Modern Christian Lifestyle https://modernchristianlifestyle.com Encouraging Christian believers in their walk of faith. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:18:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/favicon-large-2-1-150x150.png Modern Christian Lifestyle https://modernchristianlifestyle.com 32 32 163084679 Whisper Reading Proverbs 15:28-29 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/whisper-reading-proverbs-15-28-29/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:57:10 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2750 Introducing Christian ASMR Whisper reading Proverbs 15:28-29 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the …

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Introducing Christian ASMR
Whisper reading Proverbs 15:28-29

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

The Lord is far from the wicked
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

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Music Discovery: Wild Earth’s Era Regnum https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/music-discovery-wild-earth-era-regnum/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:05:30 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2727 If you love indie-alternative music even half as much as me, then you’ll be stoked to hear...

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If you love indie-alternative music even half as much as me, then you’ll be stoked to hear about an up and coming band that fits these qualifications. But what makes this band more special than a standard Kings of Leon, Foster the People, or Radiohead (while nothing about these bands is quite standard at all), is that they come together as a group to worship the Lord. 

What started as a project in Phoenix, AZ back in 2013 became Wild Earth, and the group just released a new album that you absolutely must listen to, titled Era Regnum.

“‘Regnum’ is latin for ‘kingdom,’” Micah Bentley, one of the band’s founders explained. “We began releasing songs that were all part of an era of our music that was focused on and inspired by thoughts of the ‘kingdom of Jesus.’ Each song is a thought or prayer into the reality of God’s present kingdom of love that is here and now, at work in our world, and is a radical alternative to the other kingdoms of this world.”

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This is not the band’s first rodeo, however. The band’s formation began with Bentley partnering with his friend Jason Richard in order to create music and worship that was both honest and provoking.

“[We wanted to] create music that reflected the wild, creative, and counter-culture life with God in his creation and could exist in the space of tension between ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ divides,” Bentley said. “The two of us formed this band with some other musician friends around us, and I’d say that’s when the project truly began.”

Bentley described one of the early victories being able to release the project to God and to fully entrust it to him without being concerned about the success or failure of it.

“This took away any need to be competitive with other artists, but instead be a blessing to other bands and people in the music community, allowed us to give some of our work away for free, and just be open to opportunities God provided as they came,” Bentley said. “Being reminded of the purpose and vision of the band definitely encourages us to press forward creatively and authentically, not feeling like we have to do things the way others have done them, but doing things with intentionality.”

Check out Wild Earth’s new album Era Regnum below, and it’s also available for purchase through Apple Music!

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27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/27-things-ive-learned-in-27-years/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:02:17 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2646 Today’s my 27th birthday! It’s hard to believe I’m officially in my late 20s. How time flies! Yet, people often …

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Today’s my 27th birthday! It’s hard to believe I’m officially in my late 20s. How time flies! Yet, people often tell me I don’t look a day older than my early 20s. LOL. I’ll take all the compliments I can get.

This blog post is simply to reflect on what stuck out to me the most in my life this past year. I have so much to be grateful for and I truly look forward to all the wonderful things 27 have in store for me. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  1. The best years of my life are just starting: It’s ok to make mistakes and to start over again. If you don’t like something in your life it’s never to late to change it.
  2. Let go and let God: There are situations in your life which you simply can’t control and you just have to step back and let God step in ( and let him take care it.)
  3. Coffee is my friend: To be honest, I used to not know how to make coffee until I started my first job out of college. LOL.
  4. Never stop learning: it’s important to keep learning, whether that’s getting a new job certification or learning a new language.
  5. Travel bucket list: I’ve been back to my birthstate California twice, our nation’s capital D.C. twice, Savannah, Charleston, Paris and some parts of England. There’s many more cities, states and countries I’ve yet to see and experience!
  6. Absence makes the heart grow fonder: I say this one because last summer I was visiting family and friends in California and that was the first time me and my boyfriend were away from each for a long time (10 days!)
  7. Apologize: This is hard to do, but I guaranteed once you’ve apologized no matter how big or small the issue is you definitely feel better.
  8. Just buy the shoes: I’m the type of person that will contemplate over and over again on purchasing shoes or anything in general. Sometimes, you just gotta be kind to yourself and get the shoes. 🙂
  9. The things you regret most in life are the ones you don’t do: Lately, I’ve been telling myself to live more in the present and just do it.
  10. Love hard: Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know what life can unexpectedly bring.
  11. Being proud of my achievements big or small: I passed my CPC certification exam 2 months ago and although that has absolutely nothing to do with my college major I’m proud of myself because it’ll open up new doors in the future.
  12. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me: Sometimes it’s best to be the bigger person and recognize a messy person for who they are and completely remove them from your life.
  13. Counting my blessings: It’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have and forget to appreciate what we DO have.
  14. Taking a chance: Don’t like your job? Update your resume and apply to new ones. Met someone new? Get to know them, it just might be the best thing to happen to you. 😉
  15. Loving myself: My favorite me time is giving myself a pedi and applying a facial mask.
  16. Being there for my friends: In times of need or simply because 🙂
  17. Wearing lipstick: Every time I put some on, I instantly feel 100 times better!
  18. Working out: Can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I joined the gym and see how much improvement I’ve made.
  19. Being proud of my culture: Both my parents are Mexican and yes I was born in America. So that makes me Mexican-American. Some days I was tacos del asada and other days I want a fat juicy cheeseburger! LOL
  20. Learn to give better directions: I can’t give directions to save my life. HAHA
  21. Loving my hair: I have such thick, curly hair that’s a pain but the days where I get compliments make me feel lucky to have my hair!
  22. Being patient: Lately I’ve seen a lot of my friends get engaged, buy homes, move out with their significant others or get married. Don’t worry, your time will come in God’s timing.
  23. Be myself: There’s no one else who’s better at being you other than YOU! Some people will like you and some will not. Guess what?! IT’S OKAY.
  24. Making God happy: Sometimes it becomes easier to make things about yourself and forget to make one on one time with Him. All it takes is a simple prayer, reading the bible, listening to a good sermon, or even just reflecting on his goodness.
  25. Moisturize: I don’t know how I went so long without a good moisturizer!
  26. Taking more pictures: I love photography but there’s certain events I wish I’d taken more photos of.
  27. Blog more/write more: I love coming across other bloggers or other writers and hope to meet some of you in the real world!

Love,

Patty xoxo

Source:  “27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years” – By Patricia Cisneros

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Top 10 Best Feel Good Songs https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/top-10-best-feel-good-songs/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:46:31 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2623 Whether you’re looking to upgrade your wake up playlist, or just for something upbeat to blast with your friends, these …

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Whether you’re looking to upgrade your wake up playlist, or just for something upbeat to blast with your friends, these songs are sure to get you feeling good, and that energy is contagious.

“Happy” – Pharrell

Probably the first song you thought about feeling happy, this catchy hit made its debut in Despicable Me 2, and has been making us happy ever since.

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake

Funny how the first two songs on this list were featured in children’s films, this one appearing in Dreamworks’ Trolls. Something about kids’ movie soundtracks definitely got us feeling pretty good.

I got this feelin’ inside my bones
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone

“Sucker” – Jonas Brothers

If you grew up in the era of Jonas Brothers, then you too, like me, were way too stoked for their new album to come out just earlier this year, a solid six years after their last studio album. Actively can’t get this one out of my head actually.

I’m a sucker for you
You say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly
I’m a sucker for you, yeah
Any road you take, you know that you’ll find me
I’m a sucker for all the subliminal things
No one knows about you (about you) about you (about you)
And you’re making the typical me break my typical rules
It’s true, I’m a sucker for you, yeah

“Brighter Than the Sun” – Colbie Caillat

All of Colbie Caillat’s music just screams summer time and summer vibes, giving me the sudden urge to head to the beach and catch some rays with those I love before returning to reality.

I swear you hit me like a vision
I wasn’t expecting
But who am I to tell fate where it’s supposed to go?
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, we could be the stars, falling from the sky
Shining how we want, brighter than the sun, yeah

“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay

Few know that this song was produced and written in part by Avicii, electronic musician, DJ, and songwriter (RIP). This song is sure to get you up and dancing with your friends, I guarantee it.

‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you
‘Cause you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
You’re such a heavenly view

“Good Life” – OneRepublic

You’ve probably heard this song on various travel commercials and advertisements, because it subliminally places you in a feel-good mood before you can even change the channel from the ad.

When you’re happy like a fool
Let it take you over
When everything is out
You gotta take it in

“Pocketful of Sunshine” – Natasha Bedingfield

The title itself is enough to get you in your happy place and remind you that you, too, can have a pocketful of sunshine. What do you really think she means by that? You can ponder this with your friends as you belt out the lyrics on the way home next time.

There’s a place that I go,
That nobody knows.
Where the rivers flow,
And I call it home.
And there’s no more lies.
In the darkness, there’s light.
And nobody cries.
There’s only butterflies.

“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors

This was most likely already a song you played internally to feel good without you even realizing it. You probably also didn’t even know the name of the song, or the band. You’re welcome.

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz

Similar to Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz has a way of giving all who listen the sudden urge to go backpacking on an island somewhere, and this song does exactly that for me. Hard to believe it came out over ten years ago, but it’s a timeless classic.

I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and I laughed
I guess what I been saying is there ain’t no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It’s what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

“It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons

If you don’t feel super motivated to do big and great things after hearing this song, then you probably were just listening to it, but not really listening to it. From the beat of the song to the lyrics, all aspects of this song will leave you feeling good.

The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check
I don’t ever want to let you down
I don’t ever want to leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night
It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
I’m never changing who I am

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Because Christ Is Love https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/because-christ-is-love/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:55:43 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2603 Paul and I, we’ve been lawfully married for 10 years. To others, that’s epic. Ten amazing years of devoting ourselves …

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Paul and I, we’ve been lawfully married for 10 years. To others, that’s epic. Ten amazing years of devoting ourselves to one another. Ten fruitful years of building a family. Ten memorable years as life partners. We’ve stuck it out through the best and the worst times. To most people, we had a strong marriage. What most people don’t know is that there was a void in our relationship —a void we couldn’t explain.

Every time our closest friends ask us whether we still plan to do a church wedding, we’d always say “yes”, but when we were pressed with the question “when?”, we always found ourselves with an indefinite answer. Expenses then come to mind, and immediately we feel intimidated because planning for a wedding can take a toll on our finances. When we think about our priorities, we become so overwhelmed by our responsibilities, so we always end up setting our church wedding plans aside.

But Jesus saw we wanted Him in. He saw our pure desire to be blessed by Him and receive the sacrament of matrimony. And because He is ever merciful, He presented to us the possibility of a simple mass wedding organised by our BCBP Cebu Northeast family.

Initially, we didn’t recognise it was Jesus knocking on our hearts. We held on to our ideals, how we wanted our wedding to transpire. We didn’t want a lavish wedding, but we wanted to see our family and closest friends there to celebrate with us. We were so caught up with what we wanted instead of asking Jesus what His plan was for us.

But Jesus never gave up on us. He sent a dear friend to tell us that church weddings are about Him and not about us –that we should come to Him in all humility and set pride aside; that in a moment so sacred, He only needs our pure hearts and our willingness to pursue Him; that He is calling us to put ourselves into deeper waters and to fully trust in His plan; and that He will provide and make a way for us.

Exactly three weeks ago, Paul and I walked down the aisle. And for the first time in our lives, we felt truly united, truly bound as one.

True to His promise, Christ took care of everything. From the church requirements to the reception, He took care of it all. We didn’t have to worry about anything. We didn’t have to spend for anything. Paul just used his old barong tagalog, while I just wore a simple white dress which I already owned. All we had to do was to show up with open hearts. All He wanted was for us to focus on Him and let Him be God.

We figured that Christ was the missing piece in our marriage, and that void was there because we hadn’t allowed Christ to fill it up.

We realised that the happiness we felt during our first ten years together was nothing compared to the happiness we have felt during that very moment when our union was blessed by our Heavenly Father.

We realised that Christ is the only one who can satisfy our longings, and if we just took the time to empty ourselves, He will fill us with grace and wonder. If we just surrender everything upon Him, He will show us how amazing our lives can turn out.

On the day of our church wedding, Christ completed us. He renewed our hearts and made us one. He delivered us from sin and redirected our lost hearts to a path He so desired for us. We didn’t deserve any of it, but He did it all for us simply because He is LOVE.

Note: This post was originally written three weeks after our church wedding day and posted on a website I previously owned. Reposting this today, on our 1st church wedding anniversary, to let the world know of the glorious and victorious work of Christ in our marriage.

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5 Extraordinary Paths Worth Exploring https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/5-extraordinary-paths-worth-exploring/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 18:48:10 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2565 Are you a believer and an adventure enthusiast but do not know where to start trekking? Look no further! Either …

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Are you a believer and an adventure enthusiast but do not know where to start trekking? Look no further! Either it is a natural wonder or a historical sight, these five unique places are a great idea that will make you rethink and have a personal reflection time.

I have listed down the best and extraordinary spots I know by far that are worth discovering. These trails will help you contemplate in God’s creation and ultimately the Creator. Find your ultimate trail in one of these featured locations.

5. Blue City
Location: Chefchaouen, Morocco
Distance:Less than a mile

Blue city in Chefchaouen, known as Blue Pearl of Morocco, is famous for houses and alleyways that are covered with shades of blue. The city was painted blue as the color of the sky by Jews who left Spain and moved to Morocco during the Inquisition according to some people. Exploring the blue-rinsed city, I found it amazing that it is indeed full of the color of sky and it reminded me of God.

4. Taal Volcano Hike
Location: Batangas, Philippines
Distance: 3.5 miles

Aside from being a fantastic hike, Taal volcano is the smallest active volcano in the world with the height of about 700 meters. The volcano is very unique in its appearance as there is a small island in its crater that is full of water, and the volcano is surrounded with a lake that is in the Luzon island of Philippines. In short, there is an island in the lake in the volcano in another lake of another island! I enjoyed hiking this trail because there is also a cross standing along the trail. This grandiose nature is a good reminder of how wonderful and powerful the Creator is.

3. Ksar of Ait -ben-haddou
Location: Ouarzazate, Morocco
Distance: Less than a mile

A UNESCO heritage, Ksar (Castle) of Ait-Ben-Haddou is famous location for movie filming such as Sodom and Gomorrah (1963), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), and Gladiator (2000) to name a few. The architectural marvel and red-clay brick caught my attention and made me feel how it is like to be in a castle in the middle of a desert. The rocky trail has a beautiful view of atlas mountain, the river of melted ice and the vast desert.

2. Stairway to Heaven
Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Distance: 6 miles

There is no real stairway to heaven, but this trail in Hawaii leads to the billowing clouds and almost to the sky. Haiku Stairs, also known as Stairway to Heaven, has one of the amazing panoramic views I have ever seen. The view of green mountain valleys, vast ocean, and the clouds are rewarding after a one-day hike.

1. Patmos Island
Location: Patmos, Greece
Distance: About 3 miles

An Aegean island of Greece, Patmos is a famous location as where apostle John, the one whom Jesus loved, received the vision in the Book of Revelation. The secluded island is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the birthplace of Apocalypse. I had fun reading the Greek letters in the streets of this island as most of the people here only speak Greek. My day spent on this island was my most memorable trip I ever did in Greece. It reminded me of how God, Jesus, and the apostles work so hard for us to have the Bible on our very hands today.

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Morning Prayer https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/morning-prayer/ Wed, 22 May 2019 23:18:24 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2454 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me …

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Psalm 143:8

Dear God, who created heaven and earth
and who has formed a man from the ground’s dirt,
I honor You because You made me see
the beautiful sky, mountain, and the sea.
I thank You for the blessed and bright morning.
You’ve made me see Your love that’s unfailing.
I pray I’ll forever entrust my days
To the One who is perfect in His ways.
May I be the person you’re pleased with and
who gives you glory on this day, Amen.

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6 Food Cuisines You NEED to Try Right Now https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/6-food-cuisines-you-need-to-try-right-now/ Wed, 22 May 2019 20:54:41 +0000 https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/?p=2443 Are you a cheeseburger and fries kinda person? Do you rely a little too much on chicken strips, or catch …

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Are you a cheeseburger and fries kinda person? Do you rely a little too much on chicken strips, or catch yourself ordering dishes found on the kids menu? It’s not too late for you to explore beyond the confines of your comfort zone, but I warn you: you won’t be able to return.

1. Indian food

When people see Indian food, it looks like mush. In fact, I had a friend that would tease me for eating it because it looked like mush. But this mush, my friends, is the best tasting mush you’ve ever seen before. This mush is called curry, and although it looks simple, do not be deceived. There are a variety of different types of curry in various spice ranges.

Recommended for first-timer: Chicken tikka masala over rice, Saag paneer (spinach and cheese curry), samosas

2. Thai food

With Thai food, there’s literally a little something for everyone. It tends to be one of the first foods that people try when they begin to step outside of their comfort zone because you can enter a Thai restaurant and get something that isn’t completely unfamiliar. There are many noodle dishes, rice dishes, meats and curries for you to explore and try. I recommend going with a couple of people so that you can get a noodle or rice dish, a meat, and a curry with rice.

Recommended for first-timer: Pad Thai, Pad See-Ew, any curry (be BOLD) over rice

3. Vietnamese food

People love pho before they even realize that they love Vietnamese food, not realizing that pho is a Vietnamese dish. But the amazing flavor of Vietnamese cuisine is exceeds that limitation of noodle soup. Pho is a great dish to start off on, but remember, like all food, you can’t just find good pho anywhere. Ask a friend. Or Yelp.

Recommended for first-timer: Combination pho, Vermicelli with Pork and Eggroll

4. Korean food

Anytime you bring up Korean food, people say that they LOVE IT, thinking 9 times out of 10 of Korean BBQ, which YES, IS SPLENDID. Again, however, one cannot simply stop there! Dukbokki is a spicy rice cake that is served in a spicy sauce, oftentimes with cheese on top. Bibimbap is like a combination salad with all the best vegetables, but there’s also rice, and meat, as well as a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce that will leave you seeking it at the store (or maybe that was just me). And don’t even get me started on kimchi.

Recommended for first-timer: KBBQ (just kidding). Bibimbap, dukbokki

5. Ethiopian food

It took me a long time to finally get around to tasting Ethiopian food, but when I finally did, I went back again the same week. The great thing about Ethiopian food is how communal it is. You don’t enter an Ethiopian restaurant by yourself, but you enter with at least two or three other people, because the meal that you will be enjoying is best served and enjoyed family-style. It’s the best way to really try a little bit of everything, and to get the best of everything.

Recommended for first timer: the best way to try everything is to get a platter with multiple dishes served over injera, the staple flat bread, and then dipping injera into each of the dishes. Also good to get a couple meats on the side.

6. Cambodian food

I’ve never been to Cambodia, but I grew up in the town with the largest Cambodian population outside of the country itself. You’ll find that a lot of Cambodian restaurants actually partner with Thai cuisine, because there are some similarities and overlapping factors. Nevertheless, both are amazing and delicious in their own ways.

Recommended for first timer: Somlaw machu kreung (a beef soup served over rice)

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Where can I go to do God’s work? https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/where-can-i-go-to-do-gods-work/ Mon, 20 May 2019 12:14:14 +0000 http://alexbui.com/christianculture/?p=2394 Whether it’s your first time going on a mission or you’re a seasoned missionary worker, picking a place is not …

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Whether it’s your first time going on a mission or you’re a seasoned missionary worker, picking a place is not an easy task when there is a world in need of healing. There are countries with borders closed to the world. There are countries where Christianity is heavily scrutinized and persecuted. There are languages still lacking a translation of the Bible. There are great many places in need of workers, but where do you go? Here are a handful of locations we scouted so that you can shine the light but also grow deeper in your faith.

1. Japan

Even though Christianity was introduced in Japan, faith in God and the presence of God has not flourished. Less than 1% know of Jesus in Japan. Even though Japan is a developed country that constitutes freedom of religion, it has deep roots in Shinto and Buddhism. Despite the low reach, there is potential to make God known to the Japanese people using the nature the country is blessed with and has preciously preserved. God created the natural elements to display Himself as it says in Romans 1:20 so let’s share the good news by sharing the understanding of how God is revealed through the natural order of His creation.

2. United Kingdom/France

These two countries might come as a huge surprise but the decline in an identity in Christ is real. There are many young adults who never read let alone laid eyes on the Bible. It might be hard to believe, but we shouldn’t overlook countries because of their economic status. The hurdle might actually be higher since the usual foot in the door with poor and developing countries will not work. You will be challenged in a different way, but the challenge will truly grow your faith as you are stretched in a different capacity. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

3. Haiti

Haiti is not only the poorest country in the western hemisphere but also one of the poorest countries in the world. It struggles against political instability and slow recovery from natural disasters. It first needs help in rebuilding its infrastructure and providing for the poor and taking care of the sick. Hand in hand we should share with them Jesus’ teaching. Though Christians can leave a good impression with charitable work, it doesn’t take a Christian organization for the work of charity to get done. There are countless nonprofit and disaster relief organizations and help from other governments, so we must dig our heels in Jesus’ teachings and share with them the truth that will set them free.

4. Thailand

A most popular tourist destination but as far as the planting of churches, it is left wanting. In my neighborhood I have more than my fair share of choices in churches, but there are many villages in Thailand that still does not have a church. Furthermore, its culture and national identity is in Buddhism. Being Thai and Buddhist is one and the same. So how do you help a people whose natural and cultural identity is embedded with another religion?

5. India

Just like Thailand, India faces a national and cultural identify embedded in religion, Hinduism. It’s intimately intertwined that though the country constitutes religious freedom, there is open persecution against Christians and the government has turned a blind eye. Can you imagine being killed for openly living out your life of faith? But that’s the story that’s being painted in red in India. And in perspective that is the humble beginning of Christianity at the hands and feet of the martyrs. Though there are risks associated with missions in India, didn’t the martyrs have the strongest of faith?

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7 Reasons to Stop being Lazy in the Morning https://modernchristianlifestyle.com/7-reasons-to-stop-being-lazy-in-the-morning/ Fri, 17 May 2019 13:12:26 +0000 http://harshad-blog.sharkz.in/blog-01/?p=1869 We usually only wake up early because we have to, and on days we don’t, we don’t. But there are …

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We usually only wake up early because we have to, and on days we don’t, we don’t. But there are actually many benefits to waking up early because you want to, and you’ll find that you have a lot more time to do things that you may have been putting off.

1. Take your time

No one likes rushing, yet somehow we do it on a daily basis. We hit snooze on our alarm clock, we sleep until the last possible second, even sacrificing other parts of our morning routine for it, and sometimes even still arrive to work or school late. Waking up earlier, however, even one or two hours earlier than you need to be awake, can place you in a better state of mind to go about your day, without the pressure of being in a rush. You can even step outside, watch the sun rise, and go for a walk if you wanted to.

2. Get moving!

This may not be the first thing that you’re thinking of as you open your eyes to wake up, but this is how routines begin. By waking up 1-2 hours earlier, you could get up and go for a jog around the neighborhood. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try that 6am spin class at your local gym. The first time will be painful, but once you start, it’s actually difficult to kick the habit of being active in the morning.

3. Quiet time with God

As believers, our goal should be to start our day in prayer and meditating upon the word that God gave us. But when we’re waking up at the last possible second and hurriedly hopping in the shower and putting on our clothes, this necessary time is often pushed aside. Waking up even 30 minutes to an hour earlier can motivate us to start our day with God, so that we’re more inclined to think about Him more throughout the day as well. Remember: With God, all things are possible!

4. Prepare a nice breakfast

Up till now you’ve probably been eating a breakfast bar as you jet out the door, or maybe you’ve forgone breakfast altogether. We’re all familiar with the fact that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but more than that, dieticians suggest that the majority of the day’s calories should be ingested in the morning, so that they can be burned throughout the day. So don’t refrain if you don’t have to! Set aside 30-45 minutes in the morning to whip up something good.

5. Self-reflect and plan

Waking up a bit earlier can get us thinking a bit more about ourselves, our lives, and our current situation and circumstances. It doesn’t have to be a time where we drown into a hole of negativity, but through the extra time, one can plan for the next day, week, month, or even year to accomplish goals that have been pushed aside for far too long.

6. Spend time with those you love

You don’t have to do this by yourself! Call up a friend in the morning and keep each other accountable! The two of you can meet for coffee in the morning and catch up on life, or even have devotional quiet time together! We are much stronger together as a body.

7. Develop self-discipline

Mastering the ability to wake up early is a means of developing self-discipline that could easily carry over to all aspects of your life. The first couple of days will be difficult, but gradually begin by waking up earlier in 15-30 minute increments in order to develop a lasting change that will make for a more productive you everyday.

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