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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!

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:

ArtistSong
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.

The Biblical Basis for Rest and How It Can Enhance Your Life

Dear Reader: 

The Bible contains references to rest, and it’s not hard to see why. When we rest, we give our bodies and minds a break from the stresses of life. This allows us to rejuvenate and come back stronger than before. This blog post will discuss the biblical basis for rest and how it can enhance your life!

The biblical concept of the importance of rest

The Bible is clear on the importance of rest. In Genesis, God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. And in Exodus, we see that he commanded his people to observe a day of rest each week. The New Testament also speaks to the importance of rest, with Jesus often withdrawing to solitary places to pray and recharge. The apostle Paul even writes that “we should labor, working with our own hands” so that we can “give ourselves faithfully to prayer and ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). In other words, work is essential. Still, it should be balanced with periods of rest and refreshment. This principle is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. In a world that is always on the go, it is essential to take time to rest and recharge. For Christians, this may mean taking a Sabbath each week to focus on God and spend time with family and friends. It may also mean taking regular vacations and sabbaticals throughout our lives. Whatever form it takes, resting is essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

How Jesus modeled rest

In today’s hectic world, it can be easy to forget the importance of rest. We are always on the go, juggling work and family commitments and trying to squeeze in a bit of leisure time when we can. However, Jesus himself modeled the importance of rest-keeping when he took time out to pray and reflect during his busy ministry. By making time for rest, Jesus showed us that even when we are at our busiest, it is still essential to take a step back and recharge our batteries. When we follow his example, we can find the strength to face whatever challenges life throws our way. So next time you feel overwhelmed, take a page from Jesus’s book and take some time out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Practical tips for implementing biblical rest in your own life

To many people, the idea of rest seems like a luxury. It can be challenging to slow down and take a break in a world that demands more of our time and energy. However, the Bible clarifies that rest is not optional but essential for our health and well-being. Here are some practical tips for incorporating biblical rest into your life:

1. Set aside specific days for rest. Just as the Sabbath is set apart as a day of rest, you can set aside specific days each week for rest. Make sure to unplug from work and other obligations to relax genuinely.

2. Take regular vacations. If possible, plan a vacation at least once yearly where you can completely disconnect from work and other responsibilities. Use this time to recharge your batteries and enjoy some much-needed leisure time.

3. Make time for hobbies and personal interests. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to forget what we enjoy outside work or family obligations. Schedule some time each week to pursue your hobbies and interests, whether reading, playing sports, or going for walks in nature.

4. Slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to rush through life without taking the time to enjoy the little things. Make a conscious effort to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures, such as a cup of coffee in the morning or sunset at night.

The Bible is clear on the importance of rest, and Jesus modeled the importance of taking time out for rest. In a world that is always on the go, it is essential to take time to rest and recharge. For Christians, this may mean taking a Sabbath each week to focus on God and spend time with family and friends. It may also mean taking regular vacations and sabbaticals throughout our lives. Whatever form it takes, resting is essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

For me, sometimes rest is just taking 15 minutes with my office door closed and blowing bubbles with one of those summer bubble wand things… away from my paperwork of course. I find worship music restful and I sometimes spend some time just singing out loud on my porch. Find some ways to rest this week. 

Why Morning and Evening Routines are Important: How They Affect Your Day

Dear Reader: 

There’s a lot of debate about morning and evening routines. Some people swear by them, while others think they’re a waste of time. What does the research say? Are our morning and evening routines necessary? The answer is yes – for both your mental and physical health! This blog post will discuss the benefits of morning and evening routines and how they can affect your day-to-day life.

What is a morning routine, and why is it essential for your day

A morning routine is a set of activities you regularly do, typically after waking up and starting your day. Many people find that having a morning routine helps them to feel more productive and motivated throughout the day. There are many different ways to create a morning routine. The most important thing is to find what works for you and to be consistent with it. It’s also important to consider the best time to wake up based on your daily schedule. You may also find it helpful to write down your goals for the day or week ahead of time. A morning routine can help you make the most of your mornings and set yourself up for a successful day.

How to create a successful morning routine that works for you

A successful morning routine is all about finding what works for you. For some people, that means waking up early and taking time for themselves before starting the day. For others, it’s about taking things slow and taking the time to enjoy breakfast. But there are a few key things that all successful morning routines have in common.

  • They all start with drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. This helps to rehydrate your body and jump-start your metabolism.
  • They all include eating breakfast. This gives you energy for the day ahead and helps you to focus on your tasks.
  • Successful morning routines always end with taking some time to relax in the evening. This allows you to wind down and prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Evening routines – what they are and why they’re important

Most of us are creatures of habit, whether we realize it or not. We tend to like having set routines that we can follow day in and day out. This feeling of predictability and stability can be exceptionally comforting at the end of a long day when we want to relax and wind down. That’s why having a regular evening routine is essential for adults and kids. It offers a sense of calm after a busy day and can help improve sleep quality, promote healthy habits, and reduce stress levels. Plus, it can be a great way to bond with your family as everyone winds down for the night.

How to create an evening routine that will help you relax and unwind after a long day

After a long day, it can be hard to unwind and relax. However, creating a calming evening routine can make a world of difference. First, keep your routine relatively simple and consistent from one night to the next. This will help your body and mind know what to expect and make it easier to stick to the routine. Secondly, schedule enough time for winding down and relaxing before bedtime. This means disconnecting from electronics, reading a book, taking a bath, or whatever else helps you to feel calm and sleepy. Finally, avoid doing anything that will make it harder to fall asleep, such as working on a project or eating a large meal.

You can do a few things to increase your chances of success. This will help you stay positive and keep going even when things get tough. If you Slip up, don’t be too hard on yourself – everyone makes mistakes. Pick yourself up and start again tomorrow.

My dream morning routine is to do some sort of exercise every morning even something light as stretching but in reality that doesn’t happen. That doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to it. Every new day that dawns, we get to begin again!