3 Reasons We Need More Transparency in the Church

In Bible study, we focus on answering the questions in the book. In Sunday School, we discuss prayer requests about our travels and job transitions. In small group, we talk about the weather, sports, or politics. But, believers are not going to grow in their faith by talking about the weather, sports, or politics.

How to Transform Your Thought Life

The problem with focusing on our smartphones, relationships, struggles, or anything else is that we take our eyes off Jesus. Instead of making Him our first thought and our last thought, we think about Him when it’s easy or convenient. But that’s not how we’re called to live—or think.

Saying Hello—and Doing Other Hard Things When I Don’t Feel Like It

What if ____________ (fill in the blank with a biblical command) isn’t about if we feel like it? I admit that I act based on how I feel a lot. If reading my Bible is convenient, I’ll open it up. If being encouraging to a friend is comfortable, I’ll do it. If saying no to temptation is easy, I will. But that’s not how God designed for His people to live.

What No One Ever Tells You about Insecurity

There’s no way to avoid insecurity or delay it. We can’t expect it to go away when we get older, and we can’t better ourselves so that we no longer experience it. But here's the truth about insecurity that nobody has told you.

How to Stop Isolating Yourself

Being alone isn’t sinful, but neglecting our time with other believers is (Hebrews 10:25). Not only can we glean encouragement from other Christians, but we can—and should—encourage them also. We’re all hearing the same kinds of lies from Satan, and we’re all called to obey the same Truth.

Who You Might Be Neglecting at Church

She was a humble servant. Every week, she sat at the church piano and played beautiful music as the congregation sang along. She didn’t demand attention or praise, but without her, it would’ve been difficult to worship during services. For weeks, months, and years, she served faithfully. But I don’t know if she was thanked... Continue Reading →

Bouncy Curls and Meaningful Hymns, Revised

I originally published this post on March 3, 2016 (https://tizziestidbits.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/bouncy-curls-and-meaningful-hymns/). I have revised and edited it since then. Enjoy! Supposedly, worship is more than us just singing the words of beloved songs but is us thinking about the words we’re singing. Usually, when I sit down after we’ve sung a few praise songs in church,... Continue Reading →

Five Ways to Have the Best VBS Ever

It’s officially summer, which means vacation Bible school for many churches (which usually means a lot of moaning, groaning, and whining from all the leaders involved). But VBS doesn’t have to be frustrating, cheesy, or challenging. By following these easy suggestions, you can make vacation Bible school go a lot smoother: If possible, help with... Continue Reading →

Different and the Same?

Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4). I came across this verse today and had an idea for a... Continue Reading →

Bouncy Curls and Meaningful Hymns

My youth pastor said that worship is more than just singing the words. We need to be thinking about the words. When I sit down every week after we’ve sung a few praise songs in church, my though process is similar to this: Seriously? Did I really just zone out for all of those songs?... Continue Reading →

Burnt-Out Blues

In my last post, I talked about serving, and I touched on the topic of being burnt out. What is this syndrome that many Christians seem to have? It’s when you help with every service, Bible study, club, group, and church event and become so tired of helping all the time that you stop helping... Continue Reading →

Weary and Wondering

Why am I the only one doing this? Why are those kids playing games while I’m working? Doesn’t anyone realize what I’m doing? Has everyone suddenly become unable to move? These are the thoughts that commonly cross my mind as I serve in the church. And I hope I’m not the only one. To be... Continue Reading →

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