Media

TV

700 Club Segment

Brad, our priest, and I were honored to share our story with The 700 Club. We reflected on all of the mountains that He moved for us as I recovered through the power of prayer.

“Today, almost 10 years later, Ashley and Brad enjoy their time with their three little girls. Time they know they might not have without the power of prayer. Ashley said, ‘If it weren’t for those prayers and those comments and that encouragement I wouldn’t be where I am today.’…”

Remembering what He’s done is one of the best ways to trust what He’s doing. Check out the piece to hear more.

Radio

Busted Halo SiriusXM Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer

“As I walked down the aisle, it was a beautiful celebration and a great reminder that God makes even our hardest parts – the darkest parts of our story – new.”

There were days I was so angry with His will I wanted to punch a wall. But there were also days of being buoyed up by cards, meals, and prayers from our people. God uses all of it. Every single part of your story can be used for good. It was an honor to share mine with the Busted Halo show.

Newspaper

The Omaha World-Herald – “How an all-women retreat opened my eyes to showing up, trying new things in life”

“Don’t let the fear of not fitting in keep you from   showing up. Own your story, reach out to the edge of the room and find common ground.

By seeing the person before the difference, we teach our children that there really is always more room at the table.”

I was honored to share what I took away from a retreat with 84 strangers in this piece for the World-Herald.

Retreats

Healing Retreat

“There is no part of your story that He cannot redefine. There is nothing – absolutely NOTHING – too broken for God to redeem and reweave into something beautiful.” I was honored to share this talk and three others for an online healing retreat alongside six other great speakers.

Advent Retreat

In the Bible story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), do you feel like Martha, “worried and distracted by many things” to do before Christmas or are you sitting at the Lord’s feet and centering on Him like Mary? In this Advent retreat, I reflect on ways we can better prepare our hearts for him rather than being consumed by all the activities, shopping, and prep this time of year.

Podcasts

The Nebraska Way  – “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”

“There is no part of your story that He cannot redefine. There is nothing – absolutely NOTHING – too broken for God to redeem and reweave into something beautiful.I was honored to Governor Ricketts on The Nebraska Way. I expected to talk about what brought me to the state from Tennessee, playing soccer at the University of Nebraska, and why I started my ministry. I was pleasantly surprised when he took it a different direction.

Sure, we touched on those points. But, spoiler alert? We talked a whole lot of Jesus and my thoughts on why God lets seemingly good people endure immense suffering. It was my most natural podcast to date.

Go Forth With Heaver & Becky Podcast – “Love Never Fails”

Three weeks after getting engaged, I was T-boned by a Mack Truck and Brad was told I likely woudn’t survive.

In this podcast, I share my story of surviving that horrific car accident. We discuss my recovery, the unfailing love of God, and how Brad chose faithfulness before we said, “I Do”.

While You Were Folding Podcast – “When Your Spouse Travels”

My husband travels often with his job. While dating long-distance and work travel have always been a part of our story, adding three girls to the equation has made the logistics a bit more complicated.

In this podcast, we talk about how I make my life simpler, discipline, things saving my life, and making friendship a priority while Brad travels.

Constantly Under Construction Podcast – “Finding Thankfulness in the Middle of Hardship”

We have a choice in the hard times. We can be bitter and wallow or choose to day-by-day, moment-by-moment give it to Him. How do we endure a season of loss and bitterness and come out on the other side giving thanks?

This accident altered my life significantly, taking away the use of my hand, paralyzing one side of my face and leaving one ear deaf. In this podcast, I talk about the lessons on thankfulness I learned as I recovered and the pursuit of joy, even in the small things. I also touch on when I gave birth to Ella in the front seat of our car!

Guest Blogs

The Catholic Woman

“You Need Only Be Still”

“We haven’t all fled Pharaoh, but we have stories of our own. Instead of chariots, you may have been bullied. Instead of a ruthless ruler, you may have faced a tough upbringing. Instead of famine, you may have faced job loss. When we look back, though, we see how He has carried us to where we are; how He has fought…”

Her View From Home

“Sometimes We Spend Our Quality Time Apart”

Sometimes We Spend Our Quality Time Apart - Ashley Stevens for Her View From Home on Mountains Unmoved“Maybe we didn’t need to spend all our free time doing everything together just because we were married. 

By doing our own things at night and keeping up with the things we love, we could better be the people we were when we got married…”

 

“I’m Mothering With a Handicap, But It’a Not a Weakness”

“My daughter is the last one on the dance floor after the tap shoe change because laces are a struggle. Until they learn how – their hair is never going to look cutesy in school or family pictures. My handwriting will never be what it was. But I am still smart. But I am still capable. But I am still beautiful. But I am still their mom…”

Blessed Is She

“Check Yes or No: Courageously Building Your Community”

“I tried to not get too worked up about what it would look like if no one showed up, but thinking about what a thirty-year-old sitting in her driveway at her failed lemonade stand would look like was not a pretty picture…”

“When Your Faith is Lukewarm”

img_5555“Many of us have had the moment, year, or retreat where we just felt it; felt Him. Most of our life, though, this isn’t what faith looks like. Most of our life our faith doesn’t feel on fire.

Every relationship goes through seasons. I love all of my kids the same, but they’re at very different seasons of parenting. Our relationship with God is no different. Every season He may speak to us different, work differently, care for us differently. But His love remains the same. We just have to let Him…”

FOCUS

“How I Took On A Mack Truck And Won”

“In 2008, I was a FOCUS missionary in Lincoln, Nebraska, and life was going according to plan. On November 14 of that year, my boyfriend Brad got down on one knee, told me he loved me and that he thought I could help him get to heaven.

But, then suddenly, everything changed. God hasn’t forgotten the beautiful plans He’s made for your life, even if the journey looks different than you anticipated. Here are the things that helped me to trust in God’s will over mine…”

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