New Normal You Say?

Here are some scattered random thoughts because that is what my brain feels like these days.

Laila: Mommy, Mommy, I don't understand!

My brain: I need to go to the supermarket, the post office, contact students, answer text messages I haven't responded to, market my book, make sure my husband is good, cook meals, check social media, create a schedule, and on an on.

Ceej: Mommy, can we have a battle? Mommy can we play soccer? Mommy can we play go fish? Mommy, Mommy?

My brain: I need to clean this house (because clutter and crowded spaces send me into a frenzy).

Belle: Mommy! Ceej ate my candy! I had it stashed away! (As she pouts and maybe cries. She's my sensitive baby).

My brain:

In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, many people are being called on to live a "new normal". Some of us who have complained about our jobs in the past are now wishing we still had that job. Some of us are hating this social distancing while wishing and longing for those human connections we relied on on a daily basis. Some of us are working through the challenges of having to be around family members we often try to avoid. Many of us thought we had 2020 all planned out! The trips we would take, the events we would host and attend etc. Crazy thing, in January I came across a short sermon by Dr. Tony Evans after the passing of his wife. And

thus, Dr. Evans' words, along with this scripture, have been my motto for 2020 thus far.

I am realizing that in this crazy time we're living in, we need to be more sympathetic, empathetic, tolerant, and understanding. We need to extend greater measures of grace to each other. There are so many people going above and beyond to ensure our safety and daily needs are met: health care workers, police officers, fire fighters, manufacturers, sanitation workers, news crew, child care, grocery store, transportation, and restaurant workers, bankers, and the list goes on. Needless to say and may be a bit biased, but I have a special place in my heart for educators, and stay at home mommies and daddies! Whew MVPs I tell you!!

So, I've decided, when the babies are asleep, my husband and I have caught up and spent some quality time for the day, I am going to need a moment to decompress. A moment to reflect on what went well, what needs to be adjusted for the next day, and how I can better take care of myself so I don't self destruct.

We can make all the plans in the world. I can make all the plans in the world! I won't stop planning because as Benjamin Franklin said, "if you fail to plan you plan to fail." However, essentially the will of God will prevail!

So take heart. Here are some scriptures of encouragement during this time of "new normal":

Feeling anxious: "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Philippians 4: 6 NIV

Feeling sad: "Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God." Psalms 43: 5 GNB

Feeling discouraged & hopeless: "Here's what I've learned through it all: Don't give up; don't be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes keep on waiting - for he will never disappoint you!" Psalms 27:13-14 TPT

Feeling worried: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6: 34 NIV

Feeling lonely: "...And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28: 20

Feeling fearful: "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power, and of love and of sound judgement and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]." II Timothy 1: 7 AMP

Feeling stressed:

1. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 NIV

2. "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." II Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

3. "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3 NIV

Until next time...

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