What is Branhamism?

In my book, “Where the Willow Weeps”, I share my story of how I grew up in a cult, left it, and found freedom in Christ. In the next several YouTube videos (this blog/video included), I will recount that story, in less detail than my book, to give ya’ll a summary and get a chance […]

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God’s attitude on depression

What is God’s attitude on depression? I mentioned in my last blog post that the supposedly “Christian” leader of the cult I grew up in taught that people with depression were not Christians. His foundation for this was that Christians are supposed to be “Joyful” and “Blessed”.1 (see quote in post footnotes) What He said […]

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Why I’m passionate about mental illness

In this blog post, I’ll share my experience with how Christianity and mental have illness overlapped, and why I care so much about it. If you’ve been around a minute you might know that I struggle with clinical anxiety and have gone through seasons of depression in the past, but this alone is not why […]

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I started a Youtube Channel

Picture of me holding a mug, I'm wearing a black shirt and am smiling brightly at the camera. The image has the words overlaid, "Welcome to my Youtube channel".

The other day I was thinking about how my blog and social media has shifted over the years since I started and I asked myself, what is my focus? I wrote a memoir about leaving a cult and now I’m writing a devotional book for people who struggle with anxiety or depression. Do those things […]

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I will speak the truth

Illustrated picture by Charity Wottrich depicting a time that she had a panic attack after some particularly hard pushback in light of her upcoming book release.

In this blog post I reflect on writing my first book, “Where the Willow Weeps”, my story growing up in the cult of Branhamism (otherwise known as The Message) and how I found freedom in Christ. In this post I talk about some of the backlash I got in response to my memoir and my motivation for writing it in the first place.

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Stop Skipping Sabbath Rest

Stop Skipping Sabbath Rest | Christian Blog Post | This Artist's Life Co

I’ve been convicted periodically the past couple of years about sabbath rest, and how I don’t take it or seek it out. Yes, that’s right, this post is as much for me as it is for you. I’ve found my tendency to run to things of this world, my art, my writing, a TV show, […]

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Surrendering to God When I didn’t Trust Him Yet

Surrendering to God When I didn’t Trust Him Yet | This Artist's Life Co

In this blog post I wanted to share a small part of my testimony, surrendering to God when I wasn’t sure I could trust Him. I’ve been especially thankful lately for how He’s transformed me by His grace; how He’s changed me since I left the cult and especially the past couple of years. It […]

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A Covid-19 Wedding Day

A covid-19 Wedding Day | Charity Rissler Wottrich | This Artist's Life

We were supposed to get married on Memorial Day, May 25th, but because of this pandemic we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our big wedding celebration. This was hard for both of us… it didn’t seem fair to me. Something like an extravagant (or on a budget) wedding felt like a society […]

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Is This The End of the World?

Is this the end of the world? This Artist's Life

  It is not everyday that a pandemic interrupts what we call normal. It is not everyday that people wear masks and hide in their homes. Not everyday that the economy collapses. It’s not everyday that you worry if you or someone you love might get a deadly disease.    Yet that seems to be […]

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