Dec 30, 2016

How to Create an Effective Morning Routine


Daily routines are crucial for creating structure in our lives. When we have structure, we can form the healthy habits needed to be more effective managers of our time. As I mentioned in last week's post on seven ways to make time in our busy lives, this stability empowers us to make purposeful, transformational change in our lifestyle and way of thinking. In particular, my morning routine helps me start the day right. It gives me peace and stability (again, that structure is important!), and it gets me in the mindset to accomplish the tasks that I have before me that day.

Dec 27, 2016

Seven Ways to Make Time in Your Busy Schedule and Be Intentional With It


When I talk about all the things I'm doing, students tell me I'm superhuman, and friends tell me that they wish they had the time that I do. The reality is that, as a new teacher entering the workplace, I've been that person who takes work home and doesn't have time for people.

So how then have I reached a place where I am able to be present in my work and also exercise 150 minutes a week, do daily devotions, engage with Bible Study Fellowship, volunteer at church, write weekly blog posts, read from a book every night, study Christian theology, and connect with friends?

Dec 13, 2016

How Do I Discern the Things of God?


Coming back to faith, I struggled with discerning the things of heaven from the things of earth. I still lived in a very worldly mindset. Though I desired God's love and peace, I wanted even more to fulfill the sinful desires of my heart.

The greater culture teaches us to be selfish, greedy, and prideful. We are told to worry about ourselves and our own first and foremost instead of pursuing something greater than ourselves. To do the latter would be foolish, for it requires sacrificing ourselves, a self-destructive act (in the eyes of the world) that may not even make a large impact. Even then, it is that individual's loss, for he or she gets nothing material out of that selfless act. Instead, we are taught to prioritize self-achievement and to covet more and more. After all, we can never have enough fame, wealth, or possessions to flaunt.

Given the culture we live in, can we never be satisfied as long as we live?

Dec 3, 2016

5 Reasons We Cannot Live on Faith Alone


I don't need to read the Bible or go to church!

This statement reflects the ideology of many young Christians today. With so many churches popping up, it is too easy to fall into the consumer mindset. We shop around for churches, and when we don't find one whose ideologies align with our own, we decide that we don't need a church family. From there, we may decide that we don't need to read the Bible either because—isn't enough that I already believe in Jesus?