Sometimes it’s easier to endure and thrive during times of crisis when we know others are sharing our same struggles. So about a week ago, I asked some friends several questions regarding their journey through this challenging period COVID-19 has given us. Here are the questions and their answers.
1. Besides missing contact with family, friends, and usual church activities, what has been the most challenging for you during these past six months?
~ Surprised and sad at how people ‘shut down & shut off’ friends they disagree with. I have missed the ‘freedoms’ experienced before this (just going & doing, & not feeling the ‘heaviness’ of others who are so hurting).
~ Not being able to just jump in the car and go somewhere, anywhere, without “suiting up”. It discourages me from going out.
~ I also greatly miss the freedom to go somewhere, anywhere, without consciously remembering to wear a mask. This action just reminds me that there is an invisible threat to my health.
~ Not feeling I can make normal plans and a sense of uncertainty around others in their homes. Do I wear a mask? Do I not wear one? Political unrest.
~ My husband, who worked part-time from home, was laid off in the beginning of the quarantine. He has required a lot more of the time that I was used to devoting to writing. I almost given up writing because I feel guilty being busy when he is unsettled and lonely.
~ Being with people, and our biggest challenge is that we’re tired of zoom, though it has had its place.
~ Managing my diet and making healthy eating choices.
~ Keeping myself busy, I don’t have any more closets or cabinets to straighten or clean out; spring cleaning was accomplished earlier than scheduled.
~ I miss seeing people’s smiles and going places.
2. Are you finding it difficult to concentrate or accomplish what you want to do or maintain a normal routine?
~ To-Do lists have helped but I don’t complete them all. My day to day routine is Not the routine I had before this…
~ Yes. Without attending church and no appointments, no lunch with friends, and avoiding shopping as much as possible, it’s hard to stay on a routine. With less socializing, I find it difficult to be creative.
~ Feeling like this “season” seems endless, it has taken much more intentional discerning what to do each day.
~ I find it hard to concentrate on reading. I thought, for sure I’d finish all the books I started. On the other hand,)
~ I find myself sleeping later, and not always getting dressed for the day the way I did pre-COVID. I can’t seem to really structure myself productively some days.
~ It’s been hard to adjust to my husband working from home some days. Not feeling well. It’s harder to make goals as one day flows into another, not having my regular activities going on.
~ Finding motivation to accomplish something as simple as cleaning a closet is difficult; not hard to convince myself to push it off until tomorrow.
~ I set goals when the quarantine started that I haven’t met but wait … it’s not over yet.
~ We’re finding it very difficult to maintain a normal routine, I find being outside working in our yard is a help, except when the temperatures are 90 degrees!!
3. What are some of your coping strategies during this unusual season?
~ I started a small exercise routine, which I am motivated to keep. When I take my cat out in the morning, all he does is sits, so I jog in place!
~ I tend to hide in a book, reading to escape.
~ Our coping strategies are just trusting the Lord. We know He is sovereign and is doing amazing things during this chaotic time. Knowing He has this in His hands gives us the freedom to live life with joy and peace.
~ Counting my blessings as well as more time in devotions, prayer, study & reading of God’s word. I am so grateful for His goodness.
~ Keeping my time in the Word and with God every morning anchors my heart and mind. There’s nothing like the W.O.G to level all playing fields, keeping hope and truth upfront and center!
~ I listen to music, mostly classical and Christian more. I also have been listening to Prophecy YouTube videos, rereading Christian books, and working on a Bible study that I started in June. My husband takes me on drives in our beautiful community several times during the week, and a milkshake is always a good idea.
~ Reconnecting with friends and family, staying in God’s Word and prayer, my husband and I working on communication and our relationship.
~ Make a list of what needs to be done and DO IT, and don’t make the list unrealistically demanding; daily time in prayer and the Bible for the correct perspective of circumstances.
~ I enjoy making cards, rubber stamping, and coming up with ideas for birthday cards and Christmas cards. so have been working on ideas for cards. I’ve also been trying out new recipes for dinner ideas and desserts (which I should not be doing, desserts that is.)
~ Keep to a normal routine … spend time in God’s Word and pray.
4. What positive outcomes have you discovered during this period?
~ More than usual special times with daughter & her family. An affirmation of whose hands hold me and whose plan is perfect.
~ I’ve enjoyed every day. I have come to appreciate the simplicity of each day. Getting up, getting dressed, exercising, watching, my Korean dramas… sitting on the front porch while my young neighbors climb my front tree and talk to me! Making meals, being so grateful for food, for my husband’s work(it makes him happy) God’s provision… and the grace and opportunity to pray for others and the world. With the pandemic killing so many, I found myself praying for mercy for the world’s people. I pray it’s a sprout of mercy I’ll take the time to nurture and grow.
~ I have most definitely grown closer to the Lord. My house is cleaner, and my husband and I enjoy watching old movies and TV shows together. I also have been writing notes to people. It is my joy just to sit on my porch and watch the birds, and the squirrels among my favorite plants. I also love to just sit on the porch when it rains.
~ Having time to face some issues and relinquishing them to God. Praying for our country and leaders.
~We enjoyed taking long walks. However, the recent air quality issues due to forest fires from other states have made that difficult. We have spent a lot of time with my sister and her family. That has been a blessing.
~The Body of Christ has been out of the building and in their neighborhoods and ministering to those around them. We see more clearly the spiritual battle going on and know our prayers are important.
~ The increased time with my husband has been a blessing; financial savings with no maid service and less eating out!
~ Positive thoughts – Even with all the negative things that are impacting our lives at this time. Regularly able to raise prayer in thanks for so many blessings. We have a wonderful community with loving Christian friends that we keep in touch with. We are fortunate to be retired and even though my husband was laid off of his second job, God continues to provide all we need. Many of us are still able to participate in
our church services both electronically and in-person for regular reinforcement. We see many things occurring around us that are obvious answers to our prayers.
~ Done more baking, organized closets, and spent more time in prayer … and exercising.
I hope this has been an encouragement as you travel through these challenging times … and stay well.