// "Why is true love in the religious sense equated with obedience?"//

“Why is true love in the religious sense equated with obedience?”

In addition to what is found below, I’ve found that true love begets love.

God’s love for me, in my messiness, in my weakness and scared little girl insecurities, really does produce this awe.

A wonder in my heart that I could still be loved as I am.

Not the more emotionally, spiritually, mentally mature, Dominique… But right now, in the present Dominique.

It still blows my mind that while we…

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// “My fever burns me deeper than i’ll ever show… to you.” -Never is a Promise, Fiona Apple//


I look so joyous in that photograph. I probably was at that time. When my understanding of “success” was measured in terms of my outward appearance …of joy.

So much has changed within the past year. More than i’d like to admit. More than i’ve previously stated in every other post.

As I grow in an understanding of myself and the world around me, I feel pain. I feel joy. I feel loss. I feel peace.…

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// Different shades of the same.//

I’ve found introverts and extroverts truly do balance each other with regard to the personal growth of one another.

This goes for any relationship whether platonic or romantic.

The more I understand people, the more I realize everyone is needed.

Everyone has a purpose.

I can dig it.



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// "Grace made visible: Eyes to see." via Matt Chandler//

“Grace made visible: Eyes to see.” via Matt Chandler

This is a long read. I think it’s interesting how at the beginning of this sermon, Matt Chandler actually gave the disclaimer:

By the way, there are three of these, and I’m going to wrap them up into one. I know some of you are a bit more linear, like, “Why don’t you just do the one and cut 25 minutes off your sermon?” Sorry, I’m just not wired that way. The Lord didn’t make me that way.


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// "Religion, rarely. Faith, yes. With some ironic patience on the side//

“Religion, rarely. Faith, yes. With some ironic patience on the side



PS: I’m still learning what the verse “faith without works is dead” means in correlation to “all our good works being filthy rags.”

I’m also growing in loving God and loving myself so I can know how to love my neighbor as myself :-)

Grace and peace and knowledge with belief,


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// "I believe, help my unbelief" meets "God remains faithful even when we are faithless, for He cannot deny Himself."//

“I believe, help my unbelief” meets “God remains faithful even when we are faithless, for He cannot deny Himself.”

“..and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-1

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28-9


This has been…

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// What does *this* girl like? Wise discernment.//

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-8

Sidenote: All of James 3 is a gem really. Actually the whole book. There’s something so humble inducing yet grace fulfilling that accompanies this truth.

I know…

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// It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.//

It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

The tears I felt streaming down my face as I read this reminded me that I hadn’t felt tears coming down my face in a few days.

It also made me so thankful to have the opportunity to be loved by and love a woman as selfless as my own mom.

Still hurts. Maybe it always will. One thing that remains is the fact she was a woman who will forever be missed.


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// Peace be with us. Rest.//

“God is not disappointed in you. And I can say that because what disappointment means is that God has unmet expectations. All the expectations for righteousness have been completely fulfilled in Christ and all the expectations for your debt have been fulfilled too. I’m not going to go over what you already know, I’m sure that being reminded of what you’re failing to do won’t result in more…

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// Mercy.//


“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 2




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// Maybe so. Grace for both.//

Whenever I tell my brother I’m not smart enough to communicate with certain people, he tells me I just need more patience.

Maybe so.

There’s grace for both.

I think it also has a lot to do with humility.

Prayer is appreciated.


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// "Love your neighbor as yourself."//

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“…If you don’t love yourself the way you are, and learn forgive yourself for your own flaws first, I should imagine it will be very difficult to do the same for someone you are committed to, something that forms the bedrock of any healthy relationship.”



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soli DEO gloria.