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Perspective in Quarantine

Like most of you, I am under a “stay-at-home order”, a guideline seeking to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For me, life is not very different. My husband works from home already. I write these posts and encourage others from home. We don’t just leave the house at a moment’s notice anymore, and our small group now meets online instead of at my dining table. Other than that, our lives remain the same. I am blessed.

But for many, there is a dramatic change in their lives. Schools are canceled. Businesses are ordered closed. Families are together under one roof 24/7. The children don’t understand why they can’t go to the playground.

The chaos of all this can definitely bring a person down. It is easy to get stuck in the “I have to” and “I cannot” and “They will not let me” frame of mind.

have to be with the family 24/7. I have to cook meals, we can’t go anywhere. I have to pick up all day long.

The more you focus on I have to, the more pressure you will feel. Saying this yourself makes it a command, something you don’t want to do. Think of your child when they tell their friends “I cannot ......(read more)

With all the chaos going on right around you at this time, how are you maintaining your personal peace.

I love the song "Help Me Find It" sung by the Sidewalk Prophets. The short phrase "give me peace for the moment" has become my mantra.  Help me Lord get through this moment. If I focus beyond that I become anxious and scared.  I am in this moment, now. Help me to live in this moment, with your peace.

It's hard sometimes, but I try to imagine Jesus sitting beside me in an easy chair, calmly reassuring me.  So many friends have set in that chair and shared moments. Sometimes I am assuring them; other times they are assuring me. Friends can't come over right now, so look over at that chair and see Christ looking lovingly at me, telling me to take a breath, relax, refocus. He reaches out and offers his hand. Let's sit together and enjoy peace in this moment.

How do you find peace in the moment? What helps you take a breath, relax, refocus and reach out to hold his hand?

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.   Isaiah 41:13 NIV



 
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