So what’s it like living in tight quarters?
These are such peculiar days! Normally, if we were tired of the same four walls we could run out to the Mall, to the Park, to the Store... We could go somewhere and do something! How strange it is not to find some of those familiar destinations available to us!
This unusual time is now a very trying time for some of you. Some of us may have asked, “What is God up to?”
Today’s outline offers information from “Focus on the Family” website, an article composed by Joannie Debrito. Please take time to visit their website listed at the end of this article.
– Pastor Kevin
When you are working from home, you may have goals that you need to accomplish that day. However, it’s unrealistic to think that your kids will comply with the goals you have. So how do you find that sweet spot – where you are able to reach your goals and still respond well to your kids?
Is it time to admit that having children home all the time – might not be what we thought it would be?
Joannie Debrito writes, “Working from home comes with its own set of challenges. It’s important to have a quiet space where you can work, minimize distractions, set a routine, and focus on your goals for the day. Working from home with kids can add a new dynamic to your job. When our kids are on extended breaks from school and are sharing the same space, distractions can come more easily which can impact our productiveness.”
When I was growing up, the third of four children, I didn’t think anything of it, but later wonder how my Mom put up with us! Four children born in a span of 5-6 years!
From a Pastor . . .
An Ugly Secret – What most concerns me is that you may be in trouble – and no one will
ever know. You won’t tell anyone. You won’t phone a friend. You won’t nudge a neighbor. You will suffer in silence – until it’s nearly too late.
I’ve heard too many times from men especially, that they didn’t want to bother anyone with their problems. We were raised to believe that we’re supposed to be tough enough to handle anything.
But now we’re facing circumstances that the world has never undergone before!
It’s a freekin’ world-wide pandemic! I think it’s okay to change the rules now!
Let me get back to your question. The world in which we live is no longer perfect or “good” as God first declared. In some ways, it is broken.
Because it is broken, God has prepared a more perfect place, a place beyond what we can see with our human eyes – a place we call heaven! Heaven is better than anything we’ve experienced and it will last forever! That’s a big part of our Easter message! When we compare what heaven will be like and how long we will enjoy heaven, our time in this world is so very short.
Natural Consequences. I need to explain something about consequences. When I was your age, and I disobeyed my Dad, I would get in trouble. Sometimes I would get in trouble because what I had done could have hurt me or hurt someone else. What if I had left the skillet on – and later my little sister walked into the kitchen, and not knowing there was a danger of a hot skillet, she reached her hand up on the counter into the skillet and was burned real bad?
One of our 7 year-olds in Church thought that I might have a good answer to his questions, so his mother passed them on to me. I’m happy to respond because I believe there are others who want answers to these same questions:
Paul wrote to the Church in his letter to the Philippians the following caution, Don’t
worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry...? This may be the most worrisome time ever for most of you.
Can you define what it is that is causing you to be afraid or anxious? I understand that it’s the Coronavirus, but what is it about the virus that alarms you? How have you tried to cope with the anxiety or fear? And what would your life be like if you were free of this anxiety?
What I want you to hear especially from the above Bible passage are the instructions to
“tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
We find ourselves in uncharted territory. The news of a global pandemic has seized our attention and dramatically effected our lives and our livelihood! So many of our friends are losing hours at work and necessary wages. Investments and pension plans are spiraling. The threat of a deadly virus has shocked a nation as businesses and services have closed or radically altered their hours and their ways of engaging with people.
And though there is every reason to worry – Don’t!