Yelena Bosovik

An ordinary girl serving an extraordinary God //

Growing Roots in Christ

Growing Roots in Christ

Growing Roots in Christ - Tirzah Magazine

I have kept a plant alive for over eight months.

That might not seem impressive, but my previous record for keeping a plant green and living topped out at barely over a month. Under my watch, plants seem to race towards an untimely demise. A patch of sunflowers never had a chance to turn their heads to the sun. A perky dill withered along with dreams of an herb garden. Even a succulent which…

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How to Road Trip the Right Way In College

How to Road Trip the Right Way In College

How to Road Trip the Right Way In College

If I look back on some of my favorite moments from the past two years of college, many of them involve being on the road traveling with friends. Really when I think about it, the people that I’ve been on road trips with have become some of my closest friends in college!

For me, finally having the independence to actually take a road trip has been incredible. But having that kind of freedom in…

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The Thing About Romance Novels

The Thing About Romance Novels

The Problem with Romance Novels - Tirzah Magazine

I regret that I lost my innocence so young – that perception of the world that is pure, naïve, and trusting. I wish I had clung to it tighter and respected the boundaries that my parents set for me growing up.

I still remember the conversation so vividly. My dad sat on the edge of my bed, on top of my white coverlet that looked more like a big doily than a blanket (I was going through a really…

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You, Your Smartphone, and Jesus: Top 4 Free Devotional Apps

You, Your Smartphone, and Jesus: Top 4 Free Devotional Apps

You, Your Smartphone, and Jesus Top 4 Free Devotional Apps

I spent the past two years of college struggling to create a consistent prayer time that works for me. I found that I could not find an hour each day to spend studying the Bible or sitting in silent reflection. Additionally, I’m a religious studies major which means I am always reading religious academia so I don’t want something dense either.

My dilemma boiled down to this: How can I get myself…

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A New Stereotype: The College Christian

A New Stereotype: The College Christian

The College Christian - Tirzah Magazine

Trust me, I get it. As I approach my senior year in college, I can confidently say that school is filled with distractions. Advertisements are all over campus telling you to “join this,” “eat this,” “drink this,” “buy this,” and other false instructions for life. Even looking at a bulletin board on campus overwhelms me with so many flyers pinned up telling me how I should be living out my days…

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Witnessing to a Muslim Woman

Witnessing to a Muslim Woman

How to witness to women of other religions  - Tirzah Magazine

Once you’ve experienced the peace of Jesus, the first thing you want to do is share it. When you’re first saved, you often naively think if you just shout Jesus’s love from the rooftops, everyone will fall on their knees to worship their Maker.

Sadly, there are a lot of lies masquerading as truth and most people are firmly entrenched in the religion they are in. The religion might not meet the…

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To Be Humble Like Jesus

To Be Humble Like Jesus

To Be Humble Like Jesus - tirzah Magazine

When Jesus first spoke to His disciples all He said was, “Come. Follow me!” A simple command given to ordinary men, and a command also given to us.

Without need of an explanation, Christ calls us to trust Him because He has everything in His control. As my pastor once said, Christ scoops oceans in His hands, and I scoop ice cream in mine!

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined…

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Fruits of the Spirit: Love Does

Fruits of the Spirit: Love Does

A healthy tree bears good fruit.

Pretty simple, right? If that apple tree in your backyard is healthy, it is going to give you a nice crop of red or green apples. On the other hand, if there is an infestation of a parasite, your apples are going to be ruined. And no one wants to eat the apple with the nasty brown spot.

It is the same with Christians. A healthy Christian bears good fruit.Obviously…

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7 Things No One Ever Told Me About College

7 Things No One Ever Told Me About College

7 Things No One Ever Told Me About College - Tirzah Magazine

Going into my freshman year at Northwestern University, I was convinced that if I read enough books about it, my “college experience” would be a breeze. But God gave me a “college experience” (experience being the key word here) that was a far better teacher than any book.

So, darlings, if you’re headed off to hit the stacks and decorate your dorm room this fall, here are seven really important…

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Why Travel?

Why Travel - Tirzah Magazine

The heat was stifling as we sat in a sweat lodge pouring our hearts out to God. The air around me was so warm I could scarcely breathe. All around me people were forgetting themselves and their discomfort and calling out to the One who created us.

It was Tuba City, Arizona in 2004, and it was one of the most illuminating experiences of my life.

Travel. We do it every day. By car, by train, by…

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Tips to Stop Complaining

Tips to Stop Complaining

Tips to Stop Complaining - Tirzah Magazine

Complaining – we all do it every day. Whether it’s as simple as complaining about someone cutting you off at the mall, losing your job, or how your neighbor’s dog just won’t stop barking.

This summer my complaining has really been overboard, to put it nicely. I’m away from all my college friends so I complain about missing them. I’m privileged enough to get 40 hours a week at my jobs and I…

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She scares me because I believe in the strength of her passion. Beside her I worry that I’m fraudulent; that I’ve even conned myself into believing in my depth. Still I charge head-first through fear, because not trying is tragic, and I’m addicted to her influence.