Pray

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Please join us in praying for our loved ones and families. May God give them patience and strength in this difficult time. May God give us peace, as many of us wait in uncertainty.

It is in the midst of these disasters that we see God’s presence, despite the bad. It was in my darkest moments where I felt His presence and saw Him work miracles on my behalf. May all who are suffering feel God’s love and presence. And may they experience their own miracles of light in the midst of darkness. These moments call for resilience, unity, and faith. As we work hand-in-hand, we live out religion in its purest form, love. To embody and reflect love, that is what we were created for.

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Autumnal Asks

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Because tomorrow is the first day of fall– let’s celebrate!

autumnal asks
lantern – how did you meet your best friend? What were your first impressions of each other?

I met her in high school. We were total opposites. She was always talking in class, and I was the quiet one in the front row of our freshman English class. She doesn’t remember this, but she didn’t like my lunch box.

frost – if you could give some advice to your younger self, what would you say?

Relax. Things are going to end up being beyond your wildest dreams.

maple – is there a hobby / skill that you’ve always wanted to try but never did?

I wish I could dance like a professional.

harvest – what fictional character do you most identify with? Why?

Sira, from El Tiempo Entre Costuras. She is brave, she experienced loss, and she fought for everything she got. In the end, she lives an adventurous life that is beyond anything she could have planned for herself.

fireside – if you had your dream wardrobe, what would it look like?

Probably Caroline de Maigret’s closet.

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cider – a food that you disliked as a child but now enjoy?

Mushrooms.

amber – share an unpopular opinion that you may have.

We aren’t meant to keep in touch with every face we have ever met. Facebook sucks.

fog – next book you will read?

Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone

jack-o-lantern – if you could look like any celebrity, who would you choose?

I like the way I look. I would like to age as well as Monica Bellucci. She is 52 and looking like a queen.

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spice – a brand or two you are excited to try?

Glossier and Rouje

orchard – share one thing that you’d like to happen this autumn.

A stroll through fall foliage.

crow – which school subject do you wish you had an aptitude for?

No more school. I do wish I would have had a better grade in Criminal Procedure in law school.

bonfire – describe your dream house.

I don’t know. It should have a balcony or terrace where we can enjoy the outdoors. I want it to be clutter free. Simple. Filled with plants, light and life. Filled with love.

cinnamon – if you had to live in a time period different than the present, which would you choose and where?

England during Jane Austen’s time.

cobweb – (if you’ve graduated) do you miss high school?

Nope. They were nice times, though.

cranberry – what’s one physical feature that you get complimented on?

My eyes.

maize – share the weirdest encounter you’ve had with a stranger on the street.

A stranger once told me I had Natalie Wood’s eyes. We were outside of the Empire State Building.

quilt – how do you take your tea (or coffee)? Plain tea. No sweetener.

pumpkin – do you think that humans are inherently good or bad?

We are sinful creatures, but we were made for another, better world.

moonlit – are you a neat or messy person? Is your room / house orderly?

I am normal. My home is pretty clean. I enjoy cleaning. If there is stuff out of place, it is usually clothes or shoes.

flannel – have you ever gone on a bad date?

Yes. I went on one that felt like a job interview.

cocoa – something you would like to learn to make.

A pie.

ghost – autumn motto?

“Your energy introduces you before you even speak.”

Set Free

“Through the Redemption, God undertakes to deal with a man’s past, and He does it in two ways: by forgiving him, and by making the past a wonderful culture for the future.” Oswald Chambers, in Run Today’s Race

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Today, I read something that moved me deeply. You see, lately, I have been on this journey of how I can improve aspects of my life, my reactions, myself– and for some reason, it led me down this bizarre path of comparisons and self depreciation. It happens to all of us at some point in life. We start seeing our flaws glowing brighter and brighter, and what we want is one of those giant white eraser sponges to take away our grime and imperfections. We want to be our best for those we love. And sometimes, we need to hit a pause button before we go all Monica Geller on ourselves.

I read Romans 8:1-4, and it’s a passage I have read before, but scripture always offers us inspiration in the moment when we need it the most.

This passage says: There is no condemnation in Christ. The Spirit gives us life, and it has set us free.

Gary Thomas writes in his book Cherish, “In Christ, our self condemnation offends God; it doesn’t please Him. To walk in condemnation is to call God a liar and Christ’s work insufficient. […] Saved sons and daughters [are] growing more magnificent every day as they are eventually made perfect by Christ Himself at the end.” (pg. 134)

I needed that today. Maybe you do, too. So here is a quick reminder, that you are made perfect in God, through His working in you. Some of us strive too hard for perfection and just end up hurting ourselves and those who love us.

Next time you want to talk down on yourself, remember, there is NO condemnation in Christ. You have been set free by love.

“Live! Come alive!”

“A good marriage, if we cherish each other as God cherished Jerusalem (see Ezekiel 16), is to proclaim to our spouses, ‘Live!’ We see them in their very weaknesses, and even ocasional ugliness, breathe life into each other and refresh each other. Dormant parts of our spouses’ personalities and giftings can come alive under our support and encouragement.

Too many marriages instead breathe death– death to self-esteem, death to peace, death to joy. Our disappointment leads us to attack each other for what we are not, while cherishing grows the best parts of our giftings into their full power and adornment. A good marriage, a cherishing marriage, says to each partner, ‘Live! Come alive! Be all that God made you to be!'” Cherish, pg 94 (A Bride Made Beautiful) , by Gary Thomas