Social Distance, Stay Home, Be Still

By Christi Grace

I have had a lot of time on my hands since this whole Corona Virus quarantine thing started. I’m sure most of us are so tired of hearing about social-distancing, stay-at-home, and all the other newly coined phrases that have been conceived in the last six weeks.

But, in this time of forced solitude, God has shown me some amazing things. He’s taught me a lot, and it’s been the most incredible blessing amid what the world has considered confusing and turbulent times.

A perfect time to “be still” and listen to God. Have you taken the opportunity to delight in the stillness? If so, what has God revealed to you? Maybe it’s something simple; maybe it’s clarity on something you now see in a much deeper way. I have certainly learned things I never would have learned had this pandemic never happened.

I’ve learned to be grateful for the simplest of things, like sitting on the front porch and listening to all the miraculous sounds of God’s creation, eating (and even cooking) a home-cooked meal, and being okay with things not always in perfect order in my home and life. That, alone, is miraculous.

My prayer is that you have found gratefulness in this crazy time—that you have heard the voice of your God in the stillness… that you have been moved to go deeper and get closer to Jesus in a way you never have.

We truly serve a good God, and if we persevere in faith, hope, and love until the end, we will find He sends the brightest morning after the darkest of nights.

Thank You, Lord, for all You have taught me through these difficult days. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Give us Your peace as only You can give and be with us in the uncertain days ahead. We know you’ve got this! In Jesus name, amen.

 

My Hair-Raising and Heartwarming Adventures As A Pet Sitter

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Author Christi Grace

Christi Grace has published numerous articles for various lifestyle magazines in the last seventeen years. Most of her articles are about animals. An avid lover of God’s furry creation, she left the stressful corporate world and started a pet-sitting and boarding business. She calls her job spending every day with animals the “best job ever.” Her newly released My Hair-Raising and Heartwarming Adventures as a Pet Sitter, A Life of Fun, Fur, and Faith, is a collection of true stories from her experience caring for God’s furry and feathered creation. Christi shares her life at home in Georgia with three dogs, four horses and one devoted husband. Connect on Instagram @thefurrysideoffaith.

 

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Don’t you hate long, silly greetings on voice mail? I do. I want quickly to get to the beep so I can leave a message.

But I was surprised when I called a new friend and heard her beautiful greeting. “I love that sweet greeting,” I said when she returned my call. “It sounds so very positive and upbeat. Not like most that are the same as everyone else. I love how your personality comes through.”

“Who is this?” the person said.

Gulp. I had dialed the wrong number. Lesson learned: listen, listen, really listen—before speaking!

And you know what? Being the smart chica that I try to be, I decided that I’d carry that lesson when I read God’s Word. As I often do, I ring God for a private conversation. I dial the Bible verse. Then check to see if it’s the one I need to hear. And to my surprise, it seldom is.

And because I learned to listen, it often happens that particular verse is one I desperately need to learn. It’s the one God meant for me to hear. It’s the specific one that would change me, change my attitude and even change my circumstance.

How about you? Have you been listening to God lately? I mean really listening? If you have, your heart will sing: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand…How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 16:11, 119: 103).

Father, when I taste the bitterness of life, I shall learn to listen to you, to your voice, your guidance and promise so my life turns sweet with reassurance and joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

• What voice are you listening to?

• What keeps you from listening to His whisper?

• What change have you seen when His voice speaks louder than the world?

Janet

Judson Press, 2011

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Blindness tried to darken her life. Tragedy tried to defeat her. But instead, Janet Perez Eckles became an international speaker, #1 best-selling author, radio host and personal success coach. Her passion is to help you see the best of life by conquering fear and showing you the secret to personal success. www.janetperezeckles.com

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