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I am the Lord and there is none beside me.

Isaiah 43 is one of the most wonderful chapters in all of scripture. (Of course I say that about a lot of chapters.)

But what draws me to this particular chapter is how many times God draws attention to his own lordship. God is not capable of arrogance as it would sound coming from human lips.

He’s doesn’t repeat this time after time for his own benefit but for ours. He is reminding us that he and he alone deserves to be called the one and only Lord.

He goes on to recount his creation of all living things on this earth, we humans in particular. Paul quotes Isaiah 9b, “Will the clay say to the potter, “What are you doing?” In Romans 9: 20-21, it states that we are his to shape and mold as he sees fit without question.

To give someone else control isn’t easy. Giving our government control over our actions isn’t easy. None of us like being told where we can or cannot go.

But maybe we can use this restriction on our lives as a way to remind us that this is how we are supposed to place ourselves in the Potter’s hands to do with as he wishes.

Think of this portion of scripture the next time you bristle about your restrictions and confinement. Let those feelings of irritation remind you, remind me, that we are usually wrangling with God over these same control issues.

Assuming we are in right relationships with God, his molding of us will only draw us closer to him and his purpose for our lives.

If we are not in right relationship with God, he will have to continue getting us back to that starting point as a lump of clay and start all over again, many times all over again.

Doesn’t it make sense to cooperate with him the first time?

Let’s allow God to really shape us during this shut-down. Let’s think through our reactions about giving up control and try and determine if we treat God this way sometimes. Is there a correlation? Can we learn from this how it feels to give God control?

I wonder why we are all looking for something to do. I’ve even got a post coming soon with some ideas for you. But I wonder, why are we trying to occupy every minute?

I’m guessing it’s because we’re scared and being busy helps. But I’m not sure that’s so good. So while I, too, am getting bored and want to fill every moment, I’m also trying to make sure I have plenty of contemplative time. I want to think about this crisis and how it can make me stronger in my faith walk.

What about you? Are you taking time during this quarantine to simply think?

God bless and stay safe.

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I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! What?

I love it when common sense wins out.

Let me explain.

Ever since this horrible crisis started, I’ve questioned the thoughts of the scientific community about the wearing of masks for the general public.

We were told to wear a mask if we showed symptoms because it protected those around us.

I immediately said to my husband, “So the virus only goes one way?” In other words, why wouldn’t it also protect the person who isn’t sick from getting it?

I listened to the “experts”. And it never made any sense to me.

And, of course now, a recommendation might well be coming out that we should all wear masks when in public.

I KNEW IT!!!

Of course, some of the reasoning was that people would feel safer when wearing a mask and wouldn’t follow the safety practices like washing our hands, all the time, and cleaning surfaces constantly, and maintaining social distancing.

But there is also the counterpoint, which is that wearing a mask might well remind us how serious this is. I mean, why wouldn’t it?

I know that part of the reasoning was because they didn’t want to run out of mask for first responders and medical personnel.

So people who sew can make their own masks. (Tons of patterns on Pinterest.) But what if you don’t sew?

Well, wrap a scarf around your mouth. If you have old clothes you are getting ready for your local thrift store, cut those up and make into some sort of makeshift mask.

Here’s cool no sew idea. (double-click on image)

One final note,while I believe God thinks and performs out-of-the-box, I also believe God is a God of common-sense. Proverbs is the most common-sense book in the world.

Then there is “you reap what you sow”, I mean, duh! If a person only followed one piece of advice that would be my recommendation.

We get all excited about the definition of insanity, “Don’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect different results”. It’s reapin’ and sowin”.

God was way ahead of the curve with that little nugget of wisdom. If you keep sowin’ what you’ve been sowin’, you will keep reapin’ what you’ve been reapin”.

Stay healthy and keep flattening the curve.”

Don’t leave God out of this scary crisis.

I was listening to a doctor the other day on a TV news show and wanted to share this with you.

Let me share that I know what anxiety feels like. It feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest. It’s hard to breath.

Guess what one of the symptoms of Covid-19 is?

Yep. The breathing difficulties associated with anxiety mimic the symptoms of Covid-19. And many people are experiencing anxiety during this crisis. Panic attacks are the most severe form of anxiety and certainly cause breathing difficulties.

Anxiety is real.

Don’t chastise yourself if you are experiencing anxiety. But there are things you can do about it. The Bible has a lot to say about it.

One of the most quoted passage is from Philippians 4: 6-9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Did you notice that this passage says nothing about having to be rid of anxiety before we come to God? The “but” means “while” in the first sentence. We could read it thus:

“Don’t be anxious about anything but while you are depressed, not after…..”

Why would we go to God otherwise? We would have handled it ourselves. And I think that’s the point.

We are to be present with God in our present situation.

Have you ever been friends with someone and later, after they’ve come through a hard situation, they tell you about it? You feel left out. You feel they didn’t trust you enough to share it with you. And, if they are a follower of Christ, you really wonder why they didn’t ask you to pray.

We know from scripture that God has feelings. If you doubt that, read a few books in the Old Testament. God’s emotions come through loud and clear.

God wants to be with us in our struggle, not after our struggle. ‘

God bless you today and “flatten that curve”.

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I am the Lord and there is none beside me.

Isaiah 43 is one of the most wonderful chapters in all of scripture. (Of course I say that about a lot of chapters.)

But what draws me to this particular chapter is how many times God draws attention to his own lordship. God is not capable of arrogance as it would sound coming from human lips.

He’s doesn’t repeat this time after time for his own benefit but for ours. He is reminding us that he and he alone deserves to be called the one and only Lord.

He goes on to recount his creation of all living things on this earth, we humans in particular. Paul quotes Isaiah 9b, “Will the clay say to the potter, “What are you doing?” In Romans 9: 20-21, it states that we are his to shape and mold as he sees fit without question.

To give someone else control isn’t easy. Giving our government control over our actions isn’t easy. None of us like being told where we can or cannot go.

But maybe we can use this restriction on our lives as a way to remind us that this is how we are supposed to place ourselves in the Potter’s hands to do with as he wishes.

Think of this portion of scripture the next time you bristle about your restrictions and confinement. Let those feelings of irritation remind you, remind me, that we are usually wrangling with God over these same control issues.

Assuming we are in right relationships with God, his molding of us will only draw us closer to him and his purpose for our lives.

If we are not in right relationship with God, he will have to continue getting us back to that starting point as a lump of clay and start all over again, many times all over again.

Doesn’t it make sense to cooperate with him the first time?

Let’s allow God to really shape us during this shut-down. Let’s think through our reactions about giving up control and try and determine if we treat God this way sometimes. Is there a correlation? Can we learn from this how it feels to give God control?

I wonder why we are all looking for something to do. I’ve even got a post coming soon with some ideas for you. But I wonder, why are we trying to occupy every minute?

I’m guessing it’s because we’re scared and being busy helps. But I’m not sure that’s so good. So while I, too, am getting bored and want to fill every moment, I’m also trying to make sure I have plenty of contemplative time. I want to think about this crisis and how it can make me stronger in my faith walk.

What about you? Are you taking time during this quarantine to simply think?

God bless and stay safe.

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Is it just me or do you feel like all this is surreal?

I hope it’s not just me but this whole crisis still doesn’t seem real to me.

I mean, I’m walking every day as usual.

I’m going to bed and getting up at the normal times.

I’m eating.

I’m working on projects around the house.

I’m doing all the things I usually do.

ALMOST:

It started to get real yesterday. My hubby and I went to pick up his prescription, through the drive-thru. My instinct was to say, “Hey, I’ll run into the store for a minute and pick up some items.”

But my husband and I were at a hospital a week ago and that particular area has reported some cases of Covid-19. So because we need to be two weeks out from that date to be sure we aren’t unknowingly carrying the virus, we didn’t go in.

For the first time, it felt real.

Then I go to thinking, “How long till I see my family members again?”

We don’t dare visit our son because of his recent heart surgery.

Are you there, too?

I mean some days it feels real but other days it doesn’t.

But it is real. Too real. I watch news shows and I see how scary it is in some cities, and I selfishly hope it doesn’t come my way. And when I hear the news that men are twice as likely to die from this virus, across all age groups, I really hope it doesn’t come this way.

It’s real all right. Too real.

So for now, I pretend life is normal until it hits me over the head that it isn’t.

I hope as you have your personal time with God, that the “realness’ of all this draws you closer to God.

It has for me. Especially when I remember that God knew all this was going to happen and he already prepared the way. He will be there at the end of this journey just like he was in the beginning, and he’s walking with us in the present, every step of the way.

God bless each of you. Stay home and stay safe.

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We need to really connect now and laugh more than ever

This morning, I called some friends.

I CALLED some friends. I didn’t text. I didn’t e-mail I CALLED.

There is such a need for this personal connection. Texting shouldn’t be the only means of communication between family and friends. We need to hear the voices of the people that mean the most to us.

One of my friends asked, “Do you think we there will be garage sales this spring”.

“Sure”, I said. “And I see no reason we can’t go. I mean, we can easily move away from people.”

But then I got to thinking about it. How would that work exactly?

I mean you’d have to wear plastic gloves, first of all. That isn’t going to work because who will be able to buy them anyway.

So let’s say you don’t wear gloves? Well, you’re touching things that you don’t know are harboring the virus or not. So there’s that.

Then, let’s say you are able to buy something. You’re going to have to figure out how to get it home. You’d have to have a disposable bag to put it in. You wouldn’t want to put in your car otherwise.

And, then, of course, you’re going to have to clean it somehow when you get home.

Other friends and I are laughing at how we’re each handling the stress and what we’re doing to avoid any hospital visit other than the virus. Like my husband reminding me to tie my shoes as I have a habit walking around with them untied.

One friend, who is recovering from surgery, did something yesterday and she felt a twinge. She immediately thought, “Oh, no. What if I messed something up and have to go the hospital?” We laughed and I shared my “tying shoes” shoes story and we laughed over that.

I went to a friend’s house yesterday. She had a craft project for me to look at and add a little something to. So I wore my gloves. When I got ready to leave, she waved from the window. We laughed about that.

Obviously, the laughter is because we feeling the stress, not because we think anything is funny.

It’s going to be complicated. So, for right now, I’m reconsidering what I told her. I don’t see life being less complicated for a number of weeks now. It is my personal opinion this is going to last longer than we thought.

As I talked with my friends today, they are all saying the same thing. And, I might add, these are all godly women who follow Christ daily. They, too, are nervous and somewhat afraid. They are not afraid to admit to having some tough days already and in our area we have over another week to go. Although, as I said, I think it will be longer.

Some of us have started decorating and remodeling projects. Another friends is trying out new recipes. My neighbor is baking.

For me, I’m baking, cleaning, painting doors, organizing my sewing/craft supply room, painting pictures, writing, blogging, “pinning” and so on. I have lots I like to do and much I need to do, and much I haven’t done that is begging my attention.

So far right now, like you, I am keeping on keeping on. I’m reviewing a lot of my old posts, mostly DIY ones, so I can post some projects to keep our mind off all of this.

Let’s watch some funny movies, read a funny book, laugh at our confusion.

God bless and please follow the CDC guidelines.

PS. The statistics are now out there from Dr. Birx as of today. Men are twice as likely as women to die from this virus across all age groups. This is important information.