Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Quarantining like a Pro / Memes / I'm so Over It


Hi Ya'll! I wonder how your time in quarantine is going. 


(What am I even saying?!?! To think our 2020 has come to this?!?!)

Public school districts have closed,  the sounds of traffic coming through my windows of the busy main street I live off of has lessened, and it seems like the infamous, microscopic, trouble-making viral organism we have on our hands (no pun intended),  has subjected all of man-kind to staying home. Aside from the fact that because of Covid 19 I am now unemployed indefinitely with next-to-no income, at the top of week-one with the new mandate from our government to stay home, I was kinda excited about the idea of it. My thought process was, "With no binding work schedule or social engagements filling my week, maybe this is exactly what I need to reform my poor sleeping patterns, catch up on life, and reestablish better time management!" Not to mention, as an introvert, staying home comes easy!

 I've always been a glass-half-full kind of gal (obviously). 


But I gotta say, week one has proven quarantine to be more of a challenge for me than I initially expected. Boredom wasn't the issue. I am intrinsically wired for keeping busy, and ALWAYS have projects lined up to work on. If I've ever had a "productivity issue" it'd be planning TOO MUCH to do in one day. But No! My issue during my first week in quarantine was 

LAZINESS!!!  

Yes; laziness, a lack of motivation, and to my surprise, some emotional instability. I know I can be hard on myself sometimes, but trust me when I say things were a little out of control there for a hot minute. I think you'd agree that sleeping in until 2 PM for multiple days in a row is a little excessive. One of the challenges of living alone is having no accountability for things like that. I believe in taking a good sabbath rest, but I know in my heart that things were a little off-kilter.

It didn't take very long for feelings of sadness and purposelessness to set in. It didn't help that when I wasn't sleeping I spent most of my waking hours the first couple of days glued to my phone, taking in one bad report after another concerning the corona virus, and numbing myself with social media and silly memes. Nothing against the memes. I think all the people responsible for creating them are FANTASTIC hilarious geniuses. I am always one for comic relief, but I'm not okay with how almost over night life on earth began being reshaped by panic, fear, and confusion. The memes were only entertaining to me for a short bit before finding some of them distasteful, as I observed that their mockery only began to feed select peoples'  frustrations and bitterness, disguised as comic relief but more so serving to only further magnify the grim situation. 




My life left solely to waking up to take care of myself and to get things done for myself very quickly began to feel two dimensional, void of the third dimension; waking up to take care, invest in, and love other people. I have never realized until now just how much I live for that third dimension! I wonder if all people do? And this, my friends, is the exact reason for why this social distancing thing has been much harder on me than I anticipated.


Lessons  Learned :

  • In the short time span of this past week I've had to teach myself a new way to care for, invest in, and love other people, relying heavily on technology to help keep me connect with others, giving me a new found motivation in this new way of life. I'm not sure if the whole idea of "needing to be needed" would define the complex I have as I'm still trying to process through my thoughts and emotions, but through this I have also realized that aside from the fulfillment I get from helping others, without connecting with others, I myself can feel deprived of being cared for, invested in, and loved, which can make all the difference in how I go about my day and in how I feel emotionally.

  • I also was reminded of the power of God's Word which was what helped me shake off the heavy emotions and laziness, and helped me feel like myself again by the end of the week!

  •   God used the tangible experience I underwent this past week of starting off the week in peace with my mind stayed on thee to then finishing it in turmoil feeling hopeless, to show me just how impressionable our minds are. I can see now how I allowed too much of the "doom and gloom" on social media to impact my mind, derail my faith and security in Christ, and distract me from the eternal perspective I was so determined in the beginning to maintain. Our minds truly are a battle field. I so desire for Christ to rule and reign in mine; to see our present circumstaces as they are, but to view them through a lense of faith! The lesson that I learned here is that just as my mind can be transformed into that of Christ's, so too can it be transformed into that of the world's if I'm not careful, requiring that I take the utmost caution deciding what to fill my mind with! The following scriptures helped to clear my cloudy mind this week.

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
~Romans 12:2


Those who live according to the flesh have their MINDS set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their MINDS set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. 
~Romans 8:5-9






Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. ~Philippians 4:8

Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Drop a comment down below and let us know how your doing.
What bible verses have been your source of hope lately!
Ciao! 
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Hope Amidst the Pandemic




SO  this is what it is like to experience a pandemic (the worldwide spread of a new disease). I never would have imagined experiencing something like this in my lifetime, but as I often say, there is a first time for everything! Needless to say, I will be happy when this is all over.

The Coronavirus COVID-19 has everyone out of sorts! I will look forward to the day when all the toilet-paper-shortage jokes stop, and the struggle to moisturize my hands as much as I wash them will be over.


ANYWAY,  here are my two cents on the situation... I couldn't help but chime in on this. In a world full of gloom and doom where we are constantly being inundated with facts, opinions, numbers, fears, and the like, I hope you will be refreshed by the eternal perspective and hope held out in the following points shared below. Call it optimism. Call it religion. I see it as me having faith in proven, life-changing, timeless, imperishable truths.






#1 From a place of gratitude, I will start by saying I am thankful for this season of life (dare I say for the virus itself) because, for one thing, It is a reminder to us that this earth is not our home.  





#2  I am thankful for this season of life, two: because it is an affirming reminder to us that God's plans cannot be thwarted and that they will and are coming to pass. Feeling oddly unphased by it all, I ponder, how could I allow myself to freak out or be alarmed by the chaos, fear, and confusion taking place in our world right now when the foreknowledge of all this happening has been so clearly presented to us in the prophecies of scripture. I'm not necessarily saying I believe we are experiencing the end of the age (Matthew 24:36, 2 Peter 3:10), but just saying that as a Bible Believing Christian, when I've learned from scripture that these sorts of events are to be expected and will culminate in the end times, how can one be surprised? I'm also NOT saying I'm devoid of any emotion or concern, but I digress.





#3  To continue off of the idea that I am not devoid of feeling, emotion, concern, or sensibility, Thirdly (...and my most favorite point), I am thankful for this season of life because it is a reminder to us that GOD IS GOOD. And this good God is sovereign, in control, and worthy of our trust;  by which knowing that, PEACE is produced in me, the "feeling" in me that is currently and undoubtedly supernaturally outweighing all others at this time. It's simply unexplainable. 



I do hope dear readers, that the verse above would be made true for you, as it has been for me. Worry and anxiety have proved never to do anything good for our bodies or immune systems, if anything, affecting them negatively which is the last thing we need. So in conclusion, Yes, keep washing hands, and yes, maybe social distancing isn't an entirely bad idea, but also check out this outstanding hymn I discovered listening to Wretched Radio the other day. Thanks to Todd Friel for sharing it! The remarkable, ever so timely lyrics have been ministering to my soul ever since I read them. Hymns are amazing like that. I encourage you to marinade in the truths buried within each verse of this hymn that you to may be equally blessed by them too!


  
What God Ordains Is Always Good

By: Samuel Rodigast
What God ordains is always good:
His will is just and holy.
As he directs my life for me,
I follow meek and lowly.
My God indeed
In every need
Knows well how he will shield me;
To him, then, I will yield me.

What God ordains is always good:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me in his own right way,
And never will he leave me.
I take content
What he has sent;
His hand that sends me sadness
Will turn my tears to gladness.

What God ordains is always good:
His loving thought attends me;
No poison can be in the cup
That my physician sends me.
My God is true;
Each morning new
I trust his grace unending,
My life to him commending.

What God ordains is always good:
He is my friend and father;
He suffers naught to do me harm
Though many storms may gather.
Now I may know
Both joy and woe;
Someday I shall see clearly
That he has loved me dearly.

What God ordains is always good:
Though I the cup am drinking
Which savors now of bitterness,
I take it without shrinking.
For after grief
God gives relief,
My heart with comfort filling
And all my sorrow stilling.

What God ordains is always good:
This truth remains unshaken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm, for with his arm
He shall embrace and shield me;
So to my God I yield me.



Feel free to comment down below what your reaction and/or response to this is.
I'd love to know all of your thoughts. Let's start conversation! 
Signing off for now- Health, Peace, and Blessings,



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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Small-Living Studio Apartment Tour | Before and After

I am excited to finally be sharing pictures of my home with you! It has been so fun to have a place to call all my own, and getting to decorate it however I want has been the best part! The studio loft apartment that I've landed is all of 150 square feet. It has been such a fun challenge to make this space efficient but also cozy-feeling. Check out the pictures below to see just how I accomplished this!


Before  and  Afters  : 

Kitchenette Before

Kitchenette After


Before

After


The Wall Before

The Wall After


Before

After


Bathroom Before
Bathroom After

The  Details  : 

It's the small details that really personalize a home and make it your own. Obviously, my love for the color pink and pigs are represented in my apartment decor, but take a look at the other "little happys" I incorporated into the decor of my place, little tributes of the things I love.

seashells and beach tones


A tribute to the beach


The kitchenette

a tribute to tea

a tribute to butterflies

I got this piece of art in South Africa a couple years ago! It is entirely made from butterfly wings!


Thank you Target for this Versatile 9-Cube Shelf Organizer I love so much!


pigs and pink with my Cath Kidston bedspread I love so much!




Do you spy my small tribute to Ballet Magnificat?

A shabby view of the parking lot from my side windows, but with just a closer look...
Horses and a lovely Amish farm in the distance
My study and craft corner


Books!
Well, that is all folks!
I am wondering what kind of things you highlight and use to 
personalize your own living space? Share with all of us in the comment section below!
Keep a look out for my next couple blog posts on related topics featuring 
"Cozy and Cute Small-Apartment-Living Ideas", 
"Turning Junk into Treasure", and "Packing Tips and Tricks" I learned during 
my most recent big move!

Until next time, Peace and Blessings!
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