rebelling against low expectations

AuthorMoriah Simonowich

is a 25-year-old who loves porch swings, wide open skies, lattes, lab puppies, and the crispness of October. Writing is like oxygen to her heart. You can connect with Moriah on her blog, Delighting in Him, and social media accounts: Instagram or Facebook.

Don’t Suffer Alone: My Experience with Counseling for Anxiety

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I’ve grappled with anxiety for about seven years now. The root of this stressful struggle was triggered by traumatic life circumstances. At times it depletes and drains my soul of all strength. I’m beyond grateful that I reached out for help four years ago, saw a licensed counselor, and sought other avenues of healing. I remember the car ride to my first counseling appointment—I was...

Project Valentine Card Challenge: 2022

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As Valentine’s Day approached one year, God moved my heart. I desired a boyfriend and romance—what I got instead was a taste of eternal, everlasting love. Halfway around the world in the African country of Uganda, there were imprisoned children who needed hope and a ministry called Sixty Feet with a heart to serve them. This birthed a project called, “The Valentine Card...

Observing Advent: How and Why To Do It

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One windy, chilly night in November as my dad worked on our cars in the driveway, we reminisced about Christmas memories. I talked fondly about three things I loved as a child: Fresh Christmas trees, cutting sugar cookies into festive shapes, then baking and decorating them with red and green sugar crystals, plus a cake to celebrate Jesus’ birthday complete with candles, if I remember right. My...

Practical Advice and Comforting Truths When You Lose a Loved One

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On August 8th, 2021, around nine in the evening, I received the call I had been dreading. My mom’s voice was shaky and quiet at the other end as she broke the news. Mema was gone. Our family had been waiting for her to pass away—we knew the end was near—for eight days. We said our goodbyes during visits to the hospice house where she was staying. My grief is still raw. It hurts to think about her...

7 Quotes About Gratitude to Help You Thrive

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Having a legalistic background growing up, I experienced family devotions as being forced and stale. They were a chore. When it came to my own pursuit of God, I struggled then and now to this day. However, there is one habit that has been like a breath of fresh air. Gratitude. Gratitude has been an incredible encouragement to me. It is a practice that matters every day, not just in November for...

Hope For When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

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Sometimes we go through seasons when doing hard things is invisible to those around us—it’s inward. Perhaps it looks bleak, even. Like a winter with cold, hard ground where growth seems impossible. Yet, gradually, spring comes and earth softens and seeds take root. Growth happens underneath the ground—buried and invisible to the naked eye. I’ve found this to be true because my life hasn’t...

11 Simple Ways to Celebrate Christmas During a Pandemic

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My hopes of having a good holiday season this year weren’t that high. Because COVID has made 2020 stressful, isolating, and hard to navigate, I had my doubts that Christmas would be as enjoyable as other years. I didn’t expect to have a wonderful time because Christmas during a pandemic couldn’t be as special, right? In spite of such a hectic year, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be savoring...

Live Thankfully: The Heart Behind Eliza’s Thankfulness Movement

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Nine times out of ten when our friend suffers, we ache to our core. In response to that burden, we search for ways to alleviate their pain, to give them comfort. I faced that kind of scenario recently. My friend, Eliza Downer—a worn-out warrior battling for joy and strength amid the weariness that comes from chronic illness—was about to restart “one hundred days of thankfulness” and...

What Getting a Tattoo Taught Me About Ultimate Security in God

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Some insecurities run deep in the veins of our hearts. To soothe them, we believe the subtle lie Satan throws at us. Just do whatever it takes for people to like or accept you. Then you’ll finally be okay as a person. I’ve believed and acted on that lie enough to know that living to please other people brings more tumult, fear, and anxiety—never less. God’s Word tells us that...

What to Do With Guilt After Saying Yes to Sin

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We’ve all had those relatively smooth “good weeks” when temptation isn’t shouting in our faces. Once sin has taken us out in battle, it retreats for a season, crouching quietly in the shadows (Gen. 4:7). Then, temptation comes in poisonous innocence. Just one more time. You haven’t done this for weeks, it can’t hurt to do it once more. A harmless offer, right...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →