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    It's interesting to think about our plans vs. God's plans. I usually envision Jesus just chuckling at our frail attempts to plan every detail of our lives. These days have thrown us all for a huge curveball. A week ago, my daughter and her finace should have had their college graduation commencement ceremonies. In the same college, walking together, launching into their new lives. "Postponed" till August for now, if that works out. My son's Wedding was tomorrow (Sat). Months of preparation, the dress, the flowers and the day after we visited the caterer for a tasting for the reception meal, the stay at home order was put in place. Vendors contacted us, we them, and hope for a date later this year. My Granddaugher's 1st Birthday this past week was held over a "zoom call" with Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts & Uncles, cousins and friends who should have been here squeezing the love out of her little pink cheeks and showering her with gifts in boxes that she liked better than the gifts. Ha! I'm fine with staying at home, helping flatten the curve, caring for my own family, trying to keep them safe and well so someone else doesn't have to. My heart is breaking for the job loss and stress and worry that is causing. Most of all, the heartbreak of loss of life. You would think there would have been a switch to flip so everything could run along smoothly in the world, while we took precautions to prevent spread of this virus. I'm not a doctor or scholar, so I don't engage in much back and forth of what is correct and what is not. It's crazy to be witnessing this first hand. Be kind to the others around you and help and love them how you can. If you need help, someone to talk to, etc., don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family and those around you. When you talk to someone via phone or online or in person, just like before, you may not know what kind of day they've had. Be sensitive, some of the trials of life go on without knowing or caring we are trying to deal with this virus, too. It surely doesn't seem fair to have to think about or deal with one more thing. Talk to your kids, hug your kids, for a long time. Think about their social media use and consider a different kind of monitoring or engagement. They can't get together with their friends like normal. Ask them who they are talking to, and how they are. Ask about their parents. Suggest they check on friends they may not have heard from in a while. I like the saying "we are all in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat." (I think that's how it goes, correct me if I'm wrong please!). We are all handling this in different ways. What a moment in history to be in the word and recall every bible study you've ever done. Beth Moore, are you there? ha! Shoot I hope she's writing one during or for these times! Watching church online in the comfort of our own homes, gathered together, some of us 2 or more (or more!), and He is with us there. Depending on what you believe, for example. does the Lord let this happen because he wants to see us slow down and not even leave home to engage in worship or hearing His message?) Just some thoughts, and I get too busy to engage in a lot of research or study. But I feel there is so much to be learned during this time. Let me know what plans you've had that have had to be changed?
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    What did you "take for granted" even just a few short weeks ago? Many phrases and sayings like this - I've had to clarify with my children somewhere along the way. The most entertaining is since they are now adults, hearing what they thought something meant, and how they messed up the meaning and used it in the wrong way at some point. Teaching a child, or an adult for that matter, to appreciate something or someone in the moment is about as complicated as explaining love, grace, forgiveness, empathy, honor, respect, etc. Its an important lesson and it takes time. Since finding my faith and maturing in it, I've made an effort to be thankful, grateful and appreciative. I didn't understand this as a child. Colossians 4:2 says Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And 3:15 says Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful. This current health crisis/global pandemic has me and my closest friends lamenting over the small and large things we took for granted. It's interesting how something like this puts into perspective what is really important. We've been quarantined at home, like many others, and with all members of our immediate family. My daughters, who for many years were at dance and music lessons during the traditional family dinner hour as they were growing up, have been a little alarmed at the emphasis on dinner time in our house right now. Yet, gathering for a meal is a tradition across time and many cultures and an act that feels familiar and comforting to us. If anything, for us right now, it brings us together from where we've scattered in the house, so we grab food, reconnect, watch the news or a movie or just hang out and play with the dog and baby. I've known all along, going through our day to day lives, in my mind, to compare the freedoms we have, to somewhere else - where we couldn't do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. This virus and the way it's brought every day life to a screeching halt has made many of us think about what “was”, and the “way things used to be”. We wonder what will *never* be the same again? The future is uncertain and the pain and sorrow this has caused is something I never dreamed. It has humbled me even more. I don't think the list of things I'm realizing that I took for granted will end any time soon. The most powerful ones aren't even about me, it's about others, their sacrifices, what they didn't really "sign up for" when they took a certain job or entered a specific career field. I'm also remembering the things I'm thankful for, good and happy memories. Some I pray we will get to enjoy again! I've also read about changes that might be good for the future! (the first good one I heard a few weeks ago was for those now working at home "so now we know that 3 hour meeting could have been handled over a few emails"??). Fortunately my husband is able to work from home for a while. It's a dynamic he has to adapt to, but the stress of the drive in traffic, the ease of a step outside or playing with the dog a few minutes are all positives he doesn't experience in an office. But he misses the camaraderie with his co workers, the idea sharing and in person discussion, a shared lunch, a quiet office to just think and plan. There are advantages to both. I told my daughter today to think 10 years or so from now, when she hears one of her favorite songs she's listening to now, it will remind her of these days. I know things will be drastically different then, but I hope she remembers the lesson we are all learning, young and old of how easy it is to take things for granted and remember to be thankful in the moment and thankful for all things. What specific things have you realized you really took for granted before all this? It can be something large or small or in between? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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