It has been months since I wrote anything reflective. Life has been busy, and quite frankly – hard. I am thinking I have finally reached that point of Covid fatigue. I think of myself as a resilient person, however I reakon I have reached that point where I don’t want to process any more numbers, levels or protocols, I don’t want to process change in rules or change in calendar plans. At this end of the teaching year, we are finally having students sit their final exams. It has been strange for them too. I reflect on a weird last term / year. A term where we changed from a Level system to a Traffic Light System, a term of decisions over vaccination, a term where some plans have had to become creative or cancelled altogether. It has been a year where our nation has wrestled with issues – sometimes not so delicately. People are on the edge of popping and patience is thin. There are financial worries, job worries and health issues. Our society is on the edge. So we have reason to feel this covid fatigue.
So what can we do to combat this?
- Take a deep breath.
- Focus on things that fill your happy space.
- Do things that lift your spirits.
- Fill your mind with promises from scriptures
- Pray, pray, pray
- Put the music on really loud
- Keep the news off
- Do things as a couple / as a family
- Sleep more
- Have a long soaking bath
- Indulge in a hobby (for me finding the space for writing or out with my camera is excellent)
- Learn a new thing (I want to learn to spin wool)
- Practice gratitude
- Talk honestly with others
- Have some time with animals (we have plenty to choose from!)
- Read a book
- Go for a walk -down the road, or to the bush, or the beach
- If you are creative, create something
- **add your own thing here**
If you are feeling tired about the world’s condition, take some time out. Take heart – God has promised that He will come back one day to renew this place and create Heaven on Earth! He has promised to help you through each day, and to give you strength when you are feeling weak. Lean into God. Lean into each other. We’ve got this, you’ve got this. Reflect on these amazing promises that has God’s hand stamped on them just for you and me.
Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
Isaiah 26: 3-4 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.
Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.God’s Word!
Oh and here is a photo of our 6 month old Cocker Spaniel “Poppy”, to bring you some joy!