Monday, 20 April 2015

on being brave and courageous

I've decided to start a new series called "on being..."

And today, it's on being brave and courageous.


More and more I'm seeing that being brave couldn't be less of a cookie cutter action. Bravery is so versatile. You are brave when you study for a challenging class. You are brave when you forgive someone who has hurt you. You are brave when you are kind and compassionate despite opposition.

It's Rosa Parks, a beautiful and bold black woman who decided to sit in the "whites only" section of the bus, taking a stand for equality of all races.
It's the child who stands up for a peer who's being picked on for being "too small" or "too large" or "too anything"
It's the man who lets his tears shed regardless of the voices telling him to be a "man"

For me, it's doing what I know in my heart to be right and true and good.
It's being comfortable in my own skin and being kind to myself.
It's having faith for healing when I'm hurting, restoration in brokenness.


Be brave, friends. Whatever bravery looks like in your life, no matter how small or large the actions, be brave. Bravery is a precious gift, take it by force. Most of all, don't go it alone, trusting in your own strength. Been there, done that, not successful. Go to Jesus. He is the source of all bravery and courage.

Brave. It's in Him.

Much love, Vivi 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Flowers & Easter Treats

Right now I'm studying for a week of exams, but looking back on these photos brings me back to a beautiful Easter weekend. I hope yours was full of love & joy! My goal in the days to come is to keep the fact that He is risen top of mind ALL the time, not just at Easter. Because He lives, we have life, and have it in abundance! What a beautiful truth. 

Much love, Vivi

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Can I tell you a Story?

It goes like this,

Once, there was a girl
She was clothed with strength
and dignity
She laughed without fear of the future
She was confident
Confident in Christ, confident in her destiny
She didn't have it all figured out
She wasn't perfect
Wasn't flawless, but she
was kind,
and gentle,
and patient
and humble
and caring
and passionate

This story. I want it to be my story. I want to leave a legacy of confidence in Christ, that no matter what I'm going through, that I remain confident that HE who began a good work in me WILL continue, developing and bringing it to completion in me. Life has been no easy ride lately. It's been painful and full of tears. But can I tell you another story? God is good. He is faithful. He hasn't left my side, not even for a coffee break. He crowns me with compassion and fills my life with good things. Through the winds and storms of the past few months, He has given me an extra measure of grace to push through. To be strong in Him when all I want to do is fall over. To be kind when I'm in pain, grumpy, tired. To be generous when I feel like I need things more. To be gentle, to be patient, to be humble. THIS, friends, is the story of life. It isn't about stuff or outward beauty or pretty photographs. And those things are pretty wonderful! But He is over and abundantly more. Today I choose to live in the light of this story. To live victoriously with the knowledge that I am a child of God, so loved & so cherished.

Much love, Vivi 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Take a Walk

 Things that make me happy:

crisp air & pink blossoms & a snow white calf & family & funny shaped pine-cones & neighbors with gardening skills 
Much love, Vivi

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Friends & Beaches

In the midst of writing a Cell Biology paper, I remembered that I hadn't posted these photos. So of course, a break was in order and these wonderful photos are at last being shared! This day was full of joy, exploring, walking on a chilly beach during the sunset, and some good good food. :) 

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Winter's end & Spring's first blooms

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Lentil Salad

 This salad is the ultimate cleansing meal after the Christmas season. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you'll be able to relate to the vast quantity of delicious food that Christmas brings with it: dark chocolate molded Santa Clauses, fruit cake, sugar cookies, apple pie, you name it. Enough about treats- back to salad! The best thing about this salad is its versatility. You can add almost any raw veggie to the mix for an added flavor dimension. 


1. Combine 1 cup of dry lentils with 1 bay leaf and 2 sprigs of rosemary. You can also use one tsp. of ground rosemary instead of the sprigs. Add enough water to cover the lentils by one inch in a medium saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 16- 20 minutes until the lentils soften
3. Next, drain the lentils and discard the bay leaf
4. Finely chop 1 cup carrots, 1/3 cup celery, 1/4 cup bell pepper, and 1/2 cup cucumber. Optional: 1/4 cup chopped green onion.
5. Add in one 15 oz. can of chick peas to the salad and mix together
6. Finally, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, or 5 tsp. of lemon juice. 

 E N J O Y!
Much love, Vivi