Living Hope

Right now, in the midst of the confusion, I’m thinking we need all the words in this verse, especially mercy and new and hope. Yes, yes, yes.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Peter 1:3 

This encouraging letter from Peter starts where we need to start — where we must start — with praising God, exclamation point.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 1 Peter 1:3

We know and love God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but Peter is pointing us to God the Father, reminding us “how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus!” (MSG). Amen to that.

If ever we needed to give “all honor to God” (TLB), it’s today. With the world around us falling apart, our Heavenly Father is the One who remains immovable and unchangeable.

So, beloved, “let us give thanks” (GNT) and “celebrate with praises” (TPT) the Father of our Savior, “Yeshua the Messiah” (CJB), who deserves to be “gratefully praised and adored” (AMP) no matter what is happening on the news and in our lives. 

Here’s why.

In his great mercy… 1 Peter 1:3

The photos in this post were taken on a beautiful spring day in New York’s Central Park, reminding us to pray for this great city, for its heroes and its fallen, for God’s mercy to shower its people like sweet April rain.

Someday this novel coronavirus will be held in check, but the Lord’s “abundant and boundless mercy” (AMP) can never be contained. His compassion is so “extravagant” (TPT), His grace so “vast” (CEB), and “His loving-kindness” (NLV) so beyond measure, it’s positively contagious.

One of the reasons we’re struggling right now is the uncertainty of what lies ahead. But dear friend, we know what lies ahead for us because our future is guaranteed.

…he has given us new birth… 1 Peter 1:3

However anxious we might feel emotionally, however worried we might be about our physical well-being, if He has “caused us to be born again” (EXV), we can rest in knowing whatever happens, we are safe, we are secure, and we are altogether His.

When the Lord “granted us a new birth” (ISV), we were “spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose” (AMP). Nothing that comes our way can change that reality.

Some of us celebrate a specific day when we were “given a brand-new life” (MSG). Others among us may remember a certain season when we were “born anew” (CEB). Even if you can’t recall the exact details, you are no less “reborn” (VOICE), if you call Him your Father and He calls you His child.

…into a living hope… 1 Peter 1:3

This is what belonging to Him means for us. Not a faint and fragile hope, but “an ever-living hope” (AMP), filled with “great expectation” (NLT). This world, much as we cling to it, is not our home. Instead, “we live in the hope of eternal life” (TLB).

What’s happening now doesn’t matter nearly as much as what’s happening next.

This is where my cancer adventure comes in handy. Since I had to face the possibility of leaving this life behind, I was forced to consider what heaven might be like. And guess what? It is going to be amazing.

Nothing describes it better than this phrase, living hope. It’s “an immortal hope” (ISV), a “living, energetic hope” (TPT), a “hope that never dies” (NLV). You and I “have everything to live for, including a future in heaven — and the future starts now!” (MSG).

That future, that hope was secured for us on Easter morning.

…through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

That glorious day we celebrated earlier this month gives us everything we need to face down our fears, day in and day out. Very simply, “this hope is ours because Jesus was raised from the dead” (NLV). He conquered the grave. He left death in the dust. We can be born anew because of “the again-rising of Jesus Christ” (WYC).

No wonder Peter exclaimed, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

Lord Jesus, we confess that fears sometimes overwhelm us, and a thousand anxious questions often crowd our thoughts. Remind us, again and again, that You alone are our living hope, our promise of salvation, our assurance of heaven, our guarantee of eternal life. In a world full of bad news, You are our Good News. Amen and amen.

Our giveaway this month is a timely new book, Human(Kind), from a talented new author, Ashlee Eiland, who explores how embracing kindness can bring us back together. Publishers Weekly calls it a “revealing and enthralling debut.”

On April 24, I chose three winners at random — Martha, Amy, and Cynthia — to receive a copy of Human(Kind). You are still welcome to leave a comment below, describing one new experience you’ve had or new discovery you’ve made during this challenging season. As you’ll see, they make inspiring reading.

Join me Tuesdays @ Twelve on Facebook LIVE, as I read the book of my heart, Embrace Grace: Welcome to the Forgiven Life. I’ll post the weekly links on my website, so if you miss one, each chapter is easy to find. Here’s Chapter One, recorded live, and Chapter Two. Can’t wait to see you on Tuesdays.

“Ours is not a false hope spun from well-meaning wishes but a trustworthy hope based on the reality of countless lives changed by a leap called faith into the arms of a hero called Faithful and True.”

168 Responses to Living Hope

  1. KathyScovanner April 20, 2020 at 9:11 pm #

    Faith is what I carry all the days of my life. I am home praying constantly and having hope that is my leap of faith!
    God Bless all those who are out there on the frontlines carding for all.

    • Miriam Ayala April 21, 2020 at 8:33 am #

      Liz
      I have felt like God has sheltered me under His wings and shared His word beautifully in my grieved ❣️As the world becomes more smaller by the effects of this virus. I see a 😇 who will not share His glory with anyone! I pray his people will repent , remove the idols, restore their relationship with Him 🙏🏽💕🙋🏽‍♀️

    • Christa April 23, 2020 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks Liz!
      I really needed this message today!

    • Cathy Merdzinski April 23, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

      Through this time of crazy….I’ve learned a whole lot actually…..we see people complaining and not doing what is asked of them with social distancing….really like the Israelites when the were in the dessert fleeing from oppressive government…then complaining about no meat when they had mana given to them then….Moses takes too long on the mountain and they rebel and build a golden calf! Can’t we see what is happening God is our savior our physician our Father…yet look history repeats itself!? Learn to care learn to love one another learn to wait! Wait! Yes wait o. Our Lord! Yes I have had great discussions with my husband and children and grandchildren no we are not living together but we can still facetime zoom, etc they didn’t have that back in the day….. I have learned to lean on God, to obey God…. with love

  2. Mila Martin April 20, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

    Would love this book.

  3. Susan April 20, 2020 at 9:13 pm #

    Our church and women’s bible study has gone viral via FB and zoom. An amazing opportunity to keep in touch and pray for each other. A great leap of faith for our sisters, many over 80 yrs young, that have tried so very hard to jump into technology !

  4. marilynn April 20, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

    discovering the kindness of strangers and the unselfishness
    of doing for others without thought of personal gain or recognition while responding to the need without greed!! All ages are finding their
    inner being that they perhaps did not realize existed…. the covid has
    provided an opportunity for love to shine forth.

  5. Rani Vande Berg April 20, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

    The new thing for me was wearing a mask for the first time.

  6. Irene Talaasen April 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm #

    Dear , dear Liz,
    I like the sound of Humankind!! Would love to win it !! 🙂

    I have always thought I trusted the Lord, but these days Help me trust you,Jesus!! is my learning cry and then to be thankful!
    Blessings
    Irene

  7. Suzanne Kiser April 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

    Because I often have depression, being quartined has been a struggle. Because of scripture, I can hold onto Hope. I’m not saying it’s easy. But at least I don’t sink down and am suicidal. To God be the Glory!
    God bless you honey

  8. Nelda Crook April 20, 2020 at 9:24 pm #

    Worshipping at home instead of at church through live-streaming has been different, but good. So many church services going out over social media has been awesome. God is good and in control always!

    • Shannan Miranda April 20, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

      I have just started a new season in my life, I have just left a 16 year relationship that was not going anywhere, I’m 50 years old, I’ve never lived by myself, and now am. I want to try new things, go to new places and meet new people. I’m reading everything I can and would love to win ‘Human (kind)’

      • Annanson John April 21, 2020 at 1:50 am #

        The emphasis on God the blessed Father! To realised that whatever Jesus the Christ of God is, it is because of God the blessed father, that whatever the crucifixion, burial and RESURRECTION of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth is to me and many bullion souls, it was accomplished under the auspices of God the blessed father!! To walk me through 1Pet1:3 in a systematic and yet in this enthralling manner is a very very new experience of my life. God bless you Liz as always.

  9. Melanie April 20, 2020 at 9:25 pm #

    I’ve learned to cast or “fling” since I’m holding on to this verse: Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you. If you’ve ever fished you know that casting takes alot of effort and force so I’ve learned to cast or “fling” in a new way. So very thankful God wants us to do that with all our anxiety!

  10. Holly April 20, 2020 at 9:26 pm #

    Thank you Liz for the encouraging email. I sat here tonight and read it before I went to bed. 🙂 Hope you are doing well through all this. This whole craziness has definitely kept me on my toes. I am trying to keep turning to Christ through it all, but still struggling. But I know my Lord is good, and I trust in that.

  11. Bettie Collins April 20, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

    Beautiful views of NY’s Central Park which I have visited but initially thought of Brig o ‘Doon in Ayrshire, Scotland (-:
    I’ve discovered that I like the quiet and lack of stimulation during our isolation but that I do miss being with friends and family ad lib.

  12. Donna Urso April 20, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

    My new experience is playing guitar for our praise team during these uncertain times. The few who volunteer are very young and playing to an empty church is challenging. I reassure the team that they will get use to these unprecedented times. They are unsure of themselves but with encouragement the are filled with his spirit for those watching our streaming service. So are part of our church family it’s our job to help deliver his message.

  13. Kim Villasenor April 20, 2020 at 9:30 pm #

    I love this and really needed to hear it tonight! Rode through town at 20:20 celebrating the Class of 2020, honking the horn and shaking the cowbell, that was therapeutic too <3

  14. Phyllis April 20, 2020 at 9:32 pm #

    Since turning off the news and digging into scripture and your book 31 Versus to Write on your Heart I have felt such great peace.
    Thank you for your encouraging words and studies.

  15. Bobbie Batesole April 20, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    I am also on a cancer adventure having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in late January. I have been self isolating since then because this disease destroys immunity and now chemo too. Now we have the pandemic. My husband must go to work and he is at risk with COPD. We are very careful and have learned an even greater level of trust in Christ and the promise of heaven. Faith conquers fear!

  16. Kim Deyunn April 20, 2020 at 9:37 pm #

    I’ve realized just How peaceful it is to sit outside on the lawn and read a Bible-Study book while watching the OBS with dogs on my lap.

  17. Shana April 20, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

    I am missing my children’s Bible class on Sunday mornings. I have been reading to them on Facebook live. I am ready to see them face to face.

  18. Renee Hudacek April 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm #

    A new experience or discovery. How angry I became the 2nd week into this covid. I was already caring for my grandchildren while trying to guide my daughter out of her drug addiction and just as we were making some progress. My husband and I were just starting to get to a point we could take a break now and again and regain a little bit of our lives back and covid hit. Praise be to God that My faith is bigger than all of this and through prayer and worship I was able to put my anger aside and focus on what matters most. Two little girls.

  19. Mandy T. April 20, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

    I am discovering that I will for sure enjoy retirement!

  20. Penny Curry April 20, 2020 at 10:01 pm #

    After 7 wks of self quarantine (I went nowhere!), I took a drive by myself around Kentucky’s beautiful countryside. Listened to soft spiritual music , waved to strangers, and thoroughly soaked up God’s beauty. Such a recuperative experience. I’ll take my husband next time!

  21. Kathy April 20, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    During this unique time I have discovered (or perhaps rediscovered) creative, fun, simple, cheap, and yet, very fun ways to get together with friends. Last night, in order to keep safe distance–and yet be together–a friend and I enjoyed a very messy ‘picnic’ taco salad supper while sitting in her garage as the sun was setting!

  22. Leta April 20, 2020 at 10:23 pm #

    A recent new experience.
    An Easter gift from our Lord. Since I am an 89 year old, I use a relater when I go walking. As I came to the corner where I turn right, a car came facing me and turned as if to make a U-turn. She sat there for a minute so I waited to see what she was going to do. Since I was obviously waiting for her, she turned onto the street I was turning onto. As I was crossing to face traffic walking in the street which was much smoother than the sidewalk, I watched her turn to the passenger side, grab something, then head toward me. She said, “I just finished these. Enjoy”
    I peeked in the cold box and saw huge strawberries dipped in chocolate. I thanked her and as she headed back to her car shouted , “He is risen”
    As she was getting into her car, she raised the approving thumb responding, “Amen”. When I arrived home, we all thanked the Lord and asked Him to bless her.

  23. Kathleen April 20, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

    I am learning no matter what it looks like now in my life or this world, nothing will compare to the day we go home to out eternal home. To keep my eyes and mind on Christ. My birthday is this Thursday. Would love a copy of the book to read during this extra time at home.

  24. Dotti Asbert April 20, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

    During these past several weeks I have been making masks for people. My daughter has to go to work in a supermarket everyday so I pray for her safety and well being. She has asthma and is still recovering from pneumonia last winter. I want to give back in some way. Our God is so wonderful and I know he is watching over us. We need to remain patient and trust in Him. Be safe, be well.

  25. Cynthia O Keeton April 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm #

    My one new experience I had made )have been gathering my families to join the Conference Call each Friday and pray together and share our thoughts and feelings od the world we are experiencing. We had 12 family members to join in on the call. It was great hearing each family share their prayers and how they are dealing with the COVID-19 virus. We have now increased members on the families joining and we are now volunteering to call and chat with friends, family and the elderly and providing food groceries to the sick and shut in. My praents have always prayed with their 8 daughters and we are sharing their teachings that a family that prays together stays together. I have been providing the verse of the day for the pass five years. I woke up late and did not send the verse of the day. I got many calls that they did not receive the Verse of the day. What a joy I felt that putting God’s Holy Words in a text to 20 people actually made their day. I give because that’s hoe My Heavenly Father designed me. If I can help someone along the way. My living will not be in vain. Thank you Father for continuing to work on me.

  26. Marsha Numerich April 20, 2020 at 10:44 pm #

    Our God is a jealous God. He wants us to put nothing before Him. He desires to be first in our lives. During the season of this virus those things we may put before Him have been removed. We can see Him clearly. Now it’s up to us, will our free will draw us closer to Him or just find one more thing (perhaps fear) to put before Him. As for my house we choose Him.

  27. Vicki April 20, 2020 at 10:46 pm #

    During this season I’ve learned to rely on God and His word more. My heart rejoiced on Easter, knowing Jesus conquered death. The virus cannot match this kind of power unless we decide to allow fear to rob us of it and leave us impudent.
    Such peace.

  28. Barb DeYoung April 20, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

    Being under stay at home orders and in isolation from family and friends, I have come to cherish and appreciate the special people in my life. I will never take for granted the people God has placed in my life again. During these alone times, I am constantly repeating “Be Still and Know That I AM GOD.” It helps me to remember I am never truly alone.

  29. Jessica April 20, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

    Liz I would love to win this book! Seems so perfect.
    My most fun discovery in the midst of homeschooling our 5 year old son, is that our 2 year old daughter loves scissors and glue. I think she could sit for hours cutting and pasting. So cute 🙂
    Can’t wait to see you tomorrow for chapter 2!

  30. Louise April 20, 2020 at 11:18 pm #

    One thing new I have experienced is going outside at 8 pm with my granddaughter and howling to honor our medical workers, she thinks it’s so fun!

  31. Mary Ella Young April 20, 2020 at 11:25 pm #

    I am reminded that God is enough. He is true to His word and will always provide my needs. I just need to focus on Him and give Him all glory.

  32. Martha Troxel April 20, 2020 at 11:31 pm #

    A new experience has been worshipping via a livestream instead of being with others in person. I am glad for the technology, but am eagerly anticipating when all social distancing will be over!

  33. Martha Swenson April 20, 2020 at 11:38 pm #

    I love reading your posts! They always have such AMAZING pictures!

  34. Harriett Craig April 21, 2020 at 12:00 am #

    I know in my mind that He has a plan. It is opening before us and we must embrace Him and turn to Him as that is all we need. Thank you for your service to Him.

  35. Ellen Johns April 21, 2020 at 12:46 am #

    A new discovery was how beautiful world is in a time like this.

  36. Pam Erselius April 21, 2020 at 12:47 am #

    Hi Liz,
    The LORD has actually been convicting me about being kind lately. It’s great to see a book like this.
    Take care, Pam

  37. Vicki Campbell April 21, 2020 at 2:08 am #

    I listen every day to our governor with his positive words of encouragement. Although at times I feel anxious about leaving my house, I trust in Gods plan as he directs my path each day. I truly believe that there will be many blessings when we get through this. As humans, many times we don’t realize the blessings until they become hind sight. I remain calm as my trust in God, my father will protect me.

  38. Jill Taylor April 21, 2020 at 3:32 am #

    This time we are in now has shown me that I was striving to take care of everything myself while saying I trusted God for everything. God has taken me off the hamster wheel of life for a time, and has said to me, “Be still and know that I am God.”

  39. Lorraine April 21, 2020 at 4:55 am #

    My new experience was trying to reach out to the shutins and homebound people I had visited before this covid 19 virus. I tried calling calling them up but I didn’t even have some phone numbers. The ones I had I called but they had difficulty hearing me. I have laryngitis from GERD and vocal cord polyps. I finally realized a card would let them I was thinking and praying for them. I could add things to make it more personal. It worked these people have been so touched just from getting a card. To God be the glory.

  40. Lynn April 21, 2020 at 4:56 am #

    I’ve learned about the idols I have during this time! And God’s love and mercy more as I let go and become more free in Christ.

  41. Lorraine April 21, 2020 at 5:05 am #

    I am watching our newly planted seeds grow into the vegetable they are. This year has been different with our garden. The weather has changed when to plant them outside and not just in their little pots.
    It is like us. During this season we need to stay in our little pots ( home). We need to wait until it is safe to be outside.

  42. Sharon Beasley April 21, 2020 at 5:16 am #

    Our women’s leader is doing a virtual bible study on Living out the One Another’s of scripture. It has been very good and a chance to escape for a few minutes in this crazy time.

  43. Carol McQueen April 21, 2020 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks for this wonderful scripture. It has started my Tuesday off with positive thoughts. This isolation is teaching me what’s truly important. I miss my church family and immediate family. I’m in my late 60s and healthy but not taking chances. I pray your family is well. This too shall pass is my current motto.

  44. Sarah Coon April 21, 2020 at 5:19 am #

    During this shutdown, our area was one hit by the Easter tornado. Fortunately the only thing we suffered was a loss of power. “Hurrah, we have a generator”, we thought. My husband worked for a couple of hours to get it started, but it just wouldnt start. Come to find out, he hadn’t emptied the gas from the tank and that had ruined the componants in the carburetor and it was not going to work. Fortunately we were able to have electricity back in 24 hours, but we were thinking. Here we thought we were prepared, but you know, like the parable of the 10 virgins,you have to “prepare” to be prepared. Not just carburetors, but hearts and minds as well.

  45. Amanda April 21, 2020 at 5:47 am #

    The new discovery I have had is how awesome it is to have quiet time with God in the morning. Mine has always been at night as I am not a morning person but the fear of not waking up in time for my job since it is now from my bed to my living room, has me up quite early. My brain is clear and I can focus more on Him. At night I was tired and it was always more of how much time do I have left… I wake up so early now that there is plenty of time all devoted to Him. That’s my biggest blessing through this all.

  46. Lori Sullivan April 21, 2020 at 5:52 am #

    During this crisis, I have learned to be more aware of my complaining spirit. Lord help me praise instead!

  47. Blanche Hake April 21, 2020 at 6:10 am #

    During this time I have seen how most people have adapted to a new “normal.” Having lived through the polio epidemic as a child, I see similar responses to this. Most people do what needs to be done while a few complain. Nothing is ever accomplished by refusing to accept what is. I’ve really enjoyed the quietness of my surroundings, but do miss my little ones. As a retired teacher, I cannot imagine how this is effecting the children. Perhaps when this passes, people will appreciate each new day.

  48. Joan Monson April 21, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    One new thing I’ve learned in this season is how to be in a Zoom meeting. We had about 100 pastors’ wives in Michigan on Zoom this past weekend. It was fantastic!

  49. Emily April 21, 2020 at 6:22 am #

    I had my first baby shortly before the lockdowns began. At first, I felt heartbroken bringing him into such a hard world, but God is teaching me that his purpose is much bigger than to have a happy, easy life. He is a gift the world needs, another ambassador for Christ, created purposefully “for such a time as this” to (1) know and enjoy God in this very context, and (2) be a light to the world along with the rest of the Church body, showing others what the kingdom of God is like! I trust that God will equip my son for good work and reveal Himself to my son in ways I never dreamed. To this end, I pray Joshua 1:9 over him: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (NIV).

  50. Constance Lorey April 21, 2020 at 6:31 am #

    Since before the pandemic, I have been praying for the spirit of fear to be overcome. I have worked to decrease this fear by devotional study. I realize where all the fear and craziness is coming from and I rebuke it from my life. This does not mean that I am reckless. I obey the guidelines and I keep myself healthy. I trust in the Lord and he will provide.

  51. Amanda April 21, 2020 at 6:31 am #

    I have really been reminded that when I am completely discouraged and feel all alone, God is always with me and I am never alone. Psalm 46:10 says it best. “Be still and know that I am God.”

  52. Janice Smallwood April 21, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    I have been a mother for 35 years. I have a 35-year-old daughter, a 33-year old daughter , and – wait for it – a daughter, who will be thirteen on Thursday, April 23rd. She was born when I was 46 years old! The new thing I have experienced during this Covid-19 quarantine has been HOME SCHOOL and ZOOM meetings! Wow, what an experience – for both of us! I have really enjoyed being able to stay home and slow down the pace of life. I am a part-time dental hygienist but our office has been closed during this quarantine and I have enjoyed being home with my youngest daughter, even though the school from home has been challenging at times. But for the most part, it has been enjoyable to be home and enjoy my time with her – and I’ve gotten a few projects around the house done that probably wouldn’t have gotten done otherwise. Blessings to you, Liz!

  53. Beth Mead April 21, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    Technology is my least favorite thing and being with my students in a classroom is one of my favorite things. Technology has been poured all over me and my students were taken away from me all because of the Corona Virus.
    Two strong reasons to be discouraged and even depressed. I have learned, and practiced that an attitude of gratitude, every morning can and will get us through this challenging time. By counting our many blessings, the kids and I are continuing to grow and even flourish. The key has been to keep our eyes on Christ.

  54. Elsie April 21, 2020 at 6:37 am #

    On March 16th, I found out that I had carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand which I thought was just my arthritis acting up. About 2 weeks later during the beginning of the stay at home orders, I received a call to do hand therapy. Wow, to me this was a way to get out of the house and really be with other people. Who would have ever thought hand therapy would be a lot more than just learning how to lessen the pain that my hand has caused me. The therapy is going really well. My therapist is a delight, we enjoy talking with each other and giving each other encouragement. Thankfully, I am still going 2 days a week. I think it ends on May 7th. Also I am back to cooking more and enjoying it more.

  55. Myra Denise April 21, 2020 at 6:42 am #

    I look forward to my daily devotion time more each day. I find that without an agenda of “going and doing”, I rest in reading scriptures and prayers. My mind is not focused on what I need to do next, but what I am doing right now.

  56. Loree Johnston LaChey April 21, 2020 at 6:48 am #

    New experience? Where to begin…I’d say a benefit of this new normal is the fact I have more time to “look” and appreciate all I see.

  57. Joy Davis April 21, 2020 at 6:49 am #

    One new experience – On Thursday, April 16th, I went to pet our dog ( he had his big favorite bone ) and he bit me tearing open the knuckle of my middle finger on my right hand. it was my own stupid fault, and like with sin I must now face the consequences. I called my Primary care docror and was told that since I have allergies I would have to go to the ER, I went – they took x-rays, put in a nerve block, stitched it up and put me in a splint. I was told to see a hand specialist but with this virus they are not seeing new patients, and I cannot get my Primary to give me an appointment so the lesson is “let resting dogs rest or suffer the after effects.” All this will pass but I pray those who have been seeking will still want to seek when this is over.

  58. Autumn April 21, 2020 at 6:50 am #

    I am enjoying being home with my kids. We have started taking walks almost daily. It never seemed there was time before.

  59. Debbie Snyder April 21, 2020 at 6:53 am #

    Good morning, Liz! This virus has brought out the best and worst in people, and I am no exception. I found out that I can eat endlessly when bored (hungry or not)! I also found out that I can read endlessly as well, somy TBR pile of books has gotten smaller!

    Thanks for always being a bright light shining through the darkness of our times!

    God bless you and yours!!

  60. Kimberly O’donoghue April 21, 2020 at 6:55 am #

    I’ve been able to sit every morning with my coffee and bible and seek peace and comfort knowing that God is in control. I haven’t had a sense of rushed devotion or prayer bc being an empty nester and currently unemployed has allowed me this peaceful time. What a blessing!

  61. Barbara Bailey April 21, 2020 at 6:57 am #

    As a young widow, retired school teacher, and empty nester, during this time of social distancing and safe-at-home directives I have been using my gift of greeting card making. The creativity in which I get involved, gives me purpose. I am spending more time not just reading my daily devotions, but studying His Word.

  62. Karen Bakken April 21, 2020 at 6:58 am #

    Thank you, Liz, but, most of all, thank You, Lord Jesus…Your ”Living Hope” was exactly what I needed this morning.

  63. Betty Forehand April 21, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    Hi Liz,one thing I discovered about myself during this CoronaVirus phase of life, is ….I can do with so much less. I can make wonderful meals with less ingredients, I don’t need the new pillows or the latest trend. I’m totally satisfied with just what I have and I’m enjoying being home and not out running myself crazy! I’ve been in the Word longer each day and I feel like a different person. I feel closer to God. Thank you for ALL you do. Betty Forehand

  64. Betsy April 21, 2020 at 7:06 am #

    I have discovered that I can make bread without a mixer or bread machine. God has given me two hands and with them I can mix & knead to provide for my family just like the women of long ago. I feel so connected to them during this time of self-isolation.

  65. Jan Sherburne April 21, 2020 at 7:12 am #

    Thank heavens my faith allows me to have hope! We live in a 5th floor condo and our living room looks out over Dick’s & Kohl’s parking lots. We have witnessed during these challenging times families spending more time together while as a people we are practicing physical distancing. A father plays soccer with two kids. Parents pick up a new training bike and their little girl rides it in the big empty parking lot. A real mother goose is on a grassy spot protecting her eggs. A family trio walks together. We ARE
    connecting. Our spiritual team at church has presented the most creative and meaningful on-line services. And, personally each day I send my grandkids a Family History Trivia Question and they score points and I’m connected. I love the many ways we all have stayed “visit” and love!

  66. Paula Bullard April 21, 2020 at 7:12 am #

    Thank you Liz for these encouraging words. In these days we all need to remember our living Hope is in Christ our Savior. He has given me a great gift in this time: I have rediscovered why I married my husband. Not only do I like him, but we really enjoy being together. God is so good!

  67. KATHY April 21, 2020 at 7:13 am #

    This is just what I needed today!

  68. Susan Rubey April 21, 2020 at 7:16 am #

    I have found, during this pandemic, that I am NEVER alone. Jesus is real, He’s alive, & He’s here with me! I became a Christian many years ago, but NEVER have I felt His comforting presence as much as now.

  69. Joann Susser April 21, 2020 at 7:17 am #

    Liz, God has lifted me up out of nursing retirement to work in Albany, NY on the NYS Department of Health Covid-19 Positive test call line. I am thrilled to help people in this way. I teach them how to take care of themselves and others to prevent the spread as I tell them they are positive. It is a very intense job, talking with people it horrible and helpless positions, as so many live in one apartment, and others are very sick elderly, and are trying to take care of their elderly when they are so sick they cannot even get out of bed. It’s draining. Please pray for all of NY especially those in dense areas, making it very difficult to control the spread. I could use a little prayer for all the nurses I work with. We need energy and strength. There are hundreds of thousands of calls to make.

  70. Beverly A. Allen April 21, 2020 at 7:19 am #

    One new thing my husband and I have done since this coronavirus season is upon us:
    We celebrated our granddaughter’s 10th birthday via Zoom! We weren’t able to eat the tacos or cake, but we were able to sing to her and watch her open her gifts. We were thankful to be a part of the celebration, even from long distance.
    We have also been worshiping with our church online which has been a
    tremendous blessing. Thank God for the technology which is still all a
    mystery to us!

  71. Sandy Traister April 21, 2020 at 7:30 am #

    I have enjoyed listening on line—facebook, youtube, etc to many different pastors and church services in this time of isolation. What a blessing it has been.

  72. Sandra April 21, 2020 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you! for the beautiful shots of my city. Here in NY still under quarantine. Since March 10th to be exact for me. It’s been challenging but in the midst of the challenges I have taken the opportunity to pray more and dig deeper into the Word, and oh, Liz what treasures have I found. Treasures that I’ve discovered but as rich as they are cannot keep to myself. I have to share with others the riches of His Word. I’ve been calling and connecting with my sisters and sharing the treasures I’ve found. Every day even though we are in the midst of a crisis I get up hungry and excited about what will I find in His Word. Yes, it’s rough out there but thru His Word and His presence in my life He is keeping me, He is sustaining me, He is revealing himself to me. So in the midst of all this I can say thank you Lord. Yes! Thank you. You are my Shalom Peace and I know my redeemer lives. You are the keeper of my soul.

  73. Kathy Merlock April 21, 2020 at 7:38 am #

    I’ve discovered that my faith is not based on my feelings but on the Word of God.
    Amen

  74. judy wentz April 21, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    I have learned through this experience that we truly have no control over this virus and we have to let God be in control .

  75. Gina April 21, 2020 at 7:50 am #

    I’ve experienced and learned many things during our lockdown in New York. Here are a few: Life is fragile. Life, as we know it, is fleeting. It can be gone in a twinkling of an eye. I’ve wondered, could this be the birth pangs of the final days? And maybe the rapture is closer than we think! So, I’ve gotta represent. It’s time to pray for those that might get left behind.
    But most of all, I’ve learned, even when the pleasures of life are taken away, I have to count my blessings-one by one. Jesus is still good, and he’s on the throne!

  76. Joanie April 21, 2020 at 7:51 am #

    Hi, Liz!
    I have learned that what I have here in my home is enough. “Things” that I thought I needed no longer hold the same meaning or value for me. Blessings!

  77. Judy Bennett April 21, 2020 at 7:51 am #

    In this crazy time of working from home 4 days a week and going to school one day, I have completely changed my time in God’s word. It’s my first thought when I wake up. I read, pray and praise Him before anything else is done. He is my priority instead of my afterthought!

  78. Joanie Baker April 21, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    My experience through our pandemic has been an ever increasing intimate relationship with God. I find myself abiding in Him and constantly being aware of His Holy Spirit abiding in me. My faith has changed. It has been strong for a long while but it is different. I am at a place of total surrender with not one concern about tomorrow. Two things are on repeat in my mind. God’ s perfect providence – being excited about what He is doing, what is yet to come and Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”.

  79. Theresa Weaver April 21, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    Acts of kindness , at this time , are a challenge but God’s living word inspires me to Love my Neighbor.
    Painted dozens of smooth river stones, found in our landscaping , with words of encouragment like Shine, Easter Blessings, March On, ect.
    My college age daughter and I passed them out to neighbors porches, to be found and sent them in packages to college kids left on campus during this isolating time. Love, love love your neighbor as yourself.

  80. Pam April 21, 2020 at 8:05 am #

    Thanks, Liz, for this encouraging post. I am a retired science teacher, so the state of our beautifully God-crafted environment has long been a concern of mine. God is stilling pollution right now and I am so thrilled. Just another reminder that I Am (alone) is in charge

    Stay well & May God bless your ministry.

  81. Christene Heidegger April 21, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    As a 70 year old, patient of hereditary depression, hope is huge. Leaning into Jesus has been my rock. I have been able to stay above the fray with my psychiatric meds, my Bible, faith in God and yes His new hope every morning.
    Praise God! Amen.

  82. michele April 21, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    Although the news shows us images of greedy people hoarding and leaving gloves on the ground for others to pick up, I have also seen many acts of kindness during this time. People are making masks and mask extenders, health care providers are working extra shifts to relieve coworkers who might be susceptible, people are putting stuffed animals in windows for kids to find and doing scavenger hunts. I could go on and on. Although this quarantine has been stressful in some ways, it has also been a time to rest and to reflect.

  83. Angie April 21, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    I’ve learned during this time to turn to God. I’m reading more of the Bible, I found your “Women of Easter” to listen to. Matthew West has a Quarantine Quiet Time that helps so much. Our church does a weekly zoom meeting. Just leaning in and learning more helps so much. I’m doing it, and letting my family know how important this is to me. Not everyone in my house follows my belief. But I know they are seeing the example I am setting.

  84. Therese Cornell April 21, 2020 at 8:16 am #

    We live in a great country. I have been heartened and amazed at the outpouring of love, kindness and compassion on all sides. We are living in unprecedented times, yet so many are returning to the best lessons from childhood – do into others, everyone are our brothers and sisters, share what you have, family is everything and simp!y love one another. I’ve seen examples of people returning to the faith they once embraced, and thus bringing hope back into their lives. Father wants us all back, so what a joyful thing!
    I love you Liz!

  85. Karen Boutwell April 21, 2020 at 8:21 am #

    I’m finishing Anne Graham Lott’s’ study The Daniel Prayer. In the last lesson, she asks us to read a list of 21 sins that we are to read three times, and choose the ones we are guilty of, and ask God for forgiveness. I read the list, and I was humbled to realized that at one time or another I was guilty of all of them! I chose the most recent ones, and wrote down my prayer of asking God to forgive me. I hope to be more aware now of my actions/attitudes-and how they affect me and others

  86. leatha Zarbo April 21, 2020 at 8:23 am #

    Good morning Liz, My new discovery about myself is that [on the light side]… I can survive without ice cream for more then 45 days… my husband and I decided not to purchase unnecessary foods at this time and the lORD has filled me with joy and that is more wonderful then ice cream or chocolate candy…..Thank you Liz. you are always so on fire for God… and I love your hair style and glasses they are ”’you”’…. love leatha

  87. Debra Holton April 21, 2020 at 8:24 am #

    During this time of isolation, I have discovered the real truth of I am never alone; He is ever present. With the mandatory closing of all “nonessential” business, I have gone from 2 chiropractic treatments a week (just to be able to function) to NONE. But, God has heard my prayer and has been faithful and merciful. Although I am rarely totally without pain, I am still able to move about and do the things I love doing. Praise be to God my father, and Jesus my Savior. I am not alone. His grace is sufficient.

  88. Suzanne Shimp April 21, 2020 at 8:27 am #

    This pandemic has slowed the world down , removing distractions of the world giving us sweet moments to focus on what is important-spending quality time with Jesus and our families. It makes that Psalms 46:10 (Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth) so real to me. The sheltering in place has been a blessing to me, quieted my soul, and given me rest in Him. Throughout this pandemic I have seen how God is moving in families, setting new priority for their lives, opening closed eyes and hearts to His truth not the world’s.

  89. NANCY Russell April 21, 2020 at 8:39 am #

    I’ve learned how important it is to stay in touch with others.

  90. Carole April 21, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    My church is one hour away. So on Sunday morning before the social distancing I would get up early to do barn chores and have breakfast and get ready for the day.
    Now I don’t have to hurry to get on the road. The church service isn’t until 9:30 am. I make my way to the couch in the den, open my computer and find the service on You Tube. I’m watching alone.
    I miss hearing the singing of the congregation, the greetings and interactions with all my friends.
    But I know this is just for a season. God has me thinking about His
    purpose and benefits in all of this.

  91. Lesli April 21, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    For me I believe that God has been telling me to Be Still. In this time I have been furloughed and forced to slow down. It feels so good to just breathe. I also will never take hugs from my family and friends for granted. Love is the greatest gift of all.

  92. Mary April 21, 2020 at 9:07 am #

    This time has taught me to be still and enjoy just being. It has allowed me to focus my attention on spiritual things without all the noise that usually invades my mind.

  93. Debie Talbot April 21, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    Yesterday a friend sent me a link to an alternate newscast proclaiming a “conspiracy theory” around the COVID-19. I listened. I considered what I heard and the source. But, then in my spirit arouse the question, “Whose report will I believe?” The resounding response? I will believe the report of the LORD! Not as a religious response, but a heart-felt choice. Regardless if it’s all a conspiracy, I must (we must) trust in the faithfulness and the goodness of our God. He has promised and He Who has promised is faithful. His word forever settled in Heaven. God is neither surprised nor worried about all this. Therefore, I will rest in His faithful promises. As for the book – how much fun! thank you.

  94. Shelly April 21, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    After years of holding ill feelings towards my employer for a series of real grievances and hurt they caused me, I have found new appreciation for them. Many things have changed at my workplace over the past few years and those changes allow us to continue functioning while all working remotely. This means my income is stable even during an uncertain time. I am so incredibly grateful for this and it has really caused me to embrace the change and forgive the past hurts. Now it feels like a blessing

  95. Brenda Williams April 21, 2020 at 9:21 am #

    I’ve been making face masks for various groups. Its a blessing that I know how to sew, measure, cut and bless others with my God-given skills. I have fabric given to me by so many friends that I have been able to donate some to others who have more time to make more! And, we are still well and Praying for others to remain well, too.

  96. [email protected] April 21, 2020 at 9:27 am #

    This has reminded me how important spending time with my family and friends is and how unimportant other things are: worrying about how messy the house it, watching TV, etc.

  97. Marian Hindall April 21, 2020 at 9:27 am #

    I’ve discovered the kindness from people during this trying time. The outpouring of it is truly amazing.

  98. Linda Shank April 21, 2020 at 9:29 am #

    “Be still and know that I am God.” Staying home for many weeks has been a blessing in that I have come to feel in my heart the meaning of this verse. It has given me the opportunity to sit in silence with God each day, to quietly communicate with Him, and to know that I need not fear as God is in control. It has pointed out to me that I am way too busy doing many things that I really do not need to do. So, I plan to weed out some of them to give myself more time to continue this practice when the world again in running at full speed. I never want to give up again, the joy of living moment by moment, knowing God is with me.

  99. Barbara Heuss April 21, 2020 at 9:40 am #

    Dear Liz,
    I always enjoy listening to you as you are so encouraging to all women. I have been a dental hygienist for over 40 years and had plans to retire at the end of June 2020 and then BOOM here comes a terrible extremely contagious virus. As I sheltered in place, I sadly watched my 401K shrink. Who says God doesn’t have other plans for us? I have changed my plans and as we wait to return to our dental practices, I will continue to work for who knows how long? I have so many patients that I have known for years and sometimes I am the only person they have to talk to or confide in so I don’t think God is quite through with me yet.

  100. Sunshine April 21, 2020 at 9:46 am #

    The best thing about this time is that we get to spend time with our teenage son again! I know he misses his friends, but he has had such a good attitude about hanging out with Mom and Dad and it is such a gift to have him all to ourselves again!

  101. Paula Heskett April 21, 2020 at 10:12 am #

    Liz, this post so completely says it all, and it’s all that truly matters. With this spiritual foundation you talk about here, all else falls into “nothingness”. Without knowing this Foundation…this Jesus…intimately, all the nothingness is way bigger than Him. Thank you for your journey and sharing.

  102. Kathy April 21, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Phil Wickham’s “Living Hope is one of my absolute favorite songs. What a story our Lord has shown us!
    A new thing for me, is that a family cousin saw a post I made about ‘It is Finished’ and messaged me asking what it meant. I got to share Jesus with her, and give her some helps about finding her relationship with him. You never know who is watching or wondering!

  103. Tamara April 21, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    thank for this and the prayer.. I feel it is my prayer daily, hourly …. Lord, please calm my fears. WE KNOW you our God who never changes and is in control. May we rest and trust in you!!

  104. Susan Hutchibnson April 21, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    I’ve discovered during this virus quarantine, is time! I don’t have to respond with a “yes” to every request. I’ve realized that I am the “fixer of everyone elses problem and not being able to respond has proven that everyone can really work things out on their own. What a relief! More time for me to spend actually asking God how he wants me to spend my extra time.
    What a gift!

  105. Carol S April 21, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Andrea Bocelli’s Music for Hope. Cannot get his performance out of my head. Very inspiring.

  106. Brenda Taylor April 21, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Dear Liz, The thing that has amazed me the most during this covid situation is how many people have checked on my husband and me to make sure we’re okay and offering to help with anything we need.
    You might go along day to day in normal circumstances without realizing how many people value you.

  107. Betty April 21, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    It has taught me to be still and be quite, to listen to nature and trust in the Lord more. It has also reminded me just how blessed my entire family and my husband and I are. All of my family has been able to bring their job home and work from there and haven’t been laid off. That is a major blessing. My husband and and I are retired so we are OK and trying to help out in the community as there is several families who are not as blessed as we are. My Church Circle is helping provide food for them so they don’t go hungry. Thank the Heavenly Father we are able to help out with this project. It has opened our eyes a little more to the world around us and taught us not to take anything for granted. I think this Corina-19 was sent to the entire world to let everyone know that God is still in Control, no matter how great we think we are, we still need Him. I just hope and pray this will bring more people to Jesus. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our churches start overflowing with people, let’s have a Revival!!

  108. Candice (Candy) Story April 21, 2020 at 11:09 am #

    This has given me the spirit of Be still and know God! I am usually watching my great grandson but because of Corina I am not watching him. At first when all of this started I walked around not knowing what I was going to fill my time with. I missed him so much. BUT God has filled my time up with quality time with Him! I have the time to sit and explore the things He wants me to see and experience! I am taking your Embrace Grace class! I am also able to set me up a mini Revival on Sunday mornings. I have so many pastors I love to hear. Now I can listen to all their sermons! Our God is amazing! Thank you Liz and God Bless You!

  109. Cheri Wallace April 21, 2020 at 11:09 am #

    I have noticed during this time that families are getting closer. Children and adults are using their imaginations. post on facebook are happy and funny. Hopefully people are getting a bit closer. Relying on ourselves for entertainment instead of tv, computer, & electronic games. Playing those card & board games that have been gathering dust in the closet. Spending time together, learning how to communicated with each other is coming back. Our church had 171 people give their lives to Jesus via online church. God does not stop working but he ramps it up during our trials. Praise him for all things. He really is amazing!

  110. Pam April 21, 2020 at 11:39 am #

    We have no reason to fear, and we have every reason to thank and praise God. Like when we went to the store and found the last loaf of bread, which we spied on the bottom-most shelf shoved way to the back. Like when we found the last canister of disinfectant, which kills 99.99% of germs and viruses, also shoved way to the back of the bottom-most shelf. He kept them hidden there for us to find during this season of Covid-19.

  111. Amy Little April 21, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

    I teach a variety of fitness classes, but the ones most impacted (and missed by me!) by not being able to attend are my “seniors” from Chair Yoga and my Parkinson’s people. So i decided to make video classes for them and post on our local Y website. I am NOTa person to be in front of the camera and am extremely private via social media, so this was a HUGE experience for me. But stepping outside myself to help these people I love dearly just felt so right. K

  112. Pat April 21, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

    New discovery during this season ;
    Gods creation and animals continue on in trust for their lives .
    I need that trust /belief on daily basis

  113. Barbara Head April 21, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

    This experience has made me more grateful for my marriage. I am so fortunate to have a loving, caring husband to spend this time with. Our marriage has had its ups and downs, but God has given me this time to truly appreciate the husband meant for me.

  114. [email protected] April 21, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

    If you don’t believe in the resurrection, just take a look at the peonies, ammaryliss, iris, & the first roses of the season!! What a blessing!!

  115. [email protected] April 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks Liz. I think I need to print out this message. So down to earth as you are.
    Sending lots of hugs
    Marlene Dorman

  116. [email protected] April 21, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

    I have discovered how important spending time with my neighbors is and sharing homemade soup with them is important part of being a Christian in their time of need
    as they drive to Indianapolis on Sunday to care for their 94 year old mother when they arrive back home they have dinner waiting for them even though i am unemployed and only have Social Security at the present time it gives me great joy to share

  117. Dianna Ufert April 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    What I have discovered during this time is that God’s plans aren’t our plans. I had plans to see my 3 children that live away and right now that has been put on hold. God is teaching patience and teaching me to wait for his time. He is also giving me a peace about it all. Oh believe me I wasn’t happy at first and ask God why but in time I feel His peace about it.

  118. Vicki Raddant April 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm #

    Take this world … give me Jesus. Heaven is my home!

  119. Karen Miller April 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    Being Kind can just mean staying in touch with as many people as you can. I know that mental health is so important and spiritual health sometimes leans into the social aspect. I am trying to call or connect with my people as many times as possible each week.

    It would be great to share this with my girls.

  120. Janet Price April 21, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

    Is the road that you travel full of bumps and curves and hills?
    and yet you go on speeding thinking only of the thrills.
    Overbearing, pushing, shoving for a place in the ever present madness called the human rat race.
    Now, you can make the crooked places straight along the way..if you will heed the rules of the road and just obey.
    Pull over to a stopping place and thinking this thing through..and you’ll see very naturally exactly what to do.
    JUST SHOW A LITTLE KINDNESS AS ONWARD YOU DO GO…It’ll brighten up your day like a beautiful rainbow.
    Courtesy is easy on this pathway we all share. Just open up your heart a bit and simply show you care.——Janet M. Price

  121. Polly April 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    Dear Liz. I’ve discovered that I don’t have to jump and say YES to each supposed need or want asked or hinted at from 99 yr old Mother or dependent hubby. It is OK to finish my devotional reading or something other that I’m in the middle of. The good Lord is filling me with patience and physical fortitude all the time. AND you and your teachings are SO SO inspiring to me. Thank you. You have quite a gift. Polly

  122. Debbie McKinney April 21, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

    I got to do something I had wanted to do for awhile when my car broke down last week. Since I wasn’t allowed in the cab and I did not have a ride home, I got to ride in my car on the tow truck. It was so cool!

  123. Mary Frances Bell April 21, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

    All of your writings and devotionals give me a lift and encouragement. I heard you speak at Pleasant Grove Baptist in Alabama several years ago. I was so inspired—gave me a happy feeling. Also bought your book about Jacob—title—can’t remember. Again, thanks for your writings and encouragement.

  124. Valerie Chamberlain April 21, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    I have challenged myself to create a blog to hopefully encourage others in their faith. I have a whole new appreciation for the complex task that is! I pray that my words will be only profitable ones! I would love to read this latest book. I enjoy all of your writing! I’m reading Bad Girls of the Bible right now. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  125. Lori Hamada April 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm #

    So many needs are tugging at you; you don’t have to say yes to everything and everyone. Do what you can do. Be kind and gracious.

  126. Madelyn April 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

    Heaven is our home.

  127. Florets Gill April 21, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

    Thank you Liz for showing us God’s total love for us. I felt such a peace and calm reading it. I will certainly be saving this in my inspiration folded to reread as a reminder of His love. 💖

  128. Christina Hall April 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

    Sister I have been truly amazed at how the Lord has used me during these days of isolation. My niece posted on Facebook about needing masks and I asked her just what she needed and well three weeks later I had made 300 and still making them. New Experience -YES! But my husband nailed it when he was telling a friend about it. He said it just kept me busy enough to not be worried and to stay focused on Jesus and the masks! Yes daily I am reminded that this all came from Jesus. I’m not only making masks but other PPE items. I don’t sell them but the donations of fabric and funds have been overflowing! Praise Jesus for knowing just what we need all the time! ✝️⚓️❤️🙏🏼😷

  129. Susan April 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm #

    Only one? New experiences – the JESUS show from Sight and Sound Productions – live stage play with live animals from sheep to donkeys, to pigs and horses – showing the story of Jesus, the Gospel so beautifully. Then, discovered The Chosen – seeing Jesus through the eyes of those around Him, and seeing Him in a more immediate, intimate way – some life-changing insights. Just for fun, listening to Andrew Peterson read aloud his Wingfeather Saga series. So many inspirational new experiences. New experiences with unemployment and job searching – not so pleasant, but hopefully character-growing.

  130. Tobie Lariscey April 21, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

    My husband and I have truly been blessed to have such wonderful neighbors that have been very helpful during this time of isolation. My husband is disabled and I’m not able to do a lot due to arthritis. Our neighbors have mowed our grass and kept our yard neat. Neighbors have also left bags of toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfecting wipes on our doorstep. They check on us to see if we need anything. God has blessed us with a great neighborhood and we are so grateful!!! Several have fixed meals and brought them to us. Again, we are so blessed!!!

  131. Cynthia Hudec April 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    Everyone is taking an effort and/or extra effort to be kind to every person that they have contact even though it may be from 6 ft or more away. I hope that the kindness stays.

  132. Rhonda Thompson April 22, 2020 at 12:36 am #

    My one new experience is homeschooling my grandson. Although trying at times, this experience has allowed us to spend more quality time together.

  133. Marilyn Anderson April 22, 2020 at 1:12 am #

    This is the first time in several years I haven’t been able to visit my 97 year old mother at her assisted living facility at all. Previously I went every day but her mind is failing and although we talk on the phone, it’s hard. I miss the connection.

  134. Carol Maldonado April 22, 2020 at 3:22 am #

    I have experience the joy of giving, the joy of prayer,the joy of listening to others, the joy of quiet time.

    People coming together, leading a helping.

    God is good..

  135. Kathy Johnson April 22, 2020 at 5:43 am #

    Hey Liz, just read your message. Thank you for the encouraging words. When this virus was first being talked about, God took my mom home on January 14th. Very bittersweet because she was a very anxious person. Not long after she passed, restrictions were given of not being able to visit nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
    She was living in a assisted living facility and not being able to visit would really have hit the anxiety scale.
    So, God knew she would not be able to handle all of this.
    We also had our grandson with us for 3 weeks as his school was shut down and his mom had no where to take him in Charlotte because of the social distancing. We had a great time with him and took walks, did some crafty things and he was able to get his school work done.
    God also inspired me to make masks. I bought a new sewing 🧵 machine, printed out the pattern and have.been giving them to our local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
    I am still making them and will be done when my fabric runs out.
    Gd is odd and His mercies are new every morning.

  136. Cheryl Carter April 22, 2020 at 6:39 am #

    Our ONLY hope is in him. I live in rural Vermont. I have been volunteering with a local nonprofit “Faith in Action.” As with everything else we were forced to close our doors because of the COVID-19. We had a food shelf on site and wondered how we could still reach out to those in need. After two week the Lord provided us a way. They call and request food and Tue and Thur each week they can come and pick up a food bag, we see them drive up open the door and ask last name, bring it out and go back inside. No contact and they are able to get the much needed food! We are often doing over 50 food bags a week now and there are two of us doing this. We are the only two allowed in the bldg. So am blessed to be a part of God’s mercy!!

  137. Judy April 22, 2020 at 9:19 am #

    I’d have to say this time of being quarantined has made me look more at the reality of who my savior is. I’ve come to think more on him and what he’s done, how he affects my life, how he directs it. It give me a chance to be more in the word, to study to, to slow my life down, to realize I have a hope in him.

  138. Becky April 22, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

    I have learned to enjoy the preachings and teachings of several other pastors from my couch!

  139. Laura April 22, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    I think this introvert has discovered how much she really misses socializing with others!

  140. Mindy April 22, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

    I have discovered that if I write down how many miles and how many minutes I walk each day, that I look forward to doing it and seeing the miles and minutes add up each week. I’ve walked in the rain and the snow and feel blessed that I was able to. God is good!

  141. Suzanne April 23, 2020 at 5:22 am #

    I’ve re-learned to focus my thoughts on Jesus. Since I’m at home alone most of the time I’ve been listening to scripture while painting old furniture or working on other projects. Listening to scripture on my phone feeds my soul and reminds me of Living Hope. Thank you for your post.

  142. Angela Thompson April 23, 2020 at 7:23 am #

    During this new normal I’ve learned we can never have too much time alone with God. I’m embracing this and praying for new ways to love my neighbors. Liz, thank you for your beautiful words to encourage all of us!
    – Angela

  143. Lisa Fleming April 23, 2020 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you, Liz. I really needed this. I’ve been feeling a little blah in the last few months when it comes to worship. Just not feeling it at the church building itself. Since I have been working from home the past month I’ve realized that physical distance doesn’t mean social distance or distance from God’s love and care for me. He is still there. My angels are still beside me. I just need to send His love to others any way I can. It doesn’t have to take place in a building. God’s love is everywhere and anywhere.

  144. Digna April 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    I realized so many of my friends and neighbors need transportation. Lord show me how and when to help.

  145. Lori A. Breech April 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    I have discovered how very blessed I am that God chose my husband for me so many years ago. Although we are two very different individuals we have weathered this house confinement so well. I am grateful to have him in my life. So much togetherness could be scary but I truly have enjoyed it.

  146. Lucinda Maxwell April 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

    So Much silence. I didn’t know it could be so quiet. I also didn’t
    know how much I enjoyed the freedom to decide when I leave the
    house. I’m not use to government rules at every moment of the day.
    Surely my Father is showing me how to “set my house in order”.

  147. Cynthia Wright April 23, 2020 at 5:14 pm #

    Through this pandemic, I have learned that I can live on a lot less. I don’t need a lot of things to make me happy. Having more time to focus on Him and His Word while taking in a blog or two like this one has been a real joy during this ordeal.

  148. Virginia Boob April 23, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

    Thank you Liz. I live alone while my husband is in a nursing home, (Permanently). I needed a purpose during this confinement and period of time that I cannot visit my hubby.
    So, I dug out my collection of left over fabrics, elasic, and 100% cotton t-shirts left from my guy, and egan to make masks. It was surprising to me how many family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances were in need. It is just an opportunity to pay it forward at this time.
    Ginny Harvey-Boob

  149. Kathy King April 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

    First, it’s not about me. It’s about God, His strength and trust I have in Him. It is He that guides me on these new and challenging paths. He will get me through regardless of the outcome. I pray more sincerely. I think of others more kindly and pray for people who I know nothing about. Praying that all would have a positive relationship with God all the time, and worry less. Thank you God.

  150. Beth Marshall April 23, 2020 at 6:07 pm #

    In light of these times my heart has smiled more often than not, on how people around me, strangers and neighbors, have shown kindness in their smile or their wave from a distance or in their patience in stores and waiting lines. I am sure being in such a time as this, satan would expect fear and trembling! Yet, thankfully, no trembling, but kindness has certainly been shared in lots of ways!! God is good and He will bring comfort and peace where we gather in His name even if we need to be
    6 feet away 🙂

  151. Mary Jo April 23, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

    In response to my “something new” that I have experienced during this Shelter in Peace time, is that after 45 years of marriage, I am falling in love anew with my husband. It is just him and me in this house (not counting our 12-yr-old cat, Duncan). It is interesting to me that God has planned for us to be sheltered together after so many stresses and trials and anxieties of our last 45 years together. I have enjoyed this new season of our life together; if I had more energy, we’d be teenagers again!

  152. Collette Taylor April 23, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    I’ve thought of what I’ve learned from this time of isolation for awhile and for me is how special worshipping together really is. I’ve learned not to take worship for granted. Sometimes I’d go because that’s what I’ve always done but now after being away from the fellowship I’m realizing how special it is. Thanks for this opportunity to share.

  153. Lynn LaBarre April 23, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    Last fall I had surgery and spent 6 weeks at home with my husband and he took the best care of me during my recovery. I always had my favorite meal and my favorite shirt was clean. Now I am home again and we are both leaning on God for our care. We play a lot of music in our house and find peace through the words of Christian songs. I keep a journal in my office listing the verse of the day which I sing and hum to those around me. I have learned that God doesn’t care if your voice is not always in tune. Thank you Liz for encouraging us.

  154. Martha Kirkman April 23, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

    I have been more aware of the fact that God is in Control and my ways are not His ways. Three weeks ago I was teaching English in West Africa to businessmen, businesswomen, and university students. We had to cancel classes due to COVID-19. My husband and I made the decision to stay, but a week later the U.S. embassy suggested all Americans leave. So, within 5 days and after many delays and changes in luggage limits we arrived home. Adjusting to life here really hasn’t been that difficult of an adjustment for us after being in Africa for three and half months each year for the last 5 years. The hardest thing for me has been not having closure. We were three weeks away from finishing our trimester with our student. Over the last three weeks I have seen so many ways that God has directed our steps and put up roadblocks to keep us from making wrong choices. He is so good! He is always looking out for His children, even if we don’t see it at the time. Praise God!

  155. KIMBERLY NIXON April 24, 2020 at 7:46 am #

    THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE. IN ALL THIS MADNESS I HAVE NEVER ONCE FEARED. I KNOW JESUS HAS A PLAN FOR ME AND I AM OPEN TO WHATEVER IT MAY BE. WHETHER IT’S STAYING ON THIS EARTH TO FURTHER HIS WORD OR GOING HOME TO HIM BECAUSE OF COVID-19. I FULLY TRUST HIM. PLUS IT HAS SHOWN ME THAT WE NEED TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS OTHERS AND THEIR NEEDS. ALL THIS HOARDING OF MATERIAL THINGS IS CRAZY. WE NEED TO BE THINKING OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND OTHERS AS WE DEAL WITH THE UNCERTAINTY OF THINGS..LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS NEEDS..

  156. Jean April 24, 2020 at 9:00 am #

    “Simply trusting every day……”🎶

  157. Cheryl Prall April 24, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    God and I had been talking about a break from the busyness that I allow myself to take on before this time of coronavirus. He allowed me to make the choice to go ahead with my vacations with my husband and children. It was amazing. My movement was even more limited when we returned in case we had been exposed. Many emotions came through as I am mostly an extrovert that likes in person interaction. God has taught me so much about my complaining, motives, who or what is important to me, and mostly the importance of spending my time with him and learning to rest in him. We can be a busy person but need the busyness to be what God wants us to be doing. He has also been showing me through study how magnificent, powerful and big he is. He is limitless!! No beginning and no end! He can’t be changed or manipulated and he is always taking care of us. Although at times I get frustrated in my own power and can feel lonely, He is always walking with me bringing verses and hymns to mind. Even though this was sent a couple of days ago, He knew today was the day I would read it and would need the reminders of who He is!

  158. Debby April 24, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

    I’ve discovered that tough times can truly bring out the best in people. God is good!

  159. Diane April 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm #

    learned how great zoom is, so I can see my family since we can’t meet in person.

  160. Janet Gravitt April 24, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

    I have been experiencing a time of naming my fears and then giving them to God. I’m trying to stay focused on Him and not let negative words from others about the pandemic take over my trust in God.

  161. [email protected] April 24, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

    I have had the opportunity to pray for a precious family friend who is an ICU nurse working on the front line in NYC.
    She left her current position to answer the desperate call for nurses during this most pressing time. Praying daily for physical, emotional and spiritual strength during these days, knowing that our Lord God is surrounding her each day.

  162. Dawn April 24, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

    The new things that I can think of right now include having to do a video doctors appointment (I hated it) and my husband and I remodeled our bathroom- putting in new flooring- having to move the toilet and all!

  163. CC May 9, 2020 at 9:28 am #

    The woman who was my role model was my mother. She taught me about who God is, and how important His word is for us to live by. Other than my heavenly Father, there has been no one on earth who has truly and unconditionally loved me more. She passed away 20 years ago at the age of 56 of heart and kidney disease that she struggled with as long as I could remember. She was a servant of the Lord, and a giver to His people her whole life. I struggled during my teen years and I know that if it weren’t for her prayers my life would have been more of a disaster. I still needed her when she passed away but the lessons she taught me got me through then, and are still with me today.