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February 23, 2015

52 Week Project Week 8 { Reflection }

It’s funny how things change.  Plans that we set in motion change in the blink of an eye.

Due to unseen events or times when we even  change.

Change is good.  At least thats what my momma always said.

And I would have to agree with her.

This weeks word is Reflection.  When I first started this project I was excited about this word.  I had plans of doing an awesome picture out by a body of water with one of the kids reflection.

I had it all planned in my head and was definitely looking forward to it.

And things changed.

This past week I made a simple comment to one of my friends and since then it has been coming back to me over and over again.

I simply told her that I am a girl of many layers.

Simple enough and yet profound.

When I originally said this, it was more of a joke.  And yet now it has been resonating with me over and over again.

What does it really mean?

I have been reading this book by Bob Hamp.  I read it a couple of years ago and it is really life changing.

However, it is the type of book that can be digested over and over again.

In a quick very condensed summary this is what is about.  It starts with a story of two famous acrobats who have a son.  The son has great promise.  However, while traveling, the son falls out of the wagon as a baby.  The troupe doesn’t realize this until it is too late.  In the mean time a Farmer and his barren wife find the baby and because they cannot find his parents raise him as their own.

They know nothing of this baby or the potential he has as an acrobat.  They raise him as a farmer.  They raise him out of fear and stifle the innate ability of the boy.

He grows up with inner frustration.  He desires more but doesn’t know what for.  He accepts his life as a farmer and deep down is unhappy but does not know why.

Later in life he is reunited with his real parents and discovers his potential.  Yet even though he has potential he still has to learn and it is such a new way of life that it becomes different and scary.

Through time, love and acceptance of who he really is, he becomes one of the greatest acrobats in his time.

The author Bob Hamp discusses that while his parents had good intentions.  They were destroying the boy.  He was created and born with great promise and destiny.  However, because of his circumstances he never knew this.

As I have been reading this and thinking of what I told my friend I am realizing that yes there are many layers to me.  Layers that my upbringing, my past, my choices, my personality have covered up who I was created to be.  I was created to be a daughter of the King.  God has created me for freedom and to be uncomplicated.  And as I begin to know my Father more and more, the more and more he pulls back those layers to reveal who I really am.

I think this is so true with everyone.  The more and more we come to know our creator, then we will see Him in us.  We will see our potential and the gifts he has given us.

So as I think about this word Reflection.  I think about my creator.  I think about when I look at my own reflection I want to see more of him.  I want to see what He sees.

And I hope that when you look in the mirror you see that you are of Great Purpose.  There is destiny in you.  And the more you pull back the layers in your heart….The more you will see this.







  1. Lauren Swann

    February 23rd, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Such a good word for the week! Self-reflection is always something that brings great insight!

  2. Ashley Beasley

    February 23rd, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Thank-You Lauren!

  3. Natalie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I love this. Oh my! I really want to read this book!

  4. Ashley Beasley

    February 23rd, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    It is definitely a good read!

  5. Michael and Carina

    February 25th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    So happy to know such a sweet and devoted couple! Y’all are awesome!

  6. Ashley Beasley

    February 26th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Thank-You! 🙂 You guys are a pretty awesome couple yourselves!

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