Just a note of faith and encouragement in these challenging times.
Our Scripture for today is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Disappointment and cancelation of activities is difficult. Resisting the urge to do the things we normally do is hard. But as Christians we can be confident that the Holy Spirit will give the self-discipline to follow the guidelines of self-distancing and staying home.
As always there are things that we can do besides being glued to the news on 24/7 or going down the rabbit hole of poor me. Below are a list of things that can lift our spirits and the spirits of others, until we can be physically together once more.
- Limit your time on Social Media – it only adds to worry and anxiety.
- Listen to hymns, Christian Radio, or simply rock out to your favorite music.
- Watch comedies – laughter is great medicine
- Call (not just text) Call or Facetime friends and neighbors. One friend even played a game with her parents in another state via Facetime.
- If you need help with technology – reach out to friends and neighbors or your teenage relatives.
- IF you are not in a risk group (under 60 and with no underlying health problems) reach out to those who are to see if you can help them with groceries or medicine.
- Pray – perhaps even start that journaling that you always said that you wanted to do.
- BREATHE – as we get stressed we lapse into shallow breathing. It is amazing how much better we feel when we practice deep breathing.
- Get outside – even a few minutes for a solo walk about will lift your spirits.
- Tackle one of those “I’ll get to it someday projects” – cleaning a closet or a shelf will give you a great feeling of accomplishment.
Above all remember that God is with us and we will get through this together. Reaching out to one another by phone or video chat will chase away our doldrums.