Apr 192020

I have been a stay at home mom who is also on disability for anxiety, depression and PTSD for years. When social isolating began I truly was shocked by how many people seemed to not know how to be content with themselves, their thoughts, their homes. It made me sad that people are being paid to work from home and are in panic mode unsure how to manage their home, children and work.

My mother says this is like things were when I was a baby 35 years ago. Most moms didn’t work, and socializing was largely done by phone. While this sudden force to change is dramatic and even traumatic, it goes to our roots, if not our own than our grandparents or great grandparents. I find myself thinking outside of our typical box full of conveniences more often now and ask what would Grandma have done? This brings peace to me and reminds me that serving my home, my children, and myself is what I should be doing. In these moments of slowed down chaos, we have an opportunity to bond, with ourselves.

Many people live in areas like myself, where the weather isn’t great for getting outside yet. Or, worse, they live in a large metropolitan area that wants everyone to stay inside, or perhaps they chose a small highrise when looking for a place to call home and don’t even have an outdoor space or balcony. These people likely feel confined, trapped or even imprisoned during this uncertain time in our world.

We must, however, look at the bright side. 35 years ago there were a dozen channels on tv if you were lucky to even get cable. There were no internet or streaming services to give us shows to watch, news to watch and read, movies at the click of a button, or freshly released music to fill our spaces. While the world being at a standstill right now causes worry about bills piling up and a mountain of debt we didn’t expect, remember, you are not alone, we are in this together, not just as a community, but as a world.

Now is the time to start to draw or paint again. Read books and use that Kindle Unlimited membership to the max. It is time to write and reflect. We can practice recipes we haven’t had time to try while living the rat race. We can enjoy our pets, tidy and purge our homes of the things that just take up visual whitespace and distract us.

We finally have time to sit, meditate and access our souls. Maybe this means picking up your Bible and truly studying the Word, or maybe it means picking up a pen and placing your joys and worries on paper, out of your head in a tangible place. Maybe, it means playing video or board games with your family or catching up on shows you have missed over the seasons that you used to get excited for.

Use the technology we are blessed to have that wasn’t in existence even 20 years ago. Hit the video call button on your phone or laptop and have a family dinner each Sunday, the way we did when we were young. Perhaps you would like to pray with your family who is also in isolation each morning, or evening before bed. There are apps for Netflix Parties that allow anyone with the link (and Netflix) to join in and simultaneously watch the same show or movie together with a chatbox on the side.

We are blessed to have these technologies at our fingertips the way our mothers and grandmothers did not. Please, don’t forget that self-care can be a glass of wine and a book, or a hot bath with some Epsom salts. When is the last time you took a bubble bath or used all of the hot water in a mid-day shower?

Set a tone that helps you feel encouraged to clean, declutter, tidy up and get your work done if you are lucky enough to work from home right now, and then, set the tone for time with yourself. Candles or essential oils, a favourite show or picking up a paintbrush or pencil and being creative. Even if you want to live in your pyjamas all day (I do!) be sure to change from your day loungewear into your evening loungewear and encourage your mind to remember a routine that gives you time for being productive and a time for relaxation.

It is far too easy to allow the unknowns to take over our minds right now. Setting out to-do lists and around the house schedules is a great way to help keep our minds, bodies and souls occupied. I see many people forgetting what day of the week it is. Pencilling in our chores, our own needs and things we have done or are enjoying helps to block out each day and set goals for the next.

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling estate there are likely things you have to do or would like to do better. Give your space love and thank it for keeping you and your loved ones safe during this time. Remember, if you run out of ideas, you can always search for things to do online and get those creative juices flowing once again.

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  One Response to “Sunday Thoughts – Isolation”

  1. As concerning the Word of life, Luke 10 section 25-28 says: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
    Luke 18 section 18-25 says: A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    Matthew 5 section 43-48 says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
    In Old Testament, the Jewish people and their ancestors were given the Law to observe. First, What Adam and Eve should observe was that they could not eat the fruits from the tree of wisdom. Then, their son Cain was told that he should not kill. As sins became increased, the laws were also added more. Up to the generation of Moses, the Law in Old Testament was given to Israelites. We know that the Law is good and the Law is used to punish people who commit sins, but people cannot obey the Law because the sinful spirits are in people. Even that we know stealing and giving false testimony are sinful, but greedy and pride spirits in us drive us to do sinful things. So as Old Testament prophesied we need to get rid of our sinful nature from our spirits.
    Jeremiah 31 section 31-33 says: “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
    Ezekiel 36 section 24-27 says: “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
    The prophecies are fulfilled when Jesus begins to teach love. The two greatest commandments are ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Love is above the Law and if people have love they are free from the law of sin and death. People who are full of love will not think about stealing or giving false testimony but are merciful and they feed hungry people or give thirsty people something to drink or invite strangers in or clothe people who need clothes. The Law is for people who commit sins. Nobody will say that he will get reward because he does not steal before. But love is the grace we get. And with love we will get eternal life.
    Romans 13 section 8-10 says: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
    Luke 17 section 20-21 says: Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say,’ Here it is,’ or ‘ There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
    John 4 section 23-24 says: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

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