personally, I like “to do” lists
check boxes and color codes and deadlines, all of that grabs my attention
but alas, just making the the list won’t do
neither will ripping it up
you have to put in the work
Continue reading “what are you attracted to?”
nobody likes a process, but here we are, processing.
recent events in the world may have life feeling like a trial, specifically, a trial by fire. I’ve been pretty checked out of social media recently, because a lot of the content I saw was draining and made me feel kinda hopeless. I’d think to myself, what’re we supposed to do in the face of all these systemic injustices? how’re we supposed to carry on?
y’all know I like to learn new things, so my digital hiatus has been put to pretty good use. recently, I’ve been focused on understanding the refining process. if you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s a summary:
- there are lots of things you can do with metal. refining is the only process that gives you the same metal you started with in a purer state. others (smelting, calcining) chemically change the metal. yes, I did my research.
- there are different types of refining that I could make analogies for, but this would turn into a very long post. we’re focused on trials–I mean–refining, by fire.
- scientifically, oxygen or air is added to an impure liquid metal as a way to remove impurities. when does the blacksmith know the metal’s pure? he can see his reflection in it.
now run that all back.
you’re the metal, and God’s the blacksmith. but who wants to go through fire?
Continue reading “consumed or refined?”
ight lemme get to it
I told myself if I have time to watch anime (I gave it up for Lent #notcatholicjustdevelopingdiscipline) then I have time to write this blog post, but then I still wasn’t writing this blog post because social media is a TRAP
I’m also fasting from Twitter and may not go back fully, stay tuneddd
anyway, I need to focus. this post is currently untitled because I don’t know where it’ll end, but it started on my Instagram Story yesterday morning. here’s what I had to say:
“I just had a thought but my laptop is taking too long to boot so we’re taking it back to the Bible Study via Snapchat days, summer ’17
so apparently I hate the phrase labor of love
Continue reading “love is love, pt.1/?”
I do a lot of my writing when I should be sleeping
or working Continue reading “something short & sweet”
let’s go through Psalm 23
the Psalm I have on my wall in the room I grew up in
the Psalm I have on my heart Continue reading “happy birthday to me”
Aaand we’re back!
“We” being me.
And the Holy Spirit.
Anyway, here’s Volume II! How’d you like the first installment of my YED Series? That volume focused more on relationships, so now that we’ve laid out the backgroundwork, I’ll be talking about getting started. This volume is packed with questions because I’ve learned that it’s really important to be introspective before yelling, “we move!”
(Like, where are we moving to pls? :-/)
These are all points that I saw coming in handy for the pre-beginners. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, your next semester, a new diet, a new book… whatever it is, just take the advice you need.
Again, I’ll have the points I actually took from the Summit big and bold; everything else will be thoughts from yours truly. Let’s get right into it! Continue reading “the best of YED: vol. II, before you start”
“I have about 10 pages of inspirational chicken scratch, maybe I’ll pick my favorite points and expand on them. an advice column. yeah, that would be live.”
Turns out it was 12 pages.
I don’t know if this counts as an advice column (not sure if I’ve ever read one tbh), but more reflections started as 2 pages and turned into almost 2,000 words. To avoid turning my YED notes into a dissertation, I made a game plan.
If I stick to it, there will be four volumes. Each one is focused on a specific topic, but they’ll flow into each other (think of more reflections as the intro to all of this):
II. before you start
IV. as you’re going
The main points from the Summit are underlined, bolded, and numbered. They’re also bigger. If you just want some takeaway points from YED, there you go. But for everything else, assume I took the messages and ran with them.
I’ve been doing this long enough for y’all to know what to expect, but I hope you’re ready for a lot of intricate analogies and Bible verses!
Continue reading “the best of YED: vol. I, relationships”
‘ “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. ‘
Welcome back to the Pati Path! I know it’s been awhile, so if you need a thorough recap, check out parts 1 and 2! Otherwise, here’s a quick summary:
- pati is a Latin word that means to suffer
- the word “compassion” comes from the roots “com” and “pati”, and literally means to suffer with
- the word “patience” also has the root “pati”, and can translate to suffering without getting angry and upset
- through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to display true compassion and patience, to bear good fruit
With all this mind, let’s look at these words in action in Matthew 18:
Continue reading “(com)pati-, pt.490”
Ready for a pit stop? Jesus was.
John 4 tells us all about the story of Jesus with the woman at the well, so if you need a refresher, check out my last post!
Continue reading “what’s in your Samaria? pt.1”
Hey bbys! (Vessels? Readers? Visitors? Y’all? SOS)
Taking a quick detour from the Pati Path to head tooo… Samaria!
The inspiration for this journey came during a prayer meeting. I was sitting on the couch with my favorite fuzzy blanket (gotta love Mott House), waiting for a profound thought to hit me, and the first thing that came to mind was “John… 4… 4”. Excited, I pull up my Bible app just to see, “And He had to pass through Samaria.”. Didn’t sound too ground-shaking, so I started checking other translations. NKJV, “But He needed to go through Samaria.”. NLT, “He had to go through Samaria on the way.”. AMPC, “‘It was necessary for Him to go through Samaria.”.
*me trying to figure out what this verse has to do with anything* Continue reading “4:4”