Monday, March 16, 2020

During This Chaos...

Dear Ones, I know we are all scared this moment in time as we see the Corona virus spreading in our country as well as all over the world. Would I tell you I'm not scared? Yes, I'm scared. But I just want to encourage you all with a few of my favorite scriptures that bring me comfort. I remember the old song "I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow But I Know Who Holds My Hand" and I catch myself singing as I go about about my daily chores.
For (my) God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

I pray just these few scriptures will encourage your heart, that you won't let fear over take you and we can rest, that doesn't mean pretend nothing is happening and not take precautions, we can rest knowing our God is in control. He loves us. We don't have all the answers. We don't always understand why, but we can trust Him.

The ladies in my Sunday School class have a monthly brunch and meet at each others homes and bring little breakfast goodies. March was my month and I didn't realize it was going to be Spring Break so for our usual 16 or so we only had 8 but we still had a great time.

I took these snaps with my phone and they aren't very clear and didn't enlarge well for me for some reason. Anyway, we were not afraid to meet and were all laughing about how there was no toilet paper at the grocery store!

 Of course I had to decorate for spring and pulled out some milk glass and poked in some little flowers. Grabbed my little glass lidded bunnies and sprinkled down some chocolate and I was done.
Here we are in the dining room solving the problems of this old world. We all fit at one table too!
I'm a very optimistic person and set up my big ole folding table that sits 10 in the breakfast room. No ladies there but we placed the food here. More milk glass, bunnies and candy.

We started talking about the old hymns that really ministered to us and we ran over to the piano and I sat down to play and we sang our tiny little hearts out! What a nice way to end our nice time together. 
Then our large church canceled our church services for Sunday and our pastor streamed his message online. Our lives are going to be different for a while, who knows how long, but don't give up and don't give in to fear. Stay safe, bake lots of cookies and hopefully you all have enough toilet paper!
You know I love you all and you're always my sweeties,
Shelia :)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow 
But I Know Who Hold My Hand
I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

I don't know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty
But the One who feeds the sparrow
Is the One who stands by me

And the path that be my portion
May be through the flame or flood
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

Yes, I know who holds tomorrow
And I know He holds my hand
~ sung by us