So here we are, quarantined.
This is so surreal. It’s only been a couple of days, and I can’t wrap my brain around it. I know our anxieties are high, our fears of the uncertainties may be growing day by day, and our hands are cracking and itchy from washing them, NON-STOP, at least mine are. I saw a MEME the other day:
Well, ladies, it’s good to laugh in times like this, but it’s also good to be reminded of who Jesus is and who we are to Him. Here are some practical ideas to remain peaceful in the uncertainties:
Make time on your schedule to connect with Jesus every day. Tell Him your fears. Cry out to Him.
I know this might be hard for some but praise Him in this storm. This is a “sacrifice of praise.” God is good and worthy to be praised, but praising/worshipping Him reminds US of who He is.
Write out a gratitude list. Find at least one thing in your day to be thankful for.
Read over the Psalms. Let’s look at Psalm 91 right now. Check out the title:
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and [b]buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall [c]bear you up,
Lest you [d]dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will [e]set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With [f]long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
God is watching over us. He is still on His throne. Another great Psalm to read daily is Psalm 46. Rest in the presence of God. He is our refuge and strength.
Read over the blog: Abide? What does it mean? Connect, depend, and continue in Him! This is a great reminder.
Attend a church service ONLINE! Join me on Sunday mornings at my church, Grace Community. https://graceoc.churchonline.org/ We will worship together, hear an encouraging message, and be able to chat with each other.10:00 and 11:30.
We all know the practical things to do to remain safe, such as the social distancing and washing hands, but have you thought of these?
Get outside! Take a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood. Getting out is essential during this unusual time. If you are able, try to get outside every day.
Stay connected to your family and friends via phone or facetime. Hear their voices and see their faces. Don’t isolate, well, you know what I mean. With that said, check on those who are alone. Be intentional and make a phone call.
Try to avoid excessive social media coverage. Even block people or groups who post unsettling things.
Create a daily self-care routine. Plenty of rest, lots of water, eat healthy, move at least 20 minutes, and my personal fav…. facial mask. Maybe not daily, but at least once a week. I do a reenacted “spa day.” It always makes me feel good!
Relax, light your favorite candle, turn on some spa music while you stretch, do some yoga, and take deep breaths.
So, ladies, we are in this together. Leslie and I are here to engage with you online. Let us know how we can pray for you and encourage you as we walk this journey together. We strongly encourage you to connect with us:
Join our private group: BTF Women Private Group
So, before I go outside for my daily walk, I want to encourage you with this:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I love you ladies,