Have some time to chat? Grab a nice iced tea (mine is fresh brewed Blood Orange loose leaf tea, so yum!) or a diet coke will always do. :o) Find a peaceful spot. For me it's on my front porch, in my rocking chair where I can see my azaleas blooming.
Let's talk...So, how are you doing? As in today, amidst everything that is going on with the Corona virus, how are you doing? How are you handling it all? How is your heart?
Everyone is talking about it. Lots! There's lots of info, statistics, feelings, thoughts, predictions and recommendations to read. Many people are doing things very different from their normal. It's a crazy time, that's for sure. As a wife, Momma and Preacher's Wife, my mind is filled to the brim of trying to balance caring for my home, my man, my children, the people of our church, with a balance of not being afraid. It can be a difficult balance at times, can't it? But, in the middle of it all, God can give you a peace.
The Lord has been teaching me a few things through this and a few things I want to make sure that I am doing that I thought I would share here. So, Let's Talk....
How we, as Christian Wives and Mommas, should handle the stress of a National Emergency:
Let's remember that our children are watching. They often see how we handle difficulties to decide if they should be worried and frightened, or if they should trust that God is in control. I want to be careful of my responses and the look on my face. A smile goes a long way.
Let's be careful of how much "news" we fill our hearts with. Yes, we should be updated and not have our heads buried in the sand. But, constantly talking about what is happening in our world is giving our families a sense of worry and panic. Have you prayed about it as much as you've worried about it?
Let's be careful to not believe everything we read. Especially on Social Media. Stories get told and passed along and get bigger and more "news worthy." All of it isn't true. And just because it has pretty graphics doesn't mean the statistics are all accurate.
Let's be patient with our Leaders, Elected Officials and Pastors. They are human. They do not have all the answers. They are doing the best they can.
Let's not compare ourselves with one another. Everyone must make decisions that they feel are right for themselves, their families and their churches. 2 Corinthians 10:12b "But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
Let's enjoy the little things. This is a time where we may have more together time, which is something many dreamed about only weeks ago! Enjoy the little things in life, like this pretty bouquet Callie picked. Look at the springtime flowers blooming. Have something you've been wishing you could try or learn? Now is the time!
Let's choose to be thankful. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." When we truly believe Romans 8:28 it prompts us to then be thankful.
Let's Create an atmosphere of peace. Peace from the Lord is precious. Find that peace each day by planning to spend extra time in His Word. Do a word study on peace and put the verses in visible places. When God gives you peace others will see it and it will pass to them. It's contagious! But, the good kind of contagious. :o)
Let's recognize that God is still in control. It's so comforting to know that none of this caught God by surprise. He knew! And He was already working for us! Trust in Him and His sovereignty.
It's no surprise to me that my hymn for this month is "Leave It There." God knew I needed it! So thankful for a wonderful, sovereign, burden-bearing God!