This post is by Amy Mykytiuk.
“Ministry has taken a strange turn,” I laughed as I discussed with a friend that a typical day as a pastor’s wife now consists of delivering toilet paper to a church member.
She responded, “I bet there wasn't a class in seminary that prepared you for this.”
No, but we did learn about dealing with a crisis almost 15 years ago while attending seminary in New Orleans. During Hurricane Katrina, we found ourselves exiled 12 hours from home, unsure of when we could return, or if we would be allowed to return at all.
When the levees broke, we found ourselves homeless, jobless, and without a purpose. Our life had been school, and now school was buried under water, along with our car. We possessed only what material possessions had fit into our van when we evacuated.
It's interesting how much of this quarantine parallels. Schools are closed, and we are exiled, not from home, but from life. Many have lost jobs. Schools are closed, and while our homes haven't been lost, accessibility to the most basic essentials like toilet paper is scarce.
That time was one of the hardest times of my life, but we learned important lessons that apply even now.
Taking care of yourself and your health in the middle of crisis is vital. A good healthy diet and daily exercise can go a long way to staying healthy and fighting off illness, but physical health isn’t your only concern. Mental, emotional, and spiritual health are just as important and actually determine your physical health in the long run.
Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself and your family.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8b).
Finally my prayer for all of us. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”( Romans 15:13).
Amy currently works as a quarantined ministry assistant to her pastor husband, Jay, in Southwest Kansas. Between naps, snacking, and bossing the pastor around, she spends her days sort of homeschooling four of their children. The fifth and oldest is the only essential member of society and spends his days restocking shelves at the local grocery store and fending off toilet paper hoarders. Amy is the author of Send Help.. and Coffee: A Shot of Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. She has done freelance writing and has edited multiple books. In addition to writing history and English lessons, Bible studies, and the occasional blog post, one of her great passions is sharing her testimony with people of all walks of life. You can find her latest musings at www.aftertherain407.home.blog.
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