Jody Lynne

Intersecting Life and Faith

Let’s Talk About Anxiety

Isn’t this the truth? or is it? The year 2020 began like any other New Year. We celebrated with a bang, my husband and I went on vacation to Baltimore the end of February, and then….

COVID 19 hit and by the middle of March our world had come to a screeching halt. In the midst of not being able to go anywhere, and for a couple weeks, here in Onondaga county(central New York), we were only allowed to be out on certain days of the week depending on where your last name fell in the alphabet. All that to say, I’ve had a lot of time to think about worry, anxiety, and fear. Not only think about, but experience those emotions as well.

Where do I turn? How do I cope with all that is whirling around me?

My go-to is the Word of God, simple, but so hard to put into practice. A very well-known verse I’ve known for a long time is

…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

How often over the years I have focused on ‘casting all your anxieties on him.’ When all along God certainly wants us to do that, but my center of focus has turned to ‘because he cares for you.’ The Creator God of the world knows me, sees me, and cares for me.

Over the next few weeks, I am making it my goal to write more here at Jody Lynne. My posts for this year have been few, I want to change that. I want to talk about fear, worry, and anxiety and where we can find help for our weary souls. In the midst of an election year, social unrest, and the ongoing pandemic, where can we turn to find rest? Less anxiety? Less fear? Less worry?

I hope you will read along.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one to save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Don’t Waste Your Isolation

This post is a bit dated as I began it a few weeks ago. The message is the same, and the title is not original.

I’ve been pondering two quotes for quite a long time. I scribbled on index cards, then taped to my desk, moved to my journal and back to my desk. These words have been a source of encouragement to press on, especially in the days we have been living.

But though today maybe unremarkable, it is not unimportant. Today is unique, priceless and irreplaceable. God does not waste a day. Jon Bloom

These many weeks of our stay at home order have been remarkable in the sense we’ve not ever faced a pandemic, and I am finding the days seem to run together with a Tuesday feeling like a Friday, or a Saturday feeling like a Monday. The other quote I have been carrying is from Zechariah 4:10a

For who has despised the day of small things?

While I don’t take random verses out of the Bible and apply them to daily life, this verse did hit home. I’ve been taught that ‘context is king’ when it comes to Bible study and application, a lesson for another day, but this verse has been a great reminder to not snub the ordinary, to not look past today for tomorrow’s excitement And it is ordinary and mundane I am craving right now. I realize I am very blessed to have a home to live in, enough food to eat, and a couple of people, husband, and daughter, to chat with. But I am feeling disoriented with this fifth week of sheltering in place. (This feeling has lifted, replaced with making my goal to be content. This was originally written a few weeks ago, so I better get it posted).

As I think back to the quote and Bible verse, I want to find the unique, priceless, and irreplaceable qualities of each day. I don’t want to waste the day wishing this isolation was over, I don’t want to meander through the day without purpose. I don’t want to waste today, or tomorrow, or the next day. My purpose for today is going to look much different than yours. And the purpose may be as mundane as that first cup of coffee in the morning, the stillness of a mid-morning quiet time, or planning dinner for the family. Maybe your purpose is to work from home while teaching your children, or maybe it’s trying to find ‘what’s the point of this day’ while living alone, or for many of you the feeling of being totally overwhelmed. I don’t know what your today looks like, and just wait a day and new information will change it again.

Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in today, will you join me in remembering this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it, for the Lord does see us in the mundane and the pandemic of 2020, and this day is unique, priceless and irreplaceable.

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