Ashley’s One Word 2011: Repair


“I walked into the New Year of 2011 with one request of God: fix me.”

By Ashley Mandanici | Twitter: @ashleymandanici

Repair: To restore by putting together what is torn or broken—to restore to a sound or healthy state.

2010 was a hard year. 2010 broke my heart several times over. 2010 left me in desperate need of repair. I walked into the New Year of 2011 with one request of God: fix me. If I learned one thing this year, I learned this: He’s working on it.

The most monumental moment of my repair year had to have been my trip to Uganda. Standing amidst 400 orphans singing “Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved” can really put a life into perspective. Uganda was a balm for my soul.

My year can be summed up with this blessing from the book, “In the Sanctuary of Women”:

From all that is broken let there be beauty

From what is torn, jagged, ripped, frayed

Let there be not just mending’s but meetings unimagined

May God in whom nothing is wasted gather up every scrap, every shred, every shard,

And make of them new paths, doorways, worlds.

–Jan L. Richardson


About Ashley:

My name is Ashley and I am the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Relate Church in Surrey, B.C. My mission is to develop the God-given potential in every child who crosses my path *Insert Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” here*. I love all things jazzy, particularly music, and I tend to break into song throughout the day for no apparent reason. I blog here and tweet @AshleyMandanici

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