So, here we are at the end of a crazy week. Probably the craziest week I’ve ever experienced! COVID-19 has surely turned life upside-down for us all. We’re all trying to find our way through the maze of emotions, news feeds, and reality. Two things are for sure: 1) God is in control, and 2) we’re in this together. And for these, I am grateful.

But before we close down this crazy week, I’m checking in to see how you are.

Friend, how are you? How are you facing this COVID-19 pandemic? Are you home practicing social distancing or are you on the front lines of this mess? How is your family? Is there anything you need at the moment?

As We End the Crazy Week I Never Expected

This week was supposed to be our staycation. It feels like forever ago that I wrote my “beginning our staycation” post. I had no idea when we began the week just how much staying we would experience in our staycation! I’m thinking none of us knew this week would be like this. Bill has gone to work every day but one. I’ve spent the week at home (except for a quick trip to the grocery stores on Monday morning and to see Zach Tuesday evening). Quite honestly, this extrovert is struggling a bit. I can’t remember–if ever–the last time I’ve been home for this many days in a row.

But, I’m not about to complain.

This crazy week has shown me I’m just going to have to find a new normal. I just don’t know what that’s going to look like at this point. None of us knows that, though, right? But, you and I will figure it out as we walk this thing out. What have you been doing that you’ve found to be of help for you and your family? What positive actions have you taken during this time? Is there something specific that’s working for you? I’d sure love to read any thoughts and ideas you care to share!

For me, doing what I love–writing–each day has kept my attitude lifted, and while I’m writing, my days fly by. My workouts (that I began in January and have continued since) have strengthened me, both mentally and physically. It’s been cold and rainy here in Iowa, so doing anything outdoors has been nearly impossible. I can’t wait until the day I can take a long walk outside to breathe in some fresh air! Also, I’ve found such hope and strength in my daily devotionals, in prayer, and reading my Bible. I can’t say enough how much those have filled me and encouraged me, especially on the tough days.

I’m still struggling to find a routine, however. And, maybe though, I don’t need one right now. I don’t know. I’m just trying to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. I’m guessing you’re trying to do that, too.

We may not have expected this crazy week, but we’ve certainly learned from it.

We’ve learned a lot this week, haven’t we? Yes! We’ve learned how to practice social distancing. Some of us have learned how to adjust to working from home. With or without our kids! Some of us have learned how to work differently in the office. We’ve learned how to thoroughly wash our hands, how to better care for ourselves and those we love, and that a short-term sacrifice will pay off in the long run by staying home as much as we can. What else have you learned?

I have to believe, however, not all weeks will be this crazy.

They may be for awhile, but I believe God will continue to show us His goodness through it all. And one day, we’ll begin to see light at the end of the tunnel. What a glorious day that will be! Of course we each want that day to come sooner than later, but no matter when, it will come. We can believe that. We can trust that. And we can ask God to bring it soon.

In the meantime, we can walk through this together. We can encourage one another. We can live responsibly, love wholeheartedly, and look for the good in every day.

You’ll find me here checking in every now and then. I’ll continue to share encouragement for the real lives we’re living now, and I’ll give you a glimpse as to what’s going on in my little corner of the world. We’ll continue to journey this road together. I am so very grateful for you, friend. So very grateful.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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