Allow some room to breathe.
As the lock-down has progressed week to week, it has become more evident not only that we need to watch out for our physical health, but we need to maintain our own emotional/mental health as well.
I enjoyed a blog by Pastor Lucas Randall from Hill Country Bible Church on 4 key areas to we should focus on in light of the Covid-19 crises and stay home orders. Although he is speaking to those in ministry, the same applies for teenagers and parents. Think of these points as a way to allow ourselves some breathing room. Here is a portion of his blog:
"Most of us like to construct a plan and execute said plan. We find comfort in being able to have some sense of control in our vocational and personal lives. While this season has stripped us of what we are typically able to have a grip on, one thing that we can control is how we care for ourselves. This is, arguably, the most significant thing we can do at this time.
Here are four self-care practices that I believe can make our summer great despite the pandemic:
Let’s give ourselves some license to mourn what is lost. In the Old Testament, we see that God’s people had rituals regarding lament, rituals that lead to hope (Lamentations 3:22-26)! Somehow our culture, and even the Church, has steered us to avoid and/or quickly seek a remedy to grief. In doing so, we short-circuit the emotional wiring God placed within us. We also rob ourselves of the lessons God may want to teach us in our grief. Jesus himself tells us that, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NIV). Mourning is the avenue to comfort! We must find a place to share our grief by crying out to God and others.
Few things in our lives have as much power to bring about a change of heart and attitude as the discipline of gratitude. Taking a moment to choose to focus on the good things in our lives serves to disrupt our “spiral” into “doom and gloom”. Similarly, there is nothing that compares to gratitude in serving as a salve that begins to bring healing to grief. Gratitude ultimately points us to the One to whom we are grateful, and the worship that results is truly restorative!
One thing many of us are wrestling within this season is boundaries with work. The almost instant overhaul that most of our schedules received, with the addition of non-traditional hours, has caused us to feel like we are almost constantly in “work mode”. Even in a season that demands flexibility, we need to establish boundaries. Let’s challenge ourselves to find days, or even portions of days, to be away from our email, phones, and social media. Let’s use the time for prayer, exercise, art, naps, reading, relationships, and other things that nourish our souls.
With many of our days looking and feeling the same, great joy can come from spontaneity. While it’s hard to “plan” to be “spontaneous,” we can pre-schedule some time where we allow ourselves the chance to decide what we will do at the moment! We can choose a new recipe for dinner, find an unexplored hiking trail in our area, or catch a sunrise with a picnic breakfast. Even with some restrictions still in place, we have the opportunity to choose something “new” in a season that has given us a lot of “new” by force. Spontaneity ignites our lives and restores our creativity and optimism!
May we live out the timely words of Paul the Apostle, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, NIV)."
JOIN Youth Group Online!
We are currently using zoom video chats every week during the virus pandemic. This is an opportunity for us to hangout, encourage one another, and look to God's Word! We are doing two different online youth group times on Fridays! Jr. High is at 6pm and Sr. High is at 7pm. Here are a few steps to help you get set up:
Step 1: Download Zoom
Step 2: Click on the button below to join the video chat Friday! Enter the code: FBCyouth
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