I wasn’t going to jump on this COVID19 bandwagon…
However, it has ended up affecting me and my family more than I thought it would, and figured it is likely creating crazy schedules and more for you as well, so here we go.
I didn’t get my post for saturday even as much as started, So I am writing to you on Monday this week. Why? COVID!

No, we aren’t sick

Thank goodness there are no cases so far in our county, though it is coming pretty close. Even so, I am not that concerned about it despite my status as someone living with an autoimmune disease.  Why? It’s just another strain of the flu as far as I can tell. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t think we should be careful and wash our hands etc. On the other hand, I believe the media has blown it way out of proportion. Yes, take care of yourself, take precautions, but don’t panic over this.
The reason this virus has affected us so much is because of precisely that panic. All the schools have shut down in my state as well as many others. This means we have to adjust our schedules and our routines to accommodate the kids being home, all needing access to a device to get and complete their school work. It means going back to temporarily homeschooling – we tried that before, it didn’t work well for our family. 
I have been focused not only on trying to prepare for this, but also at the same time adjusting to new work schedules for the two older boys, plus planning ahead for hubby to start his new third shift job. Not to mention we need to do this while simultaneously working with only one working vehicle. I don’t mean to sound like I am complaining, I’m just stating facts of where we currently are. I am grateful for all the changes happening lately. They are good, answer to prayers kind of changes. It’s just a little overwhelming to have it all fall in this time where the country is in a panic.

So, What can you do?

We are trying to use this time as a good time to focus more on our family relationships and grow them even more than we could under our old schedules. With school taken out of the picture, the activity that takes up most of the day during the week, we have more time together as a whole family. That could turn into major issues if we aren’t being intentional about using this time wisely.
However, I got to see for the first time my husband working with our youngest on a school project. They are building a model WWI airplane out of cardboard. It is turning out great! I love seeing them work together and am so happy they have this time to do that. We get more time with all of them and each other. Something we have sorely needed.

God knew what he was doing

When He allowed this panic and school cancellation to happen at this time, before hubby starts working all night and sleeping during school hours, God knew what he was doing. Imagine him  having to do that while the kids were home! Now, he has more time to have heart to heart talks with each of them, work on projects together, teach them new things and more. 
I have more opportunities as well, since I currently work at night, I have been missing most of the time they are home. Now, for the next 2 weeks at least, I get to cuddle my guys, ( the couple that will still let me) have great talks with them, and brush up on my Mario Kart skills!

Use your time wisely too

Take this hard situation and use it well. I know you are likely feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you really can handle this on top of everything else. Remember, you can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13) Find the Joy in even this crisis we all find ourselves in, and remember not to have a spirit of fear, but of power. Spend extra time with your kids, get those projects done that have been put off, take time to grow your spiritual life. You have got this, because God has got you.
If you aren’t sure about the “God has got you” bit, send me a note. I will be happy to help you navigate the feelings and truths around that. If you aren’t confident of your relationship with God I would love to talk to you! Either way, know that it is possible to find joy in every circumstance, it’s just easier when you know who God is and who you are in Him.

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