Free Rx for the Quarantined

ANOTHER DRAFT POST I DIDN’T FINISH!! (Apparently, my time during quarantine was NOT well-spent!)

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Disclaimer: This is an emotional, spiritual prescription, not a plan to get your meds free during Covid-19, so if the title mislead you, it means I just might have missed my calling as a news journalist.

After talking with my friend Susan last week, I had an epiphany. We need to write ourselves a prescription to relax during this quarantine. I don’t mean relax, as in go to all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas and forget your troubles. A) You can’t travel even if you could afford it right now, and B) Even if you could’ve afforded it last month, you probably won’t be able to by next month anyway. So I’m not advocating a forget-your-troubles getaway.

I’m talking a deep breath, give yourself a break, cut yourself some slack RX.

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This is as far as I got on this post last April. I remember the day well. I was talking to my friend on the phone and I was basically feeling awful. You know the saying Of Saints and Sinners? I definitely felt like that was my quarantined house. There was my husband at the dining room table reading his Bible and studying all day long. (aka SAINT) There was me laying on the couch eating Oreos in my pajamas binge-watching America’s Next Top Model reruns on my tablet (aka SINNER).

And we decided we just needed to cut ourselves some slack during this crazy time.

I’m not so sure I still agree with Quarantine Me.

To a certain extent, yes. Things are different and we shouldn’t demand perfection of ourselves. That’s my number one message to parents who are about to embark on homeschooling or virtual schooling. Opening night always goes bad! I learned this directing plays: it doesn’t matter how great the dress rehearsal was, opening night is going to have kinks! But you don’t stress because no one noticed them as much as you did anyway and now you know what to fix.

But there’s also little things called conviction and accountability.

We can’t discount those. They are to keep us holding our image up to Christ (not our spouses) and be who He intended us to be.

Here are some thought I’ve had…we’ll call this a pop quiz. Which ones require action and which need to go to the trash bin?

  1. I’m not studying my Bible or doing as much as my husband is.
  2. I’m wasting time watching tv when God has given me a writing talent.
  3. I could’ve gotten so much more done during quarantine.
  4. God never will use me again b/c I blew it when I should’ve been writing.
  5. It doesn’t matter- we can’t change the way the world’s going anyway.

 

Of all the thoughts above, only #2 was conviction. We are responsible for our time and talents. #1 is guilt, #3 is regret, #4 is false pride and NOT the way God operates, and #5 is lazy and cowardly. NOW is the time for boldness and courage. Even if you reach just ONE person, you’ve created a ripple chain of events.

Remember…take those thoughts of guilt, shame, regret, and false humility and send them to the TRASH. Not the Recycling Bin!

Have you seen the lighthouse?

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

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I found this in my Drafts folder today, a message I’d started but never finished. Obviously this was from a post I read a few months ago, though for many life has not returned to normal.

Some people are still struggling or out of work. The additional unemployment money and stimulus checks are long gone. Some people are facing catastrophic health crises not related to, or slowing down for, Covid-19. The hope that we would be back to normal by the time the new school year started is now gone.

I asked friends on an informal poll if they were nervous about the upcoming school year. Do you know which ones said no? The ones who trusted God? HA!  The ones who didn’t still have kids in school! Everyone’s worried. For many, it is ONLY their trust in God that’s keeping them from losing their heads over it.

The post above was written during the early days of quarantine. It still applies today. I wholeheartedly agree that we are all in our individual lifeboats and not on one big ark. But one thing remains….

JESUS is the lighthouse!

 

 

Two red trucks…a sign of mankind today

You read it right!

Two red trucks…a sign of mankind today.

That’s the note I spoke into my phone two weeks ago as I was driving. It held a message so deep I couldn’t NOT write about it.

SO DEEP……

….that it fell into the recesses of my mind.

My memory is failing.

How is it that I can remember vividly an event from junior high school but I actually had to ask my friend if I’d gotten back from my trip home one or two weeks ago?

I can barely remember lunch, much less what I ate two days ago.

They say our memories are merely snapshots in our mind. Maybe that’s true. I think we remember the ones that have strong emotions attached much better than the others.

Anyway…there’s my message for today. If it makes sense to you, super! Clue me in!!