Be A Light

I feel like a broken record in every blog saying that we are all living in crazy times right now . Between COVID and the ongoing riots and general unrest in this country it feels like the world as we know it is quickly vanishing right before our eyes . It is easy to see why all these circumstances have contributed to everyone feeling fear, panic, uncertainty, and hopelessness. In the beginning of this difficult time we all still had a little bit of hope. I don’t know about you, but I thought everything would be fine. I still had hope. I thought the upheaval that COVID has caused would last a few weeks and then life would be back to the way we knew it. In fact if you watched the news there were moments when that hope was given to us. It would be reported the shutdown would be two weeks, then they would add another week then another and finally the weeks turned to months and very slowly our hopes began to disappear as no end was in sight. To add to it, then came the rioting that caused an unrest in communities that were already heavily burdened with fear.

With everything in disarray it is so hard not to become depressed, fearful , hopeless , and yes even bitter sometimes . I can tell you I struggle with this myself. I have to make a choice everyday to get up and pray that I do not let the world and my feelings drag me down. This is very hard to do, but I can tell you that one thing that has helped me overcome these feelings is the decision that I wanted to be a light to others. I realize everyone is struggling not just me . Most people are having the exact same feelings that I am. Which made me think deeply about the situation. I first started with myself what would make me feel better under the current circumstances? What would others possbily need to make them feel better and be filled with hope? Here are some suggestions that I have compiled that may help you become a light to others.

  • Look in your own heart first. Chances are the things that you seek in a time of darkness is also what others are needing as well. For me, I hate the feeling of loneliness. I want to know that I am not alone, and that there are others that are there with me. Things that help me feel better? Getting a text or call from a friend. My husband or daughters being close always makes me feel less lonely and secure. It is important to remember that, especially now, everyone is going through the same thing. Look into your own heart and that will help guide you on how to help others.
  • Just because we have to be away from each other doesn’t mean you cannot reach out to others. Text your friends to check on them. Send cards or goodie bags in the mail. Keep in touch, even if it is from a distance. Make sure to let others know that you are there even though you may be away.
  • Offer help, espcially to those that may be more vulnerable or may not have others to assist them. Run errands for the elderly, or others who may not be able to get out. Drop off groceries or neccessities to these individuals even if they don’t ask for it. Make them a dinner and leave it for them. Do whatever you can to assist others to let them know they are cared for and not alone.
  • Ask people how they are, just because they may smile on a Face-Time call, doesn’t mean they are ok. Be deligent in asking and be sure to listen if you notice they need to talk. Let them be open and you be open and honest in return.
  • Smile. Yes, simple as that smile. Even if your alone. Think of a funny joke, watch a funny movie, talk to a friend about crazy things you used to do and smile. Not only will a smile lift your spirits but it can lift others spirits as well.
  • Help others be lights. Talk to your children and loved ones. Encourage them to reach out to someone and help them or even just text someone and say “I’m here if you need anything”. We all know the more lights there are the brighter the room is.
  • Talk to God. Let him guide you. Tell him your fears, let him lead your path during these uncertain times. Most importantly, pray for others. Lift them up and help speak hope and peace back into their lives.

Of course, these are just a few things you can do to be a light to others. There are so many ways we can reach out to others and bring a little light into this dark world right now. I would love to hear from any of you about ways that you have been a light? It is great to see good news for once. There are many people out there who are trying their best to make this world a better place. How much different would the world look right now if everyone chose light over darkness? Even under circumstances beyond our control. I truly believe there would be a lot less fear, hopelessness, depression, and disconnect. This world would look much different. I encourage each and every one of you to be a light to someone today. Let’s all make this world shine so bright that darkness can never creep in.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.

I hope your light is shining bright today and that you are covered with many blessings.

Love and Hugs,

Jennifer

Happy Easter

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.” John 3:16-17.

In my lifetime, I have never not gone to church to celebrate Easter. Even people who do not regularly attend church would either go to some type of service or would the spend the day with family and friends to recognize the Easter holiday. My family would always attend church, have a wonderful dinner together, and do a huge outdoor Easter egg hunt for the kids. It is a tradition we all looked forward to every year. Who doesn’t look forward to good food, fun, and all the yummy easter candy? Reese’s peanut butter eggs and Cadbury eggs are two of my favorites, YUM!! More importantly though, as a Christian, Easter is one of the most important holidays. The celebration that Jesus is Alive!!

With everything that is going on the world right now, the normal Easter celebrations are going to look much different . In person church services are canceled and most services will be streamed online for people to watch at home. Instead of families dressing up in their matching, colorful Easter attire, they will be watching the service from their couch in PJ’s or leisure clothes. Small dinners with our family will be served in our home, and no large family celebrations will be taking place. Kids will not be going to take pictures with the Easter bunny and doing community Easter egg hunts. Instead parents will be trying to think of creative ways to hide eggs in and around our homes. The normal traditions of Easter that we all take part in will look much different this year.

My girls last Easter

Even though things are looking very different this Easter, we all must remember the reason for the holiday. It never was about the large gatherings, the dinners, and it certainly wasn’t about the Easter Bunny or egg hunts. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus. One thing I know for certain is that the true meaning of Easter over the years has become lost. People get so caught up in buying pretty clothes and putting together baskets, or attending big community events, that they lose sight in what the true meaning really is.

I am certainly not happy in everything that is happening right now, and the havoc COVID-19 is taking in our lives. However, I am happy that my family will be able to shift focus on what Easter really means to us. That we will be able to celebrate without all the extras distracting us. We will just truly be able to celebrate Jesus as a family. Hopefully everyone across the world will be able to do the same. They will take away the bunny, the eggs, and the baskets and remember what the holiday is truly about.

As I sit and think about what Easter means, it also brings me comfort in what is a very dark time in our lives. The death and resurrection of Jesus teaches us not to fear. Even when we face death, do not fear. The love God has for us is so strong that it even defeats death. Easter is about love. God’s love is greater than anything. With his love we are strong, we are conquerors, and we are complete. Easter is about hope. Hope for our present and our future. The gift of Jesus brings hope into all our lives. Easter teaches us to be strong. No matter what is going on around us, or what people may be doing, God is always stronger. God is stronger than this virus , and it will be defeated.

I encourage each of you to gather with your families and celebrate the true meaning of Easter. Let your husbands, wives, children and others know what Easter means to you. Take advantage of this time we have to shift your focus to the one that is above it all. Let it bring you and your family peace during this difficult time. Remind yourself and others that perfect love always wins. Love defeats it all.

I pray each of you have a very blessed Easter with your families. I pray that each of you are covered with God’s perfect love and abundant blessings today.

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.

Love and hugs,

Jennifer