How are you all doing? Really doing? I will confess that lately I’ve felt a bit like my emotions have been on one of those little kiddie roller coaster rides. It’s been almost a month now that I’ve been at home. Some days are okay and others are rough. I am an extrovert who also gets winter blues and hermits so spring is usually a time that I look forward to. I’m basically a bear who’s been hibernating and is hungry for some fresh air and socialization haha.
But here’s a few things on my mind right now.
1.) People are not meant to be alone. Gen 2:18 says: Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now granted, this is referring to a husband and wife relationship, however it still stands that it’s not good for people to be alone. We were never meant to be. There is a reason why isolation is so effective as a punishment. There are people right now with families and/or friends at home, and there are people who are entirely alone. Still respecting social distance rules, I just want to put it out there to check-in on your friends and family members who are living alone. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and other apps out there allow you to be social without needing to be in the same room. It’s not the same as being in-person, but it sure is a lot better than nothing.
2.) Have you seen the meme around social media that says it feels like we are all in a Kindergarten classroom continuing to lose playtime because of those one or two kids who keep acting up? I may or may not have shared this one myself. Rom 13:1-5 talks about how we are to obey our governing authorities and that their authority has been given by God. As hard as it is, and regardless of how you personally feel about it all, we need to obey the rules right now. At the end of the day the intent of all of this is to prevent the spread and protect the vulnerable.
3.) Have compassion for others. This is a scary time for many. This is also a time when people’s hearts may be softer to hearing the Gospel. Share the hope that is within you and be a light in your community. Don’t feel like you have to always have yourself put together, but also don’t believe that there’s nothing you can do to be used by God right now.
4.) If you need help–ask for it. There is no shame in it. There are many people getting a taste of what depression and anxiety feels like and it’s a scary thing. There are people who are struggling because of a loss or decrease of employment. Some are going stir crazy because they live alone, or because they have their family all at home and need outside interaction. Some people don’t even know what’s wrong but are just struggling. The thing is, it’ a weird time right now for everyone.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Gina @ Stories By Gina
Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Words of Hope
Claudia @ By Claudia Moser