a raw collection of words from my heart


"God asked me to open my hand, and he gave me the world."

Hello, there. My name is Rebekah. I'm a teenage Christian writer with a passion for serving God and others. I have my own little blog, Found and Cherished, where I share about my journeys and struggles and discoveries. Because, truly, life is one big adventure.
At the moment, a wonderful woman from my church is leading a book club for some of our teen girls. We're reading Let's all be Brave by Annie F. Downs. It's a beautiful book, and I recommend it to every person out there in this crazy world.
So. I was reading this book, devouring Miss Downs' words and thoughts and beautiful writing style.
And I came across this quote. It entered my soul without invitation, sat down by the fire, and stayed.
"God asked me to open my hand, and he gave me the world." That struck me as crazy. Opening my hand to God? But that's risky. It's like running onto a main road without looking both ways. It takes the courage that I don't have.
But that quote, that idea, had made a home in my soul. I'm staying, Rebekah, it said. For good.
So I began the long and tedious thinking process that comes with being as introspective as I am. I pondered. I thought. I listened. And I came to a conclusion.
God has a plan. He knows exactly what's going to happen. So if I open my hand, I can have peace. I might not be looking both ways on this road, but God is. So in the end, I will be a better person. But right now? Right now, I need to be brave and open my hand.
So my hands are open. Ready to receive. And already, God has given. Opportunities to serve him have popped up in just enough places to keep me busy, but to also be willing to give more.
Come with me. Be brave. Be beautiful. Open your hands to God. Receive what he has in store for you. And remember, he can give you the world.
Bekah Joan
p.s. to Elisabeth, you are amazing. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to post on your beautiful blog.


  1. Aw, thank you so so much for guest posting! This is beautiful and so relevant for me ♥ Just know that you really blessed my day xxx.

    1. You're welcome, Elisabeth. :) And thank you so much again for having me do this. <3

  2. this is such a beautiful reminder to trust in God. you're such a talented writer ♥
    xx. pris
    over the rainbow

  3. I am glad you have such faith in God and thanks for posting something so meaningful. I love your blog.


    1. Aw, thank you! I agree, Bekah's post was so very meaningful to our lives. <3 Checking out your blog now xx.

    2. *Blushes.* Thanks to both of you. <3

  4. Hi, Elisabeth! I'm not sure whether you're still blogging or not, but I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can see my post over here. I just love your blog :)

  5. Hi! I nominated you over on my blog if you want to check it out!

  6. Nice guest post!
    See me at www.myblue-stripedumbrella.blogspot.com

  7. Hi again! I was just wondering how you got the post footer to say "from Rebekah Joan" instead of your own name-- I can't seem to figure it out. Thank you so much :)

    1. Hey Arushee! Well, I just invited Rebekah to be one an author in my blog (under SETTINGS -> BASIC -> PERMISSIONS -> ADD AUTHOR), and then she will be able to access my blog's posts section to upload her guest post. That way, the name of the author at the post footer would be Rebekah Joan :)

      Hope this helped, and so sorry for the suuuuper late reply! xx.


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