Hi! My name is Ashley Shepherd, wife to Ryan and mommy to 2 boys Wilson and Levi. We have a life that is sometimes so full it feels like it is spilling all over East TN, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
My beautiful mess of a life consists of raising my boys, working from home, and serving in my Church. But more than anything, my heart’s desire is to connect with other women and help them find their beautifully designed life that was intentionally created by God.
Like you, I never know which “hat” I will need to wear next. As a wife, mommy, business owner, and friend to many, there have been times I completely lost my identity and felt trapped in my own life. As a little girl I felt a strong calling on my life to serve others, but as a young mom I often found myself drowning in survival mode, where simple tasks like laundry overwhelmed me. Anxiety was my first feeling of the day, and if that wasn’t enough, the number on the scale continued to define me.
I simply couldn’t live like this anymore. I knew something had to change. I will never forget opening up my Bible and asking God to help me discover “who I was in HIM.” I searched for Scriptures that would replace the labels that I allowed to attach to my heart and mind. It was this verse that I clung to:
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Through trusting in God’s word the negative labels began to disappear.
God knew that it was time for me to rise up and not be slave to my anxiety. So when my friend Jamie Young and I wanted to gather friends for an online Bible study HE brought over 14,000 women from all over the world in ONE place to study HIS Word. This community is a safe place for women to pray together, encourage each other, and give hope.
I love how HE has woven together my beautiful life with valleys of post partum depression, loneliness, and insecurities but mixed in with victories from my Creator. God has put a special message on my heart to remind women that our pant size, other people’s opinions, or our circumstances do not define us but God beautifully designed us to live on purpose.
We would love for you to join us.