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I hope that my experiences will be a blessing, but it is my prayer that you will join me on this journey too.

Holy Grail = a thing that is being eagerly pursued or sought after.
Against The Grain = contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something.
The Holy Grain = the pursuit of a sinless character, contrary to the inclination of our sinful nature.

I set about the arduous task of thinking of a new blog name and settled on The Holy Grain. The frontrunner was “Against The Grain” but the domain was already taken. Other potential candidates were, “But You Would Not” (from Isaiah 30:15) and “Effortful Living” - titles have never been my thing!   Although this title was my second choice, it then dawned on me that the Bible says that God is waiting to reap His ‘wheat’ – us – (see Matthew 13:24-30; Revelation 14:14-16). Therefore, you could also say it’s the pursuit of being the wheat (grain) that is picked at harvest time. Since it’s God’s desire for us to have a character like His (no matter how difficult that sometimes is – Romans 7:19 anyone?!), this blog is basically the product of my devotional life and my quest to do just that. I hope that my experiences will be a blessing, but it is my prayer that you will join me on this journey too.

I set about the arduous task of thinking of a new blog name and settled on The Holy Grain. The frontrunner was “Against The Grain” but the domain was already taken. Other potential candidates were, “But You Would Not” (from Isaiah 30:15) and “Effortful Living” - titles have never been my thing! Although this title was my second choice, it then dawned on me that the Bible says that God is waiting to reap His ‘wheat’
i.e. us (see Matthew 13:24-30; Revelation 14:14-16). Therefore, you could also say it’s the pursuit of being the wheat (grain) that is picked at harvest time.
Since it’s God’s desire for us to have a character like His (no matter how difficult that sometimes is – Romans 7:19 anyone?!), this blog is basically the product of my devotional life and my quest to do just that.

In 2015 I launched my first blog, Reflectionships, under the pseudonym of Elle Cross. I was incredibly insecure about putting my name to my work and told anyone that asked that ‘someone I knew’ had written the blog. It was named Reflectionships because I’d had the bright idea to write reflections on relationships based on the relationship I was in at the time. I took a break from blogging (not writing) for a while, but in 2018 I felt compelled to start blogging again. I was in a really good place spiritually and I was itching to share what I’d learned. This time around I wasn’t in a relationship and the majority of what I wanted to share didn’t pertain to relationships either. Therefore, I knew that I’d have to let go of Reflectionships.

About The Blog

Talking about devotions remains a particular joy of mine and I’m no stranger to sending incredibly long voice notes to my friends about what I’ve learned that day/recently. If you would like to connect with me so we can share and discuss the Word, or even if you'd appreciate some accountability in your faith journey click here. My journey as a Christian has not been without its challenges and many times I’ve fallen short of the standard I aspire to, and indeed write about. However, in this particular season, I’m learning to appreciate the meaning of my name since grace is often something I fail to give to myself. I truly resonate with Paul's words below:

My passion for ministry was ignited almost a decade ago and from then on I felt a burden to one day go into full-time ministry as a missionary. An abridged version of my personal testimony can be found in this newsletter; the song that stirred my spirit is still dear to me today and the recording and lyrics are also in the newsletter. Although English was my favourite subject in school, my ability to write on faith-related topics was discovered by happenstance. However, as a keen 'journaler' during my personal devotion time, transferring my many reflections and revelations from journal to blog came rather naturally. Talking about devotions remains a particular joy of mine and I’m no stranger to sending incredibly long voice notes to my friends about what I’ve learned that day/recently. If you would like to connect with me so we can share and discuss the Word, or even if you'd appreciate some accountability in your faith journey click here. My journey as a Christian has not been without its challenges and many times I’ve fallen short of the standard I aspire to, and indeed write about. However, in this particular season, I’m learning to appreciate the meaning of my name since grace is often something I fail to give to myself. I truly resonate with Paul's words below:


My passion for ministry was ignited almost a decade ago and from then on I felt a burden to one day go into full-time ministry as a missionary. An abridged version of my personal testimony can be found in this newsletter; the song that stirred my spirit is still dear to me today and the recording and lyrics are also in the newsletter. Although English was my favourite subject in school, my ability to write on faith-related topics was discovered by happenstance. However, as a keen 'journaler' during my personal devotion time, transferring my many reflections and revelations from journal to blog came rather naturally.


About Me

“I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and make it mine.That’s what Christ Jesus wants me to do. It is the reason he made me his."
- Philippians 3:12, ERV


“I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and make it mine.
That’s what Christ Jesus wants me to do.
It is the reason he made me his."
- Philippians 3:12, ERV


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