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Conflict is What’s Making This Global Pandemic Unbearable

All this hatred and discord over masks vs. no masks, vaccines vs. no vaccines, makes my heart sick! To be completely honest it increases my anxiety and I know for a fact that I’m not alone! People are being pushy, judgmental and lacking understanding & empathy. Everyone operating at these extremes is making this pandemic more uncomfortable, upsetting, challenging, and frightening!

We are all in this together! But, we’re acting like our friends, neighbor’s, and even family members are our enemies!

Wake up call…

To all the people pushing tooth and nail masks and vaccines to the point of stirring anger and bitterness… there’s still so many unknowns! The data is showing that the vaccines aren’t the complete answer to our suffering! I’m not saying we shouldn’t get the vaccine, I’m saying “WE DON’T KNOW… NOBODY DOES! Even the best of the best medical doctors and biologists are still trying to figure out Covid.

Wake Up Call…

To those acting like this pandemic is just another flu, my daughter almost died from a rare condition caused by Covid, MIS-C. Don’t think for a minute I haven’t endured fear over whether she can get this condition again, the top doctor’s DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT have enough data to answer that question. I have found myself at times feeling tightness in my chest over what our future has in store over this Covid “hell” we’ve all been living! I have decided to trust God and trust that He holds the future. He knows the answers to the questions regarding the future. He holds our tomorrow! I’ve come to realize that if I allow this fear to be my primary focus it will continue to scare the living daylights out of me. My living in fear is not going to help my daughter, my children, myself, my marriage, my relationships, or the people around me! In fact, fear will hurt myself and my relationships!

I choose to spend my time loving and leading people to the hope of Jesus! I choose to pray fervently and heed the Holy Spirit for answers.
I choose to seek the Holy Spirit for guidance over masks, vaccines, and how to live wisely in the midst of this global pandemic.

I refuse to control what I don’t understand!

This pandemic is real and there are so many unknowns! Let’s all stop acting like we know everything cause we DO NOT!!! During this time of uncertainty and tremendous unknowns, I know a few things are absolutely certain…

1.) We all NEED Jesus and God is in control!

2.) We NEED each other to ensure that during this time of tribulation and difficulty that we come out stronger, still standing, and mentally and physically put together!

3.) We NEED to pray for others and not judge, ridicule, or slander!

4.). We NEED to ensure our eternal lives are secure and work to love others to Jesus. We need to do our part to be sure we all make it to Heaven together! We can’t do this when being unkind and judgmental!

5.) We NEED to allow this time of uncertainty to build our empathy and compassion!

6.) We NEED to trust God!

We’re all suffering and hurting! Please STOP causing unnecessary hurt and suffering! It’s not helping and we all know it! Trust me, as a counselor I hear the hearts of people and everyone is afraid of the pandemic, even those who say their not. We’re all fearful on some level, because it’s impacting us all!

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Blessings, Crystal

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What is the Answer to The Chaos of our Culture? Love!

I was just thinking this morning about how broken hearted my sweet & Godly great-grandmother would be if she knew all the things going on in our present day culture!

Our culture has spiraled out of control in the past 20 years. My heart aches tremendously! God knows all and has a plan and purpose even in this chaos.

Rise up Christians, we can not be complacent!

We need to live and love for Jesus! We need to be wise, vigilant, and STOP living in denial! We need to use our energy and all our resources and begin fighting the evil schemes of Satan, by loving people to Jesus! Not “shaming” them or judging them… not trying to change their vote, lifestyle, or choices.

When we love people to Jesus… Guess what happens? God changes their desires, choices, votes, and lives! It’s God’s job, not ours! This is the only way to change the condition of our world! People are looking for hope and are desperately longing to figure out how to fill their God-sized hole! Only Jesus can fill our God-sized hole and only Jesus can complete and fulfill us!

John 4:13 & 14 “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

What is our job? What can we Christ followers do to make a difference in our broken world? Love people to Jesus! That’s all Jesus asks us, not to change them. As a counselor
I’ve encountered my share of overwhelming days and feel inept to make a difference in the midst of heartache and pain. On these difficult days the Lord has said to me… “Can you just love them? It’s not your job to change them, but to love them! I am their Savior and I am the only Savior they need.” Yes, Lord, I can love them! Love them to Jesus! It’s our calling as disciples of Christ!

Mathew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

People are leaving the faith because instead of loving well, (c)hristian people are judging, being indirect and passive aggressive out of pride, fear, and insecurity. Christians, we’re the ones making Jesus look bad. In the name of “Jesus” we’ve been the exact opposite of what Jesus looks like. We’ve made Jesus look insensitive, insecure, mean, heartless, judgy, unfriendly, unkind, impossible to please, and everything He’s not. We MUST stop acting like we have the power to change people… We DO NOT! Only The Lord has that kind of power. Time to recognize our prideful hearts and learn how to love like Jesus!

What power do we have? The ability to love Jesus completely, grow in our own relationship with Jesus Christ, love others as ourselves, build healthy connection, and always be ready to tell the Good News!

Mathew 22:34-40 “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Friends, I am so thankful to be walking this spiritual journey with you! Serving God and living for Him is the greatest calling on Earth!

Blessings,

Crystal