When the days are long and lonely

The days — and nights — at home are beginning to get long and a bit lonely. God created people to live in community and being separated from those we love is just plain hard. Last night, my kids began asking difficult questions like, “Mom, how long is it going to be before we can see our friends and grandparents?” And, “Are we going to get sick with the coronavirus?”

Ugh!! Questions like these tug hard on my mom-heart strings as I try to answer tough questions in ways that are honest but don’t breed fear. These days are not easy, y’all — I won’t sugar-coat it.

But when everything seems out of control, the one thing I have control over is where I focus my mind. The words of Philippians 4:8 (NIV) tell us, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

It’s not always easy to dwell on the true, the noble, the right, the pure, the lovely, the admirable, the excellent, and the praiseworthy. However, when we do, the blessings to follow are peace and joy.

Let’s go about our days at home looking for beauty in the midst of the hard. I even plan to make a list of these things and fill them in as I find them. I hope you choose to make your own list, too, and share them with me in the comments.
Much love❤️, Macki

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