So just about everything that has come across your newsfeed or email is likely about Coronavirus – COVID-19. Why would I throw us off by changing that? 😉

I don’t want to add to the chaos, so I’d like to give us something slightly different to think about in relation to this virus and the mayhem it seems to be causing in our lives.  

When I look at the title of my March series of posts, I kind of chuckle. I mean. I had no idea that it would seem like we were on the road to hell just a couple of weeks after pinning that series title. 

It can certainly seem like the title of our March series of posts is spot on for these times. If you haven’t felt like everything is going to hell, then you likely haven’t tried to get toilet paper or hand sanitizer. It’s crazy out there in the paper products aisles. 

All kidding aside, it is a stressful and daunting time. People are wired up and worried. They are stressed and losing sanity. And they are quickly going to have cabin fever and be bored. None of these things bodes well for the interactions that are going to happen. 

I know that we are social distancing and all, but phone calls, social media feeds, emails, and online meetings are still going to happen. And what could end up being a really good thing on the back end of all of this is going to take patience and grace to work through. 

When we ourselves are facing lots of stress, when we too are unsure of what the future holds, we can find it awfully hard to overlook someone’s rudeness or keep our mouths shut in the face of dumb comments. Let’s face it. People are going to say dumb stuff. They are going to be insensitive. People are going to fly off the handle. They are going to curse around us and maybe even at us. 

Let’s not react in worldly ways. 

Let’s remember that “in the moment” is not where most people’s reactions come from. Their responses and comments have been building from before you came into the picture. 

Let’s resolve to not take things personally, to say “She/He didn’t mean that.” 

Let’s set our minds on Christ and really try our darnedest to act as He would have in these times. 

I’ll get back to the end of the March series next week by going back to our discussion about grounding our intentions in our faith. Maybe now is a great time to consider what that truly means.

Be healthy and stay sane.

 

In Christ,

Connie

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As I pondered after last week’s message all that I was intending and not doing, I stepped pretty hard on my own toes. (Really, the Holy Spirit was doing the stepping.) My blog posts are as much for me as they are for any of you reading out there. I need to hear because God’s not done!!

What kept grinding on me in the days following our Message 1 in this series was that I have great intentions related to my study of God’s Word, but I am not really doing what I so very much intend to do. I do my Bible study each morning, but the deep work of studying that I know needs to be done in this new season of my life has yet to find its way into my daily routine. And that right there, my friends, is one of those hard truths that I just don’t like to call out.

Last year, I began the process of niching down my business with the aim of serving Christian women professionals of any type. I took a leap and stopped seeking any new corporate business other than the freelance speaking and training that I do, and I determined to follow God on a path to developing a program to offer to Christian women through churches and women’s conferences.

This niching, I knew, was going to require much more confidence in the Word and much more deep study of the Word. I totally intend to do that. So why am I not making it top priority?

This intention is so very important to me and my work. And the fact that it’s not happening is also very important. I’m not taking the time to make the time for this important intention. And I think that this is primarily where most of us go wrong. Our intentions sound really good. We know that we should do them. We want what we are intending, but then we let life get in the way. We make excuses, and we believe them. What a pity.

So where should we ground our intentions so that we actually do what we intend?

Our intentions should never be separated from our faith. EVER. What we are doing and what our intentions are should always be flavored by our faith and the relationship that we have with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This is a big topic, so next week, we’ll explore this more.

What are all the things you have said or thought that you intend to do? Let’s get busy making time and space to actually do them. ….BTW, if they aren’t honorable or Christ-centered, let’s NOT!!

Thanks for being with me on this life journey. Love and prayers for all of you.

In Christ,

Connie

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