How have you been coping with social distancing?
It’s been alright, remembering to be respectful of other people’s space has also kept me mindful of other people needs and taking the opportunity to ask how they are going.
What have you been struggling with?
Not being at church services, life group and prayer groups each week, the dramatic change has highlighted the freedom we have had as Christians in Australia. The struggle has turned into profound gratitude that we can still remain connected through social media and I’m learning that deeper openness and acts of caring are happening in this new season within our faith community at NewDay.
What has God been saying to you in this season?
To never take my gaze off Jesus, to reaffirm what I believe and know that God can be trusted to bring His purposes about. He wants us to depend on him totally ,so that the deeper work He does in our lives through this tough time, will overflow and influence those who do not yet know Jesus.
What have you been doing to keep busy?
Ken and I have been busier than ever, getting our heads around being the church when we can’t physically meet. Putting new ways of connecting into place and learning how to manage Zoom, Messenger etc. Hayden, Amy and others are SO patient .
How have you been connecting with God?
Continue to cherish my daily time with God first thing in the morning and also getting out to walk more often around the many walking paths in Albion Park. While walking I am taking notice of the little things along the way insects, birds, families together, more bike riding.being thankful for everything around me and listening to what God wants to say to me during my outdoor roaming.
How have you been connecting with the people around you?
It’s an open door to greet people while out walking , in the shopping check out queues asking how are you going, thanking the retail workers for their service and receiving thanks for courtesy given to them. Phoning, emailing friend’s and relatives that are often only on the Christmas list, listening and caring about their lives. The opportunities are endless and exciting… God is at work .
What is your Hope in this time of trial?
1) That as Christians we see this crisis as an opportunity for God to stretch us out of our comfort zones ,at a personal level and as a faith community. People are hungry now for hope , that their hunger would lead them to the message of the Gospel. The question I wrestle with is how will I/ we co- operate with God in sharing His Good News.
2) That through this season we can say with Paul in Philippians 4:12 (msg) “ I have learnt to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.
Things we might need to LEARN as God’s people.
– Switching off our devices, the media.
– Cultivate laughter.
– Deal with anxiety and worry , God’s way.
– Embracing being still with God, enjoy His company and listen to Him.
What encouragement would you like to give our church family right now?
Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not YIELD to fear, never turn your gaze from Me.”
Jesus is our Hope , He knows what’s happening. Let’s encourage each other to TRUST Him.