“This is the story of my life, that while I lived it weighed upon me and pressed against me and filled all my senses to overflowing and now is like a dream dreamed… This is my story, my giving of thanks.” - Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter
My name is Alexiana. I am a small of stature woman, a seminary graduate continuing her education as a PhD candidate, and immensely passionate about a lot of things. Some of those things are random and seemingly unimportant, like the smell of fresh clothes straight from the dryer (only if you have used softener), or the necessity of a cup of coffee in the morning; but other things aren’t random and are very important, like knowing how to read the Bible, and having the gospel touch every single part of your life.
My life has felt like a psalmist's: at times tumultuous and full of lament, and other times singing, shouting aloud the praises of the One who has truly given me life. In that sense, my blog may feel similar at times. Some of my favorite chapters in the Bible are where Jesus and His grace touch a person and they respond rightly. Isaiah 6 is one of those chapters, the Psalms, as well as numerous ones from Paul where He will hit you hard with great knowledge like a professor and then immediately burst into praise.
I am not well written, nor am I one who has it all figured out. I learn a lot of amazing things in my study of His Word through the biblical languages and ancient context, but I also learn just as much in my mundane day-to-day as I work in the church with incredible women and am married to a man of fervent devotion. I hope to share parts of my life and my story in ways that help me as well as you, sweet reader, to give thanks. My story is really just a part of God’s beautiful story, and this is one that I hope to give more attention to than my own. Soli deo gloria.
The above graphic for the site was created by three artists whom I love with my whole heart. The Olive Branch was created by Chelsea Garter, the lettering by Leyna Burel of Scrawling Co., and my husband of Germination Labs brought the two together (as well as the whole website) in the way he brings many things together to make them flourish.