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EP. 176: Tired of Trying (Hold on When It’s Hard) with Ashley Morgan Jackson

Do you feel stuck and isolated in the season you are in?


Are you tired of trying to make things happen in your own strength or figuring out what God is up to? 


In a fast-paced culture that specializes in maximizing productivity and optimizing output, disruptions are to be avoided.


“We have ourselves conditioned to produce more and more, and to pull up our bootstraps when the going gets tough to find a solution. ”

Whatever it takes, we have to keep moving forward. Isn’t that what the age-old adage promised?  If you don’t succeed, try, try again.


But what do we do when the weeks turn to months and months to years without release? 


It’s as if to say, finally, at some point our effort and control should get us beyond the obstacle in our way, but the truth is, we don’t have as much power as we would like to believe. 


Tragedy comes close, mental health problems intensify, a pandemic shuts down the world and in an instant, we are reminded…we have limitations. Despite our best efforts, there is no way around our circumstances and we are left wondering: Will it feel like this forever? 


Married with a new baby, today’s guest felt like she was living a completely different life. The roles she had come to identify with had suddenly shifted and now stripped of what had defined her she didn’t know who she was. Where was the girl she once knew?


As the image she created crumbled to the ground she began to see that what she thought she was losing was actually leading her into truly discovering herself. 


That is why I am honored to be joined by Ashley Morgan Jackson on today’s episode of The Mary Marantz Show to talk about her brand new book Tired of Trying: How to Hold On to God When You’re Frustrated, Fed Up, and Feeling Forgotten.


Ashley Morgan Jackson is an author, speaker, and social media expert. She works full-time for Proverbs 31 Ministries and has ministered to her own online community for over ten years. She is passionate about women learning to let go of the lie that they have to perform for God’s love and instead realizing that they can receive His love, just as they are. Ashley is a wife of fourteen years to her wonderful husband, Daniel, and a mom to two growing boys. The family lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you asked Ashley what her favorite thing to do is, she would say it’s laughing till it hurts!



Mary’s new book, slow growth equals strong Roots is HERE! Click HERE to Order your copy today!

“Just be stronger.

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Just work harder, you can fix yourself. 

Just hurry up, your brokenness is an inconvenience.”


Like a ticker tape through Ashley’s mind, came the shame and judgment from within. She couldn’t hold it together any longer and yet her mind felt like her enemy. No matter how hard she tried she couldn’t outrun it and she longed for anything to get her beyond this place. 


With nowhere else to turn, she faced a hard realization…


“I told myself I didn’t care about anything, but the truth was I did care, alot. I cared deeply and obsessively about what everyone thought of me, even strangers. I cared about whether I mattered, why I felt so rejected, and why my mind felt like it was broken. Most of all, I cared about why God had left me to deal with all of this alone.”


In her frustration and anger, she knew she had two choices. She could either run away, distract herself and continue white-knuckling her way through life or she could run toward the only One who could ever define her.


Little did she know though, that what she thought was a call to release her grip was actually an invitation to grab on tighter…to God. This wouldn’t be solved by just being near to Him, it was time to do the hard but worthy work of wrestling through the pain with Him.


Join Ashley and me as we discuss the dangers of defining our own identity and how our frustrations can help reveal our core pain.


On today’s episode you will hear:

  • How letting go leads us back to ourselves

  • What we can learn from Jacob’s wrestle with God

  • Why today’s honesty can be a catalyst for generations to come


Whether you feel like your pain has stolen the best of who you are – or you are just over being stuck in the season you are in – this episode is a must listen.


Even though it feels like you are far from seeing that light at the end of the tunnel friend, don’t let go.


May this episode be your reminder: 

“What if this disruption is not an interruption but an invitation to rediscover who you were made to be?”


I can’t wait for you to take a listen! And if you are looking to give up comparing, performing, and achieving for your worth, I think you’ll LOVE my new book Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots! Available now everywhere books are sold! And while you’re at it, take our Achiever Quiz to see which of the 5 Achiever Types you are….


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