Asheritah Ciuciu strives to help women find joy in filling up on Christ. An incredible writer and vlogger, she shares the Gospel through an international ministry.
I met Asheritah Ciuciu through the Five Minute Friday community. She produced podcasts introducing FMF community bloggers. I loved getting to know her, Kate Motaung, and other writers.
Since then, I have read her blog at least weekly. I don’t comment much, but I love her blog. In fact, I signed today for her 31 Days Write series: Daily Devotions and Breakfast. My October sped by and I had no time to complete this series this month; so, my November mornings I will start my day with Asheritah.
Her motto for blogging is One Thing Alone: Finding Joy in Jesus. I know you will find joy reading her wonderful story.
Asheritah Ciuciu: Biography Information
Hi there! I’m Asheritah, writer, speaker, and blueberry muffin connoisseur. I grew up in Romania as a missionary kid, and met my future husband in sixth grade summer camp (boys still had cooties back then, but obviously I recovered). We have two adorable little girls and currently live in northeast Ohio. I write at OneThingAlone.com, leading women into a deeper relationship with God through daily devotions and spiritual disciplines. Plus, my first traditionally-published book is releasing in January called Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction, helping women overcome food fixation and find the full life that Jesus promises when we find our satisfaction in Him.
Asheritah Ciuciu: Gospel Story, How She Came to Know Christ as Her Savior.
I met Jesus in the backseat of my parent’s Subaru one autumn night as a little girl, when my preacher father asked if I had invited Jesus into my heart. Right then and there, I stopped and asked Jesus to be my Savior, but it wasn’t until I was 13 that I began surrendering my life to Him as my Lord and discovering the beauty of daily communion with Him. Since then, I’ve been growing in my relationship with Him and learning the joys of meeting Him face-to-face in all the different season of life.
Her Favorite Verse and How It Became Important to Her
I can’t really pick one verse that’s my favorite. There are so many that speak of finding joy in Jesus, but two that have been close to my heart in this season are Psalm 27:4 and Psalm 16:11:
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Time and time again, Scripture speaks of the joy found in a deep relationship with God, and the rewards of seeking Him with all our heart, and my daily prayer is that He would take me deeper and deeper with Him.
Her Blogging Story
I started blogging out of this heart desire to help women focus on one thing alone: finding joy in Jesus. That’s my heart desire: to encourage and equip busy women to grow deeper in their relationship with God through daily devotions and spiritual devotions. On my blog, I post 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.
Her Top Three Posts Based on Readership Statistics
A Prayer for First Thing in the Morning: http://onethingalone.com/a-
20 Encouraging Scriptures for Moms: http://onethingalone.com/20-
Announcing the 31-Day Bible and Breakfast Challenge: http://onethingalone.com/
Her Three Favorite Posts
What Does Asheritah Mean?: http://onethingalone.com/what-
How to Study the Bible Using the FEAST Method: http://onethingalone.com/
Why Christians Should Study the Bible: http://onethingalone.com/
Her Blogging Mission and What Inspires Her to Write For Christ
Never before in history have Christians had access to such powerful technology as we do today, and all for free at the click of a button. God has chosen us for such a time as this, to point people around the globe and around the corner to Him through every Facebook post, Tweet, Instagram picture, and blog post, and we get to do that from the comfort of our own living rooms. Wow!
Imagine what would happen if we harnessed the power of the internet to advance God’s Kingdom, each of us in our own way and with our own voice–we could reach every person alive with the good news of Jesus Christ! This gift of digital evangelism and digital discipleship is what motivates me to get up in the morning and write. Because if just one more person hears about the saving grace of Jesus and the joy to be found in His presence, then I have done my job well.
Her Favorite Song
Ahh, again, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But I’d probably go with “Come Thou Fount,” because of the lines,
“prone to wander, Lord I feel it / prone to leave the God I love / here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it / seal it for Thy courts above.”
Again and again, I find my heart wandering far from the Lord, but He is gracious and loving to take me back each time I return to Him in humble repentance and adoration.
Here’s a great rendition of this classic hymn:
Authors Who Inspire Her or Motivate Her to Write
I grew up reading books by Amy Carmichael, Elizabeth Elliot, Leslie Ludy, and later A. W. Tozer, John Piper, Jerry Bridges, Henry Blackaby, Linda Dillow, Beth Moore, Chris Caine, and the like. These are women and men who understood the immense gift of walking into the throne room of God and sitting at the feet of our Abba Father, basking in His presence and filled with His joy. It’s my prayer that I may inspire the generations to come as they have inspired me.
A Personal Blogging Story
Every day I get emails from women going through my free Quiet Time for Busy Women eCourse (onethingalone.com/daily-
Her Blogging Tips
Get crystal-clear on who you’re writing for and what problems they’re facing, and then seek to solve that problem every time you hit “publish.”
Writing online isn’t about us—it’s about serving our readers. So spend time researching your ideal reader: what keeps her up at night? What does she search Google for? What deep struggle does she face day after day? What does she do in her free time? What would she go to Target for? What name can you give her so you can picture her in your mind every time you sit at your keyboard?
I know it sounds a little much, but the more you can understand what your reader struggles with, the more your writing will resonate with her. Then once you figure that out, write your blog post like you’d be emailing her one-on-one. Over time, your writing will become more personal and actionable, and you’ll have the satisfaction of helping your readers each time you publish a new post.
Last Minute Thoughts On Inspiration and Uplifting
For years I read the Bible as a manual for how to live a life that pleases God, hoping to imitate the godly men and women of Scripture and avoid the mistakes of the wicked. But the Bible isn't about saints who got it all right–it's about a God who's faithful despite His people doing it all wrong. The whole narrative reveals God's brilliant love despite our messing it all up. What an incredibly good God we serve! May our Bible study drive us to deeper worship, and may His Holy Spirit transform us as we fix our gaze on Him. ❤️
Asheritah Ciuciu : Social Media Links
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