Learning to Joyfully Tithe Even When It Hurts Your Wallet

Learning to Joyfully Tithe

“Don’t forget tithing,” my husband said. We were making a new budget. The last check from my most recent writing gig had already been spent. Our savings had taken a hit from taxes. I stared at the numbers I had written on a scrap of paper before me. I let out a sigh as I subtracted 10% of our earnings from the already dwindling total. What we were left with made my stomach churn. How on earth were we supposed to survive? If we didn’t tithe this month, I thought, then we’d be so much more comfortable. We could save some money for the vacation we had already agreed to go on with my parents this summer. We could put a little away to help rebuild our savings. But no, we both knew we needed to tithe. There was no way around it.  Continue reading “Learning to Joyfully Tithe Even When It Hurts Your Wallet”

Finding meaning in “Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning”

 

"Twenty-Two" by Allison Trowbridge
Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning by Allison Trowbridge

When I was 22, Taylor Swift was too. Her song “22”, was blasted on the radio, and I’d sing along, because it was catchy, and to me a bit satirical. It didn’t depict my experiences, or reality for that matter. It wasn’t a mantra I identified with anymore than I identified with Taylor Swift herself. At first, that’s how I felt about Allison Trowbridge’s book, Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning. Continue reading “Finding meaning in “Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning””

Knowing the Sound of God’s Heartbeat

One of the most amazing sounds is hearing the heartbeat of someone you love. It’s thrilling and weird, yet comforting and deeply intimate. We all have heartbeats, the mechanical working of our hearts pumping blood through our system. But the heart is so much more than that. The heartbeat is a sound of comfort, joy, and life. It’s the melody of our inner being. Full of love and passion, it’s the deepest resonance of our souls. There are things that make your heart skip a beat. That make it swell with love. As we experience these things, so too does God and His own heart.  Continue reading “Knowing the Sound of God’s Heartbeat”

When We Can't Worship

There are times when worshipping God is difficult. Pain, disappointment, failure, unanswered prayer; it all can affect our worship and view of God. You might feel like God isn’t so good after all, like He’s forgotten you, or maybe doesn’t love you as much as you thought He did. Our ability to worship freely can be inhibited by a damaged belief about God. Whatever your situation, I can relate.  Continue reading “When We Can't Worship”

When You Step Out of God’s Love

 

My Twitter is exploding. My Facebook is blowing up. So many shares, witty remarks, and thought provoking articles it sends my head spinning. I can’t keep up. I’m drowning in the news, the think pieces, the opinion columns, the fast pace churn-it-out-before-the-idea-goes-cold-and-we-move-on-to-the-next-thing articles. I’m gasping for air, surrounded by words that seem better than mine, more talented than mine. And instead of letting it all wash over me, I’ve let it crush me under its tidal wave of Times New Roman and Helvetica. In the midst of this pounding tide, I’ve been swept out to sea, and I’ve lost sight of the Heavenly Shore.  Continue reading “When You Step Out of God’s Love”

Renewed Vision

At some point over the last year, I fell prey to the comforts of provision, something that is rather tempting to a writer. Unfortunately, writing takes time, and doesn’t make you much money. When you’ve used to living on scraps and pulling together loose change from the couch cushions, a constant income is welcomed. The thing is, while I was prosperous and “making it” as a writer, I found my creative outlets suffering, like my personal projects, aka this blog, and my real writing passions wither. Continue reading “Renewed Vision”

A New Day

With the polls still coming in and my hopes being dashed I went to bed, knowing I would wake up to tragedy. And I did, at 4 am. I cried, my eyes blurring as the image of Donald Trump smeared across the screen. My heart sunk. I read article after article, trying to wrap my mind around what was happening. I lay in bed, tired, worn out, downtrodden, the reality of today dancing in my head, squirming in my stomach, aching in my heart. This man, who embodied hate, is now our 45th President, and America put him there. It’s hard not to scream. Not to tear out my hair. All I could think about was Samuel. This must be how Samuel felt when Israel demanded a king. Continue reading “A New Day”

Get Heated, We're Talking Politics

 

In the United States, we are blessed with the responsibility to vote and make this country better. But sometimes, as Christians, we confuse our religious agenda with what’s actually best for the USA. During an election, our political party can overshadow our identity as children of God, whether we lean to the left or to the right. Hot topics like gun control, abortion, gay marriage, rights for minorities and women, rape, the death penalty, and religious freedom stir the pot quicker than any other topic. If you want to ruin a party, bring up politics. So I guess I’m going to ruin this party.

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