Experts are predicting a rise in pregnancies, divorce, and domestic violence. Sheltering at home will lead some couples to draw closer and others to draw apart. If you are married, make sure you are one of the couples who use this time to draw closer – you don’t have to get pregnant – just take advantage of your spouse being home in time for dinner now. If you are a family with children at home, will this lead to a closeness or a breakdown. I have 3 teens at home. We have had moments of delight (smores by the firepit, fun dinner conversations, etc.) and moments of pure tension (we sure know how to push each other’s buttons). This season can bring good or harm to your family. The goal is good.
What am I doing to bring good to my family? I am taking advantage of when my teens want to talk. Usually teenagers are willing to engage maybe an hour or so a week. I often miss the window because I’m working, preparing dinner or something. Now, when I see the window of opportunity, I stop and engage. I realize I have plenty of time to finish work later. I can watch that Netflix show anytime now. When my kid is talking to me on his/her own free will, I stop and soak it in and engage. Parents look for that opportunity and seize it. If you have littles, you just want them to stop talking. I understand. Seize the moments when they nap or find an activity to engage themselves in for 30 minutes. Use that time to sneak away to grab tea, read God’s Word or listen to a sermon online.
We are all figuring this out together. There are no experts on this. This is unprecedented. I don’t have answers but I have hope. I listened to a sermon from Christian Assembly today. Pastor Tom was talking about those who have great faith should be shining right now. Encourage those who are feeling weak in their faith. Drag people up to your level of peace. Put your hope and confidence out there for others to see and inspire to. This is your moment to shine and shine the light on Jesus. So if you have a lot of hope, post it on Facebook, call a friend to share it, talk about it with your kids, direct others to your source of hope. Even those who know and love Jesus are struggling. We are all at different levels of faith. However, we are all equally loved by Jesus! Whatever you have, give it.
We had a cool God moment this week. Our church has started a help line and you sign up if you can help or if you need help. Our family can help. We were asked to deliver toilet paper to a member of our church who can’t get out to get it. We dropped off a 4 pack on our way to say hello to my parents (while staying 6 feet away from my parents.) When we arrived, my dad walked out with a 12 pack of toilet paper for me. God had multiplied my gift 3x and gave it back to me. I pointed out the economy of God to my kids on the drive home. I said, “It doesn’t always happen that you get back 3x what you give but when it does, it’s truly God!”
What if you gave your hope to someone and it multiplied 3x? 3 more people encouraged. Then they encourage 3x – 9 more people encouraged. Then 27 more people encouraged. And so on. God isn’t into addition, He does multiplication. Let your hope multiply. Let’s get out there friends and share our hope with others. Encourage people with a scripture. Pray for them on the phone. Pray for them over text. If you can only give a tiny bit, give it. If you are thriving in your faith, give that. Let’s multiply the hope out there. If you have a bad day, be a receiver. If you are having a good day, be a giver. Praying you have more days as a giver!
Dream Big! Pray Big!