Quarantine is a gift. Yep, I said it. That was a scary sentence to write, and I know it flies in the face of popular opinion. Just hear me out. I’ll make it worth you time,
I love the way Chrystal Evans-Hurst put it in her recent interview with Christy Wright, when she said, “Quarantine is a forced activity elimination diet.” She’s right. This is an unprecedented opportunity to observe what works for us and what doesn’t. What fills our cups, and what drains them. What activities we want to add back to our lives when it’s over, and what we’d like to leave behind.
Romans 8:28 (NIV) – 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We can take comfort because the verse above reassures us God is already working all this for our good. Now I admit, lockdown has major, life-altering pitfalls, but this one aspect has the potential to be a tremendous blessing, if we choose to see it that way. Searching for the hidden blessings improves our mindsets and ensures we’re working with Him as we move forward.
Now that we’re slowly reopening, it’s the perfect time to consciously design our new normal with God, our families, priorities, preferred pace, goals, dreams, and mandatory vs optional activities in mind.
We may never get a reset like this again. Let’s make it count.
Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 24
Today’s OJJ prompt is all about making the most of this opportunity for prayerful time reprioritization. Trust me, your future self will thank you for making wise choices now.
Read the following verse. Let it sink into your soul.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV) – 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
When you’re ready, say a prayer for God to reveal his wisdom to you through your writing, and then journal your answers to the following as a prayer:
- What aspects of your quarantine experience do you want to take with you into your new normal?
- Which “old normal” activities are you happy to leave off your schedule?
- How can you deliberately plan your upcoming days to keep the soul-filling activities and eliminate the draining ones? What resources are available to help you do this?
- Finally, thank Jesus for three things you’re grateful for from the last 24 hours. No repeats from previous entries!
If this is your first time here, or it’s your first time prayer journaling and you want more prayer journal prompts, AWESOME! Start with Day 1. It explains the whole concept. You can also use the prompts from the posts that follow it get the full healing experience. Click the left arrow, below, and it will take you through them in chronological order.
No pressure though! If you’re crunched on time, you can treat them like a buffet, and only write on the ones that inspire you or tug at your spirit. Let the Lord guide you through your process. This is your journey and I’m thrilled that this little blog is a part of it!
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