Covid & Casseroles

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I have been the recipient of many yummy meals during my battle with Covid. The casserole brigade was on it. Do you have any casserole friends? A few of my “casseroles” were Door Dash. Some meals were homemade. Several friends delivered supplies from the grocery store and pharmacy. When someone is sick, grieving, caring for a loved one, or just having a bad day, a “casserole” makes all the difference.

I’m not a traditional casserole person. I am a “casserole” person. Which means, these days I rarely make a true casserole from home. When I was in MOPS (mother’s of preschoolers), we had a meal train when someone had a baby. I would usually bring a homemade casserole. It stressed me out every time. What I realized, I’m not a casserole person. I love to cook. Just not double. So, I will bring a rotisserie chicken, rolls, salad, and dessert to a friend in need. With the rise in companies like Door Dash, that works now too. Whether you are a casserole person or a “casserole” person, providing a meal to those in need makes all the difference.

If you friend has a bad day, what do you do? Call? Text? Send a card? Drop off flowers? Send a gift on Amazon? Nothing? I hope you do something. If you do, you are a “casserole” person. Providing a meal is just one way to meet a need.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

~Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Think of the last time you were a recipient of a “cassserole.” I shared a few weeks ago about food, water, flowers, and friends checking on me when I had Covid. All were such a lift in my spirit. Even a text asking how I was doing, lifted me up. Before you discount what you have to offer, remember, you don’t have to cook. Think smaller. I sent a friend a stuffed animal when she didn’t feel good. I know we are in our 50s but who doesn’t like to snuggle a stuffed animal when sick. Text a picture from the past to relive a fun memory. Send a Bible verse – through text or in an image with a pretty scene or in a card sent through the mail. Call and leave a message of support. I have a friend who used to leave heart-shaped helium balloons on Valentine’s day. Leave a balloon on your friend’s porch. Think random – outside the box – fun – encouraging. Whatever would bring a smile or a tear of remembrance.

Be a “casserole” friend this week to someone.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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Covid & Quiet Times

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Tea with God! If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen my regular postings of my tea time with God. I wish my table looked like the picture I found. Wow! However, my view is phenomenal – the foothills, blue skies or puffy clouds, birds flying around, and the blossoms on the surrounding plants and trees. If you have noticed, I haven’t posted too many “Tea with God!” pictures lately. Mostly because Covid changed my routine.

The first few days of sickness was filled with body aches, headache, and fatigue. I stayed in bed. No energy to read anything. I did however have Christian music playing in my room. I couldn’t have my normal routine with God. I was praying a lot for healing and comfort. I was letting His spirit fill my room through the beauty of music. So grateful for Christian artists who give us a tool to worship and connect with God.

Once I could sit at a table, sitting on the porch wasn’t comfortable. Also, when I lost my sense of smell, tea didn’t taste so good for a while. (Smell is mostly back and so is my tea time.) I found that watching Bible Study videos worked best for me for this time. I watched some Lifeway videos, church online, and Beth Moore on TBN. I could still hear His word, be encouraged, and grow with this new format.

I also dusted of my real Bible and started reading from it again. I almost always use my phone Bible. I must confess, I couldn’t find my Bible for a few days. One morning I woke up and God led me to it. I was so grateful. I am reading in Hebrews and Psalms. I love having a real book in my hand. I may just have to switch back permanently. There is something precious about holding your Bible in your hand not scrolling on your phone. I do both but I’m loving going “old school” again.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~ Psalm 119:105

How are you spending time with God in your season of life? It all counts. We need to be in His word daily. Daily. Daily. Not weekly. Not on Sunday only. Not when others are watching. Daily in His word. A verse a day works. A chapter a day works. Whatever your season, embrace it. If you can sit for an hour and study – do it. If you have 5 minutes, take that. How do we survive the constant beating of this world without Him and His strength in us? How do we get that? Be with Him daily.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

~ Matthew 6:33 ESV

My “Tea with God!” has taken a new form. I will return to the porch at some point. For now, it’s video and paper Bible. Everyday, it’s time with Him.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ~Matthew 6:6 ESV

Dream Big! Pray Big!

Covid & Chamomile

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I have been MIA the past few weeks. I got Covid. I am doing much better but still battling the fatigue and some congestion. I am grateful for the support of friends and family during this difficult illness. I learned so much the past several weeks. I have lessons I am still learning too. While I have much to share, today I am going to focus on God’s provision during this season of Covid.

The first few days were filled with fever, body aches, headache, and congestion. While medicine helped a bit, I was still very uncomfortable. One night, I couldn’t sleep due to the extreme body aches. I cried out to God. Literally. I said aloud, “God please help me!” I laid on the couch, miserable. In my mind, the word chamomile came to me. Yes! Chamomile tea is a natural relaxer. I got up and made some tea. Within 30 minutes, I had less aches and was able to sleep. God showed up through tea.

The day I was to leave on my vacation, which we had to cancel, I was devastated. This is our yearly beach trip. Many of you have seen our annual boogie board pictures from this vacation. This was our 10th year to go. I can’t begin to explain the grief that overwhelmed me at missing this trip. Mid-morning on that day, there was a doorbell ring. It was a delivery of the most beautiful flowers. My friend had sent them knowing I was home, due to Covid, as a belated birthday gift. Little did she know how desperately I needed them that day. Being seen by a friend, loved by a friend, and known by a friend (I love purple) made all the difference in my heart. I immediately called her to let her know how God used her to provide me with a lift that day. God prompted her in order to uplift and comfort me.

Another incredible God moment was when I was at the ER. Long story short, Covid went after my kidneys and I had a UTI and kidney stone in the midst of Covid. Our ER didn’t have a place for Covid patients to be separate from the rest of the ER patients so they literally made us sit outside. It was over 90 degrees during the time I was sitting outside on a stone bench battling Covid and seeking help for my kidney issues. While I had brought water, as the day went on, it has lost its chill. I was miserable. I had just laid down on my stone bench when I saw a familiar face. One of my dear friends from my church was walking up. She came near and said, “God told me to bring you cold water.” I was moved to tears. She handed me cold water and a LaCroix. She reached her hand over me and prayed for my healing and comfort. Then she left. A 5 minute exchange. A lifetime memory. God once again provided.

Friends, if you aren’t seeing God in your life, you aren’t looking hard enough. Obviously in a season of distress, like Covid, I will be looking for Him and comfort. However, every single day, He does this. He shows up. He provides an idea, a solution, a friend, a thing of beauty. Look for Him. God is a God of comfort. He is in your day to day.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

Dream Big! Pray Big!