Good News Community
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
You may have noticed a change in this space – the blog has a new name! “Ashley Ivester – Good News Girl.”
The original name, “On the Street Where We Live,” was a sentimental nod toward a time when my now-husband would sing the song from “My Fair Lady” while dating. It was also a tie-in to life as a settler in the Wild West of Littles. Our three children were four and under when the blog was created. An objective for writing didn’t seem like a necessity when daily survival was the ambition. The general idea was that the blog would detail the happenings of our daily lives, but I quickly fatigued over posts about diaper blow-outs and toddler escapades. Writing was a temporary separation from beautiful chaos to the Adult World. I found it most enjoyable to write about faith. The blog title wasn’t a good reflection of content and change needed to happen. Someday.
A year ago I was in Old Navy and saw a shirt that had the text, “Good News Girl” written on the front. Cue the angelic music – that was it! The phrase was perfect for my writing. During training through Hope*Writers (a community of writers), I was confronted with the fact that it would be prudent to use my name for the blog in regards to long-term goals. “But I don’t wanna!” The wisdom of the advice was undeniable and, with great maturity, I accepted the counsel. “Fiiiiine.”
And that is how taglines are created.
So why did “Good News Girl” speak to me and how does it relate to you?
Most of the time, no matter the circumstance, we could use good news. The purpose of my writing is two-fold:
To encourage our personal relationships with Jesus. In order to grow in knowledge and wisdom, we have to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of him. Writing biblically about faith requires that I study. My hope is that the content inspires you to become a student of God’s Word too. As a result, may our love for Him increase!
To share practical applications of faith in the everyday. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Knowledge is vital, but what good does it do if we don’t know how to apply it to real life? We must strive for a balance of Bible smarts and good-old fashioned know-how.
No matter what comes, we have good news through knowing Jesus and following His way – in marriage, in parenting, in loss, in the unknown, and in everything. It may sound cliche, but Jesus really is the answer. Faith is practical to life. We are to live and share it with others.
As a Christ-follower and reader, you are a Good News Girl (or Man) too! God created us to best live and grow in the context of relationships. I’m glad that a life of faith isn’t designed to be a solo flight!
Community is a gift.
I’m glad you’re part of mine.