Where can we find peace? These are turbulent times. While many people are doing fine, or seem to be, many others are worried, depressed, with no hope and no peace. They are frustrated, afraid, and confused.
Take courage, my friend. I do not have a crystal ball (where are all the fortune tellers now who claim to be able to see the future?) but I have some suggestions and some wisdom from God’s word, the Holy Bible King James Version. I won’t get into a dissertation here as to why I adhere to this Bible, but it is my source of comfort, peace, joy, and God’s wisdom.
First suggestion: Tell worry to take a hike, even if it’s just for a few hours. Spend some time chatting with a friend on the phone. Your friend needs encouragement too. Call family you’re not able to see to ask how they are doing. Let them know you are thinking of them.
Suggestion #2: Go for a bike ride; take a walk in the park with your children. Point out the different flowers and plants to them. Ask them which ones they think are the prettiest. While you’re out walking or biking, take time to look at the insects that inhabit our world. Ever watch an ant carry something twice its size or weight? How many different types of ants can you see? The Bible uses ants as a word picture for us: every ant has a job to do; they work together; they don’t slack, and the ants of the same colony don’t fight.
Suggestion #3: Put a blanket in the front yard after dark and sit outside with the kiddos. Point out the constellations to them or let them tell you what they have learned about them. Look them up on the internet to see what seasons the constellations are visible and at what time of the year. Take some lemonade or iced tea out with you. Enjoy the beauty of the sky. Enjoy the company of your family without fear of spreading the virus. If you live in an apartment and can’t sit outside on a blanket, take a couple of folding chairs out and sit on the sidewalk, or stand together near a window, or go up to the roof.
Suggestion #4: Do something silly and fun with your kids. If they are old enough, let them make grilled cheese sandwiches, or grilled jam sandwiches. My kids loved these. I buttered one side of two slices of bread. Then I put one on a preheated griddle or skillet, spread it with whatever flavor of jelly or jam the kids liked, put the other slice of bread on top (buttered side up). After both sides were browned I sprinkled both sides in powdered sugar. Not the healthiest snack but something different and fun. Or get a couple of cans of silly string and spray each other with it. Laughter is good for the soul and clean-up should not take away the fun.
I’ll leave you with one verse today, but I may break my rule of posting one day a week to spread more encouragement on Saturday morning.
Isaiah 26:3—“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” God’s peace is available to everyone who seeks it. He gives it to those who trust Him. Trust isn’t easy at first, but if you ask God to help you trust Him, and take a baby step in His direction, He will give you just a hint of faith at first. He won’t overwhelm you.