Christian Blog: Irrevocably Beloved

For Jesus And For The Culture. . .Being Black, Christian and a Millennial In America

ただいま帰りました I’m back;  Also, Welcome September 

The title of this blog entry is loosely translated as “I’m back here now”. It is written in Japanese not just because I have been studying the language for years but because I think it truly captures the sentiment I feel having not participated in my blog for a bit. Usually, the phrase ただいま is said while entering your home and someone who is in your home responds お帰り. お帰りなさい is loosely translated as “Welcome back.” I hope wherever and whenever you are you are saying welcome back to me. 

Things have been really hectic here. I traveled for a work conference; went to visit my family for the funeral services of my grandmother;  and started having crazy migraines when I returned. Lately, I’ve been really focused on praying more and staying connected to God. I’ve been into books like Fervent by Priscilla Shirer and Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen by Rachel Hackenberg. 

This month, we’re going to journey together deeper into prayer. So there will be a lot of discussion about prayer, and then re-discussion of prayer, so hang in there with me!

How to Create a Godly Routine for Christian Women and Reach Spiritual Fulfillment

Introduction: What is a Godly Routine & Why is it Essential for Christian Women?

A Godly Routine is a set of rules for living your life. It is a standard for how you should spend your time and what you should be doing with it. A Godly Routine may include things like prayer, bible reading, journaling, time in the word of God, or time with other believers. A Godly Routine can also be one’s routine that is centered on God such as reading His promises and goals for your life in The Bible and other literature. Having a regular routine will help to keep your focus on the important things that are most important to you in life. A Godly Routine can be a natural development of your life as you grow up and mature. It is important to have a routine throughout life so that it doesn’t become difficult to find the time or energy for important things such as relationships, spiritual growth, or serving in your local community. A Godly Routine will help to keep these things at the forefront of one’s mind during busy days and busy seasons. of life. . It is important to have a routine throughout life so that it doesn’t become difficult to find the time or energy for important things such as relationships, spiritual growth, or serving in your local community. A Godly Routine will help to keep these things at the forefront of one’s mind during busy days and busy seasons. .A Godly Routine will also help to bring order and rhythm into one’s life.

Benefits of Establishing a Godly Routine

Establishing a godly routine can be beneficial for your physical, mental, and spiritual health. It helps to focus on your faith and gives structure to your day. A godly routine can also help you stay connected with God and ensure that your spiritual life is in order. Here are five benefits of establishing a godly routine:

1. Strengthens your relationship with God.A godly routine is a way to focus on your faith and spend time with God. It gives you something to look forward to because it helps you to be intentional about your relationship with Him. Establishing a routine also helps you prioritize what’s most important so that you are clear about the direction of your life and can stop wandering aimlessly.

2. Improves your overall mental health. A godly routine helps with being able to focus on what is important in life and not be bogged down with other distractions. A regular schedule helps to prevent the risk of stress, anxiety, or depression by punctuating moments of peace and serenity during the day that can recharge your batteries throughout the course of a busy week.

3. Promotes a healthy lifestyle. A godly routine can help you to establish healthy habits that will benefit both your body and mind like proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep. It’s difficult for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle when their schedule is constantly changing, so a godly day-to-day routine helps to create a healthy habit.

4. Increases your productivityIt’s hard to focus and be productive when your schedule is constantly changing. A regular schedule can help you feel more in control of your life and workload which will increase your motivation and productivity in the long run.

What is the Meaning of Home and How Can You Create One with Christian Values?

Home is not just a physical place, but a place of safety and comfort. It is the place where you can be yourself, surrounded by family and friends who love and support you. But home can also be an emotional state of mind, created through Christian values that provide guidance and stability in our lives. In this post, I’m going to be discussing the physical home.

Christian values such as love, kindness, respect, honesty and humility are essential components in creating a home with lasting meaning. They help us to form strong relationships with those around us, build trust and foster a sense of belonging. With these values in mind, we can create an inviting atmosphere that encourages growth within our family unit and beyond.

Home is where the heart is and mine needs a bit of sprucing up. Given the little time I have to spend at home, I want to make sure that it’s a place of peace and comfort. A home with nice memories and a warm feeling, in other words, the perfect place to unwind. With this in mind, I’ve been exploring ways to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere through decorating. From selecting the right colour palette, to exploring ways to add warmth with furniture and accessories – here are my top tips for creating a welcoming home:

1. Choose the right color palette. A good colour palette should be well-balanced, harmonious, and aesthetically pleasing. It should also reflect the personality and purpose of your home. For a home that is warm, cozy, and inviting, bright colours often work best. For example, natural materials like wood and stone can be the perfect backdrop for bold colour choices. My color palette is a bit different for every room but I am loving blues for my living room. It’s the first part of the home so it’s great to enter a room of calming colors. This is accented by all the plants! Plants will come up alot in this list.

2. Create a focal point. A focal point gives your space directionality and helps to direct attention to more than one place in your room at the same time. A great focal point can also be used as an anchor in case things get too hectic or chaotic—- if you want to make sure that everything stays on track when entertaining guests or having family over for dinner.

3. Add warmth with accessories. Some great examples include a fireplace, rugs and blankets, plants, potted flowers or succulents, and artwork.

4. Add a pop of color with accessories. Especially in the kitchen: bright toppers for your kitchen appliances (on the refrigerator door), colorful cooking utensils (your blender may be turquoise), brightly colored towels on the towel rack..Especially in the kitchen: bright toppers for your kitchen appliances (on the refrigerator door), colorful cooking utensils (your blender may be turquoise), brightly colored towels on the towel rack.

5. Add a pop of color with a favorite flower or plant. Yes, Get a plant. What better way to make your house a home than imbuing it with some of God’s creations. Plus depending on which plants you chose, you can be simultaneously purifying the air.

6. Put your bedspread on the bed. This is a final touch that makes it feel cozy and inviting. You can also add some pillows to make it look more comfortable if you need to.

Tips for Managing Your Finances and Budgeting as a Single Woman

As a single woman in today’s world, managing your finances and budgeting can be a daunting task. With no one else to rely on for financial support, it’s important to develop strategies that will help you save money and stay on top of your finances. Whether you are living alone or sharing an apartment with roommates, there are certain tips and tricks you can use to make sure that you are always in control of your financial situation. In this article, we’ll discuss some useful tips for managing your finances and budgeting as a single woman. From creating a budget plan to finding ways to save money, these strategies will help ensure that you have the resources necessary to lead a comfortable life as a solo woman living independently.

1. Create a Budget. One of the most important things a single woman can do is to create a budget plan. By creating a detailed outline of where you will be spending your money and what your income is, you can develop strategies for saving money and sticking to your budget plan. It’s also important to list all the expenses that are relevant to living on your own without someone else’s support, like utilities, transportation costs, and food costs.

2. Set Up and Maintain a Savings Account. Once you have your budget, you should set up and maintain a savings account in order to accumulate money for long-term goals or financial emergencies. Start by setting up an automatic transfer from your checking account into the savings account each month with no withdrawals or transfers made from the savings until it reaches its maximum amount of $3,000 (or whatever the appropriate amount is for your needs). To stay on top of your finances, always keep an eye on what’s happening in your checking account and make any necessary adjustments so that you always have enough money in your savings account.

3. Plan for the Worst. Planning ahead is key to living on your own and avoiding financial emergencies, so it’s important to plan for the worst-case scenario. Make a list of all the things you would need money for during emergencies, from car repairs and car insurance to rent or mortgage payments, or health expenses like hospital stays or prescriptions.

4. Opt Out of Credit Cards and Online Shopping from Your Checking Account. Many people find that they make more impulse purchases when using credit cards than when using cash, but opting out of credit card use can help you maintain your financial sobriety. The same goes for online shopping: you want to be able to control your spending habits, but if you don’t have enough money in your checking account, it’s easy to overspend if you’re not careful. 

5. Borrow from Family and Friends If Necessary. When emergency strikes and you need a loan, ask family and friends for help first – it’s better to borrow money instead of turning to credit cards or banks. Make sure the terms of the loan are fair so that everyone is on board with getting back into repayment as soon as possible so they can be repaid on time.

6. Spread out Your Monthly Expenses over the Month. Try not to do things like grocery shopping, car payments and monthly bills all in one go, because you’ll end up spending more money than you have set aside for each expense. This will help keep you financially sober and prevent a binge before payday comes around again

7. Make Regular Contributions to Your Checking Account So You Have a Goodly Amount of Money Available Each Paycheck or Every Two Weeks if You Don’t Have a Job . If you’re trying to budget your own money instead of relying on credit cards or banks for money, make a separate account to track your spending and try to spend less than you earn.. If you’re trying to budget your own money instead of relying on credit cards or banks for money, make a separate account to track your spending and try to spend less than you earn. Make Regular Cash Deposits . If you’re using a debit card, make sure that each month, one-third of your income is dedicated as cash deposits (to avoid accumulating debt) and the rest is spent on expenses. Make Regular Cash Withdrawals . The same rule applies to withdrawing money from your account; try to use cash when purchasing items that you expect to last a long time or have a longer-lasting impact (e.g., furniture, appliances), and when traveling for more than 3 days in case of emergencies or planned trips. Save part of each paycheck for vacation days and other miscellaneous expenses.

Knowing Yourself Best by Utilizing Different Tools To Manage Your Weaknesses At Work

As Christians, we are called to serve and glorify God in all aspects of our lives – especially at work. The Bible teaches us that when we accept our weaknesses as part of what makes us valuable to God, His power can be made perfect in our weakness. That is why it is essential for Christians to master the tools they can use to better manage their character flaws at work.

Knowledge of your own weaknesses can help you reach your full potential at the workplace. By utilizing different tools to understand yourself better, you can learn more about how you interact with coworkers, handle conflicts and manage stress in a healthy manner. Not only will this make it easier for you to grow professionally but also emotionally. With this knowledge, your day-to-day tasks will be easier as you are no longer blinded by fear or insecurity and start working confidently without second-guessing yourself every step of the way.

One of my major weaknesses is lack of confidence/ presentation skills. I may have researched an issue for hours and hours but as soon as anyone asks me a question about just the very topic I’ve been researching, I stare at them dumbfounded. When I begin to answer, I stumble over my words and it sounds terrible. However, if you wanted a power point or an email briefing you on that topic, I could very well deliver. Oral speech is not something that comes natural to me. I am very much one of those people that will read from my powerpoint.

If I were to make a “battle card “ for this work issue, the verse on the back would come from 2 Timothy 1:7. God doesn’t want me to be in fear at work, especially on subjects on which I could be an expert! What is going on there?! God absolutely wants me to act in power, love and self-control … even at work.

One popular personality assessment that’s been sweeping not only christian circles but work communities is called the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a type of personality test that was first developed in the late 1920s and has since been used by many different types of people. But the way I really love is how people have been using them in the workplace to assess their strengths and weaknesses not only within themselves but on their teams, to figure out how to best work together. The Enneagram is broken down into 9 personality types, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses.

There’s the type I, for instance, which is the personality type that does not like to take risks. Let’s say your team needs to make a decision on which product to be selling at a company-wide meeting. Type I is going to want everyone in the room to agree with whatever decision they make because they don’t like taking any risks or making decisions by themselves. They are also going work hard at being liked and appreciated by their peers for their good decisions.Type II will want to make their own decisions and they are going to be more challenging for others to agree with them because they don’t care about being liked or appreciated. They want the freedom to decide for themselves but still be in control of their team so that others don’t usurp their authority.Type III is going to want everyone in the room, including them, to come on board with whatever decision is made by a majority vote of the group. They take a more democratic approach, wanting people’s input but not really caring about who has what opinion or whether or not it’s valid.This difference in approach can lead to some clashes of opinion and a lot of bad feelings, especially if people aren’t aware that their ideas are already encouraged. But this is the price for being social. We can just try to remember that anything we think is important may be worth fighting for and the world would be a better place with our support!

The Enneagram also talks about the dark side of each type. What behaviors are typical of a type when they are in distress?Sevens are typically introverted and can have trouble reacting to the outside world. They tend to withdraw from relationships, especially romantic ones. Fives can also be introverted and might have trouble forming bonds with others, depending on their other coping strategies. The wings of a type are more likely to show up in times of distress for that type.

The Enneagram is just one tool that you can use to help you navigate your work weaknesses. I would be remiss if I didn’t end this blog entry by telling you my type. I am a 3 wing 4. I will confess that these days I’m absolutely engulfed by my wing. Whats your type? What dark attributes of that type do you identify with?

Adapting Your Skill Sets to Better Serve Your Spiritual Calling 
A key theme in this article is the transferable skill sets that exist across different professions. While

Be Anxious For Nothing 

Being anxious has become a “normal” part of life for many in today’s society. Life can present daunting challenges, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The Bible reminds us that, as Christians, we should not succumb to anxiety because God has given us the power to overcome these feelings through faith in Him.

Being anxious for nothing is essential for us to glimpse the grace and perspectives of God about our life struggles. Anxiety is a part of the human condition. It can be normal to feel an anxious feeling in life, but it can also be debilitating and irrational. The problem with anxiety is it tends to become our normal because we are always thinking about what might happen instead of focusing on what is happening right now. We know that God has control over what happens in our lives and that as His children, He will never allow anything to happen that we do not want for us (see Psalms 23:4)

The best way for us to go about overcoming feelings of anxiety is through faith in God and His promises to us. We can put our trust in Him completely, knowing that all things work together for good for those who love God (see Romans 8:28).

In this article, we’ll discuss how Christians can practice being anxious for nothing by using Bible verses and prayer as a basis for their faith. We will also look at practical ways to manage anxiety in our day-to-day lives so that we can trust that God will take care of us when times get tough.

Anxiety Symptoms

 Before getting into Scripture, let’s first talk about what anxiety is. Anxiety is a feeling of tension or dread that comes from an exaggerated thought or concern over a possible negative event. People with anxiety feel they might be in an unsafe situation, or they may obsess over themselves and their thoughts. They may also avoid certain situations and seek out others (1). In short, people with anxiety experience more than the average person. (2)Anxiety can be triggered by various experiences such as death in the family, animals dying unexpectedly, arguments with friends and loved ones, moving to a new area, and changes in routine. More than half of people with depression are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.

Coping Mechanisms 

Some common coping mechanisms that people use to deal with anxiety include: joining a club or group, being in the company of friends or family members, using alcohol/drugs, self-harm (cutting/punching oneself etc.), smoking cigarettes/weed, putting off responsibilities and avoiding tasks that may cause stress such as exams, job interviews, and social interactions. What is a normal progression (pattern) of anxiety symptoms? Mood changes, and physical symptoms, but some may have trouble finding the right words to describe these feelings. So they might talk about black dogs or dark thoughts in their head. This makes it difficult for others to understand them. Over time, this pattern becomes noticeable as people start to avoid things that make them anxious, including going out and interacting with others because the fear of saying something weird or embarrassing themselves is too much for them to handle. . What are common physical symptoms of anxiety? Heart palpitations, clammy hands, abdominal pain, dizziness.

Faith and spirituality can be a powerful tool in managing anxiety symptoms. Praying and meditating can help to reduce stress levels, calming the mind and body, while connecting with a higher power or divine force can provide comfort, hope, and peace. Practicing gratitude and focusing on the positive aspects of one’s life can also be beneficial in relieving anxiety symptoms. Furthermore, having faith in oneself and believing that everything will work out can help to improve overall well-being and happiness.

Please note that I am not a medical doctor. Some people may need the help of medication for a season or for a lifetime to help with their anxiety symptoms. However, I know that for some faith/ spirituality in action is their only tool to help cope with this broken world. I am not a professional, I’m just someone who cares about the suffering of people. I hope that this article gives you some new insights as to how to help those struggling with anxiety.

Anxiety for Nothing 

A common theme in the Bible is that we have to have faith. Faith is a method by which we can trust God to take care of us despite what may happen. This can be a challenge for many Christians because when people are anxious, they often feel like their anxiety has merit because of the events that are happening around them. Furthermore, when things go wrong and people seem to struggle more than usual, anxiety often takes over as a sense of entitlement and self-protection against what could happen. So how do we practice having faith in God while avoiding anxiety? By using Bible verses and illustrations to help us understand what the Bible says about God’s protection. Anxiety is a real struggle. Sometimes it may feel overwhelming like we can’t do anything to stop it.

But there are things we can do to lessen our anxiety without giving into panic and trying to avoid the source of our anxiety. One way is by believing in God and His power as described in Psalms 37:4 which says, “Deliver me from the anxiety of fear; for thou wilt surely distinguish between my enemies and me.” Another way is by using faith-based strategies for managing anxiety. Anxiety can feel like a fight, even though it’s not a physical battle. Sometimes it may feel overwhelming like we can’t do anything to stop it. But there are things we can do to lessen our anxiety without giving into panic and trying to avoid the source of our anxiety.

The most common method psychologists and mental health professionals train people who are anxious to manage their symptoms is to focus on their breath. But It’s His breath in our lungs and who better to call on than the one who created this autonomous system of getting air into the body! Count your breaths then praise the one who gave you breath. None of this is easy or simple. I want you to be encouraged today that every day, every hour you can begin anew. That the battle for your mind is not yet over and that you’re not stuck with anxiety for the rest of your life. We serve a living God who is involved in all the details of our lives, including our anxiety.