“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”
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”
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”
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”
Church shopping. I’m currently in the throws of it and desperately think we need a new term. If there’s one out there that’s less consumer driven, please let me know. While I have a number of things that factor into whether or not I’ll come back to a particular church during the search, it really only comes down to one thing. Continue reading “Am I Being Too Critical + The Dreaded Church Shopping”
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.
Moving complete. Wedding over. Honeymoon finished. Blogger absence finito. Leaving things hanging here at Spirited Life was a conscious decision. Life was moving so fast and I needed to take time to soak it all up, get in those last memories and time with friends before everything changed forever. Continue reading “An Update”
I Will Not Spell L-O-V-E Like HATE, a Poem Continue reading “I Will Not Spell L-O-V-E Like HATE”
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So often we’re told to read our Bibles, but why? What is it that makes Scripture so important? For some, scripture can be viewed as stuffy and archaic, for others it’s too theoretical and conceptual, and for many of us, it’s a rule book waiting to bash you over the head at the first sign of sin. We need to understand what it is that makes Scripture worthwhile, we need an explanation to it.
Here are 8 reasons what Scripture is and the benefits that are waiting for you. Continue reading “Scripture Is…”