Charitable Giving

Today, I found some very interesting tidbits about our presidential candidates and democratic vice presidential candidate, in the area of charitable giving. Sarah Palin’s tax return has not yet been released to the public.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s tax return indicated that the most he has ever given personally to charitable causes was 5.8% – 6.1%.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Bidens has been “amazingly tight-fisted” in his charitable giving.  Despite income ranging from $210,432 – $321,379 over the ten-year period, the Bidens have given 0.06% – 0.31% of their income. In 1999, the Bidens gave just $120 to charity. It blows my mind that a couple earning over $200,000 per year would give just $2 per week to charity.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s tax returns show that he gave 27.3% – 28.6% of his income to charity in 2006-2007.  During the same period, the Obamas’ tax returns show that they gave 5.8% – 6.1% of their income to charity.

I know this is not a deal-maker/breaker, but I think it speaks volumes about a person’s character. I believe that the amount of giving reveals the degree of self-centeredness of the individual. Do they really care about others or do they really just love themselves?

So where is your heart? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Women of Faith Conference

Sponge. My mind was a like that of a sponge the last couple of days. I attended the Women of Faith Conference, and I was blown away by so many truths that were spoken to so many women. I don’t know how many women actually “got it,” but I walked away from it being not only refreshed but blessed, challenged, and changed.

If you haven’t heard of Women of Faith, it is a 2 day conference to that speak to the hearts of Christian women. The conference teaches and encourages women through several main speakers, various guest speakers, powerful worship, skits, dramas, etc. Worship led by Nicole C. Mullen was incredible, and I was moved to tears of joy! We took the MARTA the first day, and the subway was packed full of women! There weren’t any men in sight for miles, it was hilarious! The Philips arena was also packed with women in various stages of spiritual walks. I prayed that they would “get it” and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This year’s theme was “Infinite Grace.” I cried, I laughed my head off, and I learned a great deal of what it means to be totally fulfilled by God’s grace. I learned so much about faith and was deeply inspired to use my faith to make a difference. They spoke a lot on faith, but the greatest thing that I experienced during the conference was POWER. I witnessed God’s power in the Word. I saw God’s power in people, as they spoke, shared, and sang. I felt God’s power in me.

I was drenched in amazement by God’s power and grace.