One Year in the Works: My LifeHouse

First of all, my sincerest apologies for allowing a year to go by without blogging. After several people asked me about where my blog stood, I realized I had completely procrastinated for a year. I definitely won’t explain it away. I do believe that a year ago I needed this blog as a method of healing that could parallel my healing from counseling at NHCC in Greenville. Well, I think it is about time to update those who are curious enough to venture to my blog again. Second of all, thank you to all who have continued to be there for me as I took GIANT leaps this year spiritually, mentally, physically and career-ly (yep, I just made that up. That’s what graduate school does to you). Third of all, praise goes to my Heavenly Father who has carried me through this past year after undergrad. I would not take back any experience and opportunity from this past year’s journey. And boy, it has been a journey.

Yay! So where should we start? How about God’s Grace?

LUO: Immediately after commencement last year, I still needed to confer my degree. It wasn’t until August that I received that (estimated) $80,000 piece of paper or as some would like to call “a diploma”. Two weeks after conferring, I started graduate school [online]! I have never loved school so much until graduate school. God was good to allow me to get into graduate school, afford graduate school, and now travel to the UK with my graduate school. Oh, and I am on track to GRADUATE IN SEPTEMBER. All are miracles in and of themselves!

BCF: As soon as I got back to my favorite city of Houston, I knew I need a place I could worship and call home for now and possibly for a long while. I knew I needed a place that could come along side me in the state that I was in after 12 weeks of intense work at North Hills Community Church with Lynn, my counselor. I prayed for direction. God gave direction. It was through Lynn who gave me the name of Bayou City Fellowship, because there were members of North Hills that recently moved to Houston and now attended BCF. After prayers and counsel, I chose BCF. It has been a place of incredible growth and accountability for me. Every Sunday they welcome everyone with this, “Welcome to the House. We come together for one name: Jesus.”

LHoH: Last but not least and definitely my favorite story so far has to be my career update. As many of you know, I started looking for a career helping women in crisis pregnancies (like my internship in Greenville). With no open doors, I knew I needed to start something with graduate school approaching. I started working at lululemon athletica. And wow, that was an incredible experience. I started part-time then moved to full-time leadership. I met so many fun and great ladies. In hindsight, I can see God laced throughout it all. Around the months of January and February, situations came up that began to point to my desire to work with women in need again. It was made so clear that I belonged in a nonprofit. School, church, friends, parents – all were saying the same thing. One incredible day in April, I decided to blast KSBJ like I typically do when I’m alone in the car. In between songs, an ad for LifeHouse of Houston, Inc came on. Never heard of them and never heard that ad but this particular day I head it loud and clear. Opened the notes of my phone and wrote down the name, I was moved for some reason. The next day, I google them. As I am filling out a volunteer form, I am overwhelmed with a sense to stop and write an email to the Director of Marketing and Development so I did. (I know, right? I’m crazy). I give her a synopsis of Aly. And this is where it gets so great, she actually emails me back IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. She wants to meet me and talk to me. They actually posted a marketing and communications coordinator position several days earlier. Within a week, I visit, volunteer, interview, and fall in love with the ministry. Today on April 28, 2015, I was asked to join the LifeHouse of Houston, Inc team. I cried for a solid two minutes in complete awe of God. He never let me do what I thought was good. He kept me so He could show me His good. A good that is scores better than “my good”. Check out this amazing organization I’ll be joining here:

So, here I am… blogging once again about this amazing and wonderful relationship with Him. I can’t say I’m surprised that He would break me of my simple and shallow trust. He’s pushed my trust to trust without borders like the song Oceans speaks of. I am beyond excited and extremely humbled to see God’s journey for me in another year. But until then, I am going to enjoy today’s graces that are beyond enough.

In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures You won’t walk out
You’re great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence You won’t let go
In the questions Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

My lighthouse
My lighthouse
Shining in the darkness I will follow You

My lighthouse
My lighthouse
I will trust the promise
You will carry me safe to shore
Safe to shore

I won’t fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I’ll rise and sing
My God’s love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Fire before us You’re the brightest
You will lead us through the storms

Lyrics from Rend Collective’s My Lighthouse // Watch their rad video here:

In Awe and Wonder of His Grace,

Aly Arellano

What Now?

I’ve been praying a lot about my blog here. At first, I knew that God really wanted me to have an outlet to show Him through this really tough last semester of undergraduate college. I am incredibly overwhelmed at the responses. People would text me saying that they were going through the same struggles. Some people thanked me for being real. Some people asked me questions that led to awesome conversations about Jesus. I am so thankful that God used it and continues to do so.

I have had multiply people ask me to continue to write. I didn’t think there was a need for it. I felt as though it was only appropriate for that season of life. However after praying about it for a couple of days, I think God is leading me to continue to write. I’m still praying through all the details for what it will look like, but I’m excited for what God is doing in and around me.

This is a crazy transitional period in my life. So much has changed already in my life that I know God is at work and now that I’m not at my institution I feel as though I can write more freely.

Thank you to family, friends, and my church for the support during the past few months. Thank you to my constant readers of my blog. You know who you are. I love you guys. God is good. Always.

Alyssa Nicole Arellano

Day 1: This Is It

I remember starting this blog 50 days ago. God was doing something incredible in my life. He held my hand and watched me fall madly in love with who he was and cling to every promise I read. I didn’t know if I would make it through those 50 days. And here we are now, Commencement Day. God is good. He NEVER withholds goodness in our lives.

After fours years, I’m putting on the regalia for myself and graduating. This is so surreal.

I am thankful for the lessons learned whether they were in the classroom or the outside the classroom. God was there the entire time holding on to me so tightly. He broke me of me on several occasions.

It’s starting to sink in that this is happening.

Thank you for coming along this journey with me. Countless of you have encouraged me to continue writing even after Commencement. I think, I’ll take you up on that. This has been an amazing journey.

After four years, we are here. This is it.

Alyssa Nicole Arellano

Day 3: Decisions

I find it so wonderful that God is so big and that I am so small.

Nothing can thwart His plans including even me. I think often times I make things a lot more complicated than I need to. Sometimes trusting God is the only thing that I can do and that’s okay. Trusting God and depending on Him is the best place to be. God knows. I must continue to rest in that truth. He also loves us and wants what is best for us.

Three days away from graduation.. This is it. The Lord is good. Always.


Day 4: Obstacles

There will always be obstacles. There will always be Grace.

Today was happy. Although there were some frustrating times, God drew me closer to Him. He reminded me that His way is perfect and that He wouldn’t withhold good in my life.

It’s a difficult time of transition in life. I’m on to the real world and adulthood. The transition itself wouldn’t be so bad but you start adding the variables of life and it begins to appear more difficult. I’m trusting God in that He will move hearts and minds. That’s all I can do.

I’m also thankful that God’s love is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what I do. He still loves me. I’m thankful that my God is a God of affirmation. He renews within me desires that are glorifying to Him. He loves me and shows it in so many different ways. I can’t always make everyone happy around me and I’m learning that it’s okay. I’m learning that if God is the center, He’ll take care of the rest. So tonight… I’m making Christ the center. I’ve decided to follow through on commitments and decisions and trust God.

He is good.

Day 5: Catch Up

Let’s play a little catch up here:

Over the weekend, I took a final and then I went on a boat. It was the most perfect weather. I went to church for the last(ish) time on Sunday. It was a very strange feeling. It was a feeling of readiness and yet sadness.

Later in the evening, the Fab Five had our Final Dinner. It was so much fun. PhotoBlog to come.

Hold on tight. This week will be crazy.


Last day of undergraduate classes = Complete.

What a roller coaster the last four years have been! What great grace and love that has sustained me from semester to semester. It’s been quite the journey and growing experience.

I’ve learned that my way was nothing compared to God’s good way. He had ordained for things that I would have never expected. I really am excited about the future.

This time next week I’ll have had walked across the stage of FMA to receive my diploma holder. Ha!

I’m excited.


Day 8: Changes

I should have known by now that changes are inevitable. Don’t plan too far ahead because life will hit and an unexpected turn of events will happen. It reminds me to continue to lean on the One that knows the future and has redeemed the future.

I’m thankful He knows, because I am unsure of so much once more. He is good through it all.


Day 9: Surreal

I just submitted my last paper of my undergraduate career.

I finished my last session of counseling today with Lynn.

I had my last day of internship today.

I pick up my regalia tomorrow.

We are in single digits until Commencement 2014.

Wow… This really is it. I cannot believe where I was several months ago compared to where I am now. God in His goodness broke me and kept me all at the same time. He has made disaster look so beautiful. He has reminded me that he has redeemed me for His own.

I was chosen to give my submitted testimony during Commencement this year. I’m excited to share the healing that I’ve experienced this semester. It’s so incredibly overwhelming to read through my blogpost and see what all God has done and is doing in my life. We serve such an amazing God. He loves us as His own. He cherishes us. He disciplines us. He pursues us. He’s everything we could ever need or want.

No matter what God is good.