A friend wrote to me recently and stated, “We are trying to keep our sanity while working at home, having our children home from school and feeling isolated.” Well said, because the whole world seems to be on a pause. It is not a season to fear, but we can embrace this season and believe for some good to come out of it. So, here are 10 things you can do while feeling a bit like a captive.
10. Spend extraordinary time with God. Receive His peace. Spend spiritual time with your family, praying and bringing them comfort, encouragement and security. Keep reading and keep praying through Psalm 91 and other scriptures. God’s word brings certain peace.
9. Go through your phone listing of names and locate those persons that you feel or sense may need a call or an encouraging text message. Let them know you are thinking of them. Go alphabetically and work through your personal directory of names prayerfully. Consider doing the same with your email addresses.
8. Ask your spouse how you can serve them. Work on taking shifts with the kids so you can get your personal work accomplished. Keep some sense of school and learning going with your children.
7. Call your immediate neighbors and arrange a driveway or front porch shout out to one another. Say something like, “At noon on Saturday, let’s all go outside to our front porch or driveway and shout out a greeting to one another.” Ask everyone how they are doing. Let them know you care and ask if anyone needs any help.
6. Currently, there is no visitation in senior care homes and rightly so. Do you know someone living in this situation? Call them or Facetime them so that you can be a voice and a face of encouragement. You can also call and ask if there is a senior who needs to talk to someone as you could volunteer to do so. Do not forget the incarcerated or those in some form of rehab as well.
5. If you are headed to the store, who can you ask or check with to bring items back for them? We have a recent widow and a woman being cared for who is 100 years old that we keep checking in with.
4. Clean out your attic. It’s a great time to rid yourself of stuff. Put free items out on your sidewalk or driveway for others who may need them.
3. Bake some cookies for your neighbors or perhaps someone needs a basket of encouragement filled with little gifts or necessary items.
2. There are missionaries still on the field serving and there are missionaries who have had to return home. You can contact them and ask how they are doing or if they need anything in the way of support during this time of transition.
1. Turn on worship music in your home. While it plays in the background it will refresh, encourage and minister to the spirit of every family member. Monitor the TV, espcially the news which can be scary to children. Locate The Chosen and watch 8 amazing episodes with your family. The Chosen has had almost 12 million views and already self-raised almost 2 million of 10 million dollars needed for season two. View the trailor here.
Remember, God has made many rich deposits within you. It is time to give Him a return on His investment. Ask Him what He would have you to do for others and trust Him for an amazing outcome.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)