It's Our Time To Make Time

It's Our Time To Make Time

All you have to do is call and he will answer.

It’s so easy to get caught up in life. You get so busy with this, that, and the other and you just don’t know what to do. It seems like the natural thing to do when we get stressed is just push God away first and get to him when we can, which most of the time doesn’t even end up happening.

We let the less important "things" take over our lives instead of turning to the most important. Why is that though? Why do we push away the one who can help us the most, the one who knows us best and the one who is always there waiting for us to call for help?

Most of us have planners that keep up with our agenda day by day and even hour by hour, but I bet the majority of us don’t have a place in there that we are scheduled to devote our time to God, myself included. I still haven’t figured out why though.

Why do I feel the need to take on so many tasks, stressing myself out, trying to do it all alone, when He is right beside me the whole time? It's like deep down inside I know I should at least be starting and ending my day with Him, but I get so busy trying to figure out my life, rather than talking to him and just letting it all fall into place.

It seems like taking the time to pray and talk to God is kinda like making yourself go workout. You know you need to, but you try to find so many other things to do and resort back to that as your last option. In the end though, after you get done running or working out, you feel so much better and end up being glad you did it. Somedays I feel like that’s how it is making time for God.

All it takes is that one time to just do it and from then on out just make it a habit, but of course not because you have to...but because you want to. That's how our relationship should be with God. He should be our go-to guy, our best friend, and the person we tell everything to. After all, he does know us like no other.

While I am not by any means perfect, I have realized making time for Him will only benefit you in the long run. It will help you in so many ways, encourage you, and make you stronger as a person and as a Christian. The Lord is there and is waiting for you. All you have to do is call and he will answer.

Never forget:

God is never too busy to listen, so don’t be too busy to talk to him.

Don’t find time for Him every day, make time for him everyday.

If you make time with God your first priority, everything else will fall in place.

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Taking A Global Studies Course In College Strengthened My Christian Faith

Understanding how our world is becoming more connected revolutionized how I follow Jesus.

This winter quarter I began my final year as an undergraduate at Western Washington University. I wasn't minoring or double-majoring in anything, so I had some extra wiggle room in my schedule to take classes that genuinely interested me. Without giving too much thought (and because it fulfilled a GUR I needed to get out of the way), I registered for INTL 201: Introduction to Global Studies.

Taking a global studies class changed my entire worldview.

OK, well maybe not entirely. But, taking this course forced me to self-reflect in ways that no other class I had ever taken forced me to do. In doing so, I was tested and stretched mentally, and I honestly feel that my worldview has genuinely expanded.

Essentially, taking this global studies course forced me to think a lot about my faith. As a Christian, I am a "follower" of a guy known as Jesus of Nazareth. I believe that following His Life and His Teachings 100% allows me to live how a human being is supposed to live.

What this course did was show me that my religious views need to be respectfully in conversation with all cultures and people groups from around the world. Global studies forced me to put my beliefs under a microscope and sort out the apparent flaws or contradictions or elements I was unsure of.

The class I took specifically (INTL 201) focused heavily on the idea of globalization, or the process through which our world becomes more transnationally connected. As a follower of Jesus, this inspired me to reflect on one of the most crucial teachings Jesus ever gave.

Quick history lesson: The Bible tells one unified story about how God is working throughout history to bring full justice and restoration to our world. At the beginning of the Bible, God selects one people group on earth to work with, so that they will be mediators to help people see what God is like and how we should live as human beings created by Him. This people group thinks that's a dope idea, so they agree to follow a list of laws God gives them. The list of laws (also known as commandments) are not God's ideal way of fully living in His vision of justice and restoration, but they point this people group to what it would look like to do so in their socio-cultural context.

Hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of years go by, and this people group are still trying (even failing) at following these laws. That's when Jesus arrives on the scene.

See, Jesus' main mission was to inaugurate the "Kingdom of God," AKA a global movement of interconnected communities that live with God as their "king" or "ruler." This led many people already a part of this community, that seeks to honor and be God's people, to wonder: what about those laws? If this is the next step in the story-line of God bringing justice and redeeming our world, will we follow all of those old laws from the past (which played a key yet time-specific role in this same story)?

Jesus response was this: the two laws to be followed (and of whichever other law hinges on) are "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31 NIV).

Bringing this back to my globalization class: the two greatest laws for Jesus-following people to live by are, essentially, love God and love my neighbor... but what happens when my neighbor is technically everyone now? My neighbor is the person in the sweatshop halfway across the world, who I unjustly underpaid and promoted poor working conditions for just so I could wear a cheap pair of Nikes. My neighbors are the migrants and refugees that I am neglecting to support because I have bought into idolizing nationalism and "putting 'Americans' first." Neither of those sound like fulfilling the life God calls me to live as a human being.

This is how global studies strengthened my faith: it called out all of my hypocrisy and laid it out on the operating table known as open, vulnerable dialogue and self-reflection, where I am called to examine it and pull it apart.

Whether you are a person of faith or not, becoming educated in global studies is going to rock your worldview. It will unearth your hypocrisy, the ways you could improve living as a human being, and give you ideas and situations to wrestle with and reflect on even after whatever course you take comes to a close. For me personally, taking a global studies class opened my eyes to all the ways I need to daily reflect and scrutinize my though process as a follower of Jesus, in the hopes that I can continue that story God is writing: how He is using us throughout human history to rescue and redeem this world.

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5 Questions Witches Get Asked Far To Often

Witches haven't always been perceived in a positive light, but needless to say, they've made countless headlines throughout history.

Chances are you've heard at least one tale involving a witch throughout your childhood. Sadly, many of them depict witches as evil beings who murder and deceive to get by. Almost all of the children's' fables tell of old evil women who want nothing more than to cause harm to an innocent. I honestly can't blame people for giving us a bad reputation after all the bad press.

1.So does that mean you're just really into Harry Potter?

I honestly don't know why this is such a common question I get asked, but I wanted to get it out of the way first. While I love the Harry Potter series for its merits as a great set of books, I don't think it has much to do with real life witchcraft. Some of the topics in the books vaguely discuss real sub-studies of the craft, such as; Transmutation, Divination, Spellwork, and Herbology. The parts they go over in the book are mostly exaggerated for fiction's sake and aren't based on any type of actual witchcraft sadly.

2.Are you okay with God hating you?

Witches have a really loose base on our religion. Pretty much anything goes as long as it doesn't involve harming a living being. With that being said, a lot of us like to practice our craft hand in hand with another sect of spirituality. I've met many Christian Witches, myself included. (I can recite bible verses off the top of my head, so you probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover.)

3.Does it affect your personal life?

Yes. I would think any type of spiritual practice can likely take a few moments out of your day. In the same way that some people have a set routine to go to church every Sunday, read the bible every day, and so on; witches also have routines in which they practice their craft. I've known some to take hours creating and practicing rituals, I've also seen the crafty witches who will mutter incantations to help them as they go about their day. . I don't think it matters the amount of time you put into your craft as long as you have real intent behind it. You also have to go through a year and a day of intensely studying the craft before you can rightfully call yourself a witch, so I would say your first year is going to be when you spend the most time focusing on it.

4.Do witches celebrate holidays?

Everyone is different, but a basic guide for most witches is our calendar. It's quite similar to a regular calendar in the sense that Yule rituals are a derivative of Christmas, Samhain correlates with Halloween, the summer solstice would be summer, and so on. It's pretty easy to understand if you look at them side by side.

5.Can you curse someone for me?

I'll put this as basically as I can. No. No way in hell. The basis of a witchcraft is the law of three. Everything you put out into the world comes back to you three times over. I think the law of three can be pretty much broken down into the golden rule, just a bit more enforced. 'Do unto others as you would have them do to you.' Which is a pretty simple concept. That being said, I would rather not get myself into the mess of putting that negativity into the world.

All in all, Witchcraft is just as good or bad as you make it. No one person is truly good or evil, nor does the faith they claim have much say over if they're any better than the person next to them. Witchcraft is not unlike any other spectrum of spirituality, except in the fact that it can be a lot more personalized to your needs and interests. It's a way to grow and expand your knowledge of not only yourself but the world around you as well. It's helped me grow as a person and become more in tune with the needs of the people around me.

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