Everything has been stripped bare.
Life as we know it came to a standstill almost a month ago. Schools, churches and businesses deemed "unessential" have shut their doors and reinvented how to continue providing services.
Many states and countries around the world issued stay at home orders and want residents to stay home unless they are conducting necessary activities like grocery shopping or seeking medical attention.
Life for many has slowed down to turtle speed from the once hectic pace of "normal" life. There is much more down time to fill. Opportunity for rest.
The Coronavirus situation gives us opportunities.
We can choose to long for the way things were; complain about not being able to go out for dinner; panic about any losses of income...or...
We can take this opportunity to examine our priorities in life.
What did we fill our time with before?
Were all those activities critical to a happy, full life?
Am I in the right career?
Am I using my gifts and talents for God's purposes or to make me wealthy?
Most likely much of which we deemed critical before COVID-19 changed our lives has been exposed as unessential.
Coronavirus gives us more time for quiet reflection, to connect on a deeper level with God. This is an opportunity to give yourself much needed time and space to hear what God's will is for your life.
God, who speaks in a still, small voice, cannot be heard amid the hustle and noise of "normal" life. We have to slow down to "quarintine" pace to hear and connect with Him.
The Coronavirus moved the whole world toward simplicity. Everything unnecessary has been stripped away and we are back to the basics.
In the physical-
Food. Water. Shelter.
In the spiritual-
Faith. Hope. Love.
God desires a full relationship with each individual He created. With our simplified lives, we have space for a fuller relationship with God. The things that crowded Him out before are no longer there.
God is seeking us, I feel Him stirring my heart to seek after Him, to find a more meaningful life in the simplicity forced upon us.
I was drawn to and started reading a book in my library- 'Tis a Gift to be Simple: Embracing the Freedom of Living with Less, by Barbara and David Sorensen.
I don't want to waste this opportunity.
I know many of us long to get back to church to our normal corporate worship services. I admit, I miss them too. But let us not miss the opportunity to seek God's will for us individually at this time.
As we connect deeper with God and hear His will for each of us, we are strenthening the whole Body of Christ. Discovering the work He created us for and developing a fuller relationship with Him allows us to encourage others to do the same.
Imagine the revival that could follow.
Embracing and carrying this simplified life into "normal" life could bring the changes we have been praying for in our country and the world.
Celebrating Easter Simplified.
I have heard many lament the inability to gather together to celebrate Easter Sunday with the usual church productions. Yes, it will be different from we are all used to, but it doesn't have to be any less of a celebration.
Jesus didn't rise from the dead with any sort of procession. He simply left the tomb empty and allowed a couple of angels to announce the good news to his friends. Jesus then appeared to his disciples and friends personally.
Maybe we can take this simplified and more personal approach to our Easter celebrations as well.
We can share the good news that Jesus triumphed over death and sin and what a difference having him as a friend has made in our lives.
We can take time to read the Easter story from the bible and pray together as a family. We can do simple things to show God's love to one another. Isn't that the most important thing in life anyway?
When asked, Jesus told the Jewish leader the greatest commandment is: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these," (Matthew 12:30-31).
This Easter is an opportunity for us as believers to go back to the basics.
We can love on each other, share our faith, and bring hope to desperate times with the good news of Jesus!
Let's not miss all the opportunities that this Coronavirus situation brings!
I am excited to announce...
The 8 Days to 8 Habits for Health, Happiness & Longevity Challenge. This is a new format of group coaching that I am launching this month.
This challenge is designed to give some quick wins to those struggling to move the needle towards health and away from disease, especially those struggling with chronic illnesses like I did.
this Challenge is...
For anyone feeling let down by the mainstream medical system, I can relate.
For everyone wondering if God hears their prayers for healing, I have been there!
If you are wishing Jesus would return already, so you can escape the torture of daily life with a chronic illness, I have some hope for you.
If you want to serve God with your life but are not feeling well enough to do much, do not despair!
I know you want to be able to fully enjoy your life with family and friends. I know you want more from life- purpose, pleasure, joy, fulfillment!
I was there...
I was once in your shoes. I was living with IBS and desperately looking for natural solutions to my chronic condition.
I avoided social situations because the embarrassment of needing to run to the bathroom for long periods of time or having gas so bad it smelled like something died.
I felt like I was just getting by each day, hoping the next would be better and I could finally get to fully living like I dreamed of.
I struggled for 10 years looking for answers that came too slowly. I tried a vegetarian diet, then a vegan diet; fiber drinks, probiotics, excersise routines, supplements, and other things.
Some things helped, and I kept using them. Some things didn't.
After my decade-long journey, I felt back to my healthy self and felt like I had finally found all the pieces of the health puzzle.
I was so excited about what I had discovered, I wanted to share it with others who were struggling with chronic illness like I had.
I took time to formally educate myself by becoming a certified health coach with Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and I wrote a book sharing the foundational tools for a healthy, happy, long life.
My goal is to help others...
Now I am on a mission to help 500 women in 2020 adopt healthy habits that will help heal chronic conditions naturally.
What I found on my journey to health is that there is not one magic solution. Health is about adopting healthy habits and a lifestyle that supports health and wellness.
In this 8 day challenge, I will train each day on one of the tools for health and then assign homework- a healthy habit to put into practice.
At the end of the 8 days, participants will have 8 new healthy habits to take control of their health and happiness.
If this sounds exciting to you, please join me in the challenge. To find out more and get signed up, click on the button below.
What is your thought life like?
Mind-set is everything. Have you heard that success is 20 percent skill and 80 percent mind-set?
Our skills are needed, but they do not determine the outcome. Skills fail, and people make mistakes. It is those with a mind-set of perseverance and determination who will succeed in the end.
What mind-set do you have?
If your mind is obsessed on the problems and what is going wrong, you will not be able to easily find a solution.
The mind and the body are intricately connected. The body cannot do anything without the mind directing it, and the mind needs the body to carry out its work.
Internal dialogue is a big area where people have a negative mind-set. We are often our own worst enemies, telling ourselves things we would never utter aloud even to people we dislike.
Beating yourself up with internal dialogue is a mind-set that will keep you stuck in old patterns and keep you from reaching your goals. It is also a source of stress that can be elimintated through mind-set renewal.
How to Renew Your Mind...
Scripture is where we come to find the right mind-set and renew our minds.
We are born with a sinful mind-set, one that is focused on selfish desires and bodily pleasure. When we come to believe in Jesus and are saved by grace, we receive the Holy Spirit. We then experience a transformation, which could be slow or fast, of being changed by the Holy Spirit into a new person, born of the Spirit.
We learn about how we are created in the image of God, "fearfully and wonderfully made," (Psalm 139:14). We learn that God created us and called us to faith in Jesus "to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do," (Ephesians 2:10).
To do God’s will, the works He planned for us, we must renew our minds, as Paul tells us in Romans and Philippians:
"The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace," (Romans 8:6).
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —His good, pleasing and perfect will," (Romans 12:2).
"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," (Philippians 4:8).
You see, what we focus on, becomes our perspective and shapes our reality. When we focus on who we are created to be, our purpose in this life, and the power God gives us through the Holy Spirit, everything looks different.
A problem becomes an opportunity to see God move or a chance to persevere and grow in endurance and faith.
Reading scripture is necessary to renewing your mind. If you are not reading God's word daily, it is time to make a committment to do it.
For me Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) has been a fantastic way to keep myself in the scriptures daily and stay accountable. It is a free bible study group that meets weekly during the school year. To find a location near you check the www.bsfinternational.org/mapBSF International website.
Jessica Mutunga is passionate about good simple living that focuses on relationships, food and creating a supportive healthy environment. She is The Light Way Coach.