The Covid 19 pandemic has affected all of us.
Many live in states that are under mandates to stay at home except for fetching groceries, medications, and other necessities. When we meet other people in public like at the store or on a walk we must keep at least six feet apart from them.
I feel great compassion for those who are new to the world of social distancing. Having suffered from chronic migraines for many years I’m well acquainted with living in isolation.
But I can tell you there are ways to make your experience more positive.
First, keep in mind the thought that like all storms at some point “…this too shall pass.”
Isaiah the prophet wrote, ““Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” ~ Isaiah 26:3 KJV
The Lord has never failed to uphold and give me His peace as I focused my thoughts on Him and maintained an attitude of prayer no matter what the situation.
Prayer is simply talking to God
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”~ Hebrews 4:16 KJV
Abiding in prayer has helped me to draw closer to Christ and strengthened my faith.
If you need help praying, try reading the Bible and turning the scriptures into prayers. Consider the verse from Isaiah 26:3 about peace. You might pray that verse as: “Lord, help me keep my mind focused on thee, please give me Thy perfect peace, and help me trust in thee, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Prayer is also interceding on behalf of someone’s need.
Prayer can be asking the Lord to meet someone’s need, for healing, for wisdom for leaders, for the nation or nations of the world, for world peace, and so forth.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth…1 Timothy 2:1-4
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 8 KJV
A good idea would be to get a journal and to write your prayers to the Lord. Write your thoughts to Him. Talk to Him. Tell Him all your worries and fears…
“…Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV
When anxious, maintaining an attitude of thankfulness is vitally important. Thinking about all the ways God has come through for me before is something that has always helped me through difficult times.
It is something that energizes and motivates my faith like nothing else!
After telling the Lord about all your fears and worries, why not also try to find at least five things to be thankful for.
Think about at least one way God has answered a prayer you have prayed in the past. How has He come through for you when You were trusting Him?
Keeping a thankful journal is a good habit to cultivate.
These are some of the practices that have always encouraged me during times when I’ve been housebound due to my autoimmune illness.
I pray that these guidelines will also encourage you and help grow your faith both now, during these uncertain times, and long after this Covid 19 storm passes, as it surely will.
No unpredictable path is ever free from stress or anxiety. But God’s grace can give us His peace as we focus our thoughts on Him and on what is positive.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” ~Philippians 4:8 NLT (*New Living Translation)
God’s word tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ( *See Philippians 4:13)
Those who wait upon the Lord will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint… (*See Isaiah 40:31)
The Lord will give strength to His people, the Lord will bless His people with peace… (*See Psalm 29:11)
Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength…” (*See Isaiah 26:4)
Dear Heavenly Father, please bless all Thy precious children who are reading this prayer. Guard their going out and their coming in from this time forth till forever, and keep them healthy, strong, and sound in every way, protecting them and their loved ones from all evil, harm, sickness, and danger, and fill them with rivers of Thy perfect peace and hope; thank You, Lord, we love You, In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.
This Too Shall Pass, All Glory to God, Copyright 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Original Scripture Collage Paintings, All Glory to God, Copyright © 2020, by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Scripture Quotations: King James Bible (Public Domain); Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.