During this pandemic, I am stressed. I am a planner. Being in limbo since March 13, has been hard for me. I need some type of stress reliever. I get cabin crazy easily. I need to be in my classroom with my students, in my school with my friends, sitting on the fourth row of my church, going to estate sales every weekend with my best friend... sitting at home day after day, buying groceries online to be delivered, ordering our restaurant meals for delivery a couple of times a week, visiting my mother in the front yard... it has taken a toll on my spirit.
The main way I can move past these feelings is to be silly. Being silly is my "go to" in my classroom- it helps in my home too! A dance party in the kitchen makes me laugh, gets out some frustration, gets the blood pumping, and makes me laugh. Of course my children are often mortified until I can convince them to join in!!!
Reading the Bible translation The Message often helps me when I'm stressed or confused about something. It brings the Word to me in a simple way and pushes me to think... reading Psalm 26:6-7 in this version makes me think of the next time we can all be together in our beautiful sanctuary.
I am trying to learn to have faith. Faith that He will see us through this time. Faith that He is still present even though some dark days I feel so alone. Faith that He will lift me up when I do not have the strength.
Join me in a dance- laugh at your silly moves- marvel at what God has truly blessed us with that we seem to forget when times get rough... focus up award, confident that He is here in this pandemic with us.
"I scrub my hands with purest soap, then join hands with the others in the Great Circle, dancing around your altar, God, singing God-songs at the top of my lungs, telling God stories." - Psalm 26:6-7 MSG
How are you finding moments of joy or laughter during this time at home?
how are you able to find God's peace in nature, the people around you, or in His Word?
What could God be teaching you to focus on during this pandemic that would be new or different from your norm?
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. - Jeremiah 33:3
Questions for Personal Reflection
How has the coronavirus changed how you see God?
How have your prayer and/or meditation practices changed during this time?
What are the triggers that motivate you to draw closer to God?
What successes have you found that draw you closer to God that others might benefit from?