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Establishing Rest in Quarantine

If you’re like us, you’ve probably worked really hard at establishing some sort of new rhythm over the last few weeks.

For us, it seems to be school, outside time, lots of reading (just finished All Creatures Great and Small), making sourdough bread (this is new), dinner, a Marvel movie from the Marvel Universe (I’m still confused), and then sleep. And while we haven’t quite dialed this routine in, it seems to be working at this point.

I know some of you have more work than ever on your hands. You may be fortunate enough to still be on a team that lost other members, so you are doing the work of three people now.

Or maybe this is the first time you have ever been assigned to work from home and you find yourself constantly checking email throughout the day and have a difficult time separating yourself from your work and workspace. This is really common and really difficult! Without the bus, train, or commute, you’re finding it hard to separate life from work and that’s exhausting!

Some of you may have more time than ever on your hands. Especially time at home! Maybe you’ve had a reduction of hours at work or have to fill the time that would be normally spent commuting to the city.

This may be new for you and you fill up your days with new and good routines, time with family, Netflix, and like me, doing at-home workouts that feel like an hour but in reality, it is like 6 minutes!

The point is most people don’t like change and establishing a new routine is hard!

But there is one thing, apart from washing your hands and sanitizing everything every 45 seconds, that I encourage you to build into your new routine.

And that is rest.

Rest, or Sabbath, is vital to us as people made in the image of God. It is vital because it allows us to step back from working so hard at our new routines and truly lean into trusting our caring, powerful, unsurprised by what is happening in the world today, near in this time of suffering, God.

And I know that Sabbath seems like a bigger deal when life is humming along in this quick North Jersey pace, but it is equally important in this new pace and place we find ourselves in today- maybe even more than ever!

Here are some suggestions for Establishing Rest in Quarantine:

  • Choose a day, evening, or few hours to disconnect from anything plugged in and simply do something that is refreshing to you, like a walk outside, journal, draw, or pray.
  • Meditate on a verse from scripture, like Philippians 4:6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God". Then do this throughout your chosen time of rest. Be creative!
  • Lay aside your agenda, and simply view thoughts, conversations or situations that arise in your designated rest time as ‘from God,’ and enjoy them, process them, and trust that God is drawing near to you as you put Him above everything else in your life.

Remember: What you do isn’t as important as why you are doing it! You’re trusting in God and your actions are a result of that!

Hope this helps and remember- we are in this together!

We’d love to hear how you are Establishing Rest in Quarantine!



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End of Your Rope

I started writing and erasing this message so many times because I feel like it has all been said already, and you have heard it all before.

  •  "We are living through uncharted territory"
  • “This is an unprecedented time.”
  • “I never planned to homeschool my kids.”
  • “Where’s all the TP?” #coronacation

 End of Your Rope:

Personally I like to take things one day at a time because that’s how I function best and stay positive. But when your world, country, county, and town are making decisions that don’t allow you to do that it can be daunting.  It is wild that we are living through something that is so far-reaching.  I don’t have a huge social media reach but everyone I am connected to is affected by this pandemic. A lot of us are in the same boat with trying to get to work or working from home, kids learning from home, curfews, events canceled, social distancing, etc. but I can’t pretend to completely understand what you are personally struggling with today.  I can almost guarantee you are struggling.  Maybe you felt like you were already at the end of your rope and then BOOM this mysterious COVID-19 enters your world and you are left wondering, “How do I make more rope?”

 Hang On Tight:

I can’t imagine trying to get through this time without leaning into my Lord.  Trust me I have been trying.  Making new house rules, drawing chore charts, creating extra-curricular idea lists, and doling out punishments….AAAAHHHH…I just can’t.  And I finally said, “I can’t, I just can’t.” And that’s when the verse that has come to me many times before, came to me today. Be still and know…Psalm 46:10.  Be still and know…I can’t.  I can’t manage all this without losing my mind.  I have to hand it all over and trust God for these next days, weeks, and months.  Do not be anxious about anything but through prayer and petition present your requests to God and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t just read those verses, rest in them.  How are we not to be anxious?  By prayer and petition…go to God. We will receive peace and it will guard our hearts and our MINDS. When my mind wanders to fear, too anxious thoughts, to anger, to sadness…I am instructed to pray.

Tie the Ropes Together:

So in this, week 2, I have made some changes.  The novelty wore off…working at the same table my kids were doing school at…no longer cute.  We now have our own workspaces and we have a schedule.  We actually stop for lunch instead of working through it.  When the stress builds we take the dog for a walk, sometimes together, sometimes alone.  As tension builds in my neck while watching the news, I listen to my body, I turn off the TV and I turn on worship music.  I allow myself to be sad our family vacation got ruined and call a friend I know will not make me feel bad for feeling bad.  God has given you a lot of strength and ability but we were never expected to do life alone.

God gave us the Church (the people, the community) so we could live life together and learn together.  Now it can seem that has been taken away.  I am telling you it has not, it is different but it is not gone.  We are still here.  Reach out, ask for prayer, get online and be a part of the Chapel Family.  We need you and you need us. We will continue to provide resources for you and reach out as often as we can but we need you to respond and reach out to others as well.  Even in quarantine, we can be the hands and feet of God. 

We love you Chapel Family!

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