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Taking Our Thoughts Captive!

I’ve struggled with what to say in light of the events taking place the last couple of days. As someone who has been given a platform I feel as though I should say something. Especially as a Christian I feel that I should be offering some sort of peace or reassurance of some kind. But I’m at a loss. I don’t want to be repeating what everyone else has already shared but I also don’t want to ignore it.

I know that people are suffering. Many people have already been laid off indefinitely. You’re worried about how to get food and pay your bills. Schools across the country are shutting down. Parents are forced into homeschooling their children for the rest of the year, virtually unprepared. Sporting events, Prom, and even Graduations are being cancelled or postponed. Then there’s the panic and uneasiness of going to the grocery store and seeing store shelves bare! Not to mention “Social Distancing” and being told that it’s unwise to be around 10+ people. Churches have cancelled for at least 2 weeks in some areas and restaurants are only offering carryout/drive thru…

All of this has left many of us very uneasy and uncertain. How long will this last? What will happen next? Will this ever end?

What we once may have taken for granted is suddenly taken away and we’re scared, plain and simple…

For our family things haven’t really changed much. I work from home online. Bradley was already signed up for online classes this semester and JoJo’s been homeschooled since 3rd grade. Since Bradley’s a First Responder he’ll continue to go to work. And for the time being Daddy still goes to work every day—though there are rumors this could change…

People have been “talking” all over social media of using this unexpected time at home to reevaluate and change some things up for your family. Learn to slow down and make those changes you’ve been talking about wanting to make. Think about saying ‘no’ to some of those extracurricular once things get back to normal. Savor this time and make the most of it. Schedules and ideas for entertaining and educating your kids have been flying around as well.

We “feel” like we should be doing something—anything—out of the ordinary but in reality most of what we as a family have experienced thus far is NORMAL… Yes, it’s NORMAL for me to not leave the house for weeks at a time especially if we’re sick.

Many people are experiencing HUGE physical changes. For us those changes aren’t as much physical but mental.

Going to the store and seeing empty shelves does something to you mentally. Even if you didn’t need that extra pack of toilet paper seeing only 2 left makes you wonder if you should pick up something extra. Seeing restaurants close makes us uneasy and being told it’s a good idea to stay away from people is just eerie…

We’ve been doing a LOT of talking and thinking about all of this. It’s pretty much the #1 topic of conversation around here. Hashing out different theories, ideas, and what-if’s. I’ve begun really thinking and praying about how best to proceed as someone who’s been given a platform to encourage and inspire others. While I don’t have all the answers and the truth is I’m just as uneasy as the rest of the World, I hope to be able to shine the light of Jesus. I want to encourage you and help you find the good. To remind you (and me) that God is STILL working in our world that He hasn’t disappeared.

I couldn’t help but think of this verse earlier today. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

We have the power to choose what we focus on. Will we focus on the fear and stress about all the what-if’s or will we choose to focus on the good? The ways that we see God working and the good that is happening under our own roof?

I’ll be sharing some fun things that we’re doing on my social feeds and I want to encourage you to share something good—anything—that’s good in your life right now in the comments below! I’ll start! Daddy got home early today and we’re having a new recipe from a new cookbook for supper tonight!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue