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CoronavirUS: Keep Your Peace With 6 Strategies

How are you holding up with the recent Coronavirus outbreak? I will be honest, the situation escalated so quickly here in New Jersey that I might still be in shock. The good news? Our home was already stocked because having a child with complex needs requires me to move and think differently.

For example, we have shoe covers for all outside guests and an ample supply of antibacterial soap and tissue because I try to ensure our home is stocked with products to keep Emmanuel’s environment disinfected. Plus, cold/flu season is a highly dreaded time of year for preemie moms to begin with.

Otherwise, I have been intentional about protecting my peace by implementing the following steps:

I’m keeping my focus on Jesus

Elevation Worship is on rotation and Psalm 91 is on my mind and heart. There is so much bad news (without factoring in Coronavirus) that I find I must constantly keep my mind on God’s word to maintain my peace. This pestilence will pass over and I will fix my eyes on the cross like I try to do in all circumstances.

'If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.' - Psalms 91:9-11

I turn the TV off

I try and consume no more than one hour of TV news per day. It’s not that I want to be blissfully ignorant — I just recognize watching the evolution of each coronavirus report does not give me any more ability than I had yesterday to change the circumstances. Instead, I am spending my time brainstorming how I can help my family and friends feel safe and affirmed in this season.

I read the news instead

I have noticed many news channels have gone from simply reporting the news to writing hot button segments adding a myriad of unnecessary details either catastrophizing worst-case scenarios, economic meltdowns, or guessing political agendas in a time of crisis. I choose to bow out by reading the news because it’s much harder to stretch the details in writing. I also make it a habit of reminding myself what the scripture says:

'When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up, and he shall save the humble person. ' - Job 22:29

I focus on my family

I choose to spend time with the people I love and those who make my heart smile. Yes, social distancing is key for health and safety in these times. I still try as much as possible to enjoy the company of those in my household by playing cards, board games, reading, writing, and not staying glued to headlines.

We take precaution

We have changed the way we move in our home by gently asking everyone to wash their hands before going upstairs. I also do not touch my son without removing outside clothing. Every little bit counts in my book, even if it’s not full-proof.

I reasonably stocked our home

In an effort to minimize trips to the supermarket, I stocked our home with non-perishable foods like pasta, rice, beans, and fortified dry milk. No, I did not buy 70 rolls of toilet tissue. I chose to consider how I might be able to prepare quick, nutritious meals.

Lastly, I remind myself that God is sovereign, and I can trust him to protect my home during these uncertain times. He will not let us down. I hope you and your family are staying safe in these times. Let humility be your crown. Godspeed.

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