Garden(er)

My wife and I started gardening a few weeks ago. We are growing mint, tomatoes, basil, and hot peppers. After buying the plants from the nursery, we moved them to bigger pots, changed the soil, and gave them special plant fertilizer. We water the pots about 3-4 times weekly. We place them in direct sunlight.…

Post Resurrection Feels Pt 2

Hope you are well my brothers and sisters. It's May! Let us get back to it, shall we? If you remember, we're reflecting on Luke 24's account after the resurrection.if you haven't already read it, you should start with Pt 1 of this blog, here Now, St. Ephraim the Syrian saidTo what is the benefit of…

Post Resurrection Feels – Pt 1

Something must be a big deal if it has a 55 day preparation. I mean - we even had a pre-lent week, to prepare before the preparation for the Glorious Resurrection. Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! The resurrection is our life, brothers and sisters. For lack of better terms, we are lifeless without…

Go Go, Power Rangers

After a long, strenuous search on yahoo answers, I learned that the Power Rangers did it 1st. Remember Megazord? This thing was invincible. Power Rangers brought their vehicles and joined together and transformed to make this...thing...that took on the 'bad guys'. Transformers later became very popular, and while I'm a fan of Bumblebee, we gotta…

Updates, Please!

Hey all - hope your days have been fantastic! We leave this week for our mission trip in Egypt. 1thingisneeded is going to hit up our three pillars of mission: Working with orphanages.  The children from St Mary's and St. Samuel's houses from age 9-18. We've got a couple great days planned - full of learning…

Mission: Egypt

Good day, reader! I pray this entry finds you full of heavenly Joy. And that your Lenten time is full of cultivating growth. Last September - I got a great opportunity to go to Egypt and teach at a school. This is an English school, based in an underserved community. We were there and were…

Letting Go(d)

This is an anonymous guest post by a friend in Christ. If you’re interested in writing for this blog, email us at 1thingisneeded.tv@gmail.com.  We’ve all faced rejections, disappointments, and failures. That school we wanted to attend, but we didn’t get an acceptance. That job we’re qualified for, but didn’t get hired. That exam we studied for,…

So what brought you here today?

This is a guest post by a dear brother and friend in Christ. If you're interested in writing for this blog, email us at 1thingisneeded.tv@gmail.com. Simon - always proud of your efforts and love for others. Keep doing big things for the Lord.  I was not surprised to hear that infamously loaded question come up…

tough days and presen(ts)ce

Emmanuel our God, is now in our midst, with the glory of His Father, and the Holy Spirit We hear this so often in church, and we're reminded of His presence. Fact is - I have days where I wish His presence was more obvious. I have days where I wish His presence was more…

good, very good, or excellent

I started this post last in 2016 and got back to it this week. Hope it brings you some peace, sensing His presence in your day. Dear brother and sister, how was your day today? Multiple choice: good? very good? or, excellent? Dad asked my sister and I this question every day after school on…

Communion (without) Question

Growing up in the Orthodox Church, we may (or may not) have been told about the Holy Sacraments' central role in our lives. We may (or may not) have been told about the primary reason for celebration of the divine liturgy. We may (or may not) have been told about our resource of our power…

socks and sun

The snooze button - I'm sure you can relate - can be my best friend while simultaneously my worst enemy. Extremes on the relationship spectrum. I hit the button a few times too many this morning , got up and did my morning shuffle in a rush. I limped out the garage holding shoes, socks, laptop, protein bar, banana, and a hot (burning-your-finger-tips-hurry-to-the-car, hot) cup of…

🎼 🎶 I’m gonna be a mighty king ♫ ♬

Growing up in the 90's, I experienced the Disney classics. People have debated before - but I don't think its much of a conversation: The Lion King, is the all-time best Disney movie. Period.We still sing the songs and make references to them in our conversations - even though the movie is old. It's hard to believe last week,…

Spiritual Mosquitoes

Journeys have a start and a finish, a beginning, and an end. Recently, I’ve focused on the need to see my ‘end’, in order for my journey to have purpose. Our walk through life needs to have Christ in mind. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping Christ in the picture. Conveniently. You know the…

fast seriously

At some point this Lent, I want to be more serious. I think I’ve told myself that every day, since day 1...Lent is already almost over. Friends, pretty soon, we’re folding palms, walking to Golgotha, spending the night for the Apocalypse, and singing “Ekhristos Anesti” – Christ is risen. And responding to those who volunteer…

2017

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ What better time than now to make change?  We only have now. We don't have tomorrow, and we've lost yesterday. Just as time passes, and every new second is a new…

time flies

Hello November. The weather changes, the color themes change, the 'Holiday Season' is officially upon us. Focus on food, presents, travel, money and such is at the year's high.  You ever notice that your life has certain 'seasons' as well? Where are you right now?  Is it a joy-full spring, with light pastel colors, and…

The Creator’s Hands – Video

Our 2nd video! Take a look and listen to this beautiful work. Let the lyrics sink in. Shoutout to the ladies in South Carolina who pieced this together! Perfect example of using their passion and talent for the Lord’s work. We need more of this! Calling all artists of any sort! Let’s show the world that…

Blind as (a) Karim

I'm sure you've heard the expression 'blind as a bat'. I decided to replace 'a bat' with my name. This topic of blindness has been in my line of sight (I know...great pun) all week. But, I'm different from a bat. Imagine you wake up in your room at night, you can probably make your…

going to Haiti: Trust and Honesty

This is an entry written on 2/11/16 during my flight to Haiti. Today I had a long conversation with a flight attendant. It was a struggle getting to the flight (as usual...woke up late), but thanks to the ticketing desk I got emergency-row seating (#thankful). Anyone at my height knows this is always a plus: no sore knees on the plane.…

7 weeks in. 7 steps in Mark 7.

February 2016 already. Can you believe it? Seriously, #1thingisneeded - never forget how quickly time passes. It feels like just yesterday, we were celebrating the new year. I didn't have like a big 2016 blog entry, but we bid 2015 farewell and paraded in 2016 with hopes, promises, and resolutions. But now, over a month has…

Pursue Purity – Video

It's been a long time coming...but our first video is finally here! This is our first step to getting our non-profit organization off the ground - to let the world know we are "Made in God's Image". Watch, SHARE (most importantly!) and SUBSCRIBE!! Also - I'd love to read your comments! Hope you all have a…

Can I take your order?

French fries, bean burritos...and tuna. That's essentially what I've had to eat since Advent began. The preparation period for Christmas, is not exactly 'fun' when it comes to our food. It's something we should discuss later - I can actually look forward to fasting. I know. Sounds crazy, right? And right around now, is when I start making…

the little deacon that could

Preface: This is a topic dear to my heart...and I hope we can learn from it together. Growing up in a home with a pre-school teacher for a mom, children's books are all over the place. These stories are usually based around a single moral message, 1thing that the author wants the child (whatever the age - even…

day and night

So I'm back on social media. First time in years. I've been praying and asking God that whatever is to come up next in my life is all for Him. Before you continue reading - say a quick prayer that this #1thingisneeded effort works for His glory. Nothing else. There are very few things I pick…

updates

Hey everyone! this is more of a news post... Some big moves taking place at 1thingisneeded.com. Firstly - I'm sorry for the delay in writing. Been swamped. But many things are in progress, promise. Through God's grace - we'll be expanding a bit. I'd love for you guys to join in spreading that #1thingisneeded The tentative start…

🎼 🎶 I’m gonna be a mighty king ♫ ♬

Growing up in the 90's, I experienced the Disney classics. People have debated before - but I don't think its much of a conversation: The Lion King, is the the all-time best Disney movie. Period.We still sing the songs and make references to them in our conversations - even though the movie is old. I want to draw our…

Ready, BREAK!

First off - welcome to the new and improved, 1thingisneeded.com - we're now officially our own domain. Special thanks to a generous donation from my paycheck. Most importantly, its easy to tell others about...so spread the news! Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! Have you ever played football? Yes - American, hard-hitting, organized-chaos, pigskin-centered - football.…

Grass, Trees and Rivers

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us. ...say that 10 times fast. You ever watch those videos of the adorable little toddlers reciting Psalm 23? If you haven't - give it a run. I'm not particular to any, they're all really cute. I watched a few last week and 1 kid really stressed this…

come( )back

I know...I know...its been a while. I didn't think I'd ever miss blogging when I started - but it happened. For starters- my apologies to those that received that rogue email of my notes last time. Somehow I lost the draft I was working on...maybe I'll rewrite it sometime. Since we last interacted a ton has happened in…

simple arithmetic

grad·u·ate verb successfully complete an academic degree, or course of training Graduations are in the air. Congrats to all those celebrating! You just finished __ of years of school, and now you have _______ degree to show for it. Now what? Done with High school? It is time I move out, and "do my own thing". Done…

Chocolate Ice-Cream

I've had an interesting week. It began with a large chocolate ice-cream Sunday after church. Deliciously smooth, savory, and sweet. Who doesn't want some ice-cream in the middle of these 92-degree Miami days? Wednesday it continued with quite possibly the most exquisite quesadilla ever made. For the record, I doubt a quesadilla has ever been…

a power(ful) mnemonic

Good weekend? Great weekend. What is greater than a weekend jam-packed with church, family, and food? Basically nothing. Christ is risen people! Enjoy the resurrection. Enjoy life. Enjoy Christ.  “I am the resurrection and the life." (NKJV John 11:25) Last week was a beautiful journey. While tempted to redefine verbosity, I told myself to put…

Welcome Mats

Well, you're back. Welcome. Either you are back to see another terrible attempt at blogging, or amidst the chaos of the last post you picked up on something that you liked. Either way, you're here now, so let's make the most of it. Coming home Tuesday I realized something peculiar as I approached my apartment…

13 in 13

It would be pretty appropriate for me to dive right in and write about Mary and Martha today. I love their Christ-centered message so very much - you already know that. But that'd be too cliché. I started the message, but something else caught my attention, so I put that 1 on hold for now.I've…

Honest(l)y

So prior to writing my first real entry, I assume it is proper blogger-etiquette to write some sort of 'about me' section in which I greet the online world and introduce myself. I also assume its important to establish some sort of tone of voice that the readers can grow accustomed to hearing when they…