Sparkles by Ashlee: faith, funny, + fulfilling dreams

Welcome to Sparkles by Ashlee, a Christian lifestyle blog over faith, funny, and fulfilling dreams. I'm Ashlee Staerk, and I'm a teenager in love with Jesus and writing stories for His glory in Iowa. Grab your fave drink (I'll take a Dr. Pepper), and peruse my blog, where I document what God is teaching me, encouragement He lays on my heart, the good and the bad in life (always keeping it real), and my journey of trusting God with my dreams!

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Why You Can Totally Let Go and Let God

I have mentioned countless times on this blog that you should trust God all the way. But you might be asking WHY? How do I know I can trust God and that He is really looking out for me? I promise you can. I see Him working in my life all the time, and I know He is looking after me. And you can totally let go and let Him take care of your life.

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He is real

I already wrote one blog post over this, but it's only an introduction to my thoughts: The 5 Biggest Reasons Why I Believe in God, and I want to write more that elaborates on those reasons with even more details and evidence. I added them to my list of 184982 blog post ideas, so be on the lookout for those in around 2035! Kidding, hopefully. And I do say hopefully.

But seriously, I totally believe that He is real, and the Bible is true, too. I have tons of thoughts over this, and I will write about them. Anyway, that is the first reason. Now we can look at what God says and does.

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He sent Jesus for us

That, in itself, is huge. We are sinners, and yet Jesus died for us. That is proof of His love, and since He loves us enough to do that, we can definitely believe Him when He says He has a good plan for us.



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He loves us so much

I could go on and on about this, but let me show you some Bible verses that come from Him about it.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8 ESV
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
— John 3:16 ESV
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
— Psalm 147:3 ESV
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
— Psalm 108:3 ESV
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
— John 10:9-11 ESV
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
— Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
— Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
— 2 Peter 3:9 ESV
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He does have a good plan

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28 ESV
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
— Isaiah 58:11 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
— Romans 12:2 ESV
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
— Psalm 27:14 ESV
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
— John 15:7 ESV
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
— Proverbs 28:13 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4 ESV

Personal examples

Where do I even start? I wrote about my website gone wrong story and how He worked through it, and I have at LEAST two other stories I want to share: my church story and a blogging story. But you know, it's just really cool how God works. Even in the little things.

For example, one time my mom was stressed, and I told her a Bible verse I really had grown to like and one I thought she needed to hear. It turns out her devotion for that day was that verse.

It's called having faith for a reason. It's definitely not going to be easy, but start memorizing these verses. Get to know God through His Word and prayer. The more I pray, the more I see Him at work. Just give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.

The reality is, this is a huge topic, and one blog post isn't going to transform your life.

You have to be willing to make that change. You have to be willing to surrender your whole life to the Lord. When you do this, you'll see Him at work. Just take one more step to doing this today. Be patient. Persist in prayer, and pray believing and pray continually as 1 Thessalonions 5:17 says. 

You can let go of what is bothering you because there's not a single thing you can do to change/prevent/fix about your situation. 

You can let Him because He is the Creator of the UNIVERSE , people! Sometimes we just shrug this off, but it is NOT something to shrug off! Seriously, God is God! He knows what He is doing; He knows the stuff we cannot see. As the verses repeatedly state above, He loves us and has a good plan for us.

‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27 NIV
‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
— Jeremiah 32:17 NIV

Are you able to let go and let God? Look closely at your life. What is holding you back? Leave a comment below or get in touch with me here or through my social media accounts, and I'd love to talk with you! P.S. This is really important to me, so if you haven't already, please take a short two question survey about your opinion on me posting some short stories here. Thank you so much! I have faith in all of you and that God is going to work through you! Let go and let Him!!