Written By: Stephanie M.
Hey Chapel Youth,
Wow, I miss you guys! How are you handling quarantine? If it is anything like me, you’re going through waves of thinking “It’s kind of nice to stay home” to “WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?! If I have to stay home for one more minute, I’m gonna lose my mind!!!” To be honest, Tuesday was the first day I have felt discouraged, really, really discouraged. I read several news articles and opinion pieces (first mistake), I was tired, my kids were begging to go somewhere, anywhere really, and I had well-meaning people telling me that I was foolish for bringing a package off my porch and directly into my home. I was done. I struggled with frustration, discouragement, and sadness. Have you experienced a day like mine yet? What do you do when the reality of these days threatens to take over?
I prayed. I prayed so fast and so hard until the wave of emotion passed. And when it threatened again later, I prayed again. And you know what? It worked. Life isn’t different, my kids still haven’t gone anywhere, and I may now have Corona contamination in my house from cardboard, but I am at peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
This prayer thing only works though if you are truly trusting in God as your rock, source of hope, and salvation. It’s not a quick fix or genie wish. God knows I am weak and pitiful without Him. So He offers me a direct line to His peace and goodness whenever I get overwhelmed. My problem is that a lot of times I forget or wait to tell Him about how I’m feeling. I withhold from myself the peace, joy, and comfort my heavenly Father has for me. But not this time. This time, I knew prayer was exactly what I needed. And the God of the Universe listened and gave me the peace I needed to move forward with my day.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What about you? Are you relying on God or yourself to make it through these strange days?
How has your prayer life been? Are you talking with God more or less?
Please text or DM me if you have any questions or prayer requests. I would love to talk and pray for you specifically.