Posts Tagged ‘pandemic’

Laura Story Helps Us Find Peace When Normalcy Is Gone

“When life gets shaky, we don’t have to be shaken.” Laura Story (who you may know from her song “Blessings”) shares how to rest in God’s plan when we struggle with uncertainty. Saying goodbye to normal is the beginning of taking on your future with unwavering strength. Her strength is so clearly from knowing peace is a person and not our circumstances lining up the way we hope.  Get Laura Story’s new book: “So Long,… … Continue reading

How I Got Coronavirus and What It Was Like: With Mike From Tenth Avenue North

Mike Donehey from Tenth Avenue North had no idea when we talked to him at the beginning of quarantine that his whole family would later come down with coronavirus. Once he recovered we wanted to hear first hand how he got it and what coronavirus was like for him and his girls. For the audio version of this interview, check out our podcast with Mike. CJ & Joy · SPECIAL EDITION: How I Got Coronavirus… … Continue reading

So…tired…

You too? This season we are in has me feeling weary. I thought we were entering a sprint back in March. I was a sprinter in high school track. You focus on the finish line, run with everything you have, don’t look to your left or right. But…this has been a marathon. We can’t see the finish line. I’m terrible at marathons. I was reading in Isaiah 40 earlier: “He gives strength to the weary and… … Continue reading

Summer Reading for Grown Ups: Beauty in the Wilderness

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)  WHAT? Joy? There’s joy here in these woods? Yes, as you survive these “uncertain times,” there is joy. I mean, you may not see it for the trees, but it’s there.  I’ve survived some… … Continue reading

Welcome to the Wilderness!

On a roller coaster, blindfolded. Feel that way lately? Me too. It’s what author John Bevere would call a “wilderness season.” Feeling lost, confused lately by the events of the world, wondering where God is, and how we are supposed to respond. Exhausted. The wilderness is exhausting! As part of an initiative I’m calling, “Summer Reading For Grown Ups,” I’m reading Bevere’s, “God, Where are You?” and inviting you along on this journey. It may… … Continue reading

Is it TRUE? HELPFUL? MY PLACE TO SAY?

  Is it true? Helpful? My place to say? Three questions we have tried as a family to ask ourselves before speaking. My mom used to say, “Those words would taste bitter if you had to swallow them.” She would remind me that words are like toothpaste from a tube; it’s really difficult to take them back. I guess I had an issue with words when I was a teenager. I still do. I work REALLY… … Continue reading

How Do You Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus?

No one prepared you for parenting in a global pandemic! Your kids are out of school and probably asking questions like, “Why am I not allowed to go play with my friends?” and “Why can I not go to school and see my teachers?” Your first instinct may be to simply tell your kids that everything is going to be ok, but that may not be the right move. Dr. Josh and Christi Straub are… … Continue reading

Big Daddy Weave on How to Find Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic

Anxiety seems to be what most people are feeling these days as the coronavirus is spreading, but experiencing peace is possible! Mike from Big Daddy Weave is staying home and quarantining himself just like the rest of us. He breaks down the verses that he needs right now in Philippians 4: 5-6 and how following them is the perfect recipe for peace during this time!   Hear more from Big Daddy Weave in their latest… … Continue reading

Ebola and Christians

Between 250 and 270 A.D. a terrible plague, believed to be measles or smallpox, devastated the Roman Empire. At the height of what came to be known as the Plague of Cyprian, after the bishop St. Cyprian who chronicled what was happening, 5,000 people died every day in Rome alone. Read more HERE … Continue reading