Welcome to Ashes & Oaks! Words cannot adequately express how excited I am to begin this journey. Ashes & Oaks has been a dream, passion, and hope in my heart for so long and I think it’s finally time to dive in. I hope you join me, but even if this space is only for the edification of my own heart then it will be worthwhile.
The name Ashes & Oaks comes from this passage in Isaiah 61:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.”
We all have our own ashes, but we are all invited to be made oaks of righteousness. And that’s what this is about.
We’ll be walking shoulder to shoulder becoming a planting by the Lord, “He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:13)
For so long my heart has been for women (starting with myself), that we would use our minds, that we would be smart, that we would walk in knowledge and truth. Love comes much easier, we’ve got emotions to spare. But so often we depend on someone else to explain scripture to us. And don’t get me wrong I LOVE sermons, podcasts and devotionals. But my heart is aching to know the Bible for myself, and to keep knowing it. I want to unlock all the treasure that was given for me. I want to navigate it. I want to love it from a place of understanding. I want to familiarize myself with God’s word so that it’s up close, up in front of my face at every turn.
I want to dive into his promises, his instruction, his poetry.
And I want you to dive with me.
Let’s jump together.
But here’s the thing. This won’t be like most bible studies or devotionals. I’m not going to write homework assignments. I’m going to facilitate where we are going and what tools we will use week by week to study a particular book, and the pace at which that happens is in your hands.
Women. Are. Busy.
It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, married or single, if you are a working mom or a stay at home mom….we are all busy. So I’ll guide you through the process, but you just do what you can do. Studying the bible slowly is better than not studying it at all. I think we often get so discouraged because we can’t keep up with the pace of a bible study and we throw in the towel. If you have time for ONE verse, then commit yourself to taking it a little at a time each day. If you have time for one chapter a day, then great—that’s your study load. Let me say this again: studying the bible a little at a time is better than not studying it at all.
I really hope you join me. I am praying that we can encourage each other and spur each other on. I’m hoping that God will develop some heart friendships. But I know that God’s word will produce fruit.
If you are interested (just interested, you aren’t signing your life away so don’t freak out) please leave a comment on this post.
I love you sisters, I can't wait to study with you!
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18