Oct 2, 2019
Hello, friends! Thanks so much for being here! Today, I’m
talking to my dear friend Ashley Abercrombie
who is a literal superwoman. She is a mother, wife, writer,
speaker, and author of Rise of the Truth
Teller. Ashley is so full of grace and our friendship has
challenged me so much. In this episode, we chat about how you can
live authentically without prematurely sharing your story, finding
healing, and how you can handle confrontation and conflict.
- Growing up, people always came to her for advice, but she never
felt comfortable taking off that mask to say that she needed help
and advice too.
- When she got to college, she began abusing drugs and alcohol,
and later struggled with bulimia and was also sexually assaulted,
which resulted in pregnancy and abortion.
- “I’ll stick this somewhere where nobody will ever
find it. I’ll put this somewhere where I’ll never have to deal with
it and I’ll just keep it moving.”
- She remembers crying out for God when she felt most out of
control and shares what it felt like when she felt His presence and
- “We’re created for wholeness; we’re not created for
perfection. We can find wholeness in the midst of our
Sharing Your Story Publicly
- It’s important to share your story, but it’s also important to
protect your own healing first and foremost.
- “In the context of safe and healthy relationships
is where we need to be processing things.”
- When we don’t have safe relationships to process with, we
should be turning to therapists. Instead, the trend is to either
keep it all in or share with the whole world.
- “Sharing your story can be a way of
- It’s vulnerable, but we need to learn to ask advice from our
Questions To Ask Yourself Weekly
- Do you like the person you are becoming?
- Is your heart for God shrinking or growing?
- Have you compromised on your financial integrity?
- Have you compromised on your sexual integrity?
- Are you giving your family your emotional
Accepting The Love You Think You Deserve
- Ashley remembers a pastor saying, “Everyone does
love their neighbor as they love themselves and that’s the
- She shares that we need to set our sights on God because then
it becomes easier for us to see ourselves and others in the light
of who He is.
- We can manage our expectations and still hold on to hope.
- “There is no way for hope to survive when we’re
lonely and isolated.” We need people to carry us
Speaking Your Truth and Fighting Well
- Ashley shares how we can have these truthful conversations as
well as navigate conflict.
- She first asks for grace and frames her concern as a question
to the other person.
- We’ve been trained to think that conflict shouldn’t happen or
that there’s a way to resolve it without actually dealing with the
- “We have this mental struggle to understand that
conflict is very normal. It should be a daily part of our
- Most importantly: you can resolve it. Healthy relationships can
be maintained even when those involved are in a conflict that takes
longer to resolve.
- A good way to approach these conversations is to start with “I”
because it helps prevent us from coming from a place of blame.
Healing Your Past
- “I had to recognize that this was going to be a
- She remembers sharing her story with a friend and feeling how
just her presence there was helpful. She never tried to give her
quick fixes—she was simply a presence.
- “What does it look like for me to be honest in this
- She found places to serve, mentor, and journey with
- She has found the courage to be honest on her journey.
“When I’m tempted, I say so.”
Isn’t Ashley amazing? You can buy her book anywhere books are
sold! Follow her on Instagram at @ashabercrombie and
visit her website ashabercrombie.org.
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