We are being bombarded almost to the point of information overload. The Covid-19 health crisis and the fall-out is all consuming. There are daily news conferences from every level of government and hourly updates on infection and death rates. Stories of families devastated by the medical, emotional, and financial ramifications of the virus fill our feeds, our pages, our screens, and almost every news story. As we walk through this new complicated reality, it is vital that we Christians NOT FORGET about the value of self-care. Self-care does not mean we neglect the needs of those around us, or we selfishly adopt a “me first” or “survival of the strongest” mentality. Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being particularly during periods of stress. Recently, Robin Cabral wrote an article with daily practices that can improve the way we care for ourselves and thus enhance the way we are able to care for others. Below are a just a few of her suggestions that I have adapted to reflect not only sound self-care practices, but also sound Biblical hope and truth.
- Moderate your news and your social media consumption. Nonstop browsing can accelerate stress levels. Make sure that before you believe or share information you find on the internet or hear on the newscast, that you first check and be sure that information is coming from recent and verifiable sources like the CDC or the Surgeon General.
- Make time for Spiritual Refection. How is your prayer life, your time of personal study, and your meditation on scripture? Are you spiritually healthy, or perhaps a little malnourished? This could be a great time to start, resume, or deepen your own personal faith journey.
- Be a positive voice. Why focus on the negative or obsess on present set of circumstances? Share positive stories, quotes and, maybe even humor with your friends, your family, your people. Life is too short to be sad and serious all of the time and we have the HOPE OF JESUS! God is an optimist, and we have the chance to be the positive voice of calm.
- Get outside for a bit if you can.There is nothing like spending time in God’s creation to reset our mood and refocus our perspective to the awesome, creative, and all-powerful nature of God. Rejoice over the trees and flowers that are starting to bloom – nothing stays dormant forever. This too shall pass.
- Take time during this isolation for reflection. Where are you headed? What are some of your goals? Use this time to look at where you are and start to envision where you’d like to be. Get a journal. Write about your fears, your hopes, and your dreams. Pray about what God might be calling you to next and find a friend to join you in that prayer.
- Eat right, exercise and sleep. Healthy food, exercise, and sleep allow us to function at our best and boost immunity. So maybe today you can take a quick walk around the neighborhood – wave at the people you see and allow yourself the chance to get the sleep your body needs to rest and recover for whatever God has in store for you tomorrow.
- Reach out to people around you.This is the time to touch base with the people God has already brought into your life. Check in on your parents, your friends, and the nice people across the street. Let them know that they are not alone. A simple phone call, a quick note in the mail, a friendly conversation from driveway to driveway – it is those acts of kindness that make all the difference.
Sometime, in the last few weeks, we woke up and realized that life as we have known it is different. Drastically different. COVID-19 has impacted us all. Our frailty has been exposed. Uncertainty has crept in. Day to day living has been altered, and plans have been forced to change. Yet, we need not live in fear – for OUR HOPE IS SECURE!
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
This is our time to let the hope of Jesus shine. This is our moment to absorb chaos and share the calm sense of peace that is only possible with the saving power of Jesus and the strength that God alone provides. This is our opportunity to meet women and men who are walking in fear and share the assurance we claim even in these chaotic days. Be assured, in mid – February, Pregnancy Resources began making changes – implementing what at the time seemed “extreme protocols” and setting into motion new, accelerated best practices. These best practices would prove necessary and beneficial in helping protect our clients and our team while meeting the immediate needs of our community.
Help is still available at Pregnancy Resources in Davenport & Moline. Emergency diapers are available weekly to those in need. Pregnancy Tests and Ultrasound care will continue to be offered. Life-affirming assistance will be available. Mentoring and classes will eventually return. When it is appropriate, our Mobile Medical Unit will again be brought into service. In the coming weeks and months, ministry operations and services will look different than it has in the past. And that’s ok – it has to be – because it is our new shared reality. And regardless of the details of this day, God is still in control.
I know you have been impacted by these events. Our clients have been profoundly impacted too. The pressure to abort is more intense. Access to help is more limited. The need for the help Pregnancy Resources provides grows by the day. Please continue to pray specifically for us during this time. Pray that our clients will seek our life-affirming help, pray that our team will stay healthy and strong, and pray that the financial needs of the ministry will continue to be met.
Trisha Wilson, Executive Director
What a fabulous reminder! God is too big, too amazing, and too awesome for us to remain quiet. Everything we do can be an act of worship. Every attitude and action can reflect God’s authority and bring Him glory! And every day we have reason to offer praise!
Today, I offer praise for the beautiful opportunity I have been granted to I serve alongside you in ministry at Pregnancy Resources. Today, your Pregnancy Resources team rejoices in our placement as urban missionaries who are charged with the responsibility of offering life affirming, biblically based medical services, education and support across the greater Quad Cities. Today, we rejoice in the truth that each woman and man in need of hope who walks through the doors of Pregnancy Resources will be greeted with the love, the compassion and the mercy of Christ. We rejoice together. We serve together. Together we are amazed at the goodness, the faithfulness and the transforming power of our God.
Trisha Wilson, Executive Director
Meet the New Team Members!
Brandi is BACK, and the Pregnancy Resources Family is thrilled! Brandi is excited to return to Quad Cities area High Schools and Middle Schools to share the inspiring message of the No Regrets Program, and to spend time in our centers providing vital client care. Pray for Brandi as God continues to grow this vital area of ministry and as she embraces her new roll as the No Regrets Director.
Becca is Pregnancy Resources’ newest Staff Nurse. Divine appointments are made everyday at Pregnancy Resources and Becca’s arrival demonstrates the timely providence of God’s work in God’s perfect time. It was a personal connection to a friend – already involved with Pregnancy Resources that helped connect a passionate nurse with a passionate mission. Once trained , she will be serving on the Mobile Medical Unit and in both Centers.