So, here we are again, still working on the website. It is pretty much settled on this theme, as much a way to conserve money as anything. It will still offer all it did before, minus the constant changes. I gave up creative flexibility to save some money in this Covid-19 period, knowing things will continue to be a challenge for some time to come. In all reality, continuing the website this way is better for the readers. I get restless and start changing things, and now the only option I have in that area is in changing the placement of my living room furniture. Ha!
Here in my area of Missouri, the shelter-in-place has been lifted, but the social distancing still remains if effect. Some businesses are open. Some are not. All have restrictions of some sort. Churches here still have minimum occupancy, which for large churches is an issue. Some churches have solved that by moving out to their large parking lots for a drive-in service. Folks are directed where to park to keep the distances per city orders, directions are handed out by face masked church ministers on how to tune in via radio, and people can see each other, even if through the windows of their vehicle. I’m glad they were able to make that available to those who could take part in it.
My apartment building has returned somewhat back to normal. People are still being cautious, but at least we have our social areas back, and folks can visit with each other, even if from an appropriate distance. There are smiles on faces again. I praise God for that!
It has been two months here. A lot of self-discovery taking place. A lot of reconnecting with those in your household. A special time of growing closer to God, learning to trust Him in a whole new way.
We’re not done yet. But then, neither is God. We’ve already seen in many, many ways the truth of the following verses in the book of Romans.
Romans 8:25-39 (ESV)
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Be blessed! – Vicki