Food is getting pretty scarce out there. Sure, grocery stores are restocking almost every day but you may not be able to find what it is you need. You may be dependent on the stores for things like meat or milk BUT you can create your own fruits & vegetables.
Buy some seeds/seedlings or plants for herbs, veggies from places like Walmart, Target or at any Dollar Store. As long as you have sunlight, water & soil you can have your own source of nourishment during this time that we all are supposed to be indoors. You can grow anything from onions to carrots to potatoes, and they grow faster than you think. Start now & you’ll have your own garden before this quarantine is over!
Right now, a lot of companies have had to make the transition to laying off employees, cutting workers hours or even calling for their associates to work from home. For some of us, this is a gift from God (literally!) but for others of us we’ve had to make some adjustments on the fly. Working from home can be a great thing and if you are already home working or not working if you’ve been laid off, then it can’t hurt to get another job to make some extra money on the side.
Check online for companies that are looking for part-time employees. Companies like Amazon who need deliver drivers to grocery stores, Costco & Walmart are hiring temporary employees to help during this crisis. Go to their websites & find their job openings if you think you want to work either inside or outside the home during this time.
It’s tough to exercise when you’re supposed to be indoors all the time. Even without all the fancy exercise equipment, fun classes and instructors yelling at you, it’s still possible to get a good workout in. Just a grab a towel & do some stretches on the living room floor. Go to Instagram or YouTube and find your new favorite workout “coach” & get busy!
There’s cardio, anaerobic exercises, stretching, yoga, jump rope even pushups & pull ups. You can do crunches, planking and more stretching! I admit, the first week of being shut-in, I didn’t get much of a workout in. I ate & ate, but it wasn’t until this past weekend I decided to get out and do a little at-home conditioning. It’s amazing how much you can do for free in the comfort of your own home.
So if you can’t get out to exercise, then get up & get moving!
“Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for indulging the flesh. Put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature” (Romans 13:14 AMP).
Is there something in your life that you would like to put a stop to today? Maybe it’s a certain behavior, addiction, or bad attitude that isn’t pleasing to God? Just as Adam and Eve were exposed in their sin and needed to be clothed in the Garden, we need to clothe ourselves to protect us from sin. When you “clothe yourself” with the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be strong against temptation. How do you clothe yourself with Jesus Christ? In the same way you cover yourself in the natural with clothing. When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are covered and cleansed by His blood. You are restored and renewed. Then, cover your mind with the Word of God. Cover your ears by listening to the Word. Cover your eyes by watching only what is pleasing to the Lord. Cover your mouth by speaking the Word and encouraging those around you. As you cover yourself with Christ, you will b e strong against temptation, and you will walk in the victory the Lord has planned for you!
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to pay the penalty for my sins. Thank You for providing a way out of temptation so that I can stand clean before You. Help me stand strong as I submit every area of my life to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The C.A.R.E.S. Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) is providing a lot of economic relief to citizens all across the country. Everything from mortgage relief, to larger unemployment checks to loans for small businesses, our government is offering assistance to just about anyone who needs it.
For me, one of the best parts about this stimulus package is the student loan forgiveness plan. For the next 6 months, your federally funded student loan will be on pause. While it wouldn’t hurt to call your loan provider to *officially* put it on hold, once the bill takes effect, it will be done automatically. Also, no interest will accrue during this time frame and your wages cannot be garnished if you have student loan debt.
Take advantage of this opportunity – no student loan payments for 6 months without having to use up your deferment or forbearance. It doesn’t get much better than that!
One of the few places that are still open right now are the doctor’s offices. It’s definitely not a place anyone wants to be, but now is the perfect time to knock out those doctor’s appointments. Dentist, general practitioner, dermatologist, chiropractor, orthodontist, podiatrist, optometrist, whatever it is, go for it now!
I have already knocked out a few of these appointments myself. There was no line, no waiting & questions asked – I was able to get in right away and take as much time as I needed with my doctor. Grant it, everyone had on masks and gloves and I even had to have my temperature taken just to enter the office, but I am glad that I got it out of the way.
For those of you with insurance, go now – medical offices are open & everyone working there is happy to help people who don’t have the Coronavirus.
Now is the perfect time to discover new talent! Listening to music is one of my favorite pastimes. I love all forms of broadcast media – whether it’s podcasts, Spotify, Youtube, Pandora, etc. I like to explore new artist’s music and jam to the “oldies but goodies”. Quarantined at home, I’ve been listening to music like never before so it is a perfect time to update my playlist.
I challenge everyone who is reading this at home to create a NEW playlist – 1 for occasion. You should have at least one playlist for:
- Cleaning the house
- Working out
- Soft background music while working
- Washing the dishes
- Learning – a new language, how to videos…., etc.
- The news
- AND OF COURSE, Praise & Worship music
Listening is one of the most important senses and this is the perfect time to exercise your sense of hearing. Share your favorite playlists in the comments!