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      Some Thoughts and Resources To Help you Through This

      April 9, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand

      I’m not sure what day this is of the current health crisis. I sometimes have to do a double check to remind myself of what day it is. These days have been challenging to all of us. Someone sent me some helpful thoughts on coping with forced isolation. I wanted to share some of them with you along with some free resources to encourage your soul: 

      Tips for Coping with this Isolation:

      1. Try to stick to a routine – Sleep, waking, etc. 
      2. Dress for the day – Get showered and dressed for your day. Wear some bright colours. 
      3. Get outside at least once a day and MOVE – Get some fresh air and exercise. 
      4. Reach out to others – Email, text, facetime, etc. -  Philippians 2:4
      5. Stay hydrated and Eat Well – This is a time we will be tempted to overeat and eat improperly. 
      6. Remember Self-Care – Look after yourself – Emotionally; Physically; Intellectually and Spiritually. 1 Timothy 4:8
      7. If you have children in the home spend some extra time playing with them (not just managing them) – This is rough on them too. 
      8. Here is a great one … Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth – Look at Proverbs 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Time cooped up can lead to frustration and lack of patience. 
      9. Find a place to retreat and be alone when stressed – Mark 6:31 
      10. Expect behavioral challenges with children, and respond with grace – Ephesians 6:4

       

      That’s enough, I may share more next week.

       

      Remember Our Livestream – Good Friday AND Easter Sunday at 10:30 am (PS – remember to have communion elements for Good Friday) 

       

      Here are some free resources: Both books available in Audio Format: 

       

      1. ChristianAudio – “Don’t lose heart: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul.” Jason Meyer - https://christianaudio.com/free/
      2. Desiring God – “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper – Audio, Print, or EBook. https://www.desiringgod.org/books/coronavirus-and-christ

       

       

      “See” you Friday and Sunday – Stay Safe and Stay Encouraged 

       

      Pastor Byron 

       

       

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