Month: June 2016

To Tithe or Not to Tithe???

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I’m going to share the story that goes with this text between my lil big bro and I. The other day I was going over my finances and said, whoa! My balance should have been 0, but I was still in the black. I told Carlos, I don’t know how ( I do know how though) I’m not in the red, in the overdrawn, etc? I said, the last of my money is stretched to the last possible minute. He laughed and he said that happens with him too. The following day I was going through my bills and sat there calculating and recalculating and said to myself, “Well if I didn’t tithe this check, I’d be ok I think.” As I started to cook, I began to talk to God and finally said, “God, I know I’m supposed to tithe every check, but I’m nervous about this week, would it be ok if I didn’t tithe this week?” SILENCE…(crickets). I continued on with my daily “this and that happened” conversation with Him and as I was standing over the stove, I heard “trust” run through my thoughts. I heard it, but didn’t pay attention, or I didn’t want to hear that. So, today I prayed in the morning and said, “God, I need clarity about my tithing question, please.” Later on I thought to ask lil big bro. As you can read the text between us. He didn’t know what I had asked God nor that God had sent me the single word, “trust”, to me the same day. I laughed out loud at my desk when I saw his reply because sometimes, as we say, God got jokes. Don’t ask me why I even asked this question. I should have never let doubt enter my mind. I said to myself, “wow Andi, He’s come through for you always, no matter what, He will continue.” He’s always been faithful to me, I should be as well.

So to answer the question, to tithe or not to tithe? Of course I am. Always put Him first, always trust that He will bring you through, no matter what. Sometimes he tests us, to make sure our hearts and faith are with Him. God bless you all!

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With My Eyes Wide Open Book Review

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With My Eyes Wide Open is about the author, Brian “Head” Welch, who is one of  the founders of the nu-metal group Korn. He tells of his life after he decided to leave the group Korn to raise his daughter full time. His struggles after he came to Christ, but shows and displays his faith throughout the book. Especially through his struggles.

I really enjoyed this book. I read it in 2 days. I could completely identify with Brian and his struggles with raising his daughter alone. The story is told in the first person and in almost a journal written style. He shares his every thought, good and bad. This book was, for me, exceptional. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. I could really feel his pain that he felt. I could also feel his joy when he spoke of the Holy Spirit. I know he’s had a lot of criticism because of where he came from (Korn), what he did, and how he looks. As you can see on the book cover, he’s not your average looking Joe. But this is why I loved this book, he shows you how Jesus loves you no matter what you have done, where you have been, and most of all no matter what you look like. He has a mission for Brian and I will be praying for him the whole way!

I recommend this book if you want to see and read about God’s saving grace, if you want to jump out of your seat and cheer, sit back and think about your own redemption, or simply want to know Brian and his struggles. I highly recommend this book. Two thumbs up!!!!

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I was sent this complimentary copy of the book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.