The Current Situation
The numbers of confirmed cases and laid off workers are skyrocketing.
Quarantine regulations are restricting.
Taxes are going up. We turn to our leaders for help, comfort and wisdom. Instead, we are getting talking points, ambiguous answers, and deception.
Fear and anxiety are spreading as rampant as the virus itself.
Shoppers look warily at each other in the store. We aren’t sure what we are bracing ourselves for, but by now, most of us know the natural circumstances are set to worsen.
Last evening, a group of women I know from the States were sharing stories and prayer requests concerning the lack of ventilators. The horrible stories from Italy, triaging those who get to live, is now happening in some hospitals in America.
I’ll be honest with you.
I was following this story and preparing myself for this crisis before the first Canadian was diagnosed with COVID-19.
A political commentator I’ve been listening to for over a decade shared this message early on.
To paraphrase, he said that naturally speaking, we are about to face a level of crisis the world hasn’t seen for a century. We should start preparing. But as people of faith, we need not fear because all will be well.
As an American, he called the people of the United States to fast and pray for their nation.
Today, as a Canadian, I’m imploring you, this beautiful little community of women, to do the same.
How I’m Responding to COVID-19
I’ve spent the last few days working on a new post on trusting God. I kept hitting a block, and I couldn’t figure out why. But as my husband and I spoke honestly to each other away from the children, all became clear to me this morning.
Personally, I am going to take a break from social media and the blog for a week.
As my husband was laid off Wednesday, we are going to spend as much time as possible away from the news and the commentary, because this is the time for the people of God to press in.
Our homes are our war rooms. Our family is our battalion. In the season of seclusion and distancing, it is time to draw near to the Trinity in unfettered spiritual intimacy.
While we look for ways to occupy ourselves and are co-dwellers, consider this.
Turn off Netflix. Surrender the distractions. If your TV is on, let it be to stream worship, sermons and the narration of the Bible.
Pray, meditate and fast. Do it alone, or better still with your family.
There is no better education you can offer your children right now than this.
Every morning, gather your nest to pray, memorize scripture and sing hymns.
Use Bible passages and excerpts from the great hymns for copy work. Not only will they be practicing their skills in handwriting, literacy, and memorization, they will be strengthened and edified in their spirit.
Take communion daily as a family, as did the Early Church.
Ask the Holy Spirit to endow you with the gift of intercession. Continue to pray for your country, and do it without ceasing.
Nothing, NOTHING, is more important right now.
Resources for Your Family
For those of you who have your children at home, here are a few resources that I highly recommend!
Mercy House Global has just released an Easter bundle as well, which includes “some fun ideas for you to use things around the house to experience a memorable Easter with your family.”
We use the Scripture Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason. Some of these resources are FREE. (You might also enjoy browsing some of their other homeschool PDF downloads).
Order a box of pre-filled communion cups with wafers. No need to go to the store and no prep time required. (Currently on sale for $10.99 for 50 cups.)
I’ve used the Celebration Hymnal for years. It includes some more modern worship songs as well. I always appreciate the arrangement with recommended scripture readings.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice to fast and dedicate to prayer, but this is what I believe with all my heart.
The most important thing that you, as a believer, can do right now is to fall to your knees and pray for our nation.
Please join Women Praying for Canada today!
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