Happy Friday Fearless Females!
How are you?
No……. That is a real question. How are you feeling? Anxious, stressed, ok, uncertain, relaxed, cool, happy, indifferent, lost, or unsure? Some of us have experienced a combination of emotions within the last week. Some more negative than others. However you are feeling, it is quite alright. We are in unchartered waters. No certainty. No real answers. No definites.
But, I want to share two things with you today to help offset some of the uncertainty and negativity. Number one- Inject as much positivity into your daily routine as possible. Do whatever makes you happy. It does not have to be anything major. For example, I normally burn a candle a day. Well, I have been extra all week. I have burned 4 candles a day. I wake up and open every blind in the house to welcome in sunlight and drive away darkness and fear. I limit myself to 30 minutes of news in the morning and 30 minutes at night. I normally do not watch the news. However, I think it is wise to be informed and aware on what is going on. Watching the news and updates all day would drain me emotionally.
I love eating out. Fine dining is my guilty pleasure. All the restaurants are closed. I only enjoy dining in. I’m not a fan of takeout. I’m also fasting during lent. When I realized we would be at home, my first thought was to break my fast. I said to myself, honey you need to fast and pray now more than you needed to two weeks ago. So I decided to hang on in there.
The highlights of my week thus far have been spending more time with the kids, binge watching series on Netflix, investing in Carnival Cruise Line and purchasing 50 shares of their stock, and going to the grocery store for the first time this morning. I bought everything that makes me happy. Flowers, margarita, and a birthday cake. It is not anyone’s birthday either. But, Sundays we are allowed to break our fast. I am celebrating making it through week one of being home bound and still being sane. We have to celebrate the small victories.
Number two is the most important take away from this message. GOD STILL REIGNS SUPREME. He is Ruler over all. He is not a man. He cannot lie. I am holding on to all of His promises. I am trusting and believing in His word more now than ever before. So this means I have to talk to Him more, refer to scripture more, and trust Him more. Am I afraid of the unknown? ABSOLUTELY! I do not know what lies ahead. I do not know how many will contract the virus. I do not know how long there will be chaos. I do not know how my finances will look in 3 months. I do not even know how much longer I will be able to work.
I do know this…
Psalm 27, King James Version
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Remain faithful and be encouraged.