“A full strong tower is the Name of YHWH; a just man runneth to Him, and [he] shall be enhanced.”
– Proverbs 18:10
Shlomaaaa Party Peopleeee!
Yes, a hiatus is what I’ve been on. So much has been going on, I’ve undergone so much change, and I’ve really just had to take a step back from everything and assess what I thought I knew.
Plus, I’m sure you hear me when I say this little crisis on our planet has not been easy. On the pockets, OR on the heart.
It’s been so easy for me to isolate myself, binge eat or binge a show, surrender to anxiety about food shortages… weapons… bunkers… accessible healthcare during this.
And just yesterday, our stove went out!!! Great time, right? But I’m a firm believer that it’s happening FOR me, not To me.
Though He slay me, yet will I praise Him.
I’ve really just had to unplug and get out of this vicious cycle of being ruled by Babylon through the media. The TV as well as socially. It’s all emotional control.
I had to break out, and am fighting every day to not give in to it.
That’s why I feel led to share this with my fellow sister in Yashar’al. We cannot, especially as women, allow our emotions to dominate us during this time.
We ARE safe. We ARE protected. We ARE covered!
I know with the numbers and statistics and trending topics right now, it may be hard to believe. But try a little of this. You’ll feel relief.
First way to win back your peace right now…
Turn off that TV. Stop looking at the ‘News’. Get off of Facebook. Fast from media and social media.
What we see on a daily plays a big part on how we are feeling. You are what you eat, not just physically, but spiritually as well.
You could be having an *okay* day until you turn on the news and see the death toll in your area rising, or talks about mandatory micro chip implants. Now, your day is not even okay.
Even with those ‘harmless’ Rona jokes on your timeline. People joking about being quarantined, how glad they’re gonna be when they can go outside again, memes about a real crisis.
In the great words of our most wise King Solomon, there is a time and place for every thing under the sun.
A time to laugh, and a time to be sober from laughter.
Laughing may be a healthy way to cope, but in excess, it becomes just as toxic as biting your nails or smoking cigarettes.
Stop looking at it. It doesn’t motivate you to do anything productive, it’s not helping you attain resources, and you’re not gaining anything from it.
Outrage sells. Fear sells. Entertainment sells. Don’t exchange your energy for fear and anxiety.
2. Pray for Peace Within
Look, I don’t know about you, but I tried praying for a way out. For weapons. For a bunker. For money so I can stock up on food, medical supplies and all that good stuff.
And, I got (some of) that stuff. But it didn’t make me any less anxious, worried, depressed, or on edge about everything that’s going on. And all the money, weapons, first aid kits, fire logs, survival kits, underground bunkers in the world will not ever give you the peace you’re looking for.
Peace is being accountable for what you can control, and accepting the things that you do not.
Peace is not something that magically occurs when everything is perfect.
“I’ll be happy once I get that promotion, job, marriage, etc”. But you won’t.
Peace is a stillness of our energy when the water is troubled.
It’s saying “This place is on fire, but I am safe.” It’s knowing and trusting that YAH has promised you something, and He is not a man that He should lie.
When I stopped praying for YAH to do this and give me that, and instead started praying for peace, I noticed ALL the difference.
I stopped reacting. I stopped battling with anxiety as much. I stopped over-eating and indulging in toxic self-destructive behaviors. I found so much rest.
Accept that things aren’t perfect. If you are waiting for things to be perfect for you to be peaceful, then you will die in anxiety, my friend. Let go, let EHEYEH.
3. Get in The Word
Literally cannot emphasize this enough.
Fort Worth. Fort Lauderdale. Fort Knox…
Names of US American military bases.
Do you know what the ‘Fort’ is short for?
Fortified – (adj.) provided with defensive works as protection against attack.
For a double portion of His Peace, you need a double dosage of His Word.
When you’re unplugged and bored, looking for entertainment, about to pull your hair out from the insanity of this quarantine, pick up your sword!
We’re in a war. A spiritual war. Therefore, we must fight with spiritual weapons.
Now is not the time for games, Zion, as you can see.
There is an answer for every one of your questions, a remedy for every one of your ailments, a weapon for every one of your need for defense, a ray of sunshine for every one of your dark days. Found all in The Word of The Most High.
Don’t sleep on the joy, laughter, wisdom, and even entertainment you will find when you just open it up. It’s better than any TV show could ever get, especially when you are invested.
Moreover, it draws you in and brings you salvation from this world. You enter a fortified place.
4. Enjoy Little Blessings
Now’s a great time for an inner retreat, enjoying family, and getting back to what you’ve been missing amidst the 9-5 culture.
Just because things are hectic doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to rejoice.
Happiness is dependent upon the exterior things.
But joy is. It just is, no matter what. Rejoice, sweetheart.
Enjoy some worship. Treat yourself to a bubble bath. Have your favorite dessert. Light those candles you love. Tickle your kids. Make love to your husband.
This past weekend, I got some colorful chalk and bubbles for my daughter, and I played with her in our front yard. We laughed, smiled, sweated, and got whipped. Then, we sat on a blanket in the yard, and ate some cereal together, listening to the birds, watching the little bugs. Then, we wound down inside for a fluffy little nap together. She’s 4.
It doesn’t take much to enjoy the little things.
It’s not the end of the world. It’s just the end of what we know, and we are walking into a new reality, and that’s okay. Change is okay.
When you know you are safe and taken care of, you rest. You relax. You enjoy feminine things. I don’t just speak to you as a woman or wife. I speak to you as a Child of YAH.
He calls us His Bride. A bride of whoredoms, but His bride nonetheless whom He loves, forgives, and takes care of. Not because of what we do or who we are. But because of who He Is, and the Covenant He made to take care of us.
If you believe (YAH) your Husband when He says He WILL cover you, then chillax. Enjoy. Stretch out your legs. Take a deep breath. Carry on. Rest.
5. Get Some Exercise
Don’t fool yourself, hunny. You and I both know you’ve been eating and napping, and napping and eating!
Okay…….MAYBE I’m projecting lol.
But being cooped up in the house all day isn’t the healthiest for our bodies, especially when we’re not moving around all while eating and eating and eating because there’s nothing else to do.
I have gained at least three pounds. So I’m speaking for me, really.
I have weights, a jumping rope, resistance bands. I even have a yoga mat. I have no excuse.
Even if you don’t have those things, you have no excuse.
Stretch for twenty minutes to relax that stiff neck. Do some jumping jax to get that blood flowing. A few sit ups wouldn’t hurt either. I see your pudge!
And hey, even if you can’t go anywhere, crack open the window. Sit on your porch or balcony. Get some fresh air and listen to the bird (or play some nature music if there aren’t many singsong birds in your area).
It’s good to maintain or even build new healthy habits during this time.
We are not on vacation. We are not on vacation. We are not on vacation. We are not on vacation.
Stay productive and active, especially as it pertains to your mental, spiritual, and physical health.
6. Take Up a New Skill
You’ve got time on your hands.
Learn a new language. Make some jewelry. Start that garden. Learn how to juggle. Try that recipe. Begin that blog. Enhance your art skills.
Or, just finish that book.
Play your favorite game.
Race your family to see who can get dressed the fastest.
Have movie night. Game night. Prayer night.
Play in your makeup, go for a new look. Try some new yoga poses. Strive to learn something new about The Word every day.
For me, so far, I’ve discovered the Targums with my husband, making art, writing novels, trying new recipes, making YouTube videos, and I’m now considering picking up Portuguese lessons again.
There is so much you can be doing other than eating, napping, and letting the world suck your energy away with their fear mongering and outrage media.
The possibilities are endless.
Just make sure to pray about it first and execute balance in all things.
7. KEEP. THE. SABBATH.
It’s a commandment.
What else do I need to say?
Handle all of your shopping, cooking, and cleaning during the week, but reserve that one day at the end of the week ON THE SEVENTH DAY for Shabbat.
For twenty-four hours, no buying, selling, or working. Just relax, be in His Presence, enjoy your family, get clean via bath/shower, eat some good food, take all the naps you want, pray, rejoice, and be lighthearted. Forget about everything and exist in rest.
We all remember thou shalt honor thy parents, thou shalt have no other ELOHIM, thou shalt not steal.
But let us remember the Sabbath and to keep it Set Apart. It’s a part of the Ten Commandments.
It’s not a recommendation, but a requirement. With good reason, too.
Too much work and stress on our bodies and spirits will age us badly, cause chronic disease, excessive weight gain, acne (even in adults), and depression! Make it a point each week to have a complete and total retreat with your family, to just be.
You deserve rest, serenity, quietude, and salvation. And you don’t have to wait until the Last Day. You can have it today.
Winning back your place during this plague isn’t easy, but it can be simple.
Submit your heart to YHWH, make supplication for peace, read your Word, enjoy what you have, turn off the TV/log out of social media, accomplish a new goal, focus on your health and self care, and REST.
Rest will keep you sane during this process. Internally and externally. Let go and let Yah. Nothing will give you the peace you seek except HaShem????. Enter into His Shalom today!