I pray you are all doing well, maintaining hope and able to keep your eyes fixed on Christ. When I first heard of the extent of the social-distancing, school cancelled for at least 3 weeks and then Mass being suspended I was filled with fear. My mind clouded as if there was just grayness around me and anxiety began to overwhelm me. How would I survive all of this? How long will this last?
With no where to go, I began to fill my day with prayer. From morning prayer, the daily scripture readings, Divine Mercy Chaplet, praise and worship music playing in the background, the rosary to evening prayer. Connecting my heart with Christ every moment of the day, I found my strength and peace building.
Focusing on my children and family and the task at hand rather on the endless headlines that are paralyzing, I was able to find peace and hope. At most I will read one news story a day on COVID-19 in order to not let it consume my thoughts. Not every day is perfect and we are still adjusting to this new style of life, 7 people in 1500 square feet 24/7. But through it I am finding grace. I came across this quote in a daily reflection, incredibly pertinent for these times.
As our confidence in God increases, our fear decreases.
This week I enjoyed being on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air talking about finding the balance of hope and worry. Listen in…http://relevantradio-od.streamguys1.com/morningair/MA20200326b.mp3
In an attempt to curb the feeling of isolation I decided to join Instagram, a little behind when it comes to social media. At least I am making some small progress in regards to technology, finally said good-bye to my pull out keyboard phone last month. I started the account with the goal of bringing some joy, inspiration and hope to your day. Follow me @cassie_everts.
I also was blessed to have done an interview last week with Kelly Breaux from Red Bird Ministries. We discussed the book, Nursery of Heaven, miscarriage, grief and hope. I am truly inspired by her faith and I know her book, to be released in just a few weeks, will bring healing to so many. Listen in…https://www.redbird.love/podcast/nursery-of-heaven
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Psalm 46