Good Morning Sweet One,
I love to imagine in my mind Jesus seated beside me, maybe with his arm around my shoulders and, with a tender hand, he gently lifts my chin and softly, reassuringly smiles as I gaze into his tender eyes. I have needed to visualize this scenario often during these weeks of quarantine. It has been three months since I have even been in a grocery store and while I value my solitude for creative endeavors and study, this is getting a bit much. At this time, I remember a bit of homespun wisdom from my mother. One of her favorite sayings was, “God helps those who help themselves.” We all want to complain, I get it! But there comes a time for action. Let me ask in the most loving way I can, “What are you doing to help yourself?” We all need to reach out to help others but first we need to make sure that the help comes from a full heart. What fills you up? What takes your mind off of the virus? If we don’t fill our minds with the good, Satan is ready and waiting to “steal, kill, and destroy your joy” (John 10:10). Now is the time to practice self-care. Read. Draw. Sew. Do puzzles. Garden. Walk. Give yourself a facial. Do whatever it takes to draw your mind away from scary scenarios. Jesus will not take your chin and force it upward. He needs your cooperation. Do something today that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Let’s find joy today and every day.