Spiritual Growth

Mood booster or just a little encouraging nudge from art in words will give hope for any occasion.

What Do You See?

See-Chispa Magazine-Kuan-Yin Timothee

It is amazing to look at people each day. Depending on your mood, you notice the beauty in someone’s face, you detect their style. Your mood, your attitude about the person, and your disposition will determine the perception of the person formed in your mind.  Think about the person in Dunkin’ Donuts who ordered a…

Whine Wednesday or Wise Wednesday?

Whine Wednesday-Mavian Arocha-Rowe-Chispa Magazine

“I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “And, I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in…

When Your Love Tank is Empty

Love Tank is Empty-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

Valentine’s Day has been here and gone. Tradition called for the perfect romantic experience. In preparation you binged-watched Hallmark movies. Both you and your partner did your part to make that happen… the card, the flowers, the chocolates, and the dinner. Yes, it would be the perfect day. Today you look back and wonder why perfect didn’t…

The Truth Without Love

The Truth With Love-Ashley Trammel-Chispa Magazine

Last week, we talked about the idea of speaking love without truth and how, through Jesus’ example, we are free to be both fully, not the balance of each. We recognized that love has to be accompanied by truth to be truly loving. This week, I want us to explore how truth has to be…

Running on Empty

Running On Empty-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

How far can you drive your vehicle on empty? My husband would cringe at that question. His response would be, “Why would you let it run that low?” A fair question. I have no answers, at least not any that would explain it. Quite frankly, I just don’t think about it. This is not new…

Bathtime for Your Conscience

Bathtime for Your Conscience-Mavian Arocha-Rowe-Chispa Magazine

Ask yourself: Is your conscience clear? Whether it’s a fall-out with a friend, a lie you’ve been caught with yet blame the other for their questioning, or bitterness inside is seeping through your pores and rather than “deal” with its root cause, you continue to fake it.  Seeking Him says, “If we have wronged another,…

Love Without Truth Isn’t Loving at All

Love WIthout Truth-Chispa Magazine

Let me paint a picture for you. You’re walking on a road and you see a friend driving. They pull over for some small talk, a quick catch-up, and then they’re on their way. Now, you know that the road is closed ahead; the bridge has collapsed and they will head right into a ravine…

I Was Called a Racist

called racist-ashley trammel-chispa magazine

Yes, I was called a racist. It cut me to my core to be called that. She called me a homophobe as well. I cried my eyes out. It hurt me profoundly. To be fair, this girl doesn’t really know me. We did know each other not too long ago. In fact, she is family.…

Whose Time Are You On?

Time-Kuan-Yin T Timothee-Chispa Magazine

Often we measure what needs to be done by what we have left. “How old are we” or “what have we done” are often the qualifiers and quantifiers of our life accomplishments. By this age—X should happen, when you have this (physical object)—-Y is the status obtained. But God measures things differently. He made a…