Rather than trying to cram God and His Word into every available space, I needed to go out of my way to create a spiritual environment at home. As a long-time Christian, I was embarrassed that I had neglected to read my Bible or worship, but there was no better time than now to make a difference! Here's the strategy I've been following and intend to keep following in the next days so that we might bring God back into our lives.
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Start it off right.
If I ever expect to establish a proper atmosphere, I must first turn my heart to God. As busy moms, it might be difficult to find time to spend with God, but making time for God in the midst of the chaos is a wonderful idea. It's also a good idea to begin looking for God in the smallest of details. Even if I don't have an hour and a half each morning for a long devotion, I can prioritize time with God and it will carry over.
Listen to praise music.
I don't usually listen to music in the background because the kids make enough noise. To be honest, excessive loudness makes me uneasy and agitated. However, I've discovered that listening to a good worship and praise music (like this one) is actually rather relaxing. It tends to create a quiet atmosphere when I play it as we do our Fruit of the Spirit preschool, crafts and activities, or have free play. In addition, I frequently find myself pausing what I'm doing to sing. But not just singing, but genuine worship!
Read the Bible and storybooks.
Our Jesus Storybook Bible is one of our favorites! We'll incorporate Bible stories and lessons into our homeschool preschool. I don't want Sunday School to be the only place my children hear about God's Word. We also have a number of other books with biblical stories and themes, which I try to read on a regular basis. I want the kids to have a biblical worldview, and in order for that to happen, it needs to be something that comes up naturally in our talks. It isn't always simple, but the more I try, the more simple it gets.
Pray then not later.
You know how simple it is to say, “Oh, I'll be praying for that!” Well, it's long been my objective to pray right away and keep it in the forefront of my thoughts. Otherwise, I'm going to forget about it. Throughout the day, if I remember someone is sick or something important is going on, I try to stop and pray with the kids. If they're not available, I'll add, “Oh, Nana has a big day today; wouldn't it be a wonderful idea if we prayed for her?” After that, I'll say a little prayer. I want prayer to be always on our minds.
Don't always be in the prayer closet.
I need my alone time with God or I'll have nothing to give, yet I don't want my children to grow up without seeing me read my Bible and pray on a regular basis. I'll admit that I have a hard time with this because I prefer to do things on my own. In complete silence! However, with four children aged four and younger, there is rarely any silence, unless they are sleeping. I'd like to improve in this area. Also, instead of using the Bible app, I'd like them to see me read my actual Bible!
Living modestly is one way I may always bring God into our daily life. There are always occasions to ask for forgiveness from the kids, admit when I don't know something, and show that I'm looking for wisdom in God's Word. Because I'm a strong-willed Type A, it's simple for me to appear as if I always know what I'm doing. I, on the other hand, do not! I want my children to perceive me as a Christian mother who can be trusted, but I also want them to see my heart as teachable. This, I believe, goes a long way toward creating a spiritual and friendly environment.
That's one of the ways I'm attempting to improve our home's spiritual climate. What is it that you do in yours?
What does the Bible say about the atmosphere?
The last line is particularly pertinent to the global warming theory. According to God's word, the Earth's atmosphere will continue to function according to God's plan until the end of time “The earth is still there.” According to 2 Peter 3:10, “The day of the Lord, on the other hand, will come as a thief, and the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burnt up and dissolved, and the earth and its works will be exposed.” This signifies that God has already set a date for the earth to be destroyed, not by water but by fire, at the time of Christ's return, and for the earth to be reconstructed (Revelation 21:1).
How do you change the atmosphere?
Work your way through this list, and the environment will change. Whether it's the social distancing that's got you down, it's been a bad season in general, or the grumpies have infiltrated your home, the atmosphere will shift.
After all, it's difficult to stay in a negative mindset when you invite God into your home!
Invite Jesus in.
Although inviting Jesus in may seem self-evident, how often do we genuinely pray, “Lord Jesus, come in and invade our home?” Spend some time praying over your house. Do you require assistance? To get started, use these prayer suggestions.
Leave a Bible open in a place with high traffic.
Choose a location in your home that you frequent and leave it open in the area where you're studying. You'll see the Word of God in your comings and goings throughout the day if you do it this way. Come in and read a stanza from the book. Not only will you notice it, but your children may inquire about it, allowing for wonderful talks with them.
Display Bible verses throughout your home.
Maybe you already do it. If not, displaying God's Word throughout your home is an easy approach to improve the ambiance.
Open the windows.
Allow your home and your tired soul to take a breather. With the approach of Spring, the weather is ideal for letting a little fresh air in. If the weather or allergies prevent you from opening the windows, open the blinds and pull back the curtains to let natural light into your home.
Count your blessings.
Gratitude is a potent weapon. When you cultivate gratitude, it's difficult to stay down. Taking some time during the day to tell Jesus all the things you're grateful for in your life is one method to practice this. Another option is to keep a diary. It's a good idea to write in it on a regular basis and to read through it on particularly difficult days.
Play and have fun together.
Having fun with your spouse and children can improve your emotions and enhance your ties. Bring out some board games, card games, a puzzle to solve together, or a friendly game to play out back.
Whether you have children or not, it's critical to discover something you enjoy doing. Having a good time is encouraged!
Talk to God if your heart and attitude are just in a truly bad place. His complete serenity is tangible and reassuring. Praying God's Word over your heart and home is the best prayer. It'll change your life!
Although our prayers may not be answered in the ways we expect, His ways are always the best.
What do you do to alter the ambiance of your home? We'd appreciate it if you could contact us. Please let us know by leaving a comment.
Where in the Bible does it talk about speaking things into existence?
I'm not sure if she was the first to say that, but I've heard it several times from her. In my spirit, it's like a whisper.
I've spent my entire life in church, and I believe that we attend to church so frequently that it has become regular. Meaning, I'm curious if individuals genuinely listen to God's Word and apply it to their lives on a daily basis rather than only when they need it.
It doesn't appear to be the case, based on talks with a number of churchgoers. They thank God in church with raised hands and worship on their lips, but they don't speak LIFE during the week. Period.
I Choose to Believe
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books about how to achieve your goals by doing XYZ and 123. One thing my spouse claimed is true: those secrets, techniques, and advice are almost always found in the Bible! It's simply that they say it differently.
“BUMP IT!” I told myself on Saturday. From this day forward, I am going to BELIEVE that everything I desire in my life is going to happen. For the sake of myself and my family, I will believe it.
I will make it a habit to speak LIFE intentionally, to be aware of my words at all times, and to believe in God and that what He has planned for me will come to pass. In every aspect of my life, I shall be deliberate.
Scriptures about Speaking Things into Existence
- The tongue has the power of death and life, and those who love it will consume its fruit. 18:21 (Proverbs)
- Consider what is true, noble, just, pure, beautiful, and commendable. Philippians 4:8
- And if you have faith, you will receive anything you ask for in prayer. 21:22 in Matthew
- So will my word be when it comes out of my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but it will achieve what I intend and succeed in the task for which I sent it. 55:11 Isaiah
- Truly, I say to you, whomever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and believes in his heart that what he says will come to reality, will have his wish granted. 11:23 (Mark)
- “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,'” he said. 4:4 in Matthew
- “Whoever wishes to enjoy life and see happy days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from saying lies,” 1 Peter 3:10 says.
God, on the other hand, provides us guidelines to follow and specific instructions on how to live a happy and fulfilling life. So often, we (I included) pick and choose what we want to follow from the Bible. We choose the passage that will help us the most at the time when we need it the most.
I believe that we all desire a decent life, whatever that means to each of us. Our words, however, do not reflect this. If words have power, everything you say has an impact on your life. Even if you don't feel or see it the moment you say it, your words are sowing seeds.
Take a moment to reflect on your life, or simply where you are right now. Do you recall saying things about what you want to happen or what you don't want to happen, and now you're experiencing it?
Tip: Concentrate solely on the things you desire. Don't waste your efforts on something you don't want. Keep an eye on how things begin to change.
Change Your Words, Change Your Life: The Power of Every Word You SpeaK by Joyce Meyer
One Minute with God: Sixty Supernatural Seconds that Will Change Your Life, by Keith Ellis
What is God's atmosphere?
This let me realize that the goodness that God bestows on us is forever. Nothing can be added to divine good, such as disease, and nothing can be taken away from it, such as appropriate functioning. According to the Apostle Paul, God, Spirit, “gives life, breath, and all things to everyone;… we live, move, and have our being in him” (Acts 17:25, 28). As a result, Holy Spirit is the actual essence of our health.
Because God, Spirit, is eternally harmonious, perfect in every function and movement, and unchangingly supreme, the environment in which we, the spiritual representation of God's goodness, exist, move, and breathe must always be excellent. Health, not disease, and harmony, not discord, are inherent in God's creation and cannot be taken away. Regardless of human circumstances, this spiritual reality stays intact.
My prayers included not only me, but the entire human species. In addition, “Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, emphasizes that everyone is governed by the one divine Mind, God, who communicates only health, peace, and freedom to His children in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (see, for instance, p. 467). We are all born with the ability to be aware of this divine good. Our lives become less fearful and more peaceful as a result.
That's how I felt during my college years. I never had any symptoms, and the situation on campus had improved significantly. This condition was not repeated, and no other students were admitted to the hospital.
What does it mean when God shifts you?
A divine shift is a supernatural movement from one location to another; a small shift in position or direction; the supernatural act of putting one object in the place of another or shifting a person's or thing's location.
A supernatural progress and/or upgrade in your spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, professional, character, and conduct status will result from a heavenly shift.
“You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward,” the LORD ordered to Moses, according to Deuteronomy 2:2. In other words, God had been watching them in the wilderness as they moved along or around the promise's border, and he was preparing to send them north to inherit the promise, which was Canaan.
“The Symbolism of the Four Cardinal Directions,” according to Angel Manuel Rodriguez's paper. “The north has been considered as a metaphor of the everlasting or permanent, probably because the northern stars were always visible in the sky. It is the location of God's celestial residence (Isaiah 14:13) and the point from whence His splendor descends with blessings or judgments (Job 37:22). (Ezeikiel. 1:4). He is the genuine North's King.”
During this miraculous shift, God instructed Moses to move northward in order to complete their 40-year journey (which should have lasted just 11 days) and achieve his purpose and plan for the children of Israel.
Despite their sins, disobedience, moaning, and complaining, God's mercy and love permitted them to inherit the promise; they were about to enter their prosperous home.
“Remember how the LORD your God brought you all the way through the wilderness these forty years, to humble and try you, to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would fulfill his instructions,” reads Deuteronomy 2:8.
Before telling them to turn north, God had been monitoring and testing them to see if they would be true to him.
Could it be that God is keeping an eye on us to see if we would obey his orders and to examine what is in our hearts before telling us to turn northward to inherit the promises he has for us?
God's divine shift will force us to turn northward and go into our prosperous place, where we will own lands, own houses, and live prosperous lives, but only if we obey and remain devoted to him.
It's time for a divine shift, but are you prepared or able to receive it?
Hagios Ministries Inc. in Gainesville is led by Pastor Denise McGinnis-Brown.
What does the Bible say about the environment?
These questions are now being carefully considered by Christians, particularly the younger ones. Thousands of evangelical Christians are gathering throughout the world this month to pray about climate change, according to a recent report in The Observer (including one session at the Billy Graham Library). Rachel Lamb, the national organizer, claims that the Lausanne Movement for Evangelization (which I had the honor of chairing for many years) considers “creation care” to be a gospel issue. “We know that God created the earth, and it is His property, not ours… we are simply stewards or trustees of God's creation, and we are not to mistreat or neglect it,” she writes.
When I open my Bible (in any version), I discover hundreds of passages stating the same thing. Here are a few examples:
What are the 3 elements of spirituality?
In their eternal wisdom, all shamans, healers, sages, and wisdom keepers of all centuries, continents, and peoples claim that human spirituality is made up of three aspects: connections, values, and life purpose. These three components are so strongly linked that it may be difficult to tell them apart. Take a minute to ponder on each facet of human spirituality to determine the state of your spiritual well-being if this is possible. This will be a three-part monthly series, starting with relationships.
Internal (your domestic policy)how you deal with yourself, how you nurture the relationship with yourself and your higher selfand external (your foreign policy)how you relate, support, and interact with those people (and all living entities) in your environmentare the two categories of relationships.
What criteria would you use to assess your internal relationship, and what steps could you take to improve it?
How would you assess your external relationships, shifting from the perspective of domestic policy to international policy?
What happens when you have a spiritual awakening?
As Kaiser argues, this is the start of your spiritual journey, as you begin to doubt everything you previously believed. You begin to purge certain aspects of your life (habits, relationships, and outdated belief systems) in order to make room for new, more meaningful experiences. You may sense that something is lacking, but you aren't sure what it is. It's common to feel disoriented, confused, and down during this time.