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

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: We Are God’s Poetry

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“Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in … 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

On Blogging: Giving Thanks!

I began blogging only a little over a year ago.  Why exactly I thought this was something I could or should do I still don’t really know.  I have been writing for nearly 30 years if you include all my clothbound journals filled with youthful dreams, travel logs and the written record of the many variations of … 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 | Mick Mooney: Head and Heart

Head and Heart: Mick Mooney quote

“The whole world works in such a way that we are continually dragged away from our hearts to live in our heads. The problem with this is that our heads make decisions largely influenced by a mixture of fear and the pursuit of a comfortable, safe life. But our hearts are the fearless kind, our … 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

WORTHY QUOTE | Bill Johnson: The Word of God

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“Many stop short of a divine encounter because they are satisfied with good theology. The word of God is to lead us to the God of the word.” -Bill Johnson © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013.

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

WORTHY VIDEO | Why Choose Worthy Books?

Just one more reason… Today let’s take a look at the why behind choosing what we call worthy books, resources and influences. Here we’re treated to a fascinating look at and comparison of the child’s developing brain and the developing internet, in a short film courtesy of the Moxie Institute. BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks. … 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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