• Vanessa Clark

Doom & Gloom: How to be encouraged during a crisis.

Is the economy going to crash? Are churches going to close again? How long are we to pretend to be teachers to our own children?! There’s an ominous cloud hanging over our future, even as we sway to holiday music and decorate our homes, there’s uncertainty in the air. It feels like all we can do is wait and endure the dark season ahead. Perhaps it’s time to take back some of the control we’ve lost in the midst of chaos and begin to claim victory! The news won’t do it, family talks won’t suffice, and our own minds are spinning with anxious thoughts. It’s time to encourage ourselves!

1. Do a little song and dance!

Sounds a bit silly but if it was good enough for King David, it’ll work for us! You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! Psalm 30:11-12 Think of the joy we feel when we go to concerts, revel in God’s presence during corporate praise and worship, even listening to carolers spread cheer as they melodically sing throughout our neighborhoods. We learn that moving our physical bodies does wonders for the mind and that music has healing properties. Make it a daily practice to sing praises about the goodness of a King who has kept you in the midst of a pandemic and begin to witness the heaviness of uncertainty leave you.

2. Get noisy!

The word of God is alive! It is a living and breathing thing, powerful enough to remain even when heaven and earth pass away. We also know it to Jesus “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Let’s grab the precious word of God and read it out loud! We can stand on the authority of God’s word and speak the very scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit. Let the living truth, the firm foundation, the cornerstone of our faith, be boldly spoken in our homes, cars, and offices until things shift!

3. Get really full!

Why is it that it takes a crisis for us to bend a knee in humility or truly seek God’s will? These times should teach us to pull up a chair at the King’s table and get full! Let His word, promises, and presence consume our very lives, so we’re prepared in every season. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 To stay connected to the Vine is to be forever sustained, to have continuous access to His heart and mind. Yes, these times are stressful and painful but, when we can get really full life becomes hope-full, grace-full, and bounti-full. Let’s get full!

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