A Reason to Stand: Young Mother Uses Husband’s Murder as Way to Inspire Others to Survive

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(KUTV) Ashlee Birk from the popular blog The Moments We Stand and Dawn Armstrong from Meet the Mormons visited Fresh Living to talk about an upcoming event.

A Reason To Stand is a conference that will be held October 22nd in St. George. Those in attendance will enjoy several speakers with inspiring stories to survivor tragedy and difficulty.

Ashlee Birk is the founder of A Reason to Stand. She is the author of the blog and book series entitled The Moments We Stand. In them she tells of her personal journey of healing and seeking peace after the murder of her husband Emmett. On March 11, 2011 Emmett was shot and killed in a Walgreens parking lot in Meridian by the husband of a secret mistress. Ashlee was made a widow at the age of 28 with 5 children—the youngest being just six weeks old.

Her husband’s death left her with many messes to clean up—the hardest being her own broken soul as well as five others. She spent hours with detectives, Emmett’s business, a month long murder trial, and therapists . . . trying to piece together the broken pieces of the past. None of which helped her feel whole. Through her trials she has learned the importance of a personal relationship with her Heavenly Father. She has witnessed many miracles through the devastation of so much heartache. She has found light in the darkest of moments—and she has found hope when she thought it was lost. It is through Christ that true healing has come.

Ashlee’s story is very unique. As she has learned to embrace it, she has gained a greater testimony of hope and the strength it can be in her story. She has come to find that the grace of Christ is powerful—not only in sin—but also in forgiveness and carrying you through some of your darkest moments. She has felt the embrace of angels through every obstacle. The tender mercies have given her hope to stand tall and write a new story.

Ashlee believes that every day is a gift—and in each one, she has learned to stand.

AShlee is remarried to Shawn Birk and together they are raising a beautiful blended family with their six children, and work together to give hope to other blended families, as they learn and grow in their own.

Ashlee continues to write, and share her story, but even more than the story of the past, Ashlee is enjoying teaching about hope for the future, helping others remember Christ's role in their life and apply grace to their story.

For more information, visit areasontostand.com and themomentswestand.com