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What everyone REALLY wants in the midst of the Coronavirus​

Right now, every one of us is seeking control. 

It doesn’t matter if we’re hoarding toilet paper or saying that it’s all overblown, if we believe it’s a hoax or we’re obsessively following the news for every new development, or hyper-focusing on certain scriptures that we believe promise Christians immunity to illness and hardship. 

Each of these actions and reactions is a natural, human response to something that is bigger than us and makes us feel helpless. 

You might be aware that you feel anxious right now. You might feel like the virus itself isn’t going to impact you, but the need for social distancing will feed your loneliness or depression. 

It’s okay to feel those things. You are not a bad person or lacking faith if you’re having an emotional response to this whole situation. You are a human being, created by God with emotions to help you navigate this world. 

God gave us the capacity for fear so we can respond to threats. He gave us the capacity for anger so we would respond to injustice. And he gave us the capacity for sorrow so we can respond to loss. You might be feeling any or all of those things right now. 

And that’s okay, my friend. 

Here’s the deal: Jesus promised us that in this world, we would have trouble. But he promised us that he would be with us in the midst of it and that he has overcome the world. He promised to give us his peace, not in a way that exempts us from struggle and turmoil, but in a way that allows us to rest, like Christ did, in the middle of a howling storm. 

So that peace? It’s available in the midst of our aches. It might not erase them, but it makes us able to endure them <3 I’m holding onto that right now. 

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Listen, I’m taking this virus thing seriously. I’m not afraid, but I know that, in Christ, I am called to love my neighbor. Right now, loving my neighbor means making choices that will help prevent the spread of coronavirus. I know it might seem crazy to some, but choosing to endure some discomfort (staying home as much as possible) to minimize the number of people who get sick is a kind way to serve the vulnerable, first responders, and healthcare workers. 

If you’re able and choosing to stay home, here are a few things that might make it easier:

  • I’m so proud of my church, which is following the CDC’s guidelines and having online services for the next couple of weeks. You might remember that Cross Point was hit by the tornado last week and it’s been a joy to be part of a church so intent on serving the community in the aftermath instead of serving themselves. If your church isn’t offering online services this week, join mine this Sunday. The service will be aired every hour starting at 9:00 am Central. (BTW, I absolutely love having the online service option on regular weeks if I have a bad mental health day. It’s a great way to take care of myself without feeling disconnected from the body of Christ).
  • You might have heard that stress can actually weaken your immune system, which isn’t great news considering we’re all trying to stay healthy right now. The good news is that simple relaxation techniques and stress-busters like deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, and gentle exercise (I love Yoga with Adriene or this Christian yoga channel) can help get your body back in fighting order. Make sure to prioritize stress relief right now. 
  • I’m an introvert and love my downtime at home, but I can get cabin fever with the best of them. I’m fighting it by going on walks with my husband on uncrowded trails, plus making time for some of my favorite hobbies. 
    • Art – Even if you never thought you could draw, these simple tutorials make it crazy easy to get started. I dabbled in watercolor a bit last year and love these tutorials – they seem a bit more advanced, but they’re still totally fun. I also absolutely love Skillshare – it’s a paid subscription, but you can find TONS of tutorials for almost any type of art. 
    • Knitting – Did you know knitting is actually proven to help anxiety? It’s so soothing and pairs nicely with TV, podcasts, or audiobooks. Ravelry has thousands of knitting and crochet patterns (both free and paid) so you can find a project no matter your skill level. If you’re brand-new to knitting, Purl Soho has some great tutorials.
    • Hand Lettering has become really popular lately and this could be a great time to try it out. If you don’t have fancy pens, you can start here. You can also try it out with Crayola markers or brush pens if you have them. 
    • I also sew, bake, and generally make things with my hands. Hobbies, in general, are just so good for our mental health that I try to always have some creative outlet handy. 
  • This is a great time to catch up on reading. I do most of my reading (or listening to audiobooks) through two free apps, hoopla and Libby. If you have a library card, you can check out books, audiobooks, TV shows, music, and movies for free! I know not everybody likes to read on their phone or tablet, but for those who do, it’s an awesome way to read for free. 

No matter what you’re feeling today, remember that it’s okay. You’re not alone. We’ll get through this together.


Sarah writes about the hard stuff so you don’t feel alone. If you want to find joy even on your darkest days, if you’re struggling with faith and mental health, and if you need to be reminded that you’re not alone, Sarah is writing for you. Find more about Sarah and her message here.


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