Year Four in Review!

Well, this ends my fourth year of Parakaleo writing. If Parakaleo were a student on a typical college trajectory, it would be graduating this year! Even if that’s not the case, Happy Four Years, Parakaleo, and thank you so much to everyone who has been reading all of this time! It’s my hope and prayer that my carryings on are helpful and encouraging to all of you, too!

If you have any suggestions for future blog posts (Any burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask another Christian, or just a Christian? Anything that wasn’t clear from posts that I’ve written in the past?) or if you would like to write a guest post (like this one or this one), please comment below or email me at!

I always like to do a “year in review” post as the last post before my summer break to highlight some of my favorite posts, so here it is for 2012-2013!

September: Open My Eyes

October: A Spark

November: Knowledge for Action

December: A Look Back; A Look Forward

January: To One Another

February: The Day/Month/Lifetime of Love

March: When the Sun Rises

April: If Not, It’s Useless. IF.

May: Nothing Left for You to Take Away

To check out Parakaleo’s first, second, and third years in review, follow the links! Have a wonderful summer, everyone!



Welcome back, my dear Parakaleo readers!

Clearly I spent too much of the summer watching television, because I really wanted to put together a full promotional video full of previews of the upcoming season, flashbacks to last season, cast interviews, and some fun music before I remembered that this A) isn’t that huge of a deal commercially and B) is a blog.  Not a TV show.

In any case, some big changes have occurred since we spoke last!  I graduated and am now the pleased and humbled recipient of a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, but I’m only halfway there- I’m going for that Master’s and Ph.D.  I’m kind of really into psychology. =)

Though my education plans were somewhat settled, I wasn’t sure whether or how I wanted to continue Parakaleo.  I started this blog during my sophomore year of college, when I wanted to be careful not to lose my writing voice.  Multiple mentors of mine suggested that I blog about something that I’m interested in just to keep up with my style of writing, but God seemed to have greater plans.  Feel free to look back across the little history of my musings of His working in my last three years of undergrad.  Writing them strengthened me and I’ve received very encouraging and humbling reports of their impact on others’ spiritual lives.

Clearly, the blog is still here, so I would like to refine and clarify its purpose.

1.)  Parakaleo should bring glory to God.  It is my prayer that it is truly a reflection of His grace and love towards me and all of His children.

2.)  Parakaleo should embrace its name- to call out to one another and to mutually encourage.  I would love for Parakaleo to build up more than just me.  Because of this, anticipate more guest writers (friends, anticipate being bugged about being a guest writer) and outside sourcing.

3.)  Parakaleo should be consistent.  I went back and forth about including this for a good while, but it seems that if I’m going to agree to do this, I should do it wholeheartedly.  Consistency does not necessarily refer to the format (in fact, the consistency I’m aiming for may require differing formats), but rather in posting regularly, whether it be twice a month, weekly, or at some other interval.  As we can see from summers past, an agreement to post  “randomly” rarely bodes well for a busy blog.

We’ll leave it at that for now, but if there is something that you would like to see added to the list, please let me know!   The blog, like my life at the moment, is in a stage of change, so feedback and prayer are much appreciated.  For right now, you can plan on seeing new posts every other Wednesday.  Before I see you on the 19th, please enjoy some posts of old and have a blessed week!

–       Marissa

October 22, 2009: The Love of God

October 14, 2010: Fixing the Problem

April 14, 2011: Sorry. For Myself.

January 26, 2012: Rich and Free

February 16, 2012: Love, Seen

May 3, 2012: Guest Post: No Time for Trust Issues

May 10, 2012: High Kicking and Hugs