Friday Glee: March 27, 2015

“I believe appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.” Mr. Rogers

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Friday, at last. What joy. We made it. Incredible. Truly. I hope your week treated you well. I hope you accomplished a lot and that now you are ready to rest.

I am excited to share that my 90-day Bible Challenge is going incredibly well. I am in the book of 1 Corinthians (a bit ahead of schedule). It has been a beautiful experience. There is a lot going on as March comes to a close. I am looking forward to some Passover and Easter down-time. Both holidays remind us that with God, all things are possible; including redemption.

Sending you some inspiration, joy and peace.

Remember: “Faith is not meant to get you around trouble; it gets you through it.” (Monica)

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“If you have set your identity as a Daughter of Christ, be that woman. Learn to love God above all else. Learn to exemplify Christ-like character in every area of your life. Embrace holiness, purity and godliness and make inward beauty your main priority.” Alyssa Marie

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“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” Johnny Cash

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“We look for love instead of becoming love.” Todd White

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[Because if that is true, why educate? Why uplift? Why inspire?]

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“I find the most freedom when I let God meet me where I am. Not where I wish I was.” Bethany Baskin

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“Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” Maya Angelou

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“Jesus didn’t come to tell us the answers to the questions of life, He came to be the answer.” Timothy Keller

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

A.D. The Bible Continues

This is going to be quite the premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday. I have no idea how Biblically accurate it will be, but I would like to check it out. Watching this sneak peek from the series reminded me of my intense journey through the Bible right now. The truth is, the Bible continues after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The world’s history continues to this very day, and we are all a part of this story.

The show is called A.D. The Bible Continues.

Not only does the Bible continue, but the revolution continues.

His death and resurrection gave us the promise of eternal life.

The disciples and followers of Christ were persecuted dramatically after His death and through the centuries. The question was asked, “You are disciples of the Nazarene, Jesus Christ?”

I thought about the question and all the implications it had, and all the implications it has today.

Being a true follower of Christ, one who abides by His word, is not looked upon favorably, even in “religious circles” today. I hope my life reflects my answer to that question, “I am.”

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Sunday Girl: March 22, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Hello! A new week has begun.

I hope you find plenty of inspiration this week. I hope you feel at peace and uplifted. Speak life; speak faith; speak vision. This month has been one of the toughest in my law school experience, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. When you find yourself in that dark tunnel, keep walking forward, and soon enough you will find yourself in the bright, new place you need to be. We are all on a journey, so here is some inspiration for the trek.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

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“I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books.” C.S. Lewis

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“I wondered if that was why God hated sin, because of the destruction it caused. For a moment I felt awe for a God who loved me enough to hate the things that hurt me without hating me for causing them.” Susan E. Isaacs

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[Too real]

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[From Snippet and Ink]

I am starting my journey through the book of John today (90-day Bible Challenge).

“Pray in sorrow, pray in anger, pray in joy; pray, pray, pray.

Pray until Heaven responds, and the Earth is restored to holiness; Pray until Christ wipes away our tears, and puts to death sin once and for all.” T.B. LaBerge

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“If you go to Jesus, he may ask of you far more than you originally planned to give, but he can give you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.” Timothy Keller | Jesus the King
(via breanna-lynn)

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“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
C.G. Jung

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“He works on us in all sorts of ways: not only through what we think our ‘religious life.’

He works through Nature, through our own bodies, through books, sometimes through experiences which seem (at the time) antiChristian.

But above all, He works on us through each other.” C.S. Lewis

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“No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.” C.S. Lewis

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“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.” Ram Dass

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Reflections Before Bedtime #16

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Greetings! There was a fresh coat of snow on the city today. The sidewalks where the vendors set up were shoveled and sprayed down (less trash than usual, and no vomit on the streets). The non-vendor parts of the sidewalk were dangerously icy and silently waiting like a trap for any unassuming pedestrian. The trains were in disarray; I almost left my hip on a chunk of ice on Kenmare, except an angel kept me from falling because I was definitely sliding sideways into the busy street on a slab of something; it was quick and frantic. Then, during the last prayer at church, I started feeling sick–that feeling I get when I am about to vomit and/or faint. When I felt that feeling, I was clinging to the pew in front of me debating on whether I should push out of the way the young woman on the same pew, next to me, and rush to the restroom in case I was going to vomit, (so I would not do it in the church–no one wants to be remembered as the girl who vomited in church). As I reasoned this–my chest and throat kind of got tingly, suddenly I couldn’t hear anything going on around me, and after my sound gave out, everything blacked out. I was out. I blacked out.

I woke up (who knows how long I was out), and people were exiting the church. No one noticed me. I am assuming I missed the last hymn. I guess people thought I was being extra spiritual and praying long after the prayer had been over. When I got up off the floor from my “praying” session, I dusted myself off, and someone came and said hello to me. “Girl, you are tired?!” the person exclaimed. I was probably white as a toilet; I could feel the sweat running down my face. Clammy, dizzy and still regaining my sense of hearing. I smiled weakly and said I was a bit dizzy.

It was pretty comical and strange, all at once.

The thing is, it’s a bit ironic. I have been in intense prayer for like the whole year of 2015, and here I was unconscious during a prayer. Makes me think of something I need to add to my equation– the prayers will continue, but I need to rest in God’s arms and let Him carry me (and no, this does not involve being unconscious or dead). No more blackouts. Worry often acts as a blinder in our lives; it takes out the sound and sight. Life is too interesting, and I don’t want to miss a thing that is mine.

These are some thoughts and quotes I have identified with and loved, recently:

“God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm.

God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.” William Cowper

“Love should be based on truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Tess

“…But I know for certain, that before I was humbled, I was like a stone lying in deep mire, and He that is mighty came and in His mercy raised me up, and indeed lifted me high up and placed me on top of the wall. And from there I ought to shout out in gratitude to the Lord for his great favours in this world and forever, that the mind of man cannot measure.” Saint Patrick, The Confession of Saint Patrick 

“Love doesn’t hide, it stays and fights. It goes the distance. That is why God made love so strong, so it could carry you all the way home.” Monica

“Be vulnerable. Let yourself be deeply seen, love with your whole heart,

practice gratitude and joy…be able to say ‘I am thankful to feel this vulnerable

because it means I am alive.'” Brene Brown

“Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?” Francis Chan

“If I could hear Christ praying for me, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” Robert Murray McCheyne

“Mustard seed faith is jam-packed with life and potential for growth. Maybe you don’t need more faith, you just need the faith you have to come alive.” Dr. Tony Evans

“God isn’t limited by factors of safety and logic. He wants us to have an experience without limits, based on His omnipotence and goodness.” Gabriela Yareliz