Rise

By: Gabriela Yareliz Despair seems to be as available as the air we breathe. It feels palpable. I see it in the faces of strangers, colleagues, clients. I sense it, too, in those I love. I sense it in myself, at times. The thing about despair is that when we breathe it in, it seemsContinue reading “Rise”

Just Following

I saw the image that captures a scene from The Chosen (above), and I found it to be so profound. We live in a world where we treasure certainty. When I speak to people in my age bracket, it seems to be the thing everyone wants. Everyone wants to be sure of something, maybe becauseContinue reading “Just Following”

How to Shake Off the Week

“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.” Psalm 126:5 Today was a rough day. I won’t go into the details. I will pick up where I left off on Monday. But as I felt the overwhelm and edginess that comes with the feeling of being chewed and spit out, I satContinue reading “How to Shake Off the Week”

A Lesson from Ms. Hilton (Loves It)

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s 2004. For Christmas, I get the new Paris Hilton fragrance with a black quilted handbag that has a little compact in it, and it has the name “Paris Hilton” embroidered into it in bright pink. The greatly coveted and cherished gift set. If you were a teen in the early 2000s,Continue reading “A Lesson from Ms. Hilton (Loves It)”

Testy

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am currently reading Harvard Economist Peter Navarro’s book In Trump Time: My Journal of America’s Plague Year. The book documents his notes and journal entries throughout his time in the past administration, specifically regarding his time on the task force when COVID-19 came onto the scene. It details discussions with FauciContinue reading “Testy”

A Society of Cowards

By: Gabriela Yareliz A society of cowards. Perhaps most of the ills in society can be traced back to a spiritual crisis in which we have eliminated God and have placed ourselves alone on the universe’s stage. And then, in the midst of the anarchy, we grow afraid. We live in a society that cravesContinue reading “A Society of Cowards”

Overheard in the Courthouse

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s rainy. The kind of rain that makes all of my baby hair curl up. I am sitting in front of a judge I had stood next to at an intersection this morning. We both had the unpleasant realization that we were standing in the splash zone. A car went by thatContinue reading “Overheard in the Courthouse”

April 2022 Favorites

Hello fellow journeyers, Another month in the 2022 books. Chapter five starts tomorrow. This month was one of very early mornings (4 a.m. early), crazy train rides (shootings and all), skipped lunches (gonna work on that), and plenty of court time. Not only was I in court for my cases, but I have been engrossedContinue reading “April 2022 Favorites”

Hurry and Fear

By: Gabriela Yareliz There are two things Joanna Weaver points out in her book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World that stayed with me: Jesus was never in a hurry. I think of all the time I spend scurrying around like a mouse, and this gives me pause; and Fear is like fog.Continue reading “Hurry and Fear”

Martha Service

By: Gabriela Yareliz My mind has still be stirring with thoughts on service (that and the Johnny Depp trial). I have been enjoying the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. It’s a story that is often told or talked about, especially in regards to women. I feel like mostContinue reading “Martha Service”