I put on this shirt today that reads “All Is Well” and it nudged me to share a little bit of my heart with you. What a time to be alive, right? In a month our whole entire world flipped upside down, and not in the good way most of us hope for. It is incredibly hard and confusing to sit in our homes while a virus is sweeping our world and all we can do is watch. The economy is tanking and grocery store shelves are empty. I truly have felt like I’m living in a young adult dystopian novel.
Everything was okay, until it wasn’t.
It’s hard to wrap my head around all of this. For the last two weeks my mind has been tangled up with thoughts I couldn’t quite sort out. I always wanted to stay at home and work one day, but not like this. I can’t hug my friends or catch up over dinner. There is all the time I’ve ever wanted to learn and create but I don’t know what to start. I’ve thought “working from home isn’t bad”, and then cried when I got told life won’t be normal until at least May.
I’ve spent hours reading my bible asking God to show up in all of this. Really, He’s been here the whole time.
The thing is, we live in a broken world and it’s been that way since the days of Adam and Eve. I’ve found comfort knowing that this world is not my home, and by digging into Truth during this of uncertainty. I don’t have all of the answers for the hurt, illness, and anxiety the world is experiencing. I do know that God doesn’t prevent bad things from happening, but He does walk through them with us if we let Him. This isn’t a time for Christians to be paralyzed by fear. This is a time for Christians to reach out, love their neighbors, and pray big prayers for the world.
Here are some things that have helped me have faith during this time:
1. Get in The Word
I am currently reading through 1 and 2 Thessalonians using a free 14 day study from She Reads Truth. This is the first thing I do when I wake up (after I grab my coffee of course). I will link my favorite bible and books at the bottom of this post! Click here for my Bible!
2. Read books about slowing down
I have been in pursuit of a slower paced life for years. Since life virtually stopped, I have read a couple of books on the topics of “less hustle, more living”. They have really helped me get in a mindset to make the most of this time and set some potentially life changing habits. Click here for my favorite faith based books!
3. Listen to worship music
Worship music feeds my soul and helps reset my mind when I’m stressed. Here is a link to a worship playlist during this time. My favorite song on is called “It Is Finished/Surrounded” by Passion Music. I got to go Passion conference this year and experience this song live. It was incredible and moving, and I have tears regularly flowing when I listen to it!
4. Get outside
I don’t think you can spend enough time outside during this pandemic (with proper social distancing of course). Being stuck inside can make me feel constricted and increase my already anxious heart. Getting outside for a walk each day helps me reset and process my feelings while my blood is flowing! It’s truly a win-win. I see God in nature (especially sunsets), and the physical reminder that He makes the sun rise and set each day means a lot to me.
5. Talk to friends
This pandemic has brought me closer to so many friends I lost touch with. I’ve facetimed friends from college I haven’t talked to in over a year, caught up with some of my bridesmaids for hours talking about everything and nothing at the same time, and bonded with my coworkers who are going through the same things as me. It’s important to talk to others about how you are feeling this pandemic because the entire world is experiencing something together at the same time for perhaps the first time in history. Ask your friends where they see Jesus in this pandemic. Your community will help you get through this.
It is well. God’s got this. You aren’t in this alone. I’m always here to chat over on Instagram @simplyemilye or you can email me at email@example.com . I also just created an email list that you can sign up for here! I plan to send encouragement to your inbox as often as I can.
Love you big!
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