Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How Shall We Then Live

Good morning my very special friends.  Do you know how much you mean to me?  I've been praying for you, thinking of you, and asking God what I can do in these troubled times.  Are you asking yourselves that too?

Aside from having lots of lovely time to stitch, (isn't it great), there actually are things we can do.

In times of stress, our environments can reflect our mind-set.  How is your home?  Is it calm, peaceful, clean?  Have you let housework slack while the news plays 24/7?  I know to me, housework just doesn't seem important at the moment - but it is!

God has laid on my heart to keep my home a place of rest, of sanctuary if you will.  My husband and son are still working, although they may shut down my son's place of employment soon.  The least I can do is make sure "home" is normal, cook them healthy food, keep an air of joy here.   If they have to be home, let's make it a place where they want to be.

The lady of the house tends to set the tone of the house.  Let us make our homes a place of prayer, a place of joy, a place where our family members can find rest.

With all of the social distancing going on right now, how do we keep our sense of community?  Well, something our city is doing is having a Shamrock Hunt for the children.  No gatherings, just folks putting shamrocks in their windows, so when the kids go walking around they can count them and see how many they can find.  If you have a neighborhood app, can you try to start something like that?  And possibly do Easter eggs in windows, although I'll never understand what eggs have to do with it, lol.

Another thing people are doing is standing in their driveways at the same time every evening, just to shout hello, wave, and ask neighbors if they need anything.

I think that's brilliant.  

I read a story, when the virus first broke in Wuhan, China, that Christians were running to the epicenter with face masks to give away to people.  

(John 15:13) "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

How does that compare to the hoarding going on around us - the mad rush to buy out everything at the stores - let us instead have the mind of Christ.

(Luke 9:23-24) "¶ And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  {24} For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."

My friends, let us do all in Christ.  Let us prayerfully seek His will, and do it.  Our joy comes not from the world around us, but from Him.  Call your friends and family - maybe we can't spend time with them in person, but we can take the time to call.  Especially the elderly, who already deal with isolation in daily life.  

Pray for those on the front lines (nurses, doctors, paramedics), and pray for our nation.  Pray with your family.  May God give us wisdom and strength and love for our neighbor.  I love you all so much - be well, be joyful in Christ.



Donna P. said...

Lucky for us, I guess, we have no reception so news is slow. I mean actual news, not stuff you see that MIGHT be true on FB. No real panic here, just concern as most RVers here are seniors, me included. Grocery shopping is the biggest concern I think since we don't have storage room and small fridges.
But, we rely on God. You can't live in fear. "When I am afraid, I will trust in thee". "God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love, and a sound mind.".
Love and prayers

Robin in New Jersey said...

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7

My go to verse whenever I feel fear sneaking in.

Lovely post, Allie.

Joyce Carter said...

This is such a wonderful post Allie. Thank you for writing it. My husband and I are elderly. He listens to the news a lot and it is very scary. But one station will tell you one thing and another just the opposite. So I don't know what to believe. People are acting so crazy. I know we are going through different and strange times, but I think we should just stay calm and do what we need to do. I know my Father is watching over us so I put every thing in His hands.
Thanks again for your wonderful post.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Beautiful encouragement, from a beautiful heart who loves our Lord.

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful post Allie. Thank you!

Fiona said...

lovely post Allie, stay well. Lets hope kindness and compassion gets the better of greed and nastiness in these times...

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Lovely post, Allie! We haven't seen any panic here in my area. (“sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior”) Sure, people are shopping and are concerned, but no craziness. Let's hope it stays that way. Love your heart!! ❤️

kupton52 said...

A sweet and timely post, Allie. We here in WV just had a first confirmed case in the state's eastern panhandle. I live in the extreme southeastern part of the state but things are crazy here as well. Panic runs rampant; it's even proving difficult to keep my 3 adult daughters from giving into the hype and panic. I would much prefer they remember "no weapon formed against me shall prosper"...and "all things work together for good to those who love the Lord"... I know these are difficult times and hope that people see that this present chaos may be only a shadow of things to come and not only prepare physically but spiritually as well. Blessings...thank you for your prayers...what could we see if we would all join together in prayer for our country and the world?

TerriSue said...

Sweet, sweet Allie, what a lovely post. Thank you so much.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Amen! and thank you Sweet Allie.

Lin said...

Such a lovely post Allie. We are only allowed out now for shopping/pharmacie etc and then we have to have a form with us showing who we are and why we are going out! Thats French beaurocracy for you lol. Counting ourselves very fortunate that we have a large garden to walk around and lose ourselves in as only short/close to home exercise walks are allowed. fortunate to have friends around to talk to on the phone and family in UK who we skype with regularly. Not so hard for us but for many, especially those who can not work, it is a very difficult time. Hugs and prayers for you Allie. xx

Kim said...

Good words! Our pastor's sermon Sunday (live-streamed) was on Psalm 46 which was very encouraging. God is still in control and does all for His glory and our best.

Tanya said...

Thank you for the very uplifting words!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What a sweet post, Allie. I enjoyed reading it very much. It is true that trying times bring out the worst in people, but thankfully also the best and there are always more of the latter.
I also enjoyed your last post...nice to see your Mom again. I know we look like fools trying to use these tiny phones. Meanwhile, hope you are all safe at your various places of work. This too shall pass.

Karen said...

Love the bird with the rainboots and umbrella!

Yvonne said...

It is a weird thing that is happening. In my country one province is affected very badly, others not so much. Life seems to be on hold. People are helping each other. Great initiatives to help out were possible are started. I like your initiative of getting out on the drive way and find out if everyone is okay.
I must say it is peaceful too. With so many things cancelled, a day seems to be longer with much more time in it.
Keep safe and healthy!

Águeda said...

Dear Alli, thanks for your words, they are really precious. I'm glad you and your family are fine. I wish you the best. A great hug , dear. God bless you.


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