About Live Mercifully
Hello, thank you for visiting! Live Mercifully is a blog / Youtube channel / ministry that exists to inspire mercy toward all living beings, especially those with no voice, like the animals. We are dedicated to encouraging and equipping people to move toward a merciful, God-honoring, healthy, plant-based lifestyle. But it's about more than just what we eat. It's about making merciful choices in all areas, which honors God, others, and this world that we were given stewardship over.
- Being merciful and respectful to other living beings is God's will for us. (Luke 6:36)
- The horrible cruelty that goes on in the animal industries needs to be exposed and stopped.
- God's original and ideal diet for mankind was non-violent and plant-based. (Genesis 1:29-30)
- In the end, the peace and harmony that existed in the beginning will be restored, and be even better than before. (Isaiah 11:6-9). Since that is God's ideal, and we are moving in that direction anyway, let us start now.
I will be sharing scriptures, quotes, my thoughts, recipes, tips, and testimonies to inspire people to move toward a merciful, aware and plant-based lifestyle.
Who's Behind Live Mercifully?
Hi, I'm Lily! I founded Live Mercifully in 2016, as part of my health/ spiritual growth journey. Almost my entire life I ate the standard American diet (SAD). I was addicted to sugar (I drank Coca-Cola like it was water) and on top of all that, I almost never exercised.
In 2014, things started to change. I began to realize that God cares not only about our mental and spiritual health, but our physical health too. I had chronic fatigue, a weak immune system, and my unhealthy lifestyle started to affect my productivity. At that point, I knew I had to do something different. That was the beginning of my journey.
For the first year or so, I quit all refined sugar, stopped eating junk food and processed food, I added a lot more fruits and vegetables to my diet, and began drinking a lot of water. But at that time, I was still eating meat and dairy.
I started stumbling upon a lot of vegan videos on youtube, mainly because I was looking for information on healthy foods, smoothie recipes and things like that.
Then one day, while watching a vegan video, I was exposed to some very graphic video footage of the horrible abuse animals go through, to end up on our plate. There wasn't even a warning... they just snuck the footage in there (probably because they knew that if they warned people, many would not watch it) What I saw horrified me and broke my heart. At that point, I was confronted with the reality that I was contributing to that cruelty, by eating meat and dairy.
I asked myself... can I continue to eat animals, if I could never kill one myself? How can I continue to eat meat if I can't even bear to look at the violent process that takes place?
I also thought about something that I already knew, on some level, but hadn’t really confronted in a serious way. In Genesis 1, it is clear that God's original diet for mankind did not include meat. It was never God's heart for us to eat or abuse animals. God loves animals too. After all, they are His creation.
So almost overnight, I decided to go plant-based... but at the beginning, I still occasionally ate seafood now and then, so I guess I went pescetarian at first. A few months later, I stopped eating seafood too.
So how did Live Mercifully come about? God has been putting it on my heart, to share all the things I've learned, and to be a voice for those who have no voice, which includes (but is not limited to) the animals. I'm doing this from a Christian perspective, which I've noticed seems to be rare, in the vegan community.
I want Live Mercifully to encourage people to think about how the choices we make affect not only our own health, but the lives of innocent beings, and our world in general.
Jesus said “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Join us today in living mercifully. You will be blessed yourself, and a blessing to others.