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god does not change. he still is with us. still loves us. still cares. he will bring us freedom. we just need to trust + believe in his promises. patience, my daughter, he says to me. 🔅

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In you, Jehovah,

I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord , my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Psalms 71:1‭-‬8

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Booze buying surges in US during coronavirus outbreak

First this adds to problems, and second is not a coincidence why liquor stores are open keeping you drunk is a distraction,third a “drunk’ can’t ever make a wise decision.

Proverbs 20:1 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Wine [a]is a mocker, and strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby, is not wise.

Nothing wrong with drinking in moderation, but being a drunk it opens the gates for various sins.

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Isaiah 53:3

A beautiful prophecy from Isaiah about the coming of Christ. Prophecy is one of my favourite ways to understand the character of Jesus, because it is so straight forwards in explaining who the messiah is. Prophecy to me is like how you would describe a friend you know to a person who has never met them: simplistic, respectful, and honest.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
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“Don’t use Netflix to escape from the reality of COVID.” My pastor encourages my church body to delete Netflix all the time, but not watching tv during COVID-19 is practically unthinkable! However, I’ve taken up the no-Netflix challenge during COVID-19 and I’d encourage everyone else to do the same. I’ve always wanted to have more time; now I have it, and I do not want this time to slip through my fingers.

I’ve given myself eight basic things to do every day that help with avoiding escapism during this season: 

1) Daily devotional 

2) Exercise

3) Text someone in my church family

4) Blog

5) Get fresh air

6) Read 

7) Facetime a person you love 

8) Create something

Some of these tasks can intertwine such as exercise and getting fresh air, but these eight things help me stay grounded in God and community opposed to escapist distractions such as Netflix, social media or just negative thought spirals. 

Ignoring COVID-19 is easy, but as Christians, we are not called to an easy life. In Mark 8:34-38, Jesus reminds us of the truth we are called to. “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’” I am called to deny myself, pick up my cross, and follow Jesus. My prayer is that COVID-19 is a refining fire that allows me to do these things better. 

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