Waiting with Hope

“Therefore, we do not wait for the promise in despair but in hope. Hope, this glorious hope, rests in Jesus. As we consider His humble entrance into the world as a baby this Advent season, may we also eagerly await the day He returns in glory as King (Revelation 21:1-8). Like the Israelites rested forContinue reading “Waiting with Hope”

American Wealth: Hope, Opportunity & Resilience

[Image via englishspeecheschannel.com] “Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson By: Gabriela Yareliz There was a JFK essay contest in high school. We learned about it through a newspaper we would read in English class. Those cute papers that had poems and featured other peer writing. I wanted in, and IContinue reading “American Wealth: Hope, Opportunity & Resilience”

All-Consuming Fire

[Photo by Hans Isaacson on Unsplash] By: Gabriela Yareliz Fire has always been familiar. As someone who grew up camping, I saw it often. We also used it a lot at church gatherings, so there is that. I saw how it would grow into a steady flame, how it warmed food and snacks. I heardContinue reading “All-Consuming Fire”

November 2022 Favorites

“Elon is crashing Twitter, Kanye is exposing the illuminati, Ghislaine is drafting her memoir, Trump is back to causing mayhem, and Biden still doesn’t know he’s been elected. The drama level is so high.” Jessica Kraus (@houseinhabit) That quote above basically sums it up. November felt like a short month with too much to do.Continue reading “November 2022 Favorites”

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”

I was waiting for the ‘C’ train but the ‘A’ kept coming…

By: Gabriela Yareliz Sometimes, it is not faster to travel on the train. There are places where the train simply doesn’t go. It goes in circles but doesn’t cross through the circle. The inside of the Brooklyn circle requires walking. I was standing on the platform waiting for the ‘C’ train, but there were delays.Continue reading “I was waiting for the ‘C’ train but the ‘A’ kept coming…”

Autumn Morning on the Train

Mornings can be strange. It is our first one without rain in almost a week. Sometimes, when I sit on the train, I wonder if something is wrong. People look at me intently, and I ask myself if I somehow forgot my pants or something. This morning, I got several of those intent looks. IContinue reading “Autumn Morning on the Train”

August 2022 Favorites

Greetings! Another month has gone, “poof!” and it floats away into the sky. This month, it felt like I read 20 books at the same time. Bad news about the economy and tons of primary info seemed to be front and center, throughout August (midterm elections approach, slow and steady). It was a month ofContinue reading “August 2022 Favorites”

Outside of the Pattern

Expectations can rob us. Ironically, we are surrounded by these expectations. We think that by a certain age you: have to be married; have a certain type of job; have to have kids, not get divorced. It does work out like this for some. When life doesn’t work out in these specific patterns, that, let’sContinue reading “Outside of the Pattern”