"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4

The Gilland Family of 6!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Crazy…

A little about me~

I think it’s interesting to know things about the people whose blogs you read.  I love it when the one’s I read give me a glimpse into who they really are.   I’ve heard it said that sometimes Christian bloggers come across as self-righteous or hypocrites or “perfect.”  I want to be sure I NEVER show myself as any of those!  So this is my attempt to be “real” with you.  I’m going to tell you some good things, bad things and just crazy things about me.  In previous posts you’ve learned a little about me and in the side margin of my blog there is a section “about me”, but I want to tell you a little more and be truly honest in my description of myself.  

Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  There is nothing good in me apart from Jesus!   I love talking about Jesus with people who know Him and with those who don't know Him yet.  I love hearing and sharing stories of God’s faithfulness.  I love reading His Word!

I LOVE Beth Moore!!!   I think we could be really great friends!  ;)  In the past 6 years I have done several of her Bible Studies and they have had a profound impact on my life!  The way she teaches speaks right to my spirit!  Good Stuff!  

I'm reading 2 books right now.  They are:  Instructing a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp and Radical by David Platt.  This is the second time I'm reading Radical.  It is a life changing book, I highly recommend it.  Another book I recommend is Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala.  Amazing!  I read it a few years ago and it too shaped and strengthened my faith. 

I love having plants and flowers in our home.  But I usually kill every plant that I buy.  Luckily I have learned there is one plant that can survive in my house and that is the “Peace Lily.”  It lays down when it’s thirsty.  Isn't that wonderful!!!  That is the only way I can remember to water it!  

I cannot sew.  I mean at all.  Not even a button.  Also, I don’t iron.  I mean I will if I “HAVE” to, but I’m not good at it so I send it all to the cleaners.  I love to wash and dry clothes all day long.  But i strongly dislike to fold and put away clothes.  It’s probably my least favorite domestic thing to do!  

I love coffee and diet coke!  I drink too much of both.  

I need to lose about 30 pounds, ugh!!!  One would think those pounds would just fly off from chasing 4 kids ages 0 to 5 years!  

I sometimes lose it with my children!

I collect crosses and McCarty Pottery.  They make me smile!

I sometimes have a hard time forgiving and forgetting.  

I’m really LOUD!  One of my best friends often times says to me when we are having a conversation, “why are you yelling at me?”  Oops!  

I love to cook!  But I don’t like to clean up the kitchen!

My minivan is always a disaster!  You can read more about that here.  

I am obsessed with having clean feet.  This started in college.  I don’t even know how or why it started.  But I have to laugh at myself.  Every night before I get in our bed I have to clean my feet.  I usually take a shower at night so that makes it easy.  But even on nights I don’t shower I will use wet wipes or wash them in the bath tub.  

I make our bed every day because a made bed sleeps much better than an unmade bed, in my opinion!  Some days I make it in the morning, other days in the afternoon and many days I make it right before I get in it! ;) 

I love being pregnant.   I actually love the labor and delivery as well.  I know it’s crazy!

My 4 children are my greatest accomplishment in life!  They along with their daddy, my sweet husband, bring me the utmost joy!

I have this flesh/spirit battle always going on in me that manifests itself mostly in material things.  My flesh loves to dress my children in beautiful clothes and decorate my home with beautiful things.  My spirit knows those things are meaningless, temporary and not the greatest use of money for the kingdom of God.  So it's a big struggle for me, just ask my husband. ;) 

In a nutshell I'm a daughter of the King, who doesn't always act like a princess.  I'm a busy wife and momma to 4 who is in constant motion and surrounded by cheerful chaos almost all the time.  I'm a woman who is trying to live out her faith one day at a time.  I'm so thankful for His Grace because even at my best, I'm not good enough!  

Well there you have it!  You now know me, Ashley Gilland, a little better!  I really would love to hear from you!  You are welcome to comment any time!  Or if you’d prefer you can always email me at ashgilland@gmail.com.

I'm praying that today God might use my good, bad and crazy to bring glory to himself and to bless you!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9



  1. Thanks to you my feet are always clean before I get in bed:) and some days I don't make my bed until right before I get in it! There is just something about a made bed!

  2. I love reading your blog. It is fun getting to know you.

  3. Ditto the coffee and diet coke! Also the laundry! And I also lose it with my kids sometimes! It happens to the best of us :). Good to know that you have some crazy in your life, with 4 kids, it's bound to happen! It happens at my house with just 2 kids!

  4. Love your honestly and REAL writing. You are glorifying God. PS - Actually your clean feet deal started much earlier in life - :)

  5. You may not be perfect...but I can't imagine a more amazing sister. Love you always