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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

What I’m Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As you know we are in uncertain times with the corona virus ( COVID-19) pandemic that is happening around the globe.  I’ve watched the news reports, watched the shelves empty as people shop for basic needs, and watched how we all have become more aware of our hygiene and are cleaning responsibly.  This time of pandemic has grabbed our attention, changed our focus to mini retreats of being at home with one another.  It has brought a whole new meaning for me to the staycation, the stay at home, the telecommute, and the overall virtual experience.  I’m learning the real value of quiet time and solitude, but even more the value of gratitude.  I’m learning to pull over, turn off, be still and listen to God speak.  I’m learning to dial in, plug in, connect and reach out in various communication forms.  My takeaways are becoming giveaways.  I’ve lost some things materially but I’ve gained much more spiritually.   Maybe God has to take away our jobs and the stress, in order for us to give away words of comfort, encouragement and hope to others.  Maybe God has to take away our consumption of time spent focusing on mindless activities in order for us to be more mindful of Him and who He is.  I’m learning God is still in control of my life and I don’t have to quarantine the gospel.  I’m learning to just share it.  I may have to stay at home but the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t have to. The  messages of  hope found only in Christ Jesus have the power to overcome anxiety, hopelessness, panic and fear.   Here are a few scriptures to help us meditate on and share with others. (John 3:16, Romans 8:28-31,  Luke 12:22-24)

 

 

 

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FAMILY

A Scary Moment

We are being loved into existence! If God did not love us, if He stopped thinking of us, we would not exist.:

I was at a restaurant eating dinner with a friend and the phone started to ring.  I never heard the phone ringing because it was on silent. My phone was buried in my purse at the bottom and I was wrapped up in engaging conversation, background music playing and a fragrant candle burning.  I discovered later someone was trying to reach me.  Four missed calls but no voice messages left by the caller. It was a scary moment on both sides and when we finally connected, we were both asking the same question, Is everything alright?  It was my mother, she was concerned, really concerned about me because I had mentioned to her I wasn’t feeling well the day before.  She could not get a hold of her daughter, her baby girl.  She began to think something bad happened and it was very scary for her to think I wasn’t doing alright. I reassured her I was ok and I explained what happened with my phone.  I thought how scary it must be when we can’t reach people we care most about.   The mother who couldn’t reach her little boy after he fell in with the gorilla knows that was a scary moment regardless of what has been said about her being negligent.  The fact is mothers and fathers who can’t reach their children is scary.  Very scary.  God, our heavenly Father doesn’t have these type of scary moments with us.  Nothing we do frightens Him. God knows where his children are and although we may go silent, drift away , turn off and ignore Him at various times in life. He knows exactly where we are and is always right there to answer  our question that everything is and will be alright. Thank God for His care, concern and most of all His love.

 

 

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TWO WORDS

TWO WORDS TO THE WISE

106dc96c1fd3df6be80aee65cab17019I’ve got two words to share today and they are simply this: SLOW DOWN