Preparing for the Next Best Season

There are times when we are ready for the next chapter, the next season, change. That hit me this morning, as I walked in the sticky heat and a large drop of some unknown liquid splashed onto my face, just below my right eye, from an AC above me. After quietly spiraling out and remindingContinue reading “Preparing for the Next Best Season”

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)”

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”

(Friend) Speech

By: Gabriela Yareliz We will get extra personal today. Uncensored speech. I have been thinking about this a lot lately in regard to friendship. Do we as adults need more friendships? Is there some sort of age cap? Modern friendships are weird. We have a world that wants to opinion check everyone. If you don’tContinue reading “(Friend) Speech”

Crossed the Line

“I can assure you that those of us who have woken up to corruption aren’t going back to sleep. People don’t go back to sleep after waking up from this dream. Our eyes are wide open and the fight for our freedom is on.” Ashley Taylor @ ashleytaylorwellness By: Gabriela Yareliz The world seems toContinue reading “Crossed the Line”

Bonhoeffer’s Journal

Even while being a minister playing games to escape the attention of the Nazi government while at the same time provoking them, Bonhoeffer kept a journal. This is how we know so much about his thoughts as he traveled, escaped trouble, landed in trouble, was imprisoned, met people and studied Scripture. This was a timeContinue reading “Bonhoeffer’s Journal”

Will You Hear It?

By: Gabriela Yareliz As we mourn the loss of Carlos Marin, I had Il Divo playing in the background just dissolving me to tears. These artists, even after they are gone, they stay with us. Sometimes, it’s eery, and sometimes, it’s comforting. We can watch a movie, open a book, or hear a song, andContinue reading “Will You Hear It?”

The Inner Room

“Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. The secret to breaking free from confusion.” The Art of Simple Living, Shunmyo Masuno By: Gabriela Yareliz All of us can have an inner room. It’s sort of like an inner chamber of the soul to where we can retreat to find stillness and peace. WiseContinue reading “The Inner Room”

Secret Santa

By: Gabriela Yareliz I heard someone at the entrance of Bath and Body Works talking about how he needed a Secret Santa gift under $35 when the employee asked what he was looking for. It has been a while since I had heard about Secret Santa, but now I hear the phrase floating around more,Continue reading “Secret Santa”

A Moment in the Mirror

By: Gabriela Yareliz No two Thanksgivings were the same for me, growing up. Maybe it was all the moving around. I don’t know. We had some great ones in Florida, maybe three years in a row we had Thanksgiving at some church friends’ house. They would invite more or less the same group. We ateContinue reading “A Moment in the Mirror”