From Bible Challenge Day 39/90

“Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, The Lord will give what is good.” Psalm 85:11-12

Sometimes, we do know what we want, we just lack the faith to pursue it. We forget who places the dreams in our hearts and that The Lord himself gives what is good. image

Reflections Before Bedtime #11

“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.” Psalm 69:13 (From day 38 of my 90-day challenge)

By: Gabriela Yareliz

In about eight weeks, life is going to feel like I am jumping off of a cliff with a hang glider.

I will fly, but only God knows to where.

Right now, I can only see the sky, and I am not about to look down. I tried to look down already, and I felt overwhelmed. Visibility for landing isn’t that clear, anyway. I guess that will get clearer as I go. For many of us, our lives are about to change in the most dramatic of ways. It’s hard to concentrate on anything these days, with so many changes coming full-speed ahead. Sometimes, believers don’t just walk by faith, but they find themselves at a precipice, with equipment, and they have to learn to fly by faith, too.

Right now, I feel I am at the edge of one of the many precipices I will face in my life. I see space, unknown, beauty, excitement, joy, wonder, goodness, blessings, and yet so much distance left to be crossed. In three weeks, I’ll have my eyes closed, and I’ll be adjusting my grip on the flying device; and in those next five weeks, I am going to show my trust and fly. And off I will go. This isn’t like parachuting. No one is strapped on to me, and no one is holding my hand. However, the people I love have faith that God has equipped me to fly, and they stand beside me as I inch closer to the edge.

It’s now or never. A new chapter begins soon. Soon, it will be now.

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Profile belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Wednesday Musings: February 25, 2015

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling, but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just….start.” Unknown

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Happy Wednesday to you! We are in the middle of the last week of February 2015. This moment won’t come again. I hope this week is treating you well. I hope you are busy, productive, warm, doing something for others and smiling every chance you get to smile. It has been one of those weeks filled with satisfaction, tears and struggle. My mom always reminds me of all I am and should be grateful for. Gratitude really changes our spirits and our hearts. This week, I proved again that Jesus and Nelson Mandela are right, kindness disarms. Also this week, I heard my alma mater has spring break next week, and my mind has floated to spring, flowers and sunshine.

“Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.”

C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

“I hope that at the heart of whatever you are looking for; you find Jesus there.”

T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

“We are sinful not because we’re victims of darkness, but because we’re lovers of darkness.”

John Piper

“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.”

“Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it’s made of.”

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

“I knew you would do me good, in some way, at some time;– I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not–(again he stopped)–did not (he proceeded hastily) strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing.”

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“You are a woman. Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies, not excuses.” Sarah Kay, excerpt from “The Type”

“Pray, pray be composed, and do not betray what you feel to every body present.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Who taught you
that the
value of a woman
is the ratio
of her waist
to her hips
and the circumference
of her buttocks
and the volume
of her lips?
Your math
is
dangerously wrong
her value
is
nothing less
than
infinite.”

‘Greater than’ by Della Hicks-Wilson

Learn to let God be enough.

“Faith is proven obedience even though you don’t understand the instructions.”

Dr. Tony Evans

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Happy Birthday Sugetha!

Me & Sugetha, Central Park, 2014

Me & Sugetha, Central Park, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUGETHA!

What can I say? You and Srinivas have been such a blessing to my life. You have the most amazing heart. Gold, pure gold. We rarely come across people as thoughtful as you in life; never lose that. When the weather is bad, when I feel sad (and many times you didn’t know), you reached out to me and made me smile. Your time and your thoughtful attention to detail are beautiful symbols of the priceless and abundant love you spill onto all who surround you. Those of us around you are so happy and fortunate to call you friend.

You inspire me, and your words have been a great source of encouragement and joy to me. God has spoken to me many times through you. It has been beautiful to share, talk and pray together.

I knew about you long before I met you, and I knew you were special. When I met you, you confirmed everything I already knew. :) I hope you have a blessed day and new year. Never forget how special you are! God will give you an extraordinary year. Each chapter that comes is better than the last.

Life will give us more memories together and great times to come.

Today, let’s jam to this song (one of our favorites):

Sending you a virtual hug to the West Coast (and a hug to Srinivas trapped in the polar vortex, as well)!

Love you girl.

XOXOXO

Gabby :)

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz [Two of the most loving, extraordinary, brave and hardworking people I have ever met. I am so blessed to call them my friends.]

Monday Inspiration: February 23, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Happy Monday to all of you. I could not get out of bed this morning, but once I did, there was no turning back. The week begins at full speed once that alarm goes off. Time to hustle. This is the last week to make February count for everything it’s worth. It is going to reach 0 degrees tonight, so I guess if we keep moving, we won’t freeze.

Keep it real. Stay inspired.

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

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[Leila Bekhti]

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“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress – which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”

Unknown

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[Power couple Leyla Milani and Manny Khoshbin]

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[Macarena Garcia]

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[Persepolis]

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[Random New Yorker humor (the lawyer cartoons)]

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[Feeny wisdom]

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Oscars: The Theory of Everything

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It was quite the match: a church-going, angelic-voiced polyglot filled with hope and an intelligent, boyish and mysterious scientist filled with angst. She became his lifesaver in more ways than one.

I am so hoping that The Theory of Everything gets Best Picture tonight at the Oscars. There are some serious inaccuracies in the film as compared to Jane Hawking’s autobiography. However, I think the former Mrs. Hawking’s life deserves a standing ovation. While things were not as amicable and simple as the film presents, what is portrayed: the strength, love, passion– everything that makes our hearts warm and fuzzy, that is what should be; what often is, but not for long.

People’s mistakes, victories, difficulties, beliefs, struggles, weaknesses, strengths or tragedies can help us determine what we hope for, and more than that, they can help push us to achieve what we dream.

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Sunday Girl: February 22, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz Back-to-work Sunday. I’m Florida dreamin’ and listening to Jake Miller (fellow Floridian) while getting stuff done. Soundtrack:

India won the match against South Africa yesterday. It was greatness. When I saw the photo of the team players together in their blue and orange uniforms, it brought back memories from my Gator Cricket Team.

Hindustan Times

Last week of February! Shall we?

“I now know that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.” Gail Caldwell, Let’s Take the Long Way Home

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“When God puts you in a position you don’t understand, He wants you to see He is God.” Dr. Tony Evans

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“What hath night to do with sleep?” John Milton, Paradise Lost

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“Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.” Elisabeth Elliot

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“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.” C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

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“Hey now! Hey now! This is what dreams are made of!” Lizzie McGuire

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Time to hustle.

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