20 October, 2017

Living Your Purpose - Guest Post

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA

I've been blessed to have known Ashleigh for many years, and her heart to serve God is always an encouragement. She recently sent me this reflection, and I thought her message was fitting for this month of investing in others. I second her: your worth is infinite, and only you can fulfill your purpose. Take courage to live bravely, friends!


If there was one piece of advice, one word of wisdom, one thing you could share with a soul just stepping out into life’s great vast world, what would you say?

Well, you might be thinking, 'This girl has no idea what she’s talking about, because I'd need to give them a whole 10,000-word essay to warn of difficulties/failures, encourage to reach what is truly good and noble, and fly above this old world and its violence and hatred!' But I have faced this from a lot of perspectives.

If there was one thing I could say, what would it be? It’s a tough question but I would say, “Work as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything depended on God.

This profound sentence contains the message I would encourage everyone to live. Working as if the world depends on us doesn’t mean literally, but passionately working out of a good heart, not for ourselves, but for the good of all. Praying as if everything depends on God well hey, everything does depend on God, so what better thing could we do than ask and trust it all to Him?!

Let's be dedicated and passionate about life. We’ve only got one life, so let's make the most of it, and run like we’re on fire towards our wildest dreams. Misery, sadness, despondency, and failure are all tools – it’s not about what happens to us; its about how we react to it. Let's take the opportunities that come our way, and if they leave a mark on our page, cheer up! Sometimes failure must precede success, and it gives a true appreciation for what we’ve just done.

You are wonderful, amazing, beautiful, precious, needed, loved, and most importantly: you are irreplaceable. Nobody can ever fill your place – you are special.

If you ever begin to doubt this: pray, because let me assure you – no matter how bad you are, God is always there waiting for you to talk to Him. And share: be open, talk to those you love – it is hard, but they love you and want the best for you.

Remember this much, YOU are special, you are irreplaceable, and you are invaluable.

Fight on!

P.s Here’s a song, I personally really love:

Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us, Ash. May God bless you as you run for Him and inspire others along the way. :)

What would you add? If you could only say one thing to someone, what would it be? How has the 31 Hugs Challenge been going for you?


  1. Wow, thanks so much for this encouragement. To be honest I'm not sure what I would say, I'll have to think about it. But I like the thing you chose. I really love that song too.
    The 31 Hugs Challenge... I think it's been going well. To be honest I might be taking it too literally since I hug people all the time. But I also love to be an encouragement to people. I love writing notes or encouraging texts or just talking or listening to someone to show that I care and that I'm there.
    Thanks! :)

    Ps: love those pictures, its beautiful.

    1. Thanks Sarah! My friend is pretty good with encouragement and thought-provoking conversations - I'm glad you could be blessed by it. :)

      And that's so encouraging to hear how the challenge is going for you! Nothing wrong with literal hugs! :)

      Thanks for your sweet coment. xx

  2. That beach looks amazing!
    Nice words, Ashleigh. :)

    1. Thanks Niv :) Been too long since I've caught up with you!

    2. It was! ;) Thanks for your comment. xx

  3. Beautiful pictures! And the words were even more gorgeous. I think everyone needs to hear this, it's a whole new perspective! I'll have to ponder of what I would say before I could share it. ;D But it's such a wonderful idea. <3 <3

    1. Thanks - praise God for His creation. :) It is a thought-provoking question! And I don't believe I've had opportunity to say yet: thanks heaps for following! Welcome to the family. :)


    1. I know; it's so good to see! Our creator God is pretty incredible, and your enthusiasm makes me smile. :) Thanks for commenting! xx


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2. I’m likely to immediately go and explore your blog (if you have one) to find out more of your amazingness, and return the blessing.

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