I don't have the words, the wisdom or the ability to make everything okay in the world right now.
It's okay to feel uneasy, not ok, and apprehensive.
I can post all of the positive images and verses and pretend that I am ok. I am real. We all are. There are some of us so alone they aren't sure what to do. There are some who have so many littles at home, they are losing their mind. There are some who are older, sick, poor, unable to work or order in. Some have steady incomes, some have lost their job, some have always worked from home, homeschooled, been a stay at home mom, but for most, this is all very new.
My thoughts won't apply to everyone but I wanted to share them for what they are worth today.
I have found myself several times in my life battling the darkness, the sadness and the guilt for having those feelings just added to them. I learned a few tips and tricks along the way that have eased my worry about them returning but I have to be mindful, cope ahead when I know I could be susceptible again and above all, to put God before my emotions.
Our lives are mostly topsy turvy right now. I THRIVE(d) on a schedule and a routine. Yep, I was that that girl, that child and now that woman that isn't a fan of weekends or summers or school breaks because the lack of routine freaked my mind out a bit.. can you imagine?? So.. what do people like us do in times like these?
Set an alarm.
Thank God from your knees.
Spend time in your Bible and in your meditation.
Make your bed.
Make a schedule so you feel you have a purpose and a checklist.
Carve out a time each day for work, kids work, yard work, homework, work work.
Carve out a time for exercise. Get creative here. Most of you have been a member of a gym or a class and you have the skills in you. Pull up a youtube video for abs or booties or cardio.
Carve out a time for rest.
Have set meal times.
Buy groceries and supplies once a week and get creative with your new budget or your new time.
Have a set TV off time during the day.
Have a set bed time.
Make a certain day be laundry day.
Make a certain day be housecleaning day.
As part of your schedule, add in an outing and you may have to get creative here and even toss some options in a bag and pull one out each day. Socially distant is tricky but think of wildflower drives and a picnic. Think of a day you visit all your old homes if you live close.
I know a lot of you have babies, toddlers, youth, adolescents and teens at home and these are going to be trickier to do but trust me when I say that looking at a schedule takes less time and energy than trying constantly to figure out what to do next.
I know some of you are alone. Reach out daily in a video or phone or text. Don't isolate.
I know some of you are scared. Look up please and find a relationship with Him maybe for the first time. Make some prayer journals, some prayer rooms, some connections you've felt you didn't have with Him.
Come to Me.. all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28-30
Maybe this is His greatest way to bring us all to Him. To get us to slow down, to look up, to come together, apart. I want you to stay above the darkness, out of the shadow, ahead of the sad. Take this one day, one "schedule" at a time and keep looking around for the reminders of Hope.
Cry if you need to. Pray when you can. Laugh at the crazy times. Provide Hope to those who may need it today and ask for them to give hope to you on the days you need it.
I am a holler away.