Preparation

“You cannot plan for the life God has for you, you can only prepare for it.” Erwin McManus Here is to preparation. For the hours we spend in His presence, the times we spend listening and the chapters we read through in His word. Preparation is about character. Yesterday, I was reading in Luke thatContinue reading “Preparation”

Our Greatest Contribution

By: Gabriela Yareliz One of the lessons I have been learning and processing is this idea of guarding our hearts and minds. In spirituality, we often just think about this as it relates to purity, but I think that in this day and age that we live in, as we see more and more peopleContinue reading “Our Greatest Contribution”

Being Human: Look Ugly in a Photograph

“The more you see the less you know The less you find out as you go I knew much more then than I do now” City of Blinding Lights, U2 By: Gabriela Yareliz GREAT EXPECTATIONS Expectations can be a funny thing. This week, I experienced this, first-hand. I was going to exchange letters with someoneContinue reading “Being Human: Look Ugly in a Photograph”

Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day

* [Yes, this title is a play on: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, written by Judith Viorst.] By: Gabriela Yareliz What a day it has been. It was a combination of stress, bad news and having to hold in emotions. I had to walk through the rainContinue reading “Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day”

Being Human: Here Comes Autumn

FALL TRANSITION By: Gabriela Yareliz And here we are. Inside of my little studio, French jazz playing, little amber candles burning and the drawers of my dresser only half closed. That’s the way it goes on a Friday where I don’t want to leave my house anymore, and I just want to start my sentenceContinue reading “Being Human: Here Comes Autumn”

This Past Season

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, support, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 By: Gabriela Yareliz I always do enjoy putting my thoughts out into letters. It sort of shifts things in timeContinue reading “This Past Season”

Grand Hotel

By: Gabriela Yareliz There are shows like Grand Hotel (and telenovelas, in general) that attract the masses. They are deliciously dramatic, salacious and mysterious. Part of what makes the storyline what it is are the layers and layers of family secrets and deeds that are being hidden from the audience and others in the story.Continue reading “Grand Hotel”

June 2019 Insights

By: Gabriela Yareliz The insights of the month of June. The insights come to me in between the walks past the bakery that just opened, with its “Grand Opening” funeral flowers, getting elbowed in the face while exiting the train (almost broken glasses– nerdy much?)– only to find the permanently broken escalators of the trainContinue reading “June 2019 Insights”

Reaching Impressionable Minds With Hope

By: Gabriela Yareliz How do we help children who have suffered the trauma of a broken home to have a vision for a better future? This was something I was meditating on. Maybe you have thought about this if you come from a broken home or if you are parenting, co-parenting or step-parenting a childContinue reading “Reaching Impressionable Minds With Hope”

Weaponizing Race

By: Gabriela Yareliz This is probably not a spiel you are used to, so hear me out: Today, I witnessed a disturbing thing on a playground. Let me set up the scene: It was a new playground, with a very cool and unique swing. There was only one of these swings, and two sisters wereContinue reading “Weaponizing Race”