In light of the current events happening globally, I felt compelled to share ways in which we can help each other and ourselves not only be more successful and but to also feel extremely loved. As moms and Christians, we know it is our job to spread the Word of God, but what we tend to forget is that we are also called to live as Jesus lived. We are called to be like Him; to be kind and gentle-hearted, to be givers not takers, speakers of encouragement and wisdom. We are to show love and grace, just as he so lovingly extended grace upon us.
During these difficult times, there are some things we can do to not only help ourselves but to also show love, appreciation, and to help those around us. After all, we were also commanded to love thy neighbor as we love ourself.
Call to Check in
If there is one thing that a military family knows, it is that we can’t expect to reside near family members. In times like these, an action as simple as calling to check in with a loved one speaks volumes. Don’t have time for a FaceTime or Skype? Pick up the phone just to say you are thinking of them. I promise it will be appreciated.
Offer to Buy Supplies
Have a friend with small kids or an elderly neighbor? Before going out in public, call them and offer to pick up needed supplies. Over the past few days, we have all experienced the long lines and empty shelves, and to someone who is elderly and who may not quite understand the entire situation at hand, one of the easiest things we can do is to offer them the ability to stay inside and to grab things for them.
Limit Food Waste
Grocery stores are chaotic and if you have been there within the past 48 hours you are also finding a food and supply scarcity. One thing we can do is to eliminate food waste. To do this, be sure to store foods at the proper temperature by the expiration dates, be sure to know expiration dates of your perishable foods (write them down if you need to), freeze leftovers you don’t think you will immediately eat, wash produce immediately before consuming and not any earlier, and the simplest thing we can do is just make smaller meals, especially for our kids.
Sometimes, one of the best things we can do is to simply listen. Open your heart, open your ears and simply listen. What are the concerns of those around you? Are there ways you can speak light to them or ways to encourage them? Simply listen and you will learn so much!
There is no doubt that small businesses will be facing challenging times during and after the pandemic. One thing we can do is to shop local and shop small. Don’t need something right now? Buy it for later! Too scared to sit down in a restaurant? Order your food for take-out. You can even buy a gift card to use later. Anything to help small businesses during this challenging time is, in my book, a win!
Find Ways to Volunteer Virtually
Business around the world are currently finding ways to limit large gatherings and the great thing is that non-profits are doing this, as well! If there is a non-profit that you prefer or have worked with or donated to in the past, reach out to them because chances are their organizers and volunteers are already working on ways for you to help, while in the comfort of your home.
This article from The American Red Cross states that as COVID-19 continues to spread, the eligibility of those able to donate blood will decrease. With hospitals beginning to get overwhelmed with patients, there will undoubtedly be a need for blood. But don’t let fear stop you; the website also states:
At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. Furthermore, Red Cross employees are trained in universal precautions to help prevent the spread of any type of infection.
Set an Example
If you are in a position of leadership, whether in your business or otherwise, please take the initiative and encourage people to practice hand washing, social distancing, or even send them home to self-quarantine. Even if an employee isn’t high risk, they are still able to be a carrier and to infect others. The only way to stop the spread is to limit contact so, please encourage your friends, family, employees, and others to stock up on supplies and enroll in Disney+.
Take Care of Yourself
All of us moms have heard, “You must first take care of yourself to take care of others,” and it couldn’t be more true in this case. If you come down with flu-like symptoms, visit your doctor and be sure to get tested. COVID-19 tests are quick and accurate, giving peace of mind in no time. Something else to consider is your mental health because, trust me, I know how scary times are, currently. Be sure to have a trusted friend or spouse to speak to and don’t be afraid to call your doctor to be seen for mental health concerns, if that is what it leads to.
Fear not, for I am with you. – Isaiah 41:10
Before all else, Seek God
Mamas, I know these times are challenging and scary and I know we all want to know that everything will be okay. If there is one last piece of advice that I can give you, it would be to cling to Jesus. Cling to Him and don’t let go. HE HAS GOT THIS!
God knows we are scared of the uncertainty of what is to come during these challenging times. He knows we need His comforting hand of protection over us and, I believe, that is why He allows situations like these to happen. Bad things happen to allow us the opportunity to seek Him and to rely on Him. The Lord knows more about us than we could ever begin to know about ourselves.
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. – Like 12:7
Pray, friends. Pray continually and pray without ceasing.
He hears us. He loves us. He uses all good for His glory.
I know times are scary and uncertain but I also know a little grace and a whole lot of love will go a long way.
Stay safe, friends.