Happy Week: November 8, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

A new week begins, again.The pharmacy looks like a Christmas wonderland. I was walking through Little Italy, and there are already ‘Merry Christmas’ light banners shimmering in the night above the streets. Still no sign of eggnog, anywhere. This is frustrating, but anyway…

This weekend was a good weekend. I saw old friends, reflected on new friendships, and I spent time studying my Bible and exploring God’s desires. It’s really something when you study what God wants for you. Our society is so messed up, and sometimes, we grow a bit jaded or cynical when we see the ‘realities’ that surround us.

But then, when we take a minute and see what we were created for, what God wants us to have, and what we could have if we walk in obedience to His word and trust in Him– then suddenly, what might have seemed undesirable or slightly ridiculous or unattainable turns desirable because we see it for what it should and could be.

I encourage you this week to look at God’s promises and God’s desires for you, whether it be career wise, in marriage, in personal growth– explore what God created you for. You may find yourself realizing that you really want to live your life in a way that honors God and brings you closer to that ideal.

John Wesley once said it is not possible for a man to be happy who is not also holy. Writer Gary Thomas expands on this saying, “Who can truly be ‘happy’ while filled with anger, rage and malice?”

It’s time to see how we can submit to God so He can help us walk in a more sanctified, holy, obedient way. It is then that we get closer to who God created us to be. It is then that we are closer to living out the joy we were created to enjoy.

Happy week!

“It was November – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” L.M. Montgomery 

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.”

Cynthia Rylant, In November

“The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“Breathe through the fear, and walk through the fire.”


“Love is patient, and that is the hardest part of love.”

T.B. LaBerge // Unwritten Letters to You

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” 

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”

Sophia Bush

“You are the poem I never knew how to write and this life is the story I have always wanted to tell.” Tyler Knott Gregson

“Maybe, I have always carried you with me. Maybe, you are all the wild in me.” Tyler Knott Gregson

[Images from Tumblr]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

2 thoughts on “Happy Week: November 8, 2015

  1. Love the quotes. Thank you for the post. For more on John Wesley, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.

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