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Gonzaga: Surviving Covid-19 and seniors’ curfew

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WE HAVE a choice to either get bored, whine or worry. But how can we live through these trying days, remain serene, and be productive?

I practice daily Christian meditation, and spend time reading, listening to teachings, and reflecting on daily feeds from my chosen internet sites. Based on one spirit-filled feed, I have drawn my “surviving Covid-19 lifestyle,” hoping our readers will identify more with it.

1. Turn off your TV and your cellphone. The endless news cycle reminds us daily that our world is doomed. We must stop focusing on them. "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life" (Job 33:4). It is time to breathe again! God has got this! It's time to wait on the goodness of the Lord! "Fear corrodes our confidence in God's goodness."

"So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I'll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!" (Ps. 23:6, TPT)

2. Switch on worship music channels while you stay home on quarantine, and speak peace and safety over your home, community, and city.

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You" (Isa. 26:3, MEV).

Worship restores God's heart to your dwelling. "Lord, how wonderful you are! You have stored up so many good things for us, like a treasure chest, heaped up and spilling over with blessings—all for those who honor and worship you! Everybody knows what you can do for those who turn and hide in you." (Ps. 31:19, TPT)

3. Declare and speak Psalm 91 over your family, friends, church, city, and finances. Especially declare, "He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusations and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm." (Ps. 91:3-4)

Take back your God-given authority! Pray the prayer that apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18-23 (MEV):

"[I pray] that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet and made Him the head over all things for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all things in all ways."

4. Have fun as a family – card games, charades, gardening! Use this as a time of peace and solitude. Walk, run, dance, play, and dream! "A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones" (Prov. 17:22). Your family is watching you! Be the spiritual thermostat. "You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Ps. 16:11). Though two of my three children are in the U.S., I have these days sought to care for, and mentor my 6-months old grandson for at least two-hours, spread out through the day.

This Covid-19, will soon pass, and we all, will be able to say, "I knew that God could handle this! He is faithful!"


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