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.

Slow Down this Christmas


Last Christmas, my mom and I tackled errands together in chilly December weather. As we buzzed through store after store with a list that always seemed to do more stretching than shrinking, I noticed how hectic everything was. A continual pattern of long lines, crowded aisles, and packed parking lots accompanied the bright, glittering decorations and festive music. People rushed to purchase gifts...

Wisdom For the Perfectionist


A hurricane of harsh words flung from my lips one morning. Another bout with sin. Another let down. In the aftermath, guilty frustration rushed through my veins; my heart felt tired and heavy. One glimpse at my reflection in the mirror and my face crumples into a cry. Broken, weak, and flawed, I stand there asking. In the multitude of my mistakes, can fragments of beauty be found after all? As I...

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You Are Not Unnoticed


Late one afternoon, two tiny birds perched in dappled sunshine distracted me. I remembered this phrase with a surge of comfort, wonder, and hope: His eye is on the sparrow. Often, I know it in my head more than I embrace it with my heart. Most of us grapple with those eighteen inches and although we may drift into a rusty forgetfulness about certain truths, it doesn’t tarnish their authenticity...

How to Respond to Horrific Events


Some days, the weight of what the future might holds seems crushing. How will life turn out? Will seemingly broken pieces ever be put together again? For weeks, the news has broadcasted live footage of babies suffering from chemical gas. Dying. This unthinkable atrocity is enough to make you shudder. Conflicts are raging around the globe. Terrorist attacks. Shootings. Bombs. Cold brutality. How...

4 Ways to Embrace Your Family Legacy


My grandma is a quilter whose sewing resume stretches over three decades. The patience and perseverance necessary to maintain this skill of intricacy amazes me. Precise measuring and cutting. The hum of a sewing machine joining fabric together. An iron, hissing steam – pressing underside seams into smooth, neat lines. Undoing mistakes. Repeat, repeat. And in the end? A masterpiece of colors...

3 Ways to Fight Comparison


If only I could write like so-and-so does. Oh, and this other person is extremely gifted in drawing. Why can’t I be popular and outgoing like my other friends? Comparison clouds the heart. It saps the joy right out of you. God has woven a unique set of skills into the core of each one of us. You are incredibly gifted in ways I could never be–and vice versa. But if I compare my life to...

A Plea to Vote (From One Young Person to Another)


Voting is the essence of our responsibility as Christians and young adults to let our voice – your voice – be heard as “we the people.” I implore you, my generation, do not be silent! If primaries have not occurred in your state yet, please find out when they will be held and then vote.* North Carolina (my state) will be one of the five participating in Mega Tuesday: one...

Join the Valentine Card Challenge 2016


Quiet and quick, the hush of expectancy blanketed the dilapidated room with fragile silence. I prayed. Gazing among the faces around me in the remand home or child prison of “M1” in Uganda, I noticed their contagious eagerness–it sparked courage within my heart. Beautiful words of loving care for them tumbled from my lips like they were always meant to be spoken. I knew the Lord...

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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 →