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Cleaning and ME

Dear Reader, 

We talked about spiritual cleanliness last week but this week I want us to roll up our sleeve and talk about cleaning house. I want to share you what I’ve learned in my few years of adulting and my top tips for cleaning. Let me know if you have some more in the comments. 

My Top 4 Cleaning Tips

  1. Baking soda, vinegar, dawn

I am allergic to scents, and chemicals. I have adverse respiratory and skin reactions so the cleaning aisle at the store is usually a minefield. So I have explored some other ways to clean. I love some of the grove products, mrs. meyers, and method brand, but sometimes it helps to kick it old school with Dawn, Vinegar and Baking soda. I cannot tell you how easy it is to clean with these products. I know some of us don’t feel like we have cleaned until the air sings in Bleach but Dawn, Vinegar and Baking soda will whiten your stovetop and bathtub just as good, without the adverse health effects. 

  1. Broom hack – bathtub

I have some back troubles, but that is not an excuse to not clean. I have a separate broom to scrub the bathtub. Yes you heard right! I just soak the tub in whatever cleaner I’m using whether its the above combo or one of those brand products I mentioned and then sweep the tub lol. It really works. 

  1. Daily shower cleaner

Another cleaning hack that probably helps the above process work even better is using a daily shower cleaner. After I’m done showering, I just spray the shower with Method’s Daily Shower spray in Eucalyptus Mint and go about my life. 

  1. Baking soda and/ or oxiclean and laundry

Baking soda is awesome. Your rugs will be fresher. Your white laundry will be whiter. Oxiclean is also great for white laundry. DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR COLORS. — that’s a story for another day.  I’m allergic to most brands of detergent so I don’t get the benefit of fragrances, but my clothes are still very clean because natural methods are sometimes inconvenient… but still the best. 

I hope you enjoyed my top 4 cleaning tips and can tell me some of yours!

Cleanliness: Is it really next to Godliness?

Dear Reader: 

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” That’s not actually in the scriptures but has been attributed to be in them nonetheless. While this is not a true proverb, there are several references to cleanliness and cleaning in the bible. Most of them however are compound references that refer not only to physical cleanliness in order to prevent diseases like leoprosy but also spiritual cleanliness. 

Let’s talk about that. One verse that talks about both physical cleanliness and spiritual cleanliness is Ezekiel 36:25. It reads: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.”

Clean water is referenced here. Thankfully, if you live a developed country clean water is not something you really think about or dwell on for long periods of time. It is a blessing to really never have to worry about where a drop of clean water will come from. 

Then it talks about uncleanness as a spiritual condition. What are one of the things that can make us unclean? Idols. I think we don’t really have the context of what that used to mean back in the day. Most of us are not out here bowing to statues and figurines. We may however be spending half our paycheck on sneakers or purses. The human condition is prone to addictions and some of those compulsions show us what we value. One of my areas of uncleanness is an obsession with how I look in public. I am very conscious of how others are perceiving me or what they are thinking about me and so I strive for perfection. That may not seem like a bad thing except when its all consuming and oh I can’t go out because my hair isn’t done or I have a chipped nail. God wants me to have an abundant life not be overly focused on how others view me. 

I hope that we can all recognize our areas of uncleanness and work with God so that we can be clean. 

Christian Workout Programs vs Regular Workout Programs

Dear Reader: 

Last week we talked about EXERCISING- the dreaded concept. I know, me too. I hate hate hate it.You can try a Christian workout program, or you can try a regular workout program. This week we  will discuss the pros and cons of Christian workout programs vs. regular ones. We will also give our opinion on which one is better.

Benefits of a Christian workout program 

As someone who has tried both Christian and regular workout programs, I can say that both have pros and cons. First, let’s look at Christian workout programs. One of the main benefits of these programs is that they provide a sense of community and support. Working with other Christians makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. Additionally, many Christian workouts incorporate prayer and Scripture reading into the routine, which can help to motivate and inspire you. On the downside, Christian workout programs can be expensive and may not offer the same variety as regular workout programs. 

Benefits of a regular workout program 

Now, let’s look at regular workout programs. They often have a diverse range of exercises, making them ideal for people who want to try new things. They also tend to be more affordable than Christian workout programs. One downside is that you may not feel supported or connected to others in the class.

How often should you be working out to see results 

While there are many benefits to working out regularly, it can be tough to find the time to fit it into your schedule. If you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, you may wonder how often you need to work out to see results. The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours at the gym every day to see improvements. Most experts recommend that people exercise for 30 minutes 3 times  per week. However, the frequency and intensity of your workouts will depend on your goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may need to work out more frequently, and if you’re trying to build muscle, you may need to lift heavier weights. Ultimately, the best way to determine how often you should be working out is to consult with a certified personal trainer. They can help you create a workout plan that fits your needs and schedule.

Exercise has also boosted mental health, reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood and sleep quality. Working out routinely can increase energy levels, improve brain function, and even help to fight off depression. So whether you choose a Christian or a regular program, get up and move your body! Just go for a walk! How about right now?! 

The Spiritual Benefits of Exercising to Worship Music

Dear Reader:

When it comes to getting in shape, there are many different ways to go about it. Some people prefer to go to the gym, others like walking outdoors, and others enjoy participating in sports. But have you ever considered adding worship music into your fitness routine? Believe it or not, several spiritual benefits come with exercising while listening to praise and worship music. I already told you, I’m sure, how much of a big fan of music I am. 

First and foremost, exercising to worship music can help to get your mind and body in sync. Finding time to slow down and connect with our bodies can be challenging in our fast-paced world. As we age, taking care of our physical health becomes even more critical. Oh boy did I feel the difference health-wise between my twenties and thirties. Not looking forward to 40s. Anyways,  exercise is a great way to manage caring for our bodies, but worship music can also help add a spiritual element. When you focus on moving your body in time with the music, you can feel a deeper connection with the divine.

In addition, exercising to worship music can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. In today’s society, it’s too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. But when you take time out for a fitness routine that includes worship music, you can begin to feel more relaxed and at peace. The combination of physical activity and spiritually uplifting music can help keep your mind and bring you back into alignment with your true self.

So if you’re looking for a way to add some spirituality to your workout routine, consider this playlist:

FlameJoyful Noise
Lecrae & Andy MineoComing in Hot
EBNot Today Satan
NF Let You Down
ZaunteeGod Taught Me
Derek MinorChange the World
Social Club MisfitsWar Cry
GritsThey All Fall Down
Andy MineoYou Can’t Stop Me
JsonOh Yea
Christon Gray50 Shades
LecraeJesus Muzik
L. A. SymphonyKing Kong
S.O.Talk in Code
Taelor GrayKeep On
Eshon BurgundyTestify
Grits Ooh Ahh
Angie RoseThat Fire
KJ-52They Like Me
Eric Heron & OneBeat MusicDuos

How to Add Spiritual Practices to Your Morning and Evening Routines

Dear Reader: 

If you feel like you need more peace and calm in your life, adding spiritual practices to your morning and evening routines may be the answer. This blog post will discuss some of the best ways to add spiritual practices to your morning and evening routines. We will also provide tips on making these practices work for you!

Wake up early and spend time in prayer before the day begins

The stillness of the early morning makes it the ideal time for prayer. The world is quiet, and there are few distractions to take our attention away from God. In the busyness of our lives, it can be easy to forget to spend time in prayer, but if we make it a priority to wake up early and pray before the day begins, we will find that our relationship with God will become stronger. Additionally, taking time to pray first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day’s rest. It helps us focus on what is important and reminds us that God is always with us. Whether facing challenges or celebrating victories, spending time in prayer each morning will help us keep our perspective and remember what truly matters.

Connect with nature by spending time outside or looking at photos of landscapes

There are many ways to connect with nature, but spending time outside is one of the most enjoyable. Whether you take a hike in the woods, lie in the sun at the beach, or stroll through your neighborhood, being in nature can help reduce stress and improve your mood. If you live in an urban area, you may need to seek out green spaces to get your nature fixed. But even looking at photos of landscapes can have benefits. Studies have shown that viewing images of nature can help lower blood pressure and heart rate and relieve fatigue and tension headaches. So next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, step outside for some fresh air or take a few minutes to appreciate the beauty of nature through photography.

Practice gratitude by thinking about things you’re grateful for each morning

A straightforward way to start your day off on the right foot is to take a moment to think about the things you’re grateful for. Whether something as small as a good cup of coffee or as significant as your health, taking a moment each morning to appreciate the good in your life can set the tone for a more positive day. And studies have shown that gratitude can have lasting mental and physical health benefits. So, if you’re looking for a way to boost your mood and improve your wellbeing, try starting each day with a grateful heart.

Meditate for 10-15 minutes each morning to focus your mind and center yourself

The benefits of meditation are well-documented, and there’s no denying that it can be a beneficial tool for managing stress and promoting overall wellness. Starting a regular practice can seem daunting if you’re new to meditation. But it’s important to remember that even 10-15 minutes of meditation daily can make a big difference.

The key is to be patient and consistent with your practice. Meditation requires focus and concentration, so it’s essential to set aside sometime each day when you won’t be interrupted. Once you’ve found a quiet spot, sit comfortably with your spine and close your eyes. Begin by focusing on your breath, and try to clear your mind of all other thoughts. If you are distracted, refocus on your breath and start again. Don’t worry if it takes a little time to get the hang of it – the important thing is that you stick with it. Over time, you’ll notice that your mind feels calmer and more focused, and you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way.

I have to be honest, I find moving or walking meditation to be better for me because stillness is very hard for me. 

Journal about your thoughts and feelings each morning to get clarity and peace of mind

It’s always helpful to start the day with a clear mind. But sometimes, our thoughts can feel cluttered and chaotic first thing in the morning. That’s when spending a few minutes writing in a journal can be helpful. Getting our thoughts down on paper can help give us some clarity and peace of mind. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just a few sentences about our feelings and what’s on our minds. Taking time for this simple practice each morning can help us feel more grounded and prepared for whatever the day might bring.

There are many ways to add spiritual practices to your morning and evening routines. By spending time outside, practicing gratitude, meditating, and journaling, you can set the tone for a more positive day. These practices can also have lasting mental and physical health benefits, so be patient and consistent with your routine to see the best results.

I LOVE LOVE Journaling. I have a paper journal and also a Penzu ( online journal) because sometimes I just want to write stuff down and its invaluable that I have a locked app on my phone for my thoughts and feelings. I sometimes just address entries directly to God and tell him how I’m feeling and what my stressors. I can lament freely before God in my journal. Give it a try.