Encouragement During these Difficult Times

I would like to take this moment to encourage everyone to listen to their hearts about what to be doing with your time, and prioritize what is important each day. 

Perhaps we start each day writing out our goals for the day. First base your list on your needs. If you need employment right now, spend some time each day on your job search. If you need family, reach out, using the many technology methods available today. If I can learn Zoom and Facebook Messenger, you certainly can! If you have a need to improve your yard or home, make a list, wear your mask, and go pick up what you need in one trip. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you get home!

I myself have had no problem finding things to do.  For one thing, I am still working full time at home. However, there are still many things I can no longer do because of the pandemic (visiting family for instance). I am doing things that I have not had time for in the past. In fact, what I have found is that I need to focus on prioritizing all that I want to be doing. If I don’t prioritize then I am starting numerous projects without finishing any of them! In fact, because I am still employed and working at home, their are still things on my list that I am not getting to. I want to clean my attic and I want to varnish those two porch chairs, but I must focus on what is most important to me. I plan to paint my kitchen cupboards to brighten up my kitchen! In fact, I plan to take Thursday and Friday off of work this week in order to get started. Did you know that doing a professional job on your kitchen cupboards requires 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint! Can you imagine? I am going to embark on quite a time consuming project!

I have noticed from taking a look at Facebook occasionally and from what I see on the news that some of you out there in the world are struggling and bored. I want to encourage you today to take a hold of what you CAN do. Some ideas:

  • Start a new hobby
  • Go for a walk (I find that a walk really lifts my spirits)
  • Notice nature while walking; pay attention to all 5 senses on this walk
  • Exercise (relives stress)(make yourself do it!)
  • Meditate (this is hard work for me!)
  • Try out a new recipe
  • Remember when you couldn’t find the time to do all that you wanted to do?
  • Research ideas on the internet. I hear pinterest is full of ideas!
  • Look for professional development opportunities on line: check out Udemy, Coursera, Ed2Go, even LinkedIn has professional development within it’s website.

And finally, please don’t forget the keys to excellent mental health. Care for yourself in these three crucial areas: Exercise, Sleep, Eating healthy foods.

How we handle this pandemic is all up to us. We can look at it positively or allow our thoughts to go all negative on us which can lead to depression.  I stumbled across an online course for free the other day!  Thankfully, we can still do research in our own homes these days with a computer and/or a smart phone.

Don’t let this pandemic get you down.  YOU choose how to handle it!

Be Encouraged

My husband and I went to church today, just like every Sunday. I was asked to sing and I like to do my part when they need me. I love to sing, but most of the other cantors have far better voices than me. I still love to sing.

The congregation was not what it usually is. Father had an awesome message, just like usual and I found myself wishing that I had thought to bring in a notepad and a pen. I sincerely wish that my memory was such that I could remember some of the most important words so that I could quote him.

He also had a message regarding the Corona virus. We are to stay in our homes during these difficult times. We can look at the positives. We can use this time to sit in silence and hear God’s message. We can make the best of it by enjoying silence that we rarely experience any more in this busy world we live in. We can spend more time with our families.

Then I arrived home and took a peak at Facebook. A women from Taiwan posted an encouraging message regarding our shut downs. She said they went through a 30 day shut down in late January and through February. “No schools and it was a ghost town.” Didn’t leave their homes. She acknowledged the fear, the worry and the anxiousness that we are all feeling. Told us that these are normal natural human responses and encouraged us not to stay stuck there. “Trust God and trust the process.” 30 day shut downs work! Quarantine and hygiene works! She encourages us to remember that God never sleeps (Psalm 121) so we can. We need to look at this shut down as a “staycation.” Hang with your kids, binge watch movies, make your favorite recipes and enjoy silence. Don’t forget to pray for those that still have to go out and serve.

What a blessing of encouragement! Thank you Juanita Brown Ingram!