“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty Whose power no foe can withstand. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust! For then He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:1-3 AMP).
Historically, Christians were the first responders to local and regional crisis. As people of faith, we believe God hears and answers prayer. Prayer communicates assurance, brings peace, and activates miracles.
PRAYER IS POWER. PRAYER IS SOLIDARITY. AND GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!
As people of faith our foundation is trust in God, His love, and His provision. Anxiety is the enemy of our soul and our immune system. Prayer generates the MINDSET of life, promoting calm and health.
God does not give a spirit of fear. He does give power, love, and a balanced mind (1 Timothy 1:7).
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
Prepare. Don’t panic. Know your risk. Know your circumstances. Do everything possible to ensure you don’t get exposed or expose others to this contagion.
Observe proper hygiene for health and safety:
Frequent hand washing with soap is the best method of preventing the spread of this virus. If hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains 70% or higher alcohol content to thoroughly cleanse hands.
Wipe or spray frequently used surfaces with a recommended disinfectant (i.e. Lysol and Clorox brand items labeled as a “disinfectant”. A full list of approved cleaners can be found here https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf).
If you are not feeling well, stay apart from others, including within your own home. Call your health care provider.
At the present time, if you are older, or have a serious health condition, stay at home and away from others as much as possible.
“Social distancing” is the new normal until we, as a nation, are on the other side of this storm.
“Flatten the curve”
“Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did…” (Acts 11:29).
Lean in. Move forward as one family and one community for the health, well-being, and recovery of our whole local and national community. Make a plan to safely care and provide for shut-ins, elderly, and the most vulnerable in your family and immediate circle. Take the GREATEST care to ensure that helping them won't potentially expose them to this infection.
Remind young people that social distancing is certainly there to protect our grandparents and our most at-risk members of our families, but also to protect them. Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors. Listen to the members of your household. Stay connected! Use your phone, social media, video calls. It has never been easier to connect to those we cannot be in a room with physically and to encourage each other.
Again, if you or members of your household are ill call your health care provider and follow their instructions.
Continue giving—Share peace. Share joy. Share Jesus. Share provisions.
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
Comply with your local authorities’ instructions. If they say stay home for a certain amount of time, get supplies that you will need. There is no present need for supply and grocery hoarding. There is no break in supply chains of household goods or food items. Public and private sector leaders are proudly joining together to serve the nation and its needs. Many grocery stores are keeping special hours that enable seniors to shop without crowds. So keep calm and carry on.
We are in this together as one family around the world and here in our nation. Be inspired. Be salt and light. Pray, care, serve: Flatten the curve!
Tips to lower stress levels:
Read your Bible.
Phone voice chat, FaceTime with family, neighbors, church, and social groups.
Limit social media to those pathways that are “healthy,” factual, and uplifting—like watching church!
Walk the dog.
Do something artful.
Think up some home-fun with the kids.
Get plenty of rest.
Drink lots of water.
Take Vitamin C and do other normal things to support your immune system in practical ways.
Be kind—be thoughtful, do something nice for someone; be mindful of neighbors’ need for necessary provisions that you have to share.
Don’t forget to worship with your tithes and offerings. Our resources together provide support for the wider community and those in need.
Read and follow all of the Presidents instructions and recommendations for the next two weeks as outlined here.
Remember the word for the year we received last year – the Lord, our banner of victory. This is no surprise to God. He is with us and in us and is moving! TOGETHER WE WILL HAVE A GREAT VICTORY. Be encouraged.
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It’s very important to have facts and not be guided by rumors or false information. For updates and current information visit coronavirus.gov. We encourage you and your household not to become overcome with constant news. Live your Jesus life! It’s a great time to draw together and get some of our best priorities in line.