Thoughts on Journaling

By: Gabriela Yareliz Some days ago, my boyfriend and I were walking, and we made a pit stop at my apartment. I needed to relieve my tiny bladder, and we were hungry and ready for a meal. I remember I went and used the bathroom, and when I came out, I saw my journal, whereContinue reading “Thoughts on Journaling”

Emotional Undercurrent

By: Gabriela Yareliz This morning, I was speaking to friends of mine, in my home church in Florida. We send a text on Saturday mornings, when we pray for each other and our families. He and his wife are two of the most amazing people I know, who live their lives in full ministry— God’sContinue reading “Emotional Undercurrent”

Being Human: Emotion In Our Veins

“What is most striking to me today about the diary I kept in the camp, seventy-five years ago, is what I left out.” Zuzana Justman By: Gabriela Yareliz WHAT IS LEFT UNSAID I was struck by a piece I read in The New Yorker, called My Terezin Diary, about a holocaust survivor, Zuzana Justman, lookingContinue reading “Being Human: Emotion In Our Veins”

Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day

* [Yes, this title is a play on: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, written by Judith Viorst.] By: Gabriela Yareliz What a day it has been. It was a combination of stress, bad news and having to hold in emotions. I had to walk through the rainContinue reading “Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day”

Construction Paper Hearts

(A vulnerable and open brain dump that marks the beginning of some serious healing. Proceed if you dare.) By: Gabriela Yareliz Some of us in the world experience a deep rejection and distancing from a close family member. Maybe, it’s a sibling or even a spouse. Where close love can exist, true pain can alsoContinue reading “Construction Paper Hearts”

Toxic

By: Gabriela Yareliz Toxic. Nope. I am not talking about the Britney Spears song. I feel like this has been a big theme for the latter half of 2017. Are people going insane? I feel like many amazing people who surround me are dealing with toxic people in their lives; whether it be a boss,Continue reading “Toxic”

Saying This Once

By: Gabriela Yareliz As my friend Milica used to say, “I AM ONLY GOING TO SAY THIS ONCE,” so listen up: Today is yours. No more wasted emotions, thoughts and words. You are more powerful than you think, and it’s time to acknowledge that. Be emboldened. Step out of the box you were put in.Continue reading “Saying This Once”

Raw

By: Gabriela Yareliz Sometimes, I get upset with parts of myself when they react a certain way, or when I feel vulnerable and raw in my emotions. I am learning to manage certain parts of me, in a better way. Sometimes, giving yourself permission is a step and accomplishment, in and of itself. I amContinue reading “Raw”

Reflections Before Bedtime #46

By: Gabriela Yareliz Mark 4:35-41English Standard Version (ESV)  Jesus Calms a Storm 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him [Jesus] with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.37 And a great windstormContinue reading “Reflections Before Bedtime #46”