WORTHY QUOTE | John the Evangelist: Live Loved

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“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” -1 John 4:16 © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2015.

POETRY IN MOTION: Faith in my Forties

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Poetry seemed like an impossibility when I was barely thirty and raising a young family. My new year’s resolutions were the closest thing to poetry I had written for some time when my mom, an artist and author, (part poet, part prophet) gave me a book by an acquaintance of hers who had written about … Continue reading

Advice From The Poet: On Creating Art & Community

Advice from the Poet on Creativity and Community

I came to San Miguel de Allende via Wonderland and Oz… It was at an eclectic gathering comprised of a handful of locals, a few European and North American ex-pats, a fistful of fellow travelers, some missionaries and several artists and authors at a bohemian house party in an artsy community along the Mexican hillside … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: Grace

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Grace is a GIFT from God. It is not earned. It is a gift that we must humbly, willingly, vulnerably receive to fully appreciate. Like a flower unfolding or a fist uncurling with palms open upward, open to receiving something greater It is the unmerited favor of a good and loving God that surprises us when … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

POETRY | Worship and Passion

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Fullness of freedom Worship and passion Flavor fulfillment  Rejoice in the stillness Taste and see… God is good Speak to our heart With Your beauty and art Common complacency Sing! Soulful celebration Intimate electric incarnation Better than our imagination Draw close, closer and closest In our desire to be possessed By our Desire (at its … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Steve McVey: Our Father’s Love

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“Our God is the Protective Father, the Compassionate Mother, the Consummate Lover and the Intimate Friend. In fact, He personifies the best qualities of every human relationship. You are His child and His children can never be beyond the reach of His love. Jonah proved, you can’t outrun God’s love. Lot bore witness that you … Continue reading

POETRY | Dream

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Delight in the Lord (and) He will give to you Your desires (of) Heart and Mind and More (than) Sands on the seashore More (than) You could ever think to Ask (for) Tomorrow to borrow (from) Today       To travel Through the Open Door   In due time You will flower In ripe season You will sing In quiet steps You … Continue reading

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

Fast & Slow (Down)

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While I was happily typing away sharing my optimistic thoughts for the new year including some hopeful habits, a few books to read and being all restful etc. My husband was beginning the year with a rigorous twenty-one day fast. This included media; he powered down the screens and took a media fast from all … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTES | Blaise Pascal, C.S. Lewis, St. Augustine & the Holy Bible

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“What is it then that this desire and this inability proclaim to us, but that there was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does … Continue reading

Drawing With Children

Drawing With Children

If I had to recommend only one book (yeah, like that’s ever going to happen) for teaching children how to create realistic drawings this book would be my first choice: Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. I have used this book myself and have given it to my children to read on their own (even … Continue reading

A Clement Season

Clement: 1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate 2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant. Related: Clemency: 1. Lenience, mercifulness, lenity, leniency, grace, charity, pardon, decency, favor, kindliness, kindness, benevolence, compassion, easygoingness and humanity are some words that are synonymous to clemency. 2. Clemency indicates mildness, especially for weather conditions. In … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Jesus of Nazareth: Flowers & Faith

Don’t worry about life. Live a life of God-worship. See the flowers, ponder how they grow… Consider how God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers… And know that He will certainly care for you. Relax; don’t be so preoccupied with getting… So you can respond to God’s giving. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t … Continue reading

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