Our world feels like it’s going crazy right now. Each day (and sometimes each hour!) offers new and sometimes alarming news.
Between experts and news, social media and official announcements, there is a lot of noise out there.
But I want to speak plainly to you today.
You are NOT alone.
No matter if you’re quarantined by choice or by force.
No matter if you’re worried about paying your bills or trying to suddenly homeschool your kids.
No matter if you’ve had to sequester yourself for the safety of yourself or people you love.
No matter if the unknown has your anxiety going through the roof.
No matter if you’re suffering from things non-virus-related and you feel like the world has forgotten about you.
No matter if you’re sad and disappointed about canceled plans and missed opportunities.
You’re not alone.
God is with you, and He has promised not to leave you nor forsake you. He promises to hold you in His hand and that He’s on your side.
And even when we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we know the One who does.
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how to help my own family and those of you who follow along with us, and I keep coming back to the importance of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, especially when we find ourselves in such a time as this.
If you (or your kids) are having a hard time shutting out the noise and fixing your eyes on Him, I wanted to give you this encouragement today. We don’t need to feel hopeless because our hope is not in this world. We don’t need to feel anxious because we know who gives us peace.
Here are some resources I’ve created in case you’re looking for some practical help today. Know that I’m praying with you and for you, and if you need me to pray for something specific – send me a message. I’d love to hear from you.
Our family has played Bible trivia around the table for years, and after numerous people asked where we got the questions, I created this to share with others. This is a downloadable, printable PDF file with five pages of colorful and easy-to-read Bible Trivia Cards. Each card has a trivia question and the Scripture verse that contains the answer.
It can be easy to fall into a routine with our prayers – especially when we’re young and haven’t had years of relationship-building with God. Yet, He wants us to bring Him everything – to pray without ceasing. That can be hard for adults, but I asked myself, how can I get our kids to rethink the way they pray? This is a list of questions you can ask your children to help them broaden their conversations with you and in prayer.
Have you ever tried to pray and then got stuck because you weren’t sure what to say? Or perhaps you would like to enhance your own personal quiet time but aren’t sure how. 21 Days of Prayer Journal Prompts gives you a daily question to start you off. Many days come with Scripture readings for additional study or to give you a frame of reference for what God says about those topics.
I always wanted to be like those people that knew Scripture so well they could speak it, pray it, and apply it in their circumstances – but I wasn’t sure how to do that. This devotional is a four-week email series that sends short, daily devotions that help you memorize Scripture and teach habits that will help you even after the four weeks are up.
Sandra Samoska is a writer with a love for Jesus and a love for family. When she's not chasing around her four kids and doing all the things, you can find her writing about the ways God shows up in our every day lives.