April 30 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Becky Hart

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”
Colossians 1:11-12

Dear Friends:

It takes a great patience and a whole lotta prayer to manage these coronavirus days. In Colossians, endurance is described as a much-needed spiritual quality – and I get that now more than ever! I spend my days going back and forth from home to an often-empty office, with the occasional trip to Kroger’s or CVS – or maybe a quick trip for Chinese take-out. All in all, it is a much smaller world than I am accustomed to, and I am assuming it is the same for each of you.

So, I have decided that I need to start taking my temperature daily. No, not the fever kind, but the emotional kind. I have a set of questions I am using daily to make sure I am staying positive and focused on Christ.

My Quarantine Questions:
  1. How much news have I watched today? (If too much, turn it off!)
  2. How much time have I spent in God’s word?
  3. Who am I checking on? Who am I praying for?
  4. Am I being patient & kind with my quarantine partner(s)? (In my case, my husband!)
  5. Have I taken in some fresh air?
  6. Who & what am I thankful for today?
  7. Where have I caught an unexpected glimpse of God’s grace?

Your questions may be very different than mine – especially if you are home with the kids and being a parent, employee, and teacher all rolled into one. (Bless you!) But even as stay at home stretches on, I feel the need not just to endure, but to move forward in faith.

These difficult days, may we not only endure but grow in His amazing grace.

Journeying with you,

P.S. Each week the Harts film a brief video greeting to the congregation. You can find this on the homepage of this website.