A day in the life of Ashley: Coffee, Jesus and detours

I love when the Lord uses my everyday life routine to minister to my heart.

Tuesday morning I snoozed my alarm for an hour (oops). I rushed out of bed and tried to make myself look somewhat decent for work. I panicked around my room looking for clean socks (yes, I skipped laundry day this week). I rushed to my car with my purse dangling off my arm as I searched my phone for the Starbucks app. I sat in my cold car waiting for it to heat up while I placed my Starbucks mobile order, a Grande Flat White with an extra shot of espresso (PRAISE THE LORD for this)!

As I made my way to Starbucks I encountered early morning Dallas traffic, random school zones that slowed me down, a construction zone that blocked off the road I used to avoid traffic and several unexpected detours through Starbucks. You can only imagine how frustrated I was. All of the wasted time getting to Starbucks was now going to make me late to work. As I rolled my eyes at red lights and complained out loud, the Lord began ministering to me. I was reminded of all the toxic “roads” of destruction that the Lord has blocked off in my life—toxic relationships, negative friendships, addictions, shame, lies. I was reminded of all of the detours I had to make in my spiritual life. I was reminded of all the baggage I had to carry around with me for years. I was reminded of all the times I had to be still and know that HE is God.

During my season of transition the Lord has been guiding me on which “roads” in my life need to be blocked off and which roads I need to open for a “final cleanup.” It has not been easy at all, friends. I’ve learned to close roads and say NO to people and things that will prevent me from my calling. And the Lord has led me to open the roads of abuse, heartbreak and pain for a “final cleanup,” because if I’m being honest… the poison of unforgiveness lingered into the depths of my heart where it does not belong.
Through this season, the Lord is teaching me how to let go of my pain and lay it at the foot of the cross so that I can live freely and whole.

I sat in the Starbucks parking lot, prayed and waited for the Lord to speak to my heart.

It may have taken longer for you to reach my desired destination for your life, but my direction always have benefited what I want for you.”


 With a thankful spirit I began to ask the Lord to guide me through the different roads in my life—roads of joy, roads of destruction and roads of restoration.

Friends, we serve a God who says to us, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He tells us: “When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end” (Isaiah 43:2 MSG).  He is always on our side (Psalm 54:4). There is no where we can go to escape His love: “If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting! (Psalm 129:7-10 MSG)

My frustration with blocked roads, detours and construction led me to a place where my Spirit needed to meet the Lord. My prayer for you today is that you will learn to yield to the things the Lord desires for your life. Things may not make sense right now. You may be in the middle of heartbreak. You may be struggling with settling for what the world says you are. You may be hanging on by thread. You may be exhausted and done. Or you may be in such a sweet place in your life right now. Wherever you are in life today, learn to let go and trust that His ways are always better. You are an open book to the Lord—embrace it. Even from a distance He knows what you’re thinking. He knows what’s troubling you. He knows what makes your heart sing. You are His forever and ever.

Love freely and fully today,


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