:
That I become weary with holding in the name of my God; that I would feel an all-consuming fire within my bones at the thought of not being able to proclaim the truth that God has revealed to me; that I would be passionate about seeing the work of Christ here, in my life and in my home and in my city and in my state and in my country and in my world; that my heart would be burdened by the things that burdens the heart of my Lord; that I would meditate on His Word, day and night; that my life would be a place in which God's glory is displayed, for His glory alone.
As a student at a Christian university, I've had the opportunity to read large portions of the Bible, take classes where I learn (in-depth) what it means, learn from prominent scholars in the field, and worship with other students at Chapel.

I've been blessed, to say the least.

But my heart longs for so much more.

One of the major prophets of the Old Testament, Jeremiah, was ridiculed by his people for His trust in God. Yet He remained steadfast. He understood that God had given him a job to do: to warn the people of Israel that if their hearts remained hardened against YHWH, that they would be handed over to their enemies, that they would enter exile.

This is his response:
    If I say, “I will not mention him,
        or speak any more in his name,”
    there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
        shut up in my bones,
    and I am weary with holding it in,
        and I cannot.

(Jeremiah 20:9 ESV)
Have you ever had something so powerful, so empowering to tell that you would tell anyone who would listen? Something that you would gladly hand over your life for, so that the secret didn't die with you?

This was Jeremiah.

His resolve came with waiting upon the Lord, trusting in who He was and who He is - filled with His spirit to go forth and do the things that God had called him to.

This has become my prayer. To have such a fire within my bones, a fervent desire to see the Kingdom of God come to earth, to see His glory displayed here, that I literally become weary from holding it that I cannot.

xo, Aysha

Monday, December 26, 2011

{christmas | 2011}

 I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Christmas. I pray that it was a restful time for each one you, no matter where you were!

 Here are a few pictures that I snapped on Christmas morning.


xo, Aysha