About

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Asheritah. I’m a wife, mother, writer, and streusel blueberry muffin connoisseur. But above all else, I’m a lover of God.

I met Jesus in the back seat of my parents’ Subaru one cold autumn night as a little girl. Now He calls me to meet Him every day, whether in the morning quiet at the kitchen table, in the rush of traffic on the road, or in the midnight stillness while I rock my baby girl.

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My Family

I grew up as a missionary kid in Romania. The joy of being an MK is that I saw God work miracles on a daily basis, transforming drunkards into devoted moms and dads, illiterate men into preachers, and towns rife with racism into communities where race doesn’t matter. It’s in the trenches of pioneer ministry that I discovered my own passion to reach people for Jesus, not just to get the unchurched out of hell but to invite church-goers into a joy-filled intimate relationship with Jesus here on earth. And though my family of origin is going through a season of brokenness right now, I am convinced that God isn’t finished with us yet.

That’s my little fam in the picture above. They are God’s choicest blessings in my life, and I’m thrilled to be Flaviu’s wife and Carissa & Amelia’s mama. It seems they bring out the best and the worst in me, and they love me anyway. That’s true love there. People who stick with you even when there are dishes in the sink, unmatched socks lying around the house, and cuddles long overdue. Because this is real life and we all need grace.

My Content

I write encouraging devotionals as well as Bible study tips, prayer prompts, spiritual disciplines, and book reviews. My husband Flaviu and I also create printable resources that you can download, print out, and take with you to deepen your walk with God throughout your day. You can find those resources here.

My goal here on OneThingAlone.com is to encourage and equip you to pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus where you are right now. And if you’re wondering about my doctrinal beliefs, click here to find what I believe.

I typically post twice a week, sometimes more. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via email. It’s quick, easy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Random Facts

And if we were sharing blueberry muffins, we’d get to know each other by asking questions. Since I can’t read your mind, I’ll share 19 random facts about me to make you feel right at home, and then you can tell me something fun about yourself on Facebook or Twitter, so I get to know you, too!

    1. I was born in Athens, Greece. But according to the Consulate, I’m not Greek.
    2. I don’t like coffee. I tried to be a tea drinker to make up for it, but sadly I can’t manage to brew a good cup.
    3. I flunked kindergarten. True story.
    4. I love tulips, calla lilies, and dahlias; I’m not a fan of roses.
    1. I met my husband, Flaviu, in 6th grade when boys still had cooties. Obviously, I got over that notion.
    1. I used to bite my nails. Now I only bite the skin around them.
    1. My parents were pioneer missionaries among the gypsies in Romania in the mid-1990’s and 2000’s. The revival God stirred among them was the most life-transforming event I’ve experienced so far.
    1. I graduated from Cedarville University with an English degree but was interested in so many other subjects that I ended up with 5 minors.
    2. I have a hard time making decisions. My husband does, too. Put the two of us together, and it takes us an agonizingly long time to make simple decisions like what fabric softener to buy.
    3. Although I love to read, I have a hard time picking a favorite book. (See #9.) I’m more likely to give you a list of top 10 picks in a given genre.
    4. I get loopy when I’m tired. If you’re looking for free entertainment, that’s me at 2:30am.
    1. After I realized the hapless job market for English grads, I hired in at a telemarketing company. Surprisingly, it was a fantastic experience.
    1. I’m fluent in both English and Romanian despite my lack of linguistic affinity: I studied French for 6 years but wouldn’t be able to order a meal in Paris.
    2. I’ve hiked the Alps, Carpathians, and Appalachian Mountains. The Rockies are next on my bucket list.
    3. The bulk of my English vocabulary comes from books I [silently] read in junior high. I often so grossly mispronounce words that people don’t know what I’m talking about. (And I don’t even have an accent to blame!)
    1. I de-stress by baking. Unfortunately, Flaviu is not a fan of baked goods so I end up eating a dozen Banana-Oatmeal-Chocolate-Chip cookies in one sitting.  (They’re delicious, by the way.)
    1. I run 5Ks to balance my love of sweets (see #16). I dream of completing a triathlon some day, which is totally laughable because I am NOT an athlete.
    2. My natural birth coached by Flaviu was our most bonding experience so far. I couldn’t have done it without him. He says he couldn’t have done it without me, either. We work well together that way.
    3. I absolutely LOVE to find an old-fashioned letter in my mailbox. If you’re so inclined, feel free to write to me. Or send me your address and I’ll drop you a note! (For real!)

My Contact Info

You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Comments 36

  1. Ruth

    Good morning to you. I live in Mission, KS and have just recently began following your blogs. They are such a blessing to me. Today’s regarding rest truly is what I needed. My Pastor always tells me that she has never met anyone whose body will not let them rest. Goes way back to the way I was raised. Thank you for allowing Our Father and Savior to use you to reach others. You are such a refreshing breath. I am 64 and loving the Lord more than ever. Looking forward to your response. God Bless you and your beautiful family for being real!!!

  2. Felicia Oana

    Asheritah,
    It never gets old to read this little introduction facts about you!
    I pray God’s favor on you, your family and your ministry.
    Keep up the hard work, looking to God for ideas and inspiration, and NOT to what people want to hear!
    Love you dear one!

  3. Kimberley

    I am so glad I found your blog through Susannah at Simple Moments Stick. I look forward to reading more from you.
    God Bless – Kimberley
    peculiartreasuresblog.com

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  4. Eileen

    Just stopped by for a short encouragement. Loved to read what you wrote. I am 60 years old this month. In 1985 I was in a fire which God used to draw me closer to Him. The doctors gave me 6 months to live, but God had other plans, to Him be the glory. Life since then has been full of challenges, some life threatening, but through it all we found, in Him we live and move and have our being. He is the source of all strength. I had a blog I use to write called the “Window Watcher”, as many days are spent looking out the window, but God shows wonders through that window. By His grace I am mobile now, but it is still challenging. I am blessed with a daughter who loves the Lord, so we fellowship daily, she plays the keyboard in worship, so I am blessed. It is so important as the time of Christ coming draws nearer, that we encourage each other all the more. It is a blessing to find blogs of Godly women seeking to do just that.
    Mrs. J.

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      asheritahc

      So blessed to have you as part of the One Thing Alone community! I’m looking forward to more of your insights as we journey together, Mrs. J!

  5. Kathy Lanning

    So thrilled to have discovered your website and blog today. Your ministry is incredible!
    I look really forward to investing time in daily devotion with you.
    May God Richly Bless you in every way.

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  6. Belinda

    Today has been one of those days that kind of overwhelm you. when I read you article that let me know I am not what I achieve made the difference. My walk shall forever be a love walk. may God bless you and your fam.

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      asheritahc

      I love your words, “My walk will forever be a love walk.” Yes! God delights in us and it’s a privilege to delight in Him as well. Be blessed, Belinda!

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      asheritahc

      Patricia, thank you for your sweet words! I welcome any input about what else you’d like to see addressed here. Looking forward to interacting with you in the comments!

  7. Theresa

    I enjoyed reading everything on your blog, very inspiring at Jesus feet. Thanks for being a vessel of honor. Blessings

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  8. Tynikqua

    Hello, my name is Tynikqua , I just started following your blog today. lately I’ve been going through somethings and was felling discouraged , but I read your introduction and a couple on transformation scriptures you uploaded, and I knew that this website would be a blessing to me. Thank you for stepping out on faith, You are truly a blessing.

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      asheritahc

      Tynikqua, you are welcomed here. Praying for you today, that the joy of the Lord will be your strength whatever you encounter today.

  9. helen bannister

    hello, your List of 11 Women Every Christian Should Know in Crosswalk Women 24.6 is Excellent; can you pls examine if Caroline Chisholm, who lived in the Days of Elizabeth FRY, & was a Great Influence to Women in Australia, is Appropriate to add to your List ? she was responsible for Prompting the Immigration Laws between Australia & England; also, she raised the Standard of Women, by helping the Convict Ladies, to get Jobs; she had 6 Children & they said they were ALL still given Attention, eventhough she had a Heavy Workload; I feel sure that Caroline & Elizabeth FRY corresponded Together to ensure the Respect of Women was raised to a Higher Standard; Caroline Chisholm was my Great Ancestor – Thanks, helen b

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      asheritahc

      Wow! Caroline sounds like an increcible lady! Thanks so much for telling me about her. I’ll have to go research to see what I can find out about her online. Have a blessed day!

  10. Amanda McLoughlin

    So #’s 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 16 could all be used to describe me as well!

    I’m very glad I happened across your blog, I’m enjoying your 31 Days series and I look forward to more posts from you!

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  11. lisa gerwig

    I happened upon this 31 days to a deeper bible study. I am truly enjoying it. I decided that my love for God needed to be deeper and the only way that seemed appropriate was thought a deeper understanding of his word. I have to say that my first born has just left the nest. We are all in a new dynamic at our house. It was interesting to realize what a small world this is. My son is also at Cedarville. His passion is history and he loves to tell everyone about it. Naturally he is majoring is Education and History. He is in love with the school and my heart overflows with just how much he has matured and grown since August. Thanks for your blessings and giving of spirit to us all.

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      asheritahc

      Lisa, I’m so glad you found this series and are joining in! I’ve been enjoying writing it and I love to hear how people are using the daily assignments to grow in their relationship with God. What’s been your favorite so far? And so fun that your son goes to Cedarville! My college years were definitely special. 🙂

      1. lisa gerwig

        So far, I enjoyed the re-reading over and over again. at first I thought i will not get anymore out of it the third time than I did the second. But I did. I truly could visualize and feel the place I am read out loud. I am now looking forward to doodling… I doodle all the time. Just have never done it in bible study. Diagramming is the hardest. I need to work on. I am not getting what I feel I need to be getting out of it.
        Thanks. Have a blessed day!!!

  12. Laura

    I was born in Paris, IL.
    I LOVE coffee …..with coconut creamer (addiction )
    I went out with my husband (35 yrs and one wk ago today.) I was a 14 yr old freshman, he was 18 & just graduated, we dated all through my HS days, got married when we were 18& 21, been married for 31.5 yrs, lived at the same address for 31.5 yrs and worked at the same job for 32&30 yrs.
    I have a 23& a 24 yr son, the 23 yr old is going into ministry &24 yr old is a HS English teacher. They are one yr and ten days apart, the lives of my life!
    I rode a bicycle across Iowa and ran a half marathon for my 45th bday gift to myself (I hope to be able to do 15 pull-ups for my 50th bday present to myself this Dec, better hit the gym hard if I really want that present!)
    And I too love old fashioned hand written notes, I work at the post office, my husband and I both do, have for 32 & 30 years.
    Most important description you should know about me is, Jesus Christ is my master!!! I thank him everyday for saving me. I do not wish to conform to the patterns of this world……. becauseI long to be transformed, by the renewing of my mind so I can a test and approve to what Gods will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will (One of my favorite passages of scripture!)

  13. Felicia Oana

    Re-reading your intro and falling in love with you dear one of mine!
    May the Lord continue to bless you, direct you, and protect you and your family!

  14. Vickie Munton

    Happy to meet you!
    My second mission trip was to Romania.
    My daughter is a missionary in Madagascar.
    My husband is a pastor.
    I love encouraging people.
    I think we’re kindred spirits! 🙂

  15. Carol Strang

    Hi,

    I started watching you on Periscope. Some one recommended you. You have such a sweet spirit. I’m on Periscope too. I do two type of scopes. I do a scope about being sensitive or hsp which I discovered I am and I also do biblical scopes. I”m hoping next week to work on a series. I”m thinking about a book written by Victoria Osteen I read a few years ago. God is good.

  16. Lou Alice

    I do not remember how I first encountered your website. But it contained just the fresh start I needed concerning the next plan for my morning quiet time. I downloaded and printed off “Quiet Time for Busy Women”. I followed that discipline for the 6-week period and am now in “Walking with God”. I am learning so much, including better ways to discover “quiet”, “worship”, “stillness”, “praise”, and a lot more. Today I listened to “Creation’s Song–My Heart Belongs to You”, and I just want to share what I wrote afterward. It’s not poetry, or even good prose, but simply my thoughts during and after listening.
    “This song is amazing in all its parts: the portrait of our loving, Creator God; His possible thoughts on His creation and who He longs to share it with; the love expressed for mankind; the everlasting nature of that love; the words, music and orchestration put together by man, performed by man, exhibiting God-given gifts and the devotion in their own hearts. Such beauty! Inspiring, worshipful, miraculous!”
    What I did not write, but thought as I listened to the words, is how, when I enjoy the beauty of scenery, words in a book or passage, feelings, accomplishments, music, etc., my first thought is to share with someone close to me. If there is no one to share with, I feel disappointed. This is the first time I’ve thought of the way God longs to share EVERY good thing with someone, everyone, even me! — because we are His loved ones, His family! Oh, our awesome God!!!!

  17. Ana

    Am descoperit onethingalone.com pe Pinterest si de cateva zile imi incep diminetile (printre altele) cu 31 Days of Deeper Bible Study. Azi am aflat ca ai crescut in Romania!! Eu sunt din Arad (how awsome is that??:)

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      asheritahc

      So cool! Ce ma bucur ca ai descoperit siteul asta. Sper ca e o incurajare pentru tine in relatia ta cu Domnul. Eu am crescut in Oradea. 🙂 Multe bucurii si Sarbatori Fericite!

  18. Nina Fishel

    Hi Asheritah!

    I just wanted to say I am new to your site and blog but received an email from you regarding not worrying and giving it all to God because his shoulders are big enough to carry it all. Currently going through a pretty rocky time in my marriage that seems to be lasting forever (years now) and that email really encouraged me sister. So I wanted to say thank you and you already have been such a blessing in my life. I’m thankful I came across your Bible reading plan in the Bible app! =) looking forward to all the wonderful things that will come from your ministry!

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