We got the news this week. Our governor has closed schools for the rest of the year, and there’s even questions as to what is going to happen in the fall. (Insert all the tears.) It shouldn’t have been a shock, but it crushed my last bit of hope.
Hope that our kids could enjoy their awesome teachers in the classroom.
Hope that our kids could continue to enrich the friendships they’ve begun.
Hope that life will return to some sort of normalcy, and so many more.
We have it relatively easy as compared to many others right now, and I’m extremely grateful for that. I’m wrapping my thankful arms around my husband, a farmer who works “from home” and hasn’t hit his busy season yet. My main challenge has been trying to run my two businesses while teaching my children at home and trying to do physical, occupational, and speech therapy with my preschooler. Things have settled into enough of a routine that I’m able to do a little of my own work while the older kids get their school work done, but things are FAR from normal or easy.
If you are having a hard time right now too, and I think most of us are, I encourage you to consider who you are talking to the most. Who we talk to has much to do with how we think and feel. Rather than giving your energy to negative people, now is a great time to invest in your prayer life. God is interested in every aspect of our lives.
I’ve been asking God to help me stay calm and patient with my children, especially during school time. I’ve been asking for Him to heal our friends who are suffering right now. I’ve been asking Him for a miracle – to heal this whole world of Coronavirus.
But prayer is more than just asking for things; prayer is also praise and gratitude. Start with something simple: Thank You, God, that I have a warm, comfortable place to live. Think of the things you can be grateful for and list them out before the Lord. (If you are a parent, think about how much pleasure it brings you when your children are thankful.) Acknowledge the greatness of God and His wisdom in running the universe, even when we don’t understand. Don’t forget to confess your sins and ask God to forgive you and help you become like Him.
One of my main prayers recently has been to ask for forgiveness for my stinky attitude. I’ve had to ask for forgiveness over and over again.
The BEST news of all when it comes to prayer is this: WE CAN’T MESS PRAYER UP! God sees our hearts and knows exactly what we mean and what we need. He is gracious and forgiving. He guides us into all truth. Just start. Even if you feel silly or aren’t sure God hears. You don’t have to do anything fancy. Just talk and share what’s on your heart with God.
Everything in the world seems to have turned upside down in the last few months, but we have an unchanging God who loves us and is always there to help us. He always will be. God will help us, through even this.