Welcome to the Fearless Joy blog,
My name is Ashley and I am a stay at home mommy. My husband and I have been married since 2014, and we had our first child in 2017. I have always wanted to be a wife and mother. It’s the only thing I always knew that I wanted to be when I grew up. Being a wife and a mother is my first ministry. I see it as a great honor to be able to stay home with our children and pour all of my time into them and our home. You can read my testimony here.
I always looked forward to the wonderful moments motherhood would offer, but didn’t think much about all the concerns it would bring until I became pregnant with my firstborn. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions; excitement, nervousness, joy, but also fear. What if I have a complicated pregnancy? Or complications with labor and delivery? What if I won’t be a good mother? What if, what if, what if? The fears and “what ifs” did not stop once I delivered a healthy baby, though. What if this baby gets sick? What if this baby has health issues? What if we can’t provide for this baby?
One day, though, I thought to myself, “what if I stopped worrying about all the ‘what ifs’ and decided to stand on the promises of God? What if instead of being fearful, I was fearless? That’s where my journey to fearless motherhood began. There’s so much joy in being a mother, I hated seeing fear swallow up that incredible joy. I wanted fearless joy to be my legacy as a mother. I wanted my children to see me turn to the Word of God for all the answers, instead of fear being my first reaction. So, this blog is a journal of my journey to fearless joy (motherhood without the fear and what ifs). I don’t have all the answers, and I am not the perfect mother. I am just trying to choose joy and trust God instead of looking at the natural circumstances that surround me. I hope that it inspires you to look to God when fear rears its ugly head, and know that God is always with you.