The Convenience of Religion

By: Gabriela Yareliz I grew up in the churches where you could find half the church in a hospital room holding a prayer vigil, as someone held the sick person’s hand, while praying. It didn’t matter who walked by. The prayer was loud. Hell, we prayed for the nurses, doctors and whomever was sharing theContinue reading “The Convenience of Religion”

Studio Update 23

By: Gabriela Yareliz Today, as many Christians around the world, I spent time deeply reflecting on the cross. It always brings tears to my eyes, not because of its darkness, its gory nature or the subject of death. None of these things alone are what compels a deep surge of emotion in me. To me,Continue reading “Studio Update 23”

Studio Update 8

By: Gabriela Yareliz Do I choose eggs or life? I started off the morning debating whether it was worth risking my livelihood to get eggs at a NYC grocery store. It’s not. You see, I am a vegetarian, and I avoid dairy, but I do eat eggs on occasion. Not often. But sometimes. There areContinue reading “Studio Update 8”

God’s Answer to Uncertainty

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reflecting on the many uncertainties we face in this life. It’s a challenging adventure for all of us finite beings. As I thought about this, I was praying and I decided to read out of a devotional I sometimes dive into, by Tony Dungy, The One Year Uncommon Life DailyContinue reading “God’s Answer to Uncertainty”

God’s Answer to Uncertainty

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reflecting on the many uncertainties we face in this life. It’s a challenging adventure for all of us finite beings. As I thought about this, I was praying and I decided to read out of a devotional I sometimes dive into, by Tony Dungy, The One Year Uncommon Life DailyContinue reading “God’s Answer to Uncertainty”

Ch-ch-cha-changes

“Why are you subjecting yourself to this? Is this really the environment you were made for? … Our adrenal glands can handle only so much before they become exhausted. … Every time you get upset, a little bit of life leaves the body. Are these really the things on which you want to spend thatContinue reading “Ch-ch-cha-changes”

Calm

“The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b When I read this, it struck a chord. I am not always calm. I have my frenzied moments. Moments where I don’t trust timing, hormonal moments (there should be greeting cards apologizing for PMS– I couldContinue reading “Calm”

Preparation

“You cannot plan for the life God has for you, you can only prepare for it.” Erwin McManus Here is to preparation. For the hours we spend in His presence, the times we spend listening and the chapters we read through in His word. Preparation is about character. Yesterday, I was reading in Luke thatContinue reading “Preparation”

My God is Alive

By: Gabriela Yareliz When we feel discouraged, let us remember that God is not dead. God is alive. God is working in every earnest heart that is humble and ready to receive Him. When confusion rages– we must remember that there is a movement of people that is on its knees. A movement of peopleContinue reading “My God is Alive”

Two Reminders

By: Gabriela Yareliz In recent days, I have been reminded of two important principles we should always keep before us: 1. Discomfort Before Change I was doing my morning Pilates practice, and the instructor was talking me through how to get into a position that requires a lot of balance. It was hard. It feltContinue reading “Two Reminders”