Hello! My name is Aylin Merck. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Our family makes our home in a city on the desert in the Middle East. My husband and I have two daughters and a son. Originally from the Dominican Republic, I have moved cross culturally multiple times.
Welcoming people into our home, savoring food with friends, enjoying (rare but wonderful) slow mornings filled with coffee and books, writing, listening to the sound of rain, and, running are some of my very favorite things.
I love words, I love the Word (both written and Incarnate), I love theology and I love life. Writing brings it all together. Passionate for both theology and biblical counseling, I am compelled to encourage women with the truth of who God is for them in Jesus Christ.
Why I write:
I am a hope-spiller. Probably because I am a recovering perfectionist and quite prone to seek hope within myself, I continually need to be buoyed up by the realization that hope is a person who lives in and through me. My husband loves to say that the ministry that God does in us is the one he wants to do through us. Since the ministry that I need the most is for God to feed my hope in Christ, hope in Christ is what tends to spill over in my writing.
I am also a joy-sharer. John Piper wrote, “The happiness we find in God reaches its consummation when it is shared with others…” As God keeps revealing the beauty of His Son, opening my eyes to all the grace there is in the world around me, healing my shame and satisfying my heart over and over again, it completes my joy to share it with others. So I write: for both yours and mine joy in Jesus Christ.
I am conversation starter. I love life-giving conversation. I have had to learn the art of small talk because my tendency is to go deep **real fast** (not awkward at all. Ever.) I like to ask lots of questions. I write not only to be known but also to know you. So this blog is a conversation starter. I would love to hear your thoughts, learn from your insights, as we grow together.
I am one with Christ. If there is one overarching reality that has gripped my heart over the past few years is that I am one with Christ. More and more I am seeing how this reality impacts every part of my life. I learn by writing and so, this blog is one of the ways I think through union with Christ as a global nomad, as a wife, as a mom, and as a beloved daughter that is journeying Home.