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3 WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED DURING COVID-19

WHEN IT COMES TO RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS, DO YOU FALL ON THE SURFACE-Y CONVERSATIONS CATEGORY LIKE “HEY HOW’S IT GOING? WHAT’S NEW?” OR ARE YOU THE ONE THAT LIKES TO GO IN A LITTLE BIT DEEPER THAN THAT? 

NEITHER PEOPLE ARE “BAD” PEOPLE, BUT ONE CAN BE BETTER AT CONNECTING WITH THEIR LOVED ONES THAN THE OTHER. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH ONE IS WHICH?

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS TO HOPEFULLY BRING LIGHT TO THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHERS SHOULD LOOK LIKE ESPECIALLY DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING.

I TALKED ABOUT HOW TO BE INTENTIONAL WITH OUR TIME DURING QUARANTINE AND ONLY BRIEFLY MENTIONED HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WITH OTHERS.

THIS BLOG WILL DIG DEEPER AND TALK ABOUT HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WITH OUR LOVED ONES.

Are you feeling disconnected from loved ones? Here are 3 ways to stay connected with family and friends during COVID-19 even if you're far apart!

SPEAK TRUTH AND HOPE TO LOVED ONES

 I HEARD THIS SAYING IN QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT SERMONS AS OF LATE, BUT I’M SEEING THE IMPORTANCE AND IMPACT IT’S MAKING ON THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE.

 I’VE BEEN IN A FUNK A COUPLE OF TIMES, JUST THIS PAST WEEK. 

THE THING THAT I NOTICED HELPED ME OUT OF THOSE TIMES WERE OTHER BELIEVERS SPEAKING TRUTH INTO MY LIFE. 

TRUTHS LIKE, 

GOD’S STILL ON THE THRONE.

YOU’RE MAKING MOVES FOR GOD AND IT’S MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GOD’S GOT BIG PLANS FOR THE CHURCH.”

GOD NEVER LEFT US.”

YOU NEED TO REMEMBER YOU’RE A CHILD OF GOD AND THE ENEMY IS GOING TO WHISPER LIES ABOUT EVERYTHING UNTIL YOU BELIEVE EVEN ONE THING HE SAYS. DON’T GIVE IN.

THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

THESE ARE DIFFERENT TRUTHS THAT WERE SPOKEN TO ME. 

AFTER BEING REMINDED OF THESE, I FELT A LOT LESS WEIGHTED DOWN.

MY PERSPECTIVE CHANGED, AND MY MINDSET SHIFTED TO HOPE AND FREEDOM THROUGH WHAT GOD SAYS IS TRUE.

THEN I’VE ATTENDED VIRTUAL BIBLE STUDIES AS OF RECENT.

HEARING THE WORD WITH OTHER BELIEVERS IS SOMETHING THAT I DIDN’T REALIZED I MISSED.

HEARING THE EXCITEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE UPS AND DOWNS OF A BELIEVER’S LIFE, IS SOMETHING THAT GIVES ME HOPE. 

WHEN TRUTH IS BEING REITERATED IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE, HOPE IS INEVITABLE. 

WHEN WE SHARE WITH OUR LOVED ONES ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING, WHAT GOD IS SAYING AND WHO GOD SAYS THAT THEY ARE, THAT GIVES THEM HOPE. 

WE HAVE TO CONTINUOUSLY REMIND EACH OTHER OF THE HOPE WE HOLD ONTO AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST. 

A HUGE WAY WE CAN SHARE TRUTH AND HOPE TO LOVED ONES IS THROUGH PRAYERS. 

I ADD THIS IN BECAUSE OF A SITUATION THAT JUST TOOK PLACE. 

I HAD SOMEONE ASK ME TO PRAY FOR THEM BECAUSE OF SOME THINGS THEY’RE DEALING WITH.

THE TRUTH IS, WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED HE IS IN THEIR PRESENCE.

I SENT OUT A TEXT TO ASK FOR PRAYER FOR THIS PERSON, AND I HAD ONE OF MY FRIENDS OFFER TO PRAY WITH ME.

WHEN WE OFFER TO COME ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER TO PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE, IT REVEALS THE TRUTH OF GOD CREATING US FOR COMMUNITY AND THE HOPE WE CAN SHARE TOGETHER.

THE HOPE AND THE TRUTH THAT GOD’S WORD IS TRUE.

IF WE AREN’T CLINGING TO HIM FOR DEAR LIFE, HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EXTEND TRUTH AND HOPE TO OTHERS?

DROP YOUR EMAIL BELOW FOR SOME FREE PRINTABLE PRAYER LISTS SO YOU CAN KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PRAYERS AND KEEP TRACK OF HOW GOD ANSWERED THOSE PRAYERS!

CHECKING IN WITH THEIR HEAD AND HEART

I LOVE BOB GOFF AND ALL HE STANDS FOR. 

I WAS LISTENING TO THIS PODCAST OF BOB’S AS I WAS BRAINSTORMING ABOUT THIS BLOG POST, AND HE SAID: CHECK IN WITH THE HEAD AND HEART OF YOUR LOVED ONES”. 

I FOUND THAT SO PROFOUND YET SO SIMPLE.

WHEN WE CHECK ON SOMEONE WE LOVE, ARE WE SIMPLY ASKING THEM WHAT NEW STUFF IS GOING ON IN THEIR LIFE AND LEAVE IT AT THAT?

OR ARE WE GOING DEEPER THAN THAT?

ARE WE ASKING THEM WHERE THEIR MINDS ARE AT.

HOW THEIR MENTALITY IS AND WHAT THEY’VE BEEN THINKING THE MOST ABOUT.

NOT ONLY THAT BUT ARE WE TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE IDEAS THEY HAVE AT THE MOMENT?

WHAT ARE SOME GOALS THEY MIGHT BE TRYING TO IRON OUT?

ANOTHER ONE OF BOB’S PODCASTS (THIS ONE HERE) TALKS ABOUT US GOING DEEPER IN OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR LOVED ONES.

IF WE’RE BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT OUR LOVED ONES REGULARLY, THEN IT WON’T BE SO “DEEP” WHEN THESE KINDS OF DISCUSSIONS COME ABOUT.

IT TAKES TIME TO BE ABLE TO DIVE THIS DEEP INTO ANOTHER PERSON’S HEART AND MIND. 

IF WE AREN’T MAKING THIS A NORMAL HABIT WITH OUR LOVED ONES, THEN, OF COURSE, IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME AND MIGHT BE A LITTLE AWKWARD TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION TO BEGIN WITH.

IN THAT FIRST PODCAST I MENTIONED, HE SAID ANOTHER THING THAT WAS SO GOOD.

HE SAID SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF,

IN 10 YEARS, THEY’LL REMEMBER THE THINGS YOU DO IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS.

HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO FOR OTHERS DURING THIS QUARANTINE TIME. 

RIGHT NOW, FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS DIFFICULT ON DIFFERENT LEVELS. 

IF WE AREN’T REACHING OUT AND CHECKING ON OUR LOVED ONES AND WHERE THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS ARE, THEN WE AREN’T DOING WHAT WE WERE CALLED TO DO- LOVE OTHERS!

CHECK IN ON THOSE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD FROM, AND WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH THAT, CHECK ON THE PEOPLE YOU HAVEN’T TALKED TO IN A WHILE.

WATCH HOW MUCH CAN CHANGE IN THIS QUARANTINE TIME, AND WATCH HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU CAN IMPACT FROM THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME!

STAY CONNECTED IN MULTIPLE WAYS

SO IN THIS BLOG POST, I DID MENTION HOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY CONNECTED, BUT I WANT TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE MORE IDEAS.

THESE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN INCORPORATE THE OLD SCHOOL WAYS OF CONNECTING AND THE WAYS OF TODAY.

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, I LOVE BEING ABLE TO PHYSICALLY HOLD A PICTURE IN MY HANDS. 

SO THIS FIRST ONE IS TO GET PHOTOS DEVELOPED. 

I HAVE A TON OF PICTURES IN MY PHONE AND ON MY COMPUTER THAT I’VE BEEN WANTING TO GET PRINTED. 

I THOUGHT OF THIS AS A WAY TO STAY CONNECTED BECAUSE I HAVE A PICTURE FRAME ON MY COUNTER SIMILAR TO THIS ONE HERE THAT HAVE THE ORIGINAL PICTURES STILL IN.

I LITERALLY HAVE A PICTURE FRAME WITH STRANGERS IN… ANYONE ELSE? LOL

I WAS HAVING A GLOOMY DAY THE OTHER DAY, AND I LOOKED AT THAT FRAME AND TOLD MYSELF THAT I NEEDED PICTURES OF MY FAMILY IN THERE.

HAVING A REMINDER OF YOUR LOVED ONES IS HELPFUL DURING THIS TIME ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO’S BEEN AWAY FROM FAMILY OR FRIENDS FOR THE PAST MONTH AND A HALF.

ANOTHER WAY TO FEEL CONNECTED IS BY SENDING PICTURES TO EACH OTHER VIA GROUP TEXTS. 

GROUP TEXTS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT GETTING PICTURES OF EACH OTHER HELPS TO STAY UPDATED DAY TO DAY OR WEEK TO WEEK.

MY FAMILY AND I HAVE A GROUP TEXT WHERE WE JUST WAIT FOR THE NEXT CUTE PICTURE OF MY NEPHEW OR RANDOM MEME.

SENDING THESE MESSAGES HELP IN KEEPING EVERYONE UPDATED ALL AT ONCE AS WELL AS CONTINUING THE HUMOR WE SHARE AS A WHOLE.

THE LAST WAY TO STAY CONNECTED IS TO SEND SOME SNAIL MAIL.

I DID MENTION THIS ON ONE OF MY RECENT POSTS, BUT I WANTED TO SHARE SOME IDEAS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN SEND. 

THE MOST OBVIOUS THING YOU CAN SEND IS A LETTER. 

MAYBE A LETTER ABOUT HOW YOUR WEEK WENT, HOW YOU WERE FEELING, WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT, OR WHATEVER YOU’D LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT.

YOU CAN MAIL THOSE PICTURES YOU PRINTED OUT AND WRITE SOMETHING ENDEARING ON THE BACK OF IT.

I NOTICE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SENDING SMALL CARE PACKAGES OR SMALL KNICK KNACKS LIKE GIFTS CARDS, RANDOM LITTLE TRINKETS OR A SMALL SOMETHING THAT THEIR LOVED ONE MIGHT ENJOY.

ONCE I HAVE ALL OF MY MAY BLOG POSTS DONE, I’LL BE DOING THIS BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING LIKE RECEIVING A PACKAGE OR AN ENVELOPE IN THE MAILBOX THAT ISN’T A BILL.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I USED TO SEND MAIL BACK AND FORTH TO A FEW DIFFERENT FRIENDS OF MINE.

I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT, BUT WE STAYED CONNECTED THAT WAY.

I LIKE THIS IDEA TOO BECAUSE IT GIVES LOVED ONES SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO DURING THIS TIME OF BEING STUCK AT HOME!

Are you feeling disconnected from loved ones? Here are 3 ways to stay connected with family and friends during COVID-19 even if you're far apart!

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER GUYS!

FOR THE MOST PART, I WANTED TO SHARE THIS BLOG POST WITH YOU GUYS BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S SOMETIMES HARD TO COME UP WITH MEANINGFUL IDEAS FOR LOVED ONES WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK.

A SIMPLE GESTURE WILL GO A LONG WAY.

CHECKING IN ON LOVED ONES IN ANY WAY WILL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO THEM. 

WHY DON’T WE USE OUR TIME TO GO A LITTLE DEEPER IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS DURING THIS TIME? 

EVERYONE’S AT HOME ANYWAY.

CHECK-IN ON THEM, REMIND THEM OF THE TRUTH OF WHO THEY ARE AND WHOSE THEY ARE, AND TAKE IT BACK A HANDFUL OF YEARS AND BRING BACK SNAIL MAIL!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU DECIDED TO DO DURING THIS TIME FOR YOUR LOVED ONES!

I WANT TO HEAR YOUR CREATIVE WAYS OF BEING INTENTIONAL!

YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS BLOG POST FROM THAT WIFE LIFE AS WELL. SHE TALKS ABOUT BEING AWAY FROM FAMILY AND HOW TO COPE WITH IT.

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